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Switzerland and Austria: Jewels of Alpine Europe

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Program #19447RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy (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 Jun 14 — Jun 28, 2014

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Day One: Saturday, June 14 - 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: Sunday, June 15 - 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 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: Monday, June 16 - 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: Enjoy a short lecture entitled "Living on the Language Divide." Take guided excursion via the mini train in the old town of Murten (flat area) and stroll under the arcades on your own.

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: Tuesday, June 17 - Geneva / Lausanne
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Field trip to Geneva. On the bus hear a short lecture about "Geneva's International Role and the Red Cross." Explore the old town on a mini train.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enjoy a short cruise on Lake Geneva. Guided visit to the beautiful Gothic cathedral of Lausanne. Explore Lausanne by bus.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Enjoy some free time.

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: Wednesday, June 18 - Bern / Simmental / Gruyeres
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Take in a short lecture: "Introduction to Bern." Then take a field trip to 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. Enjoy the tiny 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: Thursday, June 19 - 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 and a short walk in the flat pedestrian area. Transfer to Hotel Seehof in Walenstadt, directly on the lakeshore.

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 Seven: Friday, June 20 - St. Gallen / Appenzell
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Hear a lecture entitled "Switzerland and Austria: Alpine Neighbors, Similar but Different." 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.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Drive through the Appenzell area with its stunning landscape and beautiful chalets.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Seehof

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, 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: Saturday, June 21 - Zurich
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: 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 will bring us to Fraumuenster 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. Drive back to the hotel in Walenstadt.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Evening: Delight in Swiss folk music and wine tasting with amazing wines of Eastern Switzerland.

Lodging: Hotel Seehof

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

Description: The four-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: Sunday, June 22 - 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! Take a short walk through the Baroque Old Town along some of the most important landmarks, including The Golden Roof and the Baroque Helbling House, an outstanding example of bourgeois grandeur in the Old Town.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Innsbruck

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

Description: The four-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: Monday, June 23 - The Baroque Old Town of Innsbruck / Bergisel Ski ...
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: Field trip to 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. After a short break in the hotel, the bus will take us for a drive through the city. We will visit the Wilten Basilica, one of the most splendid churches in Tyrol in Baroque and Rococo style, and the Bergisel ski jump designed by Zaha Hadid.

Lunch: Let's have lunch up in the jump tower! We will reach the restaurant by funicular and elevator.

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 four-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: Tuesday, June 24 - Great Contemporary Architecture
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. An architect will introduce you 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: Lunch at the restaurant at the upper station of the Nordketten cable car (5,700 feet). Enjoy breathtaking views over the valley and mountains.

Afternoon: This afternoon you will leave the town and drive to the southern part of Tyrol, handed over to Italy with the treaties at the end of WWI. Enjoy a guided visit to the Archaeological Museum of Bozen dedicated to the "Iceman," the 5000 year old mummified body found by accident in 1991 on the mountain border between Italy and Austria. Enjoy a free hour on your own in the charming alpine town.

Dinner: Enjoy typical Tyrolean in 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, telephone and wireless LAN.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers two restaurants, a breakfast room, 24-hour front desk, television room, safe, 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: Wednesday, June 25 - Transfer to Salzburg
Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: We depart for Salzburg. On the way to Salzburg, enjoy a guided visit to Swarovski and learn about the fantastic world of crystal.

Lunch: Lunch en route to Salzburg.

Afternoon: Arrive at the hotel, in the center of the Old Town, and take some 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 with a lecture on "Salzburg, the musical center of Austria" followed by a stroll through the Old Town.

Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room.

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, telephone and wireless LAN.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers two restaurants, a breakfast room, 24-hour front desk, television room, safe, 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: Thursday, June 26 - 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. Pass Hagenauer Haus, Mozart's birthplace, and visit 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. Back in the hotel hear a lecture on "Salzburg - city of adoption by Stefan Zweig." The author Stefan Zweig was born in Vienna but it was Salzburg which attracted him and he lived here from 1916 to 1934. In his time he was the most widely translated writer in the world. Zweig fled Salzburg following Hitler's rise to power in Germany.

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, telephone and wireless LAN.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers two restaurants, a breakfast room, 24-hour front desk, television room, safe, 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: Friday, June 27 - Mozart Autograph Collection / Lake District
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 approx. 20 of the autographs. After this event we board the coach for an excursion into the Salzkammergut - the lake district in the Salzburg countryside already a popular retreat during the emperor's time. Its sparkling lakes are sprinkled among mountains and forests, offering the perfect escape. You will visit St. Wolfgang and its Parrish Church with the unique Gothic winged altar, sculpted by Michael Pacher, and St. Gilgen, home to Mozart's mother.

Lunch: Lunch at the lakeside restaurant Weißes Rössl.

Afternoon: Continue the field trip through the lake district. We return to the hotel in the late afternoon.

Dinner: Enjoy 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: Saturday, June 28 - 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.
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
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 20 minutes.
For additional information, visit: www.nordkette.com
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 a fabulous collection of paintings by European artists of the 16th-19th centuries.
For additional information, visit: www.salzburg-burgen.at/en

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35 meals: 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 13 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
16 Field trips
1 Performances

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