Catholic Central Europe with Oberammergau–Faith–Based Travel (TCO)

9 Day Tour Munich to Frankfurt

2020 Tour Details

On this faith-based tour through Central Europe, visit some of Central Europe’s most important cathedrals and pilgrimage sites, and witness some of its most striking scenery. Plus, enjoy first-class seats to Oberammergau’s Passion Play, performed every 10 years by Oberammergau residents as a thank you for saving the town from the Black Death. With beautiful alpine scenery as the backdrop, it is nothing short of spectacular!

Highlights of this Central Europe tour include visits to some of the region’s most significant churches and cathedrals. Visit the pilgrimage church in Wies, a Rococo masterpiece and UNESCO World Heritage Site dating to the 1740s set in a gorgeous alpine setting. In Trier, another UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the oldest cities north of the Alps, visit the High Cathedral of St. Peter. This UNESCO World Heritage Site dating to the 4th century is Germany’s oldest bishop’s church. In Aachen, visit Northern Europe’s oldest cathedral, dating to 803 AD. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is the burial place of Charlemagne, the church used for the coronation of German kings and queens, and still a pilgrimage church. Visit the Benedictine Abbey of Einsiedeln, one of Switzerland’s most important pilgrimage sites and renowned for its black Madonna carved in the 15th century.

You’ll also witness stunning scenery on this Central Europe tour. Marvel at Rhine Falls, Europe’s biggest falls, and enjoy a cruise along the most scenic part of the Rhine River. Stop in the Black Forest with beautiful forests of thick pine trees.

This is just a sampling of the many highlights of this Catholic Central Europe with Oberammergau tour. It’s a dream vacation!

This vacation, which includes tickets for the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play, requires an additional deposit of $500 per person in June 2019.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

MUNICH
Welcome dinner; orientation, visit Marienplatz and the Frauenkirche
NEUSCHWANSTEIN
Visit King Ludwig’s castle
WIES
Visit the rococo church
OBERAMMERGAU
Passion Play
INNSBRUCK
Walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof
EINSIEDELN
Visit the Benedictine Abbey
LUCERNE
Orientation, see the Lion’s Monument and the Chapel Bridge, visit the Jesuit Church and the Church of St. Leodegar
SCHAFFHAUSEN
Stop at the Rhine Falls
BLACK FOREST
Woodcarving demonstration
TRIER
Orientation, see the Porta Nigra; visit the cathedral and see the Dreikönigenhaus
AACHEN
Orientation, visit the cathedral
COLOGNE
Visit the gothic cathedral
RHINE CRUISE
RÜDESHEIM
Wine tasting
FRANKFURT
Farewell dinner

Headsets throughout the tour.

Notes:

  • Hotel information will be available in 2019. Oberammergau hotel will be in the village of Oberammergau.

Transportation:

Motorcoach, boat cruise. Free wi-fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch in Oberammergau; 7 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner in Munich and a farewell dinner in Frankfurt

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 Arrive In Munich, Germany

Welcome to Munich! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions, then enjoy this evening’s welcome dinner at your hotel.

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Day 2 Munich–Neuschwanstein–Wies–Oberammergau

Your orientation of Germany’s “Secret Capital” includes the Olympic Stadium, 1,000-foot-high Television Tower, MARIENPLATZ with its old and new Town Halls, and the gothic FRAUENKIRCHE. Enjoy a scenic drive to Neuschwanstein for an exciting visit to magnificent KING LUDWIG’S CASTLE, which was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle. Before arriving in Oberammergau, stop for a visit to the beautifully-located pilgrimage CHURCH of Wies, a Rococo masterpiece.

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Day 3 Oberammergau

Today is dedicated to the PASSION PLAY, held every 10 years and performed by the inhabitants of Oberammergau.

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Day 4 Oberammergau–Innsbruck, Austria–Einsiedeln, Switzerland–Lucerne

A picturesque drive through the Bavarian and Tyrolean Alps brings you to Innsbruck. Enjoy a pleasant walk through its quaint medieval lanes and take pictures of the GOLDEN ROOF. Cross the border and enter Switzerland, where you will visit the impressive Benedictine ABBEY OF OUR LADY of Einsiedeln, renowned for the famous black Madonna and its unique baroque architecture, on your way to picture-book Lucerne.

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Day 5 Lucerne

On your walking tour, admire Thorwaldsen’s LION’S MONUMENT, dedicated to the Swiss Guards who protected the Royal House of France during the French Revolution, and the ornate patrician houses of the walled town. Then, cross the famous covered CHAPEL BRIDGE and visit the JESUIT CHURCH with its onion-topped towers, built by the Jesuits in the time Protestantism came up and the reason that Lucerne remained Catholic. Also included is a visit to the Hofkirche ST. LEODEGAR, the most important church and a landmark of the city. Afternoon and evening at leisure; you may wish to join exciting optional excursions to Mount Pilatus and attend a Swiss Folklore show.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Lucerne–Schaffhausen–Black Forest, Germany–Rhineland

A short drive to Schaffhausen to admire the famous RHINE FALLS; then, enter Germany, and stop in the Black Forest to enjoy a WOODCARVING DEMONSTRATION, before continuing to the Rhineland for your overnight stay.

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Day 7 Rhineland–Trier–Aachen–Cologne

This morning is dedicated to Trier, one of the oldest cities north of the Alps. During your orientation, admire the Porta Nigra, a large Roman city gate, visit the HIGH CATHEDRAL OF ST. PETER, and see the unusual early-gothic Dreikönigenhaus. Then, continue to Aachen for a visit to the oldest CATHEDRAL in Northern Europe, burial place of Charlemagne, and for 600 years the church of coronation for German kings and queens. Arrive in Cologne for your overnight stay.

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Day 8 Cologne–The Rhine Valley–Rüdesheim–Frankfurt

The morning is dedicated to a visit of the magnificent CATHEDRAL, sometimes called the most beautiful example of gothic art. Next is a romantic RHINE CRUISE along the most scenic part of the Rhine River, followed by a special treat: a WINE TASTING in the capital of Riesling wine, Rüdesheim. This evening, a farewell dinner has been prepared at your hotel.

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Day 9 Frankfurt

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Accommodations

Munich
Oberammergau
Lucerne
Rhineland
Cologne
Frankfurt

Munich

Holiday Inn Munich City Centre

First-Class

Hotel as shown or similar.

Holiday Inn Munich City Centre Hochstrasse 3, Muenchen,   Germany

Hochstrasse 3
Muenchen, Germany

Multistory Hotel housed within office/apartment & showroom complex in city center near Deutsches Museum.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Spa Services
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Currency Exchange
  • ATM
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool
  • Hot Tub

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Television
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Air Conditioning
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Room Service
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Pay Movies
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Voicemail

Oberammergau

Oberammergau Hotel

First-Class

Hotel information for 2020 tours featuring Oberammergau will be available in 2019. Listed hotels represent the type and location of the hotels that will be offered in 2020. The Oberammergau hotel will be in the village of Oberammergau.

Oberammergau Hotel Eugen-Papst-Str. 9, Oberammergau,  Germany

Eugen-Papst-Str. 9
Oberammergau, Germany

"Hotel information for Oberammergau will be available in 2019. The listed hotels represent the type and location of the hotels which will be offered in 2020. The Oberammergau hotel will be in the village of Oberammergau."

Lucerne

Grand Hotel Europe

First-Class

Hotel as shown or similar.

Grand Hotel Europe Haldenstr. 59, Lucerne,   Switzerland

Haldenstr. 59
Lucerne, Switzerland

A classical 19th century 169 room property. This hotel offers a wonderful contrast of old charm with modern interior design and has a beautiful garden to enhance your stay. Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel with a fee (payable locally). The main dining room is opulently decorated serving traditional Swiss dishes and there is also a lounge and terrace area with a bar service.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Parking/Valet
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge desk
  • Luggage Storage
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Desk

Rhineland

Mercure Wiesbaden City Hotel

First-Class

Hotel as shown or similar.

Mercure Wiesbaden City Hotel Bahnhofstrasse 10-12, Wiesbaden,  Germany

Bahnhofstrasse 10-12
Wiesbaden, Germany

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Hotel with multilingual staff lies in the center of the capital; within walking distance to the pedestrian zone and the old town.

Hotel Amenities

  • Elevator
  • Luggage Storage
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Ice Machine
  • Parking/Valet
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Alarm Clock
  • Television
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Mini-bar
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Internet Access
  • Climate Control
  • Smoking Rooms

Cologne

Steigenberger Hotel Koeln

First-Class

Hotel information for 2020 tours featuring Oberammergau will be available in 2019. Listed hotels represent the type and location of the hotels that will be offered in 2020.

Steigenberger Hotel Koeln Habsburgerring 9-13, Cologne,  Germany

Habsburgerring 9-13
Cologne, Germany

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

A 305-room hotel in the heart of Cologne offering Free Wifi internet access throughout. There is a bright and airy breakfast restaurant and a bistro bar with an outdoor summer terrace for drinks and snacks.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Window Opens
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Climate Control
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Phone

Frankfurt

NH Frankfurt Niederrad

First-Class

Hotel information for 2020 tours featuring Oberammergau will be available in 2019. Listed hotels represent the type and location of the hotels that will be offered in 2020.

NH Frankfurt Niederrad Lyoner Strasse 5, Frankfurt,  Germany

Lyoner Strasse 5
Frankfurt, Germany

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

A 165-room modern hotel located in the Niederrad business district of Frankfurt with Free Wifi internet access throughout the property. There is a contemporary bistro style restaurant and a modern bar serving International wines and cocktails as well as apple cider, a speciality of the Hesse region.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator
  • Business Center
  • Free WiFi
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Room Service
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail

 Optional Excursions

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$$$$ (Over $150)

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