germanyDESTINATION GERMANY

Sample Itinerary: 9 Days | 7 nights

Day 1 – USA / FRANKFURT

TThe journey to Germany begins by boarding an international flight across the Atlantic to Frankfurt, a centrally located travel hub of Germany. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.

Day 2 – FRANKFURT / RUDESHEIM / HEIDELBERG

On arrival in Frankfurt, you will be greeted by the friendly Perform International representatives and continue your journey to Rudesheim, a winemaking town in the Rhine Gorge, to take a Rhine River cruise to St. Goarshausen. Don’t miss seeing the Lorelei Rock made famous by Wagner’s Opera cycle “The Ring of the Niebelungen.” From there you will travel by coach to Heidelberg, a popular tourist destination due to its romantic and picturesque cityscape. Overnight in Heidelberg.

Day 3 – HEIDELBERG

On your first morning in Heidelberg you will enjoy a half-day city tour which will include a visit to Heidelberg Castle. This castle is a mix of styles from Gothic to Renaissance. The newest portion, the King’s Hall, was built in 1934 and is home to open air musicals, operas, theatre performances, and classical concerts performed by the Heidelberg Philharmonics. In the evening your group will perform a concert. Overnight in Heidelberg.

Day 4 – HEIDELBERG / INNSBRUCK

You will leave Heidelberg on this day to travel to Innsbruck. On the way you will visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Hohenschwangau. The castle was built by King Ludwig II as a retreat from public life. After his death in 1886 the public was welcomed into the castle for tours. Today it is one of the most popular castles in all of Europe and is seen by millions every year. You will enjoy a guided tour through the castle and will learn more about Ludwig II and his life as the King of Bavaria. Overnight in Innsbruck.

Day 5 – INNSBRUCK

On this day you will have half-day city tour. You may see the Golden Roof pedestrian shopping or some of Innsbruck’s many museums like the Tyrolean Museum Railways or Ambras Castle. You will get to visit the Hofkirche or Hof, a Gothic church. It was built in 1553 by Emperor Ferdinand I as a memorial to his grandfather Emperor Maximilian I, whose tomb contains a remarkable collection of German Renaissance sculpture. In the evening your group will perform a concert. Overnight in Innsbruck.

Day 6 – INNSBRUCK

An excursion to the Hintertux Glacier is on the itinerary for this day. Just an hour or so from Innsbruck, Hintertux is breathtakingly beautiful and has snow 365 days of the year. There are scenic lifts that can take you to the highest points of the Zillertal Valley. There are also guided tours into Nature’s Ice Palace, the ice caves of Hintertux Glacier. After a day at Hintertux you will enjoy the scenic trip back through the Alps to Innsbruck. Overnight in Innsbruck.

Day 7 – INNSBRUCK / SALZBURG / MUNICH

This morning after breakfast you will travel into Austria to Salzburg. Salzburg’s beautiful city center is renowned for its baroque architecture and is considered one of the best-preserved city centers north of the Alps. Hohensalzburg Castle, which overlooks the Old Town, is one of the largest castles in Europe. You will get to visit Mozart’s birthplace in the Hagenauerhaus. The Mozart family had rented a flat in the house of the wealthy merchant Lorenz Hagenauer. After an enjoyable day in Salzburg, you will travel back to Munich. Overnight in Munich.

Day 8 – MUNICH

On your first morning in Munich you will enjoy a half-day city tour of Munich’s many historic sites and museums. Munich is known as a major European cultural center. You could visit the National Theater in Max-Joseph-Platz, the Neues Rathaus or St. Peterskirche towers. You will get to visit Nymphenburg Palace or “Nymph’s Castle,” a baroque palace that was the main summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria. In the evening your group will perform a concert. Overnight in Munich.

Day 9 – MUNICH TO USA

After breakfast you will go to the airport to begin your journey back to the USA. You will take with you lifelong memories of exploring and performing in Germany and Austria, sharing your own culture and encountering the rich artistic cultures of these beautiful countries.

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