10-Day Tour: Oberammergau with Germany, Switzerland and Austria
Venture to some of the most charming destinations in the world, brimming with history and culture: Germany, Switzerland and Austria, passing through the remote region of Oberammergau, on a 10-day tour of this picturesque part of Europe. From fairy-tale settings to historic monuments and winding rivers, your magical journey will be filled with glorious sights and exciting adventures such as a River Rhine cruise, a mystical drive through the Black Forest and a night in Oberammergau, witnessing the world-famous Passion Play – a recreation of Jesus' passion, involving over 2,000 actors, singers and musicians that only happens once a decade. Plus enjoy nine nights of accommodation, unique dining experiences, private transportation, local travel guides and more.
- 9 nights hotel accommodation in Mainz, Heidelberg, Lucerne, Oberammergau, Salzburg, Munich
- Select meals including daily breakfasts and four dinners
- Category one seating at Oberammergau's famous Passion Play performance
- Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
- Services of local guides as per itinerary
- Entrance fees as per itinerary
- All tipping, gratuities, hotel taxes, fees, hotel porterage and service charges
There’s something about the triumvirate of Germany, Switzerland and Austria that makes it the dream alpine vacation. Spectacular mountains run from border to border, framing medieval German castles and fairytale Swiss cities, echoing with the sound of Mozart's music in Austria's glorious hills and historical city centres.
What You'll Love...
The Experiences – Discover the rich cultural heritage, visit fascinating cities and witness the world's most famous Passion Play
Start your adventure by taking in the breathtaking panorama of hilltop castles, terraced vineyards and villages of timber-framed houses on a Rhine River Cruise. Pass the legendary Lorelei rock rising vertically from the waters, named after the folkloric nymph who threw herself into the river in a tragic love affair – and continues to lure sailors with her ‘murmuring’ siren song.
Drive through the scenic Black Forest region, an area of unrivalled natural beauty with its dense forests of thick pine trees. View the charming traditional homes with their long sloping roofs nestled in the forest and admire the thunderous Rhine Falls - one of Europe’s largest and most impressive waterfalls.
Visit the heart of Switzerland, the stunning city of Lucerne – a jewel of preserved medieval architecture, sitting amid snowcapped mountains on Lake Lucerne. Walk one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe, Chapel Bridge, taste chocolate in the best chocolatier shops and embrace the serene atmosphere of this enchanting city.
Drive through glorious alpine scenery to visit Bavaria's "Mad" King Ludwig's fantasy castle of Neuschwanstein, the most visited castle in Germany, perched high above the valley below. Lauded for its romantic architecture, the castle boasts two magnificent halls with dazzling, extravagant decorations in gold and blue.
Travel to the tranquil town of Oberammergau in the Bavarian Alps, known for its once-a-decade performance of the Passion Play, a moving performance that you will have the chance to attend. Witness the work of over 2,000 artists as they recreate the final days of Jesus' life, from his visit to Jerusalem to his crucifixion and resurrection.
Explore Salzburg, a baroque gem famous for being Mozart's birthplace. Retrace the steps of young Mozart, visiting his house and strolling around the lush gardens of the city.
Last but not least, journey to Munich, where tradition and modern sit side by side. Enjoy the daily display of the Glockenspiel Clock, showcasing life-size figures dancing to music and visit the striking Olympic Stadium, main venue of the 1972 Summer Olympics.
Optional Tours – Visit Obersalzberg and Dachau Memorial
Explore the ruins of Obersalzberg in Salzburg, once a mountain retreat for senior Nazi SS officers, in the countryside. Transfer to special motor coaches adapted for the scenic mountain climb and ascend to Hitler's notorious ‘Eagle's Nest.’
Now serving as a memorial to the victims of the tragic Holocaust, Dachau Concentration Camp was the first camp to open under Hitler's rise to power in 1933. The tour will give you the opportunity to reflect on the tragic events that happened during the darkest period of history.
Your Package Includes
- Nine nights of hotel accommodation including one night each in Mainz, Heidelberg and Salzburg, and two nights each in Lucerne, Oberammergau region and Munich
- Select meals including nine breakfasts and four dinners with a glass of wine
- Hotel porterage
- Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
- Services of local guides per itinerary
- Entrance fees per itinerary
- Gratuities for tour manager and coach driver
The '7 day change of mind guarantee' does not apply for tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.
Valid for Departure Dates:
4 June 2020
2, 16, 30 July 2020
27 August 2020
Important: Please allow for travelling time from Australia. International flights and airport transfers are not included in your package and must be purchased separately. It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements and ensure that you arrive in Mainz on your chosen tour start date.
Instant Booking: To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.
Twin-share package: The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged eight years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise, an additional single traveller surcharge will apply. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.
Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two adults.
*Single traveller surcharge: *If travelling alone a single traveller surcharge applies, payable directly to the tour company when confirming your booking. AU$1200 on 4 June, 2 July and 27 August. AU$650 on 16 and 30 July, 2020.
Guests must be aged eight years or older.
Maximum tour capacity is 42 guests.
Please note, disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this before making your booking. Hotels may not have ramps, wide entryways or elevators to accommodate disabled passengers or devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and motorised scooters. Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs, walking frames and motorised scooters may not be taken aboard motor coaches.
Please note, gratuities are included for your tour manager and coach driver. Tipping for other services is at your own discretion.
Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.
Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.
Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) flights to and from Australia and airport transfers are not included with this package.
Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.
A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa.
All activities and services are subject to availability.
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*DAY 1 - Arrive *
Make your way to your hotel in nearby Mainz on the storied Rhine River. The remainder of the day is on your own to rest and relax. In the evening, an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager introduces you to the delightful program that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Drink and Dinner with your fellow travellers.
DAY 2 - Rhine River Cruise & Heidelberg City Tour
The morning begins with a cruise on the scenic Rhine. See stunning vistas of hilltop castles, terraced vineyards and villages of timber-framed houses along the course of the river. Pass the mighty Lorelei rock rising vertically from the waters named for the siren "Lorelei" who bewitched sailors passing by. In Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany, view the imposing red sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle originally built in the 12th century. This hilltop Gothic masterpiece has encountered turbulent times but still stands as a dominant symbol of the city. Balance of the day is at leisure in Heidelberg to discover the enchanting alleys and lanes in the Old Town with its small gardens, museums and lovely galleries.
DAY 3 - Black Forest
Head south on a scenic drive through the Black Forest region, an area of unrivaled natural beauty with its dense forests of thick pine trees. Nestled in the forest, you will see some of the charming traditional homes with their long sloping roofs. Continue on a drive to Schaffhausen, surrounded by vineyards. Here, you will see the thunderous Rhine Waterfalls; one of Europe's largest and most powerful. Then, on to beautiful Lucerne, with its pristine lakeside setting and gorgeous mountainous panorama. Spend two relaxing nights here in the center of the Swiss Alps.
*Meals: *Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 4 - Full Day in Lucerne
A full day at leisure to explore the heart of central Switzerland. Begin the day at the inspiring Lion Monument, one of the best-known monuments in the country, created in remembrance of the heroic death of Swiss guard killed in 1792. Continue to the 14th century medieval Chapel Bridge one of the oldest covered wooden bridges in Europe, forming the centerpiece of Lucerne's townscape. Later, time to shop for chocolate, watches and the famous Swiss and German cuckoo clocks or sip coffee at an outdoor cafe. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity to join the exciting optional tour to Mount Pilatus. Ascend the world's steepest cogwheel railway which winds up through lush meadows and sparkling mountain streams to the summit of Mt. Pilatus at nearly 7000 feet. After admiring the splendid panorama, descend by aerial cableway and return to your hotel.
*Optional: *Mount Pilatus Tour
DAY 5 - Neuschwanstein Castle, Travel to Oberammergau
Drive through glorious Alpine scenery to visit Bavaria's "Mad" King Ludwig's fantasy castle of Neuschwanstein perched high above the valley below. This is one of the most visited castles in Germany and a symbol of idealized romantic architecture. Among the castle's finest rooms are two magnificent halls with extravagant decorations dazzling in gold and blue. Later, travel to your Oberammergau region hotel for overnight.
Overnight: Oberammergau region
DAY 6 - World-Renowned Passion Play
This morning, enjoy time at leisure. This afternoon, attend a moving performance of the world-famous Passion Play that dates back to 1634. This epic play is held every 10 years and performed by the inhabitants of Oberammergau. During the break, join your travel companions for dinner before witnessing the stirring second half of the Passion Play performance. Afterwards, return to your hotel.
*Overnight: *Oberammergau region
*Meals: *Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 7 - Salzburg City Tour
After breakfast, travel to Salzburg. This baroque jewel was the birthplace of Mozart. The guided walking tour takes you to view the house where Mozart was born, as well as to the squares and gardens of this beautiful city, crowned by the 11th century Hohensalzburg Fortress. The city is also known for the singing von Trapp family and the setting for the film, The Sound of Music. More time to explore charming Salzburg, or participate in the optional excursion into the surrounding countryside to the ruins of Obersalzberg, once a mountain retreat for senior Nazi SS officers. Then, transfer to special motor coaches adapted for the scenic mountain climb and ascend to Hitler's notorious "Eagle's Nest."
Optional: Eagle's Nest Tour (PM)
DAY 8 - Explore Munich
This morning, continue to Munich. Arrive at Marienplatz square, cultural center of the city, dominated by the gothic New Town Hall housing Munich's world-famous Glockenspiel, which dates back to 1908. This colorful mechanical clock has life-size figures that dance to music with shows several times a day. In the afternoon, a guided city tour takes you past the Olympic Stadium situated in the heart of Olympia Park in northern Munich built as the main venue for the 1972 Summer Olympics. Then, visit the stunning Nymphenburg Palace with its gorgeous baroque facade, once summer residence of Bavarian rulers. Driving through the city, you see countless museums, galleries, palaces and impressive historic monuments. Evening is at leisure to experience the vibrant nightlife of the city.
DAY 9 - Full Day in Munich
Today is at leisure to independently enjoy the delights of this capital. This morning an optional tour shows you the dark history of the last century, with a chilling visit to the Dachau Memorial Concentration Camp, the first of the internment camps opened after Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. The camp became a symbol and model of the horrors of the Nazi period, until its liberation by American soldiers in 1945. It serves now as a memorial to the victims of this tragic period in history. The tour will give you the opportunity to reflect on the events that happened here and the more than 40,000 victims who lost their lives under the tyrannical Nazi regime.
Optional: Dachau Memorial (AM)
*Meals: *Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 10 - Depart Germany
The tour ends after breakfast.
Your tour starts in Frankfurt and ends in Munich. Getting to Frankfurt is easy, regular flights are available with carriers including Etihad, Lufthansa and Cathay Pacific.
Direct Flights (departing Australia only): Booking your flight with us is a quick, easy process. First, confirm your travel dates with the hotel, then head to our new online booking page to book your flights here.
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