Exploring The Alpine Countries With Oberammergau Passion Play
Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Oberammergau, Black Forest, Zermatt, Lucerne
Experience the grand cities of Europe's Alpine region and be part of history in the making when you enjoy a performance of the legendary Passion Play in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau. Marvel at the architectural beauty and rich history of Vienna on a city tour. Embark on a cruise along the Danube River through the historic Wachau Valley, visit the Benedictine Abbey in Melk, and enjoy a Mozart dinner concert at the centuries-old St. Peter's Restaurant in Salzburg. You'll view the picturesque pinnacles and turrets of Neuschwanstein Castle, and then overnight in Bavaria's mysterious Black Forest, where popular souvenirs include authentic cuckoo clocks and wood carvings.
Our prices start from4,999 LAND ONLY
13 Days • GUIDED • 19 MealsOperated Tour
- 11 nights accommodation
- On some dates additional accommodations 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)
- 11 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 7 dinners
Day 1 - Overnight Flight
Set out to explore three distinct Alpine cultures and experience the epic Oberammergau Passion Play.
Day 2 - Vienna, Austria - Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Vienna. This evening, meet your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. Enjoy regional wine and a meal highlighting the local cuisine.
Day 3 - Vienna
Begin your day with a locally guided tour of Vienna showcasing its architectural marvels. Visit the incredible Schonbrunn Palace and see the impressive St. Stephen's Cathedral. This afternoon, enjoy leisure time to independently explore the avenues of Vienna or visit one of its many museums.
Day 4 - Vienna - Salzburg
After a short journey through the countryside, enjoy a lovely cruise* along the Danube, one of Europe's most important waterways. Later, make a stop at the Benedictine Melk Abbey before continuing to the musical city of Salzburg. Tonight, sit down for a Mozart dinner concert at the centuries-old St. Peter's Restaurant.
*Danube River Cruise is available mid April to mid October.
Day 5 - Salzburg
Discover the splendor of Salzburg on a leisurely paced walking tour of the Old Town. Some of the amazing sights you will see along the way include the Cathedral, Mozart's birthplace and Mirabell Gardens.
Day 6 - Salzburg - Munich, Germany - Oberammergau
Today we travel to Germany. In Munich, feel the energy of this lively city during a tour that highlights Olympic Park, the world-famous Glockenspiel, and Marienplatz, a beautiful square surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafes. Later we arrive at our home for the next two nights — the quaint village of Oberammergau, renowned for woodcarvings and the Passion Play.
Day 7 - Oberammergau - Passion Play
This afternoon, witness a performance of the epic Passion Play. The original performance dates back to 1634. During the Thirty Years' 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 starts 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.
Day 8 - Oberammergau - Black Forest
Today fairy tales become reality at a picture stop of Bavaria's most famous castle, King Ludwig's Neuschwanstein. After, get a taste of local flavors at a German winery. Enjoy a tour before sampling the vintages and looking out over the rows of vines and nearby Lake Constance. Next you are off to the heart of the stunning Black Forest, a region famous for its artisans who create authentic cuckoo clocks, Hummels and wood carvings.
Day 9 - Black Forest - Zermatt, Switzerland
Welcome to Switzerland! Your first stop en route to Zermatt is at one of the most photographed castles in the world, the Chateau de Chillon, located on serene Lake Geneva. Later, enjoy a short train ride aboard the Matterhorn Gottard Bahn from Tasch to the relaxing pedestrian village of Zermatt in the Swiss Alps. Take a stroll and breathe in the fresh Alpine air.
Day 10 - Zermatt
Today Zermatt is at your fingertips. It's your choice! Explore on foot during a guided walking tour -OR- experience Zermatt independently before visiting the Matterhorn Museum to learn more about the triumph and tragedy of the first ascent of this imposing peak. The remainder of your day is at leisure.
Day 11 - Zermatt - Grimsel Pass - Lucerne
Views of glaciers, crystal clear rivers and snow-capped mountains will invigorate you as you travel through the spectacular scenery of the Grimsel Pass. Your destination is Lucerne, the "Swiss Paradise on the Lake."
Day 12 - Lucerne
This morning, embark on a scenic walking tour of this picturesque city, including a stroll through its romantic Old Town. The remainder of the day is yours to independently explore all Lucerne has to offer. Tonight, come together with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner featuring local specialties and toast the end of a memorable trip.
Day 13 - Lucerne - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close in Lucerne.
Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land only, based on May 9, 2022 travel date. Single supplement from $1,700. International airfare is additional. Call AAA for current airfare rates and availability. Itinerary featured is for May 2022 – October 2022 tour departures. Departures prior will vary. On some dates alternate hotels may be used..
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