This World famous spectacle, traditionally held in the picturesque Bavarian village of Oberammergau every ten years, will be performed again in 2020. Most of the inhabitants are involved, with hundreds of actors on stage, and a huge choir and orchestra, in one of the most extravagant productions of the Passion Play. Our two-centre holiday will combine the Bavarian Alps with the Black Forest, a land of lush meadows, pine clad hills, rushing rivers and traditional chocolate box villages. Join us at the worlds largest amateur dramatic performance for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Please note that this tour may have passengers travelling on our BAVARIA & THE BLACK FOREST tour (see page 28)
Deposit £300 pp at the time of booking * Additional £250 pp by 1 February 2020 * Final balance by 10 July 2020
Travel Insurance £ 49.75
Day 1 - Tuesday
Channel crossing, and onto the French/German border for an overnight stay at the Mercure Hotel Saarbrucken Sud, with dinner and breakfast included.
Day 2 - Wednesday
Travel past Stuttgart, and south towards the Alps, arriving in the Oberammergau area for a 2 night stay. Check in to your accommodation and enjoy some time at leisure before dinner.B, D
Day 3 - Thursday
If your accommodation is not in Oberammergau itself, a free shuttle bus service is included to take you into the village and back. Enjoy the morning in Oberammergau before an included light 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. The play is spoken and sung entirely in German, and a copy of the text will be provided in English.B, L, D
Day 4 - Friday
After breakfast board the coach and journey west along the shore of Lake Constance to the Black Forest for a 5-night stay at the Schwarzwald Hotel in Gengenbach.B, D
Day 5 - Saturday
Today we will drive to Freiburg, known as "the Jewel of the Black Forest", with its beautiful cathedral. Then to Titisee, a popular tourist village, where we will take a lake cruise.B, D
Day 6 - Sunday
A day for relaxing and exploring Gengenbach, a town of towers, medieval walls and half-timbered houses. The baroque tower of St.Marien's Church dominates the town centre, and the 18th century Town Hall is one of the most beautiful in Germany.B, D
Day 7 - Monday
A scenic drive along the famous Black Forest High Road, visiting Lake Mummeslsee and the fashionable spa town of Baden Baden. We climb to the summit of the 2,191 foot Merkur Mountain by funicular railway.B, D
Day 8 - Tuesday
Travel to the old walled town of Villingen, and join the Black Forest Railway for a journey including loops, tunnels and a high viaduct. Next a visit to the Black Forest Open Air Museum, to discover the history and culture of the region.
Day 9 - Wednesday
We leave the Black Forest behind and travel to the village of Riquewihr on the Alsace Wine Route. Riquewihr is a medieval gem, one of 'The Most Beautiful Villages in France', and provides the opportunity for a morning coffee stop and to stock up with some of the region's world-famous wines. We continue through the mountains of the Vosges for an overnight stop near Reims.B, D
Day 10 - Thursday
On the final day of the tour, we drive to Calais for an afternoon ferry crossing and return to Sussex for taxis home.B
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
HISTORY OF THE PASSION PLAY
In 1633 the Great Plague descended on the small Bavarian village of Oberammergau. Many lives were lost. The villagers made a solemn vow that, if they were spared, the whole village would perform a play every ten years, depicting the story of Christs suffering, death and resurrection. Miraculously, from this point on, the Plague did not claim any more lives. True to their promise the people of Oberammergau enacted their first play in 1634. This important tradition has continued without interruption every decade since, in spite of wars and other difficulties. The play will be performed for the 42nd time in 2020. To maintain the tradition, everyone taking part must have been born in Oberammergau or its neighbouring villages, or have lived in the village for at least 20 years. From Ash Wednesday 2019 all the performers let their hair grow, and the men grow beards so that everyone has an authentic biblical appearance.
1 night Mercure Hotel Saarbrucken Sud
2 nights in or near Oberammergau in a 3-star hotel or 4 star guest house/pension
5 nights Schwarzwald Hotel in Gengenbach
1 night Mercure Parc des Expositions, Reims
THE SCHWARZWALD HOTEL
This four-star Hotel is situated close to the historic centre of Gengenbach and the River Kinzig. It has a bar, restaurant, wellness area and indoor swimming pool. There are 59 well appointed, bright and comfortable bedrooms, and a lift.
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