14 Day Austria, Germany, Italy and Passion Play
OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY 2020
DAY 01: USA / ENROUTE. Depart USA for Europe. Breakfast and dinner will be served aloft.
DAY 02: VIENNA. Upon arrival at Vienna Airport, we are met by our tour escort and European motor coach and transferred to our hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure for independent activities, dinner and overnight at our hotel.
DAY 03: VIENNA. Our morning sightseeing tour will include monuments to the great musicians of this Imperial City. We will also see intricately carved St. Stephen's Spire, the Imperial Hofburgh Palace, Opera House and the National Museums; a highlight will be a visit to impressive enormous Schoenbrunn Palace and it's treasures. The afternoon is at leisure for independent activities, dinner and overnight at our hotel.
DAY 04: VIENNA / SALZBURG. We drive today along the Danubian Plain past imposing elk Abbey on our way to the "Sound of Music" city of Salzburg. Our afternoon sightseeing tour will include the Cathedral, Getreidegasse pedestrian shopping street, Hohensalzburg Fortress and the Mirabell Palace. A visit will also be made to the birthplace of the famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
DAY 05: SALZBURG / OBERAMMERGAU. Breathtaking scenery awaits us today as we drive across Austria and through charming resort villages. Then it's into the Bavarian Alps via the winter sports resorts of Seefeld and Garmisch Partenkirchen, and on to our destination of the charming small village of Oberammergau.
DAY 06: PASSION PLAY. The entire day is spent attending a performance of the world famous Passion Play, performed once every ten years in this beautiful village. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 07: OBERAMMERGAU / MUNICH / INNSBRUCK. Our morning sightseeing tour of Munich, Bavaria's lively capital city , will show us the Residenz Palace. We then drive to Innsbruck, the rococo capital of the Austrian Tyrol, where we will see the Emperor Maximillian's "Golden Roof, " famed Maria Theresiastrasseand other points of interest. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
DAY 08: INNSBRUCK / CORTINA / VENICE (MESTRE). Some time at leisure in Innsbruck before driving south via the Europa Bridge and over the imposing Brenner Pass to Cortina, jewel of the jagged Dolomites. Then on to the Piave Valley and the Venice area for dinner and overnight.
DAY 09: VENICE. Our morning walking tour of Venice will include the bronze horses and Byzantine mosaics on St. Mark's cathedral, the pink and white Doges Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. The afternoon is at leisure, dinner and overnight at our hotel in Mestre.
DAY 10: VENICE / FLORENCE. Our morning walking tour of Venice will include the bronze horses and Byzantine mosaics on St. Mark's cathedral, the pink and white Doges Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. Then we drive through the green mountains and along quiet rivers to Florence, Dante's city, jewel of the Renaissance, center of art, architecture, and learning, for dinner and overnight.
DAY 11: FLORENCE. From the Baptistery's golden doors to Michelangelo's "David" in the Academia, Renaissance riches dominate our morning sightseeing. We will also see the Medici Chapel and the Uffizi Gallery of Pitti Palace as well as the famous Ponte Vecchio. The afternoon is at leisure for independent activities - you may care to shop or perhaps sip a refreshing drink in a sidewalk cafe. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
DAY 12: FLORENCE / ROME. This morning our sightseeing will include the Academia, Medici Chapel and the Uffizi Gallery or the Pitti Palace. We will also see Ghiberti's bronze Doors of Paradise and the famous Ponte Vecchio. This afternoon we drive to Rome, the eternal city, for dinner and overnight.
DAY 13: ROME. Sightseeing this morning will include the Coliseum, Forum, Trevi Fountain, and the highlight will be a guided tour of St. Peters. We will travel along the Appian Way to the Catacombs, discover Rome's fashionable Via Condatti, Bohemian Via Margutta, and of course the Spanish Steps with its banks of beautiful flowers. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
DAY 14: ROME / USA. Transfer to Rome Airport this morning for our return flight home - the end of a most enjoyable tour.