View a once-in-a-decade spectacular as the legendary Passion Play takes place in the small German town of Oberammergau.
In 1633, the villagers of Obermmergau made a promise that if villagers were to stop dying from the rampant plague, they would perform the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ every tenth year. Nearly 400 years later, the tradition continues, and we will have the opportunity to view this moving performance on our unique tour. With very limited space for an event that takes only once in every ten years, 2020 is the year to make it.
This journey also gives us the opportunity to discover some of Europe’s most famous cultural capitals. Experience the regal architecture of Vienna, explore the twin cities of Budapest, learn about the rich history of Krakow and Warsaw, and more on this riveting adventure.
|Tour Duration||:||12 days|
|Min. Tour Size||:||02 persons|
|Avg. Tour Size||:||25 persons|
|Tour Price (From)||:||US$ 3350|
|Includes international air|
Day 01: Arrive Munich (GERMANY)
Welcome to Munich! Upon arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel. Check in time starts from 15:00 hrs. There is time to relax or explore the city before we meet our fellow travellers and Tour Director at the welcome dinner.
Overnight: Maritim Hotel, Munich (2 nights) (D)
Day 02: Munich
Following breakfast, enjoy an exciting morning city tour of downtown Munich. We visit the Koenigsplatz, old and new Pinakothek, the Isartor (city gate), the royal palace, the angel of freedom and Odeonsplatz. Also included is a view of the Olympic Park, site of the 1972 Summer Olympics, which has today become an attractive sports and leisure centre. The platform on the Olympic tower provides a superior view over the city of Munich. Experience a scenic drive through the city, where we will see sights such as the baroque Nymphenberg palace, the former summer residence of the Wittlesbach dynasty, and the Marienplatz, with its famous glockenspiel clock. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. (B)
Day 03: Munich/Oberammergau (Drive)
Travel by motor coach to Obermmergau, with scenic countryside views en route. The Passion Play begins at 14:30 hrs. We will be served dinner during the three-hour interval at a restaurant in Oberammergau. At the end of the play, at around 22:30 hrs, we are transferred to our hotel.
Overnight: Guest House, Oberammergau (1 night) (B, D)
Day 04: Oberammergau/Vienna (Drive) (AUSTRIA)
After breakfast, we leave Germany behind and head to the regal Austrian capital of Vienna*. On the way, stop in Salzburg for a short panoramic sightseeing tour that shows us the Getriedergasse, with its colourful shops, the majestic cathedral, and 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 in Vienna.
Overnight: Renaissance Riding School, Vienna (2 nights) (B, D)
Day 05: 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 our own pace. (B)
Day 06: Vienna/Budapest (Drive) (HUNGARY)
Journey east and cross the border into Hungary. Continue through the Transdanubian region, reaching Budapest* with time to freshen up before dinner.
Overnight: Radisson BLU Beke Hotel, Budapest (2 nights) (B, D)
Day 07: 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. Our morning sightseeing tour includes views of all the main attractions: Parliament, the Royal Palace and 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 our own. (B)
Day 08: Budapest/Krakow (Drive) (POLAND)
The road to Krakow* winds through the hills and countryside of Slovakia, past the Tatras Mountains and into the rolling plains of Poland. We will arrive in time for a relaxing dinner.
Overnight: Mercure Old Town Hotel/Doubletree by Hilton, Krakow (2 nights) (B, D)
Day 09: Krakow
Our lovely 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 we will see the Main Market Square and the Renaissance Cloth Hall. We also 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. (B)
Day 10: Krakow/Warsaw (Drive)
This morning, join in on a tour to Auschwitz-Birkenau*, the notorious concentration camp from World War II. 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*.
Day 11: Warsaw
This 700-year-old capital is a symbol of Polish nationhood and the will to survive against great odds. Our 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 the 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 attending an optional late afternoon Chopin concert (at own cost). (B)
Day 12: Depart Warsaw
After breakfast, our exciting journey comes to an end as we are transferred to the airport for our departure flight. Check out time is by 11:00 hrs. Or, extend our adventure with Bestway tours to other regions of Europe! (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).
May 20; Jul 08; Aug 12; Sep 16
|Departure(s)||Per Person on Twin Sharing||Single Room Supplement|
|2020||US$ 3350 CA$ 4523||US$ 1390 CA$ 1877|
Estimated International Airfare
(International airfare is NOT included in this tour)
This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and average tour size of 25 participants.
Also please note that this tour is NOT part of our small group journeys.
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