Oberammergau: Historic Germany with Christian Devotion Author Linda Knight

with Prague extension
May 26-Jun 6, 2020 / 12 DAYS

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

Explore the vibrant culture of Germany on this one-of-a-kind journey as you make your way from historic Munich to vibrant Berlin. Along the way, visit…

Your package includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 5 three-course dinners
  • 7 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motor coach

Included highlights

Nymphenburg Palace, Passion Play in Oberammergau, Neuschwanstein Castle, Bamberg Cathedral, Weimar, Zwinger Palace, Cecilienhof Palace, Brandenburg Ga…

Tour pace

You will walk for at least 1 hour daily across mostly flat terrain, including paved roads and cobblestone streets, with few hills.

Itinerary

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Overnight Flight / 1 NIGHT

May 26: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to Munich today.

Munich / 2 NIGHTS

May 27: Arrival in Munich

Included meals: Dinner

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

May 28: 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

May 29: 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

Bamberg / 2 NIGHTS

May 30: Bamberg via Neuschwanstein

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Before arriving in Bamberg, stop to visit Neuschwanstein Castle and tour the fairy-tale retreat of “Mad” King Ludwig II with a local guide.
• Walk or take a ride in a shuttle bus up the hill
• Take time to explore its stalactite grotto, artifacts, and murals
After, continue on to Bamberg.

May 31: Sightseeing tour of Bamberg

Included meals: Breakfast

Set off on a guided walking tour through Bamberg, a city built on seven hills.
• Enter the towering Bamberg Cathedral and surrounding square• Pass the Baroque New Palace
• Stand in awe of Old Town Hall, built in the middle of Regnitz River
• Visit the quaint fisherman’s village of Little Venice
Spend a free afternoon in Bamberg or add an excursion.

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Rothenburg
6 hours
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Visit Rothenburg, the most well-preserved walled Medieval town in Germany. Upon arrival, join a local guide and embark on a sightseeing tour of the city. You’ll stop at the Town Hall, the Medieval Crime and Punishment Museum, and St. Jakob's Church, where you’ll see a 500-year-old, hand-carved, wooden altarpiece.6 hours and departs in the afternoonSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Dresden / 2 NIGHTS

Jun 01: Dresden via Weimar

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

On your way to Dresden, stop in Weimar and take a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed intellectual hub that nurtured the genius of Goethe, Nietzsche, and Schiller.
• Learn about the city’s literary history on a walking tour through the Old Town
• See remnants of the Bauhaus architectural movement
• Discover the German National Theatre and its monument to Goethe and Schiller
Enjoy free time for lunch before continuing on to Dresden.

Jun 02: Sightseeing tour of Dresden

Included meals: Breakfast

Set off on a a guided tour of Dresden, once considered to be the most beautiful city in the world.
• Stroll through the Old Town and pass the renovated Semper Opera House, site of the Saxon State Orchestra
• Admire the Dresden Frauenkirche and statue of Martin Luther
Spend a free afternoon in Dresden or add an excursion.

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Görlitz
7 hours
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Until 1945, the modern-day towns of Zgorzelec, Poland, and Görlitz, Germany, were a single entity. In their current separated state, each town offers unique insights into their nations’ shared history. Enjoy an included lunch in Zgorzelec, and then cross the bridge over the Neisse River onto the Germany side. Here, a local guide gives you a tour of Görlitz, including a visit to the Church of St. Peter and Paul.7 hours and departs in the morning, lunch includedSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Berlin / 3 NIGHTS

Jun 03: Transfer to Berlin

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, travel to Berlin. Once you arrive, enjoy a free afternoon in the city.

Jun 04: Sightseeing tour of Berlin

Included meals: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the monuments of Berlin’s intricate past as well as the signs of its re-emergence as a vibrant cultural center.
• Discover the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of a reunited Berlin
• See the Holocaust Memorial and the Berlin Wall's East Side Gallery
• Journey down Unter den Linden, the city’s most elegant boulevard, passing the Reichstag and Museum Island
Spend a free afternoon in Berlin or add an excursion.

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World War II Walking Tour
5 hours
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Take a walk through history on this insider’s tour of Berlin during World War II, detailing the rise and fall of Hitler and the Third Reich. You’ll start in the Wilhelmstrasse area and see the building that once housed the headquarters of Hermann Goering’s Luftwaffe. You’ll also view the former headquarters of the infamous SS and Gestapo, the massive Reich Chancellery, and the Propaganda Ministry. Finally, stand directly above Hitler’s Führerbunker as your guide details the last days of World War II in Europe. Lunch is included.5 hours and departs in the afternoon, lunch includedSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Jun 05: Potsdam

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to Potsdam, where American, British, and Soviet leaders drew up plans for the postwar administration of Germany at the Potsdam Conference.
• Step inside Cecilienhof Palace, site of the Potsdam Conference’s iconic photo
• Explore the historic town center, New Garden, and Dutch Quarter with a guide
Enjoy free time for lunch before returning to Berlin. This evening, gather with your group for a farewell dinner.

Jun 06: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the  airport for your flight home or extend your tour in Prague.

Extension / Starting from $429 pp

Prague / 3 NIGHTS

See why Prague is known as the City of a Hundred Spires. The pinnacles of this bewitching city’s churches and castles create one of Europe’s most majestic skylines and its cobblestone streets and courtyards will delight you at every turn.

Jun 06: Transfer to Prague

Included meals: Breakfast

This morning, travel to Prague. When you arrive, spend a free afternoon in the city.

Jun 07: Sightseeing tour of Prague

Included meals: Breakfast

Discover why Prague is known as “The City of One Hundred Spires” on a guided sightseeing tour. • Visit Prague Castle, from which Charles IV governed the Holy Roman Empire • Admire the soaring Gothic vaults of St. Vitus Cathedral • Ride a tram from Castle Hill down to the Vltava River • Cross the elegant Charles Bridge for breathtaking views of the city • Stroll through Old Town Square to view the 15th-century Astronomical Clock

Jun 08: Free day in Prague

Included meals: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Prague or add excursions.

Chateau Sychrov
Château Sychrov
6 hours
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Built in the classic Neo-Gothic style, the 17th-century Château Sychrov is an aristocratic residence that cannot be missed. Soak in the beauty of the castle on a private tour, admiring the colorful walls, intricate wood carvings on the ceilings, and built-in furniture as you make your way through the rooms. From the beds to the bureaus, each area of the castle has perfectly preserved pieces of 19th-century decor on display. See famous paintings of French royalty and the former residents, the Rohan family, while learning about their daring escape from persecution in France. After you finish touring the manicured grounds, attend a private recital of classic Czech music performed by some of Prague's most cherished musicians. Then, conclude the magical evening by enjoying a private dinner at an on-site restaurant featuring regional specialties and local beer or wine. Please note: The château does not have heat or air conditioning, therefore we recommend dressing accordingly based on the season.6 hours and departs in the afternoon, dinner includedSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 20 days before your tour departs.

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Walking Tour of Prague's Jewish Quarter
3.5 hours
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Head to Josefov, Prague’s Jewish Quarter, nestled between the Vltava River and Old Town Square. You’ll enjoy a lunch of regional specialties at a nearby restaurant and join a local guide for a walking tour of the Quarter’s remains, which survived devastation during World War II and oppression during the Communist era. Afterward, pay a visit to the Jewish Museum of Prague, housed in a collection of former synagogues, one of which displays the names of all the Czechs sent to concentration camps. You’ll learn about the Golem myth, a story forever entwined with Prague’s Jewish history, and see sites once frequented by Franz Kafka, the enigmatic author of "The Trial" and "Metamorphosis." Please note: This excursion involves a significant amount of walking and standing. On some departures, this excursion will begin with the walking tour of the Jewish Quarter and end with lunch at a local restaurant.3.5 hours and departs in the afternoon, lunch includedSave $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs.

Jun 09: Departure

Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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