Germany’s Bavaria and the Lakes of Austria
Spectacular scenery, stunning architecture and engaging history combine in this active tour of southern Germany and western Austria. Hike, bike and paddle your way through gorgeous Bavaria.
June 29-July 9, 2023
DAY 1: TRAVEL DAY
International flights should be arranged to depart from the US on or before June 29th in order to arrive in Munich prior to the tour start date of June 30th.
DAY 2: ARRIVAL IN GERMANY
Time for settling into rooms will precede an afternoon of local sightseeing and authentic Bavarian fare in downtown Munich. Stroll through the Marienplatz and view the Neues Rathaus (town hall), with its chiming glockenspiel that reenacts 16th century stories. Overnight in Munich
DAY 3: MUNICH
Marvel at the opulent Munich Residenz, the largest city palace in Germany, and enjoy its architecture, room decorations, and displays from the former royal collections. After lunch, stroll the English gardens or hop on a bike or horse-drawn carriage ride through the park. Overnight in Munich
DAY 4: BAVARIA
We will leave behind Munich and travel to the Alps region on Germany. Spend the afternoon strolling through the Partnach Gorge, sculpted by the Partnach River eroding a deep crevasse into pure rock and creating one of the most beautiful gorges in the alpine region. Overnight in Innsbruck
DAY 5: INNSBRUCK
Stroll the colorful streets of Innsbruck, an Austrian town surrounded by enormous, snow-capped mountains. Wander through the market stalls and shops, take the funicular high into the mountains, climb the city tower and visit the Hofkirche, with its imposing royal statues. Overnight in Innsbruck
DAY 6: EXPLORING THE ALPS
Traverse lush green valleys and mountain pastures to arrive at the Krimml waterfalls. Remarkable as the highest waterfall in Europe, Krimml Falls provides great vantage points and gently sloping walking paths up most of its height. Overnight in Zell am See
DAY 7: ZELL AM SEE
Bike, hike, paddle, or slide in scenic Zell am See. The options for activities to fill this day of leisure are varied and plentiful. Zip down the mountain on an alpine slide, bike on the surrounding mountain paths, or paddleboard on the lake. This day is yours to fill as you choose. Overnight in Zell am See
DAY 8: BERCHTESGADEN
Take in the picturesque Parish Church of St. Sebastian and cruise the Konigsee before visiting the Salzbergwerk, the oldest active salt mine in Germany. Enjoy a train ride, miner’s slide, 3D animations and boat tour on an underground salt lake. Overnight near Salzburg
DAY 9: SALZBURG
Relish the beauty of old town Salzburg with its impressive mountaintop castle, imposing cathedral and ties to Mozart. Ride the funicular through the castle walls to Hohensalzburg to enjoy marvelous views of the city and get an immersive look at the castle’s history. Overnight near Salzburg
DAY 10: HELLBRUNN AND HERRENCHIEMSEE PALACES
Enjoy the laughter-inducing trick fountains and waterworks found throughout the grounds of Hellbrunn Palace. After lunch, travel by ferry to an island set within lake Chiemsee to tour the dazzling Herrenchiemsee Palace. Overnight at Munich airport
DAY 11: RETURN HOME
The tour concludes with hotel check-out by 11 a.m. Arrangements to the airport will be made for those leaving prior to 9 a.m. Early departures or later departures should plan their own transportation to the airport.
Tour Pricing and Payment Schedule
The Bavaria and Lakes of Austria tour scheduled for July 2022 will be $2,400 per person, based on double occupancy. A $50 discount is given for payment in full at initial deposit; otherwise, the following payment schedule applies, per person:
Non-refundable deposit of $300 reserves spot
Payment of $300 due on Dec 1st, 2022
Payment of $300 due on Jan 1st, 2023
Payment of $300 due on Feb 1st, 2023
Payment of $300 due on Mar 1st, 2023
Payment of $300 due on Apr 1st, 2023
Payment of $300 due on May 1st, 2023
Final payment of $300 due on June 1st, 2023
If signing up after any deposit deadline, payment for any previous deposits will be due upon sign-up. Prompt payment is appreciated. Late payments are assessed a $25 late fee.
Tour Inclusions and Exclusions
Included in the tour cost:
Pre-tour information, such as what to pack and how to exchange currency
Expertise of a tour guide throughout the tour
All sight-seeing and visits, as noted in the itinerary (unless otherwise specified)
All on-tour transportation, including trains, local flights, rental vehicles, and buses
One carry-on suitcase and one personal item due to car size restraints
All accommodations, based on double occupancy; typically, 3-star hotels and bed & breakfasts
Not included in the tour cost:
International airfare, including any taxes and fees
Expenses due to flight delays, strikes, inclement weather or other irregularities
Passport fees, visas and visa photos as required
Personal items such as souvenirs, laundry services, beverages, snacks, and healthcare
Optional excursions as indicated in the itinerary
Meals as indicated in the tour itinerary
Checked baggage fees and excess baggage charges
Seat requests and seat upgrades
Single traveler supplement
Refunds for tour services not utilized
Other items not specifically mentioned as included
Terms and Conditions
Please thoroughly review the Terms and Conditions on our website. Submitting a deposit for services constitutes a contractual agreement with Aticus Travel and represents your acceptance of the Aticus Travel, LLC Terms & Conditions.
Liability Waiver and Release Form
Please sign and return the Liability Waiver and Release Form for each tour participant. A parent or guardian must sign the form for any minor participants. A tour request is officially submitted when both the tour deposit and the Waiver and Release form are received by Aticus Travel, LLC for each tour participant.
Due to the strict cancellation policy, in order to protect your investment, and to provide you with peace of mind, we strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Many reputable companies exist and you can look into any of them, but here are a few recommendations to consider: Allianz Global Assistance, TravelEx, World Nomads and Travel Guard.
Packing Checklist and Tips
Please review the packing list for suggestions and tips on what to pack, how much you can take and what to leave at home.