Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart.
DAY 1, Sunday - Depart for Austria
Depart for Austria
DAY 2, Monday - Arrive in Vienna
Arrive in Vienna, former center of the Hapsburg Empire and transfer to the hotel. You'll have the balance of the day at leisure, to rest or explore on your own. This evening at approximately 6 pm, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the fascinating journey that awaits you
DAY 3, Tuesday - Full Day in Vienna
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Vienna independently. As European cultural capital, Vienna abounds with stunning palaces, historical monuments and fascinating museums. Perhaps, participate in the optional Vienna City Tour with Schonbrunn. Begin with a drive along Ringstrasse, Vienna's main boulevard, to view Hofburg Palace, the Opera House, Votive Church, City Hall, Parliament, St. Charles' Church, the monument of Johann Strauss, the Museum of Art History, the Natural History Museum, and Musikverein, the music hall of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Afterwards, visit the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the Hapsburg emperors. Tonight join the optional dinner at an Austrian Heurigen Tavern. Enjoy traditional melodies while hearty Austrian dishes are served
Optional: Half Day Vienna City Tour with Schonbrunn Palace (AM)
Optional: Austrian Wine Tavern Dinner (PM)
DAY 4, Wednesday - Salzburg City Tour, Travel to Innsbruck
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 on your own. Afterward, journey to Innsbruck for overnight
DAY 5, Thursday - Full Day in Innsbruck
Today is free to explore the capital of Tyrol on your own. Steeped in centuries of colorful history, Innsbruck features fine examples of Imperial splendor. Journey back in time with an array of splendid architectural gems from the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical period. Perhaps, join the optional Innsbruck city tour with Nordkette cable car in the morning. View the famous Golden Roof, the House of Music, and the Imperial Palace & Gardens before ascending to the Top of Innsbruck by cable car. Tonight, experience an authentic Tyrolean evening on the optional tour featuring a varied entertainment program including folk music, Tyrolean dances and yodeling
Optional: Innsbruck City Tour with Cable Car (AM)
Optional: Tyrolean Evening with Drinks
DAY 6, Friday - Travel to Oberammergau, World-Renowned Passion Play
This morning, depart Innsbruck and journey to the Bavarian hamlet of Oberammergau, surrounded by imposing mountains. In the 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, Saturday - Munich City Tour
Late morning arrival in Munich, the pride of Bavaria, with its festive fun-loving spirit. Upon arrival, embark on a city tour of Munich that begins with a drive, revealing countless museums, galleries and historic buildings. Continue to the Olympic Stadium situated in the heart of Olympia Park, 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. Arrive at Marienplatz Square, a cultural center of the city, dominated by the gothic New Town Hall housing Munich's world-famous Glockenspiel, dating back to 1908. This colorful mechanical clock has life-size figures that dance to music with shows several times a day
DAY 8, Sunday - Full Day in Munich
Today is at leisure to independently enjoy the delights of this Bavarian capital. Perhaps, participate in the optional tour to Nuremberg, the energetic city with a visible history of almost one thousand years. View the historic Palace of Justice where the War Crimes Tribunal met in 1946 and the chilling Nazi Rally Grounds where mass events were held to fuel the party propaganda. End the tour at lively Market Square in the Old Town. This evening perhaps join the optional Bavarian Evening with Dinner
Optional: Nuremberg City Tour
Optional: Bavarian Evening with Dinner
DAY 9, Monday - Depart Germany
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
What is the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany?
Oberammergau is a small German town tucked away in the Bavarian Alps, world-famous for its Passion Play. The play was first performed in 1634 as the result of a vow made by the townspeople that if God spared them from the Black Plague they would in exchange produce a play every ten years. The play is a dramatic recreation of Jesus' passion, covering the final days of his life from his visit to Jerusalem to his crucifixion and resurrection. The Passion Play is now performed from May through October, in an open-air stage and involves over 2,000 people including actors, singers, musicians and technical support, all required to be residents of Oberammagau.
The Passion Play Theater seats around 4,700 people with a wide stage at one end which is open to the outside with a view of the mountains behind it. The theater auditorium and seats are covered and seats rise on a gentle incline to ensure a good view. Gate 1's tickets are all in Category 1 or 2. The play is performed in German, however, an English translation is available at the time of the performance. Language is typically not an issue due to the stirring musical score performed by a large orchestra and choir. Acoustics in the theater are very good. The performance is in 2 parts. Part 1 from 2.30pm to 5pm, followed by a 3 hour intermission for dinner, then Part 2 is from 8pm to 10.30pm. Start times are 1 hour earlier from Aug 15-Oct 2.
Roomz Hotel Prater
This first class hotel is a ten minute walk from Vienna's Prater park.
Hotel Am Konzerthaus Vienna MGallery by Sofitel
This superior first class hotel is located nearby the Wiener Konzerthaus.
Grauer Baer Hotel
This first class hotel is a short walk from Innsbruck's historic Old Town.
AC Hotel by Marriott Innsbruck
This superior first class hotel is located in the heart of the city near to many attractions.
Das Johannesbad Hotel
This first class hotel is located in Bad Kohlgrub.
Hilton Munich City
This first class hotel is located in the city of Munich, adjacent to the Gasteig Cultural Center.
Sheraton Munich Westpark Hotel
This first class hotel is a short ride away from the Theresienwiese.
Optional tours and gratuities.
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
Bedding configuration (twin or double) cannot be guaranteed, triples are not available and hotels of similar standard may be substituted at the sole discretion of the Passion Play organizers.
Note: Rows highlighted in green below are guaranteed departures