Highlights: Residenz Wurzburg, St. James’ Church, German Christmas Museum, St. George Minister, Harburg Castle, Hohenschwangau Castle, Fussen Town Museum, Oberammergau and The Passion Play 2020.
TOUR PAYMENT SCHEDULE:
$925.00 – Non-refundable deposit due at registration
$925.00 – Due November 15, 2019
$925.00 – Due January 15, 2020
Tour Balance due 90 days prior (February 25, 2020) to departure date.
Travel Insurance is available upon request. Quotes are based on age and state of residence.
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GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS
DAY 01 – SUNDAY, MAY 24TH – DEPARTURE USA Today, you depart Charlotte, NC for your overnight flight to Frankfurt, Germany.
DAY 02 – MONDAY, MAY 25TH – FRANKFURT / WURZBURG You will arrive in Frankfurt in the early morning and proceed through customs. After claiming your luggage, you will be met by your tour manager and board your private deluxe air conditioned touring coach to begin your trip down the Romantic Road to Oberammergau. You will travel along one of the famous German Autobahns to Wurzburg. Located at the northern end of the Romantic Road, Wurzburg is an old city nestled in a vineyard-filled valley on the Main River. Heavily damaged during World War II, the city was restored by the residents to the Wurzburg of their memories. Upon arrival in Wurzburg, you will take a guided tour of Wurzburg Residence, a Baroque palace build in the 18th century and former home of the Prince Bishops. Next you will visit Wurzburg Cathedral, that was dedicated to Irish martyr St. Killian. Following your hotel check-in, you will conclude your first day on the Romantic Road with a welcome dinner at your hotel or a local restaurant.
DAY 03 – TUESDAY, MAY 26TH – WURZBURG / ROTHENBURG ob der TAUBER After breakfast, you will board your touring coach continuing your trip down the Romantic Road. En route to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, you will travel through Lauda-Konigshofen and Bad Mergentheim arriving in Creglingen where you will tour the Church of Our Lord. The Church of Our Lord dates to the mid-14th century and is famous for its wooden alter by the master woodworker Tilman Riemenschneider. Your trip continues to Rotenburg ob der Tauber. Upon arrival, we have arranged for a local professional tour guide who will lead you through this historic example of one of the oldest walled medieval towns along the Romantic Road. Following your tour, you will visit St. James’ Church which was built between 1311 and 1436. Within the church, you will view the Holy Blood Alter as well as the High Alter and the fantastic great organ. Prior to checking into your hotel, you will visit the famous German Christmas Museum. After checking into your hotel, where you will stay for the next 2 nights, you will enjoy dinner at your hotel or a local restaurant.
DAY 04 – WEDNESDAY, MAY 27TH – ROTHENBURG ob der TAUBER AND THE TAUBER VALLEY After breakfast, you will travel to a winery in the Tauber Valley for a guided tour and wine tasting. Returning to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, you will have free time to visit the many shops in town. Rothenburg ob der Tauber is considered one of German’s best shopping towns. You will find beautiful Christmas ornaments that can be shipped home along with other gifts and remembrances from your trip. If you are interested in an hour long fun walking tour, you may check into the Night Watchman’s Tour. This evening you will enjoy dinner at your hotel or another local restaurant.
DAY 05 -THURSDAY, MAY 28TH – ROTHENBURG ob der TAUBER / LANDSBERG am LECH After breakfast, you will continue down the Romantic Road to the uniquely unspoiled town of Dinkelsbuhl. Here you will tour the massive Gothic Minster of St George that dominates the heart of historic Dinkelsbuhl. Your next stop will be Nordingen for a brief tour, then on to Harburg where you will have time for lunch and a tour of the impressive Harburg Castle that sits majestically on the hill overlooking the settlement below. Back on the road, you will pass through Donauworth then on to Augsburg, the oldest city in Bavaria, founded by the Romans in 15BC. Augsburg abounds with churches and galleries. The central Maxmillianstrasse is home to three Mannerist fountains that were built for the city’s 1,600th birthday. Day 5 finishes at Landsberg am Lech, an important point on the Roman trade route, Via Claudia Augusta, as it headed to Augsburg. The town is beautifully positioned in the countryside with a breathtaking view of the Alps in the distance. In the 20th century, Landsberg am Lech became best know at the location of the prison where Hitler was briefly incarcerated. It was during this period that Hitler wrote Mein Kampf. Following a brief tour, you will check into your hotel and enjoy a relaxing dinner at your hotel or in a local restaurant.
DAY 06–FRIDAY, MAY 29TH – LANDSBERG am LECH / FUSSEN / OBERAMMERGAU After breakfast, your trip travels through Shogau and Pfaffenwinkel en route to Schwangau. This part of Bavaria, is known as the “priests’ corner” renowned for its pretty rural scenery and numerous historic monasteries and churches. At Schwangau, you will tour the exterior of Neuschwanstein Castle, the fairytale castle of Mad King Ludwig. You have seen this castle in numerous films and duplicated thousands of times on Bavarian souvenirs. You will enjoy an interior tour of Hohenschwangau Castle, Ludwig’s childhood home. You then continue on to Fussen, your last stop on the Romantic Road, for a tour of the 500 year old Gothic style High Castle with its brightly painted clock tower and numerous trompe l’oiels found in the courtyard. Located in the former Abbey of St Mang, the Fussen Town Museum highlights the town’s extensive history as a major 16th century violin and lute making center. Leaving the Romantic Road behind, you continue onto Oberammergau for the next two days. Following your check-in, you will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
DAY 07 – SATURDAY, MAY 30TH – OBERAMMERGAU AND THE PASSION PLAY 2020 This morning is free to enjoy the delightful village of Oberammergau that may include taking the cable car to the top of the mountain, the Laber, for a spectacular view of the Ammergau Alps. This afternoon, Part I of the Passion Play begins at 2:30 PM. We break for dinner from 5:00 until 8:00 PM, at which time Part II begins and continues until 10:30 PM. The famous Passion Play has been performed every 10 years since 1634 by the residents of Oberammergau as an act of thanksgiving for having been spared from the bubonic plague that was ravaging the region. It depicts the events in the life of Christ from his visit to Jerusalem to the crucifixion and the resurrection. The play is a captivating and emotive play, a testimony of religious faith and an outstanding cultural event!
DAY 08 – SUNDAY, MAY 31ST – OBERAMMERGAU / MUNICH / USA After breakfast, you will board a private coach for your trip to the Munich airport and your return flight to the USA.