Germany’s Cultural Cities &the Romantic Road With Oberammergau Passion Play

Berlin, Hamburg, Hamelin, Marburg, Würzburg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Oberammergau, Munich

Discover the German spirit in this land of romance, fairy tales and radiance. Come to know the allure of some of its most iconic cities – Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. Tour the historic landmarks of Berlin with a local guide. Take a Beatles inspired walking tour of Hamburg's red-light district. Spend two nights in enchanting Marburg located on the Fairy Tale Road. Embark on a guided tour with a Pied Piper in the storybook town of Hamelin. Stay in charming Rothenberg on the Romantic Road and delight in a "Night Watchman" tour. Admire Neuschwanstein Castle before concluding your tour in Oberammergau with a memorable and moving performance of the Passion Play; the origins of this historic event date back to 1634.

Our prices start from

$ 4,999 LAND ONLY

13 Days • GUIDED • 19 Meals

Operated Tour

The Details

  • 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, 2 lunches, 6 dinners

Itinerary

Engaging Experiences These special places and experiences are considered tour highlights. Look for them in the daily itineraries.

Day 1 - Overnight Flight

This enchanting journey offers the best of Germany. Travel to some of the country's most iconic cities, view its stunning countryside and experience the epic Oberammergau Passion Play.

Day 2 - Berlin, Germany - Tour Begins

Hotel Riu Plaza, Berlin

Dinner Included

Your tour opens in Berlin. This city blends a deep history, a modern flair and multi-cultural influences. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner

Day 3 - Berlin

Hotel Riu Plaza, Berlin

Breakfast Included

Start your day by getting acquainted with Berlin's main sights with an expert guide. Reflect at the Holocaust Memorial before continuing on to the lively Potsdam Square. Stroll down Niederkirchner Strasse to see remnants of the First Wall and walk through the "Topography of Terror" exhibition, delving into the rise and fall of the Third Reich. See Checkpoint Charlie, the most famous crossing point between East and West Berlin. Explore the beautiful Gendarmenmarkt square, pass through the colorful Old Town, and head down Avenue Unter den Linden to Brandenburg Gate. This afternoon you may choose to join an optional excursion outside the city to visit Potsdam and the famous Cecilienhof Palace.

Day 4 - Berlin - Hamburg

Feel like a local when you take the sleek ICE train from Berlin to Hamburg.

Reichshof Hamburg - Curio by Hilton, Hamburg

Breakfast, Lunch Included

Feel like a local when you travel to Hamburg, hopping on the sleek ICE train that connects all the major German cities and reaches speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. Take in "the Venice of the North," with winding canals and an impressive harbor that made it a center of trade for centuries. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before getting the lay of the land on a brief orientation tour. The evening is yours to explore as you wish. Perhaps you will take an optional evening cruise, admiring the cityscape as you coast along.

Day 5 - Hamburg

Join a local guide who leads you on a Beatles tour in Hamburg.

Reichshof Hamburg - Curio by Hilton, Hamburg

Breakfast Included

Today, it's your choice! Enjoy a narrated cruise around the massive Hamburg shipping port, including the historic Warehouse District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site -OR- visit the International Maritime Museum which houses nine levels of sea-faring adventure including exhibits on Viking dragon boats, deep-sea diving, and a ship simulator. Later we gather for a walking tour of the Reeperbahn area, Hamburg's red light district, immortalized as the place where the Beatles cultivated their fame in the early 1960s. Join in the fun with your "singing and ukulele playing local Beatles expert" and travel down memory lane.

Day 6 - Hamburg - Hamelin - Marburg

Embark on a guided tour of Hamelin with a flute-playing "Pied Piper."

Vila Vita Hotel, Marburg

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Made famous by the Pied Piper in the stories of the Brothers Grimm, Hamelin is your next stop. Feel like you have stepped into the pages of a storybook when the "Pied Piper of Hamelin" leads you through the city, playing catchy tunes as you discover Hamelin's charming Tudor-style architecture. Continue on to the medieval university town on Marburg, with its endless alleys and stairways that lead to the castle perched high above.

Day 7 - Marburg

Vila Vita Hotel, Marburg

Breakfast Included

Enjoy a leisurely morning before joining a local expert on a sightseeing tour inspired by the Brother's Grimm. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm studied in Marburg and found its narrow alleys, timbered houses and cobblestone streets a source of inspiration. Visit the Marburg Landgrave Palace, set dramatically atop the city. The remainder of the day is yours to explore one of Germany's most romantic cities.

Day 8 - Marburg - Würzburg - Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Indulge in a wine tasting in a cellar restaurant

Hotel Altes Brauhaus, Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Journey to the perfectly preserved medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, located in the middle of the famous Romantic Road and in the heart of the Franconia wine region. En route, make a stop in Würzburg, a Bavarian wine town known for its lavish Baroque and Rococo architecture. Enjoy time to explore the town on your own before continuing to Rothenburg, located high on a plateau overlooking the Tauber River. Arrive at your city center hotel, the perfect location to discover this captivating town. Take an evening stroll to a local restaurant where you'll enjoy a tasting of local wines followed by a traditional German dinner. Later, join a colorfully costumed local guide for the famous "Night Watchman" walking tour of this medieval town.

Day 9 - Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Hotel Altes Brauhaus, Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Breakfast Included

Walk to a nearby bakery and taste a favorite treat of the locals – "schneeball" pastries, also known as "snowballs." Then, enjoy a private tour through the famous Käthe Wohlfahrt Christmas Museum, enjoy an ornament-making demonstration, and shop for handmade Christmas trinkets. The remainder of the day yours to explore this charming city.

Day 10 - Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber - Neuschwanstein Castle - Oberammergau

Tour Neuschwanstein Castle – right out of the pages of a storybook.

Oberammergau region hotel, Oberammergau

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Today we make our way through mountains and along winding country roads for a tour inside the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. Built by the "crazy" King Ludwig II, it is the most photographed castle in Germany. Next, continue to the quaint, picturesque village of Oberammergau.

Day 11 - Oberammergau - Passion Play

Witness a performance of the 2020 Oberammergau Passion Play.

Oberammergau region hotel, Oberammergau

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included

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.

Day 12 - Oberammergau - Munich

Sheraton Arabellapark Hotel, Munich

Breakfast, Dinner Included

Today we travel to Munich, the exciting capital of Bavaria. 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 cafés. Enjoy time to explore Munich before gathering with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of your memorable trip.

Day 13 - Munich - Tour Ends

Breakfast Included

This morning your tour comes to a close.

Pricing is per person, double occupancy, land and rail only, based on May 10, 2022 travel date. Single supplement from $2,000. 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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