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August 20—Arrive in Zurich, Switzerland
Welcome to Switzerland! Dr. Marie Jureit-Beamish will be leading an independently arranged tour today. In the evening, gather with your travel companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D* included)

August 21—Lucerne, Switzerland
Head to Lucerne and participate in a walking tour. Admire Thorwaldsen’s impressive Lion Monument, and see the Bourbaki Panorama Lucerne, Glacier Garden Lucerne, and the Jesuit Church and Lucerne Cathedral. After lunch at the iconic Old Swiss House Restaurant, we’ll transfer back to the hotel for a lecture by Marie. In the evening, roundtrip transfers are provided to the Lucerne Music Festival. (B and L included)

August 22—Lucerne
Today’s walking tour includes the chapel bridges, the ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town, and Kuntsmuseum of Art. During the afternoon, enjoy a lecture by Marie. Later, roundtrip transfers are provided to the Lucerne Music Festival for the evening. (B included)

Note: If weather permits, an optional excursion to Mt. Pilatus or Lake Lucerne will be available for purchase.

August 23—Lucerne
After breakfast, Marie will give a lecture. Then, we’ll head to the Swiss Museum of Transport. Located on the shore of Lake Lucerne, the museum is famous for its wide array of modes of transportation. Next, we’ll visit Rosengart Museum, famous for its emphasis on Classical Modernism, to see works by artists ranging from Picasso to Chagall. In the afternoon, enjoy a cable car ride up to Château Gutsch before heading to Lucerne Bay for a special lunch aboard the Wilhelm Tell, a paddle steamer anchored at the dock. After dinner at the hotel, roundtrip transfers are provided to the Lucerne Music Festival. (B, L, D included)

August 24—Lucerne; Vaduz, Lichtenstein; and Munich, Germany
On our way to Germany, we’ll stop in the Principality of Lichtenstein before heading to Linderhof Castle, the smallest of the three Bavarian fairy-tale palaces commissioned by King Ludwig II and inspired by Louis XIV’s Versailles. The rococo-style Linderhof is surrounded by splendid Italian Renaissance gardens with landscaped sections similar to an English garden. Travel then continues on to Munich. (B included)

August 25—Munich
Sightseeing with a local guide in Germany’s “Secret Capital” features the Olympic Stadium, built for the 1972 Olympics; the 1,000-foot Olympic Tower; and Königsplatz, used for Nazi rallies during World War II. We’ll drive along the Ludwigstrasse and see the Bavarian Arch of Triumph and Field Marshall Hall. We’ll also visit lively Marienplatz with the Old and the New Town Halls and the Gothic Frauenkirche. You’re at your leisure to explore for the rest of the day. (B included)

August 26—Munich; Neuschwanstein Castle; Innsbruck and Salzburg, Austria
After driving into the garden-like landscapes of the Bavarian Alps, we’ll visit King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle, which inspired Walt Disney. Enjoy magnificent views of the Alps, and then continue to Innsbruck in the Tyrolean mountains for a walk through quaint medieval lanes to Emperor Maximilian’s Golden Roof. We will have time to shop for crystal, for which Innsbruck is famous, before continuing to Mozart’s hometown, Salzburg. In the evening, roundtrip transfers are provided to the Salzburg Music Festival. (B and D included)

August 27—Salzburg
After breakfast, we will enjoy a lecture by Marie. Then we’ll join a local guide for a walking tour through the historic center, which has much to admire: Mirabell Gardens, the Great Festival Hall, St. Peter’s Monastery, and magnificent Residenz Square. Next, we’ll take a Sound of Music tour, following the footsteps of Maria von Trapp and her famous family while simultaneously taking in historical sights from the city of Salzburg and the picturesque Lakes and Mountains region. An experienced guide will accompany us throughout the tour, providing all the information needed to fully appreciate this magical movie. We’ll also visit Mozart’s birthplace in the charming Getreidegasse. Roundtrip transfers are provided to the Salzburg Music Festival in the evening. (B included)

August 28—Salzburg; Mondsee and Vienna, Austria
We’ll visit the Parish Church in Mondsee, which was used for the wedding scenes in The Sound of Music. Then we’ll relax with Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake) during a leisurely cruise along the most scenic section of the Danube River, arriving ultimately in Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg Empire. In the evening, roundtrip transfers are provided to a concert at St. Anne’s Church. (B included)

August 29—Vienna
Guided sightseeing features a visit to Belvedere Palace with its famous Klimt collection; a drive along the Ringstrasse, passing by the State Opera House; and a stop at the Hofburg Palace, the winter residence of the Austrian imperial family. Marvel at the impressive courtyards, famous Heldenplatz, and awesome St. Stephen’s Cathedral. We’ll also have time to savor Sachertorte and watch the jolly crowd in one of Vienna’s famous coffee houses. (B included)

August 30—Vienna
Today, we’ll enjoy a private visit to Schönbrunn Palace, followed by a farewell dinner and a classical music concert—the best way to say “auf Wiedersehen” to Vienna. (B and D included)

August 31—Depart from Vienna
Our time together concludes with breakfast. (B included)

*B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

(Itinerary subject to change.)