Country Roads of Bavaria, Switzerland & Austria with Oberammergau (Summer 2020)

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Tour Pace: Leisurely
Oberammergau
Tour Style: Premium
12 Days from $4,025 per person

Surprisingly, the vineyards, gabled shop fronts and opulent palaces play second fiddle to the scenery. Experience the magical, unrivalled beauty of the Alpine world, on-board the enthralling Glacier Express.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).

    meal(s):Dinner with Wine
  2. Airport transfers leave Munich Airport for your hotel at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Join your Tour Director at 3:00 pm for an orientation. See the Feldherrnhalle in the Odeonsplatz, the Palace of the Dukes of Wittelsbach, the English Garden, the Hofbräuhaus, St Peter's Church and the famous Marienplatz. Afterwards, enjoy a Welcome Reception with the opportunity to mingle over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.

    meal(s):Three-course Dinner with wine, plus tea or coffee
  3. Embark on an exciting visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, built as a retreat for the wildly eccentric King Ludwig II, bristling with turrets and pinnacles. See the exuberantly-decorated apartments including the Throne Room and Lohengrin Grotto. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Bavaria's capital city. Perhaps visit one of its many art galleries and museums, or relax and enjoy a coffee in the delightful Marienplatz?

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  4. A short drive over the Austrian border leads to Salzburg, "alive with the sound of music". Sightseeing with a Local Expert will reveal the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace, the imposing fortress, the cathedral in the Old Town and Mozart's birthplace. After lunch, head for the Austrian capital of Vienna.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  5. In the morning, a Local Expert will reveal the highlights of Schönbrunn Palace, full of frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers, mirrors and gilded ornaments. Spend some time in the formal gardens before going on to view St Charles' Church, the Hofburg Palace, Parliament and State Opera House. The afternoon is all yours to explore the city at your leisure. For your Dine-Around Evening experience, choose from a fantastic selection of restaurants.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Three-course Dinner with wine, plus tea or coffee
  6. Take a delightful drive through undiscovered Austria. Climb the dramatic Semmering Pass and stop in Kindberg with its colorful maypole. Continue to St Veit an der Glan, former seat of the Dukes of Carinthia and explore the fabulous medieval city walls, the old town square and the ancient Plague column.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Three-course Dinner with wine, plus tea or coffee
  7. Pass the magnificent Dolomites as your journey continues through the High Alps to arrive at mountain-ringed Innsbruck. An orientation of Innsbruck shows you the 14th century houses of the old town, the impressive Imperial Palace and the delightful Golden Roof. Then continue north to Oberammergau, situated in the heart of the Bavarian Alps and home of the Passion Play since 1634.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  8. (Relaxed Start) After a morning at leisure in charming Oberammergau, take your premium reserved seats to witness the world famous Passion Play, re-enacting the last days of Christ on earth. After a break for dinner in a local restaurant, the captivating performance continues into the evening.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Hilton, Innsbruck
  9. (Relaxed Start) Continue to Switzerland, driving along the beautiful Engadine Valley and on to the chic Alpine resort of St Moritz. Enjoy the marvellous scenery and fresh air or browse in the elegant boutiques. Another option is a ride on-board the Bernina Express.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  10. An unforgettable journey allows ice-capped mountains, stone-built villages and lush meadows to slip by the windows of your Glacier Express train. Ascend through the spiral tunnels of the Albula Pass and cross the Landwasser Viaduct before heading down through the Oberalp Valley to rejoin the coach at Andermatt. Continue north to lovely Lucerne, one of Europe's most popular cities. Join your Tour Director to see the sorrowful sculpture of the dying lion, cut out of a limestone cliff to commemorate those Swiss Guards who died at the Battle of the Tuileries.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  11. (Relaxed Start) The morning is at leisure in this beautiful city with its 14th century covered wooden bridges, painted gables, old walls and watch towers of the medieval fortifications. Stroll across the Chapel Bridge to the Jesuit Church, or use your free time to shop. Later, head to the town of Stans, to embark on a scenic journey by funicular railway and cable car, to the summit of the stunning Stanserhorn. On a clear day there are views as far as Alsace and the Black Forest in Germany. Here, amid true Alpine majesty, your amazing journey literally peaks with a fabulous farewell Celebration Dinner in a panoramic restaurant. This will be a fantastic bird's-eye wining and dining experience you'll never forget!

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Three-course Dinner with wine, plus tea or coffee
  12. Your departure transfer arrives at Zürich Airport at 8:00 am. Please do not schedule any flights before 10:00 am.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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Oberammergau 2020 - Insight Vacations 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. Insight Vacations 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 2017, 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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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.

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Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.

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.

Always included in your GET vacation

  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Included Quality Dining:

10 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 6 Dinners (D) with wine (DW).

Signature Experiences

  • Neuschwanstein: A Local Expert leads you through fanciful rooms fashioned by medieval legend. Take in the amazing views over valleys and verdant mountains.
  • Vienna: A private, guided exploration of Schönbrunn Palace will have all your senses tingling. Stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a child prodigy.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Salzburg: See the Mirabell Gardens, Mozart's birthplace on the Getreidegasse and visit the Cathedral in the Old Town with a Local Expert.
  • Glacier Express: Journey through the heart of the Swiss Alps aboard the world-famous Glacier Express. Once settled into your modern panoramic viewing car, sit back, spellbound as Mother Nature unveils a scenic symphony of epic grandeur.
  • Oberammergau: Experience the spectacular Passion Play that has made this town famous. Watch from your premium seat as local villagers perform as they have since 1634 in this once in a decade event. An emotive and critically acclaimed performance depicting Christ’s last days, this is an event not to be missed.

Additional Included Highlights

  • Munich: See the Marienplatz, Town Hall and Glockenspiel.
  • Vienna: Tour the Ring Road seeing the City Hall and Parliament.
  • Kindlberg: See the colourful maypole.
  • St Veit an der Glan: See the Plague Column and Rathaus.
  • Innsbruck: See the Golden Roof and Imperial Palace.
  • St Moritz: See the spa quarter and ‘sgraffito' façade on the museum house.
  • Lucerne: See the emotive Lion Monument, Jesuit Church and Chapel Bridge.
  • Scenic drives: Bavarian Alps, German Alpine Road, Semmering Pass, the Dolomites, Engadine Valley, Grison Alps.

Authentic Regional Flavors

  • Stanserhorn: A spectacular journey by cable car and cogwheel railway takes you to the summit for expansive mountain views over Lake Lucerne for your special Celebration Dinner. Fill your glasses with wine and toast to newfound friends.
  • Vienna: For your dining pleasure, you are offered a selection of Vienna's vibrant restaurants. With drinks, a delicious 3-course dinner and Gemütlichkeit in abundance, your Dine-Around Evening is a culinary experience not to be missed.
  • Oberammergau: Dine in a local restaurant amid the buzz of excitement from Passion Play goers and enjoy local hospitality before the second half commences.

Reviews

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Service rating : Tour guide was wonderful. Most optional experiences were good.
Vacation : Most hotels were good. One hotel was horrible, so old I got locked inside room and couldn't get out. Wash basin was in bedroom and no safety rails in showers. Very old. Same food was served for dinner in many hotels, no variety.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
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Vacation:
Service rating : Part of the reason for 4 stars vs 5 : too many one-night stands than we were used to. Also, the food experience this time (our 12th or so GET) was so-so.
Vacation : Most of the optional tours were great; some were just OK.
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Vacation:
Service rating : Tour was well organized and the hotels and restaurants were nice. 40 people is too many in my opinion. I wish the tours were capped at 30.
Vacation : Tour was well organized, the director was very good. the hotels and restaurants were nice.
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Service rating : I had a fabulous time and saw things I have wanted to see most of my life. This is my first guided tour and whenever I had a question before the tour, they were prompt in giving me the advice I needed, with one exception. They made the airline reservations for me that included 1 hour 5 minute layover in Amsterdam. I was assured that Amsterdam airport was well organized and I would have no problem. My flight from Zurich was delayed and if my flight in Amsterdam had left on time I would have missed my flight. I also am not sure I would have made it even if the flight had been on time. Amsterdam Airport is not an easy airport for a novice international flyer.
Vacation : There were some wonderful experiences in the planned itinerary and time for us on our own allowing us time to see things that may not be of interest and gave time to get to know others that could be life long friends. I have no regrets taking the trip. Ir was well worth the money spent.
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Service rating : Totally organized!!!!
Vacation : Totally Reasonable and good value!!
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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Service rating : Great customer service and better pricing.
Vacation : The tour and where we went and saw were wonderful.we couldn't have had a better driver and your tour director. But, I feel that they could have included a couple more side trips with what we paid. The optional tours were very expensive...especially after the Euro and Franc conversion rate. I even purchased a 5 hour side trip ahead of our trip starting to a concentration camp for the same price as what Insight was charging for a 2 hr. Tour.
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Service rating : This was our third trip with Grand European. The tour was through Insight Vacations and we thought it was terrific. Very well-organized, an excellent tour leader and a great group. Process was very smooth throughout, it was well-timed and well-planned. Bavaria was just beautiful and the itinerary was perfect. We wouldn't hesitate to go with Grand European again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your wonderful feedback and for your repeat business.  We truly appreciate it and hope to see you again very soon!
Friday, July 28, 2017
Vacation : Perfect itinerary, gorgeous landscapes and wonderful activities. Well-planned tour.
Service:
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Service rating : Did not meet us at airport, had to get our own taxi at our expense. Excessive layovers at airport. Not all tours were available as advertised.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are very sorry to hear about your disappointment.The Optional tours are subject to change and based on availability of the local guides who manage them.\n\n
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Vacation : Failed to pick up at airport, left us stranded. Not all activities were available as lasted in your.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We do have pre arranged transfer times for this trip which are at 10:00am and 1:00pm and the tour representatives arrive about 15 minutes prior to collect guests for the trip to the hotel. It looks like your flight arrived into Munich at 10:30am.We apologize if the wait for the 1:00pm transfer was longer than you had anticipated.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
  • U.S. citizens traveling to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland 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 these countries.

  • The currency in Germany and Austria is the Euro (€).The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF). Please note that Switzerland is not part of the European Union and thus is not obliged to convert to the Euro, however many prices are nonetheless indicated in euros to help travelers compare prices. Some Swiss merchants may accept euros but are not obliged to do so. Change given back will most likely be in Swiss francs.

    While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Europe, 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, Austria and Switzerland. 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. 

    Austrian cuisine is hearty and satisfying and reflects regional influences from Italy, Hungary, Germany and the Balkans. Try a variety of sausages including the popular Wiener Schnitzel and Viennese specialties such as goulash and apple strudel.

    Swiss cuisine is a flavorful blend of German, Italian, and French influences and a wide variety of regional offerings.  Specialty dishes include fondue and raclette (cheese dipping dishes), sausages and rösti (fried potato), bündnerfleisch (air-dried beef) and fondue bourguigon (cubes of steak with various sauces). Swiss pastries and desserts are excellent. There are also spirits made from fruit; the most popular are Kirsch, Pflümli and Williamine. And don’t miss out on the world-class selection of Swiss chocolate.

  • 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.

  • A service charge is typically included in the price of food at restaurants in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.  When leaving a tip, it is appropriate to simply round up or add up to 10 percent to your bill.   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 48 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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