Enchanting Europe and Oberammergau Passion Play 2020- OBE
Number of Days: 13
13 day escorted tour commences in London. The tour includes Paris, Lucerne, Swiss Alps, Principality of Liechtenstein, Innsbruck, Rhineland, Rhine cruise, Oberammergau, Cologne, and ends in Amsterdam.
The world famous Oberammergau Passion Play is a re-enactment of a play pledged at a moment of mortal threat.
After suffering and death from the plague in the 17th century, the villagers of Oberammergau in Bavaria made a pledge that if the village was spared further suffering, they would perform a play dedicated to the passion of Christ, every 10 years.
They have maintained this pledge, from the first in 1634, right through until now. Don't wait until 2030! This is your chance to experience this "once in a decade" event for yourself in 2020.
Day 1:London Arrive London and transfer to your hotel.
Day 2: London Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide includes all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the River Thames, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horse guards and the Prime Minister’s Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Highlights are a visit to ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL and the ceremonial pageantry of the
Changing of the Guard, if held. Time in the afternoon for independent activities. Optional excursions are available to the Tower of London and to Windsor Castle. Tonight, maybe a leisurely cruise on the River Thames? (B)
Day 3: London, Paris Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and transfer to the railway station to board the EUROSTAR TRAIN to Paris, the splendid capital of a beautiful country. This evening, you may wish to join an optional dinner at a local restaurant followed by an illumination drive of the city. (B)
Day 4: Paris Discover the world capital of chic and style with a Local Guide and admire its most famous sights: the Opéra, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, Notre Dame Cathedral and more. Take the elevator to the second floor of the EIFFEL TOWER. An optional excursion to the lavish baroque Palace of Versailles is available. Tonight, a cabaret show might just be the ticket. (B)
Day 5: Paris–Lucerne, Switzerland: A comfortable ride on the highway skirting Fontainebleau Forest and the vineyards of Burgundy to the Swiss border. Enjoy vistas of the Alps as you enter picture-book Lucerne. (B,D)
Day 6: Lucerne: During your walking tour, admire Thorwaldsen’s LION MONUMENT and the ornate patrician houses lining the cobbled streets of the walled Old Town, then cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit Church. Afterwards, shop for Swiss watches and choose from our optional activities: climb a mountain by cable car, take a cruise on the fjord-like lake, or join a folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing. (B)
Day 7: Lucerne, Vaduz, Liechtenstein, Innsbruck, Oberammergau Morning break is in Vaduz, capital of the pocket-sized Principality of Liechtenstein. In Innsbruck, take a pleasant stroll through quaint medieval lanes to Emperor Maximilian’s GOLDEN ROOF. After Innsbruck, arrive in Oberammergau. (B,D)
Day 8: Oberammergau: Morning at leisure, afternoon and evening devoted to the PASSION PLAY. (B,L,D)
Day 9:Oberammergau-RhinelandOn to Rothenburg with its ramparts and towers, cobbled lanes, and 16th-century houses. Next stop is Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university town of Student Prince, renowned for its red-walled castle (B,D)
Day 10: RhinelandToday, a romantic RHINE CRUISE past castle-crested cliffs, terraced vineyards, and trim, half-timbered towns, enjoy a special highlight: a RIESLING WINE TASTING, the wine the area is famous for. The afternoon and evening are at leisure, and an optional excursion to one of the Rhine castles is available. (B)
Day 11: Rhineland–Cologne–Amsterdam, HollandA leisurely departure this morning for Cologne, where you will visit the awesome twin-spired gothic CATHEDRAL. Then, continue through the Dutch region best known as the locale of A Bridge Too Far to Amsterdam, the Dutch capital. (B,D)
Day 12: AmsterdamEnjoy a CANAL CRUISE with a Local Guide to see the patrician mansions, gabled façades, and humpback bridges, and hear about the history of the 700-year-old capital. Next, visit a major Diamond Center. Later, you may wish to join an optional excursion to Volendam. (B)
Day 13:AmsterdamTransfer to the airport for onward travel arrangements. (B)
Our escorted tours include 1st class tickets, transfers, coach transport, cruises, meals and entrances as per itinerary. We can also recommend pre and post tour extensions.
- $5889 per person twin share. Commences in May and September 2020. Please email to book