Oberammergau Passion Play & The Austrian Alps

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25 Jun 2020 - 18 Aug 2020
Duration: 8 days
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DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS ONCE-A-DECADE OPPORTUNITY

Dating back almost 400 years, the Oberammergau passion play came about following a vow made in 1633, when the German village of Oberammergau was in the terrifying grip of the Great Plague. If their village was spared, the villagers promised to re-enact the Passion of the Christ every 10 years and in 2020 the village is making preparations for the 42nd performance. An estimated 500,000 people are expected to visit Oberammergau in 2020 to watch history taking place and you could be one of them. Don’t miss out on this once-a-decade opportunity to see one of the most important plays in the world and explore the breath-taking Austrian Alps as you go.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Return Eurostar from London to Paris,returning from Brussels
  • Connecting rail & coach journeys
  • One nights’ bed & breakfast Stuttgart
  • Three nights’ half board accommodation in Zell am See
  • Two nights’ half board accommodation in Oberammergau
  • One nights’ bed & breakfast in Cologne
  • Welcome drink on arrival in Zell am See
  • Services of our experienced Tour Manager

Plus the following excursions:

  • A tour of Zell am See, including a three course lunch at a local restaurant
  • Experience a ride on the Kitzsteinhorn funicular
  • Ride along the scenic Pinzgauer Railway
  • Visit to the mighty Krimml Waterfalls
  • A Category 2 or 3 ticket to the 42nd world renowned Oberammergau Passion Play, including dinner

Day 1: London – Stuttgart

Your holiday begins when you meet our Tour Manager at London’s St Pancras International station, ready to board the Eurostar to Paris. On arrival in Paris, we’ll take an onwards connecting train to Stuttgart for our overnight stay.

Day 2: Stuttgart – Zell am See

After breakfast, we’ll take the train from Stuttgart to the beautiful resort of Zell am See on the banks of Austria’s glistening Lake Zell. Once here, there’ll be a coach transfer waiting to take us to our hotel in the area, where we’ll be staying for the next three nights. You’ll have plenty of time to settle in and enjoy a refreshing welcome drink before heading to dinner in the evening.

Day 3: Zell am See & Kitzsteinhorn Funicular

Today you’ll get to spend some time exploring more of the wonderful town of Zell am See. At breakfast, we’ll have a chance to fuel-up for the busy day ahead before we venture out on a full day excursion, by coach, around the elegant resort in the heart of Austria. Have your camera at the ready to capture the stunning scenery as you soak up the charming atmosphere and character of the historic town centre. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the bustling waterfront promenades, set against the picture-perfect backdrop of the surrounding mountain peaks. We’ll tuck into a tasty three-course lunch at a local restaurant before experiencing a ride on the Kitzsteinhorn funicular in the afternoon. You’ll have some free time to take in the incredible views from the top of the mountain when you get off, then it’s back to the hotel to relax and enjoy our evening meal.

Day 4: Pinzgauer Railway & Krimml Waterfalls

We’re travelling to Krimml Waterfalls today, riding the Pinzgauer Railway from our base in Zell am See. The scenic 53km journey on the narrow-gauge railway is just one of the routes connecting the towns of the upper Salzach Valley; an expanse of outstanding natural beauty on the edge of the largest protected area in the Eastern Alps. Once in Krimml, we’ll travel the short distance to the roaring Krimml Waterfalls. The falls boast the status of being both the largest and steepest in Europe, standing tall at an impressive 380m. We’ll have time to take in the sights and sounds of this spectacular natural wonder before returning to our hotel for dinner.

Day 5: Zell am See – Oberammergau

It’s time to leave Zell am See and embark on the next part of our journey. After breakfast, we’ll travel by coach across the border into Germany and head west towards the Bavarian Alps. We’ll arrive at our next stop, Oberammergau, and check-in at the hotel we’ll be staying at for the next two nights. Dinner will be served at the hotel this evening.

Day 6: Oberammergau Passion Play

Today we get to experience the pinnacle of this fascinating tour; the 42nd Oberammergau Passion Play. You’ll have a highly sought-after ticket to this iconic and memorable performance, dramatically telling the story of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. The cast of over 2,000 local Oberammergau residents will bring the captivating play to life in the open-air theatre, set against the backdrop of the Ammergau Valley. You’ll enjoy a Passion Play dinner during the five-hour-long performance’s two-hour break and will be transferred back to your accommodation at the end of the evening.

Day 7: Oberammergau – Cologne

We’ll leave Oberammergau behind today and will be taken, by coach, from our hotel to Oberammergau railway station. From here, we’ll take the train to Cologne, where we’ll be staying for one night.

Day 8: Cologne – London

Today is the final day of your holiday. We’ll have breakfast at the hotel, then depart Cologne on the train to Brussels. From here, it’s time to head home on our connecting Eurostar train back to London, bringing this remarkable tour to a close.

PROVISIONAL TRAIN TIMES

    Outward Journey

      Departs London 09.22
      Arrives Stuttgart 19.04

    Return Journey

      Departs Cologne 11.43
      Arrives London 16.05

YOUR HOTELS

You’ll be staying in comfortable 3 star hotels for the duration of your holiday. Your overnight stays in both Stuttgart and Cologne. These hotels will have a bar and restaurant.

St.Hubertushof Hotel, Zell Am See or similar

The St. Hubertushoft hotel is a family run hotel, superbly located amidst a breathtaking mountainous backdrop and at the edge of woodland – offerring spectacular views – and just a few minutes’ walk from the beautiful Lake Zell. Bedrooms will have ensuite facilities and have a TV, telephone and WI-FI.There’s also a bar, where you can enjoy a relaxing evening drink and a restaurant, where both Austrian and international cuisine can be enjoyed.

Oberammergau Hotel

Your accommodation for your two night stay in the Oberammergau area will be confi rmed closer to your departure date. If your Oberammergau hotel is located outside of the village itself, then return coach transfers will be provided.