Delve beneath the surface of two incredible countries – Germany and Austria. Enjoy Bavarian hospitality in the charming city of Munich. Be mesmerized by a spiritual interlude at the Passion Play in Oberammergau; be amazed by the fairytale castle, Neuschwanstein, and experience authentic Tyrolean hospitality in Innsbruck with its’ amazing imperial Habsburg architecture. On this tour, experience it all from grand palaces and an unforgettable performance, to great cuisine, and unforgettable scenery.
Day 1 - Home - Munich, Germany
Transfer to the airport and board your flight to Munich, Germany for the incredible Oberammergau Passion Play.
Day 2 - Munich
This morning upon arrival in Munich, the capital of Bavaria, the trip begins with a city tour of Munich and is centuries-old buildings. Our local guide will take us to Munich’s must-see sights such as the Old City Hall, the Music Clock that reenacts stories from the 16 Century (an extravaganza which can be seen at 11:00am, 12:00pm and 5:00pm) and Amalienburg. After we check-in to our hotel, we’ll have some free time to relax before our welcome dinner this evening. (D)
Day 3 - Munich
After breakfast, the day is free to enjoy Munich at your own pace. Some great ideas for optional excursions include:
•Oktoberfest Tour | The city is known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration and its beer halls, including the famed Hofbräuhaus, founded in 1589.
•Nuremberg | Live history can also be found on the Imperial Castle which is Nuremberg’s grand landmark. With the historic Memorium Nuremberg Trials, a documentation center in Court Room 600 is accessible to illustrate what happened during the Nuremberg Trials.
•Salzburg | Salzburg is the city where W. A. Mozart was born and the shooting location for “The Sound of Music”. The narrow lanes and broad squares of this baroque city have taken their deserved place on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Your Tour Director can help with some other great ideas and the necessary arrangements. (B)
Day 4 - Munich - Oberammergau
Today, we journey to the picturesque village of Oberammergau. This special town in the Bavarian Alps plays host to the Passion Play only once every 10 years. The buildings have frescoes by Franz Seraph Zwinck and there are live demonstrations of woodcarvers and artists. The informative Oberammergau Museum is a great place to visit that helps better understand this historical town.
After check-in, there is some free time to explore this town and enjoy the Bavarian Alps fresh air before dinner tonight. (B,D)
Day 5 - Oberammergau
Today is the day we have been waiting for! This morning and afternoon are dedicated to the Passion Play. (B,D)
First performed in 1634, the Oberammergau Passion Play was created from a vow made by the inhabitants of the village. The bubonic plague was wreaking havoc in the region and the villagers asked God if they were spared from the effects of the plague, they would perform a ‘passion play’ every 10 years.
A man returning home for Christmas brought the plague with him and it began to spread through Oberammergau. Once the villagers made their vow, no other resident got the plague and all those suffering from it, returned to health.
The play is performed in years ending in zero and involves over 2,000 actors, singers, technicians and instrumentalists that are all residents of Oberammergau.
Day 6 - Oberammergau - Füssen
After breakfast, we continue our tour along the Romantic Road to the Bavarian spa town of Füssen. This is the highlight of many a trip to Germany. We will visit and tour the fantasyland nearby the castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. (B)
The castle Neuschwanstein of Ludwig II is one of the most visited castles and fortresses in Europe. The architecture and interior furnishings reflect the historically and eclectically oriented ideals of the Bavarian ‘Fairytale King’.
Schloss Neuschwanstein has some interesting features:
•It is built on a jagged cliff 6 feet above the valley floor.
•Open to the public since 1886.
•Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle is modeled after it
Reference to Schwangau Castle dates from the 12th Century. That said, over the centuries, the castle had been badly damaged. The castle was acquired by Prince Maximillian in 1832 and restored to today’s Hohenschwangau Castle – a process taking 5 years to complete.
Day 7 - Füssen - Innsbruck
Füssen sits on amongst the Bavarian Alps enshrined by clear blue lakes. The town itself is a great visit and there are many trails in the area for those wishing to take a nice walk. There’s many reasons to linger in Füssen.
Today is a free day to take advantage of the relaxing pace of this town. (B,D)
OR Optional Excursion to Innsbruck (included)
For those who would like to explore the region, an excursion to Innsbruck is available today. Here, we will tour the city and have some free time for shopping, self-sightseeing or great people-watching! *Advise at time of booking if you would like to join this Day Tour to Innsbruck.
Innsbruck is the capital of the Austrian state of Tyrol and famous for hosting the Winter Olympics. Known for its modern and imperial architecture, Innsbruck is a gem in the Alps. One of the highlights is taking the Nordkette funicular, designed by architect Zaha Hadid, for 360 views 7,400 feet above the city.
Day 8 - Fussen - Home
After breakfast this morning, we transfer to the airport and board our flight home. The tour may be over, but the memories of all the beautiful places we have visited on this trip will stay with you forever. (B)