Passion Play & Oktoberfest
Sep 18 - Oct 1, 2020
Germany - Frankfurt, Wiesbaden, Mainz, Heidelberg, Füssen, Berchtesgaden, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Oberammergau, Munich
Austria - Innsbruck, Salzburg
Our Trip Highlights Include
Lorelei Rock, Zugspitze*, Eagles Nest, Hallein Durrnberg Salt Mine, Passion Play, Neuschwanstein Castle, Oktoberfest and so much more.
*in lieu of Passion Play if we don't get enough people in the short time frame to keep tickets - price will be adjusted and the trip will still take place.
12 nights accommodations at the following hotels or similar
2 nights Radisson Blu, Wiesbaden, Germany
2 nights Crowne Plaza, Heidelberg, Germany
1 night TBD, Memmingen, Germany
2 nights Grauer Baer Hotel, Innsbruck, Austria
1 night Das Johannesbad Hotel, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
2 nights Sheraton Munich Westpark Hotel, Munich, Germany
2 nights Lasserhof, Salzburg, Austria
Buffet Breakfast daily, 1 Lunch, 11 Dinners
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
Local guides as required
Entrance fees per itinerary where noted in bold
Porterage of one piece per person on arrival and departure at each hotel
Services of local guides per itinerary
Entrance fees per itinerary
Category 1 Passion Play seating
Enjoy a Rhine River Cruise, view hilltop castles, terraced vineyards and villages of timber-framed houses
Visit Bavaria's "Mad" King Ludwig's fantasy castle of Neuschwanstein, a symbol of idealized romance
Journey to Oberammergau, experience the world famous Passion Play
Visit magical Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and scene of the Sound of Music
Tour Bavarian Munich with its world-famous "dancing" Glockenspiel clock
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 Oberammergau.
The play is performed in German, however, you will be given a booklet with an English translation at the time of the performance.
Oktoberfest in Munich is the largest beer party in the world. There are lots of tents, rides, booths with food and souvenirs and more. It is FREE to get into the Oktoberfest grounds and into the tents, and you can wander into any tent you like as long as they have space. There could be a line so you may have to wait to get into some tents if it is really crowded. (Last time I was there, there was one tent that we could not get into and we never found out why.) If you want to reserve table space at night at the Oktoberfest, it will be an extra charge which you will get back as food or drink credit. I can make arrangements for that if you like. There are also tables outside of the tents that are free to sit at. One thing to note is that at night most of the tents have American music and it can get quite rowdy and crowded, so if you want to enjoy the German music you should go in the afternoon. Personally, I like to wander into the different tents to see what is going on in each of them (and several times my friends and I got invited to join a group for a little while). If the table is reserved, it will have a paper taped to it with the time of the reservation so you have to get up by then. The grounds close at 11:30 pm so be prepared to leave by then.
Airfare, porterage at airports, insurance, optional tours, gratuities, and items not specifically included. A Dream Trip 4 U will happily arrange any of the travel type of items for you.
Final hotel information for Oberammergau will be available later in 2019. 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.
US citizens require a passport valid for six months beyond travel dates. It is each traveler's responsibility to have passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. No visa is required if you are a US citizen. IMPORTANT: Passengers who are not U.S. Citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. Passengers who enter, leave, and then re-enter the same country on their itinerary should check if they require a double-entry visa. Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies. Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has unstamped visa pages.
Currency Fluctuation, Tax Increases & Fuel Price/Surcharge Increases:
All prices are based on the rates of exchange in effect at the time of price quotation. In the event that the US dollar devalues, Taxes increase, or fuel prices or fuel surcharges increase, A Dream Trip 4 U & it's vendors reserve the right to increase prices accordingly. Your final invoice(s) for tour participants will reflect increases resulting from any of these changes.
Day by Day Itinerary
DAY 1 - Sep 18, 2020
Depart the US to Frankfurt
DAY 2 - Sep 19, 2020
Arrival in Frankfurt
Meet your Gate 1 Tour Manager and motor coach and travel the center of Frankfurt for an orientation and then on to Wiesbaden for an orientation tour with your Tour Manager. Check in (check in time by 3pm). Time to freshen up before your evening hotel welcome dinner.
DAY 3 - Sep 20, 2020
Cruise & St Goarshausen
The morning begins with a cruise on the scenic Rhine. See stunning vistas of hilltop castles, terraced vineyards and villages of timber-framed houses along the course of the river. Pass the mighty Lorelei Rock rising vertically from the waters named for the siren "Lorelei" who bewitched sailors passing by. Enjoy some free time in St Goarhausen. We then return to Wiesbaden for a walking tour with our Tour Manager.
Evening dinner at local restaurant.
DAY 4 - Sep 21, 2020
Wiesbaden - Mainz - Heidelberg
After breakfast depart to Mainz. Start your tour with a view the Electoral Castle, the former residence of the Archbishop of Mainz and one of Germany's important Renaissance buildings. Stroll along the Rhine waterfront while you learn about the Roman "Moguntiacum“ and General Drusus. Pass by the modern Town Hall and cross the Rathausbrücke, the pedestrian bridge, towards the Old Town where you will get a glimpse of the Iron Tower. You shall come across the Heilig Geist Spital (holy spirit) built in late Romanesque style at the beginning of the 13th century as housing for pilgrims, the old and the sick. Continue towards the late Palace of the Holy Roman Emperor, that nowadays houses the Gutenberg Museum. Johannes Gutenberg was born in Mainz between 1394 and 1400 and is acknowledged in Europe as the inventor of printing. Immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of the Market Square, in the middle of which stands the Heunensäule, a sandstone column commemorating the history of Mainz. This afternoon proceed to Heidelberg for overnight. Dinner at hotel.
DAY 5 - Sep 22, 2020
Heidelberg City Tour
A local guide will take you on a walking tour. Heidelberg, home to the oldest university in Germany, view the imposing red sandstone ruins of Heidelberg Castle originally built in the 12th century. This hilltop Gothic masterpiece has encountered turbulent times but still stands as a dominant symbol of the city. Balance of the day is at leisure in Heidelberg to discover the enchanting alleys and lanes in the Old Town with its small gardens, museums and lovely galleries. Dinner at local restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6 - Sep 23, 2020
Heidelberg - Ulm/Neu-Ulm - Memmingen
After breakfast, depart to Ulm. On arrival meet a local guide. The tour takes you to the interesting sights of both towns, from both historic and contemporary aspects. Among other things, you will see Glacis Park Neu-Ulm, Ulm's new centre, the historic Town Hall as well as the University, Science Park and the Neu-Ulm bank of the Danube with its picture postcard view of Ulm. Visit the second largest church in Germany and has the highest church spire in the world. Continue to Memmingen for overnight. This evening dinner at hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 7 - Sep 24, 2020
Memmingen - Innsbruck.
After breakfast, your tour manager will take you on a walking tour. Memmingen, a town of gates and towers, gables and facades is situated on the edge of Allgäu at the intersection of the A96 and A7 motorways and has currently approx. 43,000 inhabitants. Over the centuries it has succeeded in maintaining its pleasant, medieval image. We then journey to Innsbruck for overnight. Evening dinner at hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 8 - Sep 25, 2020
Tour of Innsbruck
This morning explore the capital of Tyrol with a local guide. 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. The afternoon is free to enjoy the area. Evening dinner at hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9 - Sep 26, 2020
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 10 - Sep 27, 2020
Garmish - Fussen - Munich
Depart to Fussen for a tour and Visit Neuschwanstein Castle with your Tour Manager. Photo stop at WeisKirche. Continue to Andech Monastery for a tour and beer tasting followed by lunch at Anderscher Braustuber (outside on the terrace). We then travel to Munich. This evening, get acquainted with traditional Bavarian culture in the heart of Munich. Begin the evening with a stroll to the Hofbrauhaus, one of Munich's oldest and most famous beer halls. This institution was built in the 16th century, and continues to brew its beer according to the strict Bavarian Beer Purity Laws. Dinner and show at the Hofbrauhaus.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and show at Hofbrauhaus
DAY 11 - Sep 28, 2020
City tour of Munich
With a local guide, 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, view 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. Visit the Oktoberfest Museum. Housed in the oldest town house in Munich, the Beer and Oktoberfest Museum features permanent exhibitions on topics ranging from the history of beer to the Bavarian monks' purity laws and the unique quality of Munich's beer.
After tour, coach will transfer group back to the hotel. Time to freshen up and at 2pm, your coach will transfer you back to the city center of town or the Oktoberfest grounds where you will be free at leisure and make your own arrangements to return to the hotel.
It is free to get into the Oktoberfest grounds and you can wander into any tent you like as long as they have space. There could be a line so you may have to wait to get into some tents if it is really crowded. If you want to reserve table space at night at the Oktoberfest, it will be an extra charge which you should get back as food or drink credit. I can make arrangements for that if you like. One thing to note is that at night most of the tents have American music, so if you want to enjoy the German music you should go in the afternoon.
DAY 12 - Sep 29, 2020
Munich - Berchtesgaden - Salzburg
Depart Munich and travel to to the ruins of Obersalzberg, once an important mountain retreat for senior Nazi SS officers and top party members. Transfer to special motor coaches adapted for the scenic mountain climb to Hitler's notorious "Eagle's Nest." Ascending with the original elevator to the Kehlsteinhaus, you'll see dramatic views of the snow-capped peaks. Time allowed for lunch under own arrangements at the Eagles nest. We then drive to the Salt Mines at Hallein for a tour and visit. This evening dinner at hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 13 - Sep 30, 2020
After breakfast, a 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. Your tour will take you to the sites where the Sound of Music was filmed.
Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 14 - Oct 1, 2020
Depart to Munich Airport
After breakfast, board our motor coach and transfer to Munich Airport for departure flight. Return flights will be after 1pm to allow drive time from Salzburg to the airport.
Pricing - $$$
The rate for the trip is $4454 per person, land only based on double occupancy (2 people in a room).
Triples are not available.
Single Supplement is $1499
Airfare is NOT included. Airfare will not be available til approximately mid-November.
I will arrange flights based on where people are leaving from and that price is separate as is insurance and any other non-specified item. Please let me know your preferred airport.
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