TRAVEL TIME ON THE MOTOR COACH
Below is a brief summary of the itinerary. For a full description, see "Itinerary". The hours in parentheses ( ) indicate time on the motor coach between stops.
DAY 1 - Overnight flight from the U.S.A to Europe.
DAY 2 - Arrive at Frankfurt Airport in Germany. Board your motor coach for a scenic ride (1¾ hr) through the Main River Valley to the Franconian Wine Region. Then continue (1hr) to Markelsheim for a two-night stay. Welcome dinner at the hotel. (Dinner)
DAY 3 - Travel (2 hrs) to Nuremberg for a panoramic tour followed by independent sightseeing. Transfer (1½ hr) to the beautifully-preserved, medieval village of Rothenburg-ob-der-Tauber, where you will spend the afternoon. Return (1 hr) to Markelsheim for an authentic German dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 4 - Motor (4 hrs with a morning stop) to the elegant Bavarian Capital of Munich for a panoramic city tour on the way to the pedestrian-only old town, where you will have free time. Cross the border to Austria and travel (2½ hr) through the scenic Alps to the charming mountain villages of Filzmoos for a three-night stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 6 - The day is at your leisure to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. In the afternoon join the optional Eagle's Nest excursion (3 hrs round trip), to Hitler's mountain hide-away. Return to your hotel for a traditional Austrian dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 8 - Enjoy a free day in your peaceful Tyrolean village or join the optional Neuschwanstein & Linderhof excursion which includes travel to Neuschwanstein Castle (2 hrs), Linderhof Palace (1 ¼ hr) ,and a return to your Tyrolean hotel (1 ½ hr). (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 9 -This morning travel through breathtaking scenery (1½ hr). After a morning stop, continue (1½ hr) to Vaduz in the tiny principality of Liechtenstein. Cross the border into Switzerland (1½ hr) for a stop in of the pretty towns. Proceed (1¼ hr) to your hotel in the beautiful Swiss Alps, for a two-night stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 10 - Ride (1 hr) to the mountain resort of Stans, with the opportunity to take an optional Swiss Mountian funicular ride. Continue to Lucerne (½ hr) for sightseeing and the optional Swiss Lake Boat Ride excursion. Return (1 hr) to your hotel in the Swiss Alps. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 11 - After breakfast, travel north to Zurich (1 hr). Motor (1 hr) to Schaffhausen for a view of the imposing Rhine River Falls. Next, cross the German border and (2 hrs) enter the enchanting Black Forest region. From there, head to your hotel (1½ hr). (Breakfast)
DAY 12 - The landscape and history of the Black Forest come to life while visiting some of the region’s treasured highlights such as the waterfall of Triberg, the Schwarzwaldmuseum (Black Forest Museum), and a local artisan’s clock shop (Travel times between stops varies from ½ hr to 1 hr). Return (½ hr) to your hotel for an included group dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 13 - Travel (1½ hr) through the northern part of the Black Forest. Continue (2 hrs) to historic Heidelberg to visit the Old Town. Late afternoon ride (1¾ hrs) to Rüdesheim, located on the Rhine River, for a two-night stay. (Breakfast)
DAY 14 - The wine village of Rüdesheim is known for its festive appearance and laid-back lifestyle. For your last day in Europe, relax in Rüdesheim, or consider the optional Rhine Cruise & Cable Car excursion, featuring a 2½-hour boat ride on the romantic Rhine River and a cable car ride for views of the scenic Rhine valley. (Breakfast, Dinner)
DAY 15 - Transfer to the Frankfurt Airport (1½ hr) for your return flight home. (Breakfast)