(15 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Baden-Baden, Zurich, Lausanne
This is the ultimate private luxury tour of Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Enjoy flexible private touring of the most interesting cultural attractions and scenic destinations, including the magnificent Austrian and Bavarian Alps; charming villages along the Romantic Road, in the Black Forest and along the Danube; historic castles and palaces; fantastic museums and art galleries in Vienna, Basel and Zurich; the Baroque splendor of Salzburg’s old town; visits to luxury car factories and museums in Munich and Stuttgart; the best local shops and restaurants; and time in Germany’s finest spa town. Visits to breweries and wineries will also be arranged if desired. Accommodation is at the most luxurious hotels in the region.
Begin in Vienna. During private touring, your expert local guide will take you to the most important palaces and museums, interesting neighborhoods, Viennese cafes and open-air markets, and help you navigate the overwhelming wealth of spectacular art, architecture and history in this former imperial capital. Visit the Spanish Riding School to see the Lipizzaner Stallions during a training session. See the highlights of world-renowned palaces and museums such as the MuseumsQuartier, Kunsthistorisches, Albertina, Liechtenstein, and Schönbrunn Palace. Tour architectural monuments that exemplify the best in Vienna's Gothic, Baroque and Secessionist styles. Visit our favorite shops selling exquisite linens, crystal, chocolates, gourmet foods and antiques. Visit up-and-coming neighborhoods known for their designers and chefs. Taste local culinary specialties at our favorite stalls in the enormous Naschmarkt food market. We'll also ensure you have opportunities to visit Vienna's leading coffee houses.
Transfer to Salzburg, opting to visit the Hallein salt mine or the wine-growing region of Wachau en route. In Salzburg, tour major cultural highlights such as the Cathedral, Mozart's birthplace, and sites related to The Sound of Music, such as the Mirabell Palace and Gardens. Walk down Getreidegasse, Salzburg's most famous shopping street, and visit select boutiques specializing in local products such as trachten fabric, loden coats, pewterware, Christmas decorations, gilded glass (verre eglomise), and of course Mozartkugel chocolate pralines. Also enjoy a short private excursion through the Salzkammergut, a stunning region of mountains and lakes in the Austrian Alps, for a cruise on Lake Wolfgang and to visit more Sound of Music sites.
Next, you'll be driven into Germany, through the beautiful Bavarian countryside, to visit Neuschwanstein, the fairytale castle built in the 19th century for King Ludwig II. The model for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle, Neuschwanstein is a romantic vision of towers and turrets that rises out of a rocky hilltop and offers panoramic views of surrounding mountains, lakes and farmland.
Spend three nights in Munich, the dynamic capital of Bavaria. Explore the Old Town during a flexible private tour. See the famed Glockenspiel and watch its life-size mechanical figures dance and joust. Stroll interesting shopping streets and squares, and browse the Viktualienmarkt outdoor food market. Visit the Frauenkirche—the symbol of the city—and the Beer and Oktoberfest Museum, if desired. Other touring options include the Residenz (the former royal palace) or the Alte Pinakothek art museum. Also enjoy a private tour of the BMW factory and museum or of the Nymphenburg porcelain factory.
Transfer to Baden-Baden, an elegant spa town in the Black Forest, for three nights at an elegant hotel with a renowned spa and extensive grounds. One day, enjoy a private excursion into nearby Alsace (in France) to visit charming towns such as Strasbourg and/or Colmar and local wineries. During free time in Baden-Baden, enjoy the hotel’s many facilities, including a renowned spa and excellent restaurants. Also explore the town’s beautiful parks, quaint shops, and excellent museums such as the Museum Frieder Burda.
Continue to Switzerland and drive through the scenic Black Forest, stopping as desired in towns such as Triberg and Titisee—both known for cuckoo clock production—or Freiburg, a renowned university town. Alternatively, stop in Basel, home to dozens of excellent museums and one of the world’s most important contemporary art fairs.
Spend two nights in Zurich, a city of renowned art and architecture. During private touring with your local expert guide, see highlights such as the Old Town, Kunsthaus, Landesmuseum (Swiss National Museum), the Centre Le Corbusier-Heidi Weber Museum, and churches with stained glass windows designed by Marc Chagall and Sigmar Polke. Alternatively, Artisans of Leisure can arrange a private excursion to see the highlights of nearby towns, such as the Oskar Reinhart Museum in Winterthur or the UNESCO-inscribed abbey and library in St. Gallen.
Next, you will be transferred to Lausanne. En route, stop in Bern, the capital of Switzerland and one of its prettiest cities, and enjoy a private tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town. Alternatively, visit Lucerne, a picture-perfect Swiss town on the shore of Lake Lucerne, to explore the highlights of the Old Town and, if desired, also visit the Swiss Transport Museum.
Continue to Lausanne and the beautiful Lake Geneva region for two nights at one of Switzerland’s most luxurious lakeside resort hotels. During private touring, explore the Old Town and take a private excursion into the surrounding countryside. Visit the Lavaux wine region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of 800-year-old terraced vineyards that skirt the edge of Lake Geneva and offer dramatic views of the Alps. Taste Chasselas and other delicious local varietals in Lavaux cellars, and perhaps enjoy a gourmet meal at one of the finest restaurants in Switzerland. Also, tour Chateau de Chillon—Switzerland’s most interesting castle—which sits on a small island in Lake Geneva and offers evocative insights into the daily life of medieval aristocracy.
Arrive Vienna, Austria
Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights
Full-day private city tour
Half-day private city tour
Vienna – Salzburg
Private transfer to Salzburg for 2 nights, with touring en route
Salzburg & environs
Full-day private tour
Salzburg – Munich, Germany
Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights, with touring of Neuschwanstein en route
Full-day private tour
Munich – Baden-Baden
Private transfer to Baden-Baden for 3 nights, with touring en route
Baden-Baden & Alsace
Full-day private excursion, including wine tasting
Baden-Baden – Zurich, Switzerland
Private transfer to Zurich for 2 nights, with option to visit Basel en route
Private city tour or optional excursion to Winterthur and St. Gallen
Zurich – Lausanne
Private transfer to Lausanne for 2 nights, with touring en route
Lausanne & environs
Full-day private tour
Lausanne – Depart Geneva
Private airport transfer
Hotel Sacher Wien
Hotel Sacher Salzburg
Mandarin Oriental, Munich
Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa
The Dolder Grand
Per person (double occupancy)
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Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
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A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, skipping lines during touring whenever possible, restaurant and spa reservations, performance tickets, private airport transfers, internal transportation, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations
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All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.
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