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Don't miss this once-in-a-decade event!
Don't miss this once-in-a-decade event!
Discover Switzerland, Austria & Bavaria
with Oberammergau Passion Play
September 4-13, 2010
(Note -- online booking is not available for this trip. Please contact us at 800-252-3893)
10 Days 14 Meals
Preliminary itinerary and is subject to change. Final itinerary and pricing available January 2019.
Chateau de Chillon
GoldenPass Panoramic Train
St. Peter's Restaurant
Oberammergau Passion Play
1st Deposit: $500 Land Only/ $750 land/Air (will be due in late 2017 once we have additional details)
2nd Deposit: $1500 one year prior to departure date
The deposit and insurance are fully refundable up until the "Seat Reduction Date" (to be set).
After the Seat Reduction Date, the deposit is no longer refundable unless clients purchase Collette's travel protection of $500, then they would be covered up until the day before they depart and receive a full cash refund back minus the $500 travel protection.
Set out to experience Switzerland, Austria and the Oberammergau Passion Play.
Bern, Switzerland - Tour Begins
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 and traditional cheese fondue. Today dinner will be included.
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. Along the way, your Tour Manager will introduce you to both the language and culture of the region. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore independently or perhaps brave Europe’s steepest funicular ride up Gurten Mountain. Today breakfast will be included.
Bern - Château de Chillon - Montreux - Train Ride
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 Montreux to Gstaad. Discover the delightful ambience of this world-famous Alpine ski resort with its numerous traditional wood chalets. Today breakfast will be included.
Bern - Lucerne - Bern
Set out for Lucerne, the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” Enjoy a leisurely paced Altstadt (Old Town) walking tour, exploring 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. This evening’s dinner is included at one of Bern’s great restaurants. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Bern - Innsbruck, Austria
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. Upon arrival in Innsbruck you have the choice of 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. Today breakfast will be included.
Innsbruck - Salzburg - Innsbruck
Travel through the picturesque Austrian countryside to Salzburg. There, 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. It’s still owned by the monks! Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Innsbruck – Oberammergau, Bavaria-Germany - 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 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. During the break of the performance, join your fellow travelers for dinner before returning to the Passion Play’s final performance. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.
Oberammergau - Linderhof Palace –Fussen – Hohenschwangau Castle – Munich airport area
Begin your day with a visit to Linderhof Palace, one of the most artistic and stylistically complex ensembles of the 19th century and the only palace King Ludwig II of Bavaria was able to complete. Behind the Baroque façade 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 on the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. Later, visit the royal Bavarian castle Hohenschwangau, the childhood residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Make a special picture stop at Neuschwanstein castle before gathering for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of a memorable trip. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Munich airport area - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to close today. Today breakfast will be included.
FB=Full Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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Economy air rate and schedule are applicable for groups of 10 or more traveling on the same flights and dates.
To complete your tour, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing our airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at prescheduled times.
All tours will be subject to the finalization of play tickets. In the event that Collette cancels the tour, you will be refunded 100%.
The days and order of sightseeing may change to best utilize your time on tour.
Please note that single and triple accommodations are not available.
Due to tour scheduling, flights must arrive prior to 4:00 p.m. Return flights should not be booked prior to 10:00 a.m.
Travel distance from Zurich airport to Bern is approximately 90 minutes and from Oberammergau to Munich airport approximately 1hour and 45 minutes.
Air passengers will arrive into Zurich, Switzerland airport and depart from Munich, Germany airport. All transfers will depart from/return to these airports.
Please be advised many airlines do not provide advance seat assignments until check-in at the airport. Advance seating will be subject to the airline's terms and conditions.
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
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