Desenzano harbour
Desenzano harbour


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Oberammergau & the Archaeology of Northern Italy with Andante Travels

Experience seven glorious days discovering the history and archaeology of locations in both Italy and Germany, and watch a performance of the legendary Passion Play in the village of Oberammergau. Visit historic Brescia, not far from Milan, where we explore a range of sites that tell the stories of this wonderful city. Tour ruined Roman villas replete with mosaics, go underground to observe subterranean remains and pay a memorable visit to the mummified remains of Ötzi the Iceman. 

What's included?

  •  Accommodation
  •  Local transport & private transfer to/from airport and group hotel
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Entries & tips
  •  Expert scholar & tour manager
  •  Tickets to the Oberammergau Passion Play

Today's Price

Deposit: $750 Single supplement: $700

Tour highlights:

  • Enjoy two nights in the surrounding area of Oberammergau, known for its traditional woodcarving as well as the legendary Passion Play, which we experience while we’re here
  • Go underground in Trento to discover the remains of a Roman road, parts of the city wall, and some ruined houses and workshop
  • Take a walking tour of the lesser-visited historic city of Brescia, home to some of northern Italy’s best-preserved Roman remains
  • Come face-to-face with the mummified remains of Ötzi the Iceman at the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology
  • Journey to the ‘pearl’ of Lake Garda, Sirmione, and explore the ruins of the Caves of Catullus

Tour details

Dates June 13 2020 - June 19 2020
Duration 7 days
Today's Price
Deposit: $750 Single supplement: $700 Balance due by March 21 2020
Activity Level
Tour code OBI20A

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June 13 2020: Itinerary

Arrive in Munich and drive to our hotel in the Oberammergau area.

Meals include: Dinner

Today we will bear witness to the once-in-a-lifetime event that is the Oberammergau Passion Play. Part I is due to begin at 2.30pm and it will come to an end at 10.30pm. There will, of course, be a sizeable break for dinner from 5-8pm.

All meals included

This morning we depart Oberammergau and drive to Bolzano, located in the north of Italy. En route, we stop for lunch in Innsbruck or its surrounding area.

All meals included

Hotel: Luna Mondschein Park Hotel, Bolzano

The first visit of the day is to the fabulous South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology in Bolzano. This museum is famous for being home to the incredible remains of Ötzi, the Iceman. Stored in a cold cell, the mummy and his tools can be seen through a window. After lunch, we have the chance to explore the Spazio Archeologico Sotteraneo del SAS Tridentium. Here, we will see local red-stone slabs, sewer pipes and the remains of a tower. It was also the seat of the Council of Trent (1545-1563), where the Catholic Church worked out its response to the Protestant Reformation. Tonight we will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

All meals included

Hotel: Luna Mondschein Park Hotel, Bolzano

This morning we leave Bolzano and drive to Brescia. This is a charming Italian city, not far from Milan, which dates back to the Iron Age. However, we can also find traces of earlier settlements here and Brescia itself is home to some of the bestpreserved Roman remains in all of northern Italy. This morning we will see the Romanesque Duomo Vecchio, recognisable for its characteristic circular structure, and the Santa Giulia Museum, which is housed in a monastic complex of Lombard origin. Collections in this museum include a selection of Roman in situ mosaics as well as important Lombard remains. Next, we take a break for lunch and then it’s on to the UNESCO-listed Capitolium, known locally as the Capitolium of Brixia (its ancient Roman name) and around 2,000 years old. This evening, we will dine at a local restaurant before returning to our hotel.

All meals included

Hotel: Centro Paolo VI, Brescia

A morning journey to nearby Desenzano, situated in the southwest corner of Lake Garda. Here, we will view one of the best surviving villas of the late Roman age, along with its magnificent mosaics. These remains were discovered in 1921 and images depicted in mosaics here include cupids gathering grapes, chariot racing and wild animals. After this captivating visit, we take the ferry back to Sirmione – regarded as the ‘pearl’ of Lake Garda – and make our way to the villa known as the Caves of Catullus. Dinner follows later and we make our return to Brescia, where we stay overnight.

All meals included

Hotel: Centro Paolo VI, Brescia

This morning we will transfer to either Milan or Verona airport for our return flights home.


Meals include: Breakfast

June 13 2020: Additional Info

June 13 2020: Accommodation

Stay amongst tradition and style in the renovated historic Luna Mondschein Park Hotel, an oasis of rest in the middle of the bustling old town of Bolzano

Boasting a private garden, international restaurant and large free parking, Centro Paolo VI is right in the centre of Brescia. Run by a non-profit organisation, the property is housed in a beautiful 17th-century building with original features and frescoes. WiFi is free throughout.

With fine parquet floors and classic-style furnishings, guest rooms include a flat-screen TV, air conditioning and en suite bathroom.

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