THE great European cities we all know about and probably have visited are rich in culture, architecture, fine cuisine, vibrant lifestyle and great shopping experiences.
But this is not just what Europe is all about. To truly experience the continent, one must explore the beautiful old towns and villages that evoke images of medieval times and enjoy the pristine Alpine and forested landscapes.
The unique Bohemia culture of Czech Republic inspired rock band Queen’s famous anthem Bohemian Rhapsody.
Western Austria has some of the most spectacular alpine landscapes in Europe while Germany’s Romantic Road is dotted with beautiful half-timbered medieval towns and fairy-tale castles on the hills.
To those looking to experience all this, Apple Vacations and Conventions is offering the “Jewels of Romantic Central Europe – Simply Beautiful (11 days/8 nights)” tour.
Key places covered in the Czech Republic are Prague, Karlovy Vary and Ceske Krumlov.
With red-roofed buildings, expansive bridges and cobbled streets, the capital city Prague is picturesque and full of charming attractions such as the Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square with the world famous Astronomical Clock and Prague Castle – the largest castle complex in the world.
Spa town Karlovy Vary has several thermal springs with beautifully decorated colonnades and columned walkways while Unesco World Heritage city Ceske Krumlov has lovely Renaissance architecture, with a castle, maze-like alleyways and wonderful floral gardens for those interested in medieval history to explore.
Halstatt and Swarovski Crystal Worlds will also be on the itinerary for the Austrian part of the tour.
Halstatt, the most photographed village, features a boat ride along the fjord-like lake surrounded by sharp hilly peaks which will provide a scenic view of the village.
Over at Swarovski Crystal Worlds, one will be greeted by a stunning Crystal Cloud consisting of 800,000 hand-mounted crystals drifting above a black mirror pool within its garden.
Romantic Road in Germany, meanwhile, is a travelling route in the Bavaria region, generally considered to start from Wurzburg to Fussen.
There, one will find the fairy tale NeuschwansteinCastle (the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderella Castle), as well as the quaint streets of Rothenburg ob der Tauber and the opulent Wurzburg Residenz.
Other places included in the itinerary are Salzburg, which featured prominently in the movie Sound of Music, the Tyrolean city of Innsbruck and alpine Bavarian town GarmischPartenkirchen, with a cable car ride to AlpsPix providing great panoramic vistas of the German Alps.
There will also be a specially tailored shopping-cum-fun day at Wertheim in collaboration with Chic Outlets Shopping to complete the experience.
For details, visit Apple Vacations and Conventions booth at the MATTA Fair held at PWTC (Hall 1, Booth No: 1221-1232, 1185-1220) from today to Sunday, or its office at Wisma Apple in Jalan Sultan Ismail (03-2143 3939).