Alpine Explorer & the Glacier Express Train with Oberammergau Passion Play

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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.

Highlights
  • Relish Italian cuisine on Isola del Pescatori in Italy’s Lago Maggiore.
  • Visit Neuschwanstein Castle, one the most iconic castles in Europe.
  • Witness a performance of the Oberammergau Passion Play.
  • Delight in dinner and a Mozart concert at the 1,200-year-old St. Peter's Restaurant, central Europe’s oldest.
  • Soak up the mountain air with two nights in the village of Zermatt.
  • Spend two nights in lovely Stresa, located on the banks of picturesque Lago Maggiore.
  • Explore Salzburg’s historic and charming Old Town – the Altstadt.
  • Enjoy a wine and cheese pairing at an Italian family farm.
  • Experience the most legendary of Alpine railway journeys: the Glacier Express.
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.
Destinations
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Switzerland
  • Europe
  • Europe
  • Europe
  • Europe
Tour Types
  • Collette

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.

Accommodation: Zacchera Hotels (Lago Maggiore)

Location: Stresa

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.

Accommodation: Zacchera Hotels (Lago Maggiore)

Meals: Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Hotel Alex

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Stresa

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.

Accommodation: Hotel Alex

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Accommodation: Hotel Steffani

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Zermatt

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.

Accommodation: Hotel Innsbruck

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Location: St. Moritz

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.

Accommodation: Hotel Innsbruck

Meals: Breakfast

Location: 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.

Accommodation: Oberammergau region hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Location: Innsbruck

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.

Accommodation: Oberammergau region hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Location: Oberammergau

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.

Accommodation: Sheraton Munich Arabellapark Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Location: Oberammergau

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Location: Munich

Your tour comes to a close today.

Meals: Breakfast

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Start:Austria
Finish:Switzerland
Physical rating:3
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact Collette with any specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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