Enchanting Germany & Oberammergau Passion Play

Augsburg, Romantic Road, Erfurt & Leipzig

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Get an up-close look at fascinating historic Germany on our 10-day Enchanting Germany tour. Brimming with rich history and culture, Germany offers fairy-tale castles, medieval churches, stunning natural landscapes, friendly locals, and beer gardens galore. Its unique blend of cosmopolitan flair and rustic charm makes it a perennial favorite for many travelers. The first part of this tour takes you through some of Germany's most historic and picturesque towns and villages, including Mainz, Marburg, and Eisenach, as well as many other stops along the way.

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!

Itinerary at a Glance

Day Destinations
1 Depart USA
2 Munich & Augsburg
3 Rothenburg & the Rhine
4 Mainz & Worms
5 Marburg, Eisenach & Erfurt
6 Erfurt & Eisleben
7 Wittenberg & Leipzig
8 Oberammergau & Nuremberg
9 Oberammergau Passion Play
10 Depart Germany

Detailed Itinerary

Enchanting Germany & Oberammergau Passion Play tour itinerary
Enchanting Germany & Oberammergau Passion Play tour itinerary
Day 1: Depart USA. Your fascinating journey begins as you depart this evening on your overnight flight bound for Munich, Germany.

Day 2: Munich & Augsburg. Arrive today in Munich, Germany. After customs formalities, proceed to your deluxe motor coach and set out on the scenic drive to Augsburg. Dorintan Der Kongresshal Hotel or similar Dinner provided.

Bavarian Alps near Munich  Photo by Walter Storto  © German National Tourist Board
Bavarian Alps near Munich   Photo by Walter Storto  © German National Tourist Board

Rothenburg ob der Tauber half-timbered houses Day 3: Rothenburg & the Rhine. This morning, travel via the scenic Romantic Road to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany's well-preserved "Jewel of the Middle Ages." Enjoy a city tour of the ramparts, city gates, town hall and Jakobskirche (church), which houses an altar by the famous wood-carver, Tilmann Riemenschneider. Hotel Lindenwirt or similar Breakfast & dinner provided.

Market stalls on Rebstockplatz Square, Mainz  Photo by Jochen Keute  © GNTB
Market stalls on Rebstockplatz Square, Mainz   Photo by Jochen Keute  © GNTB
Day 4: Mainz & Worms. After breakfast this morning, depart for Mainz, a charming city that sits near the confluence of the Main and Rhine rivers. Enjoy a sightseeing tour that begins at the Romanesque Cathedral. The tour continues with a visit to the Gutenberg Museum, where you'll learn about how Johann Gutenberg, a native of Mainz, invented the printing press. The museum also houses an original Gutenberg bible.

St. Peter's Cathedral, Worms  © GNTB
St. Peter's Cathedral, Worms   © GNTB
Proceed to nearby Worms, a town believed to be the birthplace of Protestantism. On this afternoon's sightseeing tour, you'll explore some of the town's most important landmarks, including a Romanseque Cathedral, the Kaiserdom, and the oldest Jewish cemetery in Europe. Return to your hotel in time for dinner. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Marburg Castle and town Day 5: Marburg, Eisenach & Erfurt. Today's sightseeing begins in Marburg, home to the University of Marburg, the oldest Protestant university in the world. Enjoy a guided tour of the city and its famous medieval churches.

Wartburg Castle, Eisenach Continue to Eisenach, where your afternoon tour will take you to the house of the famous composer, Johann Sebastian Bach, and the 11th century Wartburg Castle, recognized by UNESCO as an "Outstanding Monument of the Feudal Period." Proceed to Erfurt for check-in at your hotel. Radisson SAS Hotel or similar Breakfast & dinner provided.

Erfurt Cathedral (Mariendom) & Severikirche Day 6: Erfurt & Eisleben. Set out this morning on a tour of Erfurt, Thuringia's capital city. This small but lovely town houses two stunning Gothic churches and the St. Augustine cloister, where Martin Luther lived when he was a monk. Learn more about the life of Martin Luther as your tour continues to the town of Eisleben, Luther's birthplace. Enjoy a special visit to Luther's home as well as the Museum. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Wittenberg market square, town hall & city church, with Melanchthon & Luther monuments  © GNTB
Wittenberg market square, town hall & city church, with Melanchthon & Luther monuments   © GNTB
Day 7: Wittenberg & Leipzig. Depart this morning for Leipzig, stopping en route for sightseeing in Wittenberg, another town that played a central role in the development of Protestantism. Among other sites, you'll visit the Palace Church and Martin Luther's house. You'll also visit the home of Phillip Melanchthon, Luther's right-hand man and an important scholar in his own right. His home not only carries historical significance, but is also known as one of the finest and most well-preserved examples of a Renaissance house. Hotel Achat or similar Breakfast & dinner provided.

Nuremberg & the River Pegnith Day 8: Oberammergau & Nuremberg. Bid farewell to Leipzig this morning as board your touring coach for Oberammergau. En route, stop in Nuremberg, Bavaria's second largest city. Your sightseeing tour of Nuremburg takes you to the Palace of Justice, where the Nuremberg Trials took place, the Zeppelin Grounds, the Court House, and the Altstadt (Old City), a medieval walled city with large pedestrian walkways.

After your tour, 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.

Oberammergau  Photo by David Edgar
Oberammergau   Photo by David Edgar
Day 9: Oberammergau Passion Play. Your journey culminates today with a spectacular performance of the Oberammergau Passion Play. Watch more than 350 years of tradition unfold during this unforgettable presentation of Christ's Last Days and Passion. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Breakfast, lunch & 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.

The Oberammergau Passion Play

Oberammergau Passion Play

Oberammergau Passion Play 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.

Oberammergau Passion Play 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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