Itinerary

2012 Reunion European Tour

of Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and Liechtenstein

 June 29 – July 7, 2012
Sue & George Naff, tour escorts

Itinerary

 

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A word about our transatlantic air…

 To save money we are encouraging our travelers to be creative with their air travel to Europe.  The Spirit staff plans to fly on a transatlantic flight from Charlotte to Munich and will welcome anyone to join us on that flight.  When we book that flight for our staff, we will send you the information should you want to book with us.

It may be less expensive for you to fly directly from your home airport to Munich.  There are many good deals out there for savvy computer shoppers.  Also, this may be a good opportunity to use frequent flyer or award miles which might not be possible if flying with a group.  We have several travelers who plan to use their credit cards for every possible purchase during the next year in order to get frequent flyer miles.  See the attached document: “Researching, Choosing, and Purchasing Your Flights To/From Europe”

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Friday, June 29
From Your Home Airport  –  Munich, Germany

If you wish to fly with the Spirit staff, you will join us in the early afternoon at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport to board our wide-body jet for the flight to Munich.  After departure we will enjoy dinner, an in-flight movie, some sleep time, and a hearty breakfast before our arrival in Germany.

You’ll want to check out various options for your transatlantic flight.  (See above note “a word about our transatlantic air.”)

If you are flying directly from your home town airport to Europe, just know that we can’t wait to meet you in Munich and get started on our adventure!  Look out Europe.  Here we come!

 

Saturday, June 30
Munich – Dachau – Munich

 Guten morgen!  Welcome to Germany.  After our early morning arrival at the Munich International Airport we will claim our luggage, clear customs, and board our deluxe motor coach for a short transfer to downtown Munich. As our hotel is not ready at this time, we will gather together with a local guide for a city tour to see famous sights like The Frauenkirche (Church of our Lady), with its twin domes, St. Michael’s Church and Peter’s Church, the oldest in the city. At 11.00 am on the Marienplatz we will see the world-famous Glockenspiel.  Then we will check in and freshen up at our hotel.

In the afternoon we have the opportunity to visit the Dachau concentration camp.  After returning to Munich we will gather together for a welcome-dinner at the famous Hofbrauhaus where we will enjoy a typical German meal with a folklore show.

After dinner we will return to our hotel for a good night’s sleep.

 

Sunday, July 1
Munich – (Salzburg) – Munich

We have several choices of how we will spend our day:

(1)  You may wish to spend the day in Munich, a wonderful city for shopping and sightseeing.  You have the day free to enjoy the city and relax.  The cafés are particularly inviting for, as Sue says, the pastries are “…to die for.”  The Marienplatz (the city center) and the Pedestrian Zone are must-see visits.

(2)  Another option is a day-trip to nearby Salzburg, Austria, where the Sound of Music was filmed.  This Baroque city hosts Mozart’s birthplace, the Salzburg Cathedral, St. Peter’s Cemetery in which the von Trapp hid in the Sound of Music movie.  A visit to the Hohensalzburg Fortress is a must!  One of Europe’s mightiest castles, this fortress towers over the city and offers splendid views of the Salzach River, the city, and the surrounding countryside.

The Mirabell Gardens are absolutely gorgeous.  You’ll recognize the statuary, the gardens, and the Palace from the movie.  The Spirit of America National Honor Band performed here several times over the years.  After an exhilarating day we will return to Munich for a free evening.

Overnight at the hotel in Munich.

 

Monday, July 2
Munich – Innsbruck

 After a hearty breakfast at our hotel we will board our motor coach for the scenic drive south to the mountains.  We cross the German border and see in the distance the Tyrolean Alps of Austria. Innsbruck, twice the home of the Winter Olympics, welcomes us with beautiful vistas and Tyrolean folklore.  Listen, you can almost hear the cowbells ringing and the goat-herders yodeling.

The afternoon is free to enjoy the Old Town with its cobblestone streets and quaint shops.  You’ll want to get a photo of the famous Golden Roof of King Maximilian I.  For lunch you might try some typically Austrian food in one of the cafes which line the cobblestone streets.  After browsing and shopping you may want to relax in one of the beautiful gardens or visit a museum.

You may wish to take an optional excursion to the famous Swarovsky Museum where you can view exquisite pieces of crystal, learn about its history, and have an opportunity to purchase Swarovsky pieces at special prices.

Tonight we offer an optional Tyrolean Evening of folk dancing, singing and bell ringing.  All the laughter, music, yodeling, and fun is guaranteed to get you in the mood.  As the finale to the show, the singers present a famous song from each country represented.  When we hear The Stars and Stripes Forever we will stand and sing along.  You’ll be amazed at how many different nationalities are present, all laughing, clapping, singing, and enjoying this time together.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 

Tuesday, July 3
Innsbruck – Vaduz – Interlaken

Our trip through the Austrian countryside will be filled with beautiful scenery as we make our way to Vaduz, the capital of the tiny county of Liechenstein, where we will have time for lunch and shopping.  You may want to visit the post office and get a unique stamp or buy a patch in one of the many sidewalk shops.

Soon after crossing the border into Switzerland we will enjoy wonderful vistas as we approach Interlaken – a city nestled between two lakes and surrounded by the magnificent Swiss Alps.  After dinner at our hotel, the evening is free to enjoy the night life or to take a leisurely walk by the lake or to relax at our hotel.

An optional boat cruise is planned for this evening.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 

Wednesday, July 4
Grindelwald – Interlaken 

This morning we plan an excursion high in the Alps to an unforgettable site, Grindelwald, the “glacier village,” the only resort in the Jungfrau area which can be reached by car or motor coach.  Today is for relaxing in this picturesque ski resort.  Grindelwald has lovely shops and sidewalk cafes for your shopping and dining pleasure.

You may enjoy the easy walk to Glacier Gorge or an optional ski lift ride to First to enjoy the spectacular views and the snow.  On a clear day one can see over a hundred miles in all directions.   And when you’re not taking pictures or hiking, you can throw snowballs at your friends (or the ones who used to be your friends).

You may want to take an optional excursion to the famous Jungfraujoch, the highest point in Europe accessible by railway (11,333 feet).  The views are incredible.  Ride this historic railway from Interlaken or from Grindelwald.

After refreshing our spirits in these beautiful mountains, we will return to Interlaken for dinner on your own and a free evening to relax.

Overnight at the hotel.

 

Thursday, July 5
Interlaken – Bern – Geneva

 This morning our first stop will be in the capital city of Switzerland – Bern.  There will be time for sight-seeing and shopping with a special visit to the famous Bear pit.

This afternoon we will continue south through the mountains to the French-speaking section of Switzerland known as the Swiss Riviera.  The topography of the land changes as we approach one of the largest and most beautiful lakes in Europe, Lake Geneva.

The gigantic fountain welcomes us to the famous city of Geneva, home of the International Red Cross and the Swiss Office of the United Nations.  Tonight there will be time to visit the lakeside for a relaxing stroll and perhaps some Swiss ice cream in one of the outdoor cafes.

Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

 

Friday, July 6
Geneva – Montreux – Castle of Chillon – La Gruyere – Geneva 

After breakfast at our hotel we have two options today:

(1) The day is free to enjoy the cosmopolitan city of Geneva for Individual sightseeing and shopping.  There is so much to see – the museums, the fountain, the churches, the shops!

(2) If you wish to join us for our excursion to Montreux, we will drive to Lausanne to catch the boat for our 2 hour cruise on beautiful Lake Geneva.  From the deck of the lake steamer the vista of Montreux is exquisite.  As we round the point, the Castle of Chillon comes into view.  Immortalized by Lord Byron, this is one of the most beautiful and famous castles in the world.  Surrounded by the blue waters of the Lake Geneva, it looks like an impenetrable fortress.  Our boat takes us right up to the castle where we will disembark and enjoy a tour with an English-speaking guide.

After our visit to the Castle we will drive into the town of Montreux, the home of the internationally-famous Montreux Jazz Festival, where you can shop or just take a relaxing stroll by the lake.   The vistas include beautiful flowers, parks, and the clear lake with its swans, sailboats, and on its opposite shore, snow-covered mountains which disappear into the clouds.

Is your camera ready?  You’ll need it because we are going to visit the quintessential Swiss village of LaGruyere, world-famous for its Gruyere cheese.  La Gruyere is a small village with quaint shops and cafes, cobblestone streets, a beautiful fountain, and incredible vistas in every direction.  It even has its own castle on top of the hill.  This is one of the most beautiful settings for individual pictures.

After a busy day we return to Geneva and will gather at our hotel for our final dinner together.  After dinner there will be a farewell party before retiring for the night.

 

Saturday, July 7
Geneva to USA

After  breakfast we will board our motorcoaches for the last time for our short drive to the Geneva International Airport to catch our flights to the USA.

Here we will say goodbye and board our respective flights back home.

 

 

 

INCLUSIONS:

  • 8 day tour in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland
  • Accommodations in first-class hotels, rooms with private bath, based on double occupancy
  • Welcome reception
  • Breakfast buffet daily
  • 5 full-course dinners including dinner and folklore shore at the famous Hofbrauhaus in Munich
  • Transportation via chartered deluxe motor coach with climate control and lavatory
  • Full-time, multi-lingual tour guide
  • Tour of Munich with a professional English-speaking guide
  • Visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp outside Munich
  • Visit to Salzburg, Austria
  • Orientation tour in Salzburg
  • Transfers to the Swarovsky Museum and the Tyrolean Evening in Innsbruck (for those choosing these options)
  • Boat cruise on Lake Geneva
  • Special admission and guided tour of the Castle of Chillon
  • Orientation/Sightseeing tour of Salzburg (for those choosing this option)
  • Special pre-tour packages containing detailed information on passports, clothing, foreign currency, etc.
  • Sue & George Naff as escorts throughout the tour

 

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Air Transportation
  • Optional baggage or personal trip insurance (available through Spirit of America)
  • Passport
  • Laundry
  • Meals other than the ones listed in the Inclusions.
  • Beverages with meals (coffee & tea included with breakfast)
  • Gratuities to European coach driver and guide (suggest $30 total)
  • Excursions marked “optional” or not specified in the inclusions
  • Expenses of a personal nature

 

Tour Cost:  $1995* per person, double occupancy **

plus airfare

*Itinerary is subject to change.  Prices are based on tour costs and currency exchange rates in effect as of June 2011, and are subject to change.

** Tour participants will be housed in twin rooms.  The single supplement charge is $395 for persons desiring a single room.

***Prices for children staying in their parents’ rooms:

Age 12 and up – reduction of $75 for each family member in the room.

Age 6-11 (in separate bed) – $500 reduction for each child.

 

 

***(About Children:  Traveling in Europe with your children can be a wonderful fun and educational family experience.  We treasure the times our boys could be with us.  We did, however, learnsome important lessons.  Taking very small kids on this kind of tour can be utterly exhausting for the parents.  Traveling with very young children is especially difficult on long rides on a tour bus with very limited space for baggage, etc.  For these reasons we don’t recommend bringing children under eight.  The good news is that we plan to take European tours every year or two, so there will be more opportunities to take the little ones as they get older.)

 

PAYMENT SCHEDULE (per person):

Registration Deposit ————$300 (to secure your position on the tour)

January 1, 2012 ——————$300

March 1, 2012 ——————-$300

April 29, 2012 ——————–Balance

 

CANCELLATION/REFUND  SCHEDULE:

Prior to January 1, 2012———Full refund

Jan  1 – Feb 15 ——————-Full refund less $100

Feb 16 – Mar 31 —————–Full refund less $200

Apr 1–29 ————————–Full refund less $400

After Apr 29 ———————-No refund


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