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Oberammergau Passion Play
Mirabell Palace and Gardens
Eagle’s Nest atop Kehlstein Mountain
Lake Achensee Scenic Cruise
Gondola Cableway up Nordketten Mountain
Glockenspiel Clock Tower in
featuring the renowned Oberammergau Passion Play
Departs: June 16th, 2020 Tour Dates & Pricing
Experience the timeless culture of the Bavarian and Austrian Alps and the renowned Oberammergau Passion Play. Begin the tour in Salzburg with a city tour and a dinner concert featuring the sounds of Mozart. Witness the Tyrolean Alps from the Achensee Steam Cog Railway and on a Lake Achensee cruise. Tour the famous ski resort of Innsbruck and the impressive Tratzberg Castle. The inspiration to Disney's Magic Kingdom Castle is ours to explore at Neuschwanstein Castle. Next, arrive in the German village of Oberammergau for an extraordinary performance of its once-a-decade Passion Play. Travel to Munich, the capital of Bavaria, for a relaxing city tour and a joyful Farewell Dinner at Hofbräuhaus, a famous beer hall, before we return home.
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Hosted By: Kurt Pegler
WMBD/WYZZ Sports Director
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Day 1 : Fly to Munich
Relax and enjoy an overnight flight to Germany.
Day 2 : Salzburg
Herzlich willkommen in Deutschland! We meet our European guide in Munich and travel by motorcoach to Salzburg, Austria.
Upon arrival we enjoy a guided walking tour of this marvelous city. Located along the Salzach River, Salzburg is known for its Renaissance and Baroque architecture, being the birthplace of Mozart, and one of the filming locations for The Sound of Music. Stroll through the Mirabell Gardens, across the Markartsteg pedestrian bridge into Old Town and past Mozart's birthplace.
Tonight we get to know our fellow traveling companions at a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner in the city.
Day 3 : Alpine Beauty
Depart for the quaint alpine town of Berchtesgaden at the foot of the Watzmann, the third highest mountain in Germany.
Take a short train ride into the city’s salt mine and learn about its 500-year history.
Next we visit The Eagle’s Nest teahouse atop Kehlstein Mountain, witnessing Obersalzberg’s alpine beauty and learning about its role in World War II.
This evening we return to Salzburg for a private dinner at St. Peter’s Stiftskeller accompanied by a string quartet performing selections by Mozart.
Day 4 : Tyrolean Alps
Board the Achensee Steam Cog Railway and travel from Jenbach to Seespitz with views of Tyrolean mountains, meadows, and forests.
The adventure continues on a breathtakingly beautiful cruise of Lake Achensee, the largest lake in the Tyrolean Alps.
Next we tour Tratzberg Castle with a knowledgeable guide. Discover how this Renaissance-era stronghold demonstrates Gothic, Habsburg, and Fugger influences in its exquisite parlor, courtyard, King’s Room, and more.
In the late afternoon we arrive in Innsbruck, Tyrol’s skiing capital.
Day 5 : Innsbruck
Surrounded by dramatic mountain landscapes and picturesque villages, Innsbruck has been the site of two Winter Olympics, most recently in 1976. Narrow, twisting streets and tall houses built in the Late Gothic style reflect the city’s medieval past.
Our guided walking tour of the city includes the Imperial Palace, Court Church, and the Goldenes Dachl (“Golden Roof”), a 15th century stone balcony covered in gilded copper tiles.
Afterwards, take a gondola cableway up Nordketten mountain to visit Karwendel Nature Park, Austria’s largest protected area.
Day 6 : The Oberammergau Passion Play
We return to Germany and arrive in Oberammergau, a hamlet nestled in the Bavarian Alps, for its once-a-decade stage production of The Passion Play.
In the 17th century, the people of Oberammergau made a holy covenant to portray the life and death of Jesus every 10 years if a plague would spare their community. Now a worldwide phenomenon, we feel the passion in our hearts as the incredible story unfolds before us featuring an impressive orchestra, choir, live animals, and more than 100 actors with speaking roles.
We stay overnight in the Garmisch area.
Day 7 : Neuschwanstein Castle
Today we explore the inspiration for Disney’s Magic Kingdom Castle and one of the most recognized castles in the world, the fairytale-like Neuschwanstein Castle. Commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria in the mid-19th century, its Gothic architecture and richly decorated rooms were influenced by the operas of composer Richard Wagner.
We have lunch on our own in Füssen, then continue our journey to Munich. The remainder of the day is at our leisure.
Day 8 : Munich
The fun-loving city of Munich welcomes us today.
We see some of Munich’s famous landmarks on a walking tour including the Glockenspiel animated clock in the Marienplatz, the town square. We’ll also see Munich’s oldest church Saint Peter, the open-air market Viktualienmarkt, the Bavarian State Chancellery, and more.
The remainder of the afternoon is ours to explore the city as we please. Optional attractions include a visit to the Beer & Oktoberfest Museum or browsing the shops at the Marienplatz.
Tonight we gather for a joyful Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner at the Hofbräuhaus, one of Germany’s most famous beer halls.
Day 9 : Return Home
We return home with memories of our wonderful alpine adventure.
June 16th, 2020 - June 24th, 2020
Category - Occupancy
Price (Per Person)
Final Payment Date: 03/13/2020
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Originally from suburban Chicago, Kurt first walked through the doors of WMBD 31 as a college intern from Illinois State University in 1987. Three years later, he was hired as a full-time reporter.
Through the years, Kurt’s covered the Major League Baseball postseason, the NCAA Final Four, PGA and LPGA Tour events, NFL, NBA and NHL games along with NASCAR races. He’s been a finalist for the best downstate sportscast award presented by the Illinois Broadcasters Association every year since 1993, winning the honor in 1994, 2003 and 2004. He has also done play-by-play work for local broadcasts of Missouri Valley Conference men’s and women’s basketball games since 1993. Kurt has called the state tournament boys and girls basketball finals for the Illinois High School Association TV network since 2000.
Kurt has co-hosted the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Easter Seals telethons for WMBD 31. Kurt is a regular emcee at local charity golf events and awards luncheons, speaks to scores of civic and church groups, and frequently reads to elementary school students in area classrooms.
Kurt has previously hosted Holiday Vacations’ Railroading in the Rockies, Hawaii Three Island Holiday, Alaska and Glacier Bay Cruise, Enchanting Ireland and Bryze, Zion and the Grand Canyon tours.
Join Kurt and WMBD/WYZZ viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.