Oberammergau 2020 has unfortunately been cancelled.
Oberammergau is close to Germany's border with Austria. Nestled in the lush valley of the River Ammer with stunning views of the surrounding Alps, Oberammergau has strong Bavarian traditions and a deeply held religious faith. The world famous Oberammergau Passion Play is traditionally held every 10 years and will be performed throughout the summer of 2022. The history dates to 1633 when Bavaria was swept by a plague epidemic when in Oberammergau alone, more than 80 lives were lost. The elders vowed if the village was purged of plague they would perform the 'Play of the Suffering, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ' every ten years. The epidemic came to a standstill and in 1634 the villagers fulfilled their solemn promise for the first time. Ever since they have loyally kept their vow. The play follows the story of Christ's Passion, beginning with His entry into Jerusalem and ending with His Resurrection and Transfiguration.
Below are details of an example package, however a tailor-made holiday based on your preferred ‘add-on’ destination, can be provided on request.
Other popular ‘add-on’ combinations are: The Austrian Tyrol, Salzburg & the Lakes, Lake Garda, Lake Maggiore, The Black Forest or The Rhine.
From 9 days / 8 nights – departures May-October 2022
Return Executive Coach Travel departing from selected pick up points of your choice
1 night half board at minimum 3* accommodation in the Lorraine region
Passion Play Arrangements /Inclusions
· Entrance ticket for the Passion Play
· Two overnight stays
· Five meals: 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts and light lunch before the Play commences
· Shuttle bus services in Oberammergau where required
· Copy of the 2022 Passion
4 nights bed & breakfast at a 3*/ 4* hotel in Alsace
Dinners included on 2 nights at the hotel and 1 night at a local restaurant
1 night half board at a 3*/4* hotel in the Champagne region
Sample excursion package as detailed below
Price on application – subject to date of travel and group size
Day 1 - Travelling this morning to the coast we cross to France for the journey to the Lorraine region. Overnight including dinner.
Day 2 - Breakfast included at the hotel before continuing on to Germany and Oberammergau region for your 2 night stay. Check in to your accommodation and enjoy some time at leisure before dinner.
Day 3 - Enjoy the morning in Oberammergau before an included restaurant lunch. The Passion Play Theatre is in the village centre close to restaurants, cafés, shops and the many woodcarving workshops. The first part of the play takes place in the afternoon. During the interval enjoy an included dinner. The play resumes in the early evening and ends at approximately 22.30hrs.
A return shuttle transfer between your accommodation & Oberammergau is included (set times).
Day 4 - Departing the Oberammergau region we travel north through Bavaria, making our way towards the Alsace region. A stop will be made in Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart where a visit to Ludwigsburg Residential Palace is included. This was the first residence of the Dukes, then the summer residence of the first King of Württemberg - Castle Ludwigsburg plays an important role in the history of the country. During an included tour of the magnificent state rooms you will experience an impressive journey through time, from sumptuous Baroque through playful Rococo to elegant classicism. A special feature is the Palace Theatre with its original stage machinery from 1758. Several museums and permanent exhibitions in the castle provide insights into the lifestyle of the past. The castle gardens were built in 1954 on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the castle, partly following the historical form and partly recreated in the Baroque style. Since then, the ‘Blooming Baroque’ and its fairy tale garden has been a popular destination. There will not be time to visit all of the attractions at this site. Continuing onto your hotel, dinner is included this evening.
Day 5 - A leisurely morning beginning with a ‘petit train’ tour of historic Colmar (audio commentary included). This is a city full of charm and atmosphere whose streets and alley-ways have been preserved since the Middle Ages. Churches, cloisters, half-timbered houses, balconies, facades with ornate wood sculptures, paintings, gables, and edifices from the Renaissance period, all add to this very special city. This afternoon’s excursion is to the pretty Alsacian town of Obernai, the second most-visited town in Alsace after Strasbourg. Steeped in charm and history, this compact town is a delight to explore with its many traditional half-timbered houses, old town square, church and Belfry. Returning to the hotel dinner is at your leisure.
Day 6 - Full day City of Strasbourg with a commentated discovery river cruise along the waterways of the city, a perfect introduction. Free time to explore at your own pace.
A must see is the stunning Cathedral which has many treasures including stained glass windows dating from the 12th - 14th Centuries, the St. Pancrace's Altar (1522), the 17th Century tapestries forming the Virgin's Wall covering and a popular curiosity, the Astronomical Clock. There is much to see in Strasbourg including the area known as La Petite France in the historic old quarter. Due to the richness and sheer density of the city’s heritage sites, the entire town centre has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dinner included in the Strasbourg area.
Day 7 - Explore some of the Alsace Wine Route, visiting the pretty town of Riquewihr situated between the peaks of the Vosges Mountains and the Plain of Alsace. This medieval town in the heart of the Alsatian vineyards is classified as one of the ‘Most Beautiful Villages in France’. For centuries, this magnificent town has managed to combine the quality of its architecture with the quality of its world-famous wines, from where it gets its nickname ‘The Gem of the Alsace Vineyards’. Riquewihr is an ‘open-air museum’ which has managed to preserve its authentic character behind its city walls, which are now besieged only by the vines. Alternate visit is to the Castle of Haut-Koenigsberg where from the moment you step over the threshold of the great door you find yourself in the Middle-Ages. Cross the lower Courtyard with its inn, forge and mill then climb the spiral stairways leading to the Lord's furnished apartments. Plunge into an environment of architecture and furnishings steeped in history. The omni-present drawbridges, armoury, keep and cannons are a constant reminder of the purpose of this mountain fortress, which has been besieged, destroyed and pillaged numerous times since its construction. Today concludes with a wine cellar visit with a tasting of a number of their wines accompanied by local savoury snacks. Dinner at leisure + overnight..
Day 8 - Leaving Alsace, a stop is made at the stunning Lalique Museum, whose collections include over 650 exceptional works following the career of René Lalique and his successors. Your visit here begins with an introductory presentation followed by free time to visit the various exhibitions. The museum is set out by theme and in chronological order and houses a broad selection of Lalique creations, including Art Nouveau jewellery, Art Deco glass and contemporary crystal. Continuing through France an overnight stop will be made in the Champagne region. Overnight at hotel + dinner.
Day 9 - Departing after breakfast, a visit to Reims is included where you will have free time before continuing onto Calais for a late afternoon channel crossing.
Simply Groups reserve the right to make minor changes to this itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control.
All packages are subject to availability at the time of booking.