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Imperial Europe

Operated by: Trafalgar

12 Days from $3,350 per person
Oberammergau

Countries Visited

Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria ...more Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria

Locations Visited

Munich, Prague, Regensburg, Bratislava, Budapest, Gyor, Vienna, Salzburg, Oberammergau ...more Munich, Prague, Regensburg, Bratislava, Budapest, Gyor, Vienna, Salzburg, Oberammergau
  1. Day 1 Arrive Munich

    Munich is your launchpad to a journey through the capitals of Imperial Europe, which culminates in the dramatic depiction of Jesus Christ's life and death in Oberammergau. Spend time at leisure in the Bavarian capital, then join your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a city orientation tour. View the Marienplatz, the centre of Munich city life since the 12th century, and its enchanting Glockenspiel before a Welcome Reception.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Sheraton Westpark/Holiday Inn Westpark
  2. Day 2 Munich – Regensburg – Prague (2 Nights)

    This morning visit Regensburg, an unspoilt medieval gem on your way to the Czech Republic. Cross the border to Prague, your home for the next two nights.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Vienna House Andels
  3. Day 3 Prague Sightseeing and Free Time

    Delve into centuries of history as you join a 'Local Specialist' for a guided sightseeing tour of Prague. View the impressive Gothic architecture of St. Vitus Cathedral in the grounds of the 1,000-year-old Prague Castle, then cross the river on your walking tour to the Old Town Square to see the Astronomical Clock, with its hourly Walk of the Apostles. The afternoon is yours to experience the city on your terms. Savour the delicious chocolate flavours of Trdelník in the Old Town Square, pay tribute to the saints that line the Charles Bridge or consider a relaxing lunch cruise on the Vltava.

    meals Breakfast
  4. Day 4 Prague – Bratislava – Budapest (2 Nights)

    We leave the beauty of Prague behind for the lush landscapes of Bratislava, with its eclectic Gothic, Baroque and Art Deco architecture. Crossing the border into Hungary, we arrive in Budapest, the Paris of the East. Consider spending the evening on a river cruise along the Danube paired with a dinner of selection of Hungarian specialities and awe-inspiring views.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Novotel Danube
  5. Day 5 Budapest Sightseeing and Free Time

    Admire the iconic and unexpected highlights of Budapest on a guided sightseeing tour with a 'Local Specialist'. See the famous Chain Bridge which connects the two ancient settlements that straddle the Danube, and the UNESCO-listed Castle Hill district. Visit Fisherman's Bastion, paying tribute to the seven Magyar chieftains who founded the Hungarian nation. Here, you can enjoy superb views across the imposing Parliament building and Danube below. Spend the rest of the day at leisure before joining the Schieszl family for a hearty Hungarian Be My Guest dinner. 'Connect With Locals' and hear the story of their winery.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
  6. Day 6 Budapest – Győr – Vienna (2 Nights)

    A leisurely start to your morning could see you soaking up the relaxing atmosphere in the Szecheyni Spa Baths, enjoying coffee and kurtos in the charming Jewish Quarter or joining a guided tour of the magnificent Parliament Building. Cross the hilly landscapes of Transdanubia, arriving in Győr to explore its Baroque architecture and medieval atmosphere before arriving in Vienna for an evening at leisure to indulge in the captivating melodies, art and architecture of a city that was once home to famous composers.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Renaissance Wien
  7. Day 7 Vienna Sightseeing and Free Time

    Explore the imperial splendour of Vienna at Hofburg Palace, the former winter residence of the Habsburg Dynasty - a Trip Highlight during your guided sightseeing tour of Vienna with a 'Local Specialist'. Admire the grand State Opera House and Ringstrasse, a beautiful sweeping boulevard built in the 19th-century to replace the city walls. Then, see the ornate colourful roof of St. Stephen's Cathedral, one of the city's most beloved icons, before spending the afternoon at leisure. Visit the Baroque Schönbrunn Palace with its tranquil gardens or enjoy Vienna's musical talents at one of the performances for which the city is famous.

    meals Breakfast
  8. Day 8 Vienna – Wachau Valley – Salzburg Sightseeing

    The enchanting landscapes of the UNESCO-designated Wachau Valley provide a picturesque backdrop for our leisurely drive past vineyards and fortresses en route to Salzburg. We see the Benedictine Melk Abbey perched on a rocky outcrop above the Danube and learn about its royal connections. Arriving in Salzburg, we embark on a leisurely walking tour of its Old Town with a 'Local Specialist'. Dine in your hotel this evening.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Hubertushof Anif/Mercure City
  9. Day 9 Salzburg – Innsbruck – Oberammergau (2 Nights)

    Visit Innsbruck in the Austrian Tyrol, renowned for its spectacular scenery. See the Golden Roof and enjoy free time to explore the town. Later, travel to Oberammergau where villagers keep their covenant with God and perform their Passion Play, as they have every ten years since 1634. Dine in your hotel this evening.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel See 'Trip Notes'
  10. Day 10 Oberammergau (Passion Play Performance)

    Witness first-hand the enduring faith of this Bavarian village and the divine blessings of God that spared Oberammergau and its people from the ravages of the plague which swept Europe in the 17th century. Take your premium seats for a poignant afternoon spent watching the Passion Play, giving thanks to God for His grace and mercy. Dine at a local restaurant this evening before taking your seat for the captivating second half of this performance as night falls.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
  11. Day 11 Oberammergau – Munich

    Travel through alpine scenery back to Munich. This evening join your companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner to celebrate the end of your spiritual journey through central Europe.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Sheraton Westpark/Holiday Inn Westpark
  12. Day 12 Depart Munich

    For now it's time to say a fond auf Wiedersehen to Germany, your fellow travellers and Travel Director at the end of your exhilarating European experience. Transfers to Munich airport are available, conditions apply.

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 11 breakfasts
  • 6 dinners (including Be My Guest)

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • ORIENTATION of Munich, Regensburg and Innsbruck
  • PREMIUM TICKETS for the Passion Play in Oberammergau
  • VIEW the Marienplatz in Munich, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Old Town Square of Prague, the Imperial Boulevards of Vienna and Melk Abbey
  • VISIT Bratislava the capital of Slovakia, the Fisherman's Bastion in Budapest and the Baroque town centre of Győr

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
Price Discount Availability Price
Start Date: Tue, Jul 28, 2020
Return Date: Sat, Aug 8, 2020
$3,350pp AARP members save an additional $100 checkmark Call 1-877-622-9109
Terms & Conditions

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
Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Henry Smithson
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Service
My wife and I found GTE's customer service very helpful and definitely helped make our tour easy andmemorable.
Vacation
Our tour met and surpassed our expectations and we thought that James was an excellent tour director.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We love it when expectations are surpassed! Thank you for your confidence in booking with GET and we hope to be able to help you plan another trip very soon.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Luis Alberto Perales
Friday, September 27, 2019
Service
The Travel Director (Arne Smichdt) was very knowledgeable and professional. Hotels and food were good, clean and tasty. The cities and places we visited were fantastic. The coach and the driver were excellent.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your suggestions which we will be sure to pass along to our team in London. We are so pleased that you enjoyed this trip.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Vacation
In general, it was what we expected from GET. Again, more time at the Melk Monastery in Austria. We needed 4 hours at least to have a good idea of the place. You should include, as an optional, a visit to the Neuchstein (?) castle.
Janet Brown
Friday, September 20, 2019
Service
Grand European is fantastic - customer service is beyond belief. Every person I have interacted with is very kind and caring about their customers. The tours I have taken have been superb. I just returned from Imperial Europe and have already started planning my next trip - using Grand European of course. I recommend this group to everyone I meet.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We so appreciate your kind words and your repeat business. We can't wait to help you plan that next trip. Thank you for being part of our travel family!
Friday, September 20, 2019
Vacation
I traveled with Trafalgar. The Tour Director was very knowledgeable and informative without making me feel that I was sitting in a classroom. The couch driver was amazing - how can he drive that huge couch down those narrow winding roads?? Food was unbelievable, hotels were great and the sights out of this world.
Trusted Customer
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Service
Communication and reminders were timely and excellent.
Vacation
The locations visited were all up to expectations. I felt some of the extras were sites that should have been included for everyone. We did all of the extras and might have skipped two in order to have more time to visit some places on our own.
Wayne Hockley
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Service
GET service was quick and thorough
Vacation
Beyond expectations. Fellow travelers were awesome.
Barbara Colmery
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Service
Craig our tour director and our driver Frank did such a professional job Craig made it fun as well as informative our local specialists did an outstanding job as well it was one of my favorite trips and I would definitely recommend you to my friends and family
Response from Grand European Travel:
How wonderful that you enjoyed your tour of Imperial Europe! We very much appreciate your business and your recommendations. We hope to assist you in finding and booking another trip in the future. Thank you for taking the time to write.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Vacation
It was excellent value for all we experienced
Trusted Customer
Sunday, November 25, 2018
Service
Craig ...Our travel director...was outstanding, and the whole trip was informative and lots of fun. Can't imagine anyone doing a better job
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are extremely pleased to hear you enjoyed your tour of Imperial Europe. It is a fascinating part of the world to explore. Thank you for taking the time to write. We appreciate your positive feedback.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Vacation
Interesting, and fun. Great snapshot of imperial europe
Christina Powaday
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Service
This tour was awesome! Our travel director set the mood for a fun positive experience. Each city's local travel guide contributed in such a great way of sharing personality, history and set the mood. The cities we visited gave us a good taste, enough to want to come back.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your comments. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your trip and we hope to have the opportunity to help you plan another in the near future.
Monday, November 12, 2018
Vacation
Great to see foliage and have comfortable weather while traveling thru countries.
Ross Tierno
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Service
Excellent communication and organization
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are glad you enjoyed your Imperial Europe adventure. Thank you for sharing your comments.
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Vacation
Just a great overall experience. Tour guide excellent as well as the local guides
Carolyn Stackhouse
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Service
Our trip was so well planned and everything we saw or visited were grand experiences. We learned so much and had so much fun. We would definitely take another trip with GET and would recommend their trips to our friends and family!
Vacation
This was such a fantastic trip! We loved all of it!
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