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Oberammergau Passion Play 2020

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Once again, the world-famous Passion Play returns to the beautiful village of Oberammergau for its 42nd performance. Why not make 2020 the year you experience this 'play of life and death', combined with the beauty of Bavaria, Germany, Austria and Italy on one of our fully-escorted tours.
The History of the Passion Play
Imagine a small Bavarian village nestling in the shadows of the Alps in 1633. The Great Plague descended and many lives were lost to this mysterious illness. The villagers made a solemn vow that, if the lives of the villagers were spared the whole village would perform a play every ten years, depicting the story of Christ’s suffering, dying and resurrection. Miraculously the Plague did not claim any more lives and so true to their vows, the villagers of Oberammergau enacted their first play in 1634.
The tradition, which has continued without interruption every decade since, in spite of wars and other problems, will be continued for the 42nd time in 2020.
Famous throughout the world, it is expected that around 500,000 people will attend the Passion Play in 2020, over half of these will be guests from around the world.
The Play
Due to a play law, the performers of the play all come from the village beautiful village of Oberammergau, to maintain the tradition of the solemn vow the villagers made in 1633. Everyone taking part must have been born there, or lived in the village for at least 20 years. At times, the stage also holds small herds of sheep and goats, donkeys, a horse and armoured Roman soldiers.
From Ash Wednesday, 2019, all of the performers let their hair grow – the men also let their beards grow – so that they have an authentic biblical appearance.
Altogether, there will be more than 2000 Oberammergau villagers taking part in this world-famous play in 2020.
The play runs from mid May to the beginning of October starting at 2:30pm and finishing at 10:30pm with a break for dinner at 5pm.
The Village of Oberammergau
The picture-perfect Bavarian town of Oberammergau is located in the picturesque Ammergau Alps, and along with the Passion Play, is also known for its wood carvings and colourful frescoes – or Lüftlmalerei – which decorate many of the buildings. The town is a good base to see the impressive Linderhof Palace – favourite of King Ludwig II, and his famous fairy tale Neuschwanstein Castle.

Some of the tours available are listed below
Oberammergau and Bavaria’s Fairy Tale Castles 7 days from £995pp.
ref leg1
On this spectacular coach holiday, we have brought together the emotion of the Oberammergau Passion Play, with the stunning scenery and amazing architecture of Bavaria’s fairy tale castles. We begin with a visit to the village of Hohenschwangau, where we see the famous Neuschwanstein castle. The Castle offers dramatic views over the countryside and the nearby castle of Hohenschwangau. Spend time in the walled town of Fussen, where you can enjoy time relaxing in one of the many cafes. Experience Innsbruck, ‘capital’ of the Austrian Tyrol, the city is set with a backdrop of soaring alpine mountains and home to amazing regal architecture. Finally, we witness the amazing and emotional Oberammergau Passion Play. Held every ten years in the German village, the play tells the story of the Passion of Christ. It is a magically moving experience, one you do not want to miss.
Tour Includes
6 nights hotel (including one night in the Oberammergau area) with continental breakfast
1 lunch
4 evening meals
Ticket for the Oberammergau Passion Play
Convenient local joining points
Included Excursions & Visits
Fussen, Neuschwanstein & Hohenschwangau (castle entrances at extra cost)
Innsbruck
Day 1
Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.
Day 2
We head through Germany to reach our hotel in the Reutte area, just over the border in Austria, for a three-night stay.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Fairy Tale Castles
Hohenschwangau CastleHohenschwangau Castle
A day to discover fairy tale castles on our included excursion. Firstly we visit the village of Hohenschwangau and King Ludwig’s famous castle Neuschwanstein (entrance at extra cost). Built in the 19th century, this fairy tale castle is dramatically perched on a hilltop with panoramic views over the countryside and the Royal castle of Hohenschwangau. (Please note: at Neuschwanstein there is a degree of walking involved as well as a considerable number of steps to climb) In the afternoon, we visit the delightful walled town of Fussen, where you can spend time exploring the maze of narrow lanes or simply relax in a terrace café in the main square.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Innsbruck
Golden Roof, InnsbruckGolden Roof, Innsbruck
Today’s included excursion takes us east to Innsbruck, ‘capital’ of the Tyrol. Set with a backdrop of soaring Alpine mountains and fine regal buildings, it is a major winter sports city, having hosted the winter Olympics. We see the internationally-renowned ski jump, Berg Isel, where you can marvel at the bravery and courage of the jumpers – it’s even more frightening than it appears on T.V.! The Golden Roof is testimony to the time in the 15th century when Innsbruck was at the centre of European culture and politics and Emperor Maximilian I based his Imperial Court here. Today you can enjoy its relaxing squares and vibrant shopping streets.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Oberammergau
Oberammergau Passion Play
We leave Austria and travel to the Oberammergau area to check into our overnight accommodation. Lunch will be at noon, ahead of the Passion Play which begins at 2.30pm*. After a break for dinner between 5pm and 8pm, the play continues until 10.30pm, when we will transfer back to our accommodation.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6
We leave after breakfast and head north through Germany arriving at our overnight hotel in Belgium this evening.
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 7
Return home.
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Oberammergau and the Magic of Austria
9 days from £1349pp. ref Leg2

On this two tiered coach holiday, centred around the world famous Oberammergau Passion Play, we see some of Austria and Germany’s most famous sights and cities. In Germany, we enjoy time in Cologne, pay a visit to the picturesque Rhine Valley and witness the beautiful Old Town and castle of Heidelberg. After a few days seeing the stunning sights, we head to Oberammergau, where we experience an evening filled with emotion at the Oberammergau Passion Play. After a moving evening, we leave Germany and head for the splendours of Austria. Enjoy time in Innsbruck, the capital of the Tyrol and see the ‘Sound of Music’ city of Salzburg. Before we return home, we offer guests the opportunity to visit some of the most scenic sights in Austria, as we journey along the Alpenstrasse to Lake Achensee. The perfect way to end this unique and exciting holiday.
Tour Includes
8 nights hotel (including two nights in the Oberammergau area) with continental breakfast
1 lunch
6 evening meals
Ticket for the Oberammergau Passion Play
Convenient local joining points
Included Excursions & Visits

Cologne & the Rhine Valley
Heidelberg
Innsbruck
Salzburg
Optional Excursions & Visits
River Rhine Cruise
Guided Walking Tour of Salzburg
Scenic Cruise on Lake Achensee
Rack and Pinion Railway Ride
Day 1
Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.
Day 2 Cologne & the Rhine Valley
We leave Belgium and head to the city of Cologne with its splendid Gothic cathedral and twin spires that dominate the skyline. After free time we continue along the Rhine Valley with the opportunity to enjoy an optional relaxing cruise along the river to admire the sedate scenery of the vineyards and castles that adorn the valley. We continue to the Mannheim area for our overnight stay.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Heidelberg
HeidelbergHeidelberg
Enjoy an included morning visit to the picturesque town of Heidelberg which lies on the River Neckar and is famed for its university, dating back to 1386, its castle and Old Town – the ‘Altstadt’. After lunch we head south to our accommodation in the Oberammergau area for a two-night stay, with time to relax ahead of tomorrow’s spectacle.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Oberammergau
Oberammergau Passion PlayOberammergau Passion Play
Enjoy a relaxing morning in the area around Oberammergau. We will have lunch at noon, ahead of the Passion Play which starts at 2.30pm*. The play ends at 10.30pm, with a break for dinner between 5pm and 8pm. After the performance, we transfer back to our accommodation.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Austrian Tyrol
View over InnsbruckView over Innsbruck
We leave after breakfast and head for the splendours of Austria’s Tyrol. En route to our hotel, we call into the Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck. Surrounded by steep mountains, the city’s location is most impressive. Perhaps the most notable landmark is the Golden Roof from where the Emperor Maximilian I used to watch the events in the square below. We continue to our hotel in Austria for a three-night stay.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Salzburg
Hohensalzburg Fortress, SalzburgHohensalzburg Fortress, Salzburg
Today join our included excursion to the ‘Sound of Music’ city, Salzburg. Here, you can enjoy free time to explore the quaint narrow shopping lanes and lovely squares and perhaps sample a strudel and coffee in one of the many pavement cafés. Our optional guided walking tour is also a wonderful way to discover sights and sounds that have made this delightful city so famous.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 Lake Achensee
Beautiful Lake AchenseeBeautiful Lake Achensee
It’s our final day in Austria. Join our optional scenic excursion along the Alpenstrasse to Lake Achensee, the largest lake in the Tyrol. Here you have some free time to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. There is also the chance to take a cruise on the lake to take in the picturesque views. As we return to our hotel, you have the choice to travel by coach or, for part of the way, take an optional ride on the rack and pinion railway from Seespitz to Jenbach which offers stunning views.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8
We leave after an early breakfast and head north into Germany arriving at our overnight hotel in Belgium this evening.
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 9
Return home.
Included meals: Breakfast
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Oberammergau and the Splendours of Lake Garda Departures between Jun 2020 and Sep 2020 -12 days from £1599pp. ref Leg3
From the world famous Passion Play, to the celebrated city of Cologne, the shores of Lake Garda and the fair city of Verona, there is so much to see on this spectacular two tiered coach holiday. We begin in Germany, where we enjoy a few days visiting Cologne and Heidelburg before we head to Oberammergau for the moving and emotional Passion Play. After an emotive evening, we journey towards Italy and the stunning shores of Lake Garda, paying a visit to Austria’s Innsbruck along the way. From our base on the Lake we offer many fabulous excursions, why not join us as we cruise the shores of Lake Garda, visiting the surrounding towns and villages, experience Verona on our included tour, and why not even join our optional tour to the floating city of Venice, all making for the perfect holiday.
Tour Includes

11 nights hotel (including two nights in the Oberammergau area) with continental breakfast
1 lunch
9 evening meals
Ticket for the Oberammergau Passion Play
Convenient local joining points
Included Excursions & Visits
Cologne & the Rhine Valley
Heidelberg
Innsbruck
Verona
Optional Excursions & Visits
River Rhine Cruise
Wine Tasting
Evening Lake Cruise to Limone
Walking Tour of Verona
Venice
Lagoon Cruise in Venice
Villages of Lake Garda Tour with Boat Trip
Day 1
Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.
Day 2 Cologne & the Rhine Valley
The picturesque Rhine ValleyThe picturesque Rhine Valley
We leave Belgium and head to the city of Cologne with its splendid Gothic cathedral with twin spires that dominate the skyline view from the River Rhine. After some free time, we continue along the Rhine Valley with the opportunity to join an optional relaxing cruise along the river to enjoy the sedate scenery of the vineyards and castles that adorn the Valley. We continue to the Mannheim area for our overnight stay.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Heidelberg
HeidelbergHeidelberg
Enjoy an included morning visit to the picturesque town of Heidelberg on the River Neckar, famed for its university dating back to 1386, castle and Old Town – the ‘Altstadt’. After lunch, we head south to our accommodation in the Oberammergau area for a two-night stay, with time to relax ahead of tomorrow’s spectacle.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Oberammergau
Oberammergau Passion PlayOberammergau Passion Play
This morning, relax and soak up your surroundings. We will have lunch at noon, ahead of the Passion Play which begins at 2.30pm*. The play will end at 10.30pm, with a break for dinner between 5pm and 8pm. We will transfer back to our accommodation after the performance.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 Innsbruck
Innsbruck's Golden RoofInnsbruck's Golden Roof
We leave after breakfast and head for the splendours of Lake Garda. En route to Lake Garda we call into Austria’s Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck. Surrounded by steep mountains, the city’s location is most impressive. Perhaps the most notable landmark is the Golden Roof from where the Emperor Maximilian I used to watch the events in the square below. Leaving Innsbruck, we travel over the spectacular Brenner Pass into Italy to our hotel in Lake Garda for a five-night stay.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Lake Garda
Limone, Lake GardaLimone, Lake Garda
A leisurely morning followed by an optional excursion to a local wine cantina to taste the local produce. This evening, you can enjoy an optional cruise across the lake to the pretty shore-side village of Limone.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 Verona
Today, we include a visit to the charming city of Verona. Famed as the home of Romeo and Juliet, Verona also boasts the impressive amphitheatre where the opera festival takes place each year. The many charms of Verona will be brought to life on our optional walking tour with a local guide who will reveal many fascinating stories behind the buildings and personalities of this fine historic town.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 Venice
No time in this part of Italy is complete without a visit to Venice. Join our optional excursion to this city of canals, gondolas and palaces. Enjoy the famous sights including the Bridge of Sighs, St. Mark’s Square and the Doge’s Palace. For a different view over St Mark’s Square, enjoy our optional lagoon cruise as we sail past Guidecca Island and Venice’s Lido resort made famous by the International Film Festival. B,D
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 Villages of Lake Garda
It’s our final day in Lake Garda and there’s so much to see and do around the lake. Our optional lake tour will stop at some of the most picturesque villages, including Sirmione from where we take a short boat trip.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10
We leave after breakfast and enjoy a leisurely drive through the Alps to the Lucerne area of Switzerland for an overnight stay.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11
We head north, crossing the French border, arriving at our overnight hotel in northern France this evening.
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 12
Return home.
Included meals: Breakfast
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Oberammergau, Rome, The Vatican & Assisi -14 days from £1749pp.Leg4
This fascinating package holiday by coach combines the finest gems of Italy, with the enchanting sights of Germany, including the fairy tale castles of Bavaria, the famous leaning tower in Pisa, Rome’s Colosseum and Vatican City, plus, the famous Basilica in Assisi. But that’s not all, the real highlight on this coach tour is witnessing the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play. The play is performed only once every 10 years and depicts the story of Christ’s suffering, dying and resurrection. Acted out by the villagers themselves it really is an event not to be missed!
Tour Includes
13 nights hotel (including two nights in the Oberammergau area) with continental breakfast
1 lunch
11 evening meals
Ticket for the Oberammergau Passion Play
Convenient local joining points
Included Excursions & Visits
Pisa
Tuscan Countryside
Rome & The Vatican
Assisi
Florence
Rothenburg ob de Tauber
Rüdesheim
Optional Excursions & Visits
Guided Sightseeing in Rome
Siena
Guided Tour of Lake Garda
River Rhine Cruise
Day 1
Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to northern France for an overnight stay.
Day 2
We travel south to the Cremona area in northern Italy for an overnight stay.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 Pisa
We drive through Italy, making a call into Pisa where you can view the famous leaning tower before continuing to the spa town of Chianciano Terme, located in the wine-producing area of Umbria, about 80 miles north of Rome where we stay for five nights.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Tuscan Countryside
Tuscan CountrysideTuscan Countryside
Today we offer an included excursion around the Tuscan countryside, with stops in the wine towns of Montepulciano, Pienza and Montalcino.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Rome & The Vatican
Sistine Chapel
An included full-day visit to Rome and The Vatican City. We begin in The Vatican, where you can discover the treasures of St. Peter’s Square, where some of the most important Papal ceremonies take place. Perhaps visit the Sistine Chapel to take in the awe-inspiring frescoes (entrance at extra cost). Afterwards, enjoy free time in Rome, or why not join our optional guided sightseeing tour by coach and on foot to take in the sights such as the Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, the Piazza Venezia and much more.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Siena
After a leisurely morning, join our optional afternoon excursion to Siena. No visit to Italy is complete without seeing this beautiful city. Discover the Piazza del Campo, claimed to be perhaps the most attractive in Europe and wander the maze of narrow medieval streets.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 Assisi
Today we have an included visit to Assisi, known for the famous Basilica, where St. Francis is buried and one of the greatest Christian shrines in the world.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 Florence
We leave Chianciano and call into Florence, where you will have some free time to relax and explore this marvellous city with its culture, art and outstanding Renaissance architecture. In the afternoon, we continue north to Lake Garda, our base for the next two nights.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 Lake Garda
Lake GardaLake Garda
A day to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of life around this beautiful lake. Alternatively, join our optional guided tour visiting some of the local villages which sit on the shores of the lake, with a backdrop of mountains rising from the shore side.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10
Oberammergau Countryside
We leave Lake Garda and travel north over the spectacular Brenner Pass from Italy into Austria, then through the mountain pass into Bavaria, arriving late afternoon at our accommodation in the Oberammergau area for a two-night stay. Enjoy a relaxing evening ahead of tomorrow’s spectacle.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11 Oberammergau
Oberammergau Passion PlayOberammergau Passion Play
This morning, enjoy free time in the environs of Oberammergau. Lunch will be at noon before the start of the Passion Play at 2.30pm*. After a break for dinner between 5pm and 8pm, the play will continue until 10.30pm, when we will transfer back to our accommodation.
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12 Rothenburg ob de Tauber
Rothenburg ob de TauberRothenburg ob de Tauber
We leave Oberammergau after breakfast and travel north through Germany along the Romantic Road, calling into Rothenburg ob der Tauber, one of Germany’s best preserved medieval towns. Enjoy free time to relax before we continue to our hotel in the Mannheim area for an overnight stay.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13 The Rhine Valley
RüdeshiemRüdeshiem
Our route takes us through the picturesque Rhine Valley. Our first call is at Rüdesheim on the banks of the river. The heart of the old town is the Drosselgasse, a narrow cobbled street with restaurants and wine taverns. As we venture north along the valley, you will have the chance to join an optional relaxing sightseeing cruise taking in the views from the river. Continue to our overnight hotel in Belgium.
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 14
Return home.
Included meals: Breakfast
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ESCORTED RAIL TOURS TO OBERAMMERGAU 2020
FAMOUS FOR ITS PASSION PLAY


The village of Oberammergau is most famous as the location of the renowned Passion Play for the last 376 years. Once every ten years, this unassuming village in the heart of the Bavarian Alps hosts this event, which draws in hundreds of thousands of visitors. The moving re-enactment of Christ's suffering, known as the Passion Play, is a five-hour epic - a tragedy of death and the promise of life. During the 17th century, Oberammergau, like much of Europe, was afflicted with the 'Black Death'. As the town's population dwindled, the local government vowed they would perform the 'Play of the Suffering, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ' every ten years if God spared them from the plague ravaging the region.

FAIRYTALE CASTLES & BAVARIAN ALPS 2017(Tour code: GRJ1)
10-DAY HOLIDAY WITH A 5-STAR HOTEL AND GREAT EXCURSIONS from £2,045

Whimsical palaces and gingerbread castles set the theme of our fairy-tale rail tour, during which we relax in the wonderful Bavarian countryside, visit the capital of Bavaria, Munich, and take a trip by train up the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Garmisch-Partenkirchen Zugspitze Railway Hohenschwangau Castle & Neuschwanstein Castle Oberammergau Linderhof Palace Munich
DAY 1
LONDON TO COLOGNE IN FIRST CLASS
We meet at our dedicated Departure Office in St Pancras and take the Eurostar to Brussels, travelling in Standard Premier Class, with a light meal and drinks. On arrival in the Belgian capital we change trains, continuing by highspeed train to Cologne where we overnight.
INCLUDES:Dinner Eurostar Meal
Garmisch
DAY 2
ON TO GARMISCH
This morning we continue our journey in First Class to Munich along the Rhine Gorge. This spectacular journey takes us past extensive vineyards and brooding hilltop castles. In Munich we change for the onward journey through southern Bavaria to Garmisch- Partenkirchen (Standard Class), set in an idyllic location amongst the rugged mountains of the Bavarian Alps. We spend seven nights in Garmisch at the welcoming Reindl's Partenkirchener Hof Hotel, situated in the heart of the town. We enjoy dinner together this evening.
INCLUDES:Breakfast, Dinner
Garmisch
DAY 3
A DAY AT LEISURE IN GARMISCH
Your day is at leisure, giving you the opportunity to explore Garmisch-Partenkirchen at your own pace. The town has some fine Baroque churches and historic houses decorated with traditional frescoes, as well as an excellent selection of shops and boutiques.
You may wish to simply relax in the hotel and make use of its leisure facilities, or perhaps take advantage of one of the many well-marked walking trails into the Bavarian countryside.
INCLUDES:Breakfast Free Day
Munich
DAY 4
MUNICH
Today we travel by Standard Class train to visit Munich. As the capital of Bavaria, the city has a wonderful collection of museums, art galleries and architectural treasures - along with a fantastic selection of excellent shops and restaurants. We enjoy a guided tour to introduce the sights of the city, before enjoying time to explore at leisure. Be sure to visit Marienplatz, the city's historic centre and still its vibrant hub today. Here you can see the impressive neo-Gothic Town Hall, or you could take the lift up one of the copperdomed towers of Munich's imposing cathedral, the Frauenkirche, for great views over the city.
Don't miss the Hofbräuhaus for a typical Bavarian meal accompanied by the local brew. Perhaps you'd like to visit Munich's Englischer Garten or English Garden. Set in the centre of the city this expansive green space of 1.4 square miles is a social hub, popular meeting place for the locals and a fantastic area for travellers to shelter from the bustle of busy Munich. The Kleinhesselohler See is a lake within the garden and offers an enchanting spot to visit and take lunch. Alternatively you could visit Munich's BMW Museum. A popular attraction, this museum houses a collection of classic BMWs. The exterior architecture, clad in chrome, makes for a striking sight.
INCLUDES:Breakfast, Dinner
Tour of Munich
Zugspitze Railway
DAY 5
THE ZUGSPITZE
Today we enjoy one of the region's most popular rail journeys, as we take an excursion on the Zugspitze Railway, reaching the summit of Zugspitze - which at 9,718 ft (2,962 m) is the highest mountain in Germany. Our train departs from the town centre and climbs along the mountain base, passing the Eibsee Lake on its way to the Zugspitzplatt, situated by the impressive Schneeferner glacier - Germany's largest.
From here our journey continues by cable car (weather permitting) high above the dense forests to the very summit of Zugspitze. The rocky peak offers breathtaking panoramic views over Bavaria, Switzerland, Austria and Italy.
INCLUDES:Breakfast, DinnerJourney on Zugspitze Railway
Neuschwanstein Castle
DAYS 6-7
NEUSCHWANSTEIN
Today's full-day excursion is arguably the highlight of our tour, as we visit two of Europe's most beautiful castles. We begin with a visit to King Ludwig's marvellous childhood home of Hohenschwangau, where we learn about the fascinating history of the two structures. Hohenschwangau was built on the site of the 12th century Schwanstein Fortress, having been lovingly reconstructed by Ludwig's father in the 1830s.
From here Ludwig planned his own larger, more impressive castle, just a stone's throw away: Neuschwanstein. We continue to this spectacular building, bristling with turrets and parapets, for a guided tour. Neuschwanstein was equipped with many modern conveniences, but incredibly was only occupied for 170 days before Ludwig was deposed. We take in the opulence of this awe-inspiring palace - one of Germany's most popular attractions - with its sumptuous wood carvings, beautiful chandeliers and lavish paintings which adorn the majestic rooms. Day 7 is free.
INCLUDES:
Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 - Breakfast Neuschwanstein Castle Hohenschwangau Castle
DAY 8
OBERAMMERGAU AND LINDERHOF
This morning we visit Oberammergau for a guided tour through its pretty streets with elaborately decorated homes featuring historic and fairytale paintings. The town is internationally famous for its celebrated Passion Play, which stars the town's residents and is held once every ten years, most recently in 2010. In the afternoon, we visit Linderhof, the smallest palace commissioned by Ludwig II. The whole complex incorporates a range of architectural influences and here we explore the striking Hall of Mirrors which was supposedly used by the king as a type of living room, he was known to spend a lot of his time sat here reading solemnly, candles would burn through the night and create a unique atmosphere because of the myriad of reflections generated in the room. We also explore the ornate bedchamber of the King, the Moorish building and the castle's extensive parkland.
INCLUDES:Breakfast, Dinner Oberammergau excursion Linderhof tour
Cologne
DAY 9
BACK TO COLOGNE
We leave Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Standard Class rail for Munich and then Munich to Cologne in First Class on the high-speed rail service. Our last night is spent in a central hotel, close to the station, the Rhine and the city's UNESCO-listed Gothic cathedral.
INCLUDES:Breakfast, Dinner
Eurostar
DAY 10
THE JOURNEY HOME IN FIRST CLASS
Today we travel to Brussels where we connect with the Eurostar service to London and home.
INCLUDES:Breakfast Eurostar Meal
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OBERAMMERGAU & AUSTRIAN ALPS 2020(Tour code: GRJ2)
HIDDEN AMONGST THE LOW HILLS OF BAVARIA 8 days from £2,545

Hidden amongst the low hills of Bavaria, the Oberammergau Passion Play is a once-in-a-decade performance of astonishing scope. Enjoy this incredible spectacle on this memorable tour which not only takes in the play, but also the spectacular beauty of the crisp Austrian Alps.
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Zell am SeeThe Pinzgaubahn Krimml Waterfalls Grosslockner High Alpine Road Oberammeragau Top tier tickets to the Passion Play Performance
DAYS 1-2
LONDON TO ZELL AM SEE
Our tour begins at London St Pancras International, where after meeting your Tour Manager, we board the Eurostar service to Paris where, on arrival, we continue to Stuttgart where we stay over night. On Day 2, we travel to Zell am See, where we stay for the next three nights.
INCLUDES:Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Krimml Waterfalls
DAY 3
THE PINZGAUBAHN AND THE KRIMML WATERFALLS
Our excursion today takes us on the wonderful narrowgauge Pinzgaubahn Railway which treks up to Mittersill, offering marvellous views across the forests below. From Mittersill, we continue our ascent to Krimml in the Hohe Tauern National Park, the second largest wildlife preserve in Europe and home to the glorious Krimml Waterfalls, the largest waterfalls in Austria.
INCLUDES:Breakfast, Dinner
Grossglockner Alpine Road
DAY 4
THE GROSSGLOCKNER HIGH ALPINE ROAD
Today sees us visit the Hohe Tauern National Park and journey along the superb Grossglockner High Alpine Road. Regarded as one of the world's finest roads, this section provides us with unparalleled views across the valleys and mountains, crowned by the ancient Grossglockner, Austria's tallest mountain. One of several stops on the way is the enchanting village of Heiligenblut where we have some time at leisure.
INCLUDES:Breakfast, Dinner
Oberammergau
DAY 5
TO OBERAMMERGAU
Leaving Zell am See today, we travel by rail (Standard Class) to Oberammergau where we check into our hotel, in or around the Ammergau region. After settling in, we have some time here to explore before dinner this evening.
INCLUDES:Breakfast, Dinner
Passion Play Theater
DAY 6
THE PASSION PLAY
Today features the highlight of our tour: the magnificent Oberammergau Passion Play. Divided into two halves, this behemoth of a production showcases the final days of Jesus Christ's life, chronicling his Passion in a performance which features over 2,000 villagers as both cast and crew. Unsurprisingly, the play is of massive importance for the village, due much in part to the fact that it is only performed once every ten years, adding a huge sense of gravitas to each showing, and our top tier tickets grant us some of the best seats in the house.
INCLUDES:Breakfast, Dinner
Return Home
DAYS 7-8
TO COLOGNE AND LONDON
Bidding Oberammergau and Bavaria a fond farewell today, we travel by rail through Germany to Munich (Standard Class) and then on to Cologne where we stay overnight. The following day on Day 8, we continue to Brussels where we transfer to the Eurostar service to London.
INCLUDES:Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Breakfast, Eurostar Meal
Passion Play Theatre Seating Plan
For the Passion Play Performance you will be seated in category 1 seats, located at the front and centre of the theatre. Click image to view the seating plan.
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OBERAMMERGAU & LAKE GARDA 2020(Tour code: GRJ3)
COMBINE MAGNIFICENT ITALY WITH THEATRICAL OBERAMMERGAU'S PASSION PLAY - 8 days from £2,295

Combining the impressive splendour of Italy with the immense theatrical spectacle that is the German village of Oberammergau's Passion Play, this tour is one of natural scenery, thespian spectacle and European charm.
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Desenzano Sirmione Verona Oberammergau
The Passion Play Performance Stunning 4-Star Accommodation
DAYS 1-2
LONDON TO DESENZANO
We meet with our Tour Manager today at London St Pancras International, where we board the Eurostar service to Paris where we stay overnight. On Day 2, we continue on to Lake Garda via Milan, where we stop at Desenzano to check into our hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure in Desenzano.
INCLUDES:Day 1 - Eurostar Meal
Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Isola Del Garda
DAY 3
CRUISE TO SIRMIONE
Our first excursion takes us on a tranquil cruise across the azure Lake Garda to the attractive island of Isola del Garda. Looked over by the impressive Scaliger Castle, this delightful place is home to a number of well preserved Roman ruins.
INCLUDES:Breakfast, Dinner
Juliets Balcony, VeronaDAY 4
VERONA
Today we pay a visit to romantic Verona. A city of noble ruins, gorgeous monuments and fascinating history, Verona has much to offer, some of which we see on our guided tour. We visit the stunning Roman amphitheatre, the impressive city gates and Juliet's balcony.
INCLUDES:Breakfast, Dinner
Oberammergau
DAY 5
TO OBERAMMERGAU
We leave Italy and Lake Garda behind today, as we make the scenic rail journey (Standard Class) up through the Italian Alps to Germany and into Bavaria. We travel to Oberammergau where we check into our hotel in or around the Ammergau region, for the next two nights. Upon arrival and after settling in, you have free time to explore or relax.
INCLUDES:Breakfast, Dinner
Jesus Clearing the Temple
DAY 6
THE PASSION PLAY
Today is performance day, and we make our way to the stage in Oberammergau, where we are treated to Oberammergau's brilliant Passion Play. Detailing the death and resurrection of Christ during his final days, this production is enormous in scale and a feat of organisation. The play is a source of great pride for the villagers and local people, occurring, as it does, once every ten years. It also attracts nearly half a million audience members over the course of its run throughout the summer. Our top tier tickets provide us with excellent seats at the front and near the centre, under the impressive dome which houses the stage.
INCLUDES:Breakfast, Dinner
Return Home
DAYS 7-8
TO LONDON VIA COLOGNE
Leaving the wonderful Oberammergau behind today, we make our way by rail to Cologne. Here we spend the night before leaving Germany on Day 8, as we head to Brussels in Belgium. On arrival, we board the Eurostar service to London, where our tour concludes.
INCLUDES:Breakfast
Passion Play Theatre Seating Plan
For the Passion Play Performance you will be seated in category 1 seats, located at the front and centre of the theatre
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OBERAMMERGAU & THE CASTLES AND LAKES OF BAVARIA 2020(Tour code: GRJ4) 8 days from £2,595
FANTASTIC SPECTACLE ALONG WITH THE FAIRY TALE BEAUTY OF BAVARIA
One of most iconic Passion Plays in the world, performed over one summer every decade, the Oberammergau Passion Play is a magnificent sight to behold. Take in this fantastic spectacle along with the fairytale beauty of Bavaria, with its mysterious castles and forbidden forests.
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
FüssenThe Zugspitze Railway Neuschwanstein Castle Hohenschwangau Castle The Oberammergau Passion Play Nuremberg
DAYS 1-2
LONDON TO FÜSSEN
We begin our Bavarian adventure at our dedicated Departure Office at St Pancras International where we travel by Eurostar to Paris. Here, we continue to Stuttgart where we overnight. Day 2 see us travel on to the village of Füssen on Germany's Romantic Road where we stay for the next four nights.
INCLUDES:Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
Day 2 - Breakfast, Dinner
Zugspitze Railway
DAY 3
THE ZUGSPITZE RAILWAY
Today we enjoy an enthralling journey on the Zugspitze Railway (Standard Class) which makes the delightful journey to the summit of Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany. The final leg sees us take a cable car over the forests to the very top, where we have free time.
INCLUDES:Breakfast, Dinner
Journey on the Zugspitze Railway
Neuschwanstein Castle
DAY 4
NEUSCHWANSTEIN AND HOHENSCHWANGAU CASTLES
Our excursion today takes us first to the glorious Neuschwanstein Castle. This fantastic fortress, nestled in the Alps, is a stunning sight to behold, both outside and in. We also visit the charming yellow castle of Hohenschwangau in the pretty village of the same name.
INCLUDES:Breakfast
St Mangs Abbey, Fussen
DAY 5
AT LEISURE IN FÜSSEN
Today, you are at leisure to enjoy the charms of the quintessentially Bavarian Füssen. Well worth a visit is the pretty St. Mang's Abbey. This wonderful old Benedictine Monastery boasts ornate plasterwork and splendid interiors within its noble old buildings.
INCLUDES:Breakfast7Free Day
Passion Play Theater
DAY 6
THE OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY
This morning, we travel to Oberammergau where we check into our hotel in or around the town. After settling in, we enjoy the undisputed highlight of our tour - the Oberammergau Passion Play. This extraordinary event is run by the residents of the villages with a cast and crew of over 2,000. The production itself covers the Passion of Jesus Christ and is famous across Germany and the rest of the world, for its scale, history and quality. Our top tier tickets grant us seats at the front and centre, with some of the best seats in the house. Split into two halves, with each half lasting 3 hours with a 2 hour break, we spend the rest of the day here, before returning to the hotel for dinner.
INCLUDES:Breakfast, Dinner
Passion Play Performance
Nuremberg
DAYS 7-8
NUREMBERG
Leaving Oberammergau this morning, we travel by rail (Standard Class) to Munich, from where we continue on to Nuremberg, where we stay for the final nights of our tour. On Day 8, we make our return journey, travelling first to Frankfurt before connecting with the Eurostar back to London via Paris.
INCLUDES:Day 7 - Breakfast
Day 8 - Breakfast, Eurostar Meal
Passion Play Theatre Seating Plan
For the Passion Play Performance you will be seated in category 1 seats, located at the front and centre of the theatre
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