SPECIAL NOTICE: All travel is subject to global health guidelines. Scope Travel follows the CDC’s travel recommendations to stay safe during these strenuous times

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SPAIN + Lourdes

SPAIN + Lourdes

SPAIN + Lourdes
May 17– 29, 2024

 

All Inclusive 13 Day
Escorted first class tour

MADRID – BILBAO – PAMPLONA – BARCELONA – LOURDES
plus: Toledo, Burgas, San Sebastian, Getaria, Zaragoza

Tour Land cost:         $3490 Land rate per person in double room
Single supplement:   $1150
Gratuities:                  $150
Arriving:                     Madrid
Departing:                  Lourdes

Included Features:

    • Arrival transfer from Madrid airport to the hotel

    • Centrally located 4*- 5* hotels

    • Luggage handling at the hotels

    • Breakfast daily

    • Welcome reception in Madrid (hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, or soft drink)

    • Tasting of local tapas called “pintxos” in Bilbao

    • Dinner in Pamplona Compostela (coffee or tea included)

    • Farewell dinner in Barcelona (coffee or tea included)

    • Hotel taxes and service charges

    • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor-coach

    • Professional English-speaking tour director Madrid to Barcelona

    • Sightseeing tours with licensed local guides

    • Admission included where indicated

    • Whisper technology enhanced touring

    • Bus transfer from Barcelona to Lourdes

Tour spotlights:

    • Madrid: grand open squares, late dinners

    • Toledo, crafts, marzipan, captivating monuments

    • Sandstone architecture, prolific university and the Plaza Mayor in Salamanca

    • Pamplona: legendary “Running of the Bulls” festival, gothic style churches

    • Barcelona: fantastic Sagrada Familia, modernist landmarks by Gaudi

Hotels:

    • Madrid: Catalonia Goya (F) or similar

    • Bilbao: Catalonia Gran Via Bilbao (F) or similar

    • Pamplona: Maisonnave (F) or similar

    • Barcelona: Catalonia Gracia (F) or similar

    • Lourdes: Hotel Mercure Lourdes Imperial or similar

Optional Tours:

    • PRADO Museum $30

    • FLAMENCO Show with Dinner $100

    • Excursion to Getxo-Basque Coast near Bilbao $60

    • Excursion to Montserrat – Monastery with Black Madonna $20

Not Included:  Travel Insurance and airfare. We can assist you in purchasing your air.

SPECIAL NOTICE: All travel is subject to global health guidelines. Scope Travel follows the CDC’s travel recommendations to stay safe during these strenuous times

May 17, 2024

Friday

Departure from USA

Please be at departure airport at least 3 hrs prior to flight departure time. Check your baggage to Madrid.

May 18, 2024

Saturday

Arrival Madrid

 

You will be met and transferred to your hotel. The day is free to begin exploring the city. Later, join your fellow travelers and your tour director for a welcome reception.

May 19, 2024

Sunday

in Madrid

 

We begin with a guided half-day city tour of Madrid. Our drive takes us through the Gran Vía and the Passeo de Castellana, past the Plaza de España, Plaza de Oriente, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol, Atocha Station, the fountain of Neptune, Cibeles fountain, the Bullring, the Santiago Bernabeu soccer stadium and much more. The afternoon is at leisure. (B)

May 20, 2024

Monday

in Madrid exc to TOLEDO

 

Today we visit Toledo, a city with a wealth of monuments. It is known as the “city of the three cultures” because Christians, Arabs and Jews lived there together for centuries. During our guided tour we visit the Santo Tome Church with art by El Greco and the Synagogue of Santa María. From Toledo, we return to Madrid where the afternoon is at leisure. (B)

May 21, 2024

Tuesday

to Bilbao via Burgos

 

We depart for Bilbao. On the way, we stop in Burgos. Here, with local guide, visit the Cathedral. There will be time for lunch on your own. Afterwards, we continue to Bilbao where we have a tasting of local tapas called pintxos. (B, D)

May 22, 2024

Wednesday

in Bilbao

 

During our visit to Bilbao, we discover a vibrant old town with many shops, squares and typical Basque tavernas. We enter the Guggenheim Museum, an architectural masterpiece designed by Frank Gehry. The collection includes large-scale and site-specific art by such contemporary artists as Jeff Koons and Willem de Kooning. The remainder of the day is free. (B) Optional tour: Visit to Basque coast

May 23, 2024

Thursday

to Pamplona via Getaria & San Sebastian

 

After breakfast, we depart for San Sebastian. En route, we visit Getaria, a charming Basque coastal village. Upon arrival in San Sebastian, we see the Maria Cristina Hotel. It is here, at the Kursaal Palace, that the International Film Festival takes place. We also see La Concha beach, a crescent-shaped urban seaboard. In the afternoon, we arrive in Pamplona. Dinner is served later that night. (B, D)

May 24, 2024

Friday

to Barcelona via Zaragoza

 

After breakfast, we have a half-day guided sightseeing tour of Pamplona featuring the Ciudadela, the city walls parks and gardens. We will hear about the ‘Running of the Bulls’ race, part of the San Fermin festival. From Pamplona, we continue to Zaragoza for lunch on your own. Later that afternoon, we arrive in Barcelona and the rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

May 25, 2024

Saturday

in Barcelona

 

Our guided half-day sightseeing tour includes Barcelona’s most important artistic sights: Gaudi’s Batlló, Casa Milá, the Cathedral Sagrada Familia and Guell Park, declared an artistic monument and mankind’s heritage by UNESCO. In the afternoon, you are free to explore more on your own. Join your fellow travelers and your tour director for the farewell dinner. (B, D)

May 26, 2024

Sunday

depart Barcelona for Lourdes

 

After breakfast, we join our touring coach through the Pyranees for travel to Lourdes, France. Upon arrival check-in and evening free.

May 27, 2024

Monday

in Lourdes

 

Breakfast. You will tour on your own one of the holiest Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world. Lourdes is a town in southwestern France, in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains. It’s known for the Sanctuaries Notre-Dame de Lourdes, or the Domain, a major Catholic pilgrimage site. Each year, millions visit the Grotto of Massabielle (Grotto of the Apparitions) where, in 1858, the Virgin Mary is said to have appeared to a local woman. In the grotto, pilgrims can drink or bathe in water flowing from a spring.

Overnight in Lourdes. (BD)

May 28, 2024

Tuesday

in Lourdes

 

Breakfast and day at leisure. Additional program TBA. Dinner tonight. Overnight in Lourdes. (BD)

May 29, 2024

Wednesday

Lourdes – USA

 

Breakfast and transfer to airport for flights home.

SARDINIA

SARDINIA

SARDINIA
May 31 – June 10, 2024

11 Day Escorted
First Class Tour

 

A “Caribbean” Vacation on the Mediterranean Sea

Sardinia is a large Italian island in the Mediterranean Sea. It has nearly 2,000 km of coastline, sandy beaches and a mountainous interior crossed with hiking trails. Its rugged landscape is dotted with thousands of nuraghi – mysterious Bronze Age stone ruins shaped like beehives dating back to 1500 B.C. 

Alghero is a city on the northwest coast of Sardinia.Italy. Emerald sea, unspoiled nature, crystal clear waters and beaches of soft white sand.

Hotel Oasis, located just a few steps from the beach, offers an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and mini golf course. It is a 10-minute bus ride from Alghero center with buses stopping right outside. Air conditioned rooms have balconies and free WiFi.
Breakfast includes a variety of Sardinian pastries, while Mediterranean cuisine is served in the restaurant with a covered terrace. There are also 2 bars.
The hotel is 4.3 mi from Alghero-Fertilia Airport

Tour cost:                   $2790 Land rate per person double room
Single supplement:   $600
Gratuities:                  $150
Arriving:                     Alghero (via Rome or Milan)
Departing:                  Alghero (via Rome or Milan)

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Airport transfers
    • Half Day Excursion to Alghero
    • Welcome Dinner and cocktail
    • Full-day excursion to Bosa with visit to Nuragic Site Santu Antine
    • Boat excursion to Asinara Island with lunch
    • Boat excursion to Neptune’s Grotto
    • Farewell dinner with wine
    • English speaking guides in Alghero and Bosa
    • AC bus to all excursions mentioned above

INCLUDED:

    • Airport transfers

    • Oasis Hotel ****, beachfront, 2 pools and tennis courts and mini gulf

    • Daily Breakfast and Dinners

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Hotel tax, 2 Euro per person per night

  • Airfare (we can assist you in purchasing your airline tickets)

SPECIAL NOTICE: All travel is subject to global health guidelines. Scope Travel follows the CDC’s travel recommendations to stay safe during these strenuous times

 May 31, 2024

Friday

 

Please be at your Airport about 3 hrs. prior to departure time. Check BAGGAGE to ALGHERO.

Use Scope baggage tags only.

June 1, 2024

Saturday

 

Arrival at Alghero Airport. Private coach transfer to group hotel.

Alghero is a city on the northwest coast of Sardinia. Italy. Emerald sea, unspoiled nature, crystal clear waters and beaches of soft white sand. It is one of the biggest resort beaches in the Mediterranean.

Dinner at hotel.

June 2, 2024

Sunday

Morning half-day guided city tour of Alghero.

Alghero is a city on the northwest coast of Sardinia, Italy. Encircled by ancient walls, it is known for the old cobblestoned city center. Its Catalan Gothic buildings include the Cathedrale di Santa Maria, with an imposing bell tower, Palazzo Guillot and Chiesa di San Francesco, a 14th-century church. The nearby Chiesa San Michele has a colorful tiled dome. The Museo del Corallo di Alghero features a red coral display.

Afternoon under own arrangements. Dinner at hotel.

June 3, 2024

Monday

                                         

Free day at leisure. Breakfast and dinner at hotel.

Enjoy the pools, tennis courts and beach.

June 4, 2024

Tuesday

A full day guided bus excursion to Bosa, known as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy – and for a good reason. This colorful town of no more than 8500 people is situated on hills, yet right by the sea. A calm river flows through it, and there even is a hilltop castle. Our tour will include a visit to the Nuragic Site Santu Antine. It’s an important complex that dates back to the Bronze Age, and you’ll be able to see the best preserved well temple of Sardinia.

June 5, 2024

Wednesday

                  

Free day at leisure. Breakfast and dinner at hotel.

Enjoy the pools, tennis courts and beach.

June 6, 2024

Thursday

Today is a special day! A full day excursion to Asinara Island by boat with lunch on board. It is a remote island and nature reserve intended for sightseeing and outdoor recreation.

Asinara is one of the most beautiful places you can hope to visit – not just in Sardinia, but anywhere in the world. Picture a place where noone lives; abandoned buildings scattered around; animals roaming freely and gentle winds sweeping the most beautiful beaches, with the clearest waters you could swim in. Enjoy Asinara!

Evening return to hotel for dinner.

June 7, 2024

Friday

                              

Free day at leisure. Breakfast and dinner at hotel.

Enjoy the pools, tennis courts and beach.

June 8, 2024

Saturday

This morning we depart to Neptun’s Grotto by boat. A stalactite cave near the town of Alghero on the island of Sardinia. This cave was discovered by local fishermen in the 18th century and has since developed into a popular tourist attraction. The grotto gets its name from the Roman god of the sea, Neptune. 

June 9, 2024

Sunday

                              

Free day at leisure. Breakfast and Gala farewell tonight.

Enjoy the pools, tennis courts and beach.

June 10, 2024

Monday

                              

 

After breakfast, transfer to airport for our flights home.

SOUTH AFRICA

SOUTH AFRICA

South AFRICA
September 28 – October 8, 2024

11 Day Escorted
Deluxe Class Tour

Tour Guide from USA
Adriana Helbig

CAPE TOWN – KRUGER NATIONAL PARK SAFARI JOHANNESBURG
plus: Cape Peninsula, Hermanus and Franschhoek

Tour Land cost:         $6990 Land rate per person in double room
Single supplement:   $TBA
Gratuities:                  $200
Arriving:                     Cape Town
Departing:                  Johannesburg

Tour Highlights – you will visit:  Table Mountain, Bo-Kaap, Cape of Good Hope, Franschhoek, Hermanus, Kruger National Park, the Karongwe Private Game Reserve, Hector Pieterson Museum in Soweto, the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and Chobe National Park.

Tour Highlights – you will view: the Castle of Good Hope, Boulder’s Beach penguin colony, Mandela’s House in Soweto and Victoria Falls.

SPECIAL NOTICE: All travel is subject to global health guidelines. Scope Travel follows the CDC’s travel recommendations to stay safe during these strenuous times

Day 1

Sep 28, 2024 Saturday

Departure from USA

Day 2

Sep 29, 2024 Sunday

Welcome to Cape Town
South Africa’s ‘Mother City’ and her iconic Table Mountain extend a warm welcome as you embark on a small group journey that will showcase the highlights of South Africa. Spend the day delving into Cape Town’s cosmopolitan surrounds before joining your fellow travelers and Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner.
Accommodation: Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town
Included Meals: Dinner

Day 3

Sep 30, 2024 Monday

Table Mountain and Tour Cape Town
This morning, we encounter Table Mountain first-hand, ascending via aerial cableway to its vast flat top – a rocky wonderland of rich Cape fynbos and curious dassies (hyraxes). Peer over the bustling City Bowl and Atlantic Seaboard, keeping a keen eye out for the landmarks your Travel Director will show you during this morning’s city tour, including Company Gardens, Bo-Kaap and the Castle of Good Hope. The rest of the day is yours to explore Cape Town at leisure. Ramble up Bree Street to sample the city’s vibrant coffee culture or take a stroll along the Sea Point promenade with fellow outdoor enthusiasts. Consider joining our Optional Experience to explore infamous Robben Island, with your guide revealing its turbulent past and the cell where Nelson Mandela spent the majority of his prison term.
Accommodation: Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town
Included Meals: Breakfast

Table Mountain Visit
Spend the day discovering the wonderful views of Table Mountain.
Included With Trip

Cape Town City Tour
Take in the landmarks of Cape Town during a city tour with your Travel Director. See the Company Gardens, Bo-Kaap and the Castle of Good Hope.
Included With Trip

Day 4

Oct 1, 2024 Tuesday

Circumnavigate the Cape Peninsula
Circumnavigate the Cape Peninsula, from trendy Camps Bay to Cape Point and back. With crashing waves of the Atlantic to your right, rocky 12 Apostles to your left, wind your way along one of the world’s most magnificent coastal roads towards the outcrop that is Africa’s most extreme south-western tip. Say a quiet hello to the shy penguins of Boulders Beach; see the Cape of Good Hope and travel through charming coastal towns along the way.

Accommodation: Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town
Included Meals: Breakfast

See the Twelve Apostles
Discover the incredible views of the Twelve Apostles.
Included With Trip

Boulders Beach Visit
Spend the day surrounded by penguins on Boulders Beach. 
Included With Trip

Day 5

Oct 2, 2024 Wednesday

Cape Winelands and Hermanus Excursion
Venture to the town of Franschhoek and see during your orientation why it is proclaimed as one of the most beautiful wine valleys in the world. Take the scenic Franschhoek Pass to the coastal town of Hermanus for your Be My Guest experience. Connect With Locals when you meet local business owner Stefan, who will treat you to a delicious traditional braai (barbecue) featuring delicacies such as boerewors, pap and melktert. Over a glass of his homemade wine, he’ll share stories of his life in South Africa’s whale watching capital. Return to Cape Town via a scenic driving route, arriving in the late afternoon. Enjoy your evening at leisure.
Accommodation: Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town
Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest

Hermanus Traditional Braai Lunch
Join a local Hermanus business owner for a traditional braai (barbecue) and some of his homemade wine against a clifftop backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean.
Included With Trip

Franschhoek Orientation
Take in the spectacular wine valleys of Franschhoek.
Included With Trip

Day 6

Oct 3, 2024 Thursday

From City to Safari
This morning you’ll bid farewell to the ‘Mother City’ and fly to Hoedspruit, where a private game reserve near South Africa’s great Kruger National Park beckons. Kick back, relax and settle in to one of Trafalgar’s Stays With Stories, Becks Safari Lodge, your home in the bush for the next three nights.
Accommodation: Becks Safari Lodge Karongwe Private Game Reserve
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Oct 4, 2024 Friday

Safari in Karongwe Private Game Reserve
The action begins as we embark on an early morning game drive through Karongwe Private Reserve with a Local Specialist game ranger and Shangaan tracker-guide. The rising sun awakens the birds and insects that share your journey into the bush, as you search the dense brush for signs of the Big 5. After lunch, and time for a siesta and a swim, return to the bush for an afternoon safari drive.
Accommodation: Becks Safari Lodge Karongwe Private Game Reserve
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Iconic Experience Reserve Tour with a Shangaan Tracker – Guide
Have your camera ready to capture the beautiful scenery and fascinating wildlife on your Reserve Tour with a Shangaan tracker – guide. 
Included With Trip

Day 8

Oct 5, 2024 Saturday

Seek out the ‘Big 5’ Safari Animals in Karongwe
Today enjoy another full day of game drives through Karongwe Private Reserve. Continue to scour the dense brush with your Local Specialist for incredible encounters with Africa’s iconic wildlife. End the day with a traditional sundowner drink overlooking the Game Reserve, keeping your eyes peeled for signs of wildlife that emerge from their cover of darkness.
Accommodation: Becks Safari Lodge Karongwe Private Game Reserve
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Karongwe Private Reserve Visit
Spend the day marveling at Africa’s iconic wildlife on your Karongwe Private Reserve.
Included With Trip

Day 9

Oct 6, 2024 Sunday

Journey to Johannesburg
Our time in the South African bushveld comes to a close with a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience visit to a local Shangaan village. Learn about the traditions and customs of the Shangaan people and how the Eco Academy there provides eco and wildlife education. This visit includes a simple meal of grilled chicken, pap, Shangaan style cabbage, and for the brave, the opportunity to try mopani worms! Fly to Johannesburg and check into your hotel in the heart of Sandton that is well located for exploring the nearby restaurants and shopping during your free evening.
Accommodation: Michelangelo Hotel Johannesburg
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER

Visit a local Shangaan Village in Hoedspruit.
Support a local Shangaan village, its Eco Academy and work in the local community with your visit.
Included With Trip

Day 10

Oct 7, 2024 Monday

Discover Historical Soweto
Unlock the secrets of the ‘city of gold’ on a full-day tour to view several iconic sites including the Regina Mundi Church and Mandela’s house in Soweto. Dive Into Culture during a visit to the Hector Pieterson Museum and the Apartheid Museum, which chronicles South Africa’s tumultuous Apartheid years.
Accommodation: Michelangelo Hotel Johannesburg
Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Dive Into Culture Johannesburg and Soweto Freedom Tour
Learn about South Africa’s turbulent past on an interactive Johannesburg and Soweto Freedom tour.
Included With Trip
Iconic Experience Johannesburg City Tour
Spend the day seeing the iconic sight of Mandela’s house on your Johannesburg City Tour.
Included With Trip

Day 11

Oct 8, 2024 Tuesday

Departure to USA

INCLUDED:

• Airport transfers
• Centrally located five star hotels or best available
• Internal air: Cape Town – Kruger Park – Johannesburg
• Daily breakfast and 3 dinners
• Welcome dinner in Cape Town
• Cape winelands tasting and lunch
• Farewell dinner in Johannesburg
• Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
• English-speaking Tour Director
• Licensed Local Guides
• Sightseeing tours, as per itinerary
• Admission included where indicated
• Hotel taxes and service charges

HOTELS:

• Cape Town – Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town****
• Kruger Park – Becks Safari Lodge Karongwe Private Game Preserve*****
• Johannesburg – Michelangelo Hotel*****

Not included: International Airfare We can assist you in purchasing your airline ticket.

CHRISTKINDLMARKT

CHRISTKINDLMARKT

CHRISTKINDLMARKT
December 3 – 11, 2024
Italy – Switzerland – Germany – Austria

9 Day – 4 Countries
Escordet First class Tour

Tour Host from USA
Marijka Helbig

Tour Guide:
Giovanni Borrelli 

Deposit deadline:
$600 per person by
May 20, 2024

MILAN (2) – MITTENWALD (4) – MUNICH (3)

Christkindlmarkt, translated means Christ Child market. Beginning the last week of November, an enticing scent of roasted almonds and mulled wine permeates every town and village. The magical atmosphere of these markets excites our senses and gets visitors in a festive mood for Christmas.  Beautiful wooden decorations, delicious Lebkuchen, gluhwein, bratwurst and much more are found at a traditional Christmas Market.  A most unique highlight for all families!

MILAN – MITTENWALD – MUNICH
plus: St.Moritz, Salzburg, Oberammergau, Garmisch-Partenkirchen Murnau and Zugspitze Ski Lift Ride

Tour Land cost:        $ 3790  Land rate per person in double room
Single supplement:  $ 890
Gratuities:                 $ 120
Arriving:                     Milan
Departing:                  Munich

Included:

    • Airport transfers
    • Centrally located first class hotels
    • Daily breakfast and 7 dinners
    • Welcome wine reception in Milan
    • Farewell dinner in Munich
    • Touring by modern motor coach
    • English-speaking Tour Director
    • Licensed Local Guides
    • Sightseeing tours:  Milan, Salzburg and Munich
    • Ski Lift Ride – Zug Spitze Mt.
    • Admission included where indicated
    • Whisper technology enhanced touring
    • Hotel taxes and service charges

Hotels: TBA

    • MILAN

    • MITTENWALD

    • MUNICH

Not Included:  Airfare (we can assist you in purchasing your airline ticket)

SPECIAL NOTICE: All travel is subject to global health guidelines. Scope Travel follows the CDC’s travel recommendations to stay safe during these strenuous times

Day 1
Dec 03,2024
Tuesday
DEPARTURE from USA to Milan

Upon arrival in Milano, you will be met and transferred to group city center hotel. After check-in enjoy the free afternoon until group dinner at hotel.

Day 2
Dec 04,2024
Wednesday
MILAN

Milan, located in northern Italy, is known for its designer brands, shopping and outlets, which makes it the perfect destination for Christmas shopping. Visit during December and you can also experience the magical Christmas Markets in Milan, in addition to getting some great Christmas bargains! 

Dinner at hotel

Day 3
Dec 05,2024
Thursday
MILAN

Breakfast at hotel.  Morning guided city tour will include tour of Duomo and

The Last Super by Michelangelo.

Remainder of day on your own.

Traditionally, the first weekend of December marks the beginning of the advent season. Milan’s city center transforms into a winter wonderland with twinkling lights and dazzling window displays in the designer stores. Admire the grandeur of the 12 metre tall Christmas tree located in the heart of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, decorated with 1,000 Swarovski crystals. And of course visit the Milan Christmas Markets. 

Day 4
Dec 06,2024
Friday
MILAN – MITTENWALD

After a very early breakfast at the hotel, we head north towards Lake Como and Lake Lugano through Sud Tyrol Alps into Switzerland and St. Moritz.  You will have approx. 3 hours for your lunch and shopping 

St. Moritz is a luxury alpine resort town in Switzerland’s Engadin Valley. It was the proud host to 2 Winter Olympic games (1928 and 1948).   Its charming Christmas market is a favorite of royals, celebrities, and jet-setting skiers. Called Glatschin, the fanciful market includes an ice-skating rink, a gastro village with a confectionery, a mulled wine and punch bar, and stalls with local handicrafts for sale. Don’t miss goldsmith Engadiner Goldschmiede, who makes jewelry out of local stones. While you’re in town, be sure to visit Badrutt’s Palace Hotel to see St. Moritz’s biggest Christmas tree, covered in gold ornaments and lights. And a word to the wise: leave your Christmas sweater at home. The proper attire for this Swiss holiday experience is fur and diamonds!

We will arrive in Mittenwald for dinner at our hotel about 7PM – tonight St Nicholas visits all!

Mittenwald is a town nestled between the Alpine peaks of Bavaria, Germany. It is known for its colorful painted houses and a rich violin-making history, documented in the central Geigenbaumuseum. The 18th-century Roman Catholic church of Sts. Peter and St. Paul is famed for its picturesque frescoes.   After WW II, Mittenwald was one of the largest DP Camps (Displaced Persons) for 5000 refugees from Ukraine.   From 1945 to 1950,  Ukrainians created active communities of education, choirs, workshops and orchestras.  PLAST, Ukrainian Scouting organization, was reborn here.  The first International Plast Jamboree took place in 1947 in Mittenwald with 1300 members attending from surroundinh DP Camps..  We will visit the local cemetery, where you will find many familiar names from the late 1940’s. 

Day 5
Dec 07,2024
Saturday
Salzburg Excursion

After breakfast we proceed to Salzburg, Austrian city on the border of Germany. Known for the birthplace of W. A. Mozart and the shooting location for “The Sound of Music”.  The city is divided by the Salzach River. Medieval and baroque buildings of the pedestrian Altstadt (Old City) on its left bank face the 19th-century Neustadt (New City) on its right. 

The traditional Salzburg Christkindlmarkt is located in the heart of Salzburg. The historic center is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.  A truly special experience!

  Enjoy lunch on your own. We return to Mittenwald at 3-4PM.  Dinner at hotel.

Day 6
Dec 08,2024
Sunday
Oberammergau + Garmischpartenkirche Exc

After breakfast at hotel we rejoin our touring coach and travel to Oberammergau. 

Oberammergau is a town in the Bavarian Alps. In 1633, a bubonic plague swept the region and many inhabitants of the village died. The villagers turned to God for help.  If the Lord spared the town, stopping the deaths, the townspeople vowed to perform a passion play once every ten years to express their gratitude.  According to legend, shortly after making their plea, deaths in Oberammergau came to an end.

Oberammergau still performs the Passionsspiele, once every ten years. Over 2,000 actors, singers, musicians and residents of the village take part in the production.

You will see beautiful murals on buildings in Oberammergau called Lüftlmalerei. Alhough this type of art can be found all over Bavaria and northern Austria, Oberammergau has one of the best displays. They are painted in an illusionist style, depicting religious related themes. 

Woodcarvings have been produced in Oberammergau for over 500 years. A cross-section of artworks and hand-crafted objects from the 17th century to the modern day is displayed in the museum, which also features woodcarvings by local artisans.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a German ski resort in Bavaria.  Formed in 1935 when 2 towns united, it is a popular destination for skiing, ice skating and hiking. The town lies near the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak, with a  9,718 ft. summit accessed by cogwheel train and cable car. Garmisch is considered the more fashionable section, while Partenkirchen’s cobblestone streets retain a traditional Bavarian feel.  

Lunch under own arrangements in Garmishcpartenkirchen. Weather permitting, we will go for a ride to the top of The Zugspitze.  It is the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains, and the highest mountain in Germany. Definitely the highlight of our day!  (This would be in lieu of the Karwendle Ski lift ride planned for the following day.)

Evening return to Mittenwald for overnight and dinner.

Day 7
Dec 09,2024
Monday
MITTENWALD – MUNICH

Early breakfast at hotel, and we leave for Munich via Murnau am Staffelsee.  Murnau is a market town in the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in the Oberbayern region of Bavaria, Germany. The market originated in the 12th century around Murnau Castle. Murnau is on the edge of the Bavarian Alps, about 70 kl south of Munich.  It’s a great place to do your Christmas shopping.

Lunch under own arrangements.  Afternoon departure to Munich.  Dinner at hotel.

Day 8
Dec 10,2024
Tuesday
MUNICH

Breakfast at hotel and a short bus orientation tour of the city.

Munich, Bavaria’s capital, is home to centuries-old buildings and numerous museums. The city is known for its annual Oktoberfest celebration and its beer halls, including the famed Hofbräuhaus, founded in 1589. In the Altstadt (Old Town), central Marienplatz square contains landmarks such as Neo-Gothic Neues Rathaus (town hall), with a popular glockenspiel show that chimes and reenacts stories from the 16th century.

Munich Christkindlmarkt in Marienplatz square

This traditional market, with roots dating back to the 14th century, is considered the original among Munich’s Christmas markets. Against the romantic backdrop of the neo-Gothic town hall on Marienplatz, the village of stalls enchants visitors with its old Bavarian charm.  This is not only the home of living customs and old crafts, but also of what is probably Germany’s largest Nativity scene market. Here you can find everything needed for a real Nativity scene – from the lantern for the stable to the gifts of the Magi. 

From the town hall balcony, live Bavarian Stubenmusik (traditional folk music), brass bands and choirs set the mood for the holidays.

Lunch on your own. Afternoon free. Tonight we meet in the hotel lobby for our FAREWELL DINNER.

Day 9
Dec 11,2024
Wednesday
MUNICH – USA / CANADA

After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight home.