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Switzerland & Austria with Oberammergau (Summer 2020)

13 Days from $4,425 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Active

Lofty peaks and musical legends feature on this journey through Switzerland and Austria, with beautiful Vienna, St. Moritz and Lake Geneva among the highlights you'll encounter traversing the heart of Europe.

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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Overview

Lofty peaks and musical legends feature on this journey through Switzerland and Austria, with beautiful Vienna, St. Moritz and Lake Geneva among the highlights you'll encounter traversing the heart of Europe.

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. Your spiritual pilgrimage to the heart of Europe begins in Zurich. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for an orientation of the city's iconic sights and a Welcome Reception.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
  2. Embark on a soul-stirring encounter with the valleys and lofty peaks of Liechtenstein, bound for its tiny capital, Vaduz. Continue along the scenic Arlberg route into the Tyrol to your overnight stop in the Baroque city of Salzburg. Here, you will join a Local Specialist for a walking tour that will take you past iconic sights, including the house where Mozart once lived and Domplatz with its imposing Salzburger Dom Cathedral, Residenz Castle and St. Peter's Abbey.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  3. Waltz through the scenic Austrian countryside, past Lake Mondsee and the rolling hills, fortresses and valleys of the picturesque Wachau Valley. See Melk Abbey perched atop its rocky bastion above the beautiful Danube. Our home for the next two nights is the glorious Imperial city of Vienna.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  4. Admire the grand boulevards and beautiful Gothic and Baroque façades on a guided sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist, who will take you to see the State Opera, Hofburg, St. Stephen's Cathedral and Parliament. Immerse yourself in the centuries-old history of 'Am Hof,' before spending free time soaking up the Kaffee culture of the city. This evening, you may wish to embrace the talents of the City of Music and attend a Viennese concert in one of the city's magnificent performance venues.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  5. Today travel through the beautiful Austrian countryside across into Bavarian Germany to the picturesque town of Oberammergau for a Highlight and display of unwavering faith—the Oberammergau Passion Play, which will be performed tomorrow as it has every ten years since 1634. Dine at your hotel this evening.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  6. Give thanks to God, as the Oberammergau villagers do in their dramatic depiction of the life and death of Jesus Christ. Take your premium seats for a poignant afternoon spent watching the Passion Play, witnessing first-hand the covenant that the villagers made with God in the 17th century to spare them from the ravages of the plague that had decimated their village and resulted in their promise to honor His grace and mercy. Dine at a local restaurant this evening before watching the captivating second half of this performance as night falls.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  7. Continue to Switzerland this morning and cross the enchanting Engadine Valley. You'll arrive later in the fashionable winter sports resort of St. Moritz, where you are free this afternoon to explore its stylish surrounds.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  8. Traverse Alpine landscapes to Thusis and follow the San Bernadino route to Bellinzona, famous for its three castles. Continue via Locarno to the shores of Lake Maggiore and explore the scenic town of Stresa. See the beautiful Borromean Islands as you head towards the Simplon Pass. This evening enjoy dinner at your hotel in Zermatt.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  9. Spend a full free day soaking up Zermatt's crisp mountain air and panoramic vistas. Relax in beautiful surrounds or consider an Optional Experience to the Klein Matterhorn for the most spectacular mountain views.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  10. A drive through the Rhône Valley brings you to Lake Geneva, where you'll view Lord Byron's Castle of Chillon. Follow the shores of Lake Geneva round to Montreux, famous for its annual jazz festival. This evening, connect with locals over a Be My Guest dinner at a family run winery overlooking Lake Geneva.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  11. Travel via the laidback Swiss capital of Berne to Interlaken, set in the heart of Switzerland in the shadow of the mighty Jungfrau. Cross the Brünig Pass to the lakeside town of Lucerne, where you'll have an opportunity to view the ancient wooden Chapel Bridge and visit the poignant Lion Monument which pays tribute to the brave Swiss Guards who lost their lives defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
  12. Snow-capped peaks surround you as you wander through the medieval streets of Lucerne, lined with colorful muralled façades. Spend a full free day exploring the Old Town, enjoy a leisurely Swiss lunch or consider an Optional Experience ascending a nearby mountain for panoramic views. This evening, toast to journey filled with hope, faith and blessings during your Farewell Dinner.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  13. We say a fond farewell to Switzerland and our fellow travelers at the end of a moving journey. An airport transfer is available to Zurich Airport. 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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1 Aug 20 13 Aug 20 checkmark $4,425pp Request Quote Book Now
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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 Room Supplement: Call for details

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 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.

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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: 12 hot buffet breakfasts, 6 dinners.

Included Highlights

Connect with Locals

  • The Bovy family open the doors to their 16th-century cellars, inviting you to walk among the huge oak barrels decorated with traditional Vaud region paintings and sculptures and sample some of their fine wines with a meal of delicious regional specialties

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Salzburg, Vienna

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Salzburg, Vienna
  • Orientation of Zurich, Lucerne
  • Visit the mountain resort of St. Moritz, lakeside Stresa, Zermatt
  • View the Matterhorn and Jungfrau mountains (weather permitting), the castle of Chillon, the city of Berne, Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument in Lucerne
  • See Melk Abbey, the Wachau Valley
  • 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

Friday, September 29, 2017
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : GET operates well as a clearing house assigning travelers to which provider hosts the trip of the traveler's choice.
Vacation : I do not EVER rate anything Excellent. We enjoyed the destinations or we would not have chosen this tour.
Friday, July 8, 2016
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The agent we dealt with at Grand European Travel was not that helpful.He very seldom returned our call.The couple in our group had to cancel the trip due to unexpected sickness and they wanted a friend to take thier place but the agent never returned thier phone call.They did not get the credit for the airfare for the next trip either.Grand European Tour never notified Trafalgar of the cancellation and never forward the registration data which we filled it over and over to Trafalgar and we had to registered with Trafalgar all over again.Now we have learned not to book our airplane ticket through the Grand European Travel.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to hear about your friend's unexpected sickness and not being able to go on the trip with your group. Airlines do not allow people to just take other peoples places on flights. Our tickets carry penalties and we would have to book a new reservation under the new persons name. In most cases, travel insurance will cover these penalties and changes if you chose to add it to your reservation. Grand European Travel
Monday, July 11, 2016
Vacation : Excellent
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Very good tour guide and excellent driver!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Many of the hotels in some European cities, do have air conditioning at all. We do explain this in our terms and conditions, but please accept our apologies for your inconvenience in Lucerne. Grand European Travel
Monday, July 11, 2016
Vacation : The only negative comment is: the Grand Hotel Europe in Lucerne, where we stayed the last two nights of our trip. is advertised as a 4 star hotel. It is NOT - not when you charge for wifi and NO air conditioning!
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Trusted Customer
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : It was great -
Vacation : Had a wonderful time, enjoyed the whole trip.
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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 Switzerland and Austria 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 Switzerland or Austria.

  • The currency in Austria is the Euro (€) and in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF). While Switzerland is not part of the European Union and thus is not obliged to convert to the Euro, 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 Switzerland and Austria. 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.

  • 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.

    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.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. It is important to bring comfortable walking shoes and a waterproof jacket. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • A service charge is typically included in the bill at restaurants in Switzerland and Austria, and you can round up for good service if you choose. 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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