Discover Switzerland, Austria & Oberammergau Passion Play
Discover Switzerland, Austria & Bavaria with Oberammergau Passion Play
The distinct cultures of Switzerland, Austria, and Bavaria await you. Explore delightful Bern on a panoramic sightseeing tour featuring the Bundeshaus (the Swiss Parliament), the famous Bear Pit, the Rose Gardens, and the gothic cathedral. Your time in Lucerne, the "Swiss Paradise on the Lake," includes a leisurely paced Alstadt (Old Town) walking tour. While in Innsbruck, enjoy a panoramic visit to this city's Olympic landmarks. In beautiful Salzburg, stroll through Mirabell Gardens and along the quaint Getreidegasse (site of Mozart's birthplace). Have dinner in Austria's oldest restaurant, St. Peter's. Fairy tales come to life with a picture stop at Bavaria's most famous castle, Neuschwanstein. Your amazing journey concludes in the charming village of Oberammergau. Here you'll witness a spectacular performance of the Oberammergau Passion Play, whose origins date back to 1634. Watch as the entire village comes together to present you with their rendition of this Biblical story.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Scenic rail excursions, including a ride the GoldenPass Panoramic train
- Hotel accommodations for 8 nights
- 14 meals
- Visit the medieval Château de Chillon
- Lucerne and Innsbruck walking tours
- Explore Salzburg's Old Town
- Visit Linderhof Palace
- Tickets to the world-famous Passion Play in Oberammergau
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Services of a professional tour manager
Day 1 - Overnight Flight
Set out to experience Switzerland, Austria, Bavaria and the Oberammergau Passion Play. (International flight not included)
Day 2 - Bern, Switzerland
Your tour opens in Bern, the capital of Switzerland and a UNESCO World Heritage site nestled in the Swiss countryside. The cobbled Old Town section is so well preserved that residents who lived here 500 years ago would still find it familiar today. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring local cuisine such as traditional cheese fondue. (D)
Day 3 - Bern
Explore Bern on a panoramic sightseeing tour featuring the Bundeshaus (the Swiss Parliament), the Bear Pit, the Rose Gardens and the Gothic cathedral which dominates Old Town's skyline. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore independently. Perhaps you will take the funicular ride up Gurten Mountain which affords beautiful views of Bern. (B)
Day 4 - Château de Chillon, Montreaux & Gstaad
Travel along the shores of Lake Geneva to the legendary, medieval Château de Chillon. This princely residence faces the lake but puts forth the image of an imposing fortress from the mountains. Later, enjoy inspiring Alpine views with a ride on the GoldenPass Panoramic Train from Montreaux to Gstaad. Discover the delightful ambiance of this world-famous Alpine ski resort with its numerous traditional wood chalets. This evening's dinner is included at one of Bern's great restaurants. (B, D)
Day 5 - Lucerne & Innsbruck, Austria
Set out for Lucerne, the "Swiss Paradise on the Lake." Enjoy a leisurely paced Altstadt (Old Town) walking tour, and discover the hidden treasures of the city. Lucerne has more than 800 years of history. Explore such medieval treasures as the covered Chapel Bridge (1833); the famous Water Tower which has served as a prison, watchtower, and treasury; the Renaissance-style Town Hall; the Baroque Jesuit Church; and the Lion Monument, carved from natural rock to commemorate the heroic Swiss Guard. En route to Innsbruck, we make our way through Liechtenstein, the smallest and richest German-speaking country in the world and the only country to lie entirely within the Alps. (B)
Day 6 - Innsbruck
This morning, it's your choice! Choose one of two leisurely walking tours: join a local guide as you discover the city's history, culture and popular attractions including Maria Theresien Strasse, the Hofburg, and the Golden Roof, or, you may embark on a tour focusing on Innsbruck's unique architectural structures including its famous ski jump. (B)
Day 7 - Salzburg
Travel through the picturesque Austrian countryside to Salzburg. Upon arrival, enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour featuring Mirabell Gardens (seen in The Sound of Music); the quaint Getreidegasse (birthplace of Mozart); and many other highlights of this beautiful city. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to independently explore and enjoy Salzburg's fabulous sights. Complete your day with a delightful dinner at the 1,200-year-old St. Peter's Restaurant, the oldest in Austria and still owned by the monks. (B, D)
Day 8 - Oberammergau Passion Play
Cross the border into Bavaria, Germany to the quaint village of Oberammergau. 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 starts to grow their hair and beards more than a year in advance. During a break of the performance, join your fellow travelers for dinner before returning for the remainder of your Passion Play performance. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - Linderhof Palace, Fussen & Munich
Begin your day with a visit to Linderhof Palace, one of the most artistic and stylistically complex ensembles of the 19th century. It is the only palace King Ludwig II of Bavaria was able to complete. Behind the Baroque facade is a Rococo world, rich in abundant ornamentation, with many sculptural elements showing workmanship of an incomparable artistic quality. Next, enjoy free time to explore medieval Fussen, the romantic town in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. Make a special picture stop at Neuschwanstein Castle before gathering for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of a memorable trip. (B, D)
Day 10 - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today. (B)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Ride in modern train cars on the Goldenpass Panoramic that provides panoramic views of cities and scenery. You might want to visit one of its wine cellar coaches to enjoy a drink or snack as you relax. The Goldenpass Panoramic is all about ease of comfort and blending into the surrounding landscape. This smooth ride will make you feel like you are a part of nature.
Hotels include: Hotel Baeren Bern, Bern; Hotel Innsbruck, Innsbruck; Oberammergau Regional Hotel, Oberammergau; Moevenpick Hotel Munchen Airport; Munich
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