Duration: 13 Nights / 14 Days
Day-1: Concert at Schoenbrunn Palace
A favoured summer residence of many Habsburg rulers, Schoenbrunn is officially the most visited tourist attraction in Vienna and in imperial times the palace was the setting for sumptuous festivities with musical performances from some of the greatest musicians the world has ever seen. Indeed the famous musical duel between Mozart and Salieri took place during one of these concerts.
Day-2: Belvedere Palace and Museum
Belvedere means ‘beautiful sight’ and there is perhaps none more beautiful in Vienna than the Belvedere palace and gardens. Commissioned as his summer retreat by war hero Prince Eugene of Savoy in the late 17th century, it reflects his tastes as an art connoisseur. This baroque architectural jewel consists of two palaces, Upper and Lower Belvedere. The Upper contains world's largest Klimt collection and Lower, where Prince Eugene’s apartments and staterooms were, today houses Austrian art from the Middle Ages to the present. The palace was designed by the renowned architect Johann Lukas von Hildebrandt.
The new 21er Haus museum is not only extremely interesting from an architectural point of view but is also intensively engaged in Austrian art of the 20th and 21st centuries. The impressive building was constructed by leading architect Karl Schwanzer as the Austria pavilion for the World Exhibition in 1958 and opened as a museum for the art of the 20th century in Vienna in 1962.
The orangery was originally a winter garden with heating system for orange trees. After the death of Prince Eugene and the relocation of the orangery to Schönbrunn, the plant house was renovated and used as stall. After 1918 a part of the Modern Gallery and, from 1953 till 2007, the museum of middle age art were both housed in this building. In 2007, the architect Susanne Zottl designed a modern exhibition hall as a white cube in the orangery.
Day-3: Outdoor activities and adventure
Rub shoulders with emperors, celebs and sports stars and hang out with Nobel laureates at Madame Tussauds Vienna. Explore dozens of rooms packed with waxworks that are so lifelike as to appear like the real thing. Historic figures are recreated in the environment in which they lived, lending an even greater authenticity to the statues.
The collection is constantly updated to ensure that the most prominent figures of the day are represented, giving you the chance to ‘meet’ Hollywood A-listers such as Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Robert Pattinson, Johnny Depp and Nicole Kidman. In fact, you can mingle with the stars and be a guest at Vienna’s most exclusive VIP Party, where you can pose with the ‘guests’. Music legends such as Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury are here, of course, as is Austria’s favourite son, Falco, who is still rocking with Amadeus.
Austrian sports heroes of the calibre of football legend Hans Krankl, tennis great Thomas Muster and skiing stars like Renate Gotschl and Hermann ‘the Herminator’ Maier. Also on display are a number of the country’s cultural greats, with the likes of Mozart, Sigmund Freud and Romy Schneider as well as historic international luminaries such as Beethoven and Einstein.
Austrian royal figures include the great empress Maria Theresa and the long-lived and tragic emperor Franz Joseph. Global political figures of the stature of Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II are here, too, and you can’t miss the Behind the Scenes, where you can learn how the remarkably lifelike wax figures are created.
Day-3: Original Sound of Music Private Tour
Start your experience with a pickup from your central Salzburg hotel or make your own way to a central pickup point. Then, hop aboard your comfortable, air-conditioned minivan with your expert driver-guide and start your tour.Sound of Music Since this is a private tour, be sure to list any special interests you have on booking so your guide will know them in advance, and then, on the day, talk to your guide about any sights you want to see more or less of, so they can tailor your itinerary around your wishes.
While you travel, hear fascinating facts and trivia about the 1965 film and, to get into the musical mood, opt to hear some of the film’s famously melodic songs during your drive. See Schloss Leopoldskron (Leopoldskron Castle), the lakeside house that acted as the Von Trapp home, and head for the 17th-century Schloss Hellbrunn (Hellbrunn Castle) to visit the reconstructed garden gazebo where Liesl and Rolf sang ' Sixteen Going on Seventeen.' Next, drive into the idyllic Salzkammergut region of glassy lakes and Alpine mountains. Soak up the stunning scenery that formed the film’s opening scenes and see the romantic village of St Gilgen, home to the movie’s mountain railway. Continue to the lakefront town of Mondsee to admire the yellow-painted church that hosted Maria’s wedding, and then return to Salzburg to discover two more iconic locations: the famous Mirabell Palace and Nonnberg Abbey, where the convent scenes were filmed.
Your 4-hour tour ends at the original starting point. Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability There is a maximum of 8 people per booking as transport is minivan You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity. Edelweiss Cooking School Upgrade:Upgrade to include a 1-hour Austrian cooking class! After your film tour, drive to the Edelweiss Cooking School, set in a quaint Alpine wooden hut in Salzburg. Then, guided by an experienced chef, make one of Austria’s favorite dishes — a delicious apple strudel. Peel the apples and learn how to make and roll the crispy pastry before baking it to perfection. As you work, learn about Austrian cuisine and sample some scrumptious local specialities. Then, end your tour back at the departure point.
Please note: the order of film site visits as described above may be subject to change on the day of your tour.Please note: Tour concludes at original departure point
Day-4: Mozart City Tour
Acquaint yourself with Salzburg through the eyes of its most famous son. The Mozart city tour offers the quickest way to get to know this 90-minute odyssey through the city locations most associated with the great composer, from the magnificent Mirabell Palace to the townhouse he was born in.
Begin your adventure through Salzburg’s old town at the Mirabell, which along with its beautifully landscaped gardens is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Pass the Mozarteum music academy and the Marionette Theatre, which for a century has been producing marionette performances of Mozart’s operas. Continue to the Markart Square and see the State Theatre, the beautiful baroque Trinity Church and Mozart’s Wohnhaus, where Wolfgang Amadeus lived for many years.
Cross the river Salzach and enjoy wonderful views of the city. Follow the river along part of the old fortifications to the Hellbrunn Palace, a delightful example of early baroque architecture, and enjoy a brief photo stop. The gardens and fountains are simply gorgeous. On the way back to the city centre, pass Frohnburg Castle (which was the Von Trapp family home in the Sound of Music) and Nonnberg Abbey, which is located beneath the imposing Hohensalzburg Fortress. Re-enter the old city through the Sigmund Gate, which still looks remarkably impregnable. Back in the heart of Salzburg; pass the Great Festival Hall and Old University, the famous Horse Pond, and the picturesque Getreidegasse shopping street as well as the ancient St Blasius Church. The tour finishes at Mozart Square, where a statue honours him, and at the Cathedral Square.
Day-5: Private Tour: Eagle's Nest and Bavarian Alps Tour from Salzburg
After pickup from your hotel in central Salzburg, travel by minivan or Mercedes E-Class across the AustrianGerman border into scenic Bavaria. Pass acres of farmland and picturesque farmhouses as you make your way to Obersalzberg, the site of Adolph Hitler’s residential complex.
At the foot of Obersalzberg, transfer into a bus fitted with a special engine and brakes for a 4-mile (6.5 km) trip along a road just 13 feet (4-meters) wide with a 22% grade.
When the road ends, walk through a 407-foot (124-meter) long tunnel to a World War II-era elevator built directly into the mountain. This opulent elevator is lined with brass, mirrors and leather and takes you inside the Eagle's Nest (Kehlsteinhaus).
Though the Eagle’s Nest was built as a retreat for Adolph Hitler as a 50th birthday gift, Hitler rarely visited the house. Today, this historical site located at an elevation of 6,017 feet (1,834 meters) is famous for its incredible views.
Walk around the property and up to the summit of Obersalzberg to admire stunning views of lush green valleys and the snow-capped Bavarian and Austrian Alps. Feel free to take plenty of photos and ask your knowledgeable guide as many questions as you wish about the history and significance of the Eagle’s Nest. Being on a private tour means you can take your time and get the most out of your visit.
On the way back to Salzburg, stop briefly at Berchtesgaden, which once was the site of important Third Reich buildings but today is a popular and lovely recreational area. You'll have 45 minutes in Berchtesgaden to explore and get a bite to eat (own expense).
Your 5-hour private trip to the Eagle’s Nest ends with drop-off at your Salzburg hotel. Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability A current valid passport is required on the day of travel You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity. Please note: Entrance fees to the Kehlsteinhaus are not included in the tour price and have to be paid on the day (approx. 16.10 euros per adult and 9.30 euros per child). Returns to original departure point
Day-6: Madrid Highlights Half-Day Morning
Discover the culturally diverse character of Madrid on this panoramic sightseeing bus and walking tour of the city’s highlights.
Madrid shows the multiple contrasts inherited through the History. You will be able to find the medieval origins of the city, like the Arabic fortress, at the Barrio de la Morería, characterized by the antiquity of its buildings
We will also cover the Hapsburg Madrid of Felipe II, with its Renaissance and Baroque buildings walking and making pictures on Calle Mayor, Plaza Mayor, Plaza de la Villa.
Then, we will also see the Bourbon Madrid and the urban layout made by Carlos III, the Royal Palace, the Cibeles Fountain, Neptune Fountain and the Puerta de Alcalá. We will also visit the works from the kingdom of Joseph Bonaparte on the 19th century, such as Prado Museum.
We will get to know the contemporary Madrid on areas such as Gran Vía, Paseo de la Castellana, Barrio Salamanca, Plaza de Castilla and Parque del Oeste, as well as the commercial and financial areas of Modern Madrid, like the emblematic Ventas Bullring or Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.
Day-7: Skip the Line Royal Palace Morning Visit
The Royal Palace was built in the XVIII century upon the ancient Baroque Italian style fortress of the Habsburg. It is one of the most beautiful and best preserved palaces in Europe and a symbol of the permanence and consolidation of Madrid as the capital of the Kingdom.
The Palace was the official residence of the Spanish Monarchy from 1765 to 1931. To date, the most stunning receptions of the Spanish Crown are celebrated here: audiences, dinner parties, signature of agreements and the traditional ceremony of presentation of Credential Letters from foreign ambassadors to His Majesty the King.
Day-8: Guadalquivir River Cruise
Visit Seville from a unique position and enjoy privileged views: those that can be seen from the Guadalquivir river, large ancient river that go through Andalusia with over 700km of length and connects the capital, Seville, with the Atlantic Ocean. In fact its current name come from the Arabic “al-Wadi al-Kibir”, translated into our language as “big river”.
From the deck of one of our modern, spacious and safe boats you can take a breath while you see the Guadalquivir banks, where great works are built, such as the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza, the old bridges, the mythical Barrio de Triana, the pavilions of international exhibitions celebrated in Seville the towers of the Plaza de España and numerous buildings that, in the past, chose to settle on the banks of the big river, which became to Sevilla in a strategic point of vital importance to the New World. This was the place where the merchant ships berth, at the Port of Seville, loaded with gold, silver, tobacco and other valuable goods in high demand.
In the Monastery of Santa Maria de las Cuevas, located on a small island in the Guadalquivir known as Isla de la Cartuja, was where Christopher Columbus planned his trip across the ocean looking for India.
Feel the history of Seville from a magical perspective that not everyone can enjoy, go with the river current under the bridges and gaze at the beautiful skyline of a unique and inimitable city.
Day-9: Seville, Fascinating & Monumental Morning Half-Day Tour
Seville, Fascinating & Monumental Morning Half-Day Tour:
Make the most of your visit to Seville with a explore the most important monuments guided tour of the capital and areas of the city with our sightseeing tour. Discover the charm of Hispanic-Muslim architecture that is all around the city, walk along the shore of, great king of Andalusia, or enjoy the best views of the city the Guadalquivir from the top of the giralda .
With the company of our official tour guide of the city, visit emblematic works of historical and artistic heritage of Andalusia. You will be shocked by the Gothic-Mudejar beauty of the and amazed by Reales Alcázares the dimensions of the , both buildings declared as a . Cathedral of Saint Mary World Heritage Site by UNESCO Walk through the streets and the courtyards of the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the old Jewish quarter of Seville where it was established the second largest Jewish community in Spain, and if you feel up to it, finish the day with a climb of almost 98 meters at the Giralda, undisputed symbol of the city, a nice way to say goodbye to an unforgettable tour.
Day-10: Morocco Day Trip from Malaga to Tangier
Your day trip to Tangier begins with a scenic drive from Malaga to the southern tip of Spain. Then board a highspeed ferry to travel across the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco (45 to 60 minutes), where your journey will continue to the exciting Moroccan city of Tangier on a comfortable, air-conditioned coach.
Your tour of Tangier starts with a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city, followed by a walking tour of the little souk, the medina (old quarter) and the kasbah (old fortress). Discover Morocco’s rich architecture, browse the spice markets, stop to see the snake charmer and visit one of the local bakeries to try some tasty bread (own expense).
Then enjoy shopping at a typical bazaar, where you’ll see many types of carpets and handicrafts.
Make a short stop at Cape Spartel, where you can see the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea mix together, and then enjoy a sample of traditional mint tea and learn about the mint tea rituals. Next, stop by the white sand dunes that border the Atlantic. Here you have the option to ride a camel (own expense)! Alternatively, enjoy free time to explore the beautiful area.
On your way back to the ferry, take in views of the Moroccan landscape, and then relax on the comfortable coach ride from the Spain port back to Malaga.
Day-11: Alhambra and Generalife Gardens Tour in Granada
Disembark your ship at Malaga cruise terminal, then hop inside an air-conditioned minivan and travel to the Alhambra, a UNESCO-listed Moorish palace complex in Granada.
On arrival, after around two hours on the road, spend a few moments admiring the palace’s rose-tinted walls and the sweeping panoramas of Granada. Then, with your skip-the-line ticket, walk past the main queues and head inside.
With your guide leading the way, walk through the lavish palatial buildings and courtyards decorated with elegant arches and bubbling fountains, and learn how the site is thought to have been constructed as a fortress in the 9th century. Marvel at the Islamic architecture of the three Nasrid Palaces — Mexuar, Serello and Harem. Then, take in the contrasting Renaissance architecture of the Palace of Charles V.
Continue on to the Generalife Gardens, once a haven for kings, emirs and sultans. Breathe in the lingering aroma of jasmine as you sashay through the exotic gardens, admiring eye-catching water features and vibrant flowerbeds.
Day-12: Catamaran Excursion at Sunset
An unforgettable experience for all lovers of the sea and sailing.
Departure to Ibiza port, to board our modern sailing katamaran. After cruising down the south-east coast until the beach of “Las Salinas” where we turn and head for “Es Freus” as the area between the islands of Ibiza and Formentera is known, we finally drop anchor in the crystal clear water of Illetas beach. Here there will be ample time to bathe, sunbathe and watching the luxury yachts you can meet here.
Day-13: Costa Brava and Girona Day Trip from Barcelona including Easy Hike
Once you are picked up from a centrally located meeting point in Barcelona, you will first head to Costa Brava - a coastal area near Barcelona famous for its beauty. You will admire its amazing rock formations, cliffs and crystal turquoise sea water. Once arrived to the unique Costa Brava, you will enjoy an easy hike through the amazing coastal path and you will discover old fishing villages and hidden beaches that are only accessible by foot. You will also admire the astonishing views from cliffs (Please note that even though the hike included in this tour is easy, it is not recommended for individuals who have difficulty walking).
Afterwards we will head to Girona, where you will have time for lunch (not included) and enjoy the local cusine if you wish. Then you will enjoy a pleasant guided walk along the historic medieval quarter, where you will be able to admire its historical Jewish quarter (one of the most well preserved in Europe) and the astonishing Cathedral, dating from 1417 (the widest Gothic cathedral in the world). In Girona you will also see the Onyar river and the famous colorful houses that are flanking the waterside, You will then be taken back to Barcelona. Confirmation will be received at time of booking Children must be accompanied by an adult May be operated by a multi-lingual guide A minimum of 2 people per booking is required A small amount of walking is involved You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity. Returns to original departure point
After breakfast, we bid goodbye to Europe as we receive a transfer to the airport in time to board your flight back home. With an enriching experience of a lifetime, its time to take home happy memories of the beautiful places visited, which you will treasure for a lifetime
Tour ends with happy memories!!!