Oberammergau Passion Play with Austria, Germany & Switzerland

12 days
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£12,429
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Culture
Suitable for:
Age 17+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
ZVD
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Multi-Country Culture Holidays
Max group size:
14
Min age:
17

Take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and Architecture.

On this exciting expedition, the history and legends of Austria, Germany & Switzerland come to life.

We understand what travellers expect when choosing an expedition company to take them to the ends of the Earth. And, one of the most important factors is having the freedom to focus on immersing yourself in the destination and expedition experience, without having to worry about the finer logistical details of off-the-beaten-path exploration. To that end, we are pleased to include virtually everything in the cost of your Austria, Germany & Switzerland trip.

We are pleased to offer you one of the most generous and flexible travel dining plans imaginable: dine wherever you wish, and we’ll pick up the bill! There are no limits on where you dine or the price of a meal. Enjoy any restaurant except for caviar and alcohol, it’s all included, even the service charges and gratuities.

Highlights

  • Attend the Passion Play in Oberammergau, a once in a decade experience.
  • Ride the Glacier Express from St. Moritz to Zermatt and savour some of Switzerland's most dramatic scenery.
  • Tour Vienna's highlights, including a guided tour of the Schönbrun and Hofburg Palaces.
  • Savour the romantic gardens, commanding castle, and storybook Altstadt (old town) of Salzburg.
  • Photograph stunning Alpine vistas at the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise, the highest cable car station in Europe.
  • Enjoy independent meals at restaurants of your choice with the Dine-Around Program.

What's included

  • All meals, excluding alcohol and caviar (select beverages are included during group meals)
  • Transportation
  • Luxury accommodations
  • All excursions in the company of a Travel Director and expert local guides
  • Luggage transfers
  • All gratuities
  • Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
  • Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear
  • Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

What's not included

  • Airfare from your home city/Vienna and Geneva/home city
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport arrival and departure taxes
  • Passport and/or visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above)
  • Entrance fees for any extra sightseeing or optional activities, and all other incidentals
  • Email/Internet/fax/telephone charges
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Itinerary

Vienna, Austria
to
Geneva, Switzerland
  • Day 1

    Arrive in Vienna, Austria

    Arrive in Vienna and check in to the Hotel Sacher Wien. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this gracious city on your own. Gather at the hotel this evening for a welcome reception and dinner.

    Accommodation: Hotel Sacher Wien

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Days 2-3

    Vienna / Salzburg

    Spend two full days exploring Austria’s political, economic, and cultural capital. Take a walking tour of the city center—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—with a local guide and enjoy a private tour of the Hofburg Palace, viewing the imperial apartments, silver collection, and state banquet halls. The next day, embark on a scenic Danube cruise, passing the historic town of Krems and picturesque farm landscape. Make a stop at the Melk Abbey, located on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Wachau Valley. Founded in the 11th century, today’s abbey was built in the 18th century in grand Baroque style.

    Accommodation: Hotel Sacher Wien

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Vienna / Salzburg

    This morning, join a local historian for a tour of magnificent Schönbrun Palace, the Baroque masterpiece of the Habsburg dynasty known as the “Versailles of Vienna.” After lunch, depart overland for Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and filming location for a number of scenes from The Sound of Music. Check in to the Hotel Sacher Salzburg and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. This evening, take advantage of the Dine Around Program, perhaps sampling a classic wiener schnitzel with strudel for dessert.

    Accommodation: Hotel Sacher Salzburg

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Salzburg

    Take a walking tour of the Altstadt (Old Town), a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its well-preserved architecture spanning the medieval, Romanesque, Baroque, and Renaissance periods. Visit the filming locations of some of Salzburg’s most iconic scenes from The Sound of Music, before ascending to Fortress Hohensalzburg for a guided tour and breathtaking views over the city. This evening, you are treated a private concert during dinner.

    Accommodation: Hotel Sacher Salzburg

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Salzburg / Oberammergau, Germany

    Depart overland for Oberammergau this morning, making a stop en route at the infamous Nazi Kehlsteinhaus, or Eagle’s Nest. Enjoy lunch in charming Innsbruck and take a stroll along the pedestrian-friendly streets to view colorfully decorated buildings and picture-perfect plazas backdropped by the peaks of the Nordkette Mountains. Continue to Oberammergau, nestled within a stunning alpine valley, and check in to the Alpenhof Murnau for dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: Alpenhof Murnau

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Oberammergau

    After a morning at leisure and lunch on your own, gather at the open-air theater to witness the trial, suffering, and death of Christ in The Passion Play, which has been performed in Oberammergau every 10 years since 1634. Enjoy a dinner of traditional Bavarian specialties during the three-hour intermission.

    Accommodation: Alpenhof Murnau

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Oberammergau / Liechtenstein / St. Moritz, Switzerland

    A short drive through verdant meadows dotted with cows and storybook alpine villages brings you to “fairytale” King Ludwig II’s iconic Schloss Neuschwanstein. The model for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle, this romantic 19th-century masterpiece is set atop a hill offering expansive views over the surrounding countryside. Tour the whimsical and elaborately decorated rooms, many inspired by Wagner’s operas. Stop for lunch in tiny Liechtenstein, with an area of just 62 square miles. Continue to St. Moritz and check in to the Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, a historic luxury hotel dating back to 1896.

    Accommodation: Badrutt’s Palace Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    St. Moritz / Zermatt

    After breakfast embark on one of the world’s most scenic train rides—the Glacier Express. Enjoy this 181-mile journey accompanied by incredible mountain views as you traverse narrow valleys, navigate tight curves, and cross 291 bridges.  Check in to the Grand Hotel Zermatterhof for dinner and overnight.

    Accommodation: Grand Hotel Zermatterhof

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Zermatt

    Today, visit the highest cable car station in Europe—Matterhorn Glacier Paradise—on a clear day, views can stretch as far as the Mediterranean. The summit also the home of the international ski area, open 365 days a year and Europe’s largest summer ski area. Getting to the top (an elevation of 12,739 feet) involves riding three gondolas which offer spectacular views of glaciers, alpine meadows, and lakes throughout your transit. Enjoy lunch with a view at the on-site restaurant and spend some time exploring on your own to discover a number of spectacular vistas.

    Accommodation: Grand Hotel Zermatterhof

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Zermatt / Geneva

    This morning, set out for Geneva via the Montreaux Riviera, a route that offers expansive views of steeply terraced vineyards meeting the deep blue waters of Lake Geneva and the majestic Chablais Alps rising from the far shore. The most impressive stretch, known as the Lavaux region, has received UNESCO status for its scenic beauty. Upon arrival in Geneva, embark on a short city tour including a stop to observe the city’s most famous landmark, the Jet d’Eau. Check in to your lake-view room at the Ritz Carlton Hotel de la Paix with the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, attend a festive farewell dinner at the hotel.

    Accommodation: Ritz Carlton Hotel de la Paix

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Geneva

    This tour ends here.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Switzerland

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Austria

There are no specific health risks.

Germany

There are no specific health risks.

Switzerland

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

Many of the meals, breakfast/lunch/dinner, have already been arranged and paid for by Zegrahm, in conjunction with our ground operator. However, some portion of the dinners are left open and guests can go where they like for their meals (or stay at the hotel and order room service), at no cost to them. We will cover the bill (food and drink) at any restaurant where we haven’t already organized a set, group meal. The only two items we will not pay for is caviar and champagne.

The guests will pay out of pocket and keep the receipt of their meals and drinks and give it to the Travel Director (either Amber or Harry, depending on the trip departure). The costs will then be paid out and the guests will get reimbursed.

Is this trip for you?

This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Zegrahm Expeditions. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may be a mixture of Exodus, Zegrahm Expeditions, and other clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award-winning customer service that you would expect. Zegrahm Expeditions operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Premier Hotels, Exquisite Camps, and Luxurious Boutique Properties

Accommodations at some of the world’s most extraordinary properties are a hallmark of Zegrahm’s Cultural Journeys inspired by Travcoa. Stay at premier hotels, exquisite camps, and luxurious boutique properties in spacious rooms or suites and enjoy spectacular views when available.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]