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Best of Germany with Oberammergau (Summer 2020)

12 Days from $3,415 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Active

Circle north, south, east and west to see medieval Rothenburg, and the devotion of the villagers of Oberammergau at the remarkable Passion Play

We have secured premium tickets for you to attend the once in a decade performance of the Passion Play in the picturesque Bavarian town of Oberammergau.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Circle north, south, east and west to see medieval Rothenburg, and the devotion of the villagers of Oberammergau at the remarkable Passion Play

We have secured premium tickets for you to attend the once in a decade performance of the Passion Play in the picturesque Bavarian town of Oberammergau.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. Welcome to Frankfurt—a city renowned for its old-world charm and modern sophistication which you will have a brief opportunity to explore before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon for an orientation of the medieval Römerplatz and dynamic financial district. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Reception with your fellow travelers, including a light meal and welcome drink to kick off your discovery of the best of Germany and a memorable Oberammergau experience.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
  2. Resist the alluring calls of Lorelei and board your leisurely cruise along the Rhine. Glide past vineyard-clad hills, stopping to connect with locals for a Be My Guest lunch at a 13th-century castle perched high above the river valley. Share stories of knights and feuding lords and ladies over lunch before continuing to Cologne. Here, we will view the Gothic spires of its magnificent cathedral during our orientation of the city.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Journey through the lush green landscape of Lower Saxony, stopping in the legendary town of Hamelin, immortalized in the medieval tale of the Pied Piper. We continue to the international trade center of Hamburg, where we'll join our Travel Director for an orientation tour of the city's iconic sights. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the city's seafaring heritage. Wander along the trendy Mönckebergstrasse, visit one of the city's brewhouses or consider a guided cruise along the city's waterways and discover why Hamburg is called Germany's 'Gateway to the World.'

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  4. Cross the former 'Iron Curtain' to the historic city of Berlin, whose once-turbulent history has shaped its rebirth as a charismatic capital city. Join your Local Specialist to explore the iconic landmarks of a unified Berlin. See the neo-Renaissance Reichstag, Tiergarten, Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden Boulevard and Kurfürstendamm, renowned for its shopping and entertainment. Enjoy some time at leisure this afternoon to explore the city on your terms. Relax with an Ebbelwei on the Friedrichstrasse and watch the world go by.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  5. Dive into culture and ascend the iconic Berlin TV Tower for 360° views of the city and Spree River. You have some free time to see the remnants of the Berlin Wall, visit the infamous Checkpoint Charlie or join an Optional Experience to the District of Potsdam, the former Prussian royal seat, for sightseeing and an unforgettable meal.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  6. A short drive south brings us to Dresden, the 'Florence on the Elbe,' where we'll hear about the city's restoration following its devastation during World War II as you admire its beautiful Baroque façades. See the Semper Opera, Zwinger Palace and fully reconstructed Frauenkirche. Consider delving into the treasures of Dresden, joining an Optional Experience to explore this elegant city.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  7. Visit the village of Mödlareuth, which inherited the moniker of "Little Berlin" due to its wall separating 'east' and 'west.' Gain insights into a divided Germany at its open-air museum and see a section of the original wall with its security features. This afternoon, arrive in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg, once the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire and today the economic, social and cultural capital of Franconia. See the mighty castle ramparts and St. Sebald's Cathedral on your orientation tour of the city, then spend the rest of your evening at leisure indulging in grilled Nürnberger and sauerkraut..

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  8. Embark on an orientation walk past the half-timbered houses of Rothenburg, perhaps the most well-preserved medieval town in Germany. Shop for wooden Christmas ornaments, before following parts of the Romantic Road through villages and countryside to Oberammergau in the Bavarian Alps. Dine at your hotel tonight.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  9. Witness a tour Highlight and display of unwavering faith as you take your premium seat for a poignant afternoon spent watching the Passion Play. The villagers of Oberammergau give thanks to God for sparing them from the ravages of the plague in the 17th century. Their gratitude is reflected in this dramatic depiction of the life and death of Jesus Christ. Dine at a local restaurant this evening before returning to your seat for the captivating second half of this performance as night falls.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  10. From the grace of God to the fairy tale land of King Ludwig II, we journey to Neuschwanstein castle, a hilltop retreat built as an homage to Richard Wagner. Continue through the hills and past lakes as you admire the scenery on your way to the Black Forest.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  11. Witness the centuries-old craft of cuckoo clock making as you dive into culture in Heidelberg. View the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, one of the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps, as well as the Baroque-style Old Town with its bustling market squares and colorful façades. Spend the rest of the afternoon finishing up some last-minute shopping before continuing on to Frankfurt. Tonight we enjoy a Farewell Dinner with newfound friends, reminiscing about the iconic and unexpected highlights of our trip.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  12. After breakfast, we say a fond farewell to Frankfurt after a memorable vacation. Transfers to Frankfurt Airport are available. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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  • Oberammergau 2020 - Trafalgar Preview

    Oberammergau 2020 Passion Play Preview allows guests to book onto a confirmed 2020 trip and departure date for itineraries featuring the Passion Play in Oberammergau. Accommodation and tickets to this special event which only takes place once every 10 years are always in great demand and often sell out years in advance. Trafalgar has been operating trips to Oberammergau for decades and has sourced first class tickets (best category) for the performances, has excellent local connections and is well versed in all the logistical aspects to make this a wonderfully seamless experience. By booking an Oberammergau preview trip, it does not guarantee that the itinerary will operate as per the 2018 or 2019 itinerary.

  • Payment conditions

    For bookings before September 30, 2019, on reservation an initial $350 per person, non-refundable deposit is due. On September 30, 2019, an additional $225 is due to confirm Passion Play ticket. For bookings from October 1, 2019 onwards, a non-refundable deposit of $575 per person is due on reservation. Final payment is due 90 days prior to trip departure. Bookings made within 90 days of departure must be paid in full when booking. No Early Payment Discounts, nor any other discounts, are applicable to the Oberammergau portion of the trip. Any fuel surcharges and/or government tax increases will still be payable by the guest.

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15 Jul 20 26 Jul 20 checkmark $3,725$3,415pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
22 Jul 20 2 Aug 20 checkmark $3,725$3,415pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now
29 Jul 20 9 Aug 20 checkmark $3,725$3,415pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 31 Request Quote Book Now

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room and is subject to change. Final pricing will be available August 31, 2019.

Single and triple rooms are not available for the Oberammergau stay. Solo travelers and triple share guests will be matched and accommodated in a twin room with a fellow solo traveler (of the same gender) for the duration of the stay.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Accommodation: Hotel accommodation has been secured either in Oberammergau or close by in the picturesque villages of the Bavarian Alps. Please note that single and triple rooms are not available for the Oberammergau stay. Solo travelers and triple share guests will be accommodated in a twin room with a fellow solo traveler (of the same gender) for the duration of the stay.

Itineraries: Itinerary details such as hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, and price are subject to change.

Payment conditions: For bookings before September 30, 2019, on reservation an initial $350 per person, non-refundable deposit is due. On September 30, 2019, an additional $225 is due to confirm Passion Play ticket. For bookings from October 1, 2019 onwards, a non-refundable deposit of $575 per person is due on reservation. Final payment is due 90 days prior to trip departure. Bookings made within 90 days of departure must be paid in full when booking. No Early Payment Discounts, nor any other discounts, are applicable to the Oberammergau portion of the trip. Any fuel surcharges and/or government tax increases will still be payable by the guest.

Please note indicative prices are available on our website and final prices will be confirmed by 31 August 2019. If the overall Oberammergau & Trip price increases more than 15%, guests are eligible to cancel without penalty; if the price decreases, guests are entitled to the lower trip price.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels

Meal Summary

18 meals: 11 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners.

Insider Experiences

Connect with Locals

  • Enjoy a Be My Guest banquet and stories of knights and feuding lords in a fairytale 13th-century castle perched high above the Rhine Valley

Dive into Culture

  • Gain priority access to the Berlin TV Tower with fantastic 360° views of the city.
  • Watch as skilled craftsman capture the distinctive sound of the cuckoo demonstrating the centuries' old craft of clock making in the Black Forest

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Berlin

Sightseeing Experiences

  • City tour in Berlin
  • Orientation of Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, Dresden, Nuremberg, Rothenburg, Heidelberg
  • Visit Hamelin, the Berlin TV Tower, Mödlareuth Open Air Museum, Neuschwanstein castle
  • Cruise along the River Rhine
  • See the Lorelei Rock, Cologne Cathedral, Bavarian Alps
  • Premium Tickets for the 2020 Passion Play in Oberammergau
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  • Oberammergau 2020 - Trafalgar Preview

    Oberammergau 2020 Passion Play Preview allows guests to book onto a confirmed 2020 trip and departure date for itineraries featuring the Passion Play in Oberammergau. Accommodation and tickets to this special event which only takes place once every 10 years are always in great demand and often sell out years in advance. Trafalgar has been operating trips to Oberammergau for decades and has sourced first class tickets (best category) for the performances, has excellent local connections and is well versed in all the logistical aspects to make this a wonderfully seamless experience. By booking an Oberammergau preview trip, it does not guarantee that the itinerary will operate as per the 2018 or 2019 itinerary.

  • Payment conditions

    For bookings before September 30, 2019, on reservation an initial $350 per person, non-refundable deposit is due. On September 30, 2019, an additional $225 is due to confirm Passion Play ticket. For bookings from October 1, 2019 onwards, a non-refundable deposit of $575 per person is due on reservation. Final payment is due 90 days prior to trip departure. Bookings made within 90 days of departure must be paid in full when booking. No Early Payment Discounts, nor any other discounts, are applicable to the Oberammergau portion of the trip. Any fuel surcharges and/or government tax increases will still be payable by the guest.

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Reviews

Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Janet Baker
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Trip was great. Bus touring is hard, tho, on the body and the mind. And there is no other way to see all we did see. Host Kurt was super. Bus driver a genius.
Vacation : Great value. Germany is very expensive, tho.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Jose Pazos
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : get services were a-ok.. the tour director may need to slow down a bit as we were having 3 handicapped persons unable to keep up with the way she walked, got out of the bus and wooosh she is out walking and by the time the last person got off, she was half a block away... she might be knowledgeable and all, but people person she only thinks she is, but fail in other ways...
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are very sorry to hear that some of the guests had trouble keeping up with the group and the Travel Director. We know how important their knowledge and expertise is to making a trip a success. We will be sharing your comments with our trainers and operations managers for immediate review and improvement. Thank you for letting us know and we hope that you enjoyed the trip overall.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Vacation : purchase was quick and all questions answered fast and freindly
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Every day went smoothly....our tour guide was magnificent, and the coach driver was extremely conscientious, friendly, and cheerful! It was a wonderful experience.
Response from Grand European Travel:
How fantastic! So happy you had such a great time in Germany, thank you for taking the time to let us know. 
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Response from Grand European Travel:
So glad you had a wonderful time on your Germany vacation! Thanks for sharing. Happy travels.
Friday, May 25, 2018
Vacation : Excellent! Very pleased with it all.
Friday, August 18, 2017
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : All too often hotels were not in the center of town and required taxi or subway to get to town. Charge us more for centrally located hotels. The Pullman hotel in Dresden was simply awful, with the shower in the center of the room. Shame on you for selecting this hotel. On the positive side, the Martim hotels were fantastic.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your comments. We hope that, despite your dissatisfaction with hotel locations, you were able to enjoy your trip to Germany. Please note that for your next trip, we do have Premium options with more centrally located hotels.
Friday, August 18, 2017
Vacation : Most of the hotels were not in the town center requiring mass transit to get there. While on vacation we do not want to spend time, which cannot be replaced, getting to the town center. Increase the price of the tour and get us better located hotels.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Overall good trip. First two days were non - descript. After that, fantastic. Until last day on bus. Too much bus time for me. Saw a lot.
Vacation : Local guides were fantastic. Needed more. Too much dead bus time.
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  • Oberammergau 2020 - Trafalgar Preview

    Oberammergau 2020 Passion Play Preview allows guests to book onto a confirmed 2020 trip and departure date for itineraries featuring the Passion Play in Oberammergau. Accommodation and tickets to this special event which only takes place once every 10 years are always in great demand and often sell out years in advance. Trafalgar has been operating trips to Oberammergau for decades and has sourced first class tickets (best category) for the performances, has excellent local connections and is well versed in all the logistical aspects to make this a wonderfully seamless experience. By booking an Oberammergau preview trip, it does not guarantee that the itinerary will operate as per the 2018 or 2019 itinerary.

  • Payment conditions

    For bookings before September 30, 2019, on reservation an initial $350 per person, non-refundable deposit is due. On September 30, 2019, an additional $225 is due to confirm Passion Play ticket. For bookings from October 1, 2019 onwards, a non-refundable deposit of $575 per person is due on reservation. Final payment is due 90 days prior to trip departure. Bookings made within 90 days of departure must be paid in full when booking. No Early Payment Discounts, nor any other discounts, are applicable to the Oberammergau portion of the trip. Any fuel surcharges and/or government tax increases will still be payable by the guest.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Germany must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Germany.

  • The currency in Germany is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Germany, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Germany. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Traditional German cuisine is rich and delicious.  Try specialties including a variety of bratwurst with sauerkraut, cold cuts, spätzle and potato dumplings.  For dessert you cannot miss the world famous Black Forest Gateau.   Beer is a big part of German culture; sample a variety of German offerings including pilsner, Kölsch and sour beers.  In Frankfurt, try the local cider (Apfelwein).   Wine is also popular throughout Germany, and world-class whites are produced in the Rhine and Mosel regions. 

  • We recommend packing layers to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress.  It’s important to bring comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Service and VAT are typically included in the price of food at restaurants in Germany.  When leaving a tip, it is appropriate to simply round up your bill or leave up to 10 percent.   Rather than leaving your money on the table, be prepared to leave it with your waiter when you pay your bill.  If you are expecting change, simply tell them how much you will need back after gratuity.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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  • Oberammergau 2020 - Trafalgar Preview

    Oberammergau 2020 Passion Play Preview allows guests to book onto a confirmed 2020 trip and departure date for itineraries featuring the Passion Play in Oberammergau. Accommodation and tickets to this special event which only takes place once every 10 years are always in great demand and often sell out years in advance. Trafalgar has been operating trips to Oberammergau for decades and has sourced first class tickets (best category) for the performances, has excellent local connections and is well versed in all the logistical aspects to make this a wonderfully seamless experience. By booking an Oberammergau preview trip, it does not guarantee that the itinerary will operate as per the 2018 or 2019 itinerary.

  • Payment conditions

    For bookings before September 30, 2019, on reservation an initial $350 per person, non-refundable deposit is due. On September 30, 2019, an additional $225 is due to confirm Passion Play ticket. For bookings from October 1, 2019 onwards, a non-refundable deposit of $575 per person is due on reservation. Final payment is due 90 days prior to trip departure. Bookings made within 90 days of departure must be paid in full when booking. No Early Payment Discounts, nor any other discounts, are applicable to the Oberammergau portion of the trip. Any fuel surcharges and/or government tax increases will still be payable by the guest.

Accommodation: Hotel accommodation has been secured either in Oberammergau or close by in the picturesque villages of the Bavarian Alps. Please note that single and triple rooms are not available for the Oberammergau stay. Solo travelers and triple share guests will be accommodated in a twin room with a fellow solo traveler (of the same gender) for the duration of the stay.

Itineraries: Itinerary details such as hotels, meals, sightseeing inclusions, and price are subject to change.

Payment conditions: For bookings before September 30, 2019, on reservation an initial $350 per person, non-refundable deposit is due. On September 30, 2019, an additional $225 is due to confirm Passion Play ticket. For bookings from October 1, 2019 onwards, a non-refundable deposit of $575 per person is due on reservation. Final payment is due 90 days prior to trip departure. Bookings made within 90 days of departure must be paid in full when booking. No Early Payment Discounts, nor any other discounts, are applicable to the Oberammergau portion of the trip. Any fuel surcharges and/or government tax increases will still be payable by the guest.

Please note indicative prices are available on our website and final prices will be confirmed by August 31, 2019. If the overall Oberammergau & Trip price increases more than 15%, guests are eligible to cancel without penalty; if the price decreases, guests are entitled to the lower trip price.

Oberammergau Booking Conditions & Other Important Information

Guided Vacation

Reservations on or before 9/30/2019

Initial Deposit Interim Deposit
$350 (to hold booking) $225 (due 9/30/2019 to confirm Passion Play ticket)

Reservations after 9/30/2019

Deposit required Final Payment
$575 due 90 days before departure
No. of Days Penalty
170 days and over Deposit
169-120 days $350
119-46 days $575
45-22 days 100% of Oberammergau supplement + 25% of land-only price excl. Oberammergau
21-8 days 100% of Oberammergau supplement + 30% of land-only price excl. Oberammergau
7-1 days 100% of Oberammergau supplement + 50% of land-only price excl. Oberammergau
Departure Day/No show 100% of Oberammergau supplement + 100% of land-only price excl. Oberammergau

Air Tickets

Reservations on or before 9/30/2019

Deposit required Final Payment
As per airline policy As per airline policy

Reservations after 9/30/2019

Deposit required Final Payment (before departure)
As per airline policy As per airline policy
No. of Days Penalty
170 days and over $75 + airline charges
169-120 days $75 + airline charges
119-46 days $75 + airline charges
45-22 days $75 + airline charges
21-8 days $75 + airline charges
7-1 days $75 + airline charges
Departure Day/No show $75 + airline charges

Extra Accommodations

Reservations on or before 9/30/2019

Deposit required Final Payment
No additional deposit required No additional deposit required

Reservations after 9/30/2019

Deposit required Final Payment (before departure)
No additional deposit required In accordance with guided vacation
No. of Days Penalty
170 days and over $35
169-120 days $35
119-46 days $35
45-22 days $35 or 25% of accommodation price, whichever is higher
21-8 days $35 or 25% of accommodation price, whichever is higher
7-1 days 100% of accommodation price
Departure Day/No show 100% of accommodation price

Chargable Transfers

Reservations on or before 9/30/2019

Deposit required Final Payment
No additional deposit required No additional deposit required

Reservations after 9/30/2019

Deposit required Final Payment (before departure)
No additional deposit required In accordance with guided vacation
No. of Days Penalty
170 days and over $35
169-120 days $35
119-46 days $35
45-22 days $35 or 25% of accommodation price, whichever is higher
21-8 days $35 or 25% of accommodation price, whichever is higher
7-1 days 100% of transfer price
Departure Day/No show 100% of transfer price
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  • Oberammergau 2020 - Trafalgar Preview

    Oberammergau 2020 Passion Play Preview allows guests to book onto a confirmed 2020 trip and departure date for itineraries featuring the Passion Play in Oberammergau. Accommodation and tickets to this special event which only takes place once every 10 years are always in great demand and often sell out years in advance. Trafalgar has been operating trips to Oberammergau for decades and has sourced first class tickets (best category) for the performances, has excellent local connections and is well versed in all the logistical aspects to make this a wonderfully seamless experience. By booking an Oberammergau preview trip, it does not guarantee that the itinerary will operate as per the 2018 or 2019 itinerary.

  • Payment conditions

    For bookings before September 30, 2019, on reservation an initial $350 per person, non-refundable deposit is due. On September 30, 2019, an additional $225 is due to confirm Passion Play ticket. For bookings from October 1, 2019 onwards, a non-refundable deposit of $575 per person is due on reservation. Final payment is due 90 days prior to trip departure. Bookings made within 90 days of departure must be paid in full when booking. No Early Payment Discounts, nor any other discounts, are applicable to the Oberammergau portion of the trip. Any fuel surcharges and/or government tax increases will still be payable by the guest.

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