Oberammergau Passion Play & The Austrian Lake District
Led by Reverend Daniel Reed
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.
Day 1 – Travel to Austria
We meet at Bristol Airport for our scheduled flight to Munich. On arrival 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* Alpenhotel Dachstein (or similar) at Bad Goisern for a five night stay on a half board basis.
Day 2 – 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 to name but a few. 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 3 – St Gilgen, cruise on Lake Wolfgangsee & St Wolfgang
After time at leisure in St Gilgen we take an included one way cruise from St Wolfgang on picturesque Lake Wolfgangsee. Time is at leisure in St Wolfgang this afternoon, 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 4 – Hallein salt mines, Berchtesgaden & Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest
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 5 – Kaiservilla at 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 at leisure in the picturesque town of Hallstatt, ‘the pearl of Austria’, and the site of an early Iron Age culture form 800 to 400 BC and considered to be the oldest, continuously inhabited settlement in Europe.
Day 6 – Oberammergau Passion Play
We leave the Austrian Lakes 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 seats for the Passion Play. The performance runs from 2.30pm till 10.30pm, 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 Bristol.
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.