Day 1: Arrive Zurich
Your spiritual pilgrimage to the heart of Europe begins in Zurich, whose historic centre and scenic lakeside setting you will have an opportunity to explore before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for an orientation of the city's iconic sights and a Welcome Reception.
Day 2: Zurich - Liechtenstein - Salzburg Sightseeing
Embark on a soul-stirring encounter with the valleys and lofty peaks of Liechtenstein, bound for its tiny capital, Vaduz. Continue along the scenic Arlberg route into the Tyrol region to your overnight stop in the Baroque city of Salzburg. Here, you will join a 'Local Specialist' for a walking tour that will take you past iconic sights, including the house where Mozart once lived and Domplatz with its imposing Salzburger Dom Cathedral, Residenz Castle and St. Peter's Abbey.
Day 3: Salzburg - Vienna (2 Nights)
Waltz through the scenic Austrian countryside, past Lake Mondsee and the rolling hills, fortresses and valleys of the picturesque Wachau Valley. See Melk Abbey perched atop its rocky bastion above the beautiful Danube. Our home for the next two nights is the glorious Imperial city of Vienna.
Day 4: Vienna Sightseeing and Free Time
Admire the grand boulevards and beautiful Gothic and Baroque façades on a guided sightseeing tour with a 'Local Specialist', who will take you to see the State Opera, Hofburg, St. Stephen's Cathedral and Parliament. Immerse yourself in the centuries-old history of 'Am Hof', before spending free time soaking up the Kaffee culture of the city. This evening, you may wish to embrace the talents of the City of Music and attend a Viennese concert in one of the city's magnificent performance venues.
Day 5: Vienna - Oberammergau (2 Nights)
Travel through the striking Austrian countryside and into Bavarian Germany to the picturesque town of Oberammergau for a Trip Highlight and display of unwavering faith - the Oberammergau Passion Play, which will be performed as it has every ten years since 1634. Dine at your hotel this evening.
Day 6: Oberammergau (Passion Play Performance)
Give thanks to God, as the Oberammergau villagers do in their dramatic depiction of the life and death of Jesus Christ. Take your premium seats for a poignant afternoon spent watching the Passion Play, witnessing first-hand the covenant that the villagers made with God in the 17th century to spare them from the ravages of the plague that had decimated their village and resulted in their promise to honour His grace and mercy. Dine at a local restaurant this evening before watching the captivating second half of this performance as night falls.
Day 7: Oberammergau - St. Moritz
Continue to Switzerland this morning and cross the enchanting Engadine Valley. You'll arrive later in the fashionable winter sports resort of St. Moritz, where you are free this afternoon to explore its stylish surrounds.
Day 8: St. Moritz - Stresa - Zermatt (2 Nights)
Drive via the Maloja Pass, past Lake Como, to the sun-kissed shores of Lake Maggiore. Explore the sophisticated lakeside town of Stresa, before seeing the Borromean Islands, with their beautiful palaces and gardens.
Day 9: Zermatt Free Day
Spend a full day at leisure soaking up Zermatt's crisp mountain air and panoramic alpine vistas. Relax in beautiful surrounds or consider an Optional Experience to the Klein Matterhorn for the most spectacular mountain views.
Day 10: Zermatt - Chillon - Montreux
A drive through the Rhône Valley brings you to Lake Geneva, where you'll view Lord Byron's Castle of Chillon. Follow the shores of Lake Geneva round to Montreux, famous for its annual jazz festival. This evening, 'Connect With Locals' over a 'Be My Guest' dinner at a family run winery overlooking Lake Geneva.
Day 11: Montreux - Berne - Interlaken - Lucerne Orientation (2 Nights)
Travel via the laid-back Swiss capital of Berne to Interlaken, set in the heart of Switzerland in the shadow of the mighty Jungfrau. Cross the Brünig Pass to the lakeside town of Lucerne, where you'll have an opportunity to view the ancient wooden Chapel Bridge and visit the poignant Lion Monument which pays tribute to the brave Swiss Guards who lost their lives defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution.
Day 12: Lucerne Free Day
Snow-capped peaks surround you as you wander through the medieval streets of Lucerne lined with colourful muralled façades. Spend a full free day exploring the Old Town, enjoy a leisurely Swiss lunch or consider an Optional Experience ascending a nearby mountain for panoramic views. This evening, toast a journey filled with hope, faith and blessings during your Farewell Dinner.
Day 13: Lucerne - Depart Zurich
We say a fond farewell to Switzerland and our fellow travellers at the end of a moving journey. An airport transfer is available to Zurich Airport. Conditions apply.
ORIENTATION of Zurich and Lucerne
VISIT Vaduz, St. Moritz, Stresa and Zermatt
VIEW the Matterhorn and Jungfrau mountains (weather permitting), Chillon Castle, Berne, Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne
SEE Melk Abbey and the Wachau Valley
PREMIUM TICKETS for the Passion Play in Oberammergau
6 dinners (including Be My Guest)
First class travel Highlights:
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
VIP entry to many sights
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