Duration: 8 Days
With castles, palaces, beautiful scenery, historical sights, and cultural treats, this Munich, Salzburg & Vienna tour is sure to delight all of your senses! You’ll overnight in Munich, Salzburg, and Vienna, and you’ll also spend time in Innsbruck and Mondsee. SPECIAL OBERAMMERGAU ITINERARY In Oberammergau enjoy the once-in-a-decade Passion Play performance. The play is from 2:30 pm to 10:30 pm and includes a 3-hour intermission for dinner. The play portrays the Passion of Christ—from his entry into Jerusalem to the Resurrection. The play usually consists of 2,000 actors, singers, musicians, and technicians—all of which are residents of Oberammergau. Please note, the play is conducted in German with booklets provided in other languages. PERFECTLY LOCATED HOTEL IN OBERAMMERGAU VILLAGE
If you love castles and palaces, you will enjoy visiting Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. Built by King Ludwig II, this fairytale castle offers magnificent views of the Alps and was the inspiration for Walt Disney. Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna offers another treat and glimpse into the life of royalty. Modeled after France’s Palace of Versailles, you’ll stand in awe as you witness the splendor and hear the stories highlighting the lifestyle of the Habsburgs, the royal family who ruled Vienna for centuries.
You’ll also enjoy time in Munich, Germany’s "Secret Capital," where you’ll visit the lively Marienplatz. Here, admire the New Town Hall with its famous glockenspiel, which re-creates a 16th-century wedding. In Salzburg, your walking tour includes the magnificent Residenz Square, where some scenes from the Sound of Music movie were filmed, and a visit to Mozart’s birthplace, where you will see mementos owned by him, such as his childhood violin.
But that’s not all...on this Munich, Salzburg & Vienna tour, Globus has arranged some out-of-the-ordinary experiences for you. Enjoy a Danube cruise (except the December 11th departure) along the most scenic section of the river, and during the cruise, enjoy Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake). Also enjoy dinner with wine and a classical music concert in Vienna—just another way that Globus brings these destinations to life. All you have to do is grab your camera and get ready for a wonderful holiday experience!
Globus passengers are accommodated at the historical Boeld Hotel located in the heart of Oberammergau Village and situated just minutes away from the Passion theatre. Enjoy 4 star amenities and easy access to all that this charming town has to offer.
Welcome to Munich! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
Germany's "Secret Capital" comes alive during an orientation featuring the Olympic Stadium, 1,000-foot (305 metre) high Olympic Tower, and MARIENPLATZ, in the historic heart of the city. A comfortable drive brings you to picturesque Oberammergau. The afternoon and evening are dedicated to the world-famous PASSION PLAY, held every 10 years and performed by the people of Oberammergau. (B,D)
Drive into the garden-like landscapes of the Bavarian Alps and visit King Ludwig's NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE, which famously inspired Walt Disney. Enjoy magnificent views of the Alps from high up, then continue to Innsbruck in the Tyrolean mountains for a walk through the quaint medieval lanes to Emperor Maximilian's GOLDEN ROOF. Time to shop for crystal, for which Innsbruck is famous, before continuing to Mozart's hometown of Salzburg. (B,D)
This morning, you may wish to join an optional excursion to spectacular Berchtesgaden and Hitler's Eagle's Nest. Back in Salzburg, join your Local Guide for a walking tour through the historic centre. Admire exquisite MIRABELL GARDENS, the Great Festival Hall, St. Peter's Monastery, and magnificent RESIDENZ SQUARE, where some scenes of The Sound of Music movie were filmed. Also, visit MOZART'S BIRTHPLACE in the charming Getreidegasse. (B)
Visit the PARISH CHURCH in Mondsee, which was used for the wedding scenes in The Sound of Music. Enjoy a leisurely DANUBE CRUISE along the most scenic section of the river and have Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake). Arrive in Vienna, once the centre of the mighty Habsburg Empire. Tonight, you may wish to join an optional Heurigen evening. (B)
Guided sightseeing features a visit to BELVEDERE PALACE with its famous Klimt collection, a drive along the Ringstrasse, passing the State Opera House, and a stop at the Hofburg Palace, winter residence of the Austrian Imperial family. Marvel at the impressive courtyards, famous HELDENPLATZ, and awesome St. Stephen's Cathedral. Time to savor Sachertorte and watch the jolly crowd in one of Vienna's famous coffee houses, or choose from our exciting optional activities. (B)
For those who wish to "see it all," there is a chance to join an interesting optional excursion to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. Later, a unique feature: enjoy a private visit of SCHONBRUNN PALACE, followed by a farewell dinner and a classical music concert, the best way to say auf Wiedersehen, Wien. (B,D)
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B)