Group 1 British Isles Tourwith Oberammergau Passion Play 16 day tour - June 12, 2020
A Great choice at a GREAT price. You see more doing a land tour instead of a cruise. A cruise is good, as the British Isles are all islands, you can hit many of the major cities from a cruise ship, but you miss much of the interior and many smaller places along the coast that are not on the cruise line’s itinerary. Here are a few examples of places usually missed on a cruise that we include in our land tour. Stratford-Upon-Avon, the home of Shakespeare, Conwy’s wonderful walled city and castle, York is a fantastic ancient walled city that is considered the oldest city in England, Preston and its rich history, the Scottish Highlands and much more that are usually missed on most cruises.
With our special designed tour, we have been able to cut out two full days of driving on buses. We eliminated the all day drive and ferry between Belfast and Edinburgh. We have found a perfect airfare that is currently less than $100 and is only a 50-minute flight. We can do a full day of touring after arrival. We avoided another wasted day by taking a high speed train from Edinburgh to York. Normally after York we have to overnight and then spend all day driving to Edinburgh. This way we can send our luggage with the buses for this long drive, while we tour York and then walk a couple of blocks to the train station. We will be in Edinburgh at the same time our luggage arrives by bus.
Here is a partial list of what you will see and experience on this fantastic tour:
- In England: Liverpool, Albert Dock, Preston, ancient walled city of York, Stratford-upon-Avon, Windsor Castle, Runnymede, Tower of London, city tour of London, Stonehenge, the English countryside and so much more.
- In Scotland: Glamis Castle, St. Andrews, the Scottish Highlands, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle and the famous Royal Mile.
- In Northern Ireland: Belfast on the northern coast (one of the top 5 coastal drives in the world) and Giants Causeway.
- In Ireland: Dublin, the Book of Kells and the beautiful Irish countryside.
The Oberammergau Passion Play is a MAJOR part of this package Dr. S. Michael Wilcox will also join you in Munich and will spend several days touring and preparing you for your Passion Play experience. After the Passion Play, you will travel to Munich to catch your flight to London, England, with Dave and Clarissa Douglas. Dave Douglas will be your educator throughout the rest of your tour.
Package Price Includes:
- Germany and the Oberammergau Passion Play.
- 2 nights 4 Star Deluxe Hotel in Munich.
- Dr. S. Michael Wilcox Guest Educator in Munich for the Passion Play.
- 2 nights 4 Star Oberammergau Passion Play Hotel.
- Priority seating in Category 1 for the Passion Play.
- All transfers and buses in Munich and Oberammergau.
- Breakfasts in Munich, Breakfast and Dinner in Oberammergau.
- Fun For Less Tours Staff.
- All tours, entrance fees and guides in Munich and Oberammergau.
- England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland.
- 2 Nights 4-Star Deluxe Hotel in London.
- 1 night 4-Star Deluxe Hotel in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
- 2 nights 4-Star Deluxe Hotel in Preston.
- 2 Nights 4-Star Deluxe Hotel in Edinburgh.
- 2 Nights 4-Star Deluxe Hotel in Belfast.
- 1 Night 4-Star Deluxe Hotel in Dublin.
- High-Speed Train from York to Edinburgh.
- Guest Educator: Dave Douglas, throughout the British Isles.
- Fun For Less Tour Staff.
- All buses, tours, guides and entrance fees throughout.
- Transfers to and from airports, trains and hotels.
- “Whisper perfect” headset receivers. You will hear everything even when you step away to take that important picture.
Package Price: $5,295*
*Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Does not include airfare or tips.
ESTIMATED cost of airfares in 2020:
These are estimates only (they could go up or down) and they
will not be available to purchase until 10 months before tour.
(round-trip) SLC to Munich - Dublin to SLC: $1,650
(non-stop) Munich to London: $150
(non-stop) Edinburgh to Belfast: $120
The itinerary below is subject to change as needed at any time to accomplish everything we can in each area we visit. We will have local guides who will make sure we see the very best in the time we have.
Day 1: June 12: Fly to Munich
We depart our home and travel to Munich.
Day 2 & 3: June 13 & 14: Munich
Today and tomorrow we will tour Munich and will also have lectures from Dr. S. Michael Wilcox on the Life of Christ and the Passion Play.
Day 4: June 15: Munich – Oberammergau
This morning we will travel into the German Alps and enjoy the beautiful scenery and do some touring before checking into our 4-star deluxe Passion Play hotel.
Day 5: June 16: Oberammergau
This morning we will tour the Oberammergau area. This afternoon will be the first half of the Passion Play. Then there will be a break for dinner, which is included. After, we will return to the second half of the Passion Play. Late this evening you will return back to your hotel.
Day 6: June 17: Munich – London
Today we will fly from Munich to London. Upon arrival in London, we will transfer to our deluxe hotel.
Day 7: June 18: London
Today will be a full day tour of London that will include the famous Tower of London, a castle, prison, home of the crown jewels and the most famous execution site in Europe. Time permitting we will stop at the British Library, home to some of the greatest documents in the English language and world – from the original lyrics of the Beatles to the notebooks of Da Vinci, to the Magna Charta, to the oldest New Testament in existence.
Day 8: June 19: Windsor – Stonehenge – Stratford-Upon-Avon
This morning we head to one of the homes of the Queen of England, Windsor Castle. We will spend much of the day exploring the castle and the surrounding old town of Windsor. We will then head to the famous rocks of ancient Stonehenge. The mysterious circle of stones that still carries the aura built into it over four thousand years ago. After we will drive to Stratford-Upon-Avon.
Day 9: June 20: Stratford – Preston
We will then spend the morning exploring Stratford upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. This afternoon we will drive to Preston to do a short city tour with a picture stop at the Preston Temple.
Day 10: June 21: Conwy – Albert Dock
This morning we are off to Northern Wales and the castle and walled town of Conwy. Built by Edward I as part of a ring of castles to cower the Welsh into Submission, Conwy stirs images of the legends of King Arthur, for Wales was the origin of the famous Camelot stories. This afternoon we will travel to Liverpool and the famous Albert Dock which was used by many immigrants as they left England for the US. We will return to Preston to overnight.
Day 11: June 22: York
This morning we will travel to York. York is one of the reasons you want to do a land tour! You cannot visit York from a cruise ship. Nowhere in northern England says ‘medieval’ quite like YORK, a city of extraordinary cultural and historical wealth that has lost little of its medieval luster! It’s medieval spider’s web of narrow streets is enclosed by a magnificent circuit of 13th-century walls. At the heart of the city lies the immense, awe-inspiring minister, one of the most beautiful Gothic Cathedrals in the world. This will be a highlight day!!! Later this afternoon we will take a high-speed train to Edinburgh. Your luggage will be brought by the buses to Edinburgh.
Day 12: June 23: Edinburgh
We have an entire day to enjoy Edinburgh. We will have a morning tour of the city, including Edinburgh Castle. Sir Walter Scott created the mystique of the Scottish clans here, and there is a monument to this famous Scott. Edinburgh is also the city of Greyfriars Bobby and J.K. Rowling who wrote Harry Potter from the upstairs window of a local pub. You will enjoy Edinburgh Castle and have time to walk and explore the Royal Mile before returning to your hotel at leisure as your hotel is right on the Royal Mile.
Day 13: June 24: Edinburgh – Belfast
This morning we will take a stunning drive through the Scottish Highlands. We will also visit St Andrews Golf course. St Andrews is considered by many “the home of golf”. There will not be time to play a round of golf, but you will be able to take some pictures and visit the pro shop. We also plan to visit Glamis Castle, the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth’s mother, before we continue onto Belfast where we overnight for the next two nights.
Day 14: June 25: Ireland Coast
Today will be a highlight day! We begin with a drive up one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. Our destination is the Giants Causeway, one of the most remarkable geological wonders in Europe. This afternoon we return to Belfast and enjoy a short city tour before we return to our hotel.
Day 15: June 26: Belfast – Dublin
This morning we drive to Dublin. The history of Ireland is deeply intertwined with Christian monasteries and the inspiring story of Saint Patrick. After we arrive into Dublin you will have time to visit Trinity College to see the most important book in Ireland – the Book of Kells and one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. You will have time to explore old Dublin and its walking streets before going to our hotel.
Day 16: June 27: Fly back to the US & Home
This morning we transfer to the Dublin airport for the return flight home.