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Program #19447RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active (Variable by Program Date)
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Jaun-Pass: 4800 ft Murten-Walenstadt: 3300 ft Fluela Pass: 7818 ft Krimmler Cascades: 3500 ft

Itinerary for Sep 12 — Sep 26, 2013

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Day One: Thursday, September 12 - Departures
In Transit: Depart US/Canada on international overnight flight.

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Murtenhof & Krone is a picturesque ensemble of striking, historic patricians' houses in the middle of the old town of Murten. Enjoying a central but absolutely tranquil location, the stylish three-star hotel offers guests a fantastic view of Lake Murten. The hotel features individually designed rooms and suites and friendly, personal service.

Contact info:
Rathausgasse 3
Murten, CH-3280 Switzerland
phone: +41 26 672 90 30
web: www.murtenhof.ch

Room amenities: Each room has a television, radio alarm, telephone, hair dryer and wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, terrace overlooking Lake Murten, garden, lounge, library, fax machine, and public wireless LAN for Internet access.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for assistance in booking additional hotel nights. (800-241-1404)

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, September 13 - Arrivals
Morning: Arrival at Zurich-Kloten (ZRH) airport and meet group outside of customs. Transfer to Murten. Murten is a picturesque medieval town with intact ramparts, located in Western Switzerland directly on the language divide between the French and German speaking regions.

Lunch: Lunch at the airport or in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Time to relax at the hotel. We meet for an introduction to the program and to get to know each other at 4:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Murtenhof & Krone

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Murtenhof & Krone is a picturesque ensemble of striking, historic patricians' houses in the middle of the old town of Murten. Enjoying a central but absolutely tranquil location, the stylish three-star hotel offers guests a fantastic view of Lake Murten. The hotel features individually designed rooms and suites and friendly, personal service.

Contact info:
Rathausgasse 3
Murten, CH-3280 Switzerland
phone: +41 26 672 90 30
web: www.murtenhof.ch

Room amenities: Each room has a television, radio alarm, telephone, hair dryer and wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, terrace overlooking Lake Murten, garden, lounge, library, fax machine, and public wireless LAN for Internet access.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for assistance in booking additional hotel nights. (800-241-1404)

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Saturday, September 14 - Introduction to Switzerland and Murten
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Enjoy an expert-led lecture on "Switzerland's Cultural Regions, Geography, History and Current Affairs."

Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Take a leisurely walk to the bilingual Murten High School. Enjoy a presentation about "Daily Life on the Language Divide." Learn about the area and the history of Murten during a cruise on Lake Murten, followed by a guided walking field trip in Murten.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Evening: We gather to view a video about Switzerland.

Lodging: Hotel Murtenhof & Krone

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Murtenhof & Krone is a picturesque ensemble of striking, historic patricians' houses in the middle of the old town of Murten. Enjoying a central but absolutely tranquil location, the stylish three-star hotel offers guests a fantastic view of Lake Murten. The hotel features individually designed rooms and suites and friendly, personal service.

Contact info:
Rathausgasse 3
Murten, CH-3280 Switzerland
phone: +41 26 672 90 30
web: www.murtenhof.ch

Room amenities: Each room has a television, radio alarm, telephone, hair dryer and wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, terrace overlooking Lake Murten, garden, lounge, library, fax machine, and public wireless LAN for Internet access.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for assistance in booking additional hotel nights. (800-241-1404)

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Sunday, September 15 - Geneva / Lausanne
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Field trip to Geneva, where we will visit the old town on a guided walk. On the bus hear a short lecture about "Geneva's International Role and the Red Cross."

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy beautiful Lake Geneva on a relaxing cruise. We continue along Lake Geneva to Lausanne, a picturesque old town with a wonderful Gothic cathedral.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Murtenhof & Krone

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The Hotel Murtenhof & Krone is a picturesque ensemble of striking, historic patricians' houses in the middle of the old town of Murten. Enjoying a central but absolutely tranquil location, the stylish three-star hotel offers guests a fantastic view of Lake Murten. The hotel features individually designed rooms and suites and friendly, personal service.

Contact info:
Rathausgasse 3
Murten, CH-3280 Switzerland
phone: +41 26 672 90 30
web: www.murtenhof.ch

Room amenities: Each room has a television, radio alarm, telephone, hair dryer and wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, terrace overlooking Lake Murten, garden, lounge, library, fax machine, and public wireless LAN for Internet access.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for assistance in booking additional hotel nights. (800-241-1404)

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Monday, September 16 - Bern / Simmental / Gruyeres
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Discover Bern, the capital city of Switzerland, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its well preserved old town takes you back in time to the 16th century. This guided visit will be by bus and on foot, followed by some free time.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: A beautiful journey to Thun, through the lush Simmental (Simme valley) and over an Alpine pass through dramatic mountain scenery to the Fribourg area. Explore the picturesque medieval town of Gruyeres.

Dinner: Tonight enjoy fondue or raclette in Gruyeres.

Lodging: Hotel Murtenhof & Krone

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The modern Hotel Seehof in Walenstadt is situated directly on Lake Walen. All rooms have a view to the lake and the dramatic mountain scenery. The location is tranquil, approx. 1 km away from the city center of Walenstadt. The Walenstadt area is part of the Tectonic Arena Sardona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and also part of the Heilidland-Region, where the "Heidi" story is set.

Contact info:
Seestrasse 104
Walenstadt, CH-8880 Switzerland
phone: +41 81 735 12 45
web: www.seehof-walenstadt.ch

Room amenities: Each room has a flat screen television, free wireless LAN, radio with alarm clock, direct dial telephone, safe and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, garden, terrace, lounge, library, fax machine, and free wireless LAN for Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Tuesday, September 17 - Brünig Pass / Lucerne / Walensee
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Enjoy wonderful views of the most famous peaks of the Swiss Alps (Eiger, Moench and Jungfrau) as we travel along Lake Thun to Interlaken. Next, we drive along Lake Brienz, over the Brünig Pass and along Lake Lucerne while taking in a lecture on the way, entitled "The Alps - Nature, History and Challenges."

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Field trip to Lucerne with a guided visit of the old town. Transfer to Hotel Seehof in Walenstadt, directly on the lakeshore.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Introduction to the Fraumünster church in Zurich with its Chagall windows.

Lodging: Hotel Seehof

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The modern Hotel Seehof in Walenstadt is situated directly on Lake Walen. All rooms have a view to the lake and the dramatic mountain scenery. The location is tranquil, approx. 1 km away from the city center of Walenstadt. The Walenstadt area is part of the Tectonic Arena Sardona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and also part of the Heilidland-Region, where the "Heidi" story is set.

Contact info:
Seestrasse 104
Walenstadt, CH-8880 Switzerland
phone: +41 81 735 12 45
web: www.seehof-walenstadt.ch

Room amenities: Each room has a flat screen television, free wireless LAN, radio with alarm clock, direct dial telephone, safe and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, garden, terrace, lounge, library, fax machine, and free wireless LAN for Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Wednesday, September 18 - Zurich
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: We will enjoy an expert-led lecture; "Switzerland and Austria: Alpine Neighbors, Similar but Different," before we set off for a field trip to Zurich. Enjoy the bustling life in Switzerland's largest city, which is not only the economic center but offers many cultural activities as well. You still find a picturesque old town with an interesting merge of medieval and modern buildings on both banks of the Limmat River. A guided visit by bus and on foot, will bring us to see the stained glass windows by Marc Chagall.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: A few hours of free time in Zurich. Visit the world renowned Kunsthaus Zurich (Museum of Fine Art). Drive back to the hotel in Walenstadt.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Seehof

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The modern Hotel Seehof in Walenstadt is situated directly on Lake Walen. All rooms have a view to the lake and the dramatic mountain scenery. The location is tranquil, approx. 1 km away from the city center of Walenstadt. The Walenstadt area is part of the Tectonic Arena Sardona, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and also part of the Heilidland-Region, where the "Heidi" story is set.

Contact info:
Seestrasse 104
Walenstadt, CH-8880 Switzerland
phone: +41 81 735 12 45
web: www.seehof-walenstadt.ch

Room amenities: Each room has a flat screen television, free wireless LAN, radio with alarm clock, direct dial telephone, safe and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, garden, terrace, lounge, library, fax machine, and free wireless LAN for Internet access throughout the hotel.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Thursday, September 19 - St. Gallen / Appenzell
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Field trip to St. Gallen and Appenzell. Scenic drive through the beautiful rural Appenzell area and a brief visit to the picturesque town of Appenzell with its painted houses.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Explore the Baroque Abbey District of St. Gallen, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The convent here is a perfect example of a great Carolingian monastery. Its library is one of the oldest in the world and contains precious manuscripts.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner in the hotel dining room with a local wine tasting and Swiss folklore music.

Evening: Cultural event.

Lodging: Hotel Seehof

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The 4-star Hotel Innsbruck is located directly in the Old Town, constructed on the historic walls of the city. Just around the corner from the Hotel Innsbruck is the famous Golden Roof, among other major landmarks of the Tyrolean capital. Also within walking distance is the pedestrian zone.

Contact info:
Innrain 3
Innsbruck, A 6020 Austria
phone: +43 512 59868 0
web: www.hotelinnsbruck.com

Room amenities: Each room has a mini bar, safe box, television, high speed Internet LAN connection, telephone and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar, restaurant, lounge, indoor pool, two spa areas, air conditioning, laundry facilities, Internet access in the lobby, free wireless Internet in the rooms and a safe box.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Friday, September 20 - Transfer through the Alps to Innsbruck, Austria
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: A spectacular drive to Davos, over Fluela-Pass and along the Inn-River down the Engadin Valley to Innsbruck.

Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant in Scuol in the Lower Engadin Valley.

Afternoon: Arrival in Innsbruck, capital of the Austrian federal State Tyrol. Settle in at our hotel, and take some time to rest. In the late afternoon, we have an introduction to Innsbruck, a thriving Alpine city. For nearly a millennium, Innsbruck has been an extremely important center of commerce. Its strategic location at the junction of two major Alpine routes first assured this status. Later, the Hapsburgs transformed the town into a booming cultural and economic center which still thrives today. Innsbruck has been able to combine this rich cultural legacy with modern functional architecture (Zaha Hadid, Dominique Perrault) and has created a city atmosphere and life style that make visiting a pleasure! Excursion through the inner city along the most important landmarks, such as The Golden Roof and the Baroque Helbling House, outstanding examples of bourgeois grandeur in the Old Town right around the corner of the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Innsbruck

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The 4-star Hotel Innsbruck is located directly in the Old Town, constructed on the historic walls of the city. Just around the corner from the Hotel Innsbruck is the famous Golden Roof, among other major landmarks of the Tyrolean capital. Also within walking distance is the pedestrian zone.

Contact info:
Innrain 3
Innsbruck, A 6020 Austria
phone: +43 512 59868 0
web: www.hotelinnsbruck.com

Room amenities: Each room has a mini bar, safe box, television, high speed Internet LAN connection, telephone and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar, restaurant, lounge, indoor pool, two spa areas, air conditioning, laundry facilities, Internet access in the lobby, free wireless Internet in the rooms and a safe box.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Saturday, September 21 - The Baroque Old Town of Innsbruck / Bergisel Ski ...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning you will visit the Imperial Palace with its splendid imperial apartments and the Hofkirche (Court Chapel) with the Cenotaph of Habsburg Emperor Maximilian, the most impressive imperial monument. Then the bus will take you to the Wilten Basilica, one of the most splendid churches in the Tyrol in Baroque and Rococo style. From Baroque and Renaissance, you move right to modern as you visit the Bergisel Ski Jump designed by architect Zaha Hadid.

Lunch: Let's have lunch up in the jump tower!

Afternoon: This afternoon you have free time to explore the town on your own and to enjoy the appealing atmosphere of the inner city.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Innsbruck

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The 4-star Hotel Innsbruck is located directly in the Old Town, constructed on the historic walls of the city. Just around the corner from the Hotel Innsbruck is the famous Golden Roof, among other major landmarks of the Tyrolean capital. Also within walking distance is the pedestrian zone.

Contact info:
Innrain 3
Innsbruck, A 6020 Austria
phone: +43 512 59868 0
web: www.hotelinnsbruck.com

Room amenities: Each room has a mini bar, safe box, television, high speed Internet LAN connection, telephone and a hair dryer.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a bar, restaurant, lounge, indoor pool, two spa areas, air conditioning, laundry facilities, Internet access in the lobby, free wireless Internet in the rooms and a safe box.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Sunday, September 22 - Contemporary Architecture / South Tyrol
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: A morning lecture on "Ambitious Tyrolean Contemporary Architecture." Over the last decade, Innsbruck has been continuously changing, practically transforming itself. You will be introduced to the modern face of the city created by internationally renowned architects such as Zaha Hadid and Dominique Perrault. After this introduction you will take the Hungerburg cable car up to a height of 860 m (2800 feet). The four stations are designed by Zaha Hadid.

Lunch: Close to the upper station of the cable car with a great view of Innsbruck.

Afternoon: This afternoon drive to the southern part of Tyrol, which was handed over to Italy with the treaties at the end of WWI. Enjoy a guided visit of the Archaeology Museum of Bozen, which is dedicated to the "Iceman," the 5000 year old mummified body found by accident in 1991 on the mountain border between Italy and Austria. Take a short walk on your own through the charming center of the alpine town of Bolzano.

Dinner: Enjoy a buffet of typical Tyrolean dishes at a local restaurant on the way back to Innsbruck.

Lodging: Hotel Innsbruck

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Elefant is located in the city center of Salzburg on one of the most traditional streets within the pedestrian zone in the Old Town. Run by the 4th generation of the Mayr family and part of the Best Western group, Hotel Elefant is housed in an 800-year-old former palace and offers the amenities of an international 4-star hotel. It is within walking distance of Getreidegasse, Mozart's birthplace, the Cathedral, Archbishops Residence and festival halls.

Contact info:
Sigmund-Haffner-Gasse 4
Salzburg, A 5020 Austria
phone: +43 662 84 33 97
web: www.elefant.at

Room amenities: Each room has air conditioning, radio, hair dryer, cable television, mini bar, safe box, telephone and wireless LAN.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers two restaurants, a breakfast room, 24-hour front desk, television room, safety deposit box, Internet access, wireless Internet in the rooms, and air conditioning.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Twelve: Monday, September 23 - Tratzberg Castle / Transfer to Salzburg
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: We depart for Salzburg. On the way to Salzburg we visit an important Austrian cultural monument, Tratzberg Castle, which offers an impressive shingle roof and Renaissance courtyard.

Lunch: Lunch en route to Salzburg.

Afternoon: Arrive at the hotel, time to settle in. Salzburg's Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997, represents one of the best examples of Baroque town planning anywhere in Europe. Nestled among stunning mountain landscapes, Salzburg is an homage to both Baroque architecture and Mozart, its famous son. Church spires, palaces and concert halls, narrow cobbled streets, passages and spacious squares, small shops and historic restaurants and cafés such as famous Tomaselli and Kaffee Furst together they create a very romantic ensemble. Introduction to the program in Salzburg with a lecture, "Salzburg and Its History," followed by a funicular ride up to the Hohensalzburg Fortress with a great view of the Old Town.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Optional stroll through the Old Town.

Lodging: Hotel Elefant

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Elefant is located in the city center of Salzburg on one of the most traditional streets within the pedestrian zone in the Old Town. Run by the 4th generation of the Mayr family and part of the Best Western group, Hotel Elefant is housed in an 800-year-old former palace and offers the amenities of an international 4-star hotel. It is within walking distance of Getreidegasse, Mozart's birthplace, the Cathedral, Archbishops Residence and festival halls.

Contact info:
Sigmund-Haffner-Gasse 4
Salzburg, A 5020 Austria
phone: +43 662 84 33 97
web: www.elefant.at

Room amenities: Each room has air conditioning, radio, hair dryer, cable television, mini bar, safe box, telephone and wireless LAN.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers two restaurants, a breakfast room, 24-hour front desk, television room, safety deposit box, Internet access, wireless Internet in the rooms, and air conditioning.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Tuesday, September 24 - The Baroque Old Town of Salzburg
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning take a guided field trip through the city center, home to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. See Hagenauer Haus, Mozart's birthplace, as well as the Salzburg Cathedral and the festival area. During the morning, we will have a coffee break at Kaffee Furst. Its founder, Paul Furst, created his famous Mozart chocolate balls in 1890. Enjoy one of the delicious cakes served with a nice cup of coffee or tea. After this short break, we continue our guided visit through the Old Town.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: This afternoon you have free time to discover the town on your own.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Elefant

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Elefant is located in the city center of Salzburg on one of the most traditional streets within the pedestrian zone in the Old Town. Run by the 4th generation of the Mayr family and part of the Best Western group, Hotel Elefant is housed in an 800-year-old former palace and offers the amenities of an international 4-star hotel. It is within walking distance of Getreidegasse, Mozart's birthplace, the Cathedral, Archbishops Residence and festival halls.

Contact info:
Sigmund-Haffner-Gasse 4
Salzburg, A 5020 Austria
phone: +43 662 84 33 97
web: www.elefant.at

Room amenities: Each room has air conditioning, radio, hair dryer, cable television, mini bar, safe box, telephone and wireless LAN.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers two restaurants, a breakfast room, 24-hour front desk, television room, safety deposit box, Internet access, wireless Internet in the rooms, and air conditioning.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check out time: 10:00 AM

Day Fourteen: Wednesday, September 25 - Mozart Autograph Collection / Hellbrunn Castle
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: We begin the day with a private visit to the Mozart Autograph Collection. The collection, which can only be viewed through exclusive appointments, includes 190 original letters written by Mozart, 370 letters by his father, and over 100 of Mozart's hand-written sketches, drafts and original scores. It is the most comprehensive Mozart library in the world. A local expert will introduce us to approximately 20 exposed autographs. Mid-morning, we leave the city for a guided field trip to Hellbrunn Castle on the outskirts of Salzburg, summer residence for the Prince Bishop. A lover of Italian art and culture, Markus Sittikus commissioned the famous Cathedral architect, Santino Solari, to design a "villa suburbana" to match the elegance and spaciousness of Italian architecture. He created a beautiful Renaissance building - the Lustschloss ("pleasure palace") of Hellbrunn with spacious park and unique trick fountains.

Lunch: Lunch in a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We return to the hotel for the afternoon - free time to relax and prepare luggage.

Dinner: A very special Farewell Dinner honoring the music of Mozart: Mozart Dinner Concert in the restaurant of St. Peter’s Abbey, right in the heart of the old town, a place which dates back to the year 803.

Lodging: Hotel Elefant

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fifteen: Thursday, September 26 - Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Transfer to the Salzburg W.A. Mozart airport (SZG) for international departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Murten
New Bear ParkFrom Murten, we travel to Bern where during free time you may wish to see bears live and interact at one of the most popular places to visit in Bern.
For additional information, visit: www.berninfo.com/en/page.cfm/Nachwuchs
Swiss Alpine MuseumExperience the atmosphere of Switzerland's mountains in the nation's only Alpine Museum. Learn about the Alpine world, its diversity, its historical and contemporary background, and its future prospects.
The Einstein HouseFrom Murten, we travel to Bern where during free time you may wish to visit The Einstein House, located in the Old City about 200 meters below the Clock Tower. Einstein's home between 1903 and 1905, this museum and historical landmark gives insight into Einstein's Bernese years, with copies of documents and writings supplying information on his scientific work. It is here where he also developed his theory of relativity.
Salzburg
Hohensalzburg FortressThe Hohensalzburg Fortress is the city's chief landmark which majestically dominates the cityscape. The 900-year-old fortress is one of the biggest and most fully-preserved fortifications in Europe,
For additional information, visit: www.salzburg-burgen.at/en/
Residenz PalaceThe Residenz Palace was the home of medieval bishops. Open to the public are state rooms of the Residenz that were formerly used by Salzburg's prince archbishops as reception rooms and living quarters, and the Residenz Gallery with presents a fabulous collection of paintings by European artists of the 16th-19th centuries.
For additional information, visit: www.salzburg-burgen.at/en/
Innsbruck
Bell Museum and Foundry GrassmayrAll over the world (in nearly 100 countries) bells from Grassmayr Bell Foundry in Tyrol can be heard tolling. The Grassmayr family has been casting bells for 14 generations. It has 400 years of experience, history and tradition to build upon. The Bell Museum is a unique combination of bell foundry, bell museum and a sound room.
For additional information, visit: www.grassmayr.at
Innsbrucker Nordkette CablerailwayThe new Nordkettenbahnen (funicular and cable cars) transports visitors directly from the city center of Innsbruck to high mountain terrain (6250 feet or even 7400 feet at the highest point) in just twenty minutes.
For additional information, visit: www.nordkette.com
Walenstadt
Cruise on Lake ZurichFrom Walenstadt, we travel to Zurich where during free time you may wish to enjoy special moments on a cruise of Lake Zurich. During the summer months, numerous short round trips are available.
Kunsthaus ZurichIn Zurich, the Kunsthaus Zurich is an internationally renowned museum of fine arts with works by Edvard Munch, Van Gogh, Picasso and leading Expressionist artists. Also on display is a significant group of works by Claude Monet and Marc Chagall. Modern artistic trends are represented by Rothko, Merz, Twombly, Beuys, Bacon and Baselitz.
For additional information, visit: www.zuerich.com

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