OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY
August 18-27, 2020
Day 1: Depart the USA on an overnight flight to Munich, Germany.
Day 2: Upon arrival in Germany, you are transferred to your hotel. the rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the city. Dinner is included. (D)
Day 3: Begin the day with a city tour of Munich, including the Alte & Neue Pinakotheks (museums), National Theater, Hofbrauhaus and Cathedral. See its popular squares including the beautiful Odeonsplatz and Karlsplatz. During the walking portion, visit the Marienplatz, Munich’s central square housing City Hall and its famous glockenspiel. Tour concludes with a visit of Nymphenburg Palace, former summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria. The rest of the afternoon and evening are at your leisure. (B)
Day 4: Today we travel to Oberammergau, home to the most important Passion Play in the world. Witness this life-changing event in reserved seats in the best ticket category. Performed every 10 years by the inhabitants of this small village, the play depicts Christ’s Passion. It is held in honor of the village surviving the plague and Thirty Years’ War. Over 2000 villagers are proud to participate in this 6-hour spectacle. Dinner is included during the performance. (B, D)
Day 5: This morning begins with a visit to King Ludwig II’s fairytale castle, Neuschwanstien Castle. It’s located in a post-card perfect setting on the shores of Swan Lake, surrounded by the idyllic Bavarian Alps. Built as a retreat, you will hear intriguing stories about the reclusive king and learn how he became known as “Mad King Ludwig” as you explore this amazing castle. After the visit we continue our journey to Salzburg for 3 nights’ accommodations. (B)
Day 6: Discover the beauty of Salzburg and sights from The Sound of Music on our full day excursion. Begin with a walking tour through this charming city, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. See historic Old Town and stroll along the Getreidegasse, a picturesque shopping lane with architecture that still looks much as it did in Mozart’s day and home to Mozart’s birthplace at #9 Getreidegasse. Walking through Mirabell Gardens, pass the Pegasus statue where the children sang Do-Re-Mi and danced on the steps of the fountain. Visit Hellbrunn Castle with its unique trick fountains and home to the gazebo scene of Sixteen Going on Seventeen. Travel outside the city through spectacular alpine scenery, to Mondsee to visit the church where Maria and Captain von Trapp were married. After a day filled with scenery and song, return to our hotel in Salzburg for an evening at leisure. (B)
Day 7: Enjoy a full day at your leisure to further experience the city of Salzburg. (B)
Day 8: We depart Salzburg and explore the sites and cities of the Danube Valley. Enroute to Vienna, we visit the famed Melk Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, majestically towering over the Danube River. The Abbey provides a sweeping panorama of the Lower Alps and is one of the most significant Baroque-style building complexes in Europe. During our guided visit see the Marble Hall and the Library with thousands of identically bound books. A highlight is the Abbey Church, regarded as the most beautiful church in the world. There’s no better way to experience the Danube Valley than on a boat ride between Krems and Durnstein. Following the cruise, we re-board the coach and continue to Vienna. (B)
Day 9: We begin with a panoramic orientation tour of the capital city Vienna. Travel along the Ringstrasse and see the grand buildings, including the impressive Opera House, Parliament, and famous concert halls. Visit Schonbrunn Palace, the summer residence of the Habsburgs, with its magnificent interiors and landscaped gardens. The afternoon is at your leisure for independent exploration. Tonight we gather for a farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 10: After discovering Germany and Austria and enjoying the life-enriching experience of Oberammergau’s Passion Play, it’s time say “auf wiedersehen” and depart for the Vienna airport for our flight home. (B)
Itinerary is subject to change. This tour is in conjunction with Mayflower Tours.