Majestic Rivers of Europe featuring Oberammergau extension - 2020

Austria • Germany • Hungary • Oberammergau Extension
  • EXPERIENCE OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY ON OUR OPTIONAL EXTENSION
  • WITNESS THE SPLENDOR OF THE RHINE RIVER
  • PRIVATE CONCERT AT THE KURSALON MUSIC HALL IN VIENNA
  • CITY TOUR OF BUDAPEST, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE
  • YOUR CHOICE OF TOURS IN VIENNA, INCLUDING SCHONBRUNN PALACE
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Bratislava, Slovakia & Prague, Czech Republic

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FROM $1,099 PER PERSON | 6 DAYS | $183 PER DAY

Make the most of your included airfare by adding two more European countries to your passport — three nights in magnificent Prague, an elegant, Old World capital boasting many grand castles, and two nights in Bratislava, the delightful capital of Slovakia.

In Prague, you'll enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Jewish Quarter. En route to Bratislava, you'll stop in Brno, Czech Republic for a stroll with your city host. 

Then, in Bratislava, a baroque city along the Danube River cruise portion of your journey, you'll be captivated by the many historic treasures on a walking tour. To conclude your journey, you'll stop in the village of Dunaalmas, Hungary for a community hosted lunch, where you can help prepare the meal with guidance from your friendly hosts.

Your Price Includes:

  • 5 nights accommodations: 3 nights at the centrally located Superior First-Class Occidental Praha (or similar); and 2 nights at the Sheraton Bratislava (or similar)
  • 7 meals: 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • 3 included sightseeing tours: walking tours in Bratislava and of Prague’s Old Town and Jewish Quarters; visit to Prague Castle
  • 2 optional tours: the town of Kutná Hora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and Red Stone Castle Tour with Wine Tasting
  • All transfers and baggage handling (except in customs)
  • Services of City Host and experienced regional experts
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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Day 16:

Lunch in Dunaalmás en route to Bratislava, Slovakia

Transfer from Budapest to Bratislava, with a stop in Dunaalmás for a community-hosted lunch. Upon arrival in Bratislava, you'll be met by a Vantage representative who will help you transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome briefing at the hotel this evening.

Included Meals:

Lunch

Day 17:

Bratislava walking tour, or explore Cerveny Kamen Castle on an optional tour

Get to know Bratislava today during a wonderful walking tour led by your City Host. Enjoy the rest of your day to explore at your own pace, or set off on an optional tour of Cerveny Kamen Castle.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Red Stone Castle Tour with Wine Tasting

Red Stone Castle Tour with Wine Tasting

  • Approximate Cost: $65 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Bratislava, Slovakia
  • When: Afternoon tour

Travel by motorcoach through the Little Carpathian mountain range, where vineyards have been sprawling since the Middle Ages, to Red Stone Castle, home to Europe’s largest wine cellar. Inside the castle, you’ll find period furniture as well as a unique collection of arms. After the castle tour, you’ll visit a wine cellar in the village of St. George, where you’ll enjoy a tasting of local vintages with commentary and video about the region’s wine production.


Day 18:

Head to Prague, but first an orientation walk in Brno

You’ll transfer from Bratislava to Prague today, stopping in the beautiful old town of Brno, Czech Republic for a walking tour and lunch on your own.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Day 19:

Prague's religious highlights, and a pub crawl

Enjoy a fascinating walking tour through Prague's famous Old Town and Jewish Quarters with you City Host. You'll have the afternoon to explore on your own, or join an optional excursion to Kutna Hora, one of Czech Republic's most-visited sites for its fascinating Bone Church. Here,  you'll also visit beautiful St. Barbara's Church and the Royal Mint. Later, embark on a fun pub crawl if you choose. Dinner is on your own.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Kutná Hora Excursion

Kutná Hora Excursion

  • Approximate Cost: $75 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Prague, Czech Republic
  • When: Afternoon tour

Following an hour-long motorcoach ride through the beautiful Bohemian countryside, you will reach the stunning town of Kutná Hora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Established near the area’s rich silver mines, the town ultimately became the second most important town in the Kingdom of Bohemia after Prague. During this great excursion, you will see all of the key medieval and baroque monuments, including the former central royal mint, the interior of St. Barbara’s Cathedral, and the nearby Ossuary — famous for its elaborate decorations made out of human bones!


Day 20:

Inside Prague Castle, and an afternoon at leisure

Today, fascinating Prague Castle awaits. Now the official residence of the President of Czech Republic, it dates back to the 9th century, and you'll learn about it today during an included tour. Later, enjoy a farewell drink and dinner at the hotel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 21:

Return home

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the local airport and return home.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Oberammergau Passion Play with Munich (June 6)

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FROM $1,799 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $450 PER DAY

Nestled deep in the heart of the Bavarian Alps, Oberammergau is one of the postcard-perfect Germany villages filled with charming homes decorated with Lüftlmalerei wall paintings, intricate woodcarvings, and a small tight-knit community of just 5,100. It’s always special indeed, but once every 10 years this village expands to an even larger community of the faithful or just about anyone interested in history for one of the most fascinating, long-running spectacles in the world: the Oberammergau Passion Play. Occurring every decade since 1634, with roles depicting the life of Jesus filled by just about every villager, this 380-year event in the making will be presented exclusively for Vantage travelers on special Majestic Rivers of Europe: Castles, Cathedrals and Fairytales trip extensions. In three extra days, explore Munich and the Alps, and enjoy some of the best show seats and the most enriching features as only Vantage can present them — but hurry, tickets sell out months in advance so you should reserve this experience today.

Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience on our June 6, 2020, departure.

Travel with Vantage for these exclusive features:

  • Best accommodations: Our regional hotels offer you the most deluxe experience, with 4-star lodgings in a better location than other travel companies — 1 night accommodation in Oberammergau, and 2 nights at Hilton Munich Park (or similar)
  • Intimate group sizes: With a maximum of just 16 travelers on each Oberammergau extension, you’ll enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a small, like-minded group
  • The best seating and amenities: We’ll keep you comfortable with premium seating (with the best panoramic views!); deluxe seat cushions, blankets, and collectible pen lights to take home; a commemorative English-language booklet guide; and a local guide who can best further illuminate your discoveries!
  • The best values: All of this — including the Munich portion of your journey — comes at the best value in the deluxe travel industry today, with the lowest per-diems!
  • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 2 dinners
  • Guided city tour of Munich
  • Farewell Dinner
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and experienced regional experts
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.

Please be aware that extension itinerary varies by departure date. See Dates and Prices on the tour page online or call for details.

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Day 16:

Oberammergau: The Main Event

Today, bid travelers on your base tour Auf Wiedersehen and board a motorcoach bound for the charming village of Oberammergau, where you’ll enjoy the main event: The Passion Play.

Held every 10 years for 380 decades, the world’s largest nonprofessional drama performance depicting the life and times of Christ means there are some very special laws in effect here. All participants, from speaking parts such as Jesus or Mary, right down to members of the choir and ushers, must have been born in Oberammergau or lived there for at least 20 years in order to participate in the summer’s 102 performances. No makeup is used and village men are required to grow a beard before the main event. Vantage has secured some of the best tickets — which often sell out up to a year in advance. Besides your seat for this fascinating spectacle, you’ll also get some collectible gifts, including a chair cushion for the 7-hour performance. But don’t worry, there is an intermission!

After the show, transfer back to your hotel this evening.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Day 17:

Experience the magic of Munich . . .

Depart Oberammergau this morning for Munich, where you’ll arrive at lunchtime. Explore the city center and enjoy lunch on your own before a panoramic tour of Munich by coach. It will include most of the city’s highlights: the the Altstadt (Old Town), central Marienplatz square and it’s neo-Gothic town hall, which features a glockenspiel show that chimes and re-enacts 16th century tales. Perhaps you’ll ask your City Host where to enjoy one of the city’s best brews, since it is renowned for its lively Oktoberfest celebration.

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure and dinner independently tonight. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Day 18:

Beautiful Bavaria

This morning you’ll have a free day to explore, or enjoy our half-day optional tour to Nymphenburg Castle, a historic site and former summer residence of the rulers of Bavaria.

Tonight enjoy dinner and a drink in the hotel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner
Optional Tour: Nymphenburg Palace

Nymphenburg Palace

  • Approximate Cost: $99 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Munich, Germany
  • When: Afternoon tour

The main summer residence of the former rulers of Bavaria, Nymphenburg Palace is a glorious ode to 17th-century architecture with a fascinating past and stunning gardens that make for a lovely stroll. A joint opus between French and Italian designers, its many highlights include the Amalienburg Hall of Mirrors, an unforgettable Rococo masterpiece. Opulent furnishings and remarkable collections of porcelain — including pieces made in the on-site factory — make for myriad marvels.


Day 19:

Depart Munich Airport

This morning you’ll depart from the Munich Airport bound back home to the U.S.A.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Oberammergau Passion Play with Munich (June 20)

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FROM $1,799 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $449 PER DAY

Nestled deep in the heart of the Bavarian Alps, Oberammergau is one of the postcard-perfect Germany villages filled with charming homes decorated with Lüftlmalerei wall paintings, intricate woodcarvings, and a small tight-knit community of just 5,100. It’s always special indeed, but once every 10 years this village expands to an even larger community of the faithful or just about anyone interested in history for one of the most fascinating, long-running spectacles in the world: the Oberammergau Passion Play. Occurring every decade since 1634, with roles depicting the life of Jesus filled by just about every villager, this 380-year event in the making will be presented exclusively for Vantage travelers on special Majestic Rivers of Europe: Castles, Cathedrals and Fairytales trip extensions. In three extra days, explore Munich and the Alps, and enjoy some of the best show seats and the most enriching features as only Vantage can present them — but hurry, tickets sell out months in advance so you should reserve this experience today.

Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience on our June 20, 2020 departure.

Travel with Vantage for these exclusive features:

  • Best accommodations: Our regional hotels offer you the most deluxe experience, with 4-star lodgings in a better location than other travel companies — 2 nights accommodations at the Hotel Munich Park (or similar) and 1 night in Oberammergau
  • Intimate group sizes: With a maximum of just 16 travelers on each Oberammergau extension, you’ll enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a small, like-minded group
  • The best seating and amenities: We’ll keep you comfortable with premium seating (with the best panoramic views!); deluxe seat cushions, blankets, and collectible pen lights to take home; a commemorative English-language booklet guide; and a local guide who can best further illuminate your discoveries!
  • The best values: All of this — including the Munich portion of your journey — comes at the best value in the deluxe travel industry today, with the lowest per-diems!
  • 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Guided city tour of Munich
  • Welcome Dinner
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and experienced regional experts
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.

Please be aware that extension itinerary varies by departure date. See Dates and Prices on the tour page online or call for details.

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Day 1:

Depart home

Depart the U.S. today with an overnight flight.

Day 2:

Marvelous Munich, Germany

Today you’ll arrive in Munich and have time to settle into your hotel before enjoying an included Welcome Drink and Dinner at the hotel.

Included Meals:

Dinner

Day 3:

Explore the capital of Bavaria

Your panoramic tour of Munich this morning by coach includes all of the city’s highlights: the the Altstadt (Old Town), central Marienplatz square and it’s neo-Gothic town hall, which features a glockenspiel show that chimes and re-enacts 16th century tales. Perhaps you’ll ask your City Host where to enjoy one of the city’s best brews, since it is renowned for its lively Oktoberfest celebration.

This afternoon, enjoy free time or take our optional tour to Nymphenburg (availability depends on your departure date).

Included Meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Nymphenburg Palace

Nymphenburg Palace

  • Approximate Cost: $99 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Munich, Germany
  • When: Afternoon tour

The main summer residence of the former rulers of Bavaria, Nymphenburg Palace is a glorious ode to 17th-century architecture with a fascinating past and stunning gardens that make for a lovely stroll. A joint opus between French and Italian designers, its many highlights include the Amalienburg Hall of Mirrors, an unforgettable Rococo masterpiece. Opulent furnishings and remarkable collections of porcelain — including pieces made in the on-site factory — make for myriad marvels.


Day 4:

Oberammergau: The Main Event

Motorcoach transfer today will whisk you to charming Oberammergau, and its quaint village cottages, many of which are adorned with woodcarvings. You’ll have a bit of free time to explore and enjoy lunch on your own before the main event: The Passion Play.

Held every 10 years for 380 decades, the world’s largest nonprofessional drama performance depicting the life and times of Christ means there are some very special laws in effect here. All participants, from speaking parts such as Jesus or Mary, right down to members of the choir and ushers, must have been born in Oberammergau or lived there for at least 20 years in order to participate in the summer’s 102 performances. No makeup is used and village men are required to grow a beard before the main event. Vantage has secured some of the best tickets—which often sell out up to a year in advance. Besides your seat for this fascinating spectacle, you’ll also get some collectible gifts, including a chair cushion for the 7-hour performance. But don’t worry, there is an intermission!

Afterwards, transfer to your local hotel to rest before departing the next day for Mainz.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5:

Depart Oberammergau for Mainz

Today you’ll depart this tiny Alpine village and head to Mainz to join day two of your base tour.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Oberammergau Passion Play with Munich (August 5)

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FROM $1,899 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $474 PER DAY

Nestled deep in the heart of the Bavarian Alps, Oberammergau is one of the postcard-perfect Germany villages filled with charming homes decorated with Lüftlmalerei wall paintings, intricate woodcarvings, and a small tight-knit community of just 5,100. It’s always special indeed, but once every 10 years this village expands to an even larger community of the faithful or just about anyone interested in history for one of the most fascinating, long-running spectacles in the world: the Oberammergau Passion Play. Occurring every decade since 1634, with roles depicting the life of Jesus filled by just about every villager, this 380-year event in the making will be presented exclusively for Vantage travelers on special Majestic Rivers of Europe: Castles, Cathedrals and Fairytales trip extensions. In three extra days, explore Munich and the Alps, and enjoy some of the best show seats and the most enriching features as only Vantage can present them — but hurry, tickets sell out months in advance so you should reserve this experience today.

Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience on our August 5, 2020, departure.

Travel with Vantage for these exclusive features:

  • Best accommodations: Our regional hotels offer you the most deluxe experience, with 4-star lodgings in a better location than other travel companies — 2 nights accommodations in Oberammergau and 1 night at the Hilton Munich Park (or similar)
  • Intimate group sizes: With a maximum of just 16 travelers on each Oberammergau extension, you’ll enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a small, like-minded group
  • The best seating and amenities: We’ll keep you comfortable with premium seating (with the best panoramic views!); deluxe seat cushions, blankets, and collectible pen lights to take home; a commemorative English-language booklet guide; and a local guide who can best further illuminate your discoveries!
  • The best values: All of this — including the Munich portion of your journey — comes at the best value in the deluxe travel industry today, with the lowest per-diems!
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Guided city tour of Munich
  • Welcome Dinner
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and experienced regional experts
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.

Please be aware that extension itinerary varies by departure date. See Dates and Prices on the tour page online or call for details.

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Day 1:

Depart home

Leave today for your overnight flight to Germany.

Day 2:

Arrive in Munich, Germany, transfer to the Alps

You’ll arrive in Munich this morning then transfer via motorcoach to the charming village of Oberammergau, where you'll have lunch on your own. Enjoy a welcome briefing and orientation walk before an included dinner here.

Included Meals:

Dinner

Day 3:

Experience the famous Passion Play in Oberammergau

This morning you’ll go into the city center, then enjoy lunch on your own before the main event: The Passion Play. This once-a-decade performance is a truly unforgettable experience based on centuries-old promise. Back in the 1630s, the village was facing a plague. The locals made a vow to perform a passion play every ten years, and miraculously, the village survived. So the villagers have fulfilled their pledge for hundreds of years, putting on an elaborate spectacle using only talent from Oberammergau itself.  Conveniently, the play is in two parts, and we’ll have an included dinner that provides a delightful interlude during which we can relax and discuss the play. This is an unforgettable experience, and you’ll be among a select group of people the world over who have ever seen this rare event.

Please note: The starting time of the Passion Play will vary slightly based on the date of your departure.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4:

Explore Munich, the heart of Bavaria

Today, you’ll depart Oberammergau and head back to Bavaria’s capital, Munich. It’s teeming with history and impressive architecture, not to mention being the site of one of the world’s most famous festivals: Oktoberfest. On a panoramic tour today, you’ll catch glimpses of historic sites like Frauenkirche — the city’s most famous church — as well as some of the dozens of museums here, which showcase everything from art to technology.

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure and a dinner and included drink at the hotel tonight.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5:

Depart for Mainz and your base tour

After breakfast, travel to Mainz – with a stop in charming Ulm for an independent lunch – then join your base tour.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Oberammergau Passion Play with Munich (September 6)

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FROM $1,899 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $475 PER DAY

Nestled deep in the heart of the Bavarian Alps, Oberammergau is one of the postcard-perfect Germany villages filled with charming homes decorated with Lüftlmalerei wall paintings, intricate woodcarvings, and a small tight-knit community of just 5,100. It’s always special indeed, but once every 10 years this village expands to an even larger community of the faithful or just about anyone interested in history for one of the most fascinating, long-running spectacles in the world: the Oberammergau Passion Play. Occurring every decade since 1634, with roles depicting the life of Jesus filled by just about every villager, this 380-year event in the making will be presented exclusively for Vantage travelers on special Majestic Rivers of Europe: Castles, Cathedrals and Fairytales trip extensions. In three extra days, explore Munich and the Alps, and enjoy some of the best show seats and the most enriching features as only Vantage can present them — but hurry, tickets sell out months in advance so you should reserve this experience today.

Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience on our September 6, 2020, departure.

Travel with Vantage for these exclusive features:

  • Best accommodations: Our regional hotels offer you the most deluxe experience, with 4-star lodgings in a better location than other travel companies — 2 nights accommodations in Oberammergau and 1 night at the Hilton Munich Park (or similar)
  • Intimate group sizes: With a maximum of just 16 travelers on each Oberammergau extension, you’ll enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a small, like-minded group
  • The best seating and amenities: We’ll keep you comfortable with premium seating (with the best panoramic views!); deluxe seat cushions, blankets, and collectible pen lights to take home; a commemorative English-language booklet guide; and a local guide who can best further illuminate your discoveries!
  • The best values: All of this — including the Munich portion of your journey — comes at the best value in the deluxe travel industry today, with the lowest per-diems!
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Guided city tour of Munich
  • Farewell Dinner
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and experienced regional experts
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.

Please be aware that extension itinerary varies by departure date. See Dates and Prices on the tour page online or call for details.

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Day 16:

Depart Mainz for Oberammergau

Today, bid travelers on your base tour Auf Wiedersehen and board a motorcoach bound for the charming village of Oberammergau. You’ll have an independent lunch stop in Ulm before arriving this afternoon. Your City Host will lead an orientation walk here, and then you’ll enjoy a relaxing dinner in your hotel this evening.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 17:

Let the magic begin . . .

This morning you’ll take motorcoach transfer into the city center and enjoy lunch on your own before the main event: The Passion Play.

Held every 10 years for 380 decades, the world’s largest nonprofessional drama performance depicting the life and times of Christ means there are some very special laws in effect here. All participants, from speaking parts such as Jesus or Mary, right down to members of the choir and ushers, must have been born in Oberammergau or lived there for at least 20 years in order to participate in the summer’s 102 performances. No makeup is used and village men are required to grow a beard before the main event. Vantage has secured some of the best tickets — which often sell out up to a year in advance. Besides your seat for this fascinating spectacle, you’ll also get some collectible gifts, including a chair cushion for the 7-hour performance (conducted in English). But don’t worry, there is an intermission!

After the show, transfer back to your hotel this evening.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 18:

Magnificent Munich

Depart Oberammergau this morning for Munich, where you’ll arrive at lunchtime. Explore the city center and enjoy lunch on your own before a panoramic tour of Munich by coach. It will include most of the city’s highlights: the the Altstadt (Old Town), central Marienplatz square and it’s neo-Gothic town hall, which features a glockenspiel show that chimes and re-enacts 16th century tales. Perhaps you’ll ask your City Host where to enjoy one of the city’s best brews, since it is renowned for its lively Oktoberfest celebration.

This afternoon, enjoy free time or take our optional tour to Nymphenburg (availability depends on your departure date).

Tonight, enjoy a lively dinner at your hotel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner
Optional Tour: Nymphenburg Palace

Nymphenburg Palace

  • Approximate Cost: $99 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Munich, Germany
  • When: Afternoon tour

The main summer residence of the former rulers of Bavaria, Nymphenburg Palace is a glorious ode to 17th-century architecture with a fascinating past and stunning gardens that make for a lovely stroll. A joint opus between French and Italian designers, its many highlights include the Amalienburg Hall of Mirrors, an unforgettable Rococo masterpiece. Opulent furnishings and remarkable collections of porcelain — including pieces made in the on-site factory — make for myriad marvels.


Day 19:

Depart Munich Airport

This morning you’ll depart from the Munich Airport bound back home to the U.S.A.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Oberammergau Passion Play with Munich (September 20)

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FROM $1,899 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $474 PER DAY

Nestled deep in the heart of the Bavarian Alps, Oberammergau is one of the postcard-perfect Germany villages filled with charming homes decorated with Lüftlmalerei wall paintings, intricate woodcarvings, and a small tight-knit community of just 5,100. It’s always special indeed, but once every 10 years this village expands to an even larger community of the faithful or just about anyone interested in history for one of the most fascinating, long-running spectacles in the world: the Oberammergau Passion Play. Occurring every decade since 1634, with roles depicting the life of Jesus filled by just about every villager, this 380-year event in the making will be presented exclusively for Vantage travelers on special Majestic Rivers of Europe: Castles, Cathedrals and Fairytales trip extensions. In three extra days, explore Munich and the Alps, and enjoy some of the best show seats and the most enriching features as only Vantage can present them — but hurry, tickets sell out months in advance so you should reserve this experience today.

Enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience on our September 20, 2020, departure.

Travel with Vantage for these exclusive features:

  • Best accommodations: Our regional hotels offer you the most deluxe experience, with 4-star lodgings in a better location than other travel companies — 1 night accommodation at the Hilton Munich Park (or similar) and 2 nights at a moderate deluxe hotel in Oberammergau
  • Intimate group sizes: With a maximum of just 16 travelers on each Oberammergau extension, you’ll enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience with a small, like-minded group
  • The best seating and amenities: We’ll keep you comfortable with premium seating (with the best panoramic views!); deluxe seat cushions, blankets, and collectible pen lights to take home; a commemorative English-language booklet guide; and a local guide who can best further illuminate your discoveries!
  • The best values: All of this — including the Munich portion of your journey — comes at the best value in the deluxe travel industry today, with the lowest per-diems!
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • Guided city tour of Munich
  • Welcome Dinner
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and experienced regional experts
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.

Please be aware that extension itinerary varies by departure date. See Dates and Prices on the tour page online or call for details.

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Day 1:

Depart home

Leave today for your overnight flight to Germany.

Day 2:

Arrive in Munich, Germany, unwind, and enjoy dinner

You'll arrive in this culturally and historically rich city and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy an included Welcome Drink and Dinner at the hotel this evening.

Included Meals:

Dinner

Day 3:

Explore Munich, the heart of Bavaria

Today, you’ll embark on a panoramic city tour of Munich. The capital of Bavaria is teeming with history and impressive architecture, not to mention being the site of one of the world’s most famous festivals: Oktoberfest. You’ll catch glimpses of historic sites like Frauenkirche — the city’s most famous church — as well as some of the dozens of museums here, which showcase everything from art to technology. This afternoon, transfer to the charming village of Oberammergau, nestled in the mountains. You’ll have an orientation walk before your included dinner.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner
Optional Tour: Nymphenburg Palace

Nymphenburg Palace

  • Approximate Cost: $99 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Munich, Germany
  • When: Afternoon tour

The main summer residence of the former rulers of Bavaria, Nymphenburg Palace is a glorious ode to 17th-century architecture with a fascinating past and stunning gardens that make for a lovely stroll. A joint opus between French and Italian designers, its many highlights include the Amalienburg Hall of Mirrors, an unforgettable Rococo masterpiece. Opulent furnishings and remarkable collections of porcelain — including pieces made in the on-site factory — make for myriad marvels.


Day 4:

Experience the famous Passion Play in Oberammergau

You’ll head into the city center this morning and have some time at leisure before the main event: the Passion Play. This once-a-decade performance is a truly unforgettable experience based on centuries-old promise. Back in the 1630s, the village was facing a plague. The locals made a vow to perform a passion play every ten years, and miraculously, the village survived. So the villagers have fulfilled their pledge for hundreds of years, putting on an elaborate spectacle using only talent from Oberammergau itself.  Conveniently, the play is in two parts, and we’ll have an included dinner that provides a delightful interlude during which we can relax and discuss the play. This is an unforgettable experience, and you’ll be among a select group of people the world over who have ever seen this rare event.

Please note: The starting time of the Passion Play will vary based on the date of your departure.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5:

Depart for Mainz and your base tour

After breakfast, travel to Mainz – with a stop in charming Ulm for an independent lunch – then join your base tour.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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FROM $1,099 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $275 PER DAY

Immerse yourself in the legacies of Van Gogh, the Dutch Golden Age of trade and art, iconic narrow houses and gabled facades, glittering canals, cheese shops at every corner and bike paths to zip past them all in the Netherlands’ unforgettable capital: Amsterdam. Enhance your base tour with more cultural discoveries, such as an included visit to the Rijksmuseum, a canal cruise, and walking tour of Dusseldorf along the way.

Your Price Includes:

  • 3 nights accommodations at the Superior First-Class NH Barbizon Palace (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Walking tour of Dusseldorf during your transfer to Mainz
  • Canal Cruise with visit to Rijksmuseum
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and experienced regional experts
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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Day 16:

Dusseldorf orientation walk before Amsterdam

Transfer to Amsterdam, stopping off along the way in Dusseldorf for a walking tour.

While Dusseldorf is an economic powerhouse, it’s also famed for its arts scene and lovely location on the picturesque banks of the Rhine. Besides a charming Old Town (Altstadt), there’s also a famous beer to sip — Altbier — and it’s dark and plentiful, along with lots of shopping streets.

This evening, enjoy a Welcome Briefing at the hotel

Day 17:

Amsterdam canal cruise, and a visit to the Rijksmusem

Embark on a canal cruise through this charming city — the canals are considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site — and also stop at the famed Rijksmusem. You'll also get a chance to visit a local diamond shop, a popular trade in this region.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Day 18:

Wander this European gem

Today, enjoy a full day at leisure. Perhaps you’ll visit the Anne Frank House (make sure to reserve your tickets in advance online or with your city host); the site of the WWII heroine is located in a charming district called De 9 Straatjes (The 9 Streets), a photogenic canal side neighborhood filled with charming shops and bakeries. You may also consider our optional tour to Zaanse Shaanse & Edam, a charming 17th-century living history village. This evening, toast a great trip at an included dinner.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner
Optional Tour: Zaanse Schans & Edam Excursion

Zaanse Schans & Edam Excursion

  • Approximate Cost:
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • When: Half-Day Tour

The Dutch say, “if you only have one day to see Holland, then go to Zaanse Schans,” so we take you there on our “quintessential Holland” excursion. You’ll take a short scenic ride through the countryside to this “living museum” to admire the houses, hump-backed bridges, charming gardens, tradesmen’s workshops, and authentic, working windmills dating to the 17th century. You’ll get a lesson in cheese making, step inside a windmill, and see how a clog maker crafts those unique shoes. Next you’ll go on a guided tour of picturesque Edam, famous for its eponymous cheese. Before heading back to Amsterdam, you’ll try a typical Dutch treat, coffee and apple cake, at a local café.


Day 19:

Return home

Today after breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

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