Exploring the Alpines and Oberammergau
Tour members make their own way to and meet at Munich Airport, where we will be met by our deluxe motor coach and meet our tour escort who will accompany us throughout the tour. We will have one group transfer from the airport, and not far from the airport, we catch our first glimpse of the majestic Alps in the distance. A short, scenic drive brings us into the imposing mountains of the Kitzbuhel Alps. We then transfer to the charming Alpine Village in Tyrol, Austria, for our overnight stay. After breakfast, we enjoy an excursion to Salzburg, the entrancing location of “Sound of Music” and Mozart’s hometown. During a guided walking tour, we see the exquisite Domplatz, the lively Gettreidegasse shopping street, the Great Festival Hall, and the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. We also see the Abbey founded in 690 and the Hohensalzburg, Europe’s finest medieval fortress. On our journey back to our hotel we will stop at the famous town Kitzbuhel where a lot of high society people are residing. We stroll through the nice streets and have the opportunity to do some window shopping. After breakfast today, we begin with a sightseeing excursion to Munich, the capital of Bavaria. We enjoy an orientation tour and some free time in the city centre with its Gothic City Hall with its famous Glockenspiel clock, the Residenz, Church of Our Lady, the Olympic Grounds, and much more. We then transfer to the Oberammergau area for our overnight stay.
See the Passion Play
Oberammergau is not only known for its World-Famous Passion Play, but also for its woodcarving craft and for its colorful and attractive frescos known as Lüftlmalereien. In the morning if time permits, we will explore the lovely village, the museum, the parish church, and a woodcarving workshop. Then we take our seats at the Passion Play Theater for the early afternoon performance. All the actors, musicians, and singers as well as the backstage staff are either born in Oberammergau or been residents for more than 20 years. Between the different scenes of the life of Jesus Christ we can admire “living pictures” – scenes from the Bible presented as still life. After 2.5 hours it is time for a dinner break, which is waiting for us in a local restaurant. After dinner, we have the opportunity to stroll around in the village and to do some shopping. Later this evening, the second part of the play starts and will end at approximately 11:00 pm. We go to our hotel in the Oberammergau area for overnight after the play.
Visit the Pearl of the Alps
This morning, we drive from the Passion Play village to Tyrol’s Capital, Innsbruck, also called “Pearl of the Alps.” During the guided walking tour through the historic Old Town, we see the fabled “Gold Roof” palace and impressive cathedral and many other sites. Finally, we will continue our drive to our already well-known Tyrolean village.