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Your tour then culminates with a visit to the village of Oberammergau, where you'll have the opportunity to view the famed Oberammergau Passion Play. A religious and cultural tradition dating back to 1633, this very special event takes place only every ten years and attracts visitors from around the world. Flights, transfers, great hotels, many meals, a comprehensive sightseeing tour program, and tickets to the Passion Play are all included in this amazing deal. But, hurry to reserve your space—this once-in-a-lifetime vacation package is sure to sell out quickly!
Day 2: Munich, Germany. Arrive today in Munich, Germany. After customs formalities, proceed to your deluxe motor coach and set out on a short, scenic drive through the majestic landscapes of the Bavarian Alps. Cross the Austrian border and arrive in the charming Alpine village of Seefeld, your home base for the next week. Ferienhotel Kaltschmid Hotel Dinner provided.
Day 5: Chiemsee & Seefeld. Travel through the romantic village of Reit im Winkl on today's full day excursion to Lake Chiemsee. Nicknamed the "Bavarian Sea," Chiemsee is Bavaria's largest freshwater lake. Upon arrival, enjoy a short boat ride to Herren Island. Disembark for a visit to the Castle Herrenchiemsee, a replica of Versailles built by "Mad" King Ludwig of Bavaria. Return to Seefeld in time for dinner. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Return to Seefeld in time for dinner. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 7: Krimml Waterfalls & Seefeld. Today, experience one of Austria's greatest natural wonders—the Krimml Waterfalls. Spanning three levels and reaching heights of 1250 feet, the Krimml Waterfalls are the highest in Europe. From every turn, you'll be able to take in spectacular views of the fast—flowing rapids, rainbow—filled clouds, and verdant pine forests that surround the Falls. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Cross the German border near Fussen, and watch as the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle comes into view. Commissioned by King Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein served as part of Walt Disney's inspiration for Cinderella's Castle and is considered by many to be the most splendid castle in Western Europe.
Continue winding through the Alps until you arrive in Ettal, a quaint village that serves as the perfect base for visiting nearby Oberammergau. Soak up the beautiful countryside and take time to rest and relax before tomorrow's long-awaited performance. Posthotel Ettal Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 10: Depart Germany/Arrive USA. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the USA. Your exciting journey ends as you touch down in the USA later today. Breakfast provided.
In 1633, the villagers of Oberammergau, located in Bavaria, southern Germany, were in the grip of war, poverty and worst of all, the plague that was ravaging Europe. They made a pledge that if their village was spared death from the plague, they would perform a "passion play" every ten years which re-enacts the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. They were, in fact, spared, and the villagers performed the first Oberammergau Passion Play in 1634. Descendants of the original Oberammergau villagers have carried out that vow and for the past four centuries, the tradition has continued every ten years.
About half a million visitors viewed the last performance of the play in 2000, and more than twice that many were disappointed at not being able to obtain the coveted tickets. In 2010, Friendly Planet is delighted to offer our travelers three different tours, all featuring a Passion Play performance in Oberammergau. As with all Friendly Planet programs, each tour is full-featured and each departure is priced to save our travelers hundreds of dollars off similar programs. As in 2000, space is very limited, and once tickets are gone, it will be another ten years before the next performance of the Passion Play.
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