Not every travel opportunity is created equal. Some are rare gems that come along only once in a while. That is the case with this one. It only happens once in a decade – and it happens in the most scenic settings in Europe. This is OBERAMMERGAU 2020 and we have the perfect itinerary to enjoy the best that the region has to offer. If you want to be a part of it, you’ll need to be on board WELL IN ADVANCE. We are taking reservations in 2018 and it will be full well over a year in advance of the trip. We hope you can join us for this UNIQUE and UNFORGETTABLE travel experience.
July 9, 2020: Today we board our overnight flight into Frankfurt, Germany arriving the morning of July 10th.
July 10: Upon arrival in Frankfurt, our luxury coach will pick us up. It’s important that we stay awake today, so we’ll keep you busy. We’ll show you a few interesting things in Frankfurt (including Romerplatz (the medieval main square), the impressive cathedral and more. After lunch, we’ll drive about 2 ½ hours to the south (partly on the famous Romantic Road) arriving in the early evening to Rothenburg – considered by many to be the best preserved medieval town in Europe. We’ll walk you inside the walled city tonight so you can get dinner and stroll a bit.
July 11: We’ll take an interesting walking tour inside the walled city this morning. The well preserved fortification wall, impressive towers, cobblestone streets and dramatic setting on the Tauber River make this a special place in Europe. This afternoon, you can climb the tower, visit the famous Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas market, stroll along the top of the wall or sit on a bench and take in the views. In the late afternoon, we take our drive into Munich arriving around 5:30. A welcome reception with our local tour leader is included tonight. B
July 12: This morning we’ll show you around this vibrant city. Munich is the heart of Bavaria, blending the traditional and the modern. Our tour this morning will show us the Jofbrauhaus, Marienplatz (with its famous Glockenspeil), Ludwigstrasse and the majestic Opera House. This afternoon, there is an optional trip to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. This was the first concentration camp, opened immediately after Hitler’s rise to power. The camp site is maintained as a memorial and excellent background information is provided on the journey. Free time this evening. B
July 13: Munich – Fussen – Oberammergau. We drive into the scenic Bavarian Alps today and enjoy a morning visit to fabulous Newschwanstein Castle. This is the MOST famous of all European castles (see front of brochure) because of its majestic setting, interesting history and striking architecture. We’ll enjoy a tour inside. The scenes inside and out are truly beyond words and unique in all of Europe. In the afternoon, we enjoy a scenic drive into the village of Oberammergau where we check into our hotel for two nights. We’ll show you the theater and get you oriented in the town. Dinner is included this evening.
July 14: Oberammergau. We’ll have the morning to enjoy this charming town which is bustling for this once in a decade event. You’ll love the painted houses, picturesque church, and wood carvings that are famous in this area. After lunch, we’ll find our reserved seats to enjoy the Great Passion Play. The town of Oberammergau vowed that if God would spare them from the effects of the bubonic plague, they would perform a play every ten years depicting the life and death of Jesus. The death rate subsequently decreased dramatically and they kept their promise performing their first play. The play, now performed repeatedly over the course of five months, during the last year of each decade, involves over 2,000 performers, musicians, and stage technicians, all of whom are residents of the village. The play comprises spoken dramatic text, musical and choral accompaniment and more in their excellent outdoor theater (with covered seats). The play begins in the afternoon, breaks for dinner, and finishes in the evening. WE HAVE PAID EXTRA FOR THE PREMIUM SEATS WHICH YOU’LL AGREE IS WELL WORTH IT. B, D
July 15: Oberammergau – Berchtesgaden – Salzburg. We are making our way to Salzburg today, making a very interesting stop in Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest in the scenic town of Berchtesgaden overlooking the German and Austrian Alps. This mountain top chalet and the impressive road leading to it were a gift for his 50th birthday. The views from the top are beyond stunning with towering, green mountains and pristine lakes in every direction. We then continue into Salzburg arriving in the late afternoon. Dinner is included this evening. B, D
July 16: Salzburg. A knowledgeable local guide will take us on an interesting walking tour of the old city. We’ll start in beautiful Mirabell Gardens (made famous in the Sound of Music) followed by a stroll to Great Festival Hall, St. Peter’s Churchyard and the monument in Domplatz. We’ll also visit Mozart’s birthplace on charming Getreidegasse. This afternoon, we have a surprise. We’ll travel to the nearby mountain village of Villach where we are guests of Sister Monika who will take us on a tour of the Monastery of Kloster Wernberg. Originally a castle, it is today home to about 60 missionary sisters and they have prepared for us a traditional Carinthian dinner. It is an evening to remember. B, D
July 17: Salzburg – Vienna. Our lovely morning drive takes us to visit the Lipizzaner Stud Farm to learn about these athletic white stallions that are bred for the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. The visit is enlightening and the setting in the Austrian countryside is unrivaled. After a lunch stop in Graz (with its famous Renaissance squares). We then continue into the imperial city of Vienna, once the most dominant city in Europe and home to the once powerful Hapsburg Empire. We will be here for two nights. B
July 18: Vienna. Today is a day to relax in beautiful Vienna. This morning enjoy an exclusive Cultural Insight with a guided visit to the Habsburg royal collection of art at the Kunsthistorisches Museum prior to admission of the general public. The spectacular Kunstkammer will be revealed in this private insider visit. Later our local guide shows you the city's major landmarks and palaces during your included sightseeing tour. The Imperial Boulevards lead to views of the Opera House, the Hofburg Palace, the Parliament and St. Stephen's Cathedral. The magic continues with a walking tour through the oldest parts of the city near 'Am Hof’. Walk along the Kärntnerstrasse in the center of the city and shop for souvenirs. This evening, join your traveling companions and travel director for a Farewell Dinner. B, D
July 18: Today we transfer to the airport for our flights home. You’ll never forget your Alpine Europe/Oberammergau Tour (we did it in 2010, and people are still talking about it). See you in 2020!