Experience the Passion Play, the 42nd production of the world-renowned play on the life and death of Jesus. In the 17th century, with the threat of the plague upon them, the villagers of Oberammergau swore to perform the Passion of Christ if they were spared, and, keeping to their oath, residents have performed it every 10 years since. Combining with a stay in Tyrol, we also discover the highlights of the region that include the superb Tyrolean capital, Innsbruck; the mighty UNESCO-listed mountain range of the Dolomites; and the fantastic highlights of South Tyrol including stunning Lake Caldaro and the grand architecture of Bolzano.
5 nights in hotels (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport and a flight with a leading airline to Munich. On arrival we transfer to our hotel in the beautiful Ammergau Alps. We enjoy dinner this evening.
Day 2 Oberammergau
After breakfast, a coach journey takes us to nearby Oberammergau. We wander through the delightful historic town and visit the spectacular Oberammergau Museum, an exhibition on the town’s impressive wood carving history which remains a significant income here today. The quaint town is renowned for its decennial play, and that’s what we’ve travelled all this way to see! The Passion Play has been a tradition since 1634, when the villagers first performed the play depicting the passion, life and death of Jesus Christ after they were spared by the deadly plague. The spectacular performance in a special open-air theatre is like no other, with over 2,000 of the town’s 5,200 residents taking part, male actors growing out their beards and all costumes hand made to provide a more realistic perception of the era. Lunch and dinner are included today.
Day 3 Ammergau Alps - Innsbruck - Tyrol
This morning we discover the delights of Tyrol and its splendid capital, Innsbruck. We enjoy a city tour with a local guide who shows us the city’s remarkable highlights, including the ‘Golden Roof’ of 2,657 shining copper slates. Following our tour, you have time at leisure; discover the beautiful Imperial and modern architecture of the picturesque streets or perhaps view the beautiful 16th century Ambras Castle. Later, we check into our hotel for the remaining duration and after a welcome drink we enjoy dinner this evening.
Day 4 The Dolomites
Enjoy an unforgettable excursion through the Dolomites mountain range. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009, the spectacular 18 peaks which climb over 3,000 metres in height, beautiful deep valleys and magnificent sheer cliffs create picture-postcard landscapes. Our panoramic tour stops in the historical village of Kastelruth, before visiting the picturesque settlement of Ortisei, the birthplace of playwright Luis Trenker. Perhaps purchase lunch at a South Tyrolean speciality restaurant or explore, before we continue past the soaring mountain of Langkofel and through the high alpine pass of Sellajoch, where we stop for opportunities to photograph the breathtaking mountain range. Our enthralling drive continues through the delightful Fassa Valley - a place of incomparable beauty with rugged rocks, lush green landscapes, mighty peaks and steep cliffs filling the beautiful scenes - to the remote village of Canazei. We complete today’s exploration of the Dolomites by travelling through the natural paradise of Val di Fiemme.
Day 5 Bolzano and South Tyrol
Today we explore the natural wonders and history of South Tyrol. We begin with a visit to Bolzano to discover the historic old town and its lovely shopping arcades known as arbours. Our day continues along the South Tyrolean wine road to the beautiful region of Kaltern and tranquil Lake Caldaro, renowned as ‘the warmest lake in the Alps’ delightfully situated between lush vineyards - the perfect way to complete a day of scenic exploration.
Day 6 Tyrol - Munich - London
We transfer to Munich Airport for a leading airline flight to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport. On arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.