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European Whirl with Oberammergau (Summer 2020)

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Oberammergau
Tour Style: Special Interest
15 Days from $4,350 per person

The tring tring of Dutch bicycles launch your Europe adventure, from picture-perfect Amsterdam and vine-clad hills along the Rhine with their fairy-tale medieval castles, to the magnificent open-air museum that is Rome. Mountains and monuments dot your route to your final stops in Paris and London, with a drive past to the infamous WWI battlefields in France en route.

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

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Relax after your journey or spend time exploring this exciting city.
  3. See a host of sights including Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace during your morning guided sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Finishing in central London, you have the rest of the day to discover the city's delights.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  4. This morning meet your Travel Director before traveling to London's St. Pancras International to board the Eurostar™ for a high-speed train journey to Brussels. Continue by luxury coach to Amsterdam. Enjoy an orientation of the historic city center before joining your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception dinner cruise.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Welcome Reception
  5. Cross the border into Germany, enjoy picturesque scenery all the way to Boppard, where an included cruise takes you past vine-clad hills and crumbling medieval castles to St. Goar. Later enjoy views of the red sandstone castle towering above Heidelberg.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  6. This morning travel to the picturesque town of Oberammergau where the Passion Play will be performed. This afternoon take your premium seats for this unique and moving performance. Dine at a local restaurant this evening before experiencing the captivating second half of this unique event as night falls.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  7. Drive along the Brenner Pass into Italy and across the Dolomite Mountains. Arrive in the enchanting city of Venice. Cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square, viewing the Bridge of Sighs and the Doge's Palace along the way. Visit a traditional glassblowing workshop for a demonstration, then spend the afternoon exploring the sights of your choice.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  8. South across the Veneto plain you pass by Bologna and through the dramatic Apennine Mountains, continuing into the Lazio region to Rome, the Eternal City.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  9. Today's sightseeing includes a visit to St. Peter's Basilica − the most significant Christian church in the world − to view Michelangelo's Renaissance masterpiece, the Pietà. In ancient Rome see sites including the Colosseum with your local specialist. Spend the rest of the day exploring or perhaps take an Optional Experience to see the Sistine Chapel inside the Vatican Museums.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  10. From Rome travel north into Tuscany, through rolling countryside and along the valley of the River Arno to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. Discover the city's rich artistic and medieval history with your local specialist. Visit the Piazza della Signoria with its impressive sculptures and stunning palazzi. Marvel at the baptistery and the multimarble Duomo, with its dome designed by Brunelleschi. This evening enjoy a Be My Guest experience in the Tuscan hills with a local family.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Be My Guest meal
  11. Drive via picturesque Italian Lakes and across the Alps into Switzerland. Spend the next two nights in the beautiful lakeside town of Lucerne.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  12. View the poignant Lion Monument during your morning orientation. Walk along the 14th century covered Chapel Bridge, crossing the River Reuss. Don't miss the opportunity to take an exciting Optional Experience to one of the surrounding mountains with breathtaking views. Later there is time to shop for Swiss souvenirs including watches and chocolates.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  13. Pass Basel and cross the border into France this morning. In every direction, vineyards and picturesque villages provide a memorable backdrop for your journey. Consider an Optional Experience this evening to a famous Parisian Cabaret.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  14. See all the famous sights during your morning sightseeing tour with a local specialist. View the Champs Élysées, Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe. Ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower for a breathtaking view of the city. Spend the rest of the day exploring the sights that interest you. This evening celebrate with your Travel Director and traveling companions at a Farewell Dinner in a local bistro.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  15. Today bid farewell to your fellow travelers and Travel Director at the end of your vacation. An airport transfer is 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 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.

Meal Summary

13 nights, 13 hot buffet breakfasts, 6 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Enjoy delicious Tuscan cuisine with a local family on an estate in the hills outside of Florence

Cultural Insight

  • Witness the exquisite craft of glassblowing, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian craftsmen have perfected over the centuries

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in London, Rome, Florence and Paris

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in London, Rome, Florence, Paris
  • Orientation of Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Munich, Venice, Lucerne
  • Visit St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, the Eiffel Tower in Paris
  • Cruise along the canals of Amsterdam, the River Rhine
  • View the canals in Amsterdam, St. Mark's Square in Venice, the ancient sites in Rome, the Chapel Bridge in Lucerne
  • See the Lorelei Rock, the vineyards of Burgundy
  • Premium Tickets for the 2020 Passion Play in Oberammergau
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount Availability Price
17 May 20 31-MAY-20 $4,350pp Request Quote Book Now
24 May 20 07-JUN-20 $4,350pp Request Quote Book Now
31 May 20 14-JUN-20 $4,350pp Request Quote Book Now
7 Jun 20 21-JUN-20 $4,350pp Request Quote Book Now
14 Jun 20 28-JUN-20 $4,350pp Request Quote Book Now
21 Jun 20 05-JUL-20 $4,350pp Request Quote Book Now
28 Jun 20 12-JUL-20 $4,350pp Request Quote Book Now
5 Jul 20 19-JUL-20 $4,350pp Request Quote Book Now
12 Jul 20 26-JUL-20 $4,350pp Request Quote Book Now
19 Jul 20 02-AUG-20 $4,350pp Request Quote Book Now
26 Jul 20 09-AUG-20 $4,350pp Request Quote Book Now
2 Aug 20 16-AUG-20 $4,350pp Request Quote Book Now
9 Aug 20 23-AUG-20 $4,350pp Request Quote Book Now
16 Aug 20 30-AUG-20 $4,350pp Request Quote Book Now
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30 Aug 20 13-SEP-20 $4,350pp Request Quote Book Now
6 Sep 20 20-SEP-20 $4,350pp Request Quote Book Now
13 Sep 20 27-SEP-20 $4,350pp Request Quote Book Now
20 Sep 20 04-OCT-20 $4,350pp Request Quote Book Now
27 Sep 20 11-OCT-20 $4,350pp 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.

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.

  • U.S. citizens traveling to Europe 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 countries in the Schengen Area or the UK.

  • The currency for most countries you will visit in Europe is the Euro (€).  Several exceptions apply including the Pound (£) in Great Britain, Scotland and Northern Ireland and the Swiss Franc (CHF) in Switzerland.

    While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive, 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. 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.

  • English specialties include fish and chips, Yorkshire pudding, sausages, stilton cheese, and scones with clotted cream. Culinary experiences to not to miss include a traditional pub meal, afternoon tea, and full English breakfast. 

    Dutch cuisine is simple and rustic.  You might like to try specialties such as rookworst (smoked sausage), kibbeling (fried fish), and pannenkoeken (Dutch pancakes).  And, if you’re feeling adventurous you can try local raw herring prepared with onions and gherkins.  For something sweet, try stroopwafels, a delicious chewy cookie made with two thin layers of waffle and sticky syrup filling.

    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. 

    In Austria you’ll find hearty cuisine, but nothing beats the desserts. Try delicious treats like Viennese Sachertorte (dense chocolate cake) and apple strudel.

    While Italy is most famous for pizza and pasta, few travelers are aware of just how varied the country’s culinary offering actually are. Traditionally, lunch (pranzo) is the most substantial meal of the day. A full meal consists of antipasto (starter), a primo piatto (pasta, rice or soup), a secondo piatto (meat or fish) with a side, or contorno (vegetable or salad), then frutta (fresh fruit). Finish with espresso and maybe a limoncello or grappa.  Wine is usually served with the meal, accompanied by mineral water.

    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.

    The French have an ongoing love affair with food and wine. Meals are lovingly prepared and consumed leisurely through a bevy of appetizers and main courses, usually accompanied by a number of wines. Boeuf bourgignon (beef stew with wine, herbs and vegetables), coq au vin (chicken cooked with bacon in a white wine and herb sauce) and bouillabaisse (fish stew) are featured on many menus. Cheese lovers will not be disappointed with hundreds of varieties to choose from.  And no visit would be complete without a visit to a pâtisserie, with its delicate pastries you will definitely be tempted.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. A few important items to bring include sturdy walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping through-out Europe is less common or generous than it is in the United States.  Some countries will add a service charge of up to 15%, so be sure to check your bill before leaving extra.  In most places it is appropriate to leave a few euros or between 5% and 10% for exceptional service.  Keep in mind you will likely want to leave cash on the table to ensure your server receives it.  

    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.

Reviews

Sunday, June 25, 2017
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Service rating : Great service and wonderful memories just excellent all the way. Thank you
Vacation : Just wonderful and great experience.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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Service rating : Tour guide Bernie excellent. Accommodations very good. Itinerary excellent and the weather great. Value fabulous.
Vacation : Great value. Excellent itinerary
Thursday, June 15, 2017
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Service rating : Great tour Director. Problems with airport transfers
Vacation : Once underway the tour was very good. Only problems were excess time in coach and some venues were very crowded
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
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Service rating : From the moment we arrived in London for the first leg of our tour, everything was organized perfectly. Our welcoming tour manager was there to greet us, our room was arranged, and we were briefed on what to expect in the coming days. And, the rest of the tour was conducted in the same manner.
Vacation : We purchased every option available to us. Without exception, we felt that the experiences were worth the extra cost, and would without question do it again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy to see you enjoyed your trip.  Hope to see you again very soon!
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017
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Service rating : The Director- Debra and Driver Dirk are excellent and great. Thanks them for bring us a wonderful European travel, even through it is a little tired.
Vacation : The director - Debra has a great knowledge and experience on the European history, culture and language and her leadership. The driver - Dirk has excellent deriver skill to deal with so long and sometime very difficult road condition. He treat all passengers pretty polite, friendly and fair.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
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Service rating : The entire trip was amazing. Each day was full of exciting places. Would highly recommend this trip to anyone .
Vacation : Wonderful trip. Tour guide was very good.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
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Service rating : My sister and I recently booked our 1st European trip through GET, but at different times so we were on different flights. Michelle G. assisted my sister. My sister had some anxiety about traveling alone, but was hesitant to ask me to change my flights because it involved a change fee. Michelle G. called me to ask if I would make the changes which I found to be unusual, but showed her care and concern for my sister's comfort. And yes, I made the changes.
Vacation : It definitely was a 'whirl' of a trip! Able to get a taste of the many aspects of European lifestyle, history and beauty.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
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Service rating : From start to finish this trip was well organized, well run, and more than met my expectations for a European "whirlwind" tour. Our leader, Bernie McCarthy was top notch. He was helpful every step of the way, and was so knowledgable especially from an historical perspective. We could not have asked for better service from our trip leader or drive, Nico.
Vacation : Well worth the money. We have no regrets after taking this tour.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
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Service rating : Highly recommend, the trip was super, Bernie was excellent knew what, where , when and how to do things. Very informant he knew the history of all the different cities, towns, country we were going to. And let's not forget NICO our coach driver who was super.
Vacation : We were very happy with the choices we had picked, for places we wanted to visit.
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Thursday, May 11, 2017
European Whirl End London
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Service rating : The information given before hand helped us get ready for our trip and helped us to know what to expect. The travel director and coach driver were experienced and capable. They were both very helpful and knowledgeable. The hotels were very clean and a good mix of modern and traditional. So glad we took the trip!!
Vacation : Great experience! So glad we did it!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much!  We hope to see you again very soon!
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017
European Whirl End Paris
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Service rating : Graham Smith and our driver Kristyan were excellent!!! Graham was knowledgeable, personable and totally customer oriented. He made the experience overwhelming positive and fun. Kristyan was an incredibly expert driver, knowledgeable of the routes and a pleasure to travel with
Vacation : My only disappointment was not seeing the pipe
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
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Service rating : It was the perfect trip for a first timer to come to Europe. We got a look at many places and sites. We now know where we want to focus on our next tour!
Vacation : Amanda and Chris were wonderful. I would go to the ends of the earth with them!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much! We're so pleased you enjoyed your first trip to Europe! Here's to many more ahead!

Grand European Travel
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
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Service rating : We understand the Grand European Tours and Trafalgar relationships. However, it seemed Trafalgar was the dominant brand and Grand European an afterthought.
Vacation : Most enjoyable and fast paced. Pleasantly exhausting! We mixed self-guided adventures with several optional guided tours; all completed with great satisfaction.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
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Service rating : Excellent organization, structure, and attention to details. Some (limited) hotel accomodations were subpar for level of trip (some were, however, outstanding).
Vacation : Excellent
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
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Service rating : We got lost from the group once , maybe if the host will do head count every time they move from one area to another , probably the host will realized somebody is missing. They realized we were lost until I called the travel director.
Vacation : I just didn't realized there would be a lot of walking
Thursday, September 22, 2016
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Service rating : They took care of everything, and always kept us informed.
Vacation : Excellent
Friday, August 12, 2016
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Service rating : The service was excellent and I recommend using them, but make your own air reservations.
Vacation : It was a trip of a lifetime, and everything was first class. It was simply the best.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
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Service rating : Problem with airline travel booked by GET through Heathrow, a know problem airport
Vacation : Excellent
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry you had a problem with your flights. Our air department always tries to book the most direct schedule available at the time of your reservation. However, we cannot control flight delays or changes made by the airlines themselves. We hope your delay was not too great and are glad to see you made it home safely.

Grand European Travel
Monday, July 11, 2016

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