- First Class Hotels
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- International Airfare
- Entrance and Program Fees
- Guided Tours
- Passion Play Ticket
Day 1 June 8 – Depart the US
Depart the US
Day 2 June 9 – Arrive in Munich
Arrive in Munich where you will be met by our local representatives. Enjoy a tour of historic Munich, including a stop at the Rathaus (Town Hall) to watch the Glockenspiel. This historic clock from 1908 chimes its 43 bells and enchants viewers with its 32 life size moving figures three times per day. You will also see the Opera House and the Hofbrauhaus. Enjoy some time to shop before transferring to your alpine hotel for your seven night stay.
Day 3 June 10 – Innsbruck
The capital of Austria’s Tyrol region, Innsbruck is famous as the site of two winter Olympics. Follow your guide on your half-day morning tour through the quaint medieval streets of Old Town to the sparkling Golden Roof. The glittering sloping roof has been an opulent landmark since the 15th century. You’ll view the Maria Theresa’s Imperial Palace, Triumphal Arch and visit the Hofkirche. Plus, you’ll have time to explore the medieval city on your own. This afternoon you may opt to take one of the two optional afternoon tours to either the Stubai Glacier or Swarovski Crystal Worlds. Afternoon Optional Excursion to Stubai Glacier (3 Hours) – $75 (projected) per person. Travel up to the top of the Glacier by cable car and enjoy expansive views of the Alpine valley. On top of the glacier enjoy the panorama at the 3210 m altitude and don’t forget to take lots of pictures! Guests interested in this excursion must be in good physical condition, able to walk long distances , able to handle steep inclines and tolerate the high altitude for an extended period of time. Afternoon Optional Excursion to Swarovski Crystal Worlds (3 Hours) – $48 (projected) per person. Swarovski Crystal Worlds was opened in 1995 to mark the centennial anniversary of the company’s founding. Since its creation they have continued to add new exhibits and expand the experience to include The Chambers of Wonders which houses art from the likes of Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol, “The Giant” art installation, and expansive gardens for you to wander.
Day 4 June 11 – Castles & Churches
Today is a full day of photographic wonders. You will visit the beautiful Abbey of Ettal and the picture-perfect Church in the Meadow at Wies. You will tour the magnificent Castle of Linderhof, Mad King Ludwig’s main residence. This small royal residence is a delightful fantasy home for any crazy king or up-and-coming mogul.
Day 5 June 12 – Salzburg
Enjoy a full-day musical adventure as you explore the city of Mozart’s birth, Salzburg. You’ll visit the Cathedral and famous Horse Fountain. You’ll view Hellbrunn Castle, Mirabell Palace and -- from across the river -- see Leopoldskron Palace, which is famous as the film location for the “Sound of Music”.
Day 6 June 13 – Day of Leisure with Passion Play Option
After the Black Plague, that was rampant in Europe, left their small village, the grateful people of Oberammergau promised God that they would show their gratitude by putting on a Passion Play. Over 380 years later you will get to enjoy this one-of-a-kind, six hour musical and dramatic performance. You will have reserved seats, a guided tour of the town and motorcoach transfers to and from the play’s theater. Dinner in Oberammergau is included. (Note: exact day of this Leisure Day/Passion Play experience is subject to change due to availability of play tickets.)
Day 7 June 14 – Free Day or Optional Achensee Train and Boat Ride and Rattenberg Excursion
Enjoy a free day in the village or join the optional Achensee Train excursion. Travel on a narrow gauge steam cog railway aboard cars pulled by a 100 year old steam engine through 50 miles of the scenic Tyrolean region to scenic Lake Achensee. Enjoy a boat ride and traditional apple strudel, before travelling to the medieval village of Rattenberg for a glass - blowing demonstration and free time. $118 (projected) per person for optional excursion.
Day 8 June 15 – Free Day or Optional Neuschwanstein Excursion
Enjoy a free day in the village or take a photo of the fairytale caste of Neuschwanstein that inspired Walt Disney. Then make your way up to the castle via horse-drawn carriages to the drawbridge and enter the beautiful castle. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle and hear stories about “Mad” King Ludwig II who commissioned the castle to be built in the 19th century. This optional tour requires you to be in good physical condition as there are many steep stairs and inclines. (Limited Availability). $88 (projected) per person for optional excursion.
Day 9 June 16 – Depart Munich & return to USA or join an optional extension...
Enhance Your Journey
June 16 - Liechtenstein, St. Gallen & Zurich
Depart from your Tyrolean village hotel and journey through the Alps to Switzerland. Visit the postage stamp sized country of Liechtenstein on your way. Step back in time and enjoy the Old World charm of its people and places. Continue your journey with a visit to the Abbey of St. Gallen, which houses one of the richest medieval libraries in the world. Arrive in Zurich and check into your hotel for your four-night stay.
June 17 - Zurich City Tour
Enjoy a half-day morning tour of Zurich. Zurich was home to Huldrich Zwingli, a contemporary of Luther and Calvin, leading the call for Reformation. Zwingli served as pastor of the Grossmunster (Great Church) in the 1520’s. Two other churches here deserve attention. The Fraumunster (Our Lady’s Church) has portions of architecture dating to the 13th century, and boasts stained glass windows by Marc Chagall. Finally St. Peter’s Church has the largest church clock face in the world. This afternoon you may choose to join the Rhine Falls optional excursion. Dinner is on own this evening.
June 18 - Lucerne
Travel to beautiful Lucerne where you will arrive as a stranger and leave as a friend. Enjoy a half-day tour of the 14th century city wall, which boasts nine different watchtowers and is one of the best preserved and longest fortifications in Europe. The colorful painted panels of Lucerne’s famous wooden Kappel Bridge depict the city’s history. See the twin towered Jesuit Church, which is one of the most handsome baroque buildings in Switzerland. For comparison visit the Hofkirche, built in the Renaissance style and the Franciscan Church, which was built in the high Gothic style. We will also view the sad and famous Lion Monument of Lucerne, which Mark Twain called the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world. This afternoon you will have the option to explore more of Lucerne on your own or to take an optional cruise on Lake Lucerne.
June 19 - Interlaken
This morning travel to Interlaken, the heart of Switzerland. Flower-lined streets and the surrounding mountains will be familiar postcard images to you. Also familiar will be the towering nearby peaks of the Jungfrau, Eiger and Monch. This afternoon enjoy free time to wander, shop, and explore this town between two lakes, or you can take an optional cog wheel train ride from Lauterbrunnen to Grindelwald. Dinner is on own this evening.
June 20 - Depart Zurich & return to USA
Monday, June 8, 2020From $1898