The Sound of Music in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland

This 8-day student tour embraces the musical heritage of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland as well as the history, culture, and food of these Alpine countries.  The musical journey begins in the footsteps of Vienna’s famous composers from Beethoven to Vivaldi at the Opera House and continues with other iconic sites of Austria’s capital, including St. Stephen’s Cathedral.  Students will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform at the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, the imperial summer palace. The journey continues to Salzburg, the birthplace of Amadeus Mozart, and continues through the Alps to Germany.  The sound of music in Germany begins with a performance at the “New Palace” of King Ludwig II of Bavaria before continuing on to Munich, known for the sound of oom-pah coming from its cavernous beer halls.  After visiting Neuschwanstein, which inspired Disney’s Cinderella castle, students continue through the Swiss Alps to the resort city of Engelberg as well as the storybook town of Lucerne.  Recreational activities include a ride on the Viennese giant wheel, a boat ride on an underground lake, and a ride on a rotating cable car.

 

 

DAY 1 

  • Overnight flight to Austria

 

 

DAY 2 

  • Meet your Tour Director at the airport
  • Take a walking tour of Vienna:
    • Opera House
    • Kärntnerstrasse
    • St. Stephen’s Cathedral
  • Free time exploring Austria’s capital
  • Enjoy a wiener schnitzel dinner
  • Hotel check-in

 

 

DAY 3 

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Take a guided tour of Vienna:
    • Ringstrasse
    • Parliament
    • Rathaus
    •  Hofburg
  • Visit Schönbrunn Palace
    • Performance opportunity
  • Lunch
  • Viennese waltz dancing workshop
  • Explore Vienna’s Baroque façades & boulevards
  • Ride the big Riesenrad in the Prater park
  • Dinner
  • Arrive at hotel

 

 

DAY 4

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Travel to Salzburg
  • Drive through the Wachau region
    •  Melk
  • Lunch
  • Take a walking tour of Salzburg:
    • Old Town
    • Mozart’s Birthplace
    • Mirabell Gardens
    • Sound of Music Churchyard
    • Hohensalzburg Funicular
    • Hohensalzburg Fortress
  • Dinner
  • Hotel check-in

 

 

DAY 5

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Visit Hallein Salt Mines
    • Boat ride on an underground lake
  • Visit Herrenchiemsee Palace
    • Performance opportunity
  • Lunch
  • Continue to Munich
  • Free time in Munich
  • Dinner
  • Hotel check-in

 

 

DAY 6

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Take a guided tour of Munich:
    • Olympic Stadium
    • Residenz
    •  Marienplatz
  • Visit Dachau
  • Lunch
  • Take a walking tour of Munich:
    • Frauenkirche
    • Neues Rathaus
    •  Hofbräuhaus
  • Free time
  • Dinner
  • Arrive at hotel

 

DAY 7

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Visit Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Lunch
  • Drive through the Swiss Alps will bring you to Engelberg for the evening
  • Free time in Engelberg
  • Dinner
  • Hotel check-in

 

DAY 8

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Excursion to Mount Titlis
    • By rotating cable car
  • Visit Lucerne for a walking tour:
    • Lion Monument and covered bridges
    • Chapel Bridge
  • Lunch
  • Explore more of Lucerne
    • Performance opportunity
  • Return to Engelberg
  • Dinner
  • Arrive at hotel

 

DAY 9

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Depart for home