Alpine Explorer & The Glacier Express Train With Oberammergau Passion Play
Stresa, Zermatt, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Neuschwanstein Castle, Oberammergau, Munich
Behold spectacular Alpine vistas and enjoy a performance of the famed Oberammergau Passion Play on this journey through Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. In Zermatt, climb aboard the Glacier Express for an unforgettable train ride through the Alpine scenery of majestic mountains, verdant valleys, picturesque canyons, glistening glaciers and snowcapped peaks. The birthplace of Mozart and Mirabell Gardens are featured during your leisurely tour of Salzburg, Austria, before treating your taste buds to a scrumptious dinner and Mozart concert at the centuries-old St. Peter's Restaurant. In Germany's Bavarian capital of Munich, see the Marienplatz, the Glockenspiel and the Olympic Park. Visit Neuschwanstein Castle, one the most iconic castles in Europe.
Our prices start from4,999 LAND ONLY
12 Days • GUIDED • 18 MealsOperated Tour
- 10 nights accommodation
- On some dates alternate hotels may be used
- Services of a tour manager
- All on-tour transportation and related fees
- Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
- Round trip home to airport sedan service provided when you purchase airfare through Member Choice Vacations. One transfer per person, per reservation. (Restrictions apply)
- 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners
Day 1 - Overnight Flight
Breathtaking Alpine vistas await as you travel through Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. From amazing railways to the thrilling Passion Play, experience the wonders only found in the heart of Europe.
Day 2 - Stresa, Italy (Lago Maggiore) - Tour Begins
Arrive in Stresa (Lago Maggiore) and take some free time to explore this beautiful lakeside town on your own. Your evening begins with a cocktail party in a wine shop before you cruise to your welcome dinner on Isola dei Pescatori, the most beautiful of the Borromean Islands. Today dinner will be included.
*Zacchera Hotels is a hotel chain in Lago Maggiore. The exact hotel to be used will be available prior to tour departure date.
Day 3 - Stresa
Today we make our way to an ancient village nestled in the mountains. Stop at a family farm to learn about the artisan cheeses they produce. Sample delicious creations and discover how to pair them with local wines. Return to Stresa for an afternoon at leisure. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 4 - Stresa - Zermatt, Switzerland
Depart Lago Maggiore for a scenic drive into the heart of the mountains. The incredible views of the Italian and Swiss Alps are sure to leave a lasting impression. Upon arrival in Tasch, board a local train for a ride to the spectacular pedestrian village of Zermatt in the Swiss Alps. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 5 - Zermatt
Today, Zermatt is at your fingertips. It's your choice! Tour Zermatt's best-known landmarks by foot with a local guide; or, enjoy a visit to the Matterhorn Museum where you'll learn more about the triumph and tragedy behind the first ascent of this imposing peak. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 6 - Zermatt - Glacier Express Train - St. Moritz
Traverse bridges and tunnels while aboard the world-renowned narrow gauge Glacier Express, one of the most charming express trains in the world. Enjoy the natural beauty of this route through the heart of the Swiss Alps. Filled with forests, fragrant meadows, streams and deep valleys, it's a mountain dream come to life. Relax and enjoy a three-course lunch while onboard. Arrive in St. Moritz, playground of the rich and famous. Today breakfast and lunch will be included.
Day 7 - St. Moritz - Innsbruck, Austria
Drive through the picturesque Engadine Valley to Innsbruck, Austria, capital of the Austrian Tyrol. Join a local guide and explore the city's medieval pedestrian streets including Maria Theresien Strasse, the Hofburg and the Golden Roof. Today breakfast will be included.
Day 8 - Innsbruck - Salzburg - Innsbruck
Travel the Austrian countryside to historic Salzburg, one of Europe's most beautiful and romantic spots. Enjoy a leisurely walking tour of Salzburg's historic Old Town - the Altstadt. See highlights such as the Cathedral, Mozart's birthplace and Mirabell Gardens. Film buffs will be able to pick out locations from The Sound of Music. This evening, enjoy a delightful Mozart dinner concert at the centuries-old St. Peter's Restaurant, central Europe's oldest restaurant. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 9 - Innsbruck - Neuschwanstein Castle - Oberammergau
Today we head to the frontier of Germany, crossing the border into Bavaria. Make a special stop to visit Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany's most famous castle and the inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty. Continue on to the quaint village of Oberammergau, nestled in the Bavarian Alps, and your home for the next two nights. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 10 - Oberammergau - Passion Play
This afternoon, witness a performance of the epic Passion Play. The original performance dates back to 1634. During the Thirty Year War, Oberammergau was spared the Black Plague and for this reason, the citizens vowed that every ten years they would give a play to honor the last days of the life of Christ. The performers of this once-in-a-decade event are all native to the village. To lend authenticity to the performance, the cast start to grow their hair and beards more than a year in advance. Also, the intricate costumes are made locally by the villagers. During a break in the performance, join your fellow travelers for dinner before returning for the remainder of your Passion Play performance. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.
Day 11 - Oberammergau - Munich
Enjoy a leisurely morning before departing for the Bavarian capital of Munich. Join a local expert for a tour featuring the Marienplatz, the Glockenspiel and Olympic Park. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant celebrating the end of an unforgettable journey. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 12 - Munich - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today. Today breakfast will be included.
Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land and rail only, based on May 9, 2022 travel date. Single supplement from $1,700. International airfare is additional.
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