Oberammergau & Lake Garda
9 nights. May 2020 - October 2020. From £1899.00.
A once-in-a decade, once-in-a-lifetime experience
Every 10 years, some 1500 residents of the Bavarian village of Oberammergau perform their world-renowned Passion Play, re-enacting the last week of the Life of Christ, His Suffering, Death, Resurrection and Transfiguration. Incorporating a massed choir and orchestra, the performance takes place each day on a vast open-air stage in front of a covered auditorium that can hold up to 5,000 spectators.
Combine a visit to famous Oberammergau with a two-night stay in the idyllic Austrian Tyrol and six nights in a four-star hotel on Garda's shores, on a 10-day holiday that includes visits to Mozart's exquisite Salzburg, Tyrolean capital Innsbruck, a village high in the Dolomite mountains, a tour of Garda's shores and a visit to Romeo and Juliet's glorious Verona.
Tickets for the Passion Play are sold out years in advance, so we are delighted for the third time in our own long history to offer - as we did in 2000 and 2010 - this rare opportunity to experience extraordinary Oberammergau.
This escorted holiday sees us based in two resorts, in Austria and then Italy, as well as in a hotel near Oberammergau.
Breitenwang, Austrian Tyrol
This popular alpine resort is set in the idyllic surroundings of the Reutte Nature Park, at the gateway to the Austrian Tyrol, is surrounded by glorious scenery and is a perfect base for the first two nights of the holiday.
One of Europe's favourite holiday locations, that has been enthralling Newmarket guests for nearly thirty years, beautiful Lake Garda, its northern and eastern edges fringed by the towering Dolomites, its western shores ringed by citrus and olive groves, and its southern tip melding into the Veneto plain, is dotted by several idyllic resorts.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsSpend two nights in the idyllic Austrian Tyrol
Explore glorious Innsbruck, Imperial Tyrolean capital
Discover 'Sound of Music' city Salzburg
Cross the Brenner Pass into Italy and visit a Dolomite village
Guided tour of Lake Garda
Half-day guided visit to Verona
Two nights' half-board accommodation at a four-star hotel in the Tyrol
One night's bed and breakfast accommodation at a three/four-star guest house in the Oberammergau area
Six nights' half-board accommodation at a four-star hotel on the shores of Lake Garda
A Category 2 ticket for the Oberammergau 2020 Passion Play
Evening meal during the play interval
Souvenir Passion Play textbook
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneFly to Munich, meet your Tour Manager and make the scenic transfer by coach through southern Bavaria into Austria to your welcoming hotel. Settle into your wonderful surroundings and enjoy a first evening meal.
Day TwoA first included tour is to the beautiful city of Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and forever associated with the movie 'The Sound of Music'. Lying huddled beneath the imposing Hohensalzburg Castle, straddling the Salzach River, this treasure trove of Baroque architecture will be brought to life with a guided introduction, after which you can explore the city at your own pace. Connections with Mozart are everywhere - from the Mozartplatz with its famous Glockenspiel clock, to the composer's birthplace and his family home, both of which can be visited during the wonderful day (entrances payable locally).
Day ThreeBid "Auf wiedersehen" to your Tyrolean hosts after breakfast, and make the scenic two-hour journey into the Bavarian Alps to the famous village, where there'll be the opportunity to perhaps visit the museum, which depicts the story of the Passion Play down the years.
In early afternoon, you'll take your seat for the first half of the enactment, as the story of Christ's Passion unfolds on the vast stage. Over 2000 villagers are involved in the production, acting, singing or playing in the orchestra. While the auditorium is covered, the stage is open to the elements, adding to the authenticity of the performance. Such is the quality of the acoustics that no microphones are used, as the dialogue and music is carried to the furthest seats.
The unfolding drama, of Old Testament scenes and the Passion, takes place over two acts, with an early evening interval, during which you will dine in a local restaurant and stretch your legs.
At the end of this uniquely memorable experience, you'll spend the night in a local guesthouse, allocated by the Passion Play organisers.
Day FourAfter breakfast, board the coach for the journey south, pausing in Tyrolean capital Innsbruck, where there'll be an opportunity to wander the historic old town, or Altstadt, and famous Maria-Theresien-Strasse, the elegant main street that faces the sheer rock face of the Nordkette, and perhaps stop for 'coffee and cake', before you head up and over the famous Brenner Pass that connects Austria with Italy.
En route you'll call at one of the delightful villages nestled in the Dolomite mountains, with the chance for lunch and perhaps to sample some of the wine for which the region is famous. By late afternoon you will have arrived on the shores of Lake Garda, your home for the next six nights. Enjoy a first dinner at the four-star hotel.
Day FiveRest and relax at the hotel, enjoying the lake's surroundings. Stroll along the shore, and most likely enjoy a long leisurely lunch enjoying Garda's Mediterranean-like ambience.
Day SixToday's included tour introduces the lake, journeying by coach around the shore. Fringed by steep hillsides to the east, backed by the Dolomites craggy peaks to the north, and surrounded in the west by vineyards and olive groves, with a tree-lined southern shore, the lake is dotted with several attractive resorts, at some of which you will call during the day.
Day SevenToday is another on which to savour the delights of your hotel and its surroundings.
Day EightDon't miss today's extraordinary optional excursion to incomparable Venice, probably the world's most romantic city. Enjoy a walking tour of this simply breathtakingly beautiful place, with its gondolas and water, Grand Canal, Accademia Museum, Rialto Bridge and vast St Mark's Square. See the cathedral, clock tower, famous Doges' Palace and nearby famous Bridge of Sighs, and then wander the narrow streets or take a seat in a pavement cafe to watch the Venetian world go by.
After an unforgettable day return to your hotel for dinner.
Day NineA last included excursion sees you make the short journey to the thoroughly charming city of Verona. Amongst the outstanding sights is the best preserved Roman amphitheatre in Italy, famed for its summertime Opera Festival. The sweeping Piazza Bra is crowded with folk watching the world go by from a pavement cafes, ancient Piazza delle Erbe bustles with its colourful market, while nearby the maze of 13th-century streets is redolent with a sense of troubled history, chronicled in Shakespeare's tale of star-crossed lovers, which was set amongst Verona's brooding alleyways and hidden gardens.
After a last marvellous day you'll return to Garda's shores.
Day 10Bid "arrivederci" to your Italian hosts, and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Back to top
AccommodationOberammergau and Lake Garda Touring Hotels
You will be staying in four-star hotels in the Austrian Tyrol and on the shores of Lake Garda, as well as spending the night after the Passion Play performance in a traditional local guesthouse in Oberammergau or the surrounding area.Back to top
Foreign Office Travel AdviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Combining hotel transfersWe sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Booking optional excursionsIf you'd like to join any of the optional excursions on this tour, please be aware that they are only available in advance and that it will not be possible to book them once you arrive on holiday.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. This includes reversing the itinerary. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Airport development feesAn Airport Development Fee has been introduced at a few UK Airports. You will be required to pay this charge at the following airports prior to checking in for your flight: Blackpool, Durham Tees Valley, Newquay and Norwich. The amount varies from airport to airport, but it is generally between GBP5 and GBP10 per person. Please visit the airport's website for further information. Back to top