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The Passion Play Performance at Oberammergau, Upper Bavaria
14 Days ~ May 11th - 24th 2020
Visiting Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Liechtenstein


Experience the 42nd “Oberammergau Passion Play” performed at the Passion Theatre, an open-air stage with majestic mountains in the background creating an unforgettable scene. Oberammergau is a quaint Bavarian village located in Germany 60 miles from Munich. In 1633 the citizens of this small picturesque town voted to perform "The Passion of Christ" every decade if their town was spared the devastation of the black plague that was spreading throughout all of Europe. It is believed that this play was first performed in 1634 and has indeed been held every 10 years since the promise was made.

The play follows the life and death of Christ from the moment he enters Jerusalem through His Trial, Crucifixion, and Ascension and is performed by over 2,000 people who must be residents of the town to participate. The play has 124 speaking roles, a 65-member orchestra, 48 person chorus and hundreds of support people from costuming to technical expertise. The entire production is authentic from men growing their hair and beards and authentic handmade costumes, something to be experienced at least once in a lifetime.
In 2020 "The Passion of Christ" play in Oberammergau is expected to draw 750,000 people. Come be part of this exceptional opportunity and witness this amazing promise performed in its native German. This play is so powerful that there is no language barrier just pure passion and emotion that is felt not only by the townspeople performing but by the thousands of spectators in the audience.

An opportunity that comes once every 10 Years…
Come be part of the story, May 2020


Nearly 400 years ago the history of the Passion Play began. The plague raged in many parts of Europe and did not spare Oberammergau either.


Day 1 Monday May 11th
Transatlantic direct flight from Toronto to Zurich.

Day 2 Tuesday May 12th Lucerne, Switzerland
We arrive early morning at Zurich Airport to take an orientation tour of Zurich City highlights. It is only a short panoramic drive this afternoon to Central Switzerland and our hotel in Lucerne, the Swiss capital of tourism where we will check in for a two-night stay.

Day 3 Wednesday May 13th Lucerne, Switzerland
Walk the wooden Chapel Bridge and visit the Lion’s Memorial that Mark Twain dubbed the “saddest piece of stone on earth”, and embark on a cruise aboard a hundred year old paddle steamer on the most beautiful part of Lake Lucerne. Our Swiss Folklore dinner tonight includes music, yodeling, flag-throwing and alphorn blowing and of course Swiss Cheese Fondue at the Stadtkeller Lucerne. B, D

Day 4 Thursday May 14th Montreaux, Switzerland
Crossing the Brunig Pass, our first stop is the Bernese Oberland for the woodcarving factory. We’ll take a guided city stroll in Bern, the political capital of Switzerland, visit the Astronomical Clock and the door to Munster (main Church). This afternoon we stop at Gruyeres, the Swiss capital of cheese and arrive to our destination, the traditional wee resort town of Montreux on Lake Geneva. B, D

Day 5 Friday May 15th Montreaux, Switzerland
A short drive will see us at one of the mightiest castles in Switzerland, Chateau de Chillon. This afternoon we will cruise on Lake Leman in the magnificent Lavaux region, probably the most beautiful wine district in Switzerland and visit the Olympic Museum and gardens in Lausanne. B

Day 6 Saturday May 16th Zermatt, Switzerland
Get ready for a lovely drive through the canton of Valais, up to Tasch, where we board the cog-railway for Zermatt, the trendy mountain resort that sits at the base of the Gornergrat. With good weather you will surely want to join the excursion (optional) to the Gornergrat. There you enter another world of high peaks and glaciers; surely a highlight of today. B, D

Day 7 Sunday May 17th Alberg, Austria
While the scenery has been spectacular up to this point, today promises to be extreme. This morning we’ll have an impressive drive in the Central Swiss Alps as we cross the Furka and the Oberalp passes and see the Devil’s Bridge in the Schollenen Gorge. We take a short but exciting train ride on the Glacier Express through the Swiss Grand Canyon. This afternoon we will stop in Vaduz, the Capital of the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein and then enter Austria late this afternoon to overnight in the Arlberg region. B, D

Day 8 Monday May 18th Oberammergau, Germany
Today we enter Bavaria. We will pass through Garmisch-Partenkirchen for a look at the 1936 Winter Olympic Grounds, and then in Ettal we visit a Benedictine Monastery with 800 years of history. We visit one of Ludwig II castles, The Linderhof, which was his smallest but his favourite residence then arrive in Oberammergau, the darling Passion Play Village with its quaint painted houses this afternoon. B, D

Day 9 Tuesday May 19th Oberammergau, Germany
Today is the top highlight of your tour...The Passion Play. It is staged only once every ten years and is a once in a lifetime experience. This dramatic performance takes place in the afternoon and evening, while in the intermission you can shop, relax and take time for dinner. B, D

Day 10 Wednesday May 20th Innsbruck, Austria
This morning we follow the panoramic road in the rolling hills of Bavaria to Neuschwanstein Castle, arriving this afternoon to the Tirolian capital of Austria, Innsbruck. Our local guide will show us great things, but the top cultural highlight of this tour will be our visit to the most impressive Imperial tomb in the West! We will take a unique train and an aerial cable car to Seegrube, from where we have fabulous views over Innsbruck. Tonight look forward to a real Tirolean Folklore Show with lots of Um-pa-pa music. Great fun indeed! B

Day 11 Thursday May 21st Salzburg, Austria
We will take the panoramic route through Tirol. In Berchtesgaden we drive to Obersalzberg and take a local bus to the Kehlstein, also known as the Eagle’s Nest where we visit the remains of Hitler’s Private Bunker. Just outside of Salzburg, we take the steep funicular up to the impressive Fortification Hohensalzburg, the largest defense system in Europe. B

Day 12 Friday May 22nd Salzburg, Austria
Salzburg is the “Sound of Music” land, and we will do some sightseeing in the Lake District. Independent lunch is at a panoramic place over the Mondsee, followed by places that you might remember from the film. We are in the City of Music, so tonight consider attending an optional Chamber Music Concert, or a Classical Concert. Your Guide and Tour Directors will help for these possible options. But before this, a beautiful farewell dinner will be enjoyed. B, D

Day 13 Saturday May 23rd Munich, Germany
Today we drive back to Bavaria to discover its thrilling Capital. You will do a nice city sightseeing tour with your local guide, part by bus, part on foot & visit the bustling Viktaulienmarkt. Is beer a guilty pleasure? Well perhaps you should have dinner in one of the eight beer gardens, of course with Um-Pa-Pa music accompaniment. Munich is truly a vibrant and sensational city. B

Day 14 Sunday May 24th
We will be departing for the Munich Airport late morning for our direct flights home to Canada. Our Alpine Journey comes to an end, but not the unforgettable memories. We have seen and now understand what is perhaps the loveliest part of Europe with its beautiful mountains, crystalline lakes, friendly people and a great variety of culinary culture.


mapCost Includes

  • Transatlantic flights Toronto-Zurich, Munich-Toronto
  • 12 Nights’ Accommodations
  • Paddles Steamer 1st Class Lake Lucerne
  • Tirolean Folklore Show
  • Chillon Castle Entrance fee with guides
  • Cruise on Lake Leman Chillon-Lausanne
  • Cog-Train Tasch-Zermatt return
  • Train “Swiss Grand Canyon”
  • Entrance to Linderhoff and fees
  • Ticket to Passion Play 2020 - Category 1
  • Neuschwanstein Castle entrance and fees
  • Buses to Castle (and return for those who need it)
  • Innsbruck Card for all fees in Innsbruck
  • Locally guided tours of Innsbruck, Salzburg and Munich
  • Bus to Kehlstein House
  • Entrance to the Turken Bunker (Eagle’s Nest)
  • Funicular to the Fortress Hohensalzburg
  • Breakfast daily, 5 Dinners
  • Folklore Dinner Show in Luzerne
  • Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes and Gratuities on Inclusions
  • Tour Director

OberammergauCost Per Person

Double $ 8,599.00 (725.55 taxes included)
Deposit: of $1,500 per person
NON refundable at Booking
Final payment due Feb 1/2020
Operated by a Hanover Holidays Tour Partner

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