Italy, Switzerland & Germany
August 16 – 24, 2022
Starting at $3699 per person, double occupancy
Visit – In-depth sightseeing with a Local Specialist or your Travel Director, includes fast track entry (where applicable).
View – A brief stop to take in the sight and capture photos.
See – See the sight while driving by on the coach.
Your Included Dining – 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Day 1 | Mon, Aug 15, 2022 | Fly to Milan
Day 2 | Tue, Aug 16, 2022 | Arrive Milan
The favorite summer retreat for the who’s who of Italy for centuries provides an enchanting backdrop for your first day in Italy. Transfer from Milan Malpensa Airport to your hotel in the picturesque thermal resort of Baveno on the shores of Lake Maggiore. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner this evening to meet your fellow travel companions and Travel Director before embarking on your At Leisure jaunt through this picture-perfect region. Meals: WD Hotel: Baveno: Hotel Simplon Lago Maggiore Baveno (this hotel may be swapped with their sister hotel, Grand Hotel Dino, closer to departure)
Day 3 | Wed, Aug 17, 2022 | Lake Maggiore (Baveno) At Leisure and Como Excursion
Ease into la dolce vita, ambling along the glamorous Baveno Marina. The gentle sounds of this picturesque lakeside is a soulful way to start your day before enjoying some free time to explore Baveno with its Romanesque bell tower and octagonal baptistery. Meander through Italy’s exquisite Lake District to scenic Lake Como, for centuries the link between Central Europe and the Mediterranean. Its historic atmosphere is palpable as you walk through the beautiful waterfront of Como town or relax alongside the lake sipping cappuccinos and indulging in a tasty gelato before returning to your hotel this afternoon. Meal(s): B Hotel: Baveno: Hotel Simplon Lago Maggiore Baveno (this hotel may be swapped with their sister hotel, Grand Hotel Dino, closer to departure)
Day 4 | Thu, Aug 18, 2022 | Lake Maggiore (Baveno) — Bergamo— Lake Garda
The enchanting cobblestone lanes of Bergamo, near the foothills of the Alps, yield architectural and artistic treasures which we will have an opportunity to explore this morning. Wander past centuries-old Renaissance façades and into the exquisite Piazza Vecchia built on the site of an ancient Roman Forum to see the ornate Contarini Fountain and 12th century Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica. We continue our love affair with the Italian Lakes, travelling to Lake Garda for a relaxing three-night stay. This evening, we enjoy a leisurely dinner at our hotel. Meal(s): B, D Hotel: Desenzano Del Garda: Hotel Desenzano
Day 5 | Fri, Aug 19, 2022 | Verona Excursion
Romance in the air, we meander to Verona, engaging in the tragic tale of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers at Juliet’s Balcony during a walking tour of the town with a Local Specialist which will also take us past the Roman Arena, still in use today. We have time to enjoy a gentle exploration of the city on your own terms. See the seven medieval towers of Castelvecchio, relax under the shady trees in Verona’s expansive Piazza Bra or clamber up Lamberti’s Tower for magnificent views of this beguiling city. This evening, we enjoy a delicious Be My Guest dining experience with a local family. Meal(s): B, BG Hotel: Villa Maria Hotel Desenzano Del Garda or similar
Day 6 | Sat, Aug 20, 2022 | Marostica and Bassano del Grappa Excursion
We embark on a full-day excursion today to the ancient walled town of Marostica, most renowned for its living chess event held every second year, although the gigantic chessboard is visible in the Piazza Castello all year round. We enjoy a leisurely exploration of the city’s fascinating sights, including its old city walls, Lower and Upper Castles and Romanesque bell tower. We venture to the banks of the River Brenta for an unhurried visit to Bassano del Grappa, renowned for its white brandy (Grappa) and magnificent scenery. This evening we return to the picturesque lakeside setting of Lake Garda. Meal(s): B Hotel: Desenzano Del Garda: Hotel Desenzano
Day 7 | Sun, Aug 21, 2022 | Lake Garda—Innsbruck
This morning say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy as you cross the brenner Pass into Austria. Stop in Innsbruck in the Austrian Tiro, famous for its spectacular scenery. See the famous Golden Roof and enjoy free time to explore this interesting town before checking in to your hotel. Meal(s): B Hotel: Innsbruck: Grauer Baer Hotel Innsbruck
Day 8 | Mon, Aug 22, 2022 | Innsbruck—Oberammergau
After a leisurely start, enjoy free time in Innsbruck where you can explore the city and discover its ties to the Winter Olympic Games. Later travel to the picturesque town of Oberammergau where the Passion Play will be performed tomorrow. This evening, dine at your hotel. Meal(s): B, D Hotel: TBD – Because most hotels are very small, group could be split.
Day 9 | Tue, Aug 23, 2022 | Oberammergau (Passion Play Performance)
Enjoy the unique atmosphere in town before taking your premium seat for an inspired and moving performance of the Pasion Play this afternoon. Dine at a local restaurant this evening before experiencing the captivating second half of this unique event as night falls.
Please note that group may be separated in Oberammergau hotels.
Day 10 | Wed, Aug 24, 2022 | Oberammergau to Munich
It’s farewell to your newfound friends at the end of your memorable vacation Meal(s): B
$3699 pp double/triple occupancy (triple occupancy subject to availability)
- Luxury air-conditioned coach
- 8 nights of hand-picked accommodations
- All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes (Hotels TBA—3.5 to 4 star with private bathrooms)
- An expert Travel Director and separate driver
- Audio Headsets provided throughout your vacation to enhance your included sightseeing experience
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Air travel from/to the US. Air fares can be researched around the first week of October and we are happy to help you find the best possible. This also gives you flexibility to go in early or stay later in Europe if you wish.
- Transfers from the airport/hotel/airport. You will need to take taxis since the group will be arriving/departing at different times. We can also book private transfers for you—just ask.
- Meals other than specified, alcoholic beverages, gratuities to guides and drivers, and airline baggage fees.
The Oberammergau Passion Play has a long tradition. Every ten years since 1634, the inhabitants of the town have staged what is today probably the world’s most successful and largest amateur play. Due to the Corona Pandemic, the Passion Plays originally planned for 2020 had to be postponed by two years to 2022.
The history of the Oberammergau Passion Play begins in 1633. In the midst of the Thirty Years’ War, after months of suffering and dying from the plague, the people of Oberammergau pledged to act out the “play of the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ” once every 10 years.
At Whitsun in 1634, they fulfilled their promise for the first time. By the middle of the 18th century, spectators from all over Germany came to Oberammergau attracted by the great power and atmosphere of the play. 2022 will see the 42nd instalment of the play that the citizens of Oberammergau have maintained through the centuries with unique continuity.
In a five-hour-performance, more than 2000 participants bring the story of Jesus of Nazareth to the impressive open-air stage of the Passion Play Theatre. Almost half of Oberammergau’s population will devotedly act out the story of the man whose tidings for more than 2000 years have brought hope and power of life to an incredible number of people.
They will play it from his entry into Jerusalem until his death at the cross and his resurrection.
All this against the backdrop of the words of the evangelist Luke at the end of his description of the tale of suffering: “And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts.” (Lk 23,48)
As of 3/8/21 each client must be vaccinated against Covid 19 and have a negative Covid test 72 hours prior to departure.
A valid passport is required for this trip.Your passport cannot expire for at least 6 months after your return. If you are not an American Citizen, you are responsible for having proper documentation to enter any of the ports of call. Failure to do so may result in being denied boarding.
A non-refundable deposit of $400 per person is due with booking. A 2nd nonrefundable payment of $700 per person is due April 1, 2021. A 3rd nonrefundable payment of $1200 is due November 1, 2021. Final nonrefundable payment is due January 15, 2022. Payments may be made by check or by credit card (with a 5% fee). We accept AX, Visa, & MC. Legal full names must be given as stated on your passport. Name changes made from May 15-July 15 will be charged $200 per name change. After July 15, 2022, no name changes allowed.
Please understand that vendors are very strict with regards to cancellations
FULL LEGAL NAMES
Must be given as stated on PASSPORT. Please send us a copy of your passport. Please do not fax.
Cancellation insurance is highly recommended. Insurance information will be provided to you. If for some reason you have not been given an insurance application, please call our office immediately. Please read the information brochure carefully before sending payment to the insurance carrier. If you have a pre-existing condition, insurance must be purchased before final payment is made. If you wish to purchase “cancel anytime” insurance, it must be done when deposit is received. Insurance does not cover a pandemic.
SHARON CARR TRAVEL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WEATHER-RELATED OR MECHANICAL DELAYS.
Any out of pocket expenses caused by airline delays are the sole responsibility of the client and any refunds due are at the sole discretion of the airline. Client must contact the airline directly for any reimbursement. Once again, INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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