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2020033Passion Play 2020-Germany & Austria

2020033Passion Play 2020-Germany & Austria

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05/20/2020-05/30/2020     #2020033

 

Explore the wonder of old world castles and three of Europe's most spellbinding cities. A seat at this decade's only performance of the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany is truly a highlight. Come follow in the footsteps of this centuries-old tradition!

 Highlights

  • 11 meals (3 dinners and 8 breakfasts)

  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Tours

  • English-speaking local guides for all included excursions

  • Witness the spectacular Passion Play in Oberammergau with Category 1 tickets in a prime seating location

  • Discover King Ludwig II’s fairytale castle, Neuschwanstein

  • Marvel at the beauty of Salzburg and surrounding area on an included city tour

  • Visit the sites of The Sound of Music in Salzburg and Mondsee

  • Tour the Benedictine Melk Abbey, overlooking Austria’s Lower Alps

  • Experience the scenic Danube Valley with a cruise on the Danube River between Krems and Dürnstein

  • See the highlights of Vienna on an included tour and visit Schönbrunn Palace

  • $50 in Mayflower Money

-Price is land only, call for air pricing, space is limited 2 spaces left!

Day 1

Today you’ll depart on your overnight flight to Munich, Germany – the capital of Bavaria.

Day 2

Munich, Germany
Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a representative of Mayflower Tours and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to begin exploring this fantastic city. This evening, dinner is included. Meal: D

D

Day 3

Begin the day with an included tour featuring the highlights of Munich. See historic sites and landmark buildings, including the Alte and Neue Pinakotheks (museums), National Theater, Hofbräuhaus and Cathedral. See its popular squares including the beautiful Odeonsplatz and Karlsplatz. During the walking portion, visit the Marienplatz, Munich’s central square, housing the City Hall and its famous glockenspiel. The tour concludes with a visit of Nymphenburg Palace, former summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria. Following the tour, the afternoon and evening are at leisure in this capital city. Meal: B

B

Day 4

Oberammergau – Passion Play
Depart Munich this morning and travel to Oberammergau. Known as home to the most important Passion Play in the world, Mayflower Tours has secured reserved seats in the best ticket category, for you to witness this life-changing event. Performed every ten years by the inhabitants of this small village, the play depicts Christ’s Passion, and is held in honor of the village surviving the plague and Thirty Years’ War. Over 2000 villagers are proud to participate in this 6-hour spectacle, during its 5-month run. Dinner is included during the performance, and following the play, you’ll check in to your hotel for overnight accommodations. Meals: B, D

B, D

Day 5

Neuschwanstein Castle
This morning begins with a visit to King Ludwig II’s fairytale castle, in a postcard-perfect setting on the shores of Swan Lake, surrounded by the idyllic Bavarian Alps. Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred up the steep hill to the entrance. Built as a retreat, hear intriguing stories about the reclusive king and learn how he became known as ‘Mad King Ludwig’ as you explore the interior of this amazing castle. Stunning views of the surrounding countryside await as you peer from the portals of the castle. After the visit, you’ll be transferred back down the hill, and continue your journey to Salzburg for 3-nights’ accommodations. Meal: B

B

Day 6

Discover the beauty of Salzburg and sights from The Sound of Music on your full day excursion. Begin with a walking tour through this charming city, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. See the historic Old Town and stroll along the Getreidegasse, a picturesque shopping lane with architecture that still looks much as it did in Mozart’s day, and home to Mozart’s birthplace at #9 Getreidegasse. Walking through Mirabell Gardens, pass the Pegasus statue where the children sang Do-Re-Mi and danced on the steps of the fountain. Visit Hellbrunn Castle with its unique, trick fountains and home to the gazebo scene of Sixteen Going On Seventeen. Travel outside the city, through spectacular alpine scenery, to Mondsee to visit the church where Maria and Captain von Trapp were married. After a day filled with scenery and song, return to your hotel in Salzburg for an evening at leisure. Meal: B

B

Day 7

Salzburg
Enjoy a full day at leisure to further experience all this city has to offer. Meal: B

B

Day 8

Danube Valley
Departing Salzburg, today’s adventure unfolds with the exploration of the sites and cities of the Danube Valley. Enroute to Vienna, visit the famed Melk Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, majestically towering over the Danube River. The Abbey provides a sweeping panorama of the Lower Alps and is one of the most significant Baroque-style building complexes in Europe. During the guided visit, see the Marble Hall and the Library with thousands of identically bound books. The highlight of the visit will be the Abbey Church, regarded as the most beautiful church in the world. There’s no better way to experience the Danube Valley than on a boat ride between Krems and Dürnstein. Remarkable scenery awaits! Following the cruise, re-board the coach and continue to Vienna. Meal: B

B

Day 9

Vienna
The day begins with a panoramic orientation tour of this capital city. Travel along the Ringstrasse and see the grand buildings of Vienna, including the impressive Opera House, Parliament and famous concert halls. Stately architecture and historic monuments grace this imperial city, steeped in history. Visit Schönbrunn Palace, the summer residence of the Habsburgs, with its magnificent interiors and landscape gardens. The interior visit includes the ceremonial and staterooms, as well as the audience chambers of Maria Theresa and the apartments of Franz Joseph. After the excursion, the afternoon is at leisure for your independent exploration. This evening, gather for a farewell dinner. Meals: B, D

B, D

Day 10

After discovering Germany and Austria and enjoying the life-enriching experience of attending Oberammergau’s Passion Play, it’s time to say ‘auf wiedersehen’ and depart for the Vienna airport for your flight home. Meal: B

B

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Accommodations

Days 1-2-3   Hotel Maritim, or similar, Munich, Germany

Days 4  TBA, Oberammergau area

Days 5-7   Crowne Plaza, or similar, Salzburg, Austria

Days 8-9  Hotel AT Savoyen, or similar, Vienna, Austria

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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