HISTORIC JOURNEYS: Bavaria Christmas Markets
Silent Night Music Festival - Austria & Germany
HONORING THE HISTORY OF THE WORLDS MOST BELOVED CAROL
8 days / 6 nights
Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht (Silent Night, Holy Night) was first composed in 1818 by Franz Gruber to lyrics written by Joseph Mohr. This occurred in the small Austrian village of Oberndorf.
Each Advent Season in December, The Silent Night Festival celebrates the anniversary the first performance of the world's most beloved carol.
You are cordially invited to join us in Austria and Germany to help commemorate this historic occasion. The program includes touring throughout the Bavarian region, including: Oberndorf, where Silent Night was first performed over 200 years ago, Salzburg, Munich, and Neuschwanstein.
Depart for Germany
Overnight flight. Meals on plane.
AM Upon arrival at the airport you will be welcomed by your tour manager.
Board coach and transfer to Salzburg.
PM Afternoon arrival – check into hotel. Orientation walk of Salzburg.
EVE Welcome dinner and overnight Salzburg.
Full day Silent Night Music Festival and Celebration.
Visit the Salzburg Christkindlmarkt
PM Afternoon gather in Oberndorf for a special anniversary celebration of Silent Night.
Visit Silent Night sites optional per below
Franz Xaver Gruber's schoolhouse and workplace, Museum and Pilgrimage Church with carillon
Gruber/Mohr Memorial Chapel where the carol had its world premiere, special Silent Night post office, Silent Night Museum in the Bruckmann House
Silent Night Museum with nativity scene, replica of "The Mohr Room" and the Pilgrimage Church
Joseph Mohr Memorial Organ in the Parish Church, Silent Night Room in the Waggerl House and Joseph Mohr's grave
Silent Night district with Museum and Gruber's grave at the Parish Church
EVE Dinner and overnight in Salzburg
Transfer to old Salzburg - The Sound of Music City and one of the most beautiful cities in Austria.
Morning guided city tour of Salzburg passing main sights and focusing on Silent Night sites including a visit of Mozart's Birthplace OR Salzburg Museum - You will see the Salzburg Cathedral in which W.A. Mozart was baptized and Joseph Mohr was baptized just hours after he was born. See the Steingasse, where Mohr grew up with his mother and three siblings. He attended the seminary on Makart Square. He attended the Academic High School, now housing the University of Salzburg with its newly renovated Large Auditorium. Joseph Mohr's autographs, proving that he wrote the poem "Silent Night" during his tenure as a cooperator in Mariapfarr, was not discovered until 1996 and is on display at the Salzburg Museum.
PM Visit of Hohensalzburg Fortress including funicular, dominating the city and its Old Town. Surrounded by walls and dotted with towers and battlements, Festung Hohensalzburg is one of the largest and best preserved castles in Europe. The fortified castle was built in 1077, from its lofty position protecting Salzburg, with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. Take a guided tour around the palatial state rooms, Gothic torture chambers, lookouts and museum collections
EVE Enjoy a holiday concert performance at The Mozarteum.
Group dinner and overnight Salzburg.
AM Breakfast at your hotel. This morning enjoy some free time Salzburg
PM Transfer to Oberammergau – 2 ½ -3 hour drive. Possible stops enroute.
EVE Group dinner at local restaurant and overnight Oberammergau.
Enjoy a full day in the beautiful small village of Oberammergau! Admire the intimate square, local cafés and the many woodcarving shops. Learn more about the history of this tiny village in the Heimatmuseum of Oberammergau. Tour the theater that hosts the Great Passion Play
AFTERNOON/EVENING Enjoy a holiday performance at the Ammergauhaus. Reception with drinks and snacks in the evening. Overnight in Oberammergau.
Morning departure to Munich. En route visit Neuschwanstein Castle. Seven weeks after the death of King Ludwig II in 1886, Neuschwanstein was opened to the public. The shy king had built the castle in order to withdraw from public life – now vast numbers of people came to view his private refuge. You will learn the story of King Ludwig's renowned and tragic reign, of his turbulent times, and of the obsession that drove him to build his fantasy castle in the mountains and ultimately destroyed him.
PM Continue to Munich and enjoy a guided city tour and time to visit the Christmas Market.
EVE Farewell dinner – possible at the famous Hofbrauhaus.
Transfer to Munich for your flight back home.
8 days / 6 nights
6 night accommodation in superior tourist class hotels based on 2/room with private facilities.
Daily 3-course dinner – set menu, excluding drinks
Tour manager throughout, 1 per coach
Private luxury coach for all transportation according to the itinerary
Local guides or half day tours in : Salzburg, Oberndorf and Munich
Visits of: Salzburg Museum (OR birthplace Mozart) / Hohensalzburg including funicular / Neuschwanstein Castle / Oberndorf guided tour / Heimatmuseum in Oberammergau
Oberammergau Passion Play Theater and reception in Oberammergau
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