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FRANCE, GERMANY & SWITZERLAND

12 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 • PARIS
Begin your Passion Play journey by departing for Paris. Meals and overnight on board.

DAY 2 – PARIS
Arrival at the Paris airport. Our tour manager will meet us after customs and we board our private coach for transfer to the hotel. After check-in, balance of the day is free in the City of Lights. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 3 – PARIS
After breakfast we will enjoy a guided panoramic city tour by bus including the sights of Place de la Concorde, the Champs Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe, The Eiffel Tower, The Invalides, the Louvres, the cathedral of Notre Dame, the Seine river, the Opera, the side walk bistros, and the “Parisian seducing air” of the Latin Quarter. The afternoon is free for shopping or individual sightseeing. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 4 – PARIS • VERSAILLES
Guided morning excursion to Versailles, once the capital of France, to visit the “Sun King” Louis XIV’s Palace. Return to Paris for the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. You may wish to enjoy an independent cruise on the Seine. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 5 – PARIS • REIMS • STRASBOURG
Today we leave Paris and head for our next marvel, Reims, in the Champagne country, where we will visit the magnificent Cathedral with its famous glass stained round window, and then have a tour of one of the classy champagne cellars. We proceed to Strasbourg, one of the most important seats of the European Parliament, and the capital of Alsace. Upon arrival we will have a guided City tour to view the main sights such as Place Kleber, the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the water-surrounded “Little France.” Dinner and overnight.
DAY 6 STRASBOURG • BLACK FOREST • LUCERNE
Driving through the dark forest-covered hills of The Black Forest, this morning we will stop in Freiburg, rebuilt from heavy damage during WWII, with its Minster masterpiece of Gothic architecture, and Triberg famous for its beautiful falls and cuckoo clocks. We continue via Zurich to the lovely lake shore city of Lucerne. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 7 – LUCERNE
After breakfast enjoy a guided tour on foot of the Old Town with its pretty open-air 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 and overnight.

DAY 8 – LUCERNE • INNSBRUCK
This morning we head for Austria and en route 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. Upon arrival our guided city tour by bus and foot will show us the main sights such as Maria Theresien Strasse, the Belfry, and the charming little “Golden Roof.” Dinner and overnight. After dinner you may wish to partake in some Tyrolean folklore entertainment.

DAY 9 – INNSBRUCK • OBERAMMERGAU
Today we head into Germany, first to visit King Ludwig II’s gracious Linderhof Castle with its cascades and gardens, then on to the health and winter sports resort of Ettal to see the Benedictine Abbey dating from 1330 with its famous church. We then continue via the quaint Alp and Olympic Games resort of Garmish Parten Kirchen up to the Fussen area to visit Mad King Ludwig II’s other creation, Newschwanstein Castle (Disney’s fairytale inspiration). Evening arrival in Oberammergau, site of the Passion Play. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 10 – OBERAMMERGAU
Full day in Oberammergau for the Passion Play. A village in the Bavarian Alps, famous for its woodcarving industry. In the year of 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.

DAY 11 – OBERAMMERGAU • MUNICH
We motor to Munich today, the happy and jovial Capital of Bavaria. After check-in at the hotel we will enjoy a guided panoramic city tour by bus taking us to Marienplatz, the lovely church of Our Lady, the Palace the City Hall with its famous Glockenspiel Clock and the Olympic village. Included is a visit to the Nymphenburg Palace with its beautiful park and fountains. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 12 – MUNICH • NEW YORK
Transfer to Munich airport where our guide will assist us with check in procedures. Board our hometown flight arriving home the same day.

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