OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY with PEARLS OF ADRIATIC
- Roundtrip economy airfare
- Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach for all transfers, touring, and sightseeing as per itinerary
- English speaking tour escort – from airport to airport
- 11 overnights on the cities stated
- 2 overnight stays in the Oberammergau region in category B (accommodation for high demands = 4-star)
- Accommodation in double rooms with bath ensuite
- Daily breakfast buffet at the hotels
- Dinners at the hotels (either menu or buffet) or at local restaurants
- Lunch on the day of the Passion Play at a restaurant in Oberammergau
- Luggage service at the hotels (where available, 1 piece of luggage per person, in & out)
- Local English speaking guides
- Headphone-system during the whole tour for minimum 20 paxs
- Ticket to the Passion Play in category 2
- Program booklet of the Passion Play including the text of the play (in English)
- All visitor and city taxes
- Ephesus Travel kits with pre-departure briefing
- Drinks during the meals
- Lunches, not mentioned in the program
- Tips to guides, coach driver and hotel staff (we recommend US$10 Per day/guest)
- Travel insurances
- Personal expenses
PAYMENT & CANCELLATIONS
- A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person upon reservation with photocopy of Passport and tour registration form is due to reserve for this tour but should not be later than 6 months prior departure
- Full payment due upon visa approval but should not be later than 2 months prior departure date
- Cancellation charge of fifty percent (50%) of tour cost if cancellation is done two (2) months before departure date; -Full tour cost will be forfeited if cancellation is done 1 month before departure date. Unused portion of the tour is non-refundable.
CONDITIONS / RESPONSIBILITIES
TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE documentation expenses, insurance, medical and hospitalization expenses, tours and transportation expenses during free periods, porterage of extra luggage, drinks and meals not specified in the itinerary. and such other personal nature like telephone calls, fax, laundry, room service and expenses not mentioned in the itinerary terms and conditions.
EPHESUS TRAVEL AND TOURS has arranged for the various tour services to be performed under the responsibility of various operators. Our company or its subagents therefore only acts as agents for the operators providing the various services described in this tour and assume no responsibility or liability that may occur out of or in connection with losses or unexpected expenses due to delays, overbooking, and defaults. The tour itineraries and prices are subject to change without prior notice. Should the number of participants fall below the required number , we reserve the right to increase the tour cost or cancel/reschedule the tour. The payment for a reservation fee on the tour shall constitute acceptance and consent to all provisions in the tour conditions/responsibility published in this tour.
Day 1 / Manila-Dubrovnik
Depart Manila and take connecting flight to Dubrovnik. Enjoy in flight services.
Day 2 / Dubrovnik
In the morning arrival in Dubrovnik airport, and transfer to your hotel. The day follows with a walking tour of Dubrovnik, one of the most beautiful stone-built cities in the world. As one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Dubrovnik owes its special charm to the historic monuments that testify to its rich history. While strolling with your guide down Stradun, the main street, you will stop to visit the Franciscan monastery of the “Order of Friars Minors” that preserves one of the three oldest pharmacies in Europe. You will continue down to Orlando Column and the Sponza Palace and visit the Church of St. Blasius, the patron saint of the town. You will also discover Rector’s Palace, the magnificent structure of the dukes of Dubrovnik. We recommend you take a walk along the city walls (2500 m around the old town), visit one of the numerous museums or take a funicular ride to the top of the Srđ hill. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3 / Dubrovnik, Kotor
After breakfast and check out from the hotel, departure to Montenegro.Your local guide will welcome you at the borderline of Croatia and Montenegro. In Boka Bay, the only fiord in the Mediterranean, mountains sink in the crystal-clear sea in front of your eyes in the unique harmony of intact nature and cultural heritage, that is today yours to discover. Arrival to Kotor, home-town of the famous sailors and traders of Boka Bay. Kotor’s architecture, a post-modern mix of the various epochs and its position at the bottom of the sharp cliffs of the Lovcen Mountain, makes it different from any other Mediterranean town. Your guide will take you to the Cathedral of St. Trifun, a monument of Roman culture and one of the most recognizable symbols of the town. You will also visit the Maritime Museum, the custodian of Boka navy fame. Arrival and check in the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 4 / Kotor, Trebinje, Stolac, Mostar
Breakfast and check out from the hotel. Departure toward Bosnia and Herzegovina with first stop in Trebinje where you will visit Arslanagic Bridge – the most beautiful bridge built in 1574, the Clock Tower, Sultan Ahmed-Pasha and Osman-Pasha Mosques. Continuing to Stolac which can be considered as an open-air museum. The River Bregava flows through Stolac creating many waterfalls. Cascades and islands. This town is known for its unique Ottoman architecture. Afterwards you will visit the third UNESCO world cultural heritage site in Bosnia -the Necropolis of Radimlja. The Bogomil tombstones are special tombstones because they represent the most interesting phenomenon and the greatest mystery of the medieval Bosnian state. Afterwards you will reach your destination of this day, Mostar. Upon arrival, check in the hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 5 / Mostar, Kravice, Pocitelj, Blagaj, Mostar
Breakfast at the hotel, your tour begins this day with sightseeing tour of Kravice Waterfalls followed by your visit to Pocitelj, the medieval stone town which is on the UNESCO world cultural heritage tentative list. Departure to Blagaj to see the oldest Dervish’ Convent in Bosnia dating from the XV century. Then continue to Mostar and have a city tour which includes the Old Town, Mehmet Koski-Pasha Mosque and famous Old Bridge being recognized as the UNESCO world cultural heritage site. Free time for shopping. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 / Mostar, Jablanica, Sarajevo
In the morning transfer to Sarajevo after your breakfast. On your way to Sarajevo, short break will be at Jablanica to see the World War II Museum and the destroyed bridge where you will have time to enjoy the view of Neretva river and take some pictures. Then continue towards Sarajevo. In Sarajevo you will visit the Vrelo Bosne – the Spring of the River Bosna. Afterwards the Tunnel of Hope Museum – which was the only way to go in and out of Sarajevo during the 1992-95 war siege of the city. You will continue a walking tour around the city and visit Bascarsija, Brusa Bezistan – the roofed market place, Ghazi Husref -Bey Mosque built in 1530 and Ghazi Husref-Bey Madrasah. Then visit Vijecnica, (City Hall) and National museum. Dinner will be organized at the local restaurant. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 7 / Sarajevo, Split, Zadar
Breakfast and check out from the hotel before leaving for Split. Upon arrival, meet your local guide and firstly explore the massive palace built by the 4th century Roman emperor Diocletian as his retirement home which is also on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Sightseeing tour continue with Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral as well as Split’s many Renaissance and Gothic structures. Over time the city has encroached into the corners and crannies of the palace; shopkeepers and tiny restaurants now make their home within its massive walls. Afterwards you will continue to Zadar. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 8 / Zadar, Plitvice, Opatija
Breakfast and check out from the hotel. In the morning enjoy a city tour of Zadar, including the Roman Forum and St. Donatus Church, a magnificent monument of Romanesque Architecture. From Zadar departure to National Park Plitvice Lakes, the most famous National Park in Croatia, protected by the UNESCO as the World Natural Heritage. Enjoy the unspoiled beauty of a grand collection of waterfalls, gallery of lakes, forests and diversity of animal life. The beauty of the National Park lies in its sixteen lakes, inter-connected by a series of waterfalls, and set in deep woodland populated by deer, bears, wolves, boars and rare bird species. There are different walking paths – the easier ones and the more demanding ones – so you can choose your own way. You can take an electric train for sightseeing, a boat to go across the lake or you can just sit back and enjoy the view in the park’s café and restaurant. In the afternoon, head to Opatija. Dinner will be organized at the local restaurant, overnight stay at the hotel in Opatija.
Day 9 / Opatija, Postojna, Ljubljana
Breakfast and check out from the hotel. Time at leisure in Opatija where you can explore on your own the beautiful surroundings of the city. From Opatija you will go to Postojna Cave, the 24.120 m long karst cave system located in the South-West Slovenia, where you will take a tour. Thanks to its length Postojna is the second cave system in the world, as well as one of the top tourist sites in the country and it is also recognized as the UNESCO cultural heritage site. From Postojna head to Ljubljana, dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 10 / Ljubljana, Bled, Zagreb
After breakfast, morning starts with a tour of this picturesque capital. One of the most charming areas of the city is the Old Town where you will visit the Ljubljana Cathedral whose twin towers loom over the city. Grad (Castle) is situated on a hill overlooking the river. Dating back to the Middle Ages it offers magnificent views of the city. Continuing this afternoon through the beautiful Slovenian countryside to the idyllic Lake Bled, near the Austrian and Italian borders. Here you will visit Bled Castle, the former seat of the Bishops of Brixen and the oldest medieval fortress in Slovenia. Then proceed to Zagreb, where the evening is at leisure, dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 11 / Zagreb
After breakfast, meet your guide for sightseeing tour in Zagreb – one of Europe’s oldest cities, yet one of the youngest European capitals. Modern Zagreb is represented in the Lower Town with its attractive theatres, shops, museums and cafés.The tour starts with visiting the Croatian National Theatre and the Museum of Arts and Crafts. You continue with a walking tour accompanied by a local guide to the historic Upper Town. Some of the best-preserved buildings in Europe are found here together with a wealth of monuments from the past. Enjoy an evening at leisure and shopping in this friendly city. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 12 / Zagreb-Munich
Breakfast at hotel. Prepare for long distance travel to Munich, the capital of Bavaria. Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel in Munich.
Day 13 / Neuschwanstein, Oberammergau
Today you will explore Germany’s most visited castle: Neuschwanstein, perched high up on a mountain in the Alps. The shimmering white towers of the castle almost touching the clouds are instantly recognizable to many.Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle was inspired by Neuschwanstein. To visit it is to step inside a fairy tale. “Mad“ King Ludwig II realized this architectural dream and it became world famous. The majestic facade conceals an unbelievable splendor inside: very exquisite furniture, luxurious decors and masterly artistry. In the afternoon you continue to a small, pitoresque village in the Alps which is known all over the world. Oberammergau, the “Passion Play Village with Heart” is about 1 hour driving time away from Neuschwanstein. You will check-in at your hotel. Have a look at the information about the Passion Play which you will find in your room.
Day 14 / THE PASSION PLAY
Oberammergau is not only known for its Passion Play , but also for its woodcarving craft and for its colourful and attractive frescos known as Lüftlmalereien. In the morning you can explore the lovely village, the museum, the parish church and visit a woodcarving workshop. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant. Then it is time to take your seat at the Passion Play Theater. The play starts at 2:30 pm. It is performed only by locals. All the actors, musicians, and singers as well as the backstage staff are inhabitants of Oberammergau. Between the different scenes of the life of Jesus Christ you can admire “living pictures” – scenes from the bible are presented as still lifes by actual people. After 2.5 hours it is time for a break. Dinner is waiting for you at a local restaurant. After dinner you have the opportunity to stroll around in the village and to do some shopping. At 8:00 pm the second part of the play starts. It will last until approximately 11:00 pm. You return to your hotel by coach after the play.
Day 15 / Munich-Departure
Today it is time to say “Goodbye Germany”. After check out transfer to Munich airport and flight back home.
Day 16 / Arrival Manila
Home sweet home!