2020 Heart of Europe & Oberammergau Passion Play with Kay Godfrey

Dates July 22-August 4, 2020
Destination London; Paris; Lucerne,Switzerland Oberammergau, Germany; Munich, Germany; Rudesheim Frankfurt
Duration 13 days 12 nights
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Tour ID#9220G22

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Our prices are estimated to the best idea of what they should cost in 2020.  We should have FIRM TOUR COST available in the spring of 2018.

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If you're like most Americans, you dream about traveling to Europe at least once during your lifetime. This itinerary, hosted by Kay Godfrey, offers several capital countries of Europe, historic cities, spectacular scenery, and lots of local flavor to make this the best experience ever!  It’s an ideal choice for first-time travelers to Europe or anyone desiring a taste of the Old World while traveling with new friends.  

From Big Ben in London, the Eifel Tower in France, the Alps of Switzerland, the castles of the Black Forest to the Rhine River – all pulled together with a once in a lifetime experience to witness the Oberammergau Passion Play!

Days 1 and 2 - July 22-23 - Wed & Thur

Depart the US and Arrive in London, England

Welcome to London! Today we’ll start with a city Panorama tour before we check into our hotel.  This afternoon you’ll get a chance to explore the city on your own.

Day 3 - July 24 - Fri

London

Morning sightseeing with a our local Guide will include all the famous landmarks: the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben beside the Thames River, Westminster Abbey, Whitehall’s mounted horseguards and the Prime Minister’s Downing Street, Piccadilly Circus, and Buckingham Palace. Visit magnificent ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL and see the Changing of the Guard, if held. This afternoon we’ll visit the Tower of London and finish with a dinner cruise on the Thames. (B,D) 

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - July 25 - Saturday

London–Paris

This morning we’ll head for the railway station to board the high-speed EUROSTAR TRAIN to Paris.  Discover the world capital of chic and style with a Local Guide and admire its renowned sites: the Opéra, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysées, and more. For a bird’s-eye view, take the elevator to the second floor of Paris’ most famous landmark: the EIFFEL TOWER.  (B)

Meals : Breakfast
Day 5 - July 26 - Sunday

Paris

This morning we’ll visit a local LDS Ward house for Sacrament meeting before we head out of town to see one of Europe’s newest temples.  The Paris temple was dedicated in 2017 and has been well received by the locals and a great blessing to the local members.  After we take that photo opportunity there we’ll continue onto the Palace of Versailles.  Once a humble hunting lodge, the Chateau de Versailles became the extravagant creation of Louis XIV which epitomized the royal decadence that tendered the French Revolution. (B,D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: July 27 - Monday

Paris–Lucerne, Switzerland

Today we’ll depart the City of Lights and travel into Switzerland.  The scenery today will be breathtaking as the countryside unfolds it beauty with stops along the way to enjoy.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 7: July 28 - Tuesday

Lucerne

Today we get to discover Lucerne with its charming Old Town feel.  We’ll enjoy a walking tour exploring the spectacular sights and cultural delights of the city.  We’ll stroll the intimate tangle of alleyways in search of impressive monuments like Chapel Bridge that spans the Reuss River, and listen to the legends that surround the oldest surviving truss bridge in the world.  We’ll see the ancient Jesuit Church and get to appreciate the tranquil atmosphere of the 1st Baroque church in Switzerland. This afternoon we’ll get to see the breathtaking Alps from the deck of a boat on Lake Lucerne.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 8: July 29 - Wednesday

Lucerne–Oberammergau

Leaving Lucerne, we will journey into the Tyrol region and settle into a beautiful winter resort town where we will stay for the next 2 night.  Along the way, we’ll take the exciting cable car ride up the Zugsptize, Germany’s highest peak.(B, D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: July 30 - Thursday

Oberammergau Passion Play

Today we will attend the Oberammergau Passion Play. The play, which began in 1634 and is held once every decade, reenacts the Passion of Jesus Christ—from His arrival in Jerusalem to the crucifixion and resurrection. The performance takes place over an afternoon and evening (seven hours), with an included dinner break in between. Over 2,000 performers, musicians, and stage technicians, all of whom are residents of the village, participate in the play. This experience will highlight the life of the Savior. (B,D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: July 31 - Friday

Oberammergau to Neuschwanstein/Linderhof Castles - Munich

Today we’ll depart the quaint village of Oberammergau  and travel to visit Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles.  These were the residences of King Ludwig II of Bavaria.  An eccentric recluse, Ludwig depleted the treasury of his country, building extravagant castles and died in mysterious circumstances. Neuschwanstein seems unreal in its romantic Alpine setting and Linderhof is certainly the most elaborate “hunting lodge” you will ever see. This afternoon we’ll arrive into the capital city of Bavaria, Munich and enjoy a panorama city tour seeing many highlights, including the focal point of its historic inner city, the large open square called Marienplatz, where you'll find the Old and New Town Halls, Munich is also famous for its many fine churches, including Peterskirche, the oldest inner city church built during the Romanesque period; the Cathedral of our Lady (Frauenkirche), the city's most famous building; and Michaelskirche, the largest Renaissance church north of the Alps. (B, D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Aug 1 - Saturday

 Munich to Ruedesheim

Enter the lush valleys and pine-clad hills of the BLACK FOREST, famous for cuckoo clocks, where another highlight awaits you: We will be welcomed by a local woodcarver and watch a WOODCARVING DEMONSTRATION, and see samples of his work. Then, enjoy Kaffee (or soda) und Schwarzwaldkuchen (coffee and the traditional homemade Black Forest Cake). (B)

Meals : Breakfast
Day 12: Aug 2 - Sunday

Rhine River Cruise

Today’s highlight is a romantic RHINE CRUISE along the most scenic part of the river, Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its centuries old castles and the storied Lorelei Rick.  The Loreley Rock is a 194 meter high slate cliff towering above the narrowest point of the Rhine.  It’s celebrated in song and shrouded in legend – one of Germanys top sites.  Tonight we’ll share 1 last dinner together before we start to prepare for our journey home. (B,D)

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13: Aug 3 - Monday

Frankfort home to USA

Today we'll depart Germany & Europe with a full heart and memories to last a lifetime!

Meals : Breakfast

Highlights of the Tour:

  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour
  • LDS Tour Director on for the whole trip along with local guides for in depth location detail and history
  • Advance timed entry tickets to attractions included = less time waiting in lines
  • We include all tipping for hotels and restaurants where meals provided

Included:

  • Deluxe/Air Conditioned motor coach transportation on all tours *ONLY 1 BUS PER TOUR DIRECTOR EVER
  • Hosted by Kay Godfrey and other Local Licensed guides
  • All hotels will be deluxe 3-4 Star (by American Standard)  and well located to local services and sites
  • Sightseeing tours as outlined on the itineraries
  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Entrance fees to all noted locations and museums 
  • Transportation and lodging Passion Play package as outlined in your itinerary with PRIME seats
  • Audio system headsets throughout tours
  • Document package with souvenir program of the Passion Play

Not Included:

  • Airfare from your home city  (Group pricing options will be offered in 2019)
  • Meals not indicated on the itinerary
  • Any private sightseeing not included on the itinerary
  • Travel insurance

Optional Pricing:

  • Single Supplement/Private room
  • ** Ask about our Single/Share Program **

Payment Terms:

  • $250.00 NON REFUNDABLE down payment NOW confirms your spot on tour
  • $750.00 pp deposit will be due 1 March 2018
  • Final Payments will be due Dec 31st, 2019