Italian Lakes And Tuscany and Passion Play

Italian Lakes And Tuscany and Passion Play

Discover the delightful ports and villages that litter Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda, explore Genoa, seductive Portofino and the famous Cinque Terre. Visit the fantastic Ferrari museum, dine at a Tuscan Osteria and stay in a Venetian Villa. Explore beautiful, baroque Salzburg, Innsbruck and the Austrian Tyrol, visit Ludwig’s Bavarian fairytale castle, the glorious ‘Church in the Meadows’, ancient Füssen and experience the extraordinary Oberammergau Passion Play!

Discover the delightful ports and villages that litter Lake Maggiore and Lake Garda, explore Genoa, seductive Portofino and the famous Cinque Terre. Visit the fantastic Ferrari museum, dine at a Tuscan Osteria and stay in a Venetian Villa. Explore beautiful, baroque Salzburg, Innsbruck and the Austrian Tyrol, visit Ludwig’s Bavarian fairytale castle, the glorious ‘Church in the Meadows’, ancient Füssen and experience the extraordinary Oberammergau Passion Play!

 

26 Days

 

Highlights

• Stay 4 nights in Stresa beside Lake Maggiore

• Take the scenic Centovalli Express train to Locarno and enjoy private cruises on Lake Maggiore and Lake Como

• Enjoy a walking tour of Genoa with its magnificent palaces, stately homes and massive medieval quarter

• Cruise to world famous Portofino and the hidden Abbey of San Fruttuoso

• Stay 4 nights in the typically ‘Tuscan’ town of Lucca

• Spend a delightful day exploring the famous Cinque Terre and explore the beautiful city of Florence

• See the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and Cathedral

• Stay 3 nights beside glorious Lake Garda

• Visit the fantastic Ferrari museum and private collection of Maseratis

• Stay 2 nights in a Venetian Villa hotel near Treviso

• Stay 2 nights in ‘Mozart’s’ baroque city of Salzburg

• Drive over the stunning Fern Pass to stay 2 nights in the ancient medieval town of Füssen

• Explore the cobblestoned city of Innsbruck

• Visit the most beautiful church in Europe, Wieskirche - the ‘Church in the Meadows’

• Relax in the mountain resort town of Garmisch and visit the Abbey of Kloster Ettal

• Enjoy your ‘grand finále’ - 2 nights in selected 4 star hotel accommodation and enjoy Category 1 ‘best in house’ seating for the marvellous Oberammergau Passion Play

 

Features and inclusions

• There are no optional excursion lists or hidden, later charged extras. All the sightseeing, special dinners and entrance fees described in the itinerary are included (There are no ‘grey areas’ in our itinerary descriptions).

• Expert Tour Managers

• Unique hotels in superb locations

• Fully escorted from Brisbane or Sydney (based on minimum numbers being met)

• First Class air-conditioned touring coach

• End of Tour tips to Tour Manager, drivers and guides

• Hotel porterage (1 bag per person)

• Premium seats (category 1A) for the Passion Play

• Buffet breakfasts daily, lunch Oberammergau and dinners as per the itinerary

• Door to door transfers from a limited area within the Brisbane, Sydney and the Hunter regions

• Return airfares from Brisbane or Sydney

• All taxes

 

*As per conditions

 

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Day 1

Monday 4 May 2020 – Depart Brisbane or Sydney
You will be transferred to Brisbane or Sydney Airport for your flight to Milan.

Day 2

Tuesday 5 May – Arrive Milan
On arrival transfer to our Milan hotel, with the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 3

Wednesday 6 May – Milan to Stresa
This morning after free time to experience what Milan, we transfer you to Stresa on wonderful Lake Maggiore, where you will stay the next four nights. Join us tonight for a welcome drink before dinner in a local restaurant.

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Day 4

Thursday 7 May – Scenic train journey to Locarno, Ascona
Board the famous Centovalli Express train which runs through the ‘Hundred Valleys’ to Locarno. Relaxing in the panoramic carriages, we pass over numerous bridges and through numerous tunnels, travelling beside waterfalls, villages and vineyards. Arriving in Locarno we visit nearby Ascona, then follow the scenic route back to Stresa, hugging the shores of Lake Maggiore.

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Day 5

Friday 8 May - Island of Isola Bella and Orta San Giulio
Visit Lake Maggiore’s famous island of Isola Bella, including a guided tour of the palatial Borromeo villa and gardens. The villa boasts Murano glass chandeliers, gobelin-covered chairs, intricate tapestries and paintings. The spectacular formal gardens rise behind the ornate villa, with terraces, statues and ornamental stonework completing the Italianate style. Later this afternoon we visit Orta San Giulio beside the beautiful and romantic Lake Orta.

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Day 6

Saturday 9 May - Cruise on Lake Como to Bellagio
Follow the western shore of Lake Como to Caddenabbia. Boarding our private boat, enjoy a cruise on Lake Como, past a number of striking lakeside villas to Bellagio. This delightful town boasts peaceful villas and gardens nestled by the lakeside, elegant shops, walkways and al fresco dining at its very best.

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Day 7

Sunday 10 May - Explore medieval Genoa
Today we drive south to the coastal region of Liguria, arriving in Genoa. Genoa boasts the largest intact medieval city centre in the whole of Europe. A local guide takes us on a walking tour through the city’s old heart, with its pedestrian shopping malls, beautiful churches and squares, and nearly 50 UNESCO Listed palaces and stately homes, including the opulent Royal Palace.

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Day 8

Monday 11 May - Santa Margherita Ligure, Abbey of San Fruttuoso
Spend the morning in the beautiful harbour town of Santa Margherita Ligure. Later we take a boat along the rugged Liguria coastline to the world famous harbour of Portofino, with its tiny bay overlooked by the church and castle high above. Later, visit the Abbey of San Fruttuoso, which is only accessible by boat. This evening you may chose to join us at the seaside town of Arenzano.

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Day 9

Tuesday 12 May - Cruise the coastline of the Cinque Terre
Explore the famous Cinque Terre, meaning ‘five lands’, from the five unspoilt fishing villages that cling to the cliffs, overlooking the sea. Our first stop of the day will be in the pretty port of Monterosso. From here we cruise along the spectacular coastline of the Cinque Terre to visit the delightful villages of Vernazza and Portovenere. From La Spezia we travel to Tuscany.

B, D

Day 10

Wednesday 13 May - Cooking demonstration, lunch in Lucca
After a relaxing start we will visit a cooking school for a pizza and pasta cooking demonstration, to learn how pizza, focaccia and various pasta is created.

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Day 11

Thursday 14 May - Florence sightseeing and ‘My Time’
Today is dedicated to nearby ‘Firenze’ (Florence). A local guide will take us to the famous Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo’s ‘David’, see the Duomo and take in the magnificent statues in the Piazza della Signoria.

B

Day 12

Friday 15 May - Leaning Tower of Pisa and Lucca
This morning we visit nearby Pisa with its famous Leaning Tower, Cathedral and Baptistery in the magnificent Piazza dei Miracoli. As a highlight this evening we drive into the picturesque Tuscan countryside to a local olive oil farmhouse estate and dine in their Osteria.

B, D

Day 13

Saturday 16 May - Ferraris, Maseratis & Cheese Tasting
Driving north we visit the fantastic Ferrari Museum at Maranello, near Modena. Tour this fantastic exhibition of Ferraris and Formula One racing cars. Later we continue to the Panini Hombre cheese farm to learn how ‘Parmigiano-Reggiano’ (Parmesan) cheese is made.

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Day 14

Sunday 17 May - ‘My Time’ in Lake Garda
We have left today entirely free to enjoy Lake Garda. Often regarded as the most beautiful of all the Italian Lakes, Garda is also the largest and deepest.

B, D

Day 15

Monday 18 May - Lakeside Salo and Redaelli de Zinis
Explore Salo's historical centre, filled with lanes and little squares with noble houses, elegant shops and the longest promenade on Lake Garda. Later visit Redaelli de Zinis in Calvagese della Riviera, local winery and restaurant.

B, L

Day 16

Tuesday 19 May - Verona and Vicenza sightseeing
Skirting the lake we will visit Romeo and Juliet’s Verona, led by a local guide. This afternoon a local guide leads us on a walking tour of beautiful Vicenza. Later we arrive at our Venetian Villa hotel, where we stay two nights.

B, D

Day 17

Wednesday 20 May - Bassano del Grappa & historic Treviso
Visit delightful Bassano del Grappa located on the foothills of the Alps. Stroll across the ornate, centuries old, covered bridge which spans the River Brenta, before exploring the arcaded streets and piazzas in the heart of town.

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Day 18

Thursday 21 May - Salzburg welcome and walking tour
Heading north we cross over into Austria to the enchanting city of Salzburg where we stay the next 2 nights. A walking tour of this enchanting baroque city of Mozart, will take us from the Mirabelle Palace Gardens to the magnificent city squares, and locations used in the film ‘The Sound of Music’.

B, D

Day 19

Friday 22 May – Austrian Lakes District, Hallstatt, St Wolfgang
Hallstatt is the oldest inhabited village in Europe and perhaps the most beautiful in Austria. Enjoy lunchtime in the flower bedecked town of St Wolfgang. The remainder of your day is at leisure in Salzburg.

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Day 20

Saturday 23 May – Innsbruck in the Tyrol and Bavaria
Following the dramatic Inn Valley through the rolling Tyrolean hills, we visit the nearby winter resort city of Innsbruck. Explore the sights of the Altstadt (old town) at your leisure, such as the Hofburg Imperial Palace and the renowned Golden Roof. Drive over the Fern Pass into the Bavarian Alps and the ancient historic town of Füssen, where we stay the next 2 nights.

B, D

Day 21

Sunday 24 May – Neuschwanstein Castle and Tegelberg
We start the day in Hohenschwangau, overlooked on one side by the neogothic castle of Hohenschwangau and on the other side a wooded mountain spur and Neuschwanstein – the fairytale castle of ‘mad’ King Ludwig. Take a cable car ride up to Tegelberg for views of the fairytale castles below.

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Day 22

Monday 25 May – Church in the Meadows, Abbey of Kloster Ettal
Driving through Bavarian farmlands and forests we will stop at arguably the most beautiful church in Europe – Wieskirche (the ‘Church in the Meadows’). Surrounded by green fields, the interior of this World Heritage Listed church is an astounding Rococo creation. We will also visit the 14th century baroque Abbey of Kloster Ettal which houses a white marble Madonna. Later we continue to your 4 star hotel, where we stay the next 2 nights.

B, D

Day 23

Tuesday 26 May – Oberammergau Passion Play Experience
Spend time exploring the colourful village of Oberammergau with its beautiful houses and buildings adorned with 'Lüftlmalerei' – ornately painted murals depicting assorted religious scenes. Throughout the afternoon and evening we enjoy the huge spectacle of the Passion Play from our Category 1 seats.

B, D

Day 24

Wednesday 27 May – To Munich
This morning we drive to nearby Munich. After farewelling our fellow travellers, our group will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Munich with local guide before transferring to the airport for our late evening flight.

B

Day 25

Thursday 28 May – In Flight

Day 26

Friday 29 May – Home
Upon arrival back into Brisbane or Sydney you will clear customs and be met by our staff who will have your transfers arranged.

Please note:

This tour requires a moderate level of fitness due to the unique places we visit and stay. This tour is not suited to anyone who has mobility issues.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

TOUR FARE (incl GST) DEPARTING BRISBANE: $15,589 per person

TOUR FARE (incl GST) DEPARTING THE HUNTER: $15,589 per person

Single Supplement available @ $1,989 extra

 

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS - as per detailed itinerary

 

 

THE PASSION PLAY

Once a decade, the small German town of Oberammergau presents a historic and dramatic Passion Play, depicting the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Add a European holiday to your unforgettable Oberammergau experience to make the most of this special event.

 

HISTORY OF THE OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY

The performance in 2020 will be the 42nd, with more than 500,000 people expected to travel to Oberammergau to see one of the performances. Considered the world’s premiere passion play, 2,000 people from the village work together to deliver the spectacle. All participants in the play, from speaking roles, choir and orchestra to support crew must have been born in the village, or lived there for more than 20 years. The performance takes place over the course of eight hours, including a three hour interval for an enjoyable dinner. The play dates back to 1633, when the Black Plague was sweeping through Europe. The villagers of Oberammergau vowed that if God would spare their village, they would perform the play every 10 years to celebrate the life and death of Jesus. Miraculously, the village was spared, and the passion play continues to be presented to this day.

 

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Kariong Information Ctr At Kariong Information Centre car park,
The Avenue, Kariong
New Lambton Wests S Bus Stop on Hobart Rd near Harker Oval
across from Wests Leagues Club, New Lambton
Swansea Blackswan S Bus stop approaching Blackswan Waterfront Motel
on Pacific Hwy (Southbound), Swansea
Sydney International Airp Sydney International Airport
Thompsons Corner Rest Area On Castle Hill Rd, OPP. Church St
MT Wilberforce Lookout Reserve
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3 Woodford Place, Thornton
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Westfield Shopping Centre, Tuggerah
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