Discover a taste of what Germany has to offer as you visit metropolitan and medieval cities, castles, and scenic wonderlands on this German adventure, featuring the Passion Play in Oberammergau.
Day 1 Depart the USA
Today you’ll depart on your overnight flight to Munich, Germany – the capital of Bavaria.
Day 2 Munich, Germany
Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a representative of Mayflower Tours and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to begin exploring this fantastic city. This evening, dinner is included.
Day 3 Munich City Tour
Begin the day with an included tour featuring the highlights of Munich. See historic sites and landmark buildings, including the Alte and Neue Pinakotheks (museums), National Theater, Hofbräuhaus and Cathedral. See its popular squares including the beautiful Odeonsplatz and Karlsplatz. During the walking portion, visit the Marienplatz, Munich’s central square, housing the City Hall and its famous glockenspiel. The tour concludes with a visit of Nymphenburg Palace, former summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria. Following the tour, the afternoon and evening are at leisure in this capital city. Meal: B
Day 4 Oberammergau – Passion Play
Depart Munich this morning and travel to Oberammergau. Known as home to the most important Passion Play in the world, Mayflower Cruises & Tours has secured reserved seats in the best ticket category, for you to witness this life-changing event. Performed every ten years by the inhabitants of this small village, the play depicts Christ’s Passion, and is held in honor of the village surviving the plague and Thirty Years’ War. Over 2000 villagers are proud to participate in this 6-hour spectacle, during its 5-month run. Dinner is included during the performance, and following the play, check in to your hotel for overnight accommodations. Meals: B, D
Day 5 Neuschwanstein Castle
This morning begins with a visit to King Ludwig II’s fairytale castle, in a postcard-perfect setting on the shores of Swan Lake, surrounded by the idyllic Bavarian Alps. Upon arrival, you’ll be transferred up the
steep hill to the entrance. Built as a retreat, hear intriguing stories about the reclusive king and learn how he became known as ‘Mad King Ludwig’ as you explore the interior of this amazing castle. Stunning views of the surrounding countryside await as you peer from the portals of the castle. After the visit, you’ll be transferred back down the hill, and continue your journey to the Lake Constance area for 2- nights’ accommodations. Meal: B
Day 6 Black Forest
Today is all about discovering the mountainous Black Forest region, whose name originated due to the dense forests that prohibited the sunlight from shining through. Your local guide will relay history and legends of the area as you travel through small villages and become immersed in the mystique and scenic beauty. Visit its largest town, Freiburg, filled with Gothic buildings and surrounded by vineyards. On a walking tour, see the main town squares, historic gates, Town Hall, and Münsterplatz with its well-preserved buildings and Merchants’ Hall. Continuing on, visit the picturesque village of Titisee, on the shores of the largest natural lake in the forest. After a full day of sightseeing, return to the hotel for an evening at leisure. Meals: B
Day 7 Heidelberg
Leaving the beautiful lake area, travel north to Heidelberg, the oldest university town in Germany. Upon arrival, enjoy a tour of this historic city. Visit the red-walled ruins of the 14th-century castle which dominates the old town. Enter the castle courtyard via the Gate Tower and marvel at the Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque façades of the castle ‘wings’. See the Great Vat built inside the castle which was the largest wine barrel in the world. During a walking tour of the old town, see the Market Place, Town Center with City Hall, Holy Spirit Church and "House of the Knight St. George", the only private house to survive the destruction of Heidelberg when the castle and the town were burned down. After the excursion, you’ll check in to the hotel for overnight accommodations. Meal: B
Day 8 Rothenburg ob der Tauber and Würzburg
Today’s adventure begins with a journey to the picturesque village of Rothenburg, nestled in the heart of Bavaria. On the guided walking tour, enter this 14th-century walled village through the medieval gates and stroll along the charming cobblestone lanes and alleyways. See the beautifully preserved homes, historic market square and Renaissance town hall. Continuing along the celebrated Romantic Road, relax as you travel through the serene, gentle countryside and quaint towns. Arriving in Würzburg, visit the magnificent Residenz – one of the most beautiful Baroque palaces in Germany and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See its world-famous staircase, amazing Imperial Hall, Venetian Room with gilded mirror cabinet and impressive frescoes. After a day of scenic beauty and towns, the evening is at leisure in Würzburg. Meal: B
Day 9 Frankfurt
Departing Würzburg, travel to Frankfurt am Main, former Coronation City of the German Emperors. On the included excursion, see St. Paul’s Church, the old Opera, cathedral, and the banking quarter with its modern skyscrapers standing in contrast to the medieval towers of the former city wall. During the walking portion, stroll through the Romer – the historic heart of city, surrounded by attractive half-timbered houses and home to the Fountain of Justice. After the excursion, you’ll check in to your hotel before enjoying an included farewell dinner. Meals: B, D
Day 10 Frankfurt / USA
After discovering Germany and the life-enriching experience of attending Oberammergau’s Passion Play, it’s time to say ‘auf wiedersehen’ and depart for the Frankfurt airport for your flight home. Meal: B