Oberammergau, Austria and Germany Tour- OBA
Number of Days: 11
Visit the classical cities of Germany and Austria - magnificent Vienna with its palaces and gardens, Salzburg, the beautiful Austrian Tyrol, Innsbruck, Munich and Frankfurt.JourneyThe world famous Oberammergau Passion Play is a re-enactment of a play pledged at a moment of mortal threat.
on the “Romantic Road” to quaint villages, royal palaces and castles - then to Oberammergau and the Passion Play.
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 - Monday, Frankfurt
On arrival at Frankfurt Airport this morning the group will be met at the arrivals gate by a local guide. Alternative pick up at designated group hotel at Frankfurt airport for those who arrived yesterday. We then have a city sightseeing tour including Romerberg Square and a visit to St. Bartholomeus.This afternoon depart for Rothenburg ob der Tauber - the "Jewel of the Middle Ages" - a well-preserved medieval city overlooking the River Tauber. Welcome dinner tonight. Accommodation for 1 night in Rothenburg ob der Tauber. D
Day 2 - Tuesday, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Munich
This morning we have city tour of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, before travelling the picturesque “Romantic Road” through the villages of Dinkelsbuehl, Nordlingen and Donauworth before reaching our destination for this evening - Munich.Germany's Romantic Road still retains much of its medieval character. The road often winds through forgotten sections of countryside, connecting walled towns and picturesque villages. Accommodation for 1 night in Munich. B
Day 3 - Wednesday, Munich, Oberammergau
Munich is the capital of the Bavaria region and this morning we have a tour of old Munich including Marienplatz, the Rathaus (or the old town hall which was built in Flanders Gothic style) and also Nymphenburg Palace. This afternoon we travel to Oberammergau area, where we have accommodation for 2 nights. B, D
Day 4 - Thursday, Oberammergau Passion Play
This morning transfer to Oberammergau village, before heading to the Passion Play Theatre to attend this world-famous play, situated in the village centre.Approximately half the inhabitants of Oberammergau are expected to take part in the once-a-decade Passion Play in the year 2020. This means that over 2,000 villagers will bring the story of Jesus of Nazareth to life for the audiences that flock in from around the world. The play starts with Jesus entering Jerusalem, continues with His Death on the Cross and finishes with the Resurrection. As ever, this is an extraordinary community enterprise. The 2010 season saw a new production directed by Christian Stückl, director at Munich's noted Volks theatre.The 2020 performances are during the afternoon and evening.The tour escort has the groups Passion Play tickets. B, D
Day 5 - Friday, Oberammergau, Neuschwanstein, Innsbruck
This morning we leave Germany for Austria. Stopping Enroute at Neuschwanstein Castle, commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to classical musician Richard Wagner. Although public photography of the interior is not permitted, it is the most photographed building in Germany and one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. During his lifetime the reclusive Ludwig did not allow visitors to visit his castle, but after his death in 1886 the castle was opened to the public, and since that time over 50 million people have visited Neuschwanstein.The palace has appeared in several movies and was the inspiration for the Disneyland Sleeping Beauty castle.We then travel to Mils, approx. 10 km from Innsbruck.Mils boasts a rich history - archaeological finds show that Mils was inhabited from Roman times. In the early Middle Ages, this small village was an important stop on the only road leading to the lower Inntal valley. Part of the village’s wealth was assembled through mining. The miners came to Mils in the 16th century and had a church built to commemorate their patron saint St. Anna. This church includes a depiction of the Mount of Olives. Accommodation 1 night in Mils. B
Day 6 - Saturday, Innsbruck, Austrian Tyrol
Today we have a short tour of old Innsbruck. Of special note are the Hofburg Imperial Palace and Dom St Jakob Cathedral with its frescos and the Madonna and Child painting by Lucas Cranach.We then journey from Innsbruck to Kitzbuhel (the “city of the chamois”) in the Austrian Tyrol - one of the most fascinating and glamorous towns of the Austrian Alps, travelling through the rural Tyrolean cultivated landscape with its varied mountain views, classic farm houses, immaculate farms and hayricks.Accommodation 2 nights Kitzbuhel. B
Day 7 - Sunday, Kitzhubel
Today we have free time to shop or relax in this mountain town, situated in the wide valley floor of the river Kitzbüheler Ache and overlooked by the famous Wilde Kaiser mountains. Alternatively, explore the area around the hotel or enjoy the hotel facilities. B
Day 8 - Monday, Salzburg
Today we transfer to Salzburg – the birthplace of Mozart, sightseeing highlights include a visit to the Hohensalzburg fortress (one of the largest medieval castles in Europe) and Hellbrunn Palace and also the house where Mozart was born - now a museum dedicated to his life and works.Salzburg's "Old Town" (Altstadt) with its world-famous baroque architecture is one of the best-preserved city centres north of the Alps, and was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The city is noted for its Alpine setting. Accommodation for 2 nights in Salzburg. B
Day 9 - Tuesday, Salzburg
Today we tour to visit the famous and historic Durrnberg Salt Mines – salt was mined here from approx. 3,000 BC. We have included the entrance to the Ice Grotto including cable car. We will be passing through the towns of Hellein, Obertraun and Krimml before returning to Salzburg. B
Day 10 - Wednesday, Vienna
This morning transfer from Salzburg to Vienna.We have a half day tour of beautiful Vienna including the Hofburg Imperial Palace, the palace housed some of the most powerful people in Austrian history, including the Habsburg dynasty, rulers of the Austro-Hungarian empire. It currently serves as the official residence of the President of Austria.The half-day tour also includes Sisi Museum and St Stephens Cathedral. Accommodation 1 night in Vienna. B
Day 11 - Thursday, Vienna
Free day in the beautiful city of Vienna. Farewell dinner tonight (included). B, D
Day 12 - Friday, Vienna
The tour ends this morning. Free time until we transfer by coach to Vienna airport for the flight back home or onwards to other destinations. B
Includes: Meals as per final itinerary: B = Continental breakfast, D = Welcome, Farewell and other dinners.
Our escorted tours include Passion Play tickets, transfers, coach transport, cruises, meals and entrances as per itinerary. We can also recommend pre and post tour extensions.
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