New Year with the Sound of Music
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at ‘The Sound of Music’ Palace, Schloss Leopoldskron
7 Enchanting Days Munich to Munich – Escorted Tour Come join us in our wonderful palace, to experience a New Year like no other. Take a horse and carriage ride through the countryside, enjoy the thrill of the historic Berchtesgaden Salt Mines and cruise on Lake Konigssee. To top it all off enjoy a special New Year’s Gala dinner in the grand Marble Hall of Schloss Leopoldskron, followed by a night of music, dancing and fireworks.
Take a horse and carriage ride
Relax at the Oberhofalm alpine hut
Nestled by a small, idyllic lake with a majestic view of the Untersberg Mountain, Leopoldskron is not only the birthplace of the Salzburg Festival, but is also one of the principal locations of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1965 film ‘The Sound of Music’. This evening at our Schloss, we sample local wines with an Austrian wine connoisseur whilst enjoying dinner in the magnificent Marble Hall. Meals: B,D
DAY 1 ~ 28 DECEMBER Munich
Your tour commences this evening in cosmopolitan Munich. Tonight we enjoy a welcome drink and dinner. This is an ideal opportunity to meet and get to know your fellow travellers. Meals: D Your Munich Hotel – Maritim Hotel This 4 star hotel is in a superb location in the city centre just a fewminutes’ walk from the main pedestrian shopping mall. 1 DAY 2 ~ 29 DECEMBER Salzburg sightseeing, ‘My Time’ and Schloss Leopoldskron Crossing into Austria mid-morning we reach Salzburg – the baroque city of Mozart sitting beneath its enormous Festung (Fortress). A walking tour with an expert local guide will introduce you to this enchanting city, including several locations used in the film ‘The Sound of Music’. Afterwards enjoy time at leisure in the old town centre. Mozart’s Birthplace makes a fascinating visit, as does the ancient castle. Later we drive through the ornate iron gates and enter the grounds of the spectacular Schloss Leopoldskron, where we will stay for the next five nights. On arrival we will enjoy an orientation tour of this grand historical building, including the superb Chinese and Venetian rooms and the Marble Hall. We will discover the hidden staircase in the ornate, old-world library. Built in 1736, this rococo palace was lovingly restored to its current glory in the early 1900’s by its then owner, the famous theatre and film director Max Reinhardt.
Your feature Hotel – Meierhof Your rooms are located in the Meierhof –
the historic building set by the lakeside in the Palace grounds, about 50 metres from the Schloss itself.
DAY 3 ~ 30 DECEMBER Berchtesgaden, Salt Mines and beautiful Lake Konigsee
Heading deep into the Bavarian mountains we visit the old Salt Mines near Berchtesgaden. After dressing up in a salt miner’s uniform, we enjoy a fun filled ride on a small train deep underground, take wooden slides (or steps) and then float on a barge across a crystal clear underground lake, beautifully illuminated by a light show. Lunchtime will be spent amongst the cobbled streets of Berchtesgaden. Later we visit perhaps the most beautiful lake of all, Königssee – famous the world over for its steep cliffs and fjord like lake. We have included a relaxing cruise along the length of the lake to visit the romantic pilgrimage church on St Bartholomew Island. This evening we will return to nearby Salzburg where we have arranged a special dinner in the St Peter Stiftskeller – Austria’s oldest restaurant which dates back 1200 years! Be enchanted as we step back in time to the late 18th century. Meals: B,D
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