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Swiss Highlands & Bavarian Alps

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$7,140 CAD
Journey Type
Land
Time of Year
May - Sep
Cities & Landmarks
Munich, Nymphenburg Palace, Oberammergau, Bern, Appenzell, Einstenhaus
Oberammergau Tours
Passion Play

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TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Meet the Habsburgs during a private lunch at Switzerland’s Habsburg Castle 

 

Premier Category 1 seating at the Passion Play in Oberammergau 

 

Tauck Value Includes


Two nights in Bern with guided sightseeing to the Rose Gardens, Bear Park, and the Einstein Museum in the Bern History Museum; the craftsman village; Schwingen wrestling and an Emmental cheese tasting 

 

Swiss chocolate making at a chocolate factory

 

A textile demonstration and visit inside the famous Abbey Library in St. Gallen

 

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Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.

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Often robust – may include long days, active sightseeing, early starts, evening activities, significant travel times.

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Our 8-day Bern to Munich and Oberammergau tours include a once-in-a-decade performance of the Passion Play!

Along Europe's Scenic "Yellow Roads"

Indulge your passion for scenic splendors, Alpine highs, historic sites and all-embracing cultural traditions that play out in Swiss cities, Bavarian towns and a once-in-a-decade, centuries-old performance in Oberammergau. Bear witness to local life in Bern, past and present. Try schwingen in Affoltern, cheese in Emmental, and chocolate in Maestrani. Dine with royalty in a Habsburg Castle, experience the Passionsspiele from the best seats in the house, explore Munich’s must-see sites and pay a poignant visit to Dachau with a knowledgeable guide.

Once every ten years, as each new decade begins, some 2,000 local residents of the little Bavarian village of Oberammergau join forces to perform the Passionsspiele (Passion Play), a dramatic re-creation of Jesus Christ’s last days on Earth. First produced nearly four centuries ago, the Passion Play has become a beloved highlight of every decade… and being there in person to see it unfold with Tauck will be an experience you'll remember for a lifetime! Sightseeing in Bern includes the Rosengarten, the Bärengraben, and the Zytglogge clock tower, where you’ll begin an Einstein Experience tour that explores Switzerland's de facto capital through the eyes of the great physicist. Traveling through the Bernese Overland, visit the 11th-century Habsburg Castle, original seat of the House of Habsburg, where you’ll “meet” Rudolf of Habsburg. Continue to Swiss city of St. Gallen, known for its textiles and the medieval Abbey of St. Gail; the popular Lake Constance resort area; and the alpine villages of Flawil and Appenzell. And your exploration of Munich includes a tour of the opulent Baroque Nymphenburg Palace, former summer residence of Bavaria's ruling family; and a poignant visit to the Dachau concentration camp site and memorial outside Munich. Read Less

An Einstein experience and the Bärenpark in Bern

Exploring Albert Einstein's life and work – and the bears of Bern

Albert Einstein was living in Bern with his wife and son from 1903 to 1905 while working on what would become his Theory of Relativity… and today, the Bern History Museum’s Einstein Museum pays tribute to the famed physicist’s life, work and groundbreaking discoveries with an exhibit featuring more than 500 objects. You’ll see Einstein’s world through his eyes when you explore the museum on your visit to Bern. Nearby, you can also see the flat where the Einsteins lived, and enjoy a stroll through the city’s Rosengarten, with its famous Bärenpark (Bear Park) and the brown bear family residing there.

TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Lunch at Habsburg Castle

Meet “the Habsburgs” at an exclusive lunch at Habsburg Castle

Learn how one of Europe’s most influential royal houses got its start at an exclusive lunch at Switzerland’s Habsburg Castle near the Aar River. Costumed interpreters help tell the story of the House of Habsburg – which eventually ruled Europe’s vast Austro-Hungarian Empire – as you enjoy lunch in the partially restored 12th-century fortress where it all began. And after your visit, indulge your sweet tooth with a chocolate making adventure.

The 2020 Oberammergau Passion Play

Experience the 2020 Oberammergau Passion Play with Tauck

Produced every ten years by the citizens of the Bavarian Alpine village of Oberammergau since the 1630s, the Oberammergau Passion Play (Passionsspiele) has become a beloved highlight of every decade for people all over the world. Today, about 2,000 of the village’s 5,000 or so residents take part in a high-tech, 21st-century version of this revered tradition. In 2020, join Tauck to experience Passion Play in person – featuring premier seating, private tours of must-see sights and attractions, premium accommodations and more.

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You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

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