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Erl Passion Play & Tyrolean Travels

Europe
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Board Basis: Mixed Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TCRU8113

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

8 days

There’s no need to wait until 2020 to see a traditional passion play when 2019 (May – October) sees the return of the Erl Passion Play which takes place every 6 years in a picturesque, little Tyrolean village. The Erl Passion Play has a long and proud history which even pre-dates its more famous counterpart in Oberammergau, making it the oldest amongst the German-speaking countries.

Erl is much less commercialised but no less dramatically moving and the village is fully immersed with over 600 of its residents appearing on stage. The play takes place in the purpose-built (non-heated) playhouse with a unique architecture and amazing acoustics. The performance is in German with English explanations in subtitles and the especially composed music is performed live by the choir and orchestra.

Combine this unique experience with the very essence of all things Alpine Austrian – crystal clear lakes, snowy mountain peaks, chocolate box villages and impossibly cute chalets bedecked with colourful flowers, not to mention Alpine boats, trains, funiculars and cable car – for a panoramic tour of Tyrolean highlights.

PRICE FROM ? £789 per person
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Itinerary

Highlights

• Hotel for 5 nights with breakfast & dinner
• Overnight hotel for 2 nights with breakfast
• Welcome drink on arrival
• Porterage in / out at the main hotel
• Local lunch in the Erl are on the day of the Passion Play Performance
• Erl Passion Play Category 1 tickets on Sunday 9th June 2019
• Guided City tour of Innsbruck
• Entrance to Hofburg Imperial Palace
• Return funicular / cable car journey from Innsbruck to Seegrube
• Entrance to the Krimml Waterfalls
• Achensee boat trip
• Ride with the Zillertalbahn steam train (Mayrhofen – Kaltenbach) with on board musicians and a schnapps

Itinerary

Day 1 - After joining your holiday coach, travel to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. Then continue via the auto-routes of France heading to Germany to the overnight stop. Bed & Breakfast.

Day 2 – The journey continues through Germany and then as the Alpine scenery unfolds, you cross the border into Austria and your hotel for your 5-night stay in the Kufstein area. Welcome drink on arrival with dinner, bed & breakfast.

Days 3 - 6 – At leisure in the Tyrol with FOUR included excursions. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Sunday 9th June 2019 – Enjoy a scenic drive today via Kufstein on the River Inn before stopping for an included 3-course set local lunch. Continue on to Erl for the highlight of the holiday – the moving Passion Play performance. Category 1 tickets are included in your holiday price and the performance starts at 13.00 and finishes at approx. 16.00 (with an interval of 30 mins). Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Included Excursions
Innsbruck for the Day (may be operated by a local coach)
Enjoy a day in the charming capital of the Tyrol, Innsbruck, with its famous Little Golden Roof. ‘Alpine-urban’ Innsbruck is bursting with cultural treasures, traditional charm and cosmopolitan appeal. There will be an included guided city tour with admission to the Imperial Palace for a glimpse of the sumptuous ceremonial rooms as well as a trip on the Hungerburg funicular railway with its über-modern stations and then continue the ascent via cable car to Seegrube at 1905m. Expect spectacular views over the valley and the Alps.


Achen Lake Boat Trip & Tratzberg Castle
A visit today to the largest Alpine lake in the Tyrol, Lake Achen (9km long and 1.3km wide). You will enjoy a boat cruise from Achenkirch (Scholastika) to Pertisau where there is free time to enjoy lunch in the lakeside resort or a stroll along the promenade. This afternoon discover the history of the magnificent Tratzberg, a gem of a 16th century Tyrolean castle. Audio-guides are included. (NB there is a total of 28 steps (with handrails) with seating available in most of the rooms).


Mayrhofen & Krimml Falls
Take a drive through the Zillertal (Ziller Valley) and enjoy classic, picture book Tyrol – fertile farmland, wooded slopes, snowy peaks and the racing Ziller River. A stop will be made at the breath-taking Krimml Falls, at 380m the highest waterfalls in Europe. Enjoy free time at the visitor centre or why not walk to the base of the falls (approx. 10 – 15 minutes relatively flat walk). Continue on over the panoramic Gerlos Alpine Pass, a spectacular scenic road offering amazing views, to the popular, year round resort of Mayrhofen. Here you will board the Zillertalbahn steam train to Kaltenbach with musician and a shot of schnapps to make the journey go with a swing!

Day 7 - Farewell to Austria today as you head northwards to the final overnight stop. Bed & breakfast.

Day 8 - After breakfast, travel back through France to Calais for the return to England.

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