2020 Swiss Mountain Rails Tour with Oberammergau Passion Play
Prepare to be moved, inspired and challenged by this event… The Oberammergau Passion Play ›
Departs Zurich June 11th 2020, for 14 days. Zurich, Interlaken, Lucerne, Igls, Oberammergau. Limited Seats Remaining.
Day 1, Thursday, Jun 11th
On arrival at Zurich Airport, there is a transfer to Chur. This is your home for 3 nights. Meet your fellow travellers at our Welcome Dinner. [D]
Day 2, Friday, Jun 12th
Every day on the Great Trains of Europe Tours begins with a full buffet breakfast [B]. Commence your love affair with the great trains of Europe today on a rail journey to Switzerland’s highest town Davos, famous from the nineteenth century as a “Wellness” centre, and now a venue for international economic conferences. It is a very trendy ski resort in Winter, favoured by the British Royals. Watch out for the corgis.
Chur - Bernina Express[B]
Day 3, Saturday, Jun 13th
One of the world’s great rail journeys today on the Bernina Express across the Alps to Tirano in Italy. We cross the stunning Landwasser Viaduct, and later “loop the loop” as the Bernina Express descends to the Italian border. So stunning is the scenery that one section of the route has been classed a UNESCO World Heritage site. We retrace our steps back up into the Alps and our home in Chur.
Glacier Express to Interlaken [B] [D]
Day 4, Sunday, Jun 14th
Our luggage is taken on ahead today as we join the world’s favourite little red Swiss mountain train, the Glacier Express. Enjoy breathtaking views from your panorama car as you cross the Alps through the Oberalpass at 7,000 feet. Lunch is served at your seat with million dollar views. We then pass under the Alps through the world’s longest land tunnel, to arrive in our waterfront hotel in Interlaken, our home for 3 nights.
Day 5, Monday, Jun 15th ^ Top ^
Today the Golden Pass Panoramic train takes you from the Bernese Oberland to Lake Geneva. There is time in Montreux for lunch on the lakefront esplanade or on a steamer on the lake. Home to Interlaken.
Day 6, Tuesday, Jun 16th
A quiet day to take a steamer on the lake, or to pay a visit to the beautiful Alpine village of Grindelwald. It is possible to take an optional excursion to the top of the Jungfrau at 11,330 feet or simply to take a train into Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city and financial capital, nestled on Lake Zurich.
Day 7, Wednesday, Jun 17th
Skirting the lake this morning, we ascend the Brienzer Rothorn (steam train) for magnificent views to the Eiger. We arrive in lakeside Lucerne for some shopping time in the cobble stone medieval quarter, before our included dinner.
Day 8, Thursday, Jun 18th
Trains and boats and cable car - to the top of Mount Pilatus for unsurpassed views to Lake Lucerne below. Legend says that Pontius Pilate (Pilatus in German) fled to Switzerland and became a hermit on this mountain after washing his hands of Jesus.
Day 9, Friday, Jun 19th
Our last day in the Swiss Alps today, and perhaps the best mountain train ride saved till last. Using Europe’s first ever cog-wheel railway, we climb to the top of the “Queen of the Mountains” for 360 degree Alpine views.
Day 10, Saturday, Jun 20th ^ Top ^
Our luggage is collected to be taken on to Igls, as we make an early start to cross the Swiss – Austrian border and the principality of Lichtenstein, then we pass through the Aarlberg Pass into Austria and our hotel in the village of Igls, overlooking Innsbruck.
Day 11, Sunday, Jun 21st
Pack an overnight bag, for our transfer to the village of Oberammergau where we arrive in time for lunch and settle into our overnight accommodation, returning to the theatre in the village for the first half of the performance this afternoon. Prepare for an inspirational experience as we re-live the last week of the earthly life of Jesus. There is a break for our provided dinner and, then we return for the climax of the performance. We are transferred to our overnight accommodation, emotionally drained, but inspired.
Day 12, Monday, Jun 22nd
Today we return to our hotel in the village of Igls, for a relaxing afternoon in the pool or the spa.
Day 13, Tuesday, Jun 23rd
We ride a tram down the mountain today for our exploration of the city of Innsbruck, the Winter Capital of the Hapsburg dynasty, and a ride to the top of the Alps for a breathtaking view from 7,000 feet. Our Farewell Dinner is tonight.
Day 14, Wednesday, Jun 24th
The tour ends after breakfast today. There is a transfer to Munich Airport for those flying home today.
Escorted Tour costs:
$AUD 9,900 per person Twin Share.
Land Content only (i.e. join Zurich, leave in Munich).
Single supplement $AUD 1,400
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$1,000 per person initial deposit is required immediately to confirm your seat. A further $2,500pp deposit is required 12 months before departure. Balance will be payable 4 months before departure.
- Oberammergau Passion Play
- Glacier Express
- Bernina Express
- Golden Panoramic Express
- Rigi Bahn
What’s included?^ Top ^
- Most stops 3 nights
- 4 star city centre hotels and historic village inns with buffet breakfasts
- 6 dinners, 1 lunch
- First Class rail travel in reserved seats with full luggage handling
- Entrance to a performance of the Oberammergau Passion Play
- An Australian historian Tour Director
The TOUR COST does NOT include:^ Top ^
- Hotel incidentals (eg. Mini-bars, telephone calls, laundry), airport and departure taxes, local transport in any city,
- Optional excursions listed or meals other than breakfast and the one restaurant dinner in each city - the first night in each new city, except Igls where it takes the form of a farewell dinner.
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