Imperial Splendor Passion Play Tour
As we begin our Oberammergau Passion Play tour, we arrive in Prague. We drive into the Old Town for a panoramic tour of the city. Overnight is in Prague. In the morning we tour the well-known and largest ancient castle in the world “Hradschin” and visit St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George Basilica and Old Royal Palace and the famous Golden Lane. In the afternoon, we have free time to explore the streets and places of Prague on our own. For dinner, we come together at the hotel and overnight is in Prague. After breakfast on our Oberammergau Passion Play Tour, we leave the Czech Republic and enter Slovakia, where our next stop is in Bratislava. The charming old town is the place to start admiring Bratislava. On our own, we stroll narrow pedestrian streets of pastel-colored 18th-century buildings or relax in one of the many sidewalk cafes under the watchful gaze of the city castle, which harks back to medieval times. Then we continue to Budapest, the capital and biggest city in Hungary. After check-in we enjoy a dinner and Gypsy Music. Overnight is in Budapest. Today we pass the most important sites such as Heroes square, Andrassy Avenue, the Opera House, Castle district, and Parliament building. Then we have a short transfer to the picturesque artists’ village Szentendre. After dinner at the hotel, we board a cruise on the Danube to see Budapest by night.
Splendors of Vienna and Salzburg
This morning of our Oberammergau Passion Play Tour we drive to Vienna and in the afternoon we will explore the lovely city center. Along the famous Ringstraße you will see the State Opera House, Hofburg, Art and Natural History Museum, Parliament, City Hall and National Theatre. Then we make a stop at St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Sacher Café, the colorfully decorated Hundertwasser House, the Hofburg and the famous Spanish Riding School. After dinner, we have free time in Vienna. The next morning, we tour Vienna on own. You can visit the magnificent showrooms of Schönbrunn Palace, Empress Sisi’s former summer residence. In the afternoon, we transfer to world-renowned Vienna Prater. Here we can take a ride on the Ferris wheel to overview the city (not included). Then we continue to the Heurigen area, where we have dinner at a typical restaurant with live music. We return to Vienna for overnight. Our first stop today on our Passion Play Tour is the Seegrotte in Hinterbrühl. We tour the grotto and take a boat ride on the underground lake. Then we continue our tour through the stunning Austrian Alps and lakes to reach the great city of Salzburg. Here we have free time and overnight at our hotel in Salzburg. In Salzburg, we get an overview of some of the original filming locations of the film “The Sound of Music”. We see the Carillon, Salzburg Cathedral, Franciscan Church, Mozart Square, Hofstallgasse, Hohensalzburg Fortress, St. Peter’s Abbey, and the baroque-styled Mirabell Palace and Gardens and an inside visit of Mozart’s Birth House. We end the day with a ride by funicular to visit Hohensalzburg Fortress to enjoy the great view over Salzburg.
Experience the Oberammergau Passion Play
After breakfast, we head to Germany. Our first stop is Linderhof Castle, which is located in the secluded Graswang valley. Afterwards, we see the most famous and most visited castle in Germany for a photo-stop outside, Neuschwanstein Castle, perched high up on a mountain in the beautiful landscape of the Alps. Then we make our way to the picturesque village which is known all over the world: Oberammergau, the “Passion Play village with heart”. We check-in at our hotel, which is in the area of Ettal/Oberammergau. Oberammergau is not only known for its World Famous Passion Play, but also for its woodcarving craft and for its colorful and attractive frescos know as Lüftlmalereien. In the morning if time permits, we explore the lovely village, the museum, the parish church and a woodcarving workshop. Then we take our seats at the Passion Play Theater for the early afternoon performance. All the actors, musicians, and singers as well as the backstage staff are either born in Oberammergau or been residents for more than 20 years. Between the different scenes of the life of Jesus Christ we can admire “living pictures” – scenes from the Bible presented as still life. After 2.5 hours it is time for a dinner break, which is waiting for us in a local restaurant. Later this evening, the second part of the play starts and will end at approximately 11:00 pm. We go back to our hotel in Oberammergau for overnight after the play. We transfer this morning to Munich International Airport for our flight back to the U.S.A. and arrive home the same day, the end of a wonderful Passion Play tour!