10 Day Tour: September 16-25, 2020
Wonders of Germany
A Western European country with a landscape of forests, rivers, mountain ranges, and the North Sea beaches.
The once-a-decade performance of the Passion Play at the Passion Play Theater in Oberammergau.
- Base Pricing is always calculated for double occupancy.
- $950 supplemental for Solo Travelers.
Places to see
before you die
Architectural Wonders of the World
- Neuschwanstein Castle
- Oberammergau Passion Play
- Roundtrip airfare from Chicago
- First Class Hotel Accommodations
- Internal Flights
- Daily Breakfast,
- 6 Dinners
- Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
- Admissions to all listed Attractions
- Roundtrip airport transfers in the Chicagoland area
- Guided by Bill Ball
- Baggage Handling
- All Gratuities
Day One: If I could visit a country with one of the top numbers of UNESCO sites in the world and attend two of the most famous events at the same time, it could only be Germany during an Oberammergau year during Oktoberfest.
Day Two: We begin our journey in the beautiful mountain city of Munich. The story of Bavaria is told within the walls of the churches, castles and Old Town. We will see where Mad King Ludwig grew up and is buried. We will watch the iconic city hall glockenspiel dance before your eyes and we will see first hand why many regard this as one of the most important cities in Europe.
Day Three: We continue our tour of the greater Munich area with a visit to the somber Dachau concentration camp. We will then head downtown where Bill will show you more of this city’s rich history before turning you loose to enjoy this wondrous place. There are some of the greatest art museums, shops and restaurants in Germany here. This evening we will have reservations for you in one of the great beer tents at Oktoberfest where you can sing, eat and of course drink to celebrate the world’s biggest food festival (yes, Oktoberfest is actually in September).
Day Four: We head south to Oberammergau. On the way to the city of the Passion Play, we will visit the symbol of Bavaria—Neuschwanstein Castle. This is the best Mad King Ludwig castle and one of the most beautiful buildings on earth. It is full of intricate carvings, exquisite furnishing, and mind-blowing murals. For those of you who have already seen it, we will visit Hohenschwangau—the boyhood castle of Ludwig and his inspiration for Neuschwanstein. We will also visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Wieskirche. If your mouth doesn’t drop open when you step inside—We will refund your money. This is a spectacular church to say the very least.
Day Five: Today is the day you will see the Passion Play. Hundreds of actors and crew, animals and incredible stage sets make this a theatrical experience like no other. The show is split into two parts and you won’t want to miss a second.
Day Six: We now go north to Nurnberg. This is one of the most scenic cities in the region. From its impressive hilltop castle to its ancient churches to its namesake sausages, this is what most people picture Germany to be. Here crafts and many Christmas stores flourish since this is Christmas central for Southern Germany. We end the day in Rothenburg. This walled city is one quaint shop, museum, house after another. It is so cute that postcards can’t even capture its beauty.
Day Seven: A day in Rothenburg. The morning will be a tour of the historic center including the magnificent cathedral with its wood-carved altar—the best in Europe. The afternoon will be free to shop, museum shop or just admire the architecture. This city is a postcard all by itself.
Day Eight: We head to two UNESCO sites today—Bamberg and Bayreuth. Bamberg is Germany’s biggest UNESCO site because virtually every building is protected. Dating to the 10th century, this was a center for Slavic people as they emigrated west. It is one of the two cities in Europe that still follow its medieval layout and preserves the building from them. The city is jam-packed with half-timbered and colorful edifices that will take your breath away. Don’t forget to try the smoked beer, a local specialty, while here. The other stop—Bayreuth—will feature its opera house. This is Wagner’s Opera city and the newly restored performance hall is so incredible that simply put—you cannot miss it—it is a reason to come on this tour by itself.
Day Nine: We head back to Munich today but not before one last UNESCO site—the Roman Limes of Germany. Limes refer to the largest limits of the Roman empire—the 2nd century. Here are some of the most extensive fortifications still in existence from the ancient Romans in Northern Europe. This ties us back to the time of the Passion Play.
Day Ten: We fly home today with history oozing from our heads—from Roman antiquities to medieval towns to Mad King Ludwig’s dream castle to modern cities, Germany has it all. Add to that the theatrics of the Passion Play and the over-the-top fun of Oktoberfest, and you have the best Europe has to offer.