Oberammergau Passion Play: Austria, Germany and Switzerland

with Rhine Valley extension
Aug 18-31, 2020 / 14 DAYS

Experience a centuries-old tradition in the heart of Bavaria.

Explore the vibrant cultures of Hungary, Austria, Germany, and Switzerland on this one-of-a-kind journey. From dynamic Budapest, make your way through…

Your package includes

  • 12 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 12 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 6 three-course dinners
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach
  • Guided sightseeing & select entrance fees

Included highlights

Hungarian Parliament Building, Schönbrunn Palace, Salzburg Cathedral, Nymphenburg Palace, Passion Play in Oberammergau, Neuschwanstein Castle, Liechte…

Tour pace

You will walk for about 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with a few hills or stairs.

Itinerary

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Overnight Flight / 1 NIGHT

Aug 18: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Budapest today.

Budapest / 2 NIGHTS

Aug 19: Arrival in Budapest

Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Hungary! Transfer to your hotel and get settled in. Later, gather with your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Aug 20: Sightseeing tour of Budapest

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover the major landmarks of both Buda and Pest in the city that straddles east and west. • Trace this nation’s stormy history at Heroes’ Square • Tour the lavishly decorated Hungarian Parliament building • Cross the Danube and ascend Castle Hill • Take in the breathtaking views from Fisherman’s Bastion • Visit the medieval Matthias Church, once the site of Hapsburg coronations  Spend a free afternoon in Budapest or add an excursion.

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Wine Cellar Dinner & Unicum Liqueur Tasting
5 hours
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Go right to the source to take a taste of Hungary's national drink, Unicum liqueur. A secret formula of more than 40 herbs, the recipe has been protected by the Zwack family since 1790 and its story follows the turbulent history of the area—when the family escaped communism and lived in exile in the U.S., a trusted friend in Milan kept up production. You'll learn more about this fascinating legacy at the Zwack Unicum Heritage Visitors' Centre in Budapest, where you can sample a few varieties of the apertif and view the museum's staggering collection of miniature bottles. Then, head to a nearby wine cellar to enjoy a Hungarian dinner accompanied by wine pairings chosen by a local sommelier who'll be on hand to tell you about each selection. One of the wines you'll have the opportunity to taste is Tokaji, a hard-to-find varietal that's deeply rooted within the Kingdom of Hungary. The wine is so closely tied to the country that it's even mentioned in the Hungarian national anthem.5 hours and departs in the afternoon with dinnerSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 20 days before your tour departs.

Vienna / 3 NIGHTS

Aug 21: Vienna via Szentendre

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel west through the Danube basin en route to Vienna.  • Make a stop in the small, charming town of Szentendre, home of chocolates, cafes, parks, and pastries.  • Stop to view Visegrad Castle and Esztergom Basilica, before crossing the Austrian border (stops are weather dependent)

Aug 22: Sightseeing tour of Vienna

Included meals: Breakfast

Get transported back to the Age of Empires on a guided tour of Vienna.  • Enter Schönbrunn Palace, the Rococo Hapsburg home with impressive gardens • Travel down the Ringstrasse, Vienna’s tree-lined thoroughfare  • See the Parliament building, the Vienna State Opera, and the grand Hofburg Palace, the Hapsburg’s winter residence Spend a free afternoon in Vienna or add an excursion.

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Traditional Viennese Heurigen Evening
4 hours
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After a brief drive, your first stop is Vienna’s Prater Ferris Wheel. Take a breezy ride to the top, which offers a one-of-a-kind view of the city. Next, continue to the picturesque village of Grinzing. At a local restaurant, you’ll indulge in a festive night of music, food, and entertainment. Dinner will feature dishes typical of traditional Austrian Heurigens, or wine taverns. During your meal, you’ll have the chance to try some of the tavern’s own locally made wine—the perfect addition to your cozy, Old-World setting.4 hours and departs in the evening, dinner includedSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Aug 23: Free day in Vienna

Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Vienna or add an excursion.

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Danube River Cruise & Bratislava
7 hours
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Cruise down the Danube from Vienna, Austria to Bratislava, Slovakia, in a high-speed boat, passing through scenic Donau-Auen National Park along the way. In Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, follow a local guide through the charming Old Town to see the well-preserved city center and pass by the regal castle. Stop at the neoclassical Primate’s Palace, the seat of the mayor of Bratislava, to enter the historic Hall of Mirrors. Then, enjoy free time in the city for lunch and exploration before driving back to Vienna. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs from April to October. From November to March, the Bratislava excursion will be offered instead. If the excursion falls on a Monday, when Primate's Palace is closed, you will visit St. Martin's Cathedral.7 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Salzburg / 2 NIGHTS

Aug 24: Salzburg via Melk

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make your way through the Austrian countryside to stop in Melk for a guided tour of the town’s Baroque abbey. Then, continue your drive on to Salzburg.

Aug 25: Free day in Salzburg

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Salzburg or add an excursion.

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Eagle's Nest & Salt Mines
8 hours
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Drive through the Bavarian Alps to the mountain village of Berchtesgaden, where you’ll tour the 450-year-old salt mines that brought wealth to Bavaria and Salzburg. Explore the mines during an underground boat ride on Mirror Lake before enjoying free time for lunch. Continue to Obersalzberg, where a scenic bus ride along steep gorges offers gorgeous views of the snow-capped Alps. Then, take an elevator ride up to the Eagle’s Nest, an Alpine retreat built for Adolf Hitler. Please note: The elevation of the Eagle’s Nest is approximately 5,500 feet, which may not be advisable for travelers with heart or lung conditions, or other altitude-related limitations. This excursion is seasonal and runs from mid-May through October.8 hours and departs in the morningSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Munich / 2 NIGHTS

Aug 26: Sightseeing tour of Salzburg & travel to Munich

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Discover Salzburg, a city famed for its churches and musical history, where a local guide leads you on a walking tour of the Old Town. • View the University of Salzburg and the churchyard of St. Peter • See the Kapitelplatz, Residenzplatz, and Alter Markt, in the city’s Old Town • Enter Salzburg Cathedral and the home where Mozart was born • Pass through scenery from The Sound of Music • Take a funicular ride up to the Hohensalzburg Fortress After, travel to Munich, Germany.

Aug 27: Sightseeing tour of Munich

Included meals: Breakfast

Get to know the Bavarian capital on a guided tour.  • Travel past the Englischer Garten and fashionable Schwabing district  • Enter the Nymphenburg Palace, the Baroque home to past Bavarian royalty • Walk from Odeonsplatz through the Hofgarten to view the Residenz, once home to the Wittelsbach dukes of Bavaria • Explore Marienplatz, Munich’s medieval heart, and see the famed Glockenspiel Spend a free afternoon in Munich or add an excursion.

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Dachau
4 hours
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Once a typical German town, Dachau served as the first Nazi concentration camp during World War II. Visit this somber site, which has since been transformed into a Holocaust memorial museum that serves as a testament to the strength of the human spirit. A local guide will walk you through Dachau's poignant exhibits, which are echoed by the memorials to the victims that adorn the grounds.4 hours and departs in the afternoonSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Oberammergau / 1 NIGHT

Aug 28: Passion Play

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Head to Oberammergau and attend the 42nd performance of the world-famous Passion Play.  • Experience the storytelling and portrayal of the Old and New Testament that has taken place once a decade since 1634 • Enjoy the unforgettable open-air performance put on by the residents of the Bavarian town

Lucerne / 2 NIGHTS

Aug 29: Lucerne via Neuschwanstein & Liechtenstein

Included meals: Breakfast

On your way to Lucerne, stop to visit Neuschwanstein Castle, the fairy-tale retreat of “Mad” King Ludwig II, with a local guide. • Walk or take a horse-drawn carriage ride up the hill.  • Take time to explore its stalactite grotto, artifacts, and murals After, travel into Liechtenstein, a tiny Alpine principality dating back to the Holy Roman Empire.  • Visit the capital, Vaduz, and pass the royal family’s hilltop castle, still in use as a royal residence • Enjoy free time in the town and be sure to get your passport stamped After, continue on to Lucerne, Switzerland.

Aug 30: Sightseeing tour of Lucerne

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Get an up-close look at Lucerne, Switzerland’s idyllic Alpine town, on a guided sightseeing tour.  • Pass hand-painted facades along the cobbled streets of the Old Town • View the Lion Monument, a tribute to the Swiss Guards who sacrificed their lives in Paris during the French Revolution • See the Jesuit Church, the first large Baroque building of its kind to be built in Switzerland north of the Alps Spend a free afternoon in Lucerne or add an  excursion.

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Mount Pilatus
4.5 hours
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This scenic excursion begins with a cruise on Lake Lucerne. After docking, ascend 7,000-foot Mount Pilatus on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway. Legend holds that the mountain was named for Pontius Pilate, blown here by the devil after the Crucifixion. From the peak, the views of the Alps are stunning; on a clear day, you can see for 200 miles. Toward the end of your trip, you’ll return to the base of the mountain via gondola. Please note: The cruise and cogwheel railway only run from mid-May through October. During the winter months, this excursion includes the cable car ride only. If the cogwheel railway is unavailable, you’ll enjoy lunch on the mountain.4.5 hours and departs in the afternoonSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Aug 31: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Zurich  airport to board your flight home or extend your tour in the Rhine Valley.

Extension / Starting from $499 pp

Rhine Valley / 2 NIGHTS

See the Middle Ages come to life along the Rhine Valley.

Aug 31: Sightseeing tour of Heidelberg

Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to Heidelberg this morning and take a guided sightseeing tour to immerse yourself in the city’s romantic views and Baroque architecture. • Wander through Heidelberg’s elegant Market Square in the city’s Old Town • Explore the grounds of Heidelberg University, the oldest university in Germany  • Take a funicular ride to the city’s rose-colored hilltop castle for panoramic views of the Old Bridge and the Rhine River below

Sep 01: Free day in Rhine Valley

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Rhine Valley or add an excursion.

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Rhine River Cruise & Wine Tasting
6 hours
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Known for its breathtaking landscapes and architecture from the Middle Ages, the Rhine River Valley is one of Germany’s most spectacular sites. Start the day by touring one of this remarkable region’s wineries, where you’ll learn about cultivation processes and explore either the vineyards or cellars (depending on the season). Afterward, you’ll enjoy a tasting of three different wines accompanied by lunch. Then, make your way through this UNESCO-recognized area on a cruise down the Rhine River, passing by six castles on your way from Boppard to St. Goar.6 hours and departure time variesSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Sep 02: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the Frankfurt airport for your flight home.

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