Oberammergau & The Tyrol
7 nights. May 2020 - September 2020. From £1749.00.
LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £49 PER PERSON*
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.
Based in a four-star hotel in Austria's sun-kissed Inn Valley, close to Innsbruck, this unforgettable holiday also includes guided tours to the Tyrolean capital, to Mozart's exquisite Salzburg and to idyllic Lake Achensee.
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.
Set in the famous Inn Valley in the heart of the Austrian Tyrol, close to Innsbruck, the traditional village of Kramsach is an ideal base for your stay. Amid picture-postcard-perfect scenes of green pastures dotted with farms and forests, with views of distant peaks across the broad valley floor, Kramsach boasts an open-air Farmhouse Museum and an unusual Cemetery Museum among its attractions, and there are several idyllic lakes nearby. A few shops and cafes add to the pleasure of a stay here.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsSpend six nights in the idyllic Austrian Tyrol
Explore glorious Innsbruck, Imperial Tyrolean capital
Discover 'Sound of Music' city Salzburg
Visit to beautiful Lake Achensee
Six nights' half-board accommodation in the four-star Sporthotel Sonnenuhr in Kramsach, Inn Valley, Tyrol, sharing a twin/double room
A Category 2 ticket for the Oberammergau 2020 Passion Play
Evening meal during the play interval
Souvenir Passion Play textbook
One night's bed and breakfast accommodation in a three/four-star guest house in the Oberammergau area
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 TwoDiscover the Imperial city of Innsbruck, the capital of the Tyrol, on our first included tour. Beginning on the city's outskirts, you'll see the imposing Wilten Monastery and the famous Olympic ski-jump, before entering through the historic triumphal arch to enjoy a guided tour of the city. With its historic old town, or Altstadt, and famous Maria-Theresien-Strasse, the elegant main street that faces the sheer rock face of the Nordkette, Innsbruck is a delight. Be sure to stop for 'coffee and cake' at one of the countless cafes in the Old Town, before returning to Kramsach to enjoy the rest of the day.
Day ThreeA second 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 br ought 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 FourRest and relax at the hotel, enjoying the tranquil surroundings, or join today's optional excursion, to 'Mad' King Ludwig's extraordinary castle at Neuschwanstein. Built high on a rocky crag, and every bit as fantastical inside as out, with Gothic bedrooms and decorations inspired by Wagnerian opera, this is a more-Disney-than-Disney fantasy, best viewed from the Marienbrucke, which is a pleasant stroll through the woods surrounding the castle.
Day FiveA last included excursion sees you journey through stunning scenery high above the Inn Valley to Lake Achensee, Austria's largest body of water and a popular spot for bathing. Rest and relax, perhaps on one of the beaches that fringe its wooded shores, or take a cruise on a lake steamer (payable locally), enjoying snacks and refreshments on board as you take in the stunning views.
Day SixToday is free to rest and relax in Kramsach and its surroundings, perhaps visiting a local museum, taking a stroll in the countryside, or simply making the most of the hotel's facilities. The choices - and the pleasures - are yours.
Day SevenBid "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, and a delightful way to end your holiday.
Day EightAfter breakfast this morning, make the scenic transfer back to Munich for your return flight to the UK. Back to top
AccommodationSporthotel Sonnenuhr and Oberammergau Area Hotel
You will be staying in a four-star hotel in the heart of the Austrian Tyrol followed by a traditional local guesthouse in or near Oberammergau on your final night.Back to top
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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.
Terms and conditions*This low deposit offer applies to new bookings made between 11th September and 31st October 2018 only. This offer applies to selected flight-inclusive holidays only. Exclusions apply. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Back to top