Italy, Austria and Germany Passion Plays tour - OBG20
Number of Days: 14
Our new 14 day itinerary tour commences at Munich and concludes in Milan. Two really amazing weeks with spectacular sightseeing, quaint villages, famous towns and cities and the chance to see the two spectacular Passion Play events of 2020. The attached itinerary is preliminary only and is subject to change.
This tour will be hosted by Mons David Bell from Palmerston North. The tour will be truly amazing – a trip of a lifetime, and incorporates touring in Italy, Austria and Germany.
Day 1 Fri: Munich
Arrive Munich International Airport (MUC) and transfer to our hotel. Time to meet the rest of your group this evening followed by our welcome dinner (included) tonight. D
Day 2 Sat: Munich
Munich, Bavaria’s capital, is home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. The city is known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration and its beer halls, including the famed Hofbräuhaus, founded in 1589. In the Altstadt (Old Town) the central Marienplatz Square contains landmarks such as Neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus (town hall), with a popular glockenspiel show that chimes and re-enacts scenes from the 16th century. This morning we have an orientation tour of Munich including Marienplatz followed by free time. B
Day 3 Sun: Berchtesgarden Eagles Nest option
Explore Munich or optional visit to the Eagle’s Nest in Berchtesgaden, Adolf Hitler’s famous mountaintop retreat, on this day trip from Munich. Travel by air-conditioned coach through Bavaria’s lush mountain-scapes, and ride a bus and elevator to the lodge, 6,148 feet (1,834 meters) up Mt Kehlstein. B
Day 4 Mon: Munich, Dachau
This morning we travel to Dachau to visit the site of the WW2 concentration camp. Dachau was the first of the Nazi concentration camps opened in Germany,originally intended to hold political prisoners.This afternoon continue into the Bavarian Alps and our hotel and base for 3 nights. B, D
Day 5 Tues: Bavaria, Oberammergau Passion Play
As well as being famous for its once in-a-decade performances of the Passion Play the town features The House of Pilate which has frescoes by Franz Seraph Zwinck and live demonstrations by woodcarvers and artists. The Kölblhaus has a gabled roof and a painted exterior, also by Zwinck and the Oberammergau Museum features woodcarvings by local artisans. Free time to explore the town with its quaint shops before the BIG event of our tour – The Oberammergau Passion Play. B, D
Day 6 Wed: Neuschwanstein, Church in the Meadows
Depart our hotel to visit the fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein and the Church in the Meadows. Return to our hotel. B
Day 7 Thur: Hall
This morning we visit Hasegg Castle and the picturesque town of Hall beside the River Inn. This afternoon we depart for the Innsbruck area – our base for 2 nights. B, D
Day 8 Fri: Innsbruck
Innsbruck, capital of Austria’s western state of Tyrol, is a city of the Alps and a destination for winter sport fans. Innsbruck is also known for its Imperial and modern architecture. The Nordkette funicular, with futuristic stations designed by architect Zaha Hadid, climbs up to 2,256m from the city centre for skiing in winter and hiking or mountaineering in summer. B
Day 9 Sat: Innsbruck, Italian Alps, Bolzano, Italian Alps, Venice,
We depart Innsbruck for Venice via the Italian Alps and Bolzano. Venice is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s red roofs. Overnight Venice. B
Day 10 Sun: Verona, Veneto
Free morning until we depart Venice for historic Verona - a city in northern Italy’s Veneto region, with a medieval old town built between the meandering Adige River. It’s famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet." A 14th-century residence with a tiny balcony overlooking a courtyard is said to be “Juliet’s House." The Verona Arena is a huge 1st-century Roman amphitheatre, which currently hosts concerts and large-scale opera performances. We visit the famous Juliet’s Balcony. Overnight Verona area. B
Day 11 Mon: Lake Garda, Sirmione
Depart Verona for Sirmione - a resort town on the southern shore of Lake Garda, in northern Italy. It’s known for its thermal baths and Rocca Scaligera, a medieval castle overlooking the lake. Set at the tip of a peninsula, the Archaeological Site of Grotte di Catullo encompasses a Roman villa, a museum and olive trees. Just below the ruins is the rocky Jamaica Beach. The church of San Pietro in Mavino is adorned with frescoes. We have free time to explore Sirmione. B
Day 12 Tues: Lake Como, Bellagio
Depart Lake Garda for Lake Como. We visit the towns of Como and picturesque Bellagio situated at the juncture of the two arms of lake como. Time to explore the fabulous art, fashion and jewellery outlets. Continue to Milan and our base for the next 2 nights. B
Day 13 Wed: Milan
Morning tour of the highlights of Milan including the Duomo, La Scalla Theatre and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Free time this afternoon to further explore Milan or relax. Dinner (included) tonight. B, D
Day 14 Thur: Milan Malpensa International Airport
The tour concludes after breakfast this morning. Transfer for group flight included. Additional nights are available in Milan on request.
Or, transfer for those on the Turin extension. B
4 DAY TURIN EXTENSION ITINERARY
N.B: this extension is subject to minimum numbers.
Day 14 Thurs: Milan, Turin
Depart Milan for Turin - the capital city of the Piedmont area of northern Italy. We have an orientation tour by coach followed by free time on arrival. Afternoon check in to our Turin hotel and base for 3 nights. B
Day 15 Fri: Turin, Shroud of TurinTurin is known for its refined architecture and cuisine. The Alps rise to the northwest of the city. Stately baroque buildings and old cafes line Turin's boulevards and grand
squares such as Piazza Castello and Piazza San Carlo.Free time to explore Turin.Entrance to the Museum of the Shroud exhibition. B
Day 16 Sat: Sordevolo Passion Play
Own arrangements in Turin then free time to explore the village of Sordevolo in the foothills of the mountains before the Italian Passion play theatre performance this evening. Overnight Sordevolo area. Farewell dinner (included) tonight. B, D
Day 17 Sun: Milan Malpensa
The tour concludes after breakfast this morning. Transfer to Milan Malpensa Airport for recommended group flights included. Additional nights available in Milan with transfer available on request. B
- Additional days in Munich.
- Gardens and chateaux of France tour.
- Danube River Cruise.
- Rhine River Cruise.
- Romantic Road Tour.
- Berlin and northern Germany.
- 3 days in Milan.
- 3 days at Stresa on the shores of Lake Maggiori.
- Holy Land tour.
- Italy including Rome, Assisi and Tuscany tour.
- Mediterranean cruise.
- Baltic cruise.
- Portugal, Spain and Morocco.
- Meals: B = continental breakfast, D = Welcome, farewell - and other dinners as per final itinerary.
- Guaranteed seating for the Passion Play performance.
- Airconditioned coach.
- Entrances to specified activities stated as included.
- Twin share hotel accommodation in centrally located hotels.
- Tour host/chaplain.
- International airfares.
- Items other than specifically shown as included in the final itinerary.
- The passion play is held every 10 years - don't miss out in 2020