Arrival and Welcome Reception
May
13
12:00 PM12:00

Arrival and Welcome Reception

Benvenuti a Roma! Hello and welcome to Rome where your Bavaria & Beyond vacation begins! Upon arriving at the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, your Bavaria & Beyond guides will be waiting to greet you. Enjoy a complimentary beverage and mingle with your fellow travelers as our group assembles at the designated airport meeting point. Once the group is completely gathered, we will pack up and depart for our centrally located 4-Star accomodations in Rome.

Our "express check-in" process will ensure that you quickly and comfortably settle-in to your room where you may relax and unpack before a Welcome Dinner Reception. Enjoy an all-inclusive meal with delicious Italian delicacies and of course, a well paired glass of Vino de Italia! During the reception all the necessary information will be distributed to ensure a smooth start to your Bavaria & Beyond vacation!

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Rome Sightseeing Tour
May
14
10:00 AM10:00

Rome Sightseeing Tour

Embark on a day spent exploring the Eternal City! Take in Rome’s most iconic sights as you are guided on a sightseeing tour, making several stops along the way. After becoming acquainted with the lay of the land, enjoy an evening of relaxation with a fine glass of wine and magnificent Italian dinner!

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Vatican City & St. Peter's Basilica
May
15
9:00 AM09:00

Vatican City & St. Peter's Basilica

With so much to do and see in Rome, one single day of sightseeing couldn't possibly suffice. Our second day begins with a visit to the Vatican City and Saint Peter’s Basilica. Upon arriving at the Vatican, our group will skip the lines and head directly to the Vatican Museum. Following our visit, guests will have the afternoon to spend as they choose discovering the Roman capital.

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The Towers of San Gimignano
May
16
9:30 AM09:30

The Towers of San Gimignano

Today we head north through the beautiful Italian countryside. On the way we will visit San Gimignano or “The Town of Fine Towers”, known for its medieval skyscrapers. These towers were a sign of wealth and the rival merchant families were not to be outdone. At one point over 72 towers reached heights of over 70 meters. Take in the view, enjoy time exploring the medieval town center, and enjoy a delicious Tuscan meal during our unforgettable visit to San Gimignano.

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Florence & Michelangelo's David
May
17
8:30 AM08:30

Florence & Michelangelo's David

Get to know Florence with a day spent visiting awe-inspiring cathedrals, lively open-air markets, romantic arched bridges, boutiques, and so much more! Of course, no visit to Florence would be complete without seeing Michelangelo's world famous David statue; a masterpiece of renaissance culture!  

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Tuscan Wine Tasting and Pisa
May
18
9:30 AM09:30

Tuscan Wine Tasting and Pisa

No visit to Tuscany would be complete without two things; a visit to Pisa and of course, a Tuscan wine tasting. Our day begins with a visit to the peculier Leaning Tower of Pisa. Here we will see the architectural anomaly recognized around the globe. After doing our part and taking a turn supporting this gravity defying tower, we will head to the Tuscan countryside for an afternoon wine tasting.

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Parma & Verona
May
19
9:30 AM09:30

Parma & Verona

Ancient ruins and a world-famous romance make Verona one of Italy's must-see destinations. As the setting for Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, one would be hard-pressed to find a more romantic city. Indeed, a visit to the Casa di Giulietta (Juliet's House) overwhelms the emotions with the passion and chivalry expressed by these star-crossed lovers in what is arguably one of Western culture's most influential love stories. However, Verona, with its history and culture dating back to Roman times, has much more to offer than strictly love tales. The city is home to one of the most well-preserved Roman Amphitheaters and outdates the Colosseum in Rome by nearly a half century! Once the sight of deadly Gladiator fights and war reenactments, the arena is still used today for the city's annual opera festival.

Our day also includes a stop in Parma where delicacies such a parmesan cheese and prosciutto originate. During a visit to a local parmesan cheese factory, guests will have the opportunity to experience the culinary highlights of this beloved region.

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Venice
May
20
8:30 AM08:30

Venice

Just a short drive from Lake Garda sits the romantic maritime city of Venice. Relax and take in the beauty of the famous St. Mark's square. Explore the many side streets and enjoy the beautiful scenes around every corner. Of course no trip to Venice would be complete without a romantic Gondola ride.

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Lago di Garda Boat Cruise
May
21
12:00 PM12:00

Lago di Garda Boat Cruise

Enjoy a day of leisure as we discover Italy's largest lake during a pleasant boat ride. Our tour of the waters will include stops at the lake's most beloved port towns. Visit the spectacular castle and fortified walls of Sirmione. Pursue the small lanes and colorful pavilions of Lazise. Enjoy a fine Italian meal and lakeside views in beautiful Bardolino. A day spent along the tranquil shores of Lago di Garda is vacation at its finest!

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Innsbruck, Austria
May
22
10:00 AM10:00

Innsbruck, Austria

It’s time to say “arrivederci” to Italy as we make our way north to Austria via the scenic Brenner Pass. Take in the breathtaking landscapes as the towering Dolomite mountains pass by and we enter into the heart of the Austrian Alps. Stops along the way will be made at the quaint Southern Tyrolean village of Vipiteno and the Capital of Tyrol; Innsbruck!

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Mittenwald, Germany
May
23
10:00 AM10:00

Mittenwald, Germany

Marvel at breathtaking scenery during the Mittenwald & Karwendel Mountain Tour. Explore the alpine village of Mittenwald with its ornately decorated homes nestled away at the base of the Karwendel Mountains. During the Middle Ages, the town was a center of trade sitting on an old Roman trade route between Venice and Augsburg. Learn the tales depicted in the many magnificent fresco paintings which adorn the towns medieval merchant homes.

Following a walking tour of the village, we will embark on a ride with the Karwendelbahn cable car offering guests stunning views of Mittenwald and the Isar river valley below. The cable car brings us to the Bergwelt Karwendel; a telescope-shaped building sitting atop the mountain summit with an intriguing nature museum. This easy going day filled with intriguing Bavarian stories and awe inspiring views is sure to please!

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Passion Play - Oberammergau
May
24
11:00 AM11:00

Passion Play - Oberammergau

Today is the day we will see a production of the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play! Since 1634 the inhabitants of this quaint alpine village have been performing the play at least once every ten years after God spared them from the bubonic plague ravaging through the region. Today the production, still put on by a cast of strictly local actors, attracts guests from around the globe. The play is broken up into two acts with a break for lunch which is included in your Bavaria and Beyond tour.

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen
May
25
10:00 AM10:00

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Take a tour down the picturesque Ludwigstrasse, part of the historic Via Claudia Augusta trading route. Learn about Partenkirchen's merchant past and lively tales of the townspeople and the many famous travelers to pass through. The day includes a visit to the historic 1936 Winter Olympic Ski Stadium and concludes with free time in the Garmisch pedestrian zone.

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Munich and Farewell Dinner
May
26
9:30 AM09:30

Munich and Farewell Dinner

Wake up in the heart of Munich with the iconic Fraunkirche and Marienplatz Rathaus just down the street. Enjoy a day exploring the city of Munich and all it has to offer. Peruse the many shops and cafe. Visit a local beer garden in the picturesque English Gardens or take a day trip to one of the city’s dozens of world-class museums.

In the evening an exquisite Farewell Dinner event will be put on for the group as we reflect on memories that will last a lifetime. A custom video, highlighting the best of your Bavaria & Beyond vacation, will premier at the start of this special evening. Embrace the terrific friendships which were made, while reminiscing on your time in Bavaria & Beyond!

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