Wonders of Germany with Oberammergau Passion Play

September 7, 2022 thru September 16, 2022

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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. Join in 2022 for this once-in-a-lifetime experience, and follow in the footsteps of this centuries-old tradition! We start in Bavaria’s Munich, well known for its centuries-old buildings, museums and of course, its beer halls. Think Swan Lake when visiting the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle, then explore the exquisite Black Forest region. The old and new beautifully contrast in Heidelberg, Rothenburg, and Frankfurt. colonial buildings.


Air

Roundtrip air included

Transportation

Motorcoach / transfers

Duration

10 days, 8 nights

Activity Level

Moderate

Meals

11 meals (8 breakfasts, 3 dinners) included

Availability

Available

Pickup/Dropoff

Livery service to/from your home included


Tour Highlights

  • Highlights of Munich
  • Nymphenburg Palace
  • Alte and Neue Pinakotheks
  • Oberammergau Passion Play performance
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Black Forest tour
  • Rothenburg & Bavaria
  • Residenz
  • Frankfurt am Main

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to Munich/Frankfurt
  • All transfers & motorcoach transportation
  • Pickup/livery Service
  • 8 nights lodging
  • 11 meals (8 breakfasts, 3 dinners)
  • Admissions & tours as described
  • Services of a German tour director
  • Baggage handling
  • Taxes and tips for included items
  • Tour director, driver & local guide tips


Day 1 – Fly to Munich

Today we’ll depart Tucson on our overnight flight to Munich, Germany – the capital of Bavaria.

Day 2 – Munich

Upon arrival in Munich, we’ll transfer to our hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to begin exploring this fantastic city. This evening we’ll enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3 – Munich

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

Day 4 – Oberammergau

This morning we depart Munich and travel to Oberammergau, home to the most important Passion Play in the world.  We’ll have reserved seats in the best ticket category 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 the Thirty Years’ War. Over 2,000 villagers are proud to participate in this 6-hour spectacle, during its 5-month run. Following the play, we’ll check in to our hotel for overnight lodging. (B,D)

Day 5 – Neuschwanstein Castle

This morning begins with a visit to King Ludwig II’s fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle, in a postcard-perfect setting on the shores of Swan Lake, surrounded by the idyllic Bavarian Alps. Upon arrival, we’ll transfer up the steep hill to the entrance. Built as a retreat for the reclusive king, we’ll explore the interior of this amazing castle and learn how he became known as ‘Mad King Ludwig.’ Stunning views of the surrounding countryside await from the portals of the castle. After the visit, we’ll transfer back down the hill, we continue our journey to the Lake Constance area for 2- nights’ accommodations.(B)

Day 6 – Black Forest

Today is all about discovering the mountainous Black Forest region, whose name originated due to the dense forests that prohibited the sunlight from shining through. Our local guide will relay history and legends of the area as we travel through small villages and become immersed in the mystique and scenic beauty. Visit its largest town, Freiburg, filled with Gothic buildings and surrounded by vineyards. On a walking tour, we see the main town squares, historic gates, Town Hall, and Münsterplatz with its well-preserved buildings and Merchants’ Hall. Continuing on, we visit the picturesque village of Titisee, on the shores of the largest natural lake in the forest. After a full day of sightseeing, we return to the hotel for an evening at leisure. (B)

Day 7 – Heidelberg

Leaving the beautiful lake area, we travel north to Heidelberg, the oldest university town in Germany. Upon arrival, we enjoy a tour of this historic city. Visit the red-walled ruins of the 14th-century castle which dominates the old town. Enter the castle courtyard via the Gate Tower and marvel at the Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque façades of the castle ‘wings’. See the Great Vat built inside the castle which was the largest wine barrel in the world. During a walking tour of the old town, we see the Market Place, Town Center with City Hall, Holy Spirit Church and “House of the Knight St. George”, the only private house to survive the destruction of Heidelberg when the castle and the town were burned down. After the excursion, we’ll check in to the hotel for overnight accommodations. (B)

Day 8 - Rothenburg

Today’s adventure begins with a journey to the picturesque village of Rothenburg, nestled in the heart of Bavaria. On our guided walking tour, we enter this 14th-century walled village through the medieval gates and stroll along the charming cobblestone lanes and alleyways. See the beautifully preserved homes, historic market square, and Renaissance town hall. Continuing along the celebrated Romantic Road, relax as we travel through the serene, gentle countryside and quaint towns. Arriving in Würzburg, visit the magnificent Residenz – one of the most beautiful Baroque palaces in Germany and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See its world-famous staircase, amazing Imperial Hall, Venetian Room with gilded mirror cabinet, and impressive frescoes. After a day of scenic beauty and towns, the evening is ours at leisure in Würzburg. (B)

Day 9 - Frankfurt

Departing Würzburg, travel to Frankfurt am Main, former Coronation City of the German Emperors. On the included excursion, we see St. Paul’s Church, the old Opera, cathedral, and the banking quarter with its modern skyscrapers standing in contrast to the medieval towers of the former city wall. During the walking portion, stroll through the Romer – the historic heart of the city, surrounded by attractive half-timbered houses and home to the Fountain of Justice. After the excursion, we’ll check in to our hotel before enjoying an included farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day 10 - Depart Home

After discovering Germany and the life-enriching experience of attending Oberammergau’s Passion Play, it’s time to say ‘auf wiedersehen’ and depart for the Frankfurt airport for our flight home. (B)

Itinerary subject to change.


Package Pricing

$6,390 per person

Double occupancy

Deposit: $1,500 (non-refundable)

Price Includes

Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to Munich/Frankfurt
All transfers & motorcoach transportation
Pickup/livery Service
8 nights lodging
11 meals (8 breakfasts, 3 dinners)
Admissions & tours as described
Services of a German tour director
Baggage handling
Taxes and tips for included items
Tour director, driver & local guide tips


Booking Policy

We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.

Travel Insurance

We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect themselves and their trip investment. Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. For your convenience, we offer the following plan for this tour:

ADULT GROUP CHOICE

360° Adult Group Choice Flyer– Provides an overview of benefits and coverage limits

360° Adult Group Choice Policy – Provides the full coverage term details, including exclusions and limitations

$435 covers trip costs $6,001 to $7,000. Cost may be more or less depending on your total trip cost. If you do not wish to purchase now, the plan can be purchased any time prior to final payment.

Contact us to purchase. If you have questions about coverage, please review the policy or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888.574.7026 or email 360group@travelexinsurance.com. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc. CA Agency License #0D10209. Travel Insurance is underwritten by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company; NAIC #22276. RWF


ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have a frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation. If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A passport is required for travel to Germany. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. Attached find a list regarding commonly asked about items as well as an update. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.

CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES

On our airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a $TBD fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is included. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Maid tips are not included.

LIVERY

For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

Please be sure to bring a sweater and/or rain jacket, along with good walking shoes and a hat. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you on this tour.

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