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A TASTE OF EUROPE

18 DAYS
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HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR TOUR

  • Fully Escorted in Europe by an experienced Tour Manager
  • Roundtrip airfare from New York’s JFK airport
  • Mix of 4 and 3 Star hotels
  • Full buffet breakfast and dinner daily
  • Travel kit
  • Deluxe Air-conditioned Motorcoaches
  • Tickets for the Passion Play and accommodations in the village
  • Special Passion Play Book to follow along each act.

This tour is offered only as a suggestion.
You may customize this itinerary and any other aspect of this tour.

DAY 1 – NEW YORK • ZURICH
Begin your Passion Play journey by departing for Zurich. Meals and overnight on board.

DAY 2 – ZURICH • LUCERNE
We arrive at the Zurich airport where our tour guide will meet us after customs and take us on a brief orientation tour of Zurich to view some Zwingli sites, the Old City and the busy Bahnhofstrasse, before driving to the lovely lakeshore city of Lucerne. The balance of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

DAY 3 – LUCERNE
After breakfast enjoy a panoramic guided morning tour on foot to the Old Town near the shores of beautiful Lake Lucerne. Visit the market, the unusual covered wooden bridges, Kapell and Spreuer, and the Lion Monument. We have the afternoon free for shopping and individual sightseeing or an optional excursion to Mt. Pilatus or Rigi Kulm for the hikers, or a boat trip on the lake for the romantics. Dinner at the hotel.

DAY 4 – LUCERNE • INNSBRUCK
Today we head for Austria and enroute we will enter the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein, have a lunch stop in Vaduz and continue through the Voral Mountains and the Arlberg Pass to Innsbruck. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. After dinner you may choose some Tyrolean folklore entertainment.

DAY 5 – INNSBRUCK • SALZBURG
This morning we take a guided city tour by motorcoach and on foot showing us the main sights such as Maria Theresien Strasse, The Belfry and the charming Little Golden Roof. On the road again through the Austrian Tyrol Mountains we head for Salzburg, passing by Berchtesgaden, famous for its salt mines. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

DAY 6 – SALZBURG • OBERAMMERGAU
This morning we start our Sound of Music Tour, bringing back memories from the film of the same name. This afternoon we head into Germany and we proceed via the quaint Alp and Olympic Games Resort of Garmish Parten Kirchen to visit King Ludwig II’s magnificent creation, Linderhof Castle with its cascades and gardens. Continue on to Oberammergau, site of the Passion Play, for dinner and overnight.

DAY 7 – OBERAMMERGAU • MUNICH
Full day in Oberammergau for the Passion Play. A village in the Bavarian Alps, famous for its woodcarving industry. In the year 1633, the town was stricken by the plague. In desperation the people of the village took an oath that they would stage a performance of the Passion of Jesus every 10 years if the plague would vanish and save their town. The town was saved and the first performance took place in 1634. From 1690 on, the play has been performed regularly every 10 years. The play takes almost eight hours to perform and the 124 speaking parts are performed by inhabitants of the village. The audience is seated in a roofed auditorium while the stage is open-air. Lunch and dinner are included. Following the Passion Play we will transfer to our hotel in Munich for the night.

DAY 8 – MUNICH • NEW YORK
Transfer to the airport in Munich where we board our hometown flight home. Arrive home the same day.

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