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Eastern Europe with Oberammergau Passion Play

  • Oberammergau Passion Play
  • Sightseeing in Munich, Salzburg, Budapest, Berlin, Dresden
  • Scenic drive along the Danube River Valley
  • Hofburg Palace, Vienna
  • Wawel Hill & Royal Cathedral, Krakow
  • Auschwitz-Birkenau, UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Walking tours of Warsaw Old Town & Prague Old Quarter

Overview

In 1633 in the middle of the Thirty Years War, the villagers of Oberammergau in Southern Germany, after months of suffering and death from the plague, vowed to put on the ‘Play of the Suffering, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ’ every ten years. At Pentecost 1634, they fulfilled their pledge.

The famous Oberammergau Passion Play is due to be performed again in 2020 with an estimated 500,000 visitors expected. A tradition, maintained and experienced almost without interruption for over 380 years, will be continued for the 42nd time.

Join Live the Journey as we experience this extraordinary event in conjunction with an exclusive guided tour featuring Eastern European highlights including Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin and Prague.

BOOKINGS FOR THIS TOUR ARE OPEN. 

Itinerary

DAY 1, 12 AUGUST 2020: ARRIVE MUNICH

Welcome to Munich! Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend some time at leisure before enjoying a welcome dinner.

Overnight at the Maritim Hotel or similar, including dinner.

DAY 2, 13 AUGUST 2020: MUNICH

After breakfast, take a morning city tour of downtown Munich, featuring the Koenigsplatz, old and new Pinakothek, the Isartor (city gate), the royal palace, the angel of freedom and Odeonsplatz.

Also, view the Olympic park, site of the 1972 summer Olympics and which, today, has become an attractive sports and leisure center. The platform on the Olympic tower provides a superior view over the city of Munich. Enjoy a scenic drive through the city where you’ll see such sights as the baroque Nymphenberg palace, the former summer residence of the Wittlesbach dynasty, and the Marienplatz with its famous glockenspiel clock. Enjoy remainder of the day at leisure.

Overnight at the Maritim Hotel or similar, including breakfast and dinner.

DAY 3, 14 AUGUST 2020: OBERAMMERGAU

Travel by motor coach to Oberammergau. The Passion Play begins at 2.30 pm. You will be served dinner during the 3-hour interval in a restaurant in Oberammergau. At the end of the play, at around 10.30 pm, transfer to your hotel.

Oberammergau: The Passion Play 2020
The tradition on the Passion Play, maintained and experienced almost without interruption for over 380 years, of putting on the play about the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ every ten years, will be continued for the 42nd time. All actors of the world’s largest amateur dramatic performance come from the village, since a special play law is in effect. All participants, from actors playing the big speaking parts such as Jesus, Mary or Judas, through to members of the choir, orchestra members, firemen and ushers, must have been born in Oberammergau or lived there for at least 20 years.

Overnight at a 3* hotel or 4* guest house, including breakfast and dinner.

DAY 4, 15 AUGUST 2020: VIENNA

After breakfast we leave Germany behind, as we head to the Austrian capital. On the way stop in Salzburg, for a short panoramic sightseeing tour that shows us the Getriedergasse with its colourful shops, the majestic Cathedral, as well as the birthplace of the great composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In the afternoon drive along the Valley of the River Danube, past Melk to Vienna, the city of waltz. Enjoy dinner and overnight.

Overnight at the Renaissance Riding School Hotel or similar, including breakfast and dinner.

DAY 5, 16 AUGUST 2020: VIENNA

On a morning sightseeing tour, visit the Hofburg Palace, once the home of the Habsberg emperors, and view the Belvedere Palace, Prater Amusement Park, the UN Buildings, St. Stephen's Cathedral and other reminders of the city's imperial past. The afternoon is at leisure to discover more of Vienna at your own pace.

Overnight at the Renaissance Riding School Hotel or similar, including breakfast and dinner.

DAY 6, 17 AUGUST 2020: BUDAPEST

Journey east and cross the border into Hungary. Continue through the Transdanubian region, reaching Budapest with time to freshen up before dinner.

Overnight at the Radisson Blu Beke Hotel or similar, including breakfast and dinner.

DAY 7, 18 AUGUST 2020: BUDAPEST

In 1873, the twin cities of Buda and Pest joined with ancient Obuda to form a new, unified city, Budapest. Charming and beautiful, the city was declared a World Heritage site in 1987.

Your morning sightseeing tour includes views of all the main attractions: The Parliament, Royal Palace and the Castle Hill area, Fisherman's Bastion, Matthias Church, Heroes' Square, and Gellert Hill with its Citadel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this exciting city on your own.

Overnight at the Radisson Blu Beke Hotel or similar, including breakfast and dinner.

DAY 8, 19 AUGUST 2020: KRAKOW

The road to Krakow winds through the hills and countryside of Slovakia, past the Tatras Mountains, and into the rolling plains of Poland. You’ll arrive in time for a relaxing dinner.

Overnight at the Mercure Old Town or similar, including breakfast and dinner.

DAY 9, 20 AUGUST 2020: KRAKOW

A morning sightseeing tour starts with a visit to Wawel Hill, viewing the Royal Castle and visiting the Royal Cathedral. Next, take a walking tour of the Old Town where you will see the Main Market Square and Renaissance Cloth Hall, and visit St. Mary's Church. The afternoon is free to go for a stroll, browse through the shops, sample some sernik or szarlotka, or simply relax.

Overnight at the Mercure Old Town or similar, including breakfast and dinner.

DAY 10, 21 AUGUST 2020: WARSAW

This morning we join a tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau, the notorious concentration camp from World War II and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Later, journey to Czestochowa and visit the Yasna Gora Monastery, known for the blackened picture of the Virgin Mary, popularly called the "Black Madonna." In the late afternoon, arrive in Poland's capital city, Warsaw.

Overnight at the Radisson Blu Centrum or similar, including breakfast and dinner.

DAY 11, 22 AUGUST 2020: WARSAW

This 700-year-old capital is a symbol of Polish nationhood and the will to survive against great odds. Your sightseeing tour here includes a drive along the famous Royal Route from magnificent Castle Square to Lazienki Park and Palace, the summer residence of the last king of Poland. Pass by the Palace of Science and Culture (known as the “wedding cake”), the Saxon Gardens, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto, and Barbican. Continue with a walking tour of the Old Town, Old Market Square and St. John’s Cathedral. The rest of the day is free for shopping, a stroll through the city, relaxing in one of the many parks or gardens, or perhaps attend an optional late afternoon Chopin concert.

Overnight at the Radisson Blu Centrum or similar, including breakfast and dinner.

DAY 12, 23 AUGUST 2020: BERLIN

Heading west, stop in Poznan for an orientation tour. Then continue to Berlin, today's final destination.

Overnight at the Hotel ABBA or similar, including breakfast and dinner.

DAY 13, 24 AUGUST 2020: BERLIN

Your morning sightseeing tour features views of the impressive Reichstag and lovely Schloss Charlottenburg. Continue through the city to see famous sights such as the Opera, Schiller Theatre and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. The afternoon is free to explore this once divided city on your own.

Overnight at the Hotel ABBA or similar, including breakfast and dinner.

DAY 14, 25 AUGUST 2020: PRAGUE

After breakfast, continue your journey via Dresden, the beautiful Saxony Baroque city. Stop for an orientation tour, viewing Zwinger Palace and Semper Opera House. Then, on to Prague, the capital of Czech Republic.

Overnight at the Angelo by Vienna House or similar, including breakfast and dinner.

DAY 15, 26 AUGUST 2020: PRAGUE

Built on seven hills more than 1000 years ago, Prague today is a wonder to behold, with beautiful architecture, lush green hills, and graceful bridges spanning the Vltava River. A sightseeing tour starts with panoramic drive past famous Wenceslas Square, the Strahov Stadium and Castle Square. Then, on a walking tour, visit the Royal Castle of Hradcany with the Cathedral of St. Vitus, the Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica and Golden Lane with the Daliborka Tower. Cross the Charles Bridge and walk through the old quarter of Prague to view the Jewish Ghetto, Town Hall and the world-famous Astronomical Clock. The rest of the day is free to explore at your own pace. You might want to attend an optional cultural performance.

Overnight at the Angelo by Vienna House or similar, including breakfast and dinner.

DAY 16, 27 AUGUST 2020: DEPARTURE

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

END OF SERVICES

Dates

12 August 2020 - 27 August 2020

Rates

Land Package
Per person sharing: USD 4,800.00
Single Supplement: USD 1,425.00

Included

  • Meet and greet upon arrival
  • Services of a professional English-speaking Tour Director throughout
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers 
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach 
  • 15 Nights’ accommodation in first class hotels
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Luggage handling 
  • Whisper technology enhanced touring 
  • Current service charges and hotel taxes
  • Oberammergau Passion Play Performance including a 3-course dinner served during the interval and a program textbook of the 2020 Passion Play 
  • Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary in: Munich, Krakow, Prague, Vienna, Warsaw, Budapest and Berlin

Excluded

  • All domestic and international flights and airport taxes 
  • Visa Fees
  • Daily lunch, to be enjoyed at leisure
  • Driver, guide and local escort gratuities 
  • Drinks and dining rooms tips, porterage, personal travel and baggage insurance 
  • Telephone bill, laundry and any items of a personal nature 
  • Medical, evacuation and travel insurance