Preparations are already underway for the next Passion Play in the tiny Bavarian hamlet of Oberammergau. The shows in 2020 may seem distant but the excitement is already building for the next production. Demand for tickets is high and space on tours will be limited.
Over the decades, Collette has brought thousands of guests to Germany to enjoy this once-in-a-decade event. Building on years of experience, our team is hard at work developing new tours that showcase must-see European destinations and the epic Passion Play that depicts the life and death of Jesus.
It began all the way back in 1633
Oberammergau was suffering from the Bubonic Plague. The surviving villagers appealed for Divine intervention to save their families. They vowed that if God were to spare them, they would perform a Passion Play every ten years. They say not a single person fell victim to the Plague after that. Keeping their promise, the people of Oberammergau performed the first play in 1634 and have continued to do so throughout the centuries.
Today, many of Oberammergau’s residents still take part in this powerful work of art featuring dramatic performances, beautiful music and choral accompaniment. The residents of Oberammergau will again perform The Passion Play in 2020. Collette will be there, sharing in the magnificence of this performance with a variety of itineraries that showcase the charm and beauty of central Europe. Will you be there?
10-Day Discover Switzerland, Austria & Bavaria with Oberammergau Passion Play
Date: Friday, September 18, 2020
Fare: $5,599 per person based on double occupancy with airfare out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Airfare from other origins available upon request. $6,849 per person for single occupancy. (Non-refundable deposit of $750 per person is due upon reservation. Second deposit of $1,500 per person is due on September 9, 2019. Final payment is due May 14, 2020)
Includes: Roundtrip airfare from Grand Rapids, Michigan (airfare from other origins available upon request), hotel accommodations, transfers, taxes and fees, 14 meals, specialized guide your entire tour, daily tours, Oberammergau Passion Play and more.
Highlights: Bern, Château de Chillon, Montreux, GoldenPass Panoramic Train, Gstaad, Lucerne, Innsbruck, Austrian Alps, Salzburg, Mirabell Gardens, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Bavaria, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Fussen, Neuschwanstein Castle
Please contact us at the easy quote request to your right or call us at 800-750-7839 and let us know if you are interested in this memorable trip! Space is extremely limited, so be sure we know you are interested in learning more!
Sep 18, 2020: Overnight Flight
Set out to experience Switzerland, Austria, Bavaria and the Oberammergau Passion Play.
Sep 19, 2020: Bern, Switzerland – Tour Begins
Your tour opens in Bern, the capital of Switzerland and a UNESCO World Heritage site nestled in the Swiss countryside. The cobbled Old Town section is so well preserved that residents who lived here 500 years ago would still find it familiar today. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner featuring local cuisine such as traditional cheese fondue.
Sep 20, 2020: Bern
Explore Bern on a panoramic sightseeing tour featuring the Bundeshaus (the Swiss Parliament), the Bear Pit, the Rose Gardens and the Gothic cathedral which dominates Old Town’s skyline. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore independently. Perhaps you will take the funicular ride up Gurten Mountain which affords beautiful views of Bern.
Sep 21, 2020: Bern – Château de Chillon – Montreux – Gstaad – Bern
Travel along the shores of Lake Geneva to the legendary, medieval Château de Chillon. This princely residence faces the lake but puts forth the image of an imposing fortress from the mountains. Later, enjoy inspiring Alpine views with a ride on the GoldenPass Panoramic Train from Montreux to Gstaad. Discover the delightful ambience of this world-famous Alpine ski resort with its numerous traditional wood chalets. This evening’s dinner is included at one of Bern’s great restaurants.
Sep 22, 2020: Bern – Lucerne – Innsbruck, Austria
Set out for Lucerne, the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” Enjoy a leisurely paced Altstadt (Old Town) walking tour, and discover the hidden treasures of the city. Lucerne has more than 800 years of history. Explore such medieval treasures as the covered Chapel Bridge (1833); the famous Water Tower which has served as a prison, watchtower and treasury; the Renaissance-style Town Hall; the Baroque Jesuit Church; and the Lion Monument, carved from natural rock to commemorate the heroic Swiss Guard. En route to Innsbruck we make our way through Liechtenstein, the smallest and richest German-speaking country in the world and the only country to lie entirely within the Alps.
Sep 23, 2020: Innsbruck
This morning, it’s your choice! Choose one of two leisurely walking tours: join a local guide as you discover the city’s history, culture and popular attractions including Maria Theresien Strasse, the Hofburg and the Golden Roof; or, you may embark on a tour focusing on Innsbruck’s unique architectural structures including its famous ski jump.
Sep 24, 2020: Innsbruck – Salzburg – Innsbruck
Travel through the picturesque Austrian countryside to Salzburg. Upon arrival, enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour featuring Mirabell Gardens (seen in The Sound of Music); the quaint Getreidegasse (birthplace of Mozart); and many other highlights of this beautiful city. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to independently explore and enjoy Salzburg’s fabulous sights. Complete your day with a delightful dinner at the 1,200-year-old St. Peter’s Restaurant, the oldest in Austria and still owned by the monks.
Sep 25, 2020: Innsbruck – Oberammergau, Germany – Passion Play
Cross the border into Bavaria, Germany to the quaint village of Oberammergau. This afternoon, witness a performance of the epic Passion Play. The original performance dates back to 1634. During the Thirty Year War, Oberammergau was spared the Black Plague and for this reason, the citizens vowed that every ten years they would give a play to honor the last days of the life of Christ. The performers of this once-in-a-decade event are all native to the village. To lend authenticity to the performance, the cast starts to grow their hair and beards more than a year in advance. During a break of the performance, join your fellow travelers for dinner before returning for the remainder of your Passion Play performance.
Sep 26, 2020: Oberammergau – Linderhof Palace – Fussen – Munich
Begin your day with a visit to Linderhof Palace, one of the most artistic and stylistically complex ensembles of the 19th century. It is the only palace King Ludwig II of Bavaria was able to complete. Behind the Baroque façade is a Rococo world, rich in abundant ornamentation, with many sculptural elements showing workmanship of an incomparable artistic quality. Next, enjoy free time to explore medieval Fussen, the romantic town in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. Make a special picture stop at Neuschwanstein Castle before gathering for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of a memorable trip.
Sep 27, 2020: Munich – Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today.