Oberammergau Passion Play and The Beautiful Austrian Tyrol
Led by Reverend Stephen and Heather Radford (tbc)
Sadly, the 2020 holidays have been postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, but will now take place in 2022. The holiday is expected to replicate the same programme (as below), but could be subject to some changes. Prices TBC.
From May to October 2022 the villagers of Oberammergau in Bavaria will again perform their world famous Passion Play — a tradition they have maintained since 1634.
The performance involves over 2,000 villagers, a full orchestra and a vast stage, and commemorates Christ’s journey into Jerusalem, his death and his resurrection.
We combine this remarkable experience with two different holidays — the fairytale settings of Bavaria’s castles and lakes and the natural wonders of the Austrian Lake District.
For more information about any aspect of the holidays or to discuss taking your group on their own exclusive tailor-made Passion Play tour, call Rachel Hayto on 01858 881508.
Day 1 – Travel to Austria
We take our included flight from either our allocated London airport or at Manchester Airport for our scheduled flight to Munich. On arrival we are met by our tour manager who will accompany us throughout our tour. Transfer in our private executive coach to the 3* Lifthotel Aschaber in Kirchberg in Tirol (or similar) for a five night stay on half board basis. This evening there is a welcome drink prior to our evening meal.
Day 2 – Salzburg
Salzburg is our destination today and on arrival there is an optional guided tour around the old city taking in sights such as the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the Cathedral, Mozart’s birthplace and the Mirabell Palace and Gardens to name but a few.
Day 3 – Kitzbuhel
We visit Kitzbuhel today where we have free time to wander through the narrow cobbled streets, chic designer shops, coffee/cake houses and restaurants. You may choose to take a cable car excursion to the top of the magnificent Hahennkamm Mountain which towers over the village.
Day 4 – Tratzberg Castle, Pertisau & Lake Achensee cruise
We start our day with a visit to the 16th century Tratzberg Castle, a romantic medieval castle sitting atop a massive rock ledge that commands breathtaking views of the Inn Valley. Having taken a small train to the castle entrance, inside are the stunning Hapsburg Rooms, the Fugger Room with Renaissance art and a wonderful armoury collection. We then head to Pertisau, a popular tourist resort on Lake Achensee where you can join our optional tour combining a cruise on Lake Achensee with a romantic steam journey on the Achensee train which dates back 120 years old and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain ranges.
Day 5 – Innsbruck & Rattenberg
Our visit to Innsbruck begins with an optional guided tour taking in the Cathedral St Jacob, Imperial Palace and the Golden Roof. After free time at leisure to explore the charms of this town or simply to relax at a streetside café and watch the world go by, we head to the delightful medieval town of Rattenberg, the oldest in the Tyrol and famous for its glass crystal ware.
Day 6 – Oberammergau Passion Play
We leave the Tyrol and travel to Oberammergau. After checking in to our allocated Category C hotels and guesthouses in and around Oberammergau followed by time for lunch, we take our Category 1 or Category 2 seats for the Passion Play. The performance runs from 1.30pm till 9.30pm with a three hour interval for included dinner.
Day 7 – Fly home
After breakfast in Oberammergau and flight times permitting, you have the opportunity to visit the Oberammergau Museum before we transfer to Munich Airport for our scheduled flight back to the UK.
NB: Please note we reserve the right to alter the above itinerary if required for operational reasons. Flight details are subject to change. Given the historic nature of the places visited, a certain degree of walking will be involved, and this holiday may not be suitable for those with mobility problems. This holiday and the flights are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Tailored Travel’s ATOL number is 5605. Price based on twin share. Minimum numbers required. Normal booking conditions apply