Alpine Explorer with Glacier Express Train

now including  The Passion Play 2022

(rescheduled from 2020)

 Experience it with Us!

July 2022

Exact July Date TBA

 

 Our tour begins in the Italian Lake region and  along our travels we will enjoy Stresa, Zermatt,

St. Moritz, Innsbruck,  Salzburg, Munich, Fussen and Oberammergau.  Our tour is completed

after visiting the German Bavarian area and Linderhof Palace of King Ludwig II of Bavaria.

 

Alpine Explorer with the Glacier Express Train

Including Oberammergau Passion Play – 12 Days & 17 Meals 

 

The Passion Play began back in 1633.  Much of Europe was suffering from the Bubonic Plague.   The villagers appealed for Divine intervention to save their families.  They vowed that if God were to spare them, they would perform a passion play every year.  They say not a single person fell victim to the Plague after that.  Keeping their promise, the people of Oberammergau performed the first play in 1634.  The play is currently preformed every 10 years over a 5 month period, 5 days a week during years ending with zero.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Overnight Flight

Breathtaking Alpine vistas await as you travel through Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. From amazing railways to the thrilling Passion Play, experience the wonders only found in the heart of Europe.

Day 2: Stresa, Italy (Lago Maggiore*) – Tour Begins

Arrive in Stresa (Lago Maggiore) and take some free time to explore this beautiful lakeside town on your own. Your evening begins with a cocktail party in a wine shop before we cruise to our welcome dinner on Isola dei Pescatori, the most beautiful of the Borromean Islands.

Today dinner will be included.

Day 3: Stresa

Today we make our way to an ancient village nestled in the mountains. Stop at a family farm to learn about the artisan cheeses they produce. Sample delicious creations and discover how to pair them with local wines. Return to Stresa for an afternoon at leisure.

Today breakfast will be included.

Day 4: Stresa – Zermatt, Switzerland

Depart Lago Maggiore for a scenic drive into the heart of the mountains. The incredible views of the Italian and Swiss Alps are sure to leave a lasting impression. Upon arrival in Tasch, board a local train for a ride to the spectacular pedestrian village of Zermatt in the Swiss Alps.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 5: Zermatt

Today, Zermatt is at your fingertips. It’s your choice! Tour Zermatt’s best-known landmarks by foot with a local expert; or, enjoy a visit to the Matterhorn Museum where you’ll learn more about the triumph and tragedy behind the first ascent of this imposing peak. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

Today breakfast will be included.

Day 6: Zermatt – Glacier Express Train – St. Moritz

Traverse bridges and tunnels while aboard the world-renowned narrow gauge Glacier Express, the most charming express train in the world. Enjoy the natural beauty of this route through the heart of the Swiss Alps. Filled with forests, fragrant meadows, streams and deep valleys, it’s a mountain dream come to life. Arrive in St. Moritz, playground of the rich and famous.

Today breakfast will be included.

Day 7: St. Moritz – Innsbruck, Austria

Drive through the picturesque Engadine Valley to Innsbruck, Austria, capital of the Austrian Tyrol. Join a local expert and explore the city’s medieval pedestrian streets including Maria Theresian Strasse, the Hofburg and the Golden Roof.

Today breakfast will be included.

Day 8: Innsbruck – Salzburg – Innsbruck

Travel the Austrian countryside to historic Salzburg, one of Europe’s most beautiful and romantic spots. Enjoy a leisurely walking tour of Salzburg’s historic Old Town – the Altstadt. See highlights such as the Cathedral, Mozart’s birthplace and Mirabell Gardens. Film buffs will be able to pick out locations from The Sound of Music. This evening, enjoy a delightful Mozart dinner concert at the centuries-old St. Peter’s Restaurant, central Europe’s oldest restaurant.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 9: Innsbruck – Munich, Germany – Oberammergau

Today we head to the frontier of Germany, crossing the border into Bavaria. Arrive in the Bavarian capital of Munich for a walking tour featuring the Marienplatz, the Glockenspiel and Olympic Park. Next, depart for the quaint village of Oberammergau, nestled in the Bavarian Alps.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 10: Oberammergau – Passion Play

This afternoon, witness a performance of the epic Passion Play. The original performance dates back to 1634. During the Thirty Year War, Oberammergau was spared the Black Plague and for this reason, the citizens vowed that every ten years they would give a play to honor the last days of the life of Christ. The performers of this once-in-a-decade event are all native to the village. To lend authenticity to the performance, the cast start to grow their hair and beards more than a year in advance. Also, the intricate costumes are made locally by the villagers. During a break in the performance, join your fellow travelers for dinner before returning for the remainder of your Passion Play performance.

Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.

Day 11: Oberammergau – Linderhof Palace – Füssen – Munich

Travel to nearby Linderhof Palace, one of the most artistic and stylistically complex ensembles of the 19th century. It is the only palace King Ludwig II of Bavaria was able to complete. Behind the Baroque façade is a Rococo world, rich in abundant ornamentation. Next, enjoy free time exploring medieval Füssen, the romantic town in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. Make a special picture stop at Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany’s most famous castle and the inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of an unforgettable journey.

Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 12: Munich – Tour Ends

Your tour comes to a close today.

Today breakfast will be included.

 

Land only price  for  2022 and Tour Price with air and round-trip transfers from Myrtle BeachTBA 

 

For additional information, Contact:

Kathy@EarthTravelPals.com

(843) 450-2032