Oberammergau Passion Play & the Austrian Tyrol

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£1,399.00 / Per Person

See the 2020 Oberammergau Passion Of The Christ

  • 9 Days
  • Departing June 2020
  • Germany
  • Group offers available

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Passion Play 2020 and Lake Garda

From the world famous Passion Play, to the celebrated city of Cologne, the shores of Lake Garda and the fair city of Verona, there is so much to see on this spectacular two tiered coach holiday. We begin in Germany, where we enjoy a few days visiting Cologne and Heidelburg before we head to Oberammergau for the moving and emotional Passion Play. After an emotive evening, we journey towards Italy and the stunning shores of Lake Garda, paying a visit to Austria’s Innsbruck along the way. From our base on the Lake we offer many fabulous excursions, why not join us as we cruise the shores of Lake Garda, visiting the surrounding towns and villages, experience Verona on our included tour, and why not even join our optional tour to the floating city of Venice, all making for the perfect holiday.

Recommended for: Couples, Honeymoon, Religious, Anniversaries

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Oberammergau Passion Play 2020

Once again, the world-famous Passion Play returns to the beautiful village of Oberammergau for its 42nd performance. Why not make 2020 the year you experience this ‘play of life and death’, combined with the beauty of Bavaria, Germany, Austria and Italy on one of our fully-escorted tours.

The History of the Passion Play

Imagine a small Bavarian village nestling in the shadows of the Alps in 1633. The Great Plague descended and many lives were lost to this mysterious illness. The villagers made a solemn vow that, if the lives of the villagers were spared the whole village would perform a play every ten years, depicting the story of Christ’s suffering, dying and resurrection. Miraculously the Plague did not claim any more lives and so true to their vows, the villagers of Oberammergau enacted their first play in 1634.

The tradition, which has continued without interruption every decade since, in spite of wars and other problems, will be continued for the 42nd time in 2020.

Famous throughout the world, it is expected that around 500,000 people will attend the Passion Play in 2020, over half of these will be guests from around the world.

The Play

Due to a play law, the performers of the play all come from the village beautiful village of Oberammergau, to maintain the tradition of the solemn vow the villagers made in 1633. Everyone taking part must have been born there, or lived in the village for at least 20 years. At times, the stage also holds small herds of sheep and goats, donkeys, a hors and armoured Roman soldiers.

From Ash Wednesday, 2019, all of the performers let their hair grow – the men also let their beards grow – so that they have an authentic biblical appearance.

Altogether, there will be more than 2000 Oberammergau villagers taking part in this world-famous play in 2020.

The play runs from mid May to the beginning of October starting at 2:30pm and finishing at 10:30pm with a break for dinner at 5pm.

The Village of Oberammergau

The picture-perfect Bavarian town of Oberammergau is located in the picturesque Ammergau Alps, and along with the Passion Play, is also known for its wood carvings and colourful frescoes – or Lüftlmalerei – which decorate many of the buildings. The town is a good base to see the impressive Linderhof Palace – favourite of King Ludwig II, and his famous fairy tale Neuschwanstein Castle.

Oberammergau Accommodation & Tickets

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There is a choice of accommodation, ranging from lovingly appointed rooms in private houses to luxurious hotels. Tickets for the Passion Play are allocated along with the accommodation, and whilst we can’t advise on the exact location of the seats, as a general rule, the higher the grade of accommodation, the better the seats. See the seating plan below which illustrates the location of each ticket category.

Category D Accommodation: Includes Ticket Category 2. Category D accommodation will be 2-star hotels or 3-star pensions/guest houses in Oberammergeau.

Category C Accommodation: Includes Ticket Category 1 or 2. For Category C accommodation, you will stay in 3-star hotels or 4-star pensions/guest houses in Oberammergau.

Category B Accommodation: Includes Ticket Category 1 or 2. If you choose Category B accommodation, your stay will be in 4-star hotels or 5-star pensions/guest houses in Oberammergau. Details of accommodation will be confirmed closer to the time.

Tour includes

  • 11 nights hotel (including two nights in the Oberammergau area) with continental breakfast
  • 1 lunch
  • 9 evening meals
  • Ticket for the Oberammergau Passion Play
  • Convenient local joining points

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

Day 2 - Cologne & the Rhine Valley

We leave Belgium and head to the city of Cologne with its splendid Gothic cathedral and twin spires that dominate the skyline. After free time we continue along the Rhine Valley with the opportunity to enjoy an optional relaxing cruise along the river to admire the sedate scenery of the vineyards and castles that adorn the valley. We continue to the Mannheim area for our overnight stay.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 - Rothenburg ob der Tauber

Today, we start our journey south through Germany, calling at Rothenburg ob der Tauber, located on the Romantic Road. There will be free time here for sightseeing and shopping – be sure to see the old town hall and its glockenspiel. We continue to Austria and to our hotel for a four-night stay.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 - Salzburg

Today, join our included excursion to the ‘Sound of Music’ city, Salzburg. Here, you can enjoy free time to explore the quaint narrow shopping lanes and lovely squares, and perhaps sample a strudel and coffee in one of the many pavement cafés. Our optional guided walking tour is also a wonderful way to discover sights and sounds that have made this delightful city so famous.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Free Time or Lake Achensee

Join our optional scenic excursion along the Alpenstrasse to Lake Achensee, the largest lake in the Tyrol. Here you have some free time to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. There is also the chance to take an optional cruise on the lake to take in the picturesque views. As we return to our hotel, you have the choice to travel by coach or, for part of the way, take an optional ride on the rack-and-pinion railway from Seespitz to Jenbach which offers stunning views.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - Kitzbühel

Kitzbühel is perhaps one of the most fascinating towns in the Alps and is home to a stunning historical town centre, full of character and charm. Founded in the 9th century B.C., Kitzbühel was originally a copper and silver mining centre before becoming the fashionable and prosperous winter resort it is today. There will be plenty of time to browse around the shops or watch the world go by from one of the many cafés.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Oberammergau Passion Play

We leave Austria and travel to the Oberammergau area to check into our overnight accommodation. Lunch will be at noon, ahead of the Passion Play which begins at 2.30pm*. After a break for dinner between 5pm and 8pm, the play continues until 10.30pm, when we will transfer back to our accommodation.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

We leave after an early breakfast and head north into Germany, arriving at our overnight hotel in Belgium this evening.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 9

Return home.

  •  Included meals: Breakfast

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