The Travel Event of the Decade - The Passion Play Oberammergau

The Travel event of the Decade - The Passion Play OBERAMMERGAU 2020
Preperations are already underway for the next Passion Play in the tiny Bavarian Hamlet of Oberammergau. the shows in 2020 may seem distant but the excitment is already building for the next production. demand for tickets is sure to be high and space on tours will be limited.
This Passion Play as an epic story - it began al lthe way back in 1633. Oberammergau was suffering from the Bubonic Plague. the surviving villagers appealed for Divine intervention to save their families. They vowed that if God were to spare them, they would preform a Passion Play every ten years. They say not a single person fell victim to the plague after that. Keeping their promise, the people of Oberammergau preformed the first play in 1634 and have continued to do so throughout the centuries.
Passion Play preformances will be 5 days a week begining May 16th 2020 until October 4th 2020.
Deposits are welcome as of now to hold space on your favorite itinerary, and if you feel like it is too far away to plan, then Marlin Travel has a cancel for any reason insurance that guarentees your money back.

Marlin Travel is very excited to have the following itineraries for 2020

1. SHRINES OF
ALPINE EUROPE &
OBERAMMERGAU*
7 DAYS
Day 1 (Wed.) ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND. Check into your
hotel, then the rest of the day is free to explore on your own. This
afternoon, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers and prepare
for your upcoming spiritual journey. Later this evening, a welcome
dinner is served at your hotel. (D)
Day 2 (Thu.) ZURICH. EXCURSION TO LUCERNE & EINSIEDELN. This
morning, travel to Lucerne, a picturesque town built along the shores
of a shimmering lake and at the foot of majestic peaks. Spend some
time visiting the town centre and take advantage of the optional
excursions available. In the afternoon, head to the BENEDICTINE
ABBEY OF EINSIEDELN, a major station on the Way of St. James
and one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Switzerland. Visit
the magnificent Baroque Monastery and Chapel that is home to the
BLACK MADONNA, made out of black marble. Spend some time in
prayer and then celebrate the Divine Office Vespers and the Salve
Regina. Later, return to Zurich. (B)
Day 3 (Fri.) ZURICH-OBERAMMERGAU. Leave Zurich and travel east
to cross briefly into Austria, skirting scenic Lake Constance, and then
continuing into Germany through the farmlands of Bavaria into the
alpine landscapes of Oberammergau. The highlight of the day is the
famous PASSION PLAY, a performance that takes place every 10 years
since 1634 when it was initiated as an oath to give thanks for the village
having been preserved from the Black Death. All the actors who take
part in the play, are from the village itself. There will be time for an
included dinner during the intermission. (B,D)
Day 4 (Sat.) OBERAMMERGAU-MUNICHALTÖTTING AREA. Stop in
Munich, the capital of Bavaria, for a short visit of the city centre to
admire MARIENPLATZ with the Glockenspiel (carillon) of the new city
hall tower. Head towards ALTÖTTING, spiritual focal point of Bavaria
for more than 1,250 years. Here, enjoy a guided visit of the old town
and the PANORAMA MUSEUM, a stereoscopic painting (large scale
panorama) created in 1902 portraying the holy city of Jerusalem. Join
the evening Mass and the candlelight procession, ideal moments for
reflection and worship, as well as for sharing your sense of faith with
other believers. (B)
Day 5 (Sun.) ALTÖTTING AREA-SALZBURGVIENNA. Spend the
morning getting to know picturesque Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace.
Try the famous marzipan pralines, take a walk in the Old Town, listed
as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or step into the Cathedral for some
prayer time. In the afternoon, travel to the imperial city of Vienna, built
along the banks of the Danube. On the way, stop at the Baroque
MELK BENEDICTINE ABBEY, an important intellectual and cultural
centre over the centuries. (B)
Day 6 (Mon.) VIENNA. Discover the capital of waltz on a guided city
tour today; learn about the Habsburg dynasty that ruled the area
for centuries; and see some of the finest buildings that give the city
such an elegant feel: the State Opera, the Parliament, and the former
imperial Hofburg Palace. Later, if you wish, you can celebrate Mass
in the solemn CATHEDRAL OF ST. STEPHEN. Continue exploring at
leisure, or join an optional excursion. In the evening, say farewell to your
newfound friends during the included dinner at a local restaurant. You
certainly shared some really intense faith experiences, but also some
unforgettable moments of joyous communal life. (B,D)
Day 7 (Tue.) VIENNA. Your vacation ends with breakfast this
morning. (B)

2.
MUNICH, SALZURG
& VIENNA WITH
OBERAMMERGAU*
8 DAYS
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN MUNICH, GERMANY. Welcome to Munich! At 6 pm,
meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome
dinner at your hotel. (D)
DAY 2 MUNICH-OBERAMMERGAU. Germany’s “Secret Capital” comes
alive during an orientation featuring the Olympic Stadium, 1,000-foothigh
Olympic Tower, and MARIENPLATZ, in the historic heart of the
city. A comfortable drive brings you to picturesque Oberammergau.
The afternoon and evening are dedicated to the world-famous
PASSION PLAY, held every 10 years and performed by the people of
Oberammergau. (B,D)
DAY 3 OBERAMMERGAU–NEUSCHWANSTEIN–INNSBRUCK,
AUSTRIA–SALZBURG. Drive into the garden-like landscapes of the
Bavarian Alps and visit King Ludwig’s NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE,
which famously inspired Walt Disney. Enjoy magnificent views of
the Alps from high up, then continue to Innsbruck in the Tyrolean
mountains for a walk through the quaint medieval lanes to Emperor
Maximilian’s GOLDEN ROOF. Time to shop for crystal, for which
Innsbruck is famous, before continuing to Mozart’s hometown of
Salzburg. (B,D)
DAY 4 SALZBURG. This morning, you may wish to join an optional
excursion to spectacular Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest.
Back in Salzburg, join your Local Guide for a walking tour through the
historic centre. Admire exquisite MIRABELL GARDENS, the
Great Festival Hall, St. Peter’s Monastery, and magnificent RESIDENZ
SQUARE, where some scenes of The Sound of Music movie
were filmed. Also, visit MOZART’S BIRTHPLACE in the charming
Getreidegasse. (B)
DAY 5 SALZBURG–MONDSEE–VIENNA. Visit the PARISH CHURCH
in Mondsee, which was used for the wedding scenes in The Sound of
Music. A leisurely DANUBE CRUISE takes you along the most scenic
section of the river. Arrive in Vienna, once the centre of the mighty
Habsburg Empire. Tonight, you may wish to join an optional Heurigen
evening. (B)
DAY 6 VIENNA. Guided sightseeing features a visit to BELVEDERE
PALACE with its famous Klimt collection, a drive along the Ringstrasse,
passing the State Opera House, and a stop at the Hofburg Palace,
winter residence of the Austrian Imperial family. Marvel at the
impressive courtyards, famous HELDENPLATZ, and awesome St.
Stephen’s Cathedral. Time to savour Sachertorte and watch the jolly
crowd in one of Vienna’s famous coffee houses, or choose from our
exciting optional activities. (B)
DAY 7 AT LEISURE IN VIENNA. For those who wish to “see it all,”
there is a chance to join an interesting optional excursion to Bratislava,
capital of Slovakia. Later, a unique feature: enjoy a private visit of
SCHÖNBRUNN PALACE, followed by a farewell dinner and a classical
music concert, the best way to say auf Wiedersehen, Wien. (B,D)
DAY 8 VIENNA. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

3. THE EUROPEAN
REFORMATION WITH
OBERAMMERGAU*
11 DAYS
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN BERLIN, GERMANY. Welcome to Berlin! At 6 pm,
meet your Tour Director and travelling companions, and begin your
journey at this evening’s welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
DAY 2 BERLIN–WITTENBERG. Sightseeing with a Local Guide in the
once-divided metropolis includes the elegant Ku’damm, the restored
Reichstag, Charlottenburg Castle, a picture stop at monumental
Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial, and the 21-foot Victory
Column in the vast Tiergarten Park. Visit the KAISER WILHELM
MEMORIAL CHURCH with its bomb-damaged spire, drive along
Unter den Linden Boulevard, and pass the State Opera House and
Checkpoint Charlie. In the afternoon, continue to Wittenberg, Martin
Luther’s hometown for more than 30 years and birthplace of the
Reformation. (B,D)
DAY 3 WITTENBERG–LEIPZIG. Enjoy a guided walking tour and visit
the LUTHER HOUSE, where Martin Luther and his family lived. Also
visit ST. MARY’S CHURCH, a twin-towered gothic church where Luther
preached reform, got married, and baptized his six children. Finally,
see the door of Castle Church, where Luther posted his 95 Theses,
launching the Reformation in 1517. Continue to Leipzig for a walking
tour and a visit to the THOMASKIRCHE, where Johann Sebastian Bach
worked as a cantor. Also, see the market square that today is a site for
celebrations and festivals, but once was the scene of executions and
political demonstrations. (B,D)
DAY 4 LEIPZIG–EISLEBEN–ERFURT. Today, stop in Eisleben, where
Luther’s life began and ended. Visit his BIRTH HOUSE and DEATH
HOUSE MUSEUMS, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites; as well as
ST. PETER & PAUL CHURCH, where Luther was baptized, and ST.
ANDREW’S CHURCH, where Luther preached his last sermon in
1546. Later, drive to Erfurt, whose 36 churches, 15 monasteries, and
other ecclesiastical buildings have earned it the nickname “Thuringian
Rome.” The beautiful Old Town preserves the atmosphere Luther
must have experienced during his student days. A highlight is an
inspirational visit to the AUGUSTINIAN MONASTERY where Luther
lived as a monk, and the unique MERCHANTS’ BRIDGE, lined with halftimbered
homes on both sides. (B)
DAY 5 ERFURT. EXCURSION TO EISENACH. Journey to Eisenach and
meet your Local Guide. Visit LUTHER HOUSE, ST. GEORGE’S CHURCH,
where Luther was a choir boy and later preached, and see the Luther
and Bach Memorials. Also visit WARTBURG CASTLE, where he lived
in disguise as “Knight George.” It was during this period that Luther
translated the New Testament from Ancient Greek into German in just
ten weeks. (B,D)
DAY 6 ERFURT–COBURG– WIESBADEN. Continue south today to
Coburg and visit fascinating COBURG FORTRESS, where Luther lived,
protected, during the Imperial Diet of Augsburg in 1530. As an outlaw
of the Holy Roman Empire, he could not attend the Imperial Diet of
Augsburg, but instead spent his time continuing his work translating
the Bible and writing on Reformation issues. (B,D)
DAY 7 WIESBADEN. EXCURSION TO THE RHINE VALLEY & WORMS.
Enjoy a scenic RHINE CRUISE past castle-crested cliffs, terraced
vineyards, and half-timbered towns. In Worms, where the Imperial
Council passed judgment on Luther in 1521, visit the CATHEDRAL
where Luther presented his case, as well as TRINITY CHURCH and the
Reformation monument. Continue to Mainz to visit the GUTENBERG
MUSEUM, which houses original copies of the Bible. (B)
DAY 8 WIESBADEN–MAINZ–ROTHENBURG–NUREMBERG. Journey
to the medieval walled town of Rothenburg, where your walking tour
takes you to ST. JACOB’S CHURCH with its masterpiece Altar of the
Holy Blood. Afterwards, there is time to shop for the town’s famed
Christmas ornaments. On to Nuremberg, the first town to accept the
Reformation in 1525. Your walking tour features the gothic ST. LORENZ
LUTHERAN CHURCH, where you can pause for quiet meditation. (B,D)
DAY 9 NUREMBERG–AUGSBURG–OBERAMMERGAU. Drive to
picturesque Oberammergau, where the afternoon and evening are
dedicated to the world-famous PASSION PLAY, held every 10 years
and performed by the people of the town. (B,D)
DAY 10 OBERAMMERGAU-MUNICH. In Munich, explore Germany’s
“Secret Capital” with your Local Guide, including the Olympic Stadium,
the 1,000-foot-high Television Tower, MARIENPLATZ with its old and
new Town Halls, and the gothic Frauenkirche. Tonight, enjoy a farewell
dinner at your hotel. (B,D)
DAY 11 MUNICH. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

4.THE BEST OF AUSTRIA
& SWITZERLAND WITH
OBERAMMERGAU*
14 DAYS

GERMANY
AUSTRIA
SWITZERLAND
Danube
River
St. Moritz
Melk Vienna
Mondsee
Salzburg
Oberammergau Berchtesgaden
Munich
Innsbruck
Chur
Zermatt
Chillon
Castle
Berne
Interlaken
Täsch
Lucerne
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA. Welcome to Vienna! At 6 pm,
meet your Tour Director and trave????ling companions for a special
welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
DAY 2 VIENNA. Start your guided sightseeing with a visit to
magnificent SCHÖNBRUNN PALACE. Then, drive along the
Ringstrasse, pass the State Opera House, the Jewish quarter, and stop
at the Hofburg Palace, winter residence of the Austrian imperial family.
Marvel at the impressive courtyards, famous HELDENPLATZ, and
awesome St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Balance of the day is at leisure and
you can choose from our exciting optional excursions to enhance your
stay. (B)
DAY 3 VIENNA–MELK–MONDSEE–SALZBURG. Enjoy a leisurely
DANUBE CRUISE along the prettiest part of the river. Afterwards,
catch glimpses of historic Melk Abbey, and continue through the
romantic Salzkammergut lakeland, made famous in The Sound of
Music movie. Stop in Mondsee to visit the PARISH CHURCH, which
was used for the wedding scenes in the film, and continue to Salzburg.
Admire exquisite MIRABELL GARDENS, the Great Festival Hall, St.
Peter’s Monastery, and magnificent RESIDENZ SQUARE, where
some scenes of ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? movie were also filmed. Also, take
pictures of Mozart’s birthplace in the charming Getreidegasse. A
special dinner and Salzburger Nockerl (sweet dessert soufflé) has
been prepared for you at the famous St. Peter Stiftskeller restaurant.
(B,D)
DAY 4 AT LEISURE IN SALZBURG. Today is your chance to join an
optional excursion to spectacular Berchtesgaden and Hitler’s Eagle’s
Nest. (B)
DAY 5 SALZBURG–ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND. A scenic day! Via the
Tyrolean Alps enter the Swiss Engadine, considered by many as the
most beautiful mountain area in the world with its deep-blue lakes,
airy larch forests that turn golden in the fall, mountain peaks
exceeding 12,000 feet, and quaint villages with massive white stone
houses in the characteristic Grisons style. The rest of the day is at
leisure in ritzy St. Moritz. (B,D)
DAY 6 ST. MORITZ–CHUR–TÄSCH–ZERMATT. Drive through
exhilarating Alpine scenery. At Chur, board the first-class panoramic
coach of the world-famous GLACIER EXPRESS TRAIN, which
connects two of Switzerland’s most famous skiing areas: St. Moritz
and Zermatt. Enjoy your first-class ride with panorama windows and
admire thundering waterfalls, impressive peaks, glacial ice fields, and
tiny villages as you pass through the Valais, a region known for its
great mountain resorts and excellent wines. Lunch will be served on
the train. This afternoon, you are in Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of
rustic chalets beneath the majestic Matterhorn. (B,L)
DAY 7 AT LEISURE IN ZERMATT. An entire day at leisure gives you
the possibility to join a spectacular optional excursion to the Klein
Matterhorn for breathtaking panoramic views of the Matterhorn and
the Alps. (B,D)
DAY 8 ZERMATT–BERNE. Board the MOUNTAIN TRAIN to Täsch and
motor through the lower Rhône Valley to the shores of Lake Geneva.
Here, enjoy a highlight visit to CHILLON CASTLE, the 12th-century
water fortress immortalized by poet Lord Byron. Arrive in Berne for
your overnight stay. (B)
DAY 9 BERNE–INTERLAKEN–LUCERNE. Your guided tour starts with
a stop at the Rose Garden for a panoramic view of the city. Walk
through the beautifully preserved medieval Old Town, witness the
hourly parade of painted figures at the Clock Tower and marvel at the
ornate, flower-adorned fountains. Stop at BEAR PARK, symbol for the
name of the town. Next is Interlaken, where you can take pictures of
the towering Jungfrau, then continue across Brünig Pass to
picturesque Lucerne. An optional evening is available at a folklore
party with yodeling and ???????????????????????????????? blowing for a firsthand impression of
Alpine merrymaking. (B)
DAY 10 LUCERNE. On your walking tour this morning, admire
Thorwaldsen’s impressive LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the fallen
Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the
French Revolution, and the ornate patrician houses of the walled Old
Town. Then, cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit
church. Afterwards, shop for watches, and you may wish to join an
optional excursion to Mount Pilatus. This evening, enjoy a PRIVATE
BOAT CRUISE on the ????????????????????????????????????????, followed by a special dinner at a
local restaurant. (B,D)
DAY 11 LUCERNE–INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA. A comfortable drive brings
you to Innsbruck, the capital of crystal, in the Tyrolean mountains.
Enjoy a pleasant walk through the Old Town to see the GOLDEN
ROOF and time to shop for crystal and Tyrolean hats. (B)
DAY 12 INNSBRUCK-OBERAMMERGAU, GERMANY. The afternoon
and evening are dedicated to the world-famous PASSION PLAY, held
every 10 years and performed by the people of Oberammergau. (B,D)
DAY 13 OBERAMMERGAU-MUNICH. Leave the Bavarian Alps and
arrive in Munich, where Germany’s “Secret Capital” comes alive during
an orientation featuring the Olympic Stadium, 1,000-foot-high
Olympic Tower, and MARIENPLATZ, in the historic heart of the city.
(B)
DAY 14 MUNICH. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

5. THE BEST OF
SWITZERLAND &
OBERAMMERGAU*
12 DAYS
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND. Welcome to Zurich! At 6
pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a
welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
DAY 2 ZURICH–VADUZ, LIECHTENSTEIN–ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND.
Enjoy an orientation walk of Zurich’s well-preserved OLD TOWN
with its medieval guild houses, and taste the traditional CHOCOLATE
PRALINES at the famous Sprüngli Confectionery. Next, a scenic drive
following Lake Zurich and Lake Walen through the high Alps to the
tiny Principality of Liechtenstein. After a break in its capital, Vaduz,
ascend the Rhine Valley into the mountainous Grisons, a canton where
three of the country’s four languages are spoken. The 7,504-foot
Julier Pass, an important Alpine road since Roman times, leads to the
Engadine. This valley is considered by many as the most beautiful
mountain area in the world, with deep-blue lakes, airy larch forests
that turn golden in the fall, mountain peaks exceeding 12,000 feet, and
quaint villages with massive white stone houses in the characteristic
Grisons style. Arrive in the afternoon in ritzy St. Moritz. (B,D)
DAY 3 ST. MORITZ–LAKE COMO, ITALY–LUGANO, SWITZERLAND.
A gradual change of scenery as you descend towards the enchanting
shores of Italy’s Lake Como and continue on to the southern tip
of Switzerland. The vegetation south of the Alps is Mediterranean:
chestnut groves, vineyards, and olive and fig trees make you forget
that earlier today you were within walking distance of glaciers. An
afternoon arrival in the popular subtropical resort town of Lugano
allows time for shopping under the arcades of Via Nassa or an
espresso on flowerfestooned Piazza Riforma. To truly appreciate
splendid Lake Lugano, an exciting optional boat ride is available,
followed by dinner at a traditional “grotto” restaurant. (B)
DAY 4 LUGANO–STRESA, ITALY–TÄSCH, SWITZERLAND–ZERMATT.
Travel from Lake Lugano to the Italian shore of Lake Maggiore for
a break in elegant Stresa. An optional boat ride to enchanting Isola
Bella can be arranged. Continue over lofty Simplon Pass into the Swiss
Valais, an area renowned for its excellent wines and great mountain
resorts. To reach the most famous of them, leave the coach behind in
Täsch and board a MOUNTAIN TRAIN to climb the last few miles up
to car-free Zermatt, a picturesque cluster of rustic chalets beneath the
Matterhorn. (B)
DAY 5 ZERMATT–LAKE GENEVA. This morning, you can join an
exciting optional excursion to Klein Matterhorn for spectacular views of
the surrounding Alps. Later, motor through the vineyards and apricot
groves of the lower Rhône Valley and arrive at beautiful Lake Geneva
for your overnight stay. (B,D)
DAY 6 LAKE GENEVA–BERNE–INTERLAKEN–LUCERNE. In the stately
capital of Berne, your guided tour starts at BEAR PARK, followed by
a panoramic view of the city from the Rose Garden. Next, enjoy a
walking tour through the beautifully preserved medieval Old Town.
Witness the hourly parade of painted figures at the Clock Tower and
take your pictures of ornate, flower-adorned fountains. The highlight
of the day is a special lunch at a traditional Swiss WORKING FARM,
to give you a chance to see how people in Switzerland live in the rural
area of Switzerland. Continue over Brünig Pass to picturesque Lucerne.
An optional dinner excursion to a folklore party with yodeling is
available for a first-hand impression of Alpine merrymaking. (B,L)
DAY 7 LUCERNE. On your walking tour this morning, admire
Thorwaldsen’s impressive LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the Swiss
Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French
Revolution, and the ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town,
then cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit church.
Afterwards, another true Swiss experience: a trip to the top of Mount
Pilatus, the “Guard of Lucerne,” where you get a special SOUVENIR
CAP to always remember this experience! Tonight, a special dinner
awaits you at your hotel. (B,D)
DAY 8 LUCERNE–ZURICH–INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA–MUNICH,
GERMANY. A comfortable drive brings you via Zurich to Innsbruck
in the Tyrolean mountains. Enjoy a walk through the Old Town to see
the GOLDEN ROOF and time to shop for crystal for which the city is
famous. Then, continue to Munich, capital of Bavaria. (B)
Day 9 MUNICH-OBERAMMERGAU. Germany’s “Secret Capital” comes
alive during an orientation featuring the Olympic Stadium, 1,000-foothigh
Olympic Tower, and MARIENPLATZ, in the historic heart of the
city. Then, drive to picturesque Oberammergau. (B,D)
Day 10 OBERAMMERGAU. The afternoon and evening are dedicated
to the world-famous PASSION PLAY, held every 10 years and
performed by the people of Oberammergau. (B,L,D)
Day 11 OBERAMMERGAU-MUNICH. Return to Munich with time to
explore on your own. (B)
Day 12 MUNICH. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

6.TOP OF SWITZERLAND & OBERAMMERGAU* 9 DAYS
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND. Welcome to Zurich! At 6
pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a
welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
DAY 2 ZURICH–EMMENTAL VALLEY–INTERLAKEN AREA. Enjoy
an orientation walk of Zurich’s well-preserved OLD TOWN with its
medieval guild houses before continuing to the Emmental Valley to
visit the SCHAUKÄSEREI AFFOLTERN. Try out the locally produced
cheese and enjoy a light lunch. A scenic drive brings you to Interlaken.
The town’s unique location, nestled between Lake Thun and Lake
Brienz and surrounded by the world-famous Eiger, Mönch, and
Jungfrau mountains, guarantees spectacular views. (B,L)
DAY 3 INTERLAKEN AREA. EXCURSION TO THE JUNGFRAU MASSIF.
An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow
is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. At an amazing 11,332 feet,
the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s
13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and the rack railway was
opened in 1912. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the Alpine
Sensation, the Panorama 360° Experience, the ICE PALACE and take
the elevator to the Sphinx Observatory. Also, receive your Jungfrau
Passport as a souvenir to take home with you. The round trip to the
“Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most of the day. (B)
DAY 4 INTERLAKEN AREA–BRIENZ–BALLENBERG–LUCERNE. Drive
to Brienz, beautifully located on the turquoise-coloured lake. Visit the
interesting WOODCARVING MUSEUM, and walk through the romantic
Brunngasse, once awarded the title “most beautiful street in Europe.”
Next is a visit to the fascinating OPEN-AIR MUSEUM of Ballenberg
with its centuries-old buildings from all parts of Switzerland. Arrive
in picture-book Lucerne, where you will stay for the next two nights.
Tonight, you may wish to join an optional dinner excursion to a folklore
party with cheese fondue, yodeling, and alphorn blowing. (B)
DAY 5 LUCERNE. On your walking tour this morning, admire
Thorwaldsen’s impressive LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the Swiss
Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French
Revolution, and the ornate patrician houses of the walled Old Town,
then cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit church.
Later, an exciting optional excursion is available to Mount Pilatus,
the “Guard of Lucerne,” and this evening, a special dinner has been
prepared for you. (B,D)
DAY 6 LUCERNE–INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA–OBERAMMERGAU,
GERMANY. A comfortable drive brings you to Innsbruck in the
Tyrolean mountains. Enjoy a walk through the Old Town to see the
GOLDEN ROOF before arriving in picturesque Oberammergau. (B,D)
Day 7 OBERAMMERGAU. The afternoon and evening are dedicated to
the world-famous PASSION PLAY, held every 10 years and performed
by the people of Oberammergau. (B,L,D)
Day 8 OBERAMMERGAU–MUNICH. Arrive in Munich, where Germany’s
“Secret Capital” comes alive during an orientation featuring the
Olympic Stadium, 1,000-foot-high Olympic Tower, and MARIENPLATZ,
in the historic heart of the city. Your afternoon and evening are at
leisure. You may wish to join one of our exciting optional
excursions. (B)
Day 9 MUNICH. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

7.SPECTACULAR
SWITZERLAND WITH
OBERAMMERGAU*
12 DAYS
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND. Welcome to Zurich! At 6
pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome
dinner at your hotel. (D)
DAY 2 ZURICH–BIEL/BIENNE–NEUCHÂTEL–GENEVA. Enjoy an
orientation walk of Zurich’s OLD TOWN, Switzerland’s center of
banking and commerce. Then, leave Zurich and start your Swiss
adventure. You’ll quickly discover that Switzerland isn’t just home to
the Alps, but also to some of the most beautiful lakes. First, stop at
the foot of the Jura Mountains in the picturesque town of Biel, known
as Bienne by French-speaking Swiss and famous for watch-making,
and explore the HISTORICAL CENTRE. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to
lakeside Neuchâtel, dominated by the medieval cathedral and castle.
Time to stroll along the lake promenade before continuing to stunning
Geneva, the second-largest city in Switzerland, with its fantastic
lakeside location and breathtaking panoramas of the Alps. (B)
DAY 3 GENEVA. During your guided sightseeing see the elegant
buildings that house many international organizations, including
headquarters of the International Red Cross and many United Nations
agencies. You will also hear about John Calvin, the French theologian
who helped reform the church in Geneva in the mid-16th century,
visit REFORMATION PARK with its International Monument to the
Reformation and walk through the OLD TOWN to see St. Pierre
Cathedral. Balance of the day is at leisure to further explore this
fascinating city. An exciting optional lake cruise is available to make the
most of your stay. (B)
DAY 4 GENEVA–ÉVIAN-LES-BAINS, FRANCE–BROC–GRUYÈRE
AREA, SWITZERLAND. Enter France and follow Lake Geneva along the
southern shore, stopping in the famous spa town of Évian-les-Bains,
renowned for its mineral water and a popular holiday resort. A scenic
drive returns you to Switzerland. Cross the Rhône, France’s largest
river, which flows into Lake Geneva. See the vineyards, where some
of the best Swiss wines are produced, then leave this “Swiss Riviera”
and continue to Gruyère. Visit the magnificent CASTLE. Walk through
eight centuries of architecture, history, and culture, and enjoy lunch
with local specialties and a traditional dessert of meringue and double
crème. Then, stop in Broc for a visit to MAISON CAILLER chocolate
factory to taste this delicious Swiss specialty. Continue to your
comfortable hotel in nearby Charmey. (B,L,D)
DAY 5 GRUYÈRE AREA–GSTAAD–INTERLAKEN AREA. Leave the
Gruyère area and enjoy a scenic drive to Gstaad, one of Switzerland’s
most popular ski resorts, for an orientation of this pretty place. Then,
continue to Interlaken. The town’s unique location, settled between
Lake Thun and Lake Brienz and surrounded by the world-famous
Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau mountains, guarantees spectacular views.
Later, arrive at your charming hotel in Grindelwald and look forward to
tomorrow’s included highlight: the Jungfrau excursion! (B)
DAY 6 INTERLAKEN AREA. EXCURSION TO THE JUNGFRAU MASSIF.
An unforgettable trip to the high Alpine wonderland of ice and snow
is the true highlight of a visit to Switzerland. At an amazing 11,332 feet,
the JUNGFRAUJOCH is Europe’s highest railway station. Jungfrau’s
13,642-foot summit was first ascended in 1811 and the rack railway
was opened in 1912. There are lots of things to do here: enjoy the
Alpine Sensation, the Panorama 360° Experience, the ICE PALACE,
and take the elevator to the Sphinx Oberservatory. Also, receive your
JUNGFRAU PASSPORT as a souvenir to take home with you. The
round trip to the “Top of Europe” by MOUNTAIN TRAIN will take most
of the day. (B,D)
DAY 7 INTERLAKEN AREA–BERNE–LUCERNE. Arrive in the stately
capital of Berne. See BEAR PARK, enjoy the panoramic view of the
city from the Rose Garden, and the OLD TOWN with its Clock Tower
and ornate, flower-adorned fountains. Leave the Berner Oberland and
drive via Langnau in the Emmental Valley to picturesque Lucerne.
Tonight is your chance to join an optional dinner excursion to a
folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing. (B)
DAY 8 LUCERNE. During your walking tour, admire Thorwaldsen’s
impressive LION MONUMENT, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who
protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution,
and the patrician houses of the walled Old Town, then cross the
covered CHAPEL BRIDGE to the Jesuit church. An exciting optional
excursion is available to Mount Pilatus, and tonight, a special dinner
awaits you. (B,D)
DAY 9 LUCERNE–INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA–OBERAMMERGAU,
GERMANY. A comfortable drive brings you to Innsbruck in the
Tyrolean Mountains. Enjoy a walk through the Old Town to see the
GOLDEN ROOF. Then, continue to picture-book
Oberammergau. (B,D).
Day 10 OBERAMMERGAU. The afternoon and evening are dedicated
to the world-famous PASSION PLAY, held every 10 years and
performed by the people of Oberammergau. (B,L,D)
Day 11 OBERAMMERGAU-MUNICH. Leave the Bavarian Alps and
arrive In Munich, where Germany’s “Secret Capital” comes alive during
an orientation featuring the Olympic Stadium, 1,000-foot-high
Olympic Tower, and MARIENPLATZ, in the historic heart of the city.
(B)
Day 12 MUNICH. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

8. BARVARIAN HIGHLIGHTS
WITH OBERAMMERGAU*
9 DAYS
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN MUNICH, GERMANY. Time to rest or to start
exploring the lively Bavarian capital. At 6 pm, meet your Tour
Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your
hotel. (D)
DAY 2 MUNICH–REGENSBURG. Sightseeing with a Local Guide
of Germany’s “Secret Capital” features the Olympic Stadium, built
for the 1972 Olympics; the 1,000-foot-high Olympic Tower; and
Königsplatz, used for Nazi rallies during World War II. Drive along
the Ludwigstrasse, and see the Bavarian Arch of Triumph and Field
Marshall Hall. Also, visit lively MARIENPLATZ with the old and new
Town Halls and the gothic Frauenkirche. Arrive in Regensburg, and
meet your Local Guide for a walking tour, featuring the Stone Bridge,
the oldest preserved bridge of its kind in Germany; the Porta Pretoria,
built in the 2nd century by Emperor Marcus Aurelius; and St. Peter’s
Cathedral. Next, board the Swarovski crystal boat for a CRUISE on
the Danube River. You cannot leave Regensburg without tasting a
medieval hot dog at the Historic Sausage Kitchen. (B)
DAY 3 REGENSBURG–NUREMBERG. Visit the THURN UND TAXIS
PALACE, a former Benedictine monastery that was converted into
the residence of the Princes of Thurn und Taxis in 1812. This family
started the first large-scale postal service in Europe in the 15th
century. Continue to Nuremberg, known for its children’s toys and
gingerbread. Admire the impressive medieval ramparts as you walk
through the pedestrian area of the charming Old Town and see St.
Sebald Church, painstakingly reconstructed as a monument to peace
from the rubble of near-total wartime destruction. Also, admire the
Schöner Brunnen, a 14th-century fountain dedicated to the Holy
Roman Empire. It is said that it brings good luck to spin the two brass
rings. (B)
DAY 4 NUREMBERG. EXCURSION TO BAYREUTH & BAMBERG.
Look forward to an exciting day. First, stop in Bayreuth for an
orientation of this city of festival fame. Richard Wagner came to
Bayreuth in 1871 and was not satisfied with the existing 18th-century
theater, the Markgräfliches Opernhaus, so he had a new one built.
Today, the festival hall is used exclusively for the Bayreuth Festival,
and only works by Wagner are performed there.
Continue to picturesque Bamberg, the city with the largest historical
centre in Germany and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taste
“smoked beer,” a type of beer with a distinctive smoke flavour
imparted by using malted barley dried over an open flame. Later,
enjoy a guided walk along the cobblestone streets and admire the
architecture of the houses. Return to Nuremberg. (B)
DAY 5 NUREMBERG–ROTHENBURG–STUTTGART–BLACK FOREST.
A short drive delivers you to medieval Rothenburg with its ramparts
and towers, cobblestone lanes, and 16th-century houses. Hear how
the town survived the Thirty Years’ War, and shop for Christmas
ornaments. On to Stuttgart for an exciting visit to the MERCEDESBENZ
MUSEUM. Then, enter the Black Forest for your
overnight stay. (B,D)
DAY 6 BLACK FOREST–LAKE CONSTANCE–FÜSSEN AREA. Enjoy a
scenic drive this morning to sparkling Lake Constance. Next, continue
to the Bavarian Alps for your overnight stay. (B)
DAY 7 FÜSSEN AREA-NEUSCHWANSTEIN-OBERAMMERGAU. This
morning visit King Ludwig’s magnificent NEUSCHWANSTEIN
CASTLE, one of Germany’s most famous castles and inspiration for
Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle at his theme park. Follow your
Local Guide through this fairytale castle on its craggy outcrop high
above a sparkling lake. Also, visit the MUSEUM OF THE BAVARIAN
KINGS and enjoy a HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDE. The afternoon
and evening are dedicated to the world-famous PASSION PLAY, held
every 10 years and performed by the people of Oberammergau. (B,D)
DAY 8 OBERAMMERGAU–MUNICH. A leisurely morning with the
possibility to join an optional excursion to visit King Ludwig’s
Linderhof Castle. This afternoon, you can return to Marienplatz and
explore its many enticing shops. Tonight, a farewell dinner awaits you
at one of Munich’s lively restaurants to say auf Wiedersehen! (B,D)
DAY 9 MUNICH. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

9. GERMAN VISTA WITH
OBERAMMERGAU*
8 DAYS
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN BERLIN, GERMANY. Time to rest or to start
exploring the German capital. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and
travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
DAY 2 BERLIN. Sightseeing with a Local Guide in the once-divided
metropolis includes the elegant Ku’damm, the restored Reichstag,
Charlottenburg Palace, a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg
Gate, and the Holocaust Memorial, and the 210-foot Victory Column
in the vast Tiergarten Park. Visit the KAISER WILHEM MEMORIAL
CHURCH with its bomb-damaged tower, drive along Unter den Linden
boulevard, and pass the State Opera House and Checkpoint
Charlie. (B)
DAY 3 BERLIN–DRESDEN. Arrive in Dresden, former capital of Saxony.
Badly damaged by Allied bombing in February 1945, the city has since
been restored to its baroque splendor. During your guided walking
tour, visit the Zwinger Palace COURTYARD to admire its impressive
architecture; the magnificent baroque Semper Opera, originally built
in 1841, destroyed by fire, then destroyed by bombing, and finally
restored in 1985; and the newly rebuilt Frauenkirche. (B)
DAY 4 DRESDEN–WEIMAR–ROTHENBURG. In Weimar, follow your
Tour Director for a pleasant walk through this pretty town. See the
houses where great poets like Goethe and Schiller lived and the theater
where the Weimar Constitution was drafted. Highlight is an overnight
stay in medieval Rothenburg with its ramparts and towers, cobblestone
lanes, and 16th-century houses. Hear how the town survived the Thirty
Years’ War, and shop for Christmas ornaments. (B)
DAY 5 ROTHENBURG–NEUSCHWANSTEIN. Drive along the scenic
Romantic Road past small villages and towards the Bavarian
Alps, where two of Bavaria’s most famous castles are situated.
Stay overnight in a charming hotel beautifully located between
Hohenschwangau Castle, where King Ludwig spent much of his youth,
and NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, which you will visit with a Local
Guide. This castle became the most famous of all and was inspiration
for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle. (B)
DAY 6 NEUSCHWANSTEIN–OBERAMMERGAU. Arrive in picturesque
Oberammergau. The afternoon and evening are dedicated to the
world-famous PASSION PLAY, held every 10 years and performed by
the people of Oberammergau. (B,D)
DAY 7 OBERAMMERGAU-MUNICH. Drive to Munich where your
orientation features a visit to MARIENPLATZ with its old and new Town
Halls and the gothic Frauenkirche. In the evening, a farewell dinner
at a lively Biergarten is the best way to celebrate the success of your
German vacation. (B,D)
DAY 8 MUNICH. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

10. CATHOLIC CENTRAL
EUROPE WITH
OBERAMMERGAU*
9 DAYS
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN MUNICH, GERMANY. Welcome to Munich! At 6 pm,
meet your Tour Director and travelling companions, then enjoy this
evening’s welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
DAY 2 MUNICH–NEUSCHWANSTEIN–WIES–OBERAMMERGAU.
Your orientation of Germany’s “Secret Capital” includes the Olympic
Stadium, 1,000-foot-high Television Tower, MARIENPLATZ with its
old and the new Town Halls, and the gothic FRAUENKIRCHE. Enjoy
a scenic drive to Neuschwanstein for an exciting visit to magnificent
KING LUDWIG’S CASTLE, which was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s
Sleeping Beauty castle. Before arriving in Oberammergau, stop for a
visit to the beautifully located pilgrimage CHURCH of Wies, a Rococo
masterpiece. (B,D)
DAY 3 OBERGAMMERGAU. Today is dedicated to the PASSION
PLAY, held every 10 years and performed by the inhabitants of
Oberammergau. (B,L,D)
DAY 4 OBERAMMERGAU–INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA–VADUZ,
PRINCIPALITY OF LIECHTENSTEIN–EINSIEDELN, SWITZERLAND
– LUCERNE. A picturesque drive through the Bavarian and Tyrolean
Alps brings you to Innsbruck. Enjoy a pleasant walk through its quaint
medieval lanes and take pictures of the GOLDEN ROOF. Cross the
border and enter Switzerland, where you will visit the impressive
Benedictine ABBEY OF OUR LADY of Einsiedeln, renowned for the
famous black Madonna and its unique baroque architecture, on your
way to picture-book Lucerne. (B,D)
DAY 5 LUCERNE. On your walking tour, admire Thorwaldsen’s LION’S
MONUMENT, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal
House of France during the French Revolution, and the ornate patrician
houses of the walled town, then cross the famous covered CHAPEL
BRIDGE and visit the JESUIT CHURCH with its onion-topped towers,
built by the Jesuits in the time Protestantism came up and the reason
that Lucerne remained Catholic. Also included is a visit to the
Hofkirche ST. LEODEGAR, the most important church and a landmark
of the city. Afternoon and evening at leisure; you may wish to join
exciting optional excursions to Mount Pilatus, and attend a Swiss
Folklore show. (B)
DAY 6 LUCERNE–SCHAFFHAUSEN–BLACK FOREST, GERMANY–
RHINELAND. A short drive to Schaffhausen to admire the famous
RHINE FALLS; then, enter Germany, and stop in the Black Forest to
enjoy a WOODCARVING DEMONSTRATION, before continuing to the
Rhineland for your overnight stay. (B,D)
DAY 7 RHINELAND–TRIER–AACHEN–COLOGNE. This morning is
dedicated to Trier, one of the oldest cities north of the Alps. During
your orientation, admire the Porta Nigra, a large Roman city gate, visit
the HIGH CATHEDRAL OF ST. PETER, and see the unusual early-gothic
Dreikönigenhaus. Then, continue to Aachen for a visit to the oldest
CATHEDRAL in Northern Europe, burial place of Charlemagne, and
for 600 years the church of coronation for German kings and queens.
Arrive in Cologne for your overnight stay. (B,D)
DAY 8 COLOGNE–THE RHINE VALLEY–RÜDESHEIM–FRANKFURT.
The morning is dedicated to a visit of the magnificent CATHEDRAL,
sometimes called the most beautiful example of gothic art. Next is a
romantic RHINE CRUISE along the most scenic part of the Rhine River,
followed by a special treat: a WINE TASTING in the capital of Riesling
wine, Rüdesheim. This evening, a farewell dinner has been prepared at
your hotel. (B,D)
DAY 9 FRANKFURT. Your vacation ends with breakfast this

11.IMPERIAL SPLENDORS WITH
OBERAMMERGAU*
12 DAYS
DAY 1 ARRIVE IN MUNICH, GERMANY. Welcome to Munich! At 6 pm,
meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome
dinner at your hotel. (D)
DAY 2 MUNICH–PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC. Germany’s “Secret
Capital” comes alive during an orientation featuring the Olympic
Stadium, 1,000-foot-high Olympic Tower, and MARIENPLATZ, in
the historic heart of the city. Later, head for the Czech border in the
Bohemian Forest and travel to Prague, the “Golden City.” This evening,
why not join an optional outing to explore Prague by night? (B,D)
DAY 3 PRAGUE. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide reveals why
Prague is considered one of Europe’s most attractive capitals. Visit
the 1,000-year-old HRADCANY CASTLE GROUNDS. Also, see St.
Vitus Cathedral, the Old Town, the Jewish ghetto, and the
ASTRONOMICAL CLOCK, once the envy of all Europe. Exciting
optional excursions are available to make the most of your stay. (B)
DAY 4 PRAGUE–BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA–BUDAPEST, HUNGARY.
Continue to Moravia, where Napoleon established his headquarters
during the Battle of Austerlitz, and then arrive in Bratislava, capital of
Slovakia, for an orientation of this town. Then, follow the course of the
Danube River to Budapest. (B,D)
DAY 5 BUDAPEST. Your Local Guide takes you through Eastern
Europe’s most cosmopolitan city. See elegant Andrassy Avenue, the
Thermal Baths, and the world’s second-largest Jewish synagogue.
From the lacy lookout towers of Fishermen’s Bastion, enjoy a
panoramic view of the sprawling city. Then, visit the 13th-century
MATTHIAS CORONATION CHURCH and Heroes’ Square. Afternoon at
leisure. Tonight, a delectable optional Hungarian specialty dinner can
be arranged. (B)
DAY 6 BUDAPEST–VIENNA, AUSTRIA. This morning, drive through the
Hungarian plains to Vienna, once the center of the mighty Habsburg
Empire. Meet your Local Guide and start your afternoon sightseeing
with a drive along the elegant Ringstrasse. Pass the impressive
State Opera House, the Jewish quarter, and stop at the Hofburg
Palace, winter residence of the Austrian imperial family. Marvel at the
impressive courtyards and famous Heldenplatz, and visit awesome ST.
STEPHEN’S CATHEDRAL. (B)
DAY 7 AT LEISURE IN VIENNA. Today is your chance to join exciting
optional excursions, such as to the Vienna Woods, historic Schönbrunn
Palace, a concert in one of Vienna’s concert halls, or to just explore this
magnificent city on your own. (B)
DAY 8 VIENNA–SALZBURG. Enjoy a leisurely DANUBE CRUISE along
the most scenic section of the river and have Kaffee und Kuchen
(coffee and cake). Then, drive through the lovely Salzkammergut
Lakeland to picturesque Salzburg. On arrival, meet your Local Guide
for a walking tour through the historical center. Admire MIRABELL
GARDENS, the Great Festival Hall, St. Peter’s Monastery, and
magnificent RESIDENZ SQUARE, where some scenes of The Sound of
Music movie were filmed, and take pictures of Mozart’s birthplace in
the charming Getreidegasse. A special dinner at St. Peter Stiftskeller
awaits you. (B,D)
DAY 9 SALZBURG–OBERAMMERGAU, GERMANY. This morning,
you may wish to join the optional excursion to Berchtesgaden before
continuing to picturesque Oberammergau. (B,D)
DAY 10 OBERAMMERGAU. The afternoon and evening are dedicated
to the world-famous PASSION PLAY, held every 10 years and
performed by the people of Oberammergau. (B,L,D)
DAY 11 OBERAMMERGAU–MUNICH.Return to Munich. The best way
to say auf Wiedersehen is with a visit to the famous HOFBRÄUHAUS,
Munich’s best-known beer hall, dating back to 1589, followed by a
farewell dinner at the hotel. (B,D)
DAY 12 MUNICH. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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