Oberammergau Passion Play & The Black Forest

Bavaria and the Swiss Alps with Michael Grueninger

  • Date

    July 22-August 3, 2020 | Wed / Mon – 13 Days

  • Location

    Triberg |  Titisee | Lake Constance | Oberammergau | Lucerne | Grindelwald | Zermatt | Zurich

Overview

The year 2020 marks the 42nd time since 1634 that the Passion Play will be presented in Oberammergau, Germany. Travel with Ambassadair President, Michael Grueninger, to witness this spectacle of pageantry with a majestic mountain backdrop and a charming storybook town as its host. Discover folkloric Bavarian villages with woodcarving shops and elaborate cuckoo clocks and world-famous sights such as Triberg’s cascading waterfall and Lake Constance. Enjoy a traditional beer in a 200-year-old brewery, snack on sausages, and indulge in Black Forest cherry cake. Traverse the Swiss Alps to quietly quaint Grindelwald, where you can take an optional cog train to the “Top of Europe” — the Jungfrau. Get up close to the Matterhorn on a funicular railway in the glacier paradise of Zermatt, complete with panoramic views, sunny peaks, and fondue. Secure your spot now for this widely sought after, intensely popular, once-in-a-decade opportunity.

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Travel with Ambassadair President Michael Grueninger
  • Premium reserved seat for the Passion Play
  • Stay in the folkloric town of Oberammergau
  • Scenic drives through the Black Forest & Swiss Alps
  • Ride up to the Gornergrat for up-close views of the world-famous Matterhorn
  • See Germany’s highest waterfall
  • Visit Lake Constance
  • Tour a 200-year-old brewery with beer tasting
  • Learn about the art of cuckoo clock making
  • Enjoy authentic German and Swiss cuisine, wine, and beer
  • Optional Jungfrau Railway ride to the “Top of Europe”

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Escorted
  • 11 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 10 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling

NOTE:

This itinerary covers areas of higher altitudes and includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain, is required.

A passport is required to travel to this destination and must be valid for at least six months after your return.

Airfare available October 2019

Itinerary

Wed, July 22: Depart for Germany.

Thu, July 23: Arrive and enjoy a scenic drive through the Black Forest to Triberg, where Germany’s highest waterfall plummets down the mountains into the heart of a storybook town widely known for making cuckoo clocks. Walk along the falls into town, see a cuckoo clock making a demonstration, and have lunch and time to shop on your own before traveling to Titisee. Explore this tiny resort town on the glacially-carved lake surrounded by tall pines. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the hotel. (Meal: Dinner)

Fri, July 24: Today, visit the Rothaus Brewery — where Jacob Grueninger, Michael’s great-great-grandfather was the brewmeister for 50 years. It is now a large, modern operation and one of the most popular breweries in southern Germany. Sample its famous Tannenzaepfle beer with a pretzel or two! Later this afternoon, take a boat ride across Lake Titisee and stop on the other side of the lake for a slice of the famed Black Forest cherry cake. (B,D)

Sat, July 25: This morning, take a short drive to the Bodensee, also known as Lake Constance. Board a ferry to cruise on the beautiful lake. Then enjoy a scenic drive to the quaint, fairy-tale town of Oberammergau where you check in to the hotel and have dinner with the group. (B,D) 

Sun, July 26: Enjoy a morning at leisure, perhaps browsing the shops filled with local wood-carvings. Then it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for; take your reserved seat for Oberammergau’s Passion Play. In 1634, while the Black Plague was sweeping through Europe, villagers promised if their town was spared, they would perform the Passion of Christ every 10 years. The town was spared, and it is believed that every decade since then, the play has been performed. The cast of 2,000 villagers, nearly half of Oberammergau’s population, rehearses for a year to present the powerful and moving two-part, five-hour performance that is sure to leave a lasting impression on your heart. (B,D)

Mon, July 27: Set off this morning for a scenic drive to Switzerland. Make a stop in beautiful, lakeside Lucerne, with its covered bridges and fresco-adorned houses, where you’ll have a sightseeing tour and time for lunch on your own. Continue past the sparkling lake of Brienz before ascending deep in the Alps to picture-perfect Grindelwald. (B,D)

Tue, July 28: Today, there is an optional tour to the top of the famed Jungfrau. The tour departs in the morning and two hours later arrives at the “Top of Europe” — the Jungfraujoch, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Ascend via elevator to the top of the weather station — and hope for sunshine to see the whole of Switzerland and even the Black Forest far away. Tonight, enjoy a Swiss fondue dinner. (B,D)

Wed, July 29: Your last full day in Grindelwald is yours to do as you wish. Take time to relax and rejuvenate, or spend more time exploring. Choose an excursion by cable car right in the heart of town — a thirty-minute journey that takes you up into a wonderland of white-capped mountains, alpine lakes, pastures, and mesmerizingly beautiful distant views. Then, walk back down into town (or return by gondola) to explore, have lunch, or do some souvenir shopping. (B,D)

Thu, July 30: In the morning, drive through impressive alpine scenery to the mountaineering and ski resort town of Zermatt. It’s an exciting ride from Visp up to Taesch, where the bus is left and the last seven miles to Zermatt are by train. The only cars or trucks allowed in town are ambulances and fire trucks — everyone else walks or goes by electric cars. Look up — you will never forget that view of the Matterhorn, one of the highest, and most deadly peaks in the Alps. It is powerful, most likely covered with snow, and almost just in reach. This incredible view will be with you for many years! (B,D)

Fri, July 31: Take a mountain funicular to the Gornergrat, which brings you even closer to THE mountain — the Matterhorn. You will be surrounded by 29 peaks that are higher than 11,000 feet. Hike with Michael down to the first rail station or choose to return by train. The evening is free for entertainment and local music in Zermatt. (B,D)

Sat, Aug 1: Today is free for you to enjoy. It is a day for shopping, picture taking, or an optional excursion. Have a gluhwein (German mulled wine) and take in the dazzling scenery. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner in Zermatt. (B,D)

Sun, Aug 2: Depart Zermatt late morning for Zurich, allowing for one more hike in the mountains or last-minute shopping. Overnight near Zurich Airport. (B)

Mon, Aug 3: Fly back to Indianapolis, arriving in the evening. (B)

Hotels

Bruggers Hotelpark, Titisee, Germany. Located on the banks of Lake Titisee, this resort hotel offers views of the lake or surrounding forest. Highlights: complimentary Internet and WiFi access • restaurant • bar • beer garden • ice-cream parlor • pizzeria • room service • fitness center • indoor pool • sauna • spa • hair/beauty salon • gift shop.

Parkhotel Sonnenhof, Oberammergau, Germany. Nestled against mountains in the Ammer Valley in the storybook town of Oberammergau, this quaint hotel is built in an Alpine-style. Highlights: complimentary Internet and WiFi access • restaurant • indoor pool • sauna • spa.

Hotel Kirchbuehl, Grindelwald, Switzerland. Situated on a slope at the edge of town and surrounded by the impressive Bernese Alps and the Eiger North Face, this hotel has been run by the same family for four generations and is noted for its fine cuisine. Highlights: comfortable guestrooms in traditional Swiss rustic style with views of the mountain or glacier • TV • restaurant • bar/lounge • sauna and whirlpool.

Europe Hotel & Spa, Zermatt, Switzerland. Located in a quiet spot in the center of town, this attractive 4-star hotel has a view of the Matterhorn. Friendly staff and owner make your stay even more enjoyable. Highlights: restaurant • bar • spa with whirlpool, sauna & steam bath.

Movenpick Hotel Zurich Airport, Zurich, Switzerland. Conveniently located just 5 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from the city center, the Movenpick Hotel Zurich Airport offers modern rooms and hotel amenities. Highlights: complimentary Internet and WiFi access • restaurants • 24-hour room service.

Pricing

  • Package Land only
    (Does not include air)
  • Double P/P – $4,899
  • Single – $5,999

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