- 9 buffet breakfasts
- 4 three-course dinners
- Audio headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
- Luxury air-conditioned coach
- Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
- An expert Travel Director and a separate driver
- All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
- Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day - conditions apply
- Personal travel insurance
- International flights
2020 Departure Dates:
- 25th May
- 15th, 22nd, 29th June
- 6th, 20th July
- 7th, 14th, 21st September
About the Deposit Option
Want to secure your place and price for this deal but prefer to pay later? Simply purchase the $500 per person deposit option. A further payment of $600 is due on August 31 st 2019. Full payment is due 1 st of February 2020
Arrive in Rome
Welcome to Rome. After check-in, relax and unwind. Later meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers. This evening, consider a stroll around this fascinating ancient city and mingle with the locals in beautiful squares with stunning architecture.
Rome Sightseeing & free time
Your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour with a visit to the Vatican City. Visit the awe-inspiring St. Peter's Basilica and view Michelangelo's statue, the Pietà. Don't miss the opportunity to join an Optional Experience to visit inside the famous Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. View the mighty Colosseum and see the ancient sites of Rome. Afterwards, enjoy free time to take in the sights or join an Optional Experience to explore the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.
Rome - Pisa - Florence
This morning leave Rome and head north towards Central Italy. Travel through picturesque scenery in Umbria and Tuscany before arriving in the town of Pisa. Visit the Square of Miracles featuring the Leaning Tower, Cathedral and Baptistery. There is time to shop for souvenirs and take pictures. Later arrive at your hotel near Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance.
Florence sightseeing & free time
There are few cities in the world with an artistic legacy to equal that of Florence. Your Local Specialist gives a superb commentary of the city's history during your walking tour, which includes views of the Baptistery, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, the impressive Giotto's Bell Tower and a visit to Piazza Della Signoria. Experience a demonstration of fine leatherwork with time to explore on your own. Shop for high-quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery for which Florence is renowned and don't forget to try the gelato. Later enjoy dinner at the hotel.
- Meals: Buffet Breakfast & dinner
Florence - Verona - Venice
Your journey continues north across the dramatic Apennine Mountains to Verona, the home of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers. View the vast Roman Arena, where concerts are still held regularly each year and see Juliet's Balcony. Hear the story of the play which begins with a street brawl between Montague and Capulet servants who, like their masters, are sworn, enemies. Head east to the magical, romantic city of Venice.
- Meals: Buffet breakfast & dinner
Venice orientation & free time
Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Then cruise by private launch to St. Mark's Square in the heart of Venice. Admire the Bridge of Sighs, the ornate Doge's Palace and the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark. Spend free time afterwards exploring this fascinating city or perhaps take a cruise across the lagoon to the island of Burano for a relaxing meal. Burano is an island in the Venetian lagoon known for its brightly coloured houses.
Venice - Innsbruck
This morning enjoy spectacular scenery including driving the Brenner Pass which separates Italy from Austria. Arrive in the scenic town of Innsbruck - famous for hosting the 1976 Winter Olympic Games and enjoy free time to explore the sights including the Hofburg Palace and the Golden Roof
Innsbruck - Oberammergau
Enjoy free time in Innsbruck where you can explore the city and discover its ties to the Winter Olympic Games. Later travel to the picturesque town of Oberammergau where the Passion Play will be performed tomorrow. This evening dine at your hotel.
- Meals: Buffet breakfast & dinner
Oberammergau Passion Play performance
Enjoy the unique atmosphere in town before taking your premium seat for an inspired and moving performance of the Passion Play this afternoon. Dine at a local restaurant this evening before experiencing the captivating second half of this unique event as night falls.
- Meals: buffet breakfast & dinner
Oberammergau - depart Munich
It's Farewell to your newfound friends at the end of your memorable holiday. Transfers are available to Munich Airport. Conditions apply.
The small village of Oberammagau sprawls along the pretty Ammer River valley in the alpine region of Upper Bavaria, 90 minutes southwest of Munich. The Ammergau mountains look down on a settlement that has grown steadily since its inhabitants first performed their now-world-renowned Passion Play in 1634. Visitors also come to see sights such as nearby fairy-tale Linderhof castle, one of several in the region built for King Ludwig II but the only one completed in his lifetime. Believe it or not, although modelled after the Palace of Versailles, this was designed as a hunting lodge.
About the Passion Play:
The Passion Play is held every ten years, in years ending with a zero – so the next is in 2020. Any tour, however, takes in the Passion Play Theatre, a simple building whose purpose is revealed by a simple cross on its exterior with the figures of many worshippers at its feet. The play was first put on at the town cemetery after an epidemic of bubonic plague starting in 1633 had touched nearly every family. Local people vowed to perform the Passion Play, showing the story of Christ’s suffering and death if they were spared any more deaths. The deaths stopped, and they have kept their promise to perform it every decade since. The only change to the timing was in 1680, to move the date to the present arrangement of “zero” years. The play itself has evolved in line with the style of its times, from a simple Reformation Tragedy through an elaborate Baroque interpretation to the present-day more theatrical version. Spectators have been coming in large numbers since the 1830s, a process accelerated by the opening of the railway from Munich in 1900. Now, around half a million visitors will spend a night in the town or nearby to see a performance during its run.
Valid from Jun 8, 2018
Expires Aug 31, 2018
Bookings essential & must be made within 10 days of purchase. Subject to availability. International flights not included. Tour departs 25th May, 15th, 22nd, 29th June, 6th, 20th July, 7th, 14th, 21st September 2020. Must be used in 1 visit. Deal valid for one person on a twin share basis i.e. two vouchers must be purchased at this price. Single travellers may contact Inspired Escaped for a single quote or to see if there’s another traveller of the same gender they can pair up with. Includes 9 buffet breakfasts, 4 three-course dinners, audio headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences, luxury air-conditioned coach cherry-picked hotels, an expert Travel Director and a separate driver, all hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes, airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day - conditions apply. Excludes personal travel insurance, flights & anything not specifically mentioned in the itinerary. $500 per person deposit option: a further payment of $600 is due on August 31st, 2019 & full payment is due 1st of February 2020. Your NZ passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay. Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Travel insurance recommended. Value of deal is based on current rates, which are subject to change. Refund available from GrabOne within 48 hours of purchase if specific dates are not available. No cash back. Not to be used with other offers.
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