See the world-famous Passion Play in 2020 in the tiny Bavarian village of Oberammergau, Germany. Don’t miss out, this holiday is extremely popular and there are limited spaces available!
In 1633, the residents of the beautiful Bavarian village of Oberammergau made a vow, that if God would spare them the plague which was ravaging Europe, they would produce a play thereafter for all time depicting the life and death of Jesus Christ.
True to their word the first Passion Play was performed in 1634 and has taken place ever since that time. The performance now takes place every 10 years in a spectacular open-air theatre with the Bavarian mountains as a natural back drop, with a cast of over 2,000 local people performing over a 5 hour period with time for an included lunch before the performance and evening meal during the interval.
With 2020 heralding the 42nd Passion Play. The shows in 2020 may seem distant, but the excitement and planning has already begun for the next production. Demand for tickets is high and space on this trip is limited.
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DAY 1 – Travel to Dover this morning for the P&O ferry crossing to Calais. Making suitable comfort stops along the way, we travel through France and into Germany and arrive at our overnight hotel, the Mercure Hotel Saarbrucken Sud, Saarbrucken. Dinner is included tonight.
DAY 2 – After breakfast, we continue through Germany and into Austria making suitable refreshment stops. Afterwards, continue to the Sporthotel St Anton, St. Anton am Arlberg, which will be our hotel for the next 6 nights. We have a welcome drink on arrival followed by time to freshen up before our evening meal.
DAY 3 – Today we have a day at leisure in St Anton, where there is plenty to see and do. Here we take a ride on a cable car (price included) to enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding mountains. There are many shops to explore in the village. This afternoon we are treated to afternoon tea with apple strudel at the hotel. Opportunity to make use the hotel leisure facilities this afternoon before our evening meal.
DAY 4 – After breakfast visit Lake Constance, Germany’s largest lake with a visit to the beautiful garden Island of Mainau. This is an unforgettable destination in any season. There are rhododendrons, scented roses, perennials and colourful dahlias which bloom in the park and gardens. Palms and citrus plants lend a Mediterranean flair to the island in summer. The Teutonic castle completed in 1746 and the castle church St. Marien are architectural highlights of the Baroque era and stand close to palm trees. There is an Arboretum over 150 years old as well as the second largest butterfly house in Germany. There are cafes and restaurants offering lots of choice for hot lunches, afternoon tea, coffee and cakes, sandwiches and snacks.
DAY 5 – After breakfast we take a scenic drive along the Inn Valley to Innsbruck, the capital of Austria’s western state of the Tyrol. See the Golden Roof, Imperial Palace and the amazing Hofkirche, (entrance fees not included). This vibrant and refreshing city combines alpine, urban and historical components in a unique way. There are many boutiques and restaurants in Innsbruck.
DAY 6 – After breakfast enjoy a free morning in St. Anton or we can use the leisure facilities at the hotel. We depart the hotel at midday and take a short trip to Lake Achensee, Tyrol’s largest Lake which is also called ‘Fjord of the Alps’. There are plenty of places to purchase lunch and there will be the opportunity to join a boat trip this afternoon (price not included and subject to availability) before returning to the hotel for our evening meal.
DAY 7 – Today we join our coach for an unforgettable journey over one of the most beautiful Alpine passes, the Silvretta Pass, which travels round more than 30 hairpin bends. We ascend the Silvretta Reservoir from where we can view Piz Buin, the highest mountain Vorarlberg. The scenery will be one of the delights of our holiday.
DAY 8 – After breakfast we bid farewell to St Anton and travel to Wallgau, surrounded by the Karwendel and the Wetterstein mountains. Afterwards, continue to Bad Tölz, an attractive small town and gateway to the Alps, for lunch to be purchased. We then continue to our hotel in a local village near Oberammergau in Bavaria for 2 nights. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.
DAY 9 – After breakfast join Karen Kirby on a short coach transfer to Oberammergau for the Passion Play performance. Enjoy a free morning in Oberammergau followed by our included 2 course lunch before the play which starts approx. 14:30. There will be an interval later where we have an included 3 course dinner, then the performance will finish approx. 22:30. Afterwards we will be transferred back to our hotel by coach.
The play is performed in German and in two parts. Provisional timings are shown below. The auditorium is completely covered. Audience members must not make audio, picture or video recordings of the play. Performances take place regardless of weather conditions. Evening temperatures can be low, even in summer, and we recommend warm clothing.
Passion Play - Part 1 14.30hrs to 17.00hrs
Interval (including dinner) 17.00hrs to 20.00hrs
Passion Play - Part 2 20.00hrs to 22.30hrs
DAY 10 – After breakfast, return to our overnight hotel in Saarbrucken making suitable comfort stops along the way. Dinner is included this evening.
DAY 11 – After breakfast, making suitable comfort stops we travel to Calais for the return ferry crossing to Dover.
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Sporthotel St Anton, St. Anton am Arlberg ****
This 4-star hotel is in the pedestrian zone in the centre of St Anton, only a 5-minute walk from the cable cars. The à la carte restaurant “Steakhouse” serves a wide range of culinary delights and refined wines. The spa area was completely redesigned in 2008 and features an indoor pool (5 x 10 yards), a sauna, a steam bath and a solarium.
*Please be aware that the accommodation for 2 nights in/near Oberammergau will be at either a 3 star hotel or 4 star guest house. All rooms are with private facilities (shower & WC or bath & WC). The private facilities may be either en-suite or adjacent with exclusive use.
You should also assume for parts of this tour that twin/double rooms will be “Austrian Twins”, containing 1 bed frame with 2 separate mattresses and 2 separate sets of bedding.