The Castles and Lakes of Bavaria
Led by Reverend Dr Keith Albans
From May to October 2020 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 us on 01629 826531.
Thurs 16 July – Travel to Bavaria
We meet at our allocated London* airport for our direct scheduled flight to Munich where we are met by our tour manager who will accompany us throughout our tour. We then transfer in our private executive coach to the 3* Hotel Kolberbräu in Bad Tölz (or similar) for a four-night half-board stay.
Fri 17 July – Ammersee & Andechs Abbey
This morning you can choose to enjoy time at leisure in the town of Herrsching am Ammersee or join an optional cruise on picturesque Lake Ammersee. In the afternoon we travel on to the gorgeous hilltop monastery of Andechs. Founded in the 10th century, Andechs Abbey has long been a place of pilgrimage with relics reputed to come from Christ’s crown of thorns, and a victory cross of Charlemagne, whose army overran much of Western Europe in the 9th century.
Sat 18 July – Neuschwanstein & Linderhof
This morning we visit Neuschwanstein Castle, the ‘castle of the fairy tale king’. The shy King Ludwig II had built the castle in order to withdraw from public life but seven weeks after his death in 1886 Neuschwanstein was opened to the public and today it is one of the most popular of all Europe’s castles. We travel on to Linderhof Palace. Built between 1874 and 1878 and the smallest of King Ludwig II’s three royal castles, Linderhof was originally intended as a hunting lodge but later he declared it would be a new Versailles and the wonderful French Rococo interiors and beautiful parkland certainly reflect that ambition.
Sun 19 July – Oberammergau Passion Play
This morning we take the short journey to the village of Oberammergau and after time for lunch, we take our seats for the Passion Play. The performance runs from 2.30pm till 10.30pm, with a three hour interval for included dinner. After the Play finishes, we transfer back to our hotel.
Mon 20 July – Munich & Departure
We leave our hotel and travel to Munich. There is the option of a guided city tour followed by free time for lunch, to relax or for sightseeing before travelling to Munich Airport for our direct scheduled flight back to London*.
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.