Europe's majestic Alps, stretching from France to Slovenia, deliver high-altitude thrills amid pockets of traditional cultures that have weathered the centuries intact. We'll meander through the mountains and meadows while exploring the villages and trails of Chamonix, Zermatt, the Berner Oberland, Hallstatt, the Dolomites, Bled, and more.
Small, landlocked Austria offers alpine scenery, world-class museums, cobbled quaintness, and Wiener schnitzel. We'll explore elegant Vienna — a hub for European culture and history — before stopping in the vineyard-lined Danube Valley. From there, it's on to the delightfully compact and musical Salzburg, the storybook lakeside village of Hallstatt, and the highlights of Tirol.
Central Europe's three most exciting cities make for a trip full of contrasting urban delights. We'll peek in at Berlin's world-class museums, significant historical sites, and lively nightlife, then take in some of Prague's beautifully preserved architecture, music-festival atmosphere, and world-renowned beers. Last stop: Vienna, with its Art Nouveau buildings, outrageously decadent desserts, and classy café culture.
With spectacular scenery, ruined castles, frilly Baroque palaces, Gothic churches, and stirring monuments to its troubled 20th-century history, Germany is blessed with some of Europe's most high-powered sights. We'll explore the highlights of its countryside, with stops in southern Bavaria and along the best stretch of the Rhine, take a stroll down the cobbled streets of medieval villages, and hit the most fascinating sights of bustling cities like Munich and Berlin.
The Germanic heart of Europe is home to some of its most dramatic landscapes, romantic castles, and half-timbered villages. We'll tour the scenic heart of Europe, including the poetic Rhine Valley, Romantic Road, Bavaria's fantasy castles and favorite beers, Mozart's Salzburg, the vineyard-filled Danube, stately Vienna, and the Alpine wonderland of Switzerland's Appenzell and Berner Oberland.
Switzerland is one of Europe's richest, best organized, most diverse, and expensive countries. We'll share some budget tips and lend some insight on this very traditional land as we explore the breathtaking scenery of Switzerland's Alps and lakes, and stroll our favorite Swiss cities and villages.