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2020 Oberammergau Passion Play (Germany, Austria, & A Touch of Switzerland)

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Price per person: $4915.00

Experience this once-in-a-lifetime event!

In 1633, Oberammergau was saved from the Black Plague that was ravaging Europe. As a result, the villagers made a solemn vow to re-enact the agony and crucifixion of Christ every ten years. The first performance was in 1634. The entire village takes part in this spectacle with a cast of 600 local performers, plus a chorus and orchestra.

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2020 Oberammergau Passion Play (Germany, Austria & A Touch of Switzerland)

June 2-12, 2020 ♦ June 30-July 10, 2020 ♦ August 18-28, 2020    |    11 days

Pickup: Lancaster, Ephrata
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Price – $4,915 Double per person    $5,315 Single per person

Deposit – $800.00 per person (non-refundable)

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10 breakfasts     10 dinners

*Passport Booklet (valid 6 months after tour’s return) is required*

Day 1 DEPARTURE FROM U.S.A. We depart Lancaster, by motorcoach, for the Newark International Airport to board our plane.  Then it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy this comfortable jet aircraft.  A dinner and breakfast will be served during our transatlantic flight. (D)

Day 2 ARRIVAL ZURICH (SWITZERLAND) / RHINE FALLS / TITISEE (GERMANY) Following our morning arrival at the Zurich Kloten Airport, we will be met by a private motorcoach, which we’ll use throughout the tour.  Traveling north through an area of large farms and vineyards, we will make a photo stop at the Rhine Falls, central Europe’s most impressive waterfalls.  Entering Germany, we will drive through the Schwarzwald (Black Forest), noted for its dark forest-covered hills, mountain meadows and streams, Alpine-type houses, and the famous cuckoo clock and arrive in the small charming village of Titisee where we will spend our first night in Europe.  Here, you will see a demonstration of how the famous Black Forest cuckoo clocks are made, have time to explore this small village on your own, and shop for souvenirs. You may even want to sample the famous Schwarzwald Torte (Black Forest cake).  Dinner and overnight in Titisee (D)

Day 3 TITISEE / ROTHENBURG / NUREMBERG  A scenic drive north through the German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, passing by Stuttgart and Heilbronn, we’ll enter the state of Bavaria and make a stop in Rothenburg on the Tauber, Germany’s best preserved example of a walled medieval town.  Its walls and towers are almost untouched since the beginning of the 1600’s, and it survived World War II unharmed.  A tour by a local guide will include views of the Town Hall, one of the finest in southern Germany, with its 165-foot tower dating from the 16th century and the Ploenline, the most picturesque and the most photographed corner in the town.  You’ll have some free time to shop, and you may want to walk around the town walls on the Wall-Walk.  Leaving this beautiful walled village, we will continue on to Nuremberg, Bavaria’s second largest city, which is located along the Main-Danube Canal.  Although its history dates from the year 1040, it is best-known as the area where Hitler staged his most spectacular Nazi rallies.  Dinner and overnight in Nuremberg  (1st of 2 nights)  (B, D)

Day 4 NUREMBERG  Following breakfast, a local guide will join us for a tour of Nuremberg, an ancient town and once a free imperial city.  Our tour will include views of the Town Hall; the Main Square with its 14th century Beautiful Fountain (a 60-foot stone pyramid with 40 statuettes); the Weinstadel, Henkersteg, and Unschlitthaus (the Wine Storehouse, Hangman’s Bridge, and Water Tower)¾one of the most picturesque quarters in the town, and the 14th-15th century Town Walls; the Albrecht Duerer House (Germany’s famous painter and engraver whose etching of his friend’s “praying hands” have become world-famous in the form of a sculpture).  We will also view the Zeppelin Grandstand from which Hitler spoke during his rallies and the March Field, where parades were held during Germany’s Nazi era.  We will visit St. Sebadlus’s Church (1225-1379) and the Imperial Castle (1,152 feet above the old town where all German kings and emperors from 1050-1571 resided).  From the Castle’s round watch tower, we will have an excellent view of the city.  We will also visit St. John’s Cemetery with the graves of many notable citizens of Nuremberg, including Duerer’s grave which we will see.  This afternoon, we will have free time to explore this beautiful city on our own, including the Handwerkerhof (Artisans’ Courtyard), an area of narrow streets where traditional craftsmen (stained glass painters, doll makers, potters, art painters, tin founders, gold and silversmiths) have workshops in beautiful half-timbered houses.  This evening we will have dinner at a typical Nuremberger bratwurst restaurant.  Dinner and overnight in Nuremberg  (B, D)

Day 5 NUREMBERG/ PASSAU / OBERNDORF (AUSTRIA) / SALZBURG  Leaving Nuremberg this morning, we will take the southeast highway through the Franconian Alb, an area that is characterized by a plateau of limestone and dolomites, located between Nuremberg and Regensburg, lying to the west of the Bavaria Forest.  As we approach Regensburg, the oldest city on the Danube River, we will be crossing and/or following the river to Passau, known as the City of Three Rivers, as here is where the Danuber River is joined by the Inn River from the south, and the Ilz River coming out of the Bavarian Forest to the north.  A guided tour of Passau will include the Old Town which lies on a narrow strip of land between the Danube and the Inn Rivers; St. Stephen’s Cathedral¾a true masterpiece of Italian Baroque (Its organ has 17,774 pipes and is the largest church pipe organ in the world.); and the Passau Castle, where the Anabaptists (Swiss Brethren) were imprisoned in its dungeon between 1535 and 1540 and many were later martyred.  It was here the core of their hymnal, the Ausbund, based on 51 hymns, was written and the Amish in North America still use it today. Leaving Passau, we will follow the Inn River and then the Salzach River, entering Austria at Laufen with a stop in Oberndorf, the birthplace of the carol, “Silent Night.”  Here, we will visit the Memorial Chapel on the site of the former Church of St. Nicholas, where the song was first sung in 1818.  From here, it’s just a short drive to Salzburg, one of Europe’s most picturesque cities.  Dinner and overnight in Salzburg  (B, D)

Day 6  SALZBURG / INNSBRUCK  Following breakfast, we will meet our local guide for a walking city tour of Salzburg. Our tour will include views of the towering fortress; Hohensalzburg, above the city; the Old Town, Mozart’s birthplace; the Cathedral; St. Peter’s Churchyard; and the Catacombs, early Christian prayer cells.  Afterwards you will have some free time for lunch, to explore the Old Town on your own and shop along the famous Getreidegasse (main shopping street).  Leaving Salzburg, we will travel west and then follow the Inn River to Innsbruck, a charming old-world town built mostly in Baroque style and host to the Winter Olympic Games in 1964 and 1976.  After dinner this evening, we will attend a lively Tyrolean folklore show. Dinner and overnight in Innsbruck.  (B, D)

Day 7 INNSBRUCK / OBERAMMERGAU (GERMANY)   Following breakfast, we will view Innsbruck’s most famous landmark, the Golden Roof, covering the stone balcony, from which Emperor Maximilian I watched strolling players in the street.  There will also be time to explore this historic old town on your own and/or shop along the arcaded Herzog-Friedrichstrasse, a pedestrian street in the Old Town.  After an early lunch in Innsbruck, we will have a short drive to the Bergisel, a 2,460-foot mountain above Innsbruck to tour the Olympic Ski Jump and to view Innsbruck lying in the wide Inn Valley below.  Leaving Innsbruck this afternoon, we will travel north, enter Germany, pass by Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and arrive in the lovely Bavarian village of Oberammergau, Germany, world-famous for its Passion Play and woodcarvings and located in the scenic Ammer Valley.  You will enjoy the many interesting shops filled with woodcarvings, dirndl dresses, lederhosen, Loden cloth hats and Hummel figurines.  You will also enjoy walking along the winding streets to view or photograph the beautiful frescoes on the facades of the buildings.  Dinner and overnight in Oberammergau or the surrounding area.  (1st of 2 nights) (B, D)

Day 8 OBERAMMERGAU AND ITS 42nd PASSION PLAY  If you did not have enough time last evening to explore this Bavarian village, this morning is free for you to do so.  Besides shopping and photographing the beautiful buildings, you should visit the beautiful Rococo church of Sts. Peter and Paul with its Bavarian onion-dome, built in 1736-1742.

Today is the highlight of this tour – viewing the Passion Play.  In 1633, Oberammergau was saved from the Black Plague that was ravaging Europe.  As a result, the villagers made a solemn vow to re-enact the agony and crucifixion of Christ every ten years.  The first performance was in 1634.  The entire village takes part in this spectacle with a cast of 600 local performers, plus a chorus and orchestra.  They perform on an open-air stage, while the audience sits under the roof of the theater.  Although it is a German musical, it is easily understood as you watch it, but you can purchase an English booklet for the interpretation of the Play.  There will be two parts to the Passion Play:  The first half is in the afternoon, and the second half is in the evening.

Dinner and overnight in Oberammergau or the surrounding area  (B, D)

Day 9 OBERAMMEREGAU / APPENZELL (SWITZERLAND)  This morning we will take the German Alpine Road through the villages of Nesselwang and Immenstadt and re-enter beautiful Switzerland, passing by St. Gallen.  We will include a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, a 19th-century Bavarian Palace.  We then arrive in the quaint village of Appenzell, noted for its flower-bedecked houses with gaily-decorated eaves and medieval signs hanging along the streets.  The canton of Appenzell is a region where traditional arts and crafts, local costumes and ancient traditions are still alive.  Dinner and overnight in Appenzell (1st of 2 nights) (B, D)

Day 10 APPENZELL / STEIN / GAIS / APPENZELL  The morning is free to explore this small village on your own and shop for handcrafted items from this area.  Folk art paintings, Appenzeller pastry, Appenzeller cheese and those delicious Swiss chocolates are all excellent souvenirs to take along home.  Following lunch, our drive through the rolling countryside of the Canton of Appenzell, with its fruit trees, hay barns, farms, and the Brown Swiss cows with their bells, will be quite delightful.  In the small village of Stein, we will visit the Appenzeller Cheese Dairy.  From there we will stop at a farm outside of Gais to see hand-carved wooden items, typical of this area, being made, including the Appenzeller boedeli (wooden milk pails).  We’ll even have the opportunity to purchase these items. After an afternoon in the country, we will return to Appenzell.  Dinner and overnight in Appenzell (B, D)

Day 11 RETURN TO THE U.S.A. This morning we will be transferred to the Zurich-Kloten Airport for our return flight to the States.  On arrival at Newark Airport in New Jersey, we will be met and transferred to Lancaster.  (B)

(Meals included:  B=Breakfast; D=Dinner)