Switzerland, the Heart of the Rhine & Moselle featuring Oberammergau extension - 2020

The Netherlands • Germany • France • Switzerland • Oberammergau Extension
  • JOIN US ON A FAIRY-TALE EUROPEAN RIVER CRUISE ALONG THE RHINE & MOSELLE
  • FULL-DAY TOUR OF THE ALSATIAN WINE ROUTE
  • EXPLORE CITIES ON TWO WHEELS USING THE BICYCLES WE HAVE ON BOARD
  • WALKING TOUR OF STRASBOURG, FEATURING A CANAL BOAT RIDE
  • VISIT WEINGUT GEORG FRITZ VON NELL WINE ESTATE FOR A WONDERFUL LUNCH
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Bruges, Belgium

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FROM $899 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $225 PER DAY

One of the best-preserved Old World cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bruges is one of Europe’s most charming destinations. Experience its ancient cobbles and fairytale turrets for yourself, and learn about the city’s fascinating history as capital for textiles and lace as you admire the view of centuries-old guild houses reflected off the shimmering waters of Bruges' meandering canals.

Your Price Includes:
  • Transfer from Amsterdam to Bruges
  • 3 nights accommodations at the Hotel Oud Huis De Paelleert (or similar)
  • 3 meals: 3 breakfasts
  • Walking tour of Bruges
  • Bruges canal cruise
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host
  • 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:

Transfer to Bruges and embark on an orientation walk

Transfer from Amsterdam to Bruges, then enjoy an orientation walk with your City Host as you get acquainted with this charming town.

Day 17:

Delve into Bruges with a walking tour and canal cruise

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, and then embark on a walking tour of Bruges. Explore the Market Square and see the iconic Church of Our Lady from the outside — its tower is the second-largest brickwork tower in the world, and is truly a sight to behold. You'll also take set off on a canal cruise that will allow you to admire the arched bridges and charming gardens as your boat plies these tranquil waters. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore the same canals, as well as the lovely homes once owned by wealthy textile merchants. You can also discover Bruges' restaurants and shops, perhaps even seeing some hand-made lace, a product for which Bruges is renowned.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Day 18:

Discover the city’s magic on your own, or opt for some “Bruges Delights”

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then a day at leisure to discover this magical city on your own. Or embark on an optional tour of Bruges Delights. This is a foray into the city's culinary treasures, and will take you to a chocolatier, a local pub for some beer tasting, and a stop for a delicious Belgian "lace cookie." This is an ideal excursion for those looking to taste some of the country's signature food and drink. Dinner is on your own this evening.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Bruges Delights

Bruges Delights

  • Approximate Cost: $75 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Bruges, Belgium
  • When: Morning tour
Among the most famous “Delights” are the Belgian Chocolates – nothing like what you find in other parts of the world; much richer this chocolate is a true treat – simply awesome. Hear how to make the perfect chocolate – while tasting one. Continue for sampling delicate and elegant lace cookies. Named for the lace-like holes that form as they bake, these buttery cookies are light and crisp yet packed with a ton of flavor.

If the food doesn’t do it for you, you might enjoy the beers. This little country makes a lot of beer (almost 200 breweries reside here!) and really good beer — from Flemish reds to lambics, dubbels to blondes. You probably won’t be able to try them all, but while on cruise, you’ll have the opportunity to taste a few. 

Day 19:

Fly home

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to the airport in Brussels for your flight home.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Montreux, Switzerland

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FROM $1,299 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $325 PER DAY

The 19th century luminaries who once visited Montreux — such as Tolstoy, Nabakov, Flaubert, Dostoyevsky — were no doubt drawn by the pleasant climate, idyllic surroundings, and shimmering waters of Lake Geneva. This resort town remains an elegant escape, and you’ll experience its many charms on this extension. Enjoy a full-day tour of the Chateaux de Chillon and Gruyeres region — which includes some time at the Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage Site — as well as the opportunity to watch witness the art of cheese making with a local family and visit a chocolatier. You’ll also have time on your own to explore Montreux and nearby Gruyere, and generally revel in the beauty of this lakeside gem.

Your Price Includes

  • 3 nights accommodations at the Superior First-Class Hotel Royal Plaza & Spa Montreux (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Walking tour of Bern
  • Full day tour of Chateaux de Chillon and Gruyeres region
  • Visit to cheese-making family and chocolatier in Gruyeres
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and experienced local guides
  • 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:

Transfer to Montreux with a delightful stop in Bern along the way

From Basel, enjoy a scenic transfer to Montreux, stopping in Bern for a brief walk in the Swiss capital. Arrive at your hotel in the afternoon and relax as you take in your beautiful surroundings.

DAY 17:

Explore Chateaux de Chillon and Gruyeres region, including cheesemaker and chocolatier visits

Today embark on a full-day tour of Chateaux de Chillon and the Gruyeres region. The chateaux, which is perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking picturesque Lake Geneva, evokes visions of fairytales and intrigue. You’ll learn the full story of this fabled fortress, including its famous dungeons, during your visit here. You’ll also explore the Gruyeres region, including the UNESCO-listed Lavaux Vineyard Terraces. The scenery you’ll experience will be enhanced with a Cultural Discovery: you’ll get the chance to visit a local cheese-making family as well as a chocolatier.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 18:

A day at leisure, or opt to visit Geneva and world-famous CERN

Enjoy a day at leisure today to explore at your own pace. Or embark on an optional tour to Geneva and CERN, the vaunted scientific research facility that is renowned for its Large Hadron Collider, the largest machine in the world. A Farewell Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner
Optional Tour: Geneva and Cern

Geneva and Cern

  • Approximate Cost: $319 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 7 hours
  • Location: Geneva, Switzerland
  • When: Full Day Tour

Explore more of Switzerland on an optional tour that takes you to one of the country’s most beloved cities – Geneva – as well as its world-famous CERN facility. You’ll be introduced to many charms of Switzerland’s second-most populous city on a driving and walking tour, before venturing to CERN. A hub of cutting-edge science, CERN has been home to the birth of the World Wide Web and groundbreaking discovery of the Higgs Boson particle via the Large Hadron Collider (which is also the world’s largest machine).


DAY 19:

Transfer to the Geneva airport for your flight home

After breakfast this morning, transfer to Geneva airport to begin the journey home.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Oberammergau Passion Play with Munich (July 18, Aug 15, Sept 12)

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FROM $1,949 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $487 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 wood carvings, 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 Switzerland, the Heart of the Rhine & Moselle trip extensions. You’ll 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 these 2020 departures: July 18, August 15, and September 12.

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 Hilton Munich Park (or similar) and 1 night in Oberammergau at the Hotel Wittelsbach (or similar).
  • Intimate group sizes: With a maximum of just 40 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!
  • 4 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:

Depart for Oberammergau and experience the famed Passion Play

Today, bid travelers on your base tour auf Wiedersehen (with a box lunch to enjoy) and board a motorcoach bound for the charming village of Oberammergau. Your City Host will then take you to the main event: the Passion Play. 

Held every decade for 380 years, 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 (in German, with English subtitles on screen). 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:

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 its 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. Your afternoon is at leisure, and dinner is on your own this evening. 


Included Meals:

Breakfast

Day 18:

Enjoy a day at leisure in Munch or opt for a tour of Nymphenburg 

Today, enjoy a delightful day at leisure to explore this city in depth. Or take our optional tour to Nymphenburg Palace. Tonight, enjoy a lively Farewell 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 (May 3)

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FROM $1,949 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $487 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 wood carvings, 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 Switzerland, the Heart of the Rhine & Moselle trip extensions. You’ll 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 May 3, 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 accommodations at the Hilton Munich Park (or similar) and 2 nights at Hotel Griesbrau Murnau for the Oberammergau portion of your program
  • Intimate group sizes: With a maximum of just 40 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!
  • 4 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:

Depart Mainz for Oberammergau

Today, bid travelers on your base tour auf Wiedersehen (with a box lunch to enjoy) and board a motorcoach bound for the charming village of Oberammergau. 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, Lunch, & 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 decade for 380 years, 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 (in German, with English subtitles on a screen). 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 & 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 Altstadt (Old Town), central Marienplatz square and its 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 before a lively Farewell Dinner at your hotel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

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 (May 17, Aug 1 & 29, Sept 26)

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FROM $1,949 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $487 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 wood carvings, 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 Switzerland, the Heart of the Rhine & Moselle trip extensions.  You’ll 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 these 2020 departures: May 17, August 1, August 29, and September 26.

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 at the Hotel Wittelsbach (or similar), and 2 nights at Hilton Munich Park (or similar)
  • Intimate group sizes: With a maximum of just 40 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
  • 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:

Marvelous Munich, Germany

You’ll arrive in this culturally and historically rich city and transfer to your hotel. Lunch will be on your own, and you can begin to explore on a brief orientation walk in the afternoon. This evening, you'll have a Welcome Dinner and Briefing at your city hotel.

Included Meals:

Dinner

Day 3:

Explore Munich, the heart of Bavaria

Today, you’ll embark on a panoramic tour of Munich this morning by coach includes all of the city’s highlights: the Altstadt (Old Town), central Marienplatz square and its 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. Your afternoon is at leisure, or you can choose an optional tour to Nymphenburg Palace, a bastion of baroque elegance that is as fascinating as it is beautiful.

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:

Experience the famous Passion Play in Oberammergau

You’ll travel to Oberammergau today 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. If you’re traveling May 17 or August 1, the play will begin at 2:30pm local time. If you’re on the August 29 or September 26 departures, your play will start at 1:30pm local time. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5:

Travel to Basel to join the base tour

After breakfast, travel to Basel – with a stop in charming Lindau for lunch – to join the base tour.

Please note: Based on Passion Play times, your itinerary and features may be slightly different.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

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