Black Forest, Swiss Alps & Oktoberfest

Views, Brews & Cuckoos!

  • Date

    September 8-22, 2023 | Fri / Fri – 15 Days

  • Location

    Stuttgart | Titisee | Island of Mainau/Lake Constance | Grindelwald | Zermatt | Lucerne | Hohenschwangau | Munich


Explore the land of fairy tales, cuckoo clocks, magic forests, and fascinating cultural traditions with Michael Grueninger, Ambassadair President. Stay near Lake Titisee, located in the heart of the scenic Black Forest where you’ll visit a 200-year-old brewery, the Triberg Waterfall, and the lovely Island of Mainau in Lake Constance. Experience German and Swiss cultures, and taste traditional cuisine including local beer and that famous decadent dessert—Black Forest cake! In the heart of the breathtaking Swiss Alps, enjoy clean mountain air and opportunities to take a yodeling lesson, snap scenic photos, sample chocolates and shop in the quaint stores. Take an optional cog train ride on the Jungfrau Railway to the “Top of Europe,” and stay at the foot of the Matterhorn. Visit Mad King Ludwig II’s most famous palace, Neuschwanstein Castle, well-known as the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Then, cap off the adventure at the world’s largest “People’s Fair in the World” —the famous Oktoberfest in Munich! Not only will you get to guzzle great Bavarian beer and enjoy delicious traditional foods but visit the popular BMW Museum, stroll the Nymphenburg palace gardens and see the Glockenspiel. Learn about the traditions and cultures of these enchanting regions where fondue, fun, and fantastic adventures are waiting!


  • Travel with Ambassadair President – Michael Grueninger
  • Scenic drives through the Black Forest & Swiss Alps
  • Visit Lake Constance and the Island of Mainau
  • Tour a 200-year-old brewery with beer tasting
  • Learn about the art of cuckoo clock making
  • Stay at the foot of the Matterhorn
  • Ride up to the Gornergrat for up close views of the world-famous Matterhorn
  • Guided tour inside Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Enjoy authentic German and Swiss cuisine, wine and beer
  • Celebrate Oktoberfest in Munich
  • Munich city sightseeing including the BMW Museum


  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Stuttgart and from Munich, Germany
  • Escorted
  • 13 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling


A passport is required to travel to this destination and must be valid for at least six months after your return.

This itinerary covers areas of higher altitudes and includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain, is required.

Fri, Sep 8: Depart on an overnight flight to Stuttgart, Germany.

Sat, Sep 9: Arrive in Stuttgart in the morning and head for the Black Forest. Along the way, stop for an introduction at the Open Air Black Forest Museum for a tour and traditional lunch.  Continue to Titisee, a popular summer retreat on the edge of the largest natural lake in the Black Forest. Check into your hotel for the next three nights and freshen up for a Welcome Dinner with the group. (Meal: Lunch, Dinner)

Sun, Sep 10: Discover the art of cuckoo clock making at a local artisan’s shop. These hand-carved works of art feature some of the most beautiful, intricate designs ever made and are considered a German icon today! Continue exploring the region with a visit to Triberg, where Germany’s highest waterfalls cascade down the mountains into the heart of this quaint, storybook town. Walk along the falls into town for free time and lunch. Visit the childhood farmhouse of Othmar Grueninger (Micheal’s father), for some fun history and local pastries before returning to Titisee for an evening at leisure. (B)

Mon, Sep 11: Travel a short distance to the Bodensee (also known as Lake Constance), the largest lake in Germany. Visit the Island of Mainau for lunch and to tour its award-winning botanical garden with an outstanding presentation of dahlias in bloom. Visit a local bakery for a taste of Black Forest Cake before a tour of the Rothaus Brewery – it is meaningful for Michael as his great-great-grandfather was the singing Brewmeister here for 50 years. It is now a large, modern operation. Sample its famous Tannenzaepfle beer and a pretzel or two before a traditional dinner with the group. (B,D)

Tue, Sep 12: After a leisurely buffet breakfast, pack up and travel to Switzerland, stopping in Interlaken for lunch with a view before ascending the Bernese Alps to the village of Grindelwald, surrounded by impressive mountain peaks. Check in for a three-night stay at Hotel Kirchbuehl, a peaceful retreat, family owned and operated for four generations, and enjoy dinner with the group. (B,L,D)

Wed, Sep 13: The full day in Grindelwald is yours! Choose to join Michael for a short excursion by cable car with stupendous views—complete with wine and cheese!  Take the option to walk back down or return by gondola. Explore in town, shop, or kick back and relax taking in the beauty that surrounds you before dinner at the hotel this evening. (B,D)

Thu, Sep 14: The highlight of every Swiss adventure bekons; the Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This optional tour departs on the Jungfrau cog railway in the morning and two hours later arrives at the highest altitude railway station at the “Top of Europe”, surrounded by glaciers and eternal snow. Ascend via elevator to the top of the weather station—and hope for sunshine to see the whole of Switzerland and even the Black Forest in the far distance. Those not taking the excursion today are free to enjoy the day in town and rejoin the group this evening for an included dinner. (B,D)

Fri, Sep 15: In the morning, drive through impressive alpine scenery enroute to the mountaineering and ski resort town of Zermatt. It’s an exciting climb from Visp up to Taesch, where the journey by motorcoach comes to an end, and the last seven miles to Zermatt are by train. The only cars or trucks allowed in town are ambulances and fire trucks — everyone else walks or goes by electric cars to the hotel. Look up—you will never forget that view of the Matterhorn, one of the highest, and most deadly, peaks in the Alps. It is powerful, most likely covered with snow, and almost just in reach. Stay three nights at the lovely Hotel Europe in Zermatt. (B,D)

Sat, Sep 16: Take a mountain funicular to the Gornergrat, which brings you even closer to the “THE” mountain—the Matterhorn. You will be surrounded by 29 peaks that are higher than 11,000 feet. Hike with Michael down to the first rail station or choose to return by train. This evening, enjoy some local musical entertainment and an included dinner. (B,D)

Sun, Sep 17: Today is free for you to enjoy the picturesque village of Zermatt. It is a day for wandering, shopping, picture taking, and relaxing. Be sure to visit the narrow, cobbled passages of Zermatt’s oldest street—Hinterdorfstrasse. Dating back to the 16th century, the traditional wooden chalets have been retained, offering a glimpse into what life in a Swiss mountain village would have been like hundreds of years ago. Sample the gluhwein (German mulled wine) and take in the dazzling scenery. (B,D)

Mon, Sep 18: Depart Zermatt and continue to lovely Lucerne for an overnight stay. One of central Switzerland’s most charming medieval cities, you’ll love it’s walled Old Town—easy to navigate on foot and connected to the modern side of the city by the Kapellbrucke; its iconic 14th-century covered wooden bridge. On the interior ceiling of the bridge are paintings depicting the history of Lucerne and Catholicism in Switzerland. The famous Lion Monument (Lowendenkmal), the city’s most distinctive landmark, is a moving sight to behold, especially just after sunset. Lucerne is a pedestrian paradise, with easy walks along the lake to fill your evening at leisure. (B)

Tue, Sep 19: Following breakfast, depart for the famous castle of King Ludwig II of Bavaria (“Mad King Ludwig”) on a full-day excursion. Amid the Bavarian Alps, the magnificent towers of Neuschwanstein Castle rise in majestic splendor. Set in one of the world’s most breathtaking locations, this 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace sits high above the villages below. The palace was intended as a personal refuge for King Ludwig and was the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. The panoramic view from the Marienbrueke (the bridge high above the castle and gorge) is spectacular, with unspoiled natural lakes and valleys stretching far into the distant horizon. After a tour of the castle continue to Munich, Germany. Check in to your hotel for three nights and have dinner with the group. (B,D)

Wed, Sep 20: After a restful morning, the hum of Oktoberfest activity draws you in; it’s time to follow the current to the world’s largest beer celebration! Take your reserved seat at a tent on Oktoberfest grounds. Local musicians entertain as you lunch on traditional foods and wash it down with Germany’s favorite local thirst-quencher, which must be brewed within the city limits of Munich to be served at the festival. Stroll the stalls filled with souvenirs and trinkets, listen to live music, watch folk dancers, and take in the nostalgic rides and activities that fill the atmosphere! Enjoy watching the locals in their traditional lederhosen and dirndl dresses. Depart late afternoon to return to the hotel or spend extra time at Oktoberfest on your own. (B,L)

Thu, Sep 21: This morning, tour this Bavarian capital with a local guide. Stop by King Ludwig’s birthplace, Nymphenburg Palace, for a walk through the tranquil, manicured gardens. Visit the BMW Museum and have lunch and free time in the Marienplatz, home to the famous Glockenspiel. Free time allows for time to take in a museum or do some more shopping.  This evening, gather with the group for a Farewell Dinner. (B,D)

Fri, Sep 22: Transfer to the airport after breakfast for your flights home. (B)

Bruggers Hotelpark, Titisee, Germany

Bruggers Hotelpark, Titisee, Germany. Located on the banks of Lake Titisee, this resort hotel offers views of the lake or surrounding forest. Highlights:  complimentary Internet and WiFi access • restaurant •bar • beer garden • ice-cream parlor • pizzeria • room service • fitness center • indoor pool • sauna • spa • hair/beauty salon • gift shop.

Hotel Kirchbuehl, Grindelwald, Switzerland

Hotel Kirchbuehl, Grindelwald, Switzerland. Situated on a slope at the edge of town and surrounded by the impressive Bernese Alps and the Eiger North Face, this lovely hotel has been run by the same family for four generations and is noted for its fine cuisine. Highlights: comfortable guestrooms in traditional Swiss rustic style with views of the mountain or glacier • TV • restaurant • bar/lounge • sauna and whirlpool.

Europe Hotel & Spa, Zermatt

Europe Hotel & Spa, Zermatt. Located in a quiet spot in the center of town, this attractive 4-star hotel has a view of the Matterhorn. Friendly staff and owner make your stay even more enjoyable. Highlights: restaurant • bar • spa with whirlpool, sauna & steam bath.

Ameron Luzern Hotel Flora, Lucerne, Switzerland.  Theatres, museums, Kappelbrücke and Lucerne’s old town are all within easy walking distance, as is Lake Lucerne with its breathtaking mountain panorama. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • complimentary WiFi Internet access • restaurant • bar.

Courtyard by Marriott Munich City Center, Munich, Germany. Occupying a perfect spot in the vibrant heart of the city, this hotel provides Marriott a true haven of modern comfort just two blocks from Munich Central Station. Highlights: in-room coffee/tea maker • refrigerator • complimentary WiFi Internet access • restaurant • bar • fitness center • gift shop.


  • Package with Air
  • Double P/P – $7,769
  • Single – $9,299
  • Land Only
  • Double P/P – $6,529
  • Single – $8,059

*Subject to change due to increase in exchange rate or fuel surcharge

Documents Required: Valid Passport, visit for specific requirements