Oberammergau Passion Play 2020

Switzerland – France – Germany

August 15-26, 2020

Host: Weldon Martens

Day 1: Saturday – August, 15 Arrival Zürich – Mürren

Upon arrival at Zurich International Airport, we meet your tour guide who will accompany you throughout. Tour the city and walk through the cobblestoned lanes of the Old City, visit the Grossmünster Cathedral, where Huldrych Zwingli began the Swiss Reformation. Admire stunning stained glass windows by Marc Chagall of the Fraumüenster Abbey and view St. Peter’s Church boasting the largest clock face in Europe. Journey to two important landmarks of the Swiss Reformation, near the Grossmünster Abbey and Limmat River. The first one commemorates the ordeal of a Christian Anabaptist and the second one is a Mennonite Reformation “rebaptism” site. In the afternoon, board the coach for a magnificent drive along the Alps to Mürren for overnight.

Day 2: Sunday – August, 16 Mürren, Jungfraujoch

Leisure time in  Mürren.

Day 3: Monday – August, 17 Mürren – Colmar/France -Triberg

Following breakfast, your journey takes you to France where we drive through the Alsace to Colmar. The town is situated on the Alsatian Wine Route and is considered to be the “capital of Alsatian wine”. Explore the well-preserved old town on a brief tour, have lunch (on your own) and some free time before departing for Triberg in the Black Forest. Overnight in Triberg. B

Day 4: Tuesday – August, 18 Black Forest

Today, travel through the story-book magical Black Forest famous for its Black Forest maids, Black Forest farms, Black Forest gateau, Bollenhut hats, and cuckoo clocks. In Titsee-Neustadt you will have the opportunity to taste the famous Black Forest cake, do some souvenir shopping and have lunch (on your own). Return to Triberg and visit the world’s largest cuckoo clock. Another highlight will be the highest waterfalls in Germany. Overnight in Triberg. B

Day 5: Wednesday – August, 19 Triberg – Oberammergau area

This morning, drive south through the Black Forest to Schaffhausen/Switzerland to view the Rhine Falls (Rheinfall), Europe’s largest waterfalls. Then onward along the foothills of the Alps through breathtaking scenery to the Lake of Constance, Germany’s largest lake. Here, stop for lunch (on your own) and a short visit to Birnau, a pilgrimage church with a spectacular view over the lake and the Alps in the background. Then, continue on to the Oberammergau area for overnight. B, D

Day 6: Thursday – August, 20 Passion Play Oberammergau

World-renowned, the quaint Bavarian town of Oberammergau is the site of the extravagant Oberammergau Passion Play – performed only once every ten yearsand involving almost all residents of the village. Take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience! Enjoy leisure time this morning, andbeginning in the afternoon attend the Play which has a running time of approx. five hours with a three-hour intermission allowing time for dinner. Overnight in Oberammergau. B, D  

Day 7: Friday – August, 21 Bavarian Castles – Rothenburg

This morning, tour Neuschwanstein,Hohenschwangau, and Linderhof Castles. Hohenschwangau used to be the summer residence for the family of mad King Ludwig II.). The elaborate Neuschwanstein Castle is surely the crown jewel of Bavaria Castles. The 3rd castle will be Linderhof – one of Mad King Ludwig’s fantasy castles with its fabulous 105 foot fountain. After lunch (on your own), travel the “Romantic Road” past quaint towns and villages to Rothenburg o.d. Tauber for overnight. B

Day 8: Saturday – August, 22 Rothenburg

Take a glimpse into the middle-ages at perhaps the most famous town on the “Romantik Road”. Rothenburg is a nearly intact medieval walled-city without a single modern building within. Enjoy a tour of the city highlighting St. Jakob’s Church with the famous altar carving by Tilman Riemenschneider. You will have leisure time to stroll the cobblestone lanes with their wonderful variety of shops. (Kathe Wolfahrt’s year-round Christmas Village is a must!) Walk along the medieval walls that encircle the town, or just relax and enjoy this quaint town. Overnight in Rothenburg. B

Day 9: Sunday – August, 23 Rothenburg – Heidelberg – Rhine River Valley

This morning, drive to Rüdesheim area, our final destination. On the way, we stop in Heidelberg, a gorgeous town on the Neckar River where romanticism is both past and present. Our walking tour includes the Old Town, the famous Stone Bridge over the Neckar River, the Heidelberg Castle (where the Heidelberg Confession was written in 1653), the Castle Church, German Apothecary Museum, and the Church of the Holy Ghost. In the afternoon, we continue on and check-in to the hotel for two overnights in the Rudesheim area. B

Day 10: Monday – August, 24 Rhine River cruise, Kloster Eberbach

Following breakfast, board a boat and relax on a wonderful Rhine River cruise along one of the most picturesque stretches of this majestic waterway. Sail past magnificent castles and the famous Loreley rock. Lunch will be served on board. In the afternoon, we tour and visit Eberbach Abbey is a former Cistercian monastery. On account of its Romanesque and early Gothic buildings it is considered one of the most significant heritage sites in Germany. Some scenes of the famous movie “The name of the Rose” by novelist Umberto Eco were filmed here. Tonight, celebrate the conclusion of your tour with a farewell dinner, remembering all the wonderful experiences on your journey. Overnight in Rudesheim area. B, D

Day 11: Tuesday – August, 25 Departure

Transfer to Frankfurt Airport for departure to US.