Alpine Explorer & the Glacier Express Train with Oberammergau Passion Play

11 nights from £5506

Start:Austria
Finish:Switzerland
Duration:11 Nights
Group size:10 - 44
Suitable for: 5-99
Physical rating:Medium, Activity Level 3
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact Collette with any specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English

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Overview

Behold spectacular Alpine vistas and enjoy a performance of the famed Oberammergau Passion Play on this journey through Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany. In Zermatt, climb aboard the Glacier Express for an unforgettable train ride through the Alpine scenery of majestic mountains, verdant valleys, picturesque canyons, glistening glaciers and snowcapped peaks. The birthplace of Mozart and Mirabell Gardens are featured during your leisurely tour of Salzburg, Austria, before treating your taste buds to a scrumptious dinner and Mozart concert at the centuries-old St. Peter’s Restaurant. In Germany’s Bavarian capital of Munich, see the Marienplatz, the Glockenspiel and the Olympic Park. Visit Neuschwanstein Castle, one the most iconic castles in Europe. Your final destination Oberammergau, a quaint village nestled in the Bavarian Alps, is where you’ll witness a performance of the world-renowned Passion Play, whose origins date back to 1634. Watch as the entire village comes together to fulfill their vow to perform a play every ten years in honor of Christ’s life if they were spared from the Black Plague. .......read more
Highlights
  • Witness a performance of the Oberammergau Passion Play.
  • Soak up the mountain air with two nights in the village of Zermatt.
  • Visit Neuschwanstein Castle, one the most iconic castles in Europe.
  • Relish Italian cuisine on Isola del Pescatori in Italy’s Lago Maggiore.
  • Enjoy a wine and cheese pairing at an Italian family farm.
  • Delight in dinner and a Mozart concert at the 1,200-year-old St. Peter's Restaurant, central Europe’s oldest.
  • Spend two nights in lovely Stresa, located on the banks of picturesque Lago Maggiore.
  • Experience the most legendary of Alpine railway journeys: the Glacier Express.
  • Explore Salzburg’s historic and charming Old Town – the Altstadt.
Experiences
  • Spend two nights in lovely Stresa, located on the banks of picturesque Lago Maggiore.
  • Experience the most legendary of Alpine railway journeys: the Glacier Express.
  • Explore Salzburg’s historic and charming Old Town – the Altstadt.

Itinerary

Location: Stresa

Breathtaking Alpine vistas await as you travel through Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. From amazing railways to the thrilling Passion Play, experience the wonders only found in the heart of Europe.

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Location: Stresa, Lake Maggiore

Arrive in Stresa (Lago Maggiore) and take some free time to explore this beautiful lakeside town on your own. Your evening begins with a cocktail party in a wine shop before we cruise to our welcome dinner on Isola dei Pescatori, the most beautiful of the Borromean Islands.

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Location: Stresa

Today we make our way to an ancient village nestled in the mountains. Stop at a family farm to learn about the artisan cheeses they produce. Sample delicious creations and discover how to pair them with local wines. Return to Stresa for an afternoon at leisure.

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Location: Stresa, Zermatt

Depart Lago Maggiore for a scenic drive into the heart of the mountains. The incredible views of the Italian and Swiss Alps are sure to leave a lasting impression. Upon arrival in Tasch, board a local train for a ride to the spectacular pedestrian village of Zermatt in the Swiss Alps.

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Location: Zermatt

Today, Zermatt is at your fingertips. It’s your choice! Tour Zermatt’s best-known landmarks by foot with a local expert -OR- enjoy a visit to the Matterhorn Museum where you’ll learn more about the triumph and tragedy behind the first ascent of this imposing peak. The remainder of your day is at leisure.

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Location: Zermatt, Saint Moritz

Traverse bridges and tunnels while aboard the world-renowned narrow gauge Glacier Express, the most charming express train in the world. Enjoy the natural beauty of this route through the heart of the Swiss Alps. Filled with forests, fragrant meadows, streams and deep valleys, it’s a mountain dream come to life. Relax and enjoy a three-course lunch while onboard. Arrive in St. Moritz, playground of the rich and famous.

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Location: Saint Moritz, Innsbruck

Drive through the picturesque Engadine Valley to Innsbruck, Austria, capital of the Austrian Tyrol. Join a local expert and explore the city’s medieval pedestrian streets including Maria Theresian Strasse, the Hofburg and the Golden Roof.

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Location: Innsbruck, Salzburg, Innsbruck

Travel the Austrian countryside to historic Salzburg, one of Europe's most beautiful and romantic spots. Enjoy a leisurely walking tour of Salzburg’s historic Old Town - the Altstadt. See highlights such as the Cathedral, Mozart's birthplace and Mirabell Gardens. Film buffs will be able to pick out locations from The Sound of Music. This evening, enjoy a delightful Mozart dinner concert at the centuries-old St. Peter’s Restaurant, central Europe’s oldest restaurant.

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Location: Innsbruck, Neuschwanstein Castle, Oberammergau

Today we head to the frontier of Germany, crossing the border into Bavaria. Make a special stop to visit Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany’s most famous castle and the inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty. Continue on to the quaint village of Oberammergau, nestled in the Bavarian Alps, and your home for the next two nights.

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Location: Oberammergau, Passion Play

This afternoon, witness a performance of the epic Passion Play. The original performance dates back to 1634. During the Thirty Years' War, Oberammergau was spared the Black Plague and for this reason, the citizens vowed that every ten years they would give a play to honor the last days of the life of Christ. The performers of this once-in-a-decade event are all native to the village. To lend authenticity to the performance, the cast start to grow their hair and beards more than a year in advance. Also, the intricate costumes are made locally by the villagers. During a break in the performance, join your fellow travelers for dinner before returning for the remainder of your Passion Play performance.

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Location: Oberammergau, Munich

Enjoy a leisurely morning before departing for the Bavarian capital of Munich. Join a local expert for a tour featuring the Marienplatz, the Glockenspiel and Olympic Park. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant celebrating the end of an unforgettable journey.

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Location: Munich

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What's Included

Included
  • Train Tickets
    (if train occurs once tour starts and before tour ends – i.e. not airport transfers)
  • Meals – Half Board
  • Drinks with Meals
    (non-alcoholic)
  • Accommodation
  • Fully Guided

Not Included
  • Airport Transfers at Destination
  • Country Entry Visas
  • Tipping and Gratuities

FAQ

No, unless you purchase and land and air package from Collette.
No, the fees associated with required Visa’s are an additional expense.
We can accommodate children as young as 5 years old, provided they are traveling / rooming with a parent or legal guardian.
Effective immediately and until further notice, all guests will be required to bring one of the following: proof of vaccination (official vaccination certificate in paper or electronic form), proof of recovery from COVID-19 or a negative test result (FDA Approved diagnostic) for a test performed 72-hours or less from the start date of the tour with you on tour to verify information you will be pr
Yes, our Customer Care center would be happy to help.
That will vary by country of residence and country destination.
Primarily, yes. All of the coaches used must meet rigourous safety and cleanliness standards.
Yes. Baggage is limited to 1 checked bag and 1 carry per person.
Absolutley. Out tours are crafted with that in mind – striking a balance between included experiences and time to explore on your own.
Varies by tour, but typically thjey are 4* / 4*+, and an occaissional 5*
Igratuities for included meals and accommodation housekeeping are included. It is customary to tip you Tour Manager and driver at the end of the tour.
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Yes, an experienced Tour Manager, with the passion for travel, discovery and the destination - will guide you through your journey from start to finish,

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Start:Austria
Finish:Switzerland
Duration:11 Nights
Group size:10 - 44
Suitable for: 5-99
Physical rating:Medium, Activity Level 3
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact Collette with any specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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