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The Oberammergau Passion Play in 2020 - Three European Tours

Oberammergau Passion Play - Background

Seeking God’s protection from the Plague which was decimating the population of Europe in the 1640s, the citizens of the tiny village of Oberammergau in the Bavarian Alps in Germany made a solemn vow to perform a Passion Play every decade. Passion Plays – depicting the passion (suffering), death and resurrection of Jesus Christ – were common features of mediaeval Christian piety, and were often performed by travelling troupes of players and evangelists.

The villagers have kept their promise for almost four centuries, with performances every decade year. In 2020 people will travel from all over the world to witness more than 2000 villagers keeping the ancient vow, in four performances a week across five months of Spring and Summer. Great Trains of Europe Tours have been accompanying pilgrims to the Passion Play since 1990, and we are delighted – again in 2020 – to offer three European tours which include the Passion Play.

Entrance tickets for the Passion Play are available only in conjunction with one night’s accommodation in Oberammergau and surrounding villages, so we are forced on these tours to depart from our usual practice of 3 nights at every stop.

All tours will be led by Great Trains of Europe Tours principal, Christian historian Mr Stan Klan of Toowoomba, Queensland. Advance bookings are now open.

Prepare to be moved, inspired and challenged by this event.

Tour 1: Blossoms, Bulbs, The Chelsea Flower Show with The Oberammergau Passion Play

Commences Amsterdam May 5th, ends in Munich May 25th, 2020.   Full details ›

Enjoy 4 days in the bulbfields of Holland, then take the Eurostar to England and spend 9 days visiting gardens in the English countryside - 3 days each on the North York Moors, the Lake District and the Costwolds. 3 days in London includes the Chelsea Flower show before flying to the Austrian Alps for a 3 day stop which includes the Oberammergau Passion Play.

COST: $13,950 per person twin share - single supplement $2,000 - includes 21 days in four star city centre hotels and historic village inns with buffet breakfasts, one dinner at each stop, First Class rail travel throughout, an economy class flight from London to Innsbruck, all sightseeing and garden entrances with local guides, full day entry to Chelsea Flower Show, and entrance to a performance of the Oberammergau Passion Play.

Tour 2: ‘Off The Beaten Track’ with The Oberammergau Passion Play

‘Off The Beaten Track’ - The Hill Villages And Market Towns Of The South Of France, The Swiss & Austrian Alps, With The Oberammergau Passion Play

Commences Paris September 3rd, ends Munich Sept 23rd 2020.   Full details ›

Enjoy 3 days in the City of Romance, Paris, then take the high speed TGV train to the South of France for 4 days in a beautiful village in the Dordogne, followed by 4 days in the beautiful Provence region. A change of pace, then, with 3 days in a lakeside village in the Swiss Alps, and 4 days in an Austrian Alpine village, including the Oberammergau Passion Play, and finally a visit to Munich where the tour ends.

COST: $13,950 per person twin share – single supplement $2,000 - includes 21 days in four star city centre hotels and historic village inns with buffet breakfasts, one dinner at each stop, First Class rail travel throughout, all sightseeing and entrances with local guides, and a performance of the Oberammergau Passion Play.

Tour 3: Italy’s Cultural Capitals, Swiss Mountain Trains with The Oberammergau Passion Play

Commences Zurich September 26th, ends Rome October 16th 2020.   Full details ›

Enjoy a week of breathtaking Alpine scenery on Switzerland’s legendary mountain trains, then 3 days in the Austrian Alps including the Oberammergau Passion Play, before heading south of the Alps to Italy’s 3 cultural capitals – Venice, Florence and Rome.

COST: $13,950 per person twin share – single supplement $2,000 - includes 21 days in four star city centre hotels and historic village inns with buffet breakfasts, one dinner at each stop, First Class rail travel throughout, all sightseeing and entrances with local guides, and a performance of the Oberammergau Passion Play.

A fully detailed itinerary of each tour is available from Tour Leader Stan on 0488 423 848

Booking Details:

It is still almost 3 years until these tours depart, but Passion Play tickets are scarce and numbers strictly limited. More than 60% of the tickets have already been allocated by the Play organisers.

Payments are in 3 stages:

  1. $1,000 per person initial deposit is required immediately to confirm your seat.
  2. A further $2,500 per person deposit is required 12 months before your chosen tour departs.
  3. The balance will be payable 4 months before departure.

Very Limited Opportuntity

Travel insurance is available 18 months before departure and airfares 11 months before departure.

Earlybird Special For Solo Travellers:
Solo travellers booking and paying the $1,000 initial deposit before November 1st 2017 will be guaranteed a single room without the single supplement.

Tour Dates  

1. Blossoms, Bulbs, The Chelsea Flower Show with The Oberammergau Passion Play
Commences Amsterdam May 5th, ends in Munich May 25th, 2020.

2. Off The Beaten Track with The Oberammergau Passion Play
Commences Paris September 3rd, ends Munich Sept 23rd 2020.

3. Italy’s Cultural Capitals, Swiss Mountain Trains with The Oberammergau Passion Play
Commences Zurich September 26th, ends Rome October 16th 2020.

Tour Costs  

Each tour $13,950 AUD per person twin share - single supplement $2,000

Tour Inclusions  

All three Oberammergau Passion Play tours include:

  • Includes 21 days in four star city centre hotels and historic village inns
  • Buffet breakfasts, one dinner at each stop,
  • First Class rail travel throughout,
  • All sightseeing and entrances with local guides,
  • And a performance of the Oberammergau Passion Play.

The ‘Blossoms & Bulbs’ Tour also inlcudes:

  • An economy class flight from London to Innsbruck,
  • All sightseeing and garden entrances with local guides,
  • Full day entry to Chelsea Flower Show.

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