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Imperial Cities, Oberammergau, Passion Play, Budapest, Hungary, Bratislava, Slovakia, Vienna, Austria, Prague, Czech Republic
Imperial Cities with Oberammergau Passion Play
Budapest, Vienna, & Prague
June 13 - 23, 2022
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic & Prague
Set out on an exciting cultural experience in the Imperial Cities of Central Europe featuring traditional entertainment and the epic Oberammergau Passion Play.
Budapest, Hungary - Tour Begins
Welcome to Budapest, the "Queen of the Danube," truly one of the world's most beautiful cities. Enjoy time at leisure to relax or explore before gathering for tonight's welcome dinner.
Join a local expert who brings the city to life. Discover Matthias Church, site of many coronations of kings. Next, see the Fisherman's Bastion with its white walls, towers and arcades for spectacular views. Continue to historic Old Buda and Gellert Hill, followed by the Parliament. At Heroes Square, admire the imposing Millennium Monument, completed in 1904 which memorializes the 1,000th anniversary of Hungarian dominion.
Budapest - Bratislava, Slovakia - Vienna, Austria
This morning we journey to Bratislavia, the former Imperial captial of the Hapsburg Empire. During your visit, get to know the city's historyon an expert led tour. A scenic ride through the countryside takes you into the grand city of Vienna, the former caital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Tonight, enjoy dinner featuring regional red wine and cuisine of Vienna.
This morning, join a local resident for a visit to magnificent Schonbrunn Palace, the summer retreat of the Hasburg dynasty for more than 200 years. Continue to Vienna's city center. En route, behold the beautiful architecture, scenic parks and gothic sipres that fill the city center. End your day with an unforgettable classic music concert featuring many fine melodies from the great composers - Mozart and Strauss.
Vienna - Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic - Prague
Depart Vienna, crossing the border into Czech republic. Continue to the fairy-tale town of Cesky Krumlov. During some free time you may explore the well-preserved streets lined with Baroque architeture. Arrive in Prague, also known as "The Golden City"and "The City of a Hundred Spires."
Your introduction to this fairy-tale city begins with a panoramic tour. Next, explore the majestic Hradcany Castle, including gothic St. Vitus Cathedral. Then we stroll down the quaint, colorful Golden Lane. Discover the lovely statue-lined Charles Bridge. This afternoon enjoy time to relax or explore independently. Perhaps you'll shop for fmaous Bohemian crystal or visit one of the city's many outstanding museums, such as the Lapidarium, home of the stone sculptures dating from the 11th century to the present.
Prague - Oberammergau, Germany
Travel the Czech countryside to Bavaria, Germany. Proceed to the picturesque village of Oberammergau, beautifully situated in the Bavarian Alps.
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 the reason, the citizens vowed that every 10 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 to the authenticity to the performance, the cast starts to grow their hair and beards more than a year in advance. During a break in the performance, join your fellow travelers for dinner before returning for the remainder of your Passion Play performance.
Oberammergau - Munich
Today we travel to Munich, the exciting capital of Bavaria. Feel the energy of the lively city during a tour that highlight Olympic Park; the world-famous Glockenspiel; and Marienplatz, a beautiful square surrounded by shops, restaurants and cafes. Enjoy leisure time to exlpore fasincating Munich before gathering with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating the end to an unforgettable trip!
Munich - Tour EndsB
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
DEPOSIT: $2,300 per person due by October 1, 2021; final payment due . Once payments have been received, stringent cancellation penalties apply.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Up Hotel, Budapest, Hungary; Hotel Erzherzog Rainer or InterContinental, Vienna, Austria; Grandium Hotel, Prague, Czech Republic; Oberammergau Region Hotel, Oberammergau, Germany; Movenpick Hotel, Munich, Germany.
TOUR INCLUSIONS: Motorcoach transportation to/from airport/hotels, professional Collette Vacations tour director, roundtrip air, accommodations, luggage handling at hotels, admissions/attractions, and 16 meals, including 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 6 dinners.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: Optional, but highly recommended.
ACTIVITY LEVEL 3 / HEAVY WALKING: Physical stamina required. Stair climbing, longer periods of walking and/or standing may be involved, along with higher elevations and longer days. Participants must be able to keep up with the group.
ADDITIONAL FEES: Airline luggage fees and fuel surcharges (if applicable) are additional and vary by airline.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.
|Janesville, WI|| Van Galder Terminal |
3120 N. Pontiac Dr., Janesville WI
|Madison, WI|| Dutch Mill Park & Ride |
4545 East Broadway, Madison WI
|Rockford, IL|| Van Galder Terminal |
7559 Walton St., Rockford IL
|South Beloit, IL|| Fas Mart/McDonald's ($3 per day) |
Hwy 75 and I90, South Beloit IL
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