Oberammergau Passion Play & The Lake District of Austria
Led by Reverend Martin and Rita Williams (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 one – Travel to Austria
We meet at our allocated London* airport for our scheduled flight to Munich where we will be met by our tour manager. We then transfer by private executive coach to the 3* Hotel Gasthof Bräuwirth in Lengfelden (or similar) for a five-night half-board stay.
Day two – Salzburg & Prien
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. The afternoon is at leisure in the Bavarian resort of Prien and you may choose to join our optional short boat trip on Lake Chiemsee to visit King Ludwig II’s fairytale Herrenchiemsee Castle.
Day three – Wolfgangsee
You have time at leisure in St Gilgen followed by a cruise from St Wolfgang on the picturesque Lake Wolfgangsee. Enjoy a relaxing free afternoon in St. Wolfgang, or you may choose to join our optional excursion on the SchafbergBahn, the steepest cogwheel railway in Austria that famously featured in ‘The Sound of Music’.
Day four – Hallein
The salt mines at Hallein, one of the oldest in the world, brought riches to the archbishops and built the magnificent city of Salzburg. At Berchtesgaden this afternoon you have the option of a visit to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest, given to Hitler as a 50th birthday present and unscathed from the bombings of the Allied Forces during World War II.
Day five – Bad Ischl & Hallstatt
Kaiservilla at Bad Ischl is the former summer capital of the great Austro-Hungarian monarchy and associated with the Hapsburg’s for at least 700 years. It was here on 28th July 1914 that the declaration of war on Serbia was signed. We spend the afternoon in the picturesque town of Hallstatt, ‘the pearl of Austria’ — the site of an early Iron Age culture and considered to be Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited settlement.
Day six – Oberammergau Passion Play
On arrival at Oberammergau we check in to our allocated accommodation for a one night stay. After time for lunch, we take our seats for the Passion Play. The performance starts at 1.30pm with a 3 hour break for a 3 course dinner included in a restaurant.
Day seven – Departure
We transfer to the airport for our 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.