Nearly 400 years ago the history of the Passion Play, considered one of the most important religious and cultural events in Germany, began. The plague raged in many parts of Europe and did not spare Oberammergau. In 1633, the Oberammergau villagers promised to perform the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ every tenth year. In return, no one was to die of the plague any longer.
The villagers were divinely answered by God, and soon after the first Passion Play took place. Their promise has been kept until today. In 2022, the 42nd Passion Play will take place in the beautiful Bavarian village of Oberammergau. Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime experience as we tour through scenic Germany and beautiful Austria, culminating with the Passion Play.
- 7 night stay at the Hotel Stockerwirt at Reith im Alpbachtal, a charming family-owned hotel in the center of this enchanting village
- Ride the original Achenseebahn cog railway, which dates back to 1889
- Local boat trip to Pertisau
- Guided tour of Salzburg, one of the most beautiful cities in Austria
- Dinner in Going, located at the foot of the Wilder Kaiser Mountains
- Visit a local farm in the village to experience a farmer’s way of life in Europe
- Watch glass being blown and engraved at the Kisslinger glass factory
- Full day excursion around the Ziller Valley
- Crystal World of Swarovski for some souvenir shopping
- Ride the cable car up to the Wiedersbergerhorn to enjoy the view of the Alps
- Tickets to the the unforgettable Passion Play at Oberammergau, held only once every 10 years!
- Visit the luxurious castle, Linderho
DAYS 1-2: WILLKOMMEN TO REITH IM ALPBACHTAL
After our overnight flight from the U.S., we arrive at Munich’s airport. Our European Tour Guide, Patricia Hechenblaikner, meets us here as we transfer to the charming Hotel Stockerwirt at Reith im Alpbachtal. We’ll stay seven nights at this family-owned hotel in the center of this enchanting village. After a light lunch, take a short stroll around the village, enjoying the idyllic lake and beautiful church. L, D
DAY 3: ACHEN LAKE/GRAMAI ALM
Travel down the Inn Valley to Jenbach and ride the original Achenseebahn cog railway, which dates back to 1889. These are some of the oldest steam engines in the world still used for public transport. The train winds its way up above the Inn Valley to the shores of the largest alpine lake in Tyrol, Lake Achen. Here we’ll enjoy a short boat trip to Pertisau. We then travel by coach along the mountain range of the Karwendel Alps to visit the Gramai Alm, where cheese is made in the summer months. B, D
DAY 4: SALZBURG AND THE SOUND OF MUSIC
After breakfast drive to Salzburg – the city made famous by the Sound of Music. Today we start with a guided tour of one of the most beautiful cities in Austria. The life of the Von Trapp Family is entwined with that of Salzburg, as is Mozart’s. On your way home we will savor dinner in Going, located at the foot of the Wilder Kaiser Mountains. This meal is hosted by the Hotel Stanglwirt, well known for its special foods prepared from their own farm. B, D
DAY 5: FARM VISIT/RATTENBERG
Bring your appetite along this morning as we are treated to a delicious farmhouse breakfast high above Reith im Alpbachtal. Later we visit a local farm in the village to experience a farmer’s way of life in Europe. This afternoon we will stop in the middle-aged town of Rattenberg, Tyrol’s smallest town, where we can watch glass being blown and engraved at the Kisslinger glass factory. We will return to our hotel for dinner followed by a traditional “Tyrolean Show” with music and dance. B, D
DAY 6: GLACIAL MOUNTAIN
Today we’ll partake in a full day excursion around the Ziller Valley. In Fügen, we’ll learn about the cheese production at the dairy. From Fügen we drive to Hintertux for a memorable glacial cable car ride. This journey takes us to Austria’s only all year-round ski resort with fantastic views over the Kitzbühler Alps. On our way home we’ll make a stop in the well-known ski resort of Mayrhofen. B, D
DAY 7: INNSBRUCK/SWAROVSKI
This morning we begin at the Crystal World of Swarovski for some souvenir shopping. Then we’ll head to Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol, nestled below the Northern Chain Mountains. Innsbruck twice hosted the Winter Olympics. We’ll see highlights including the Hofkirche or court church and the iconic Golden Roof. We continue on to the Bergisel, historically important as the location of four 1809 freedom battles against Napoleon’s troops. It is also home to the imposing Bergisel ski jump. Be sure to savor the breath-taking views of the Northern Chain Mountains. B, D
DAY 8: ALPBACH
Today we visit the neighboring village of Alpbach, known for its yearly “Forum” and consistently voted as the most beautiful village in Europe. We’ll ride the cable car up to the Wiedersbergerhorn to enjoy the view of the Alps. A special farewell dinner awaits at the hotel this evening. B, D
DAY 9: THE PASSION PLAY
The unforgettable Passion Play at Oberammergau awaits us! The play’s fascinating history begins in 1633, when the town’s residents swore an oath to perform the “play of the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ” every decade if their town was spared by the Plague. First performed in 1634, this play has been faithfully reenacted every decade since. Today, some 2,000 residents of Oberammergau—actors, singers, musicians and technicians— rehearse for 10 months to bring the five-hour production to life. From our reserved seats in the impressive outdoor theater, we’ll enjoy a prime view of the moving and inspiring story. B, L, D
DAY 10: LINDEROF/STARNBERGER LAKE
Our journey this morning takes us to southern Bavaria. The last king of this country, Ludwig II, built several fairytale castles in the 19th Century. We visit the most luxurious, Linderhof and make a stop at the monastery of Ettal before arriving at our hotel located in the Oberammergau area. B, D
DAY 11: AUF WIEDERSEHEN
At last, we must say Auf Wiedersehen, as we travel home fulfilled by our new Austrian and German friends, scenic vistas and the incredible Passion Play! B
- Departure: May 19, 2022
- Return: May 29, 2022
- Double: $4997 + $383
- Single: $5485 + $424
*Price per person + travel insurance
*Includes round-trip airfare from STL or MCI, call for other gateways
High mid-60s/Low mid-40s (May)
+7 hours from Central Time
Flights available 90 days prior to departure
Flights available 90 days prior to departure
Moderate walking at a leisurely pace is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking will be on uneven paths.
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