OBERAMMERGAU with Switzerland TourPASSION PLAY 2020 & COMPREHENSIVE SWITZERLAND TOUR
- 6 Overnight in the mentioned regions
- 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
- 8dinners at the hotels (either menu or buffet) or at local restaurants
- Lunch on the day of the Passion Play at a restaurant in Oberammergau
- Coach transfer during the whole journey
- Tour escort during the whole journey
- Local guides on sites
- Luggage service at the hotels (where available, 1 piece of luggage per person, in & out)
- Headphone-system during the whole tour
- 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
- Roundtrip economy airfare
- 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 per person (as mentioned on the above passion play payment conditions) upon reservation with photocopy of Passport and tour registration form;
- 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-Munich
Depart Manila and take connecting flight to Munich. Enjoy in flight services.
Day 2 / Munich
Arrival Munich. After airport formalities, meet your guide and begin to explore the highlights of Munich, the Bavarian Capital, during a sightseeing tour by bus. Explore the historical city centre’s most famous churches, monuments and squares, including the Old Town Hall, St Peter’s Church, Viktualienmarkt, Odeonsplatzand the Munich Residenz. The tour continues to the Palace of Nymphenburg, the former summer residence of the Bavarian elector princes and kings with its beautiful and spacious gardens. You will visit the castle and its magnificent interiors as the Baroque Steinerne Saal, the Gallery of Beauties (“Schönheitengalerie”) and you will have a look at the chamber where King Ludwig II was born. Afternoon free time. Overnight in Munich.
Day 3 / 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 4 / 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 5 / Munich-Zurich
Today enjoy a Guided city tour of St. Gallen with a visit to the Monastery – the Monastery was the best of its kind in the German speaking area. Travel to the north-central part and the largest city of Switzerland, Zurich. Dinner and overnight
Day 6 / Zurich
Meet our guide in central Zurich for a panoramic tour.
Listen to tales of the city’s history as you pass sights such as Zurich Opera House and the Swiss National Museum, and enjoy some time to gaze out over Lake Zurich.
Hop out for a stroll around Old Town (Altstadt), admiring its quaint houses and squares. Stop to admire the exteriors of St. Peter’s Church, graced by the world’s biggest clock face, and Fraumunster Church, famous for its Marc Chagall stained-glass windows.
Next, travel by coach to nearby Meilen to catch a ferry across Lake Zurich. Soak in the scenery during the crossing before riding a cable car up Felsenegg for panoramic views over the city, Alps, and lake.
Day 7 / Zurich – Lucerne
Depart from the hotel and relax during the scenic journey to Lucerne by air-conditioned coach. Admire resplendent scenes of Swiss countryside before embarking on an introductory coach tour of the city on arrival. Cruise past impressive monuments like the Baroque Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge while listening to interesting narration from your erudite guide. Receive insightful recommendations on where to explore during your segment of free time and then disembark the coach to stroll the quaint city streets. Wile away the hours in one of Lucerne’s many charismatic cafés; famed for its thriving café culture, the city is the perfect place to kick back with an aromatic beverage and traditional Swiss lunch. At a time arranged by our guide, head down to the shores of Lake Lucerne and climb aboard a modern boat and listen to interesting audio commentary as you explore the shimmering surface of Lake Lucerne. Stroll around the ancient city center to see historical relics like the 14th-century Musegg Wall, or browse the artistic exhibition within the Richard Wagner Museum. Check in at hotel in Lucerne for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 / Mt Pilatus Excursion
It’s time to add Mt Pilatus to your list of must-visit sights in the world! This majestic natural wonder is known for having spectacular views overlooking the city of Lucerne. Towering at a height of 2,132 meters above sea level, the ‘Mountain of Dragons’ offers fantastic sights of the Swiss Alps and a relaxing atmosphere that one can’t simply find elsewhere. Ride the gondola up to Fräkmüntegg where you will switch to the aerial cableway called the ‘Dragon Ride’ (its panoramic windows will surely take you to cloud 9). And after that, you’ll reach the summit of Mt Pilatus. There, you’ll have the leisure of exploring the alpine scenery, hiking up to one of the peaks, relaxing on the terrace, or simply, having a meal at one of the restaurants on site. Your excursion won’t be complete without experiencing one of the highlights of the trip – the great descent on the world’s steepest cogwheel railway! Once you’re ready to go back down, hop aboard the cogwheel train and prepare your heart to be taken away by the cogwheel train ride before arriving in Alpnachstad and going back to Lucerne.
Day 9 / Lucerne- Bern- Zurich
Step back in time to medieval Switzerland and explore the country’s rural heartlands on this Bern day trip from Lucerne. Travel through the mountainous Entlebuch Valley — a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve — with your guide; visit the Kambly Experience to see how Switzerland’s finest biscuits are made; and explore Bern’s UNESCO World Heritage–listed Old Town. Then, gain insight into the ancient art of Emmental cheesemaking during a visit to a show dairy. Stop At: Kambly ErlebnisAs you travel, listen as your guide talks of the region’s rich history and culture and enjoy stunning views of the scenic Entlebuch Valley — an area of unspoilt moorlands and Alpine pasture designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Head through Trubschachen in the Upper Emmental Valley and admire classic Swiss Alpine scenery such as crystal-clear streams and soaring, snow-capped mountains. Stop at the Kambly Experience — one of Switzerland’s biggest biscuit producers — and discover how the sweet treats are made. Enjoy a tasting session and sample several different biscuit varieties for yourself. Continue on to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Bern, the medieval capital of Switzerland. With pretty, red-roofed buildings and cobbled streets, Bern is considered by many to be Switzerland’s most attractive city. Explore Bern’s ancient Old Town with your guide and discover picturesque local landmarks including the 328-foot (100-meter) spire of Bern Minster. Discover top city attractions such as the imposing parliament building and the clock tower, and enjoy beautiful views over the Aare River. Afterward, enjoy a little free time in Bern to enjoy some coffee and great tasting cheese and biscuits/pastries or shop for souvenirs. Drive back to Zurich, where your tour concludes.
Day 10 / Depart Zurich
After breakfast head to airport for flight back home or onward to another destination