Every ten years the residents of Oberammergau perform their spellbinding Passion Play in a specially created open-air theatre; a tradition that has remained since the village swore an oath to perform if they were spared the plague in the 17th century. This world-famous production dedicated to the life and passion of Jesus is included on this enthralling holiday, during which we also discover the fascinating UNESCO-listed city of Salzburg to see world-famous medieval and Baroque buildings such as Leopoldskron Palace and Hellbrunn Palace. The breathtaking lake district of Salzkammergut and the grand Hohenwerfen Fortress, home to Austria’s first Falconry Museum, will also be visited.
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 Innsbruck. On arrival we transfer to our hotel in the beautiful Ammergau Alps. We enjoy dinner this evening.
Day 2 Oberammergau
Oberammergau is a delightful town in the picturesque Bavarian Alps. Arriving by coach, we roam the historical town and visit the Oberammergau Museum, an exhibition of the town’s history and revered industry of wood carving, a craft which remains a main source of income today. Later, we witness what we have travelled to see; Oberammergau’s Passion Play. During the 17th century, the villagers of Oberammergau pledged that if they were spared from the plague, they would perform the Passion Play - a story of the life and death of Jesus - and have continued to do this every ten years since 1634. Today, it is world renowned and highly anticipated, with over 2,000 citizens involved in the performances that take place in an open-air theatre hosting 4,700 people.
Day 3 Ammergau Alps - Salzburg
This morning, journey to the UNESCO-listed city of Salzburg, famous for many things including the surrounding hills that featured in ‘The Sound of Music’; we begin with a tour of the wonderful locations and historic sights used in the iconic film. Medieval and Baroque architecture occupy the charming city centre including the 17th century Frohnburg Palace, the grand Leopoldskron Palace and the magnificent Mirabell Palace Gardens. We continue to a local restaurant for lunch before time to leisurely explore this great city. Maybe visit the beautiful Hohensalzburg Castle, a stunning 11th century fortress located on a scenic hilltop surrounded by a mesmerising waterway. Later, we check-in to our hotel where, after a welcome drink we dine this evening.
Day 4 Salzkammergut
Today we visit the stunning lake district of Salzkammergut, to see the tranquil emerald-green Lake Fuschl and the delightful town of Mondsee, home to the Baroque twin-towered abbey church used in ‘The Sound of Music’ wedding scene. Situated along the glistening shores of Lake Wolfgang is the village of St Gilgen, the birthplace of Mozart’s mother. We enjoy a stroll taking in the picturesque houses, glorious lush landscapes and magnificent mountain scenery. Our sightseeing adventure takes us to Café Dallmann, where we discover how the delicious chocolate Mozart Balls are created, as well as making our own to take home. Complete the day with a scenic boat cruise to the pretty town of St Wolfgang and enjoy the treasured landscapes of Austria’s deepest lake, the stunning Lake Traunsee.
Day 5 Hohenwerfen Fortress
Located on a high-rock above the glistening Salzach Valley is the impressive Hohenwerfen Fortress, a well-preserved medieval structure built more than 900 years ago. Here you can take in breathtaking views of the surrounding area, gain a unique insight into medieval life, and discover the castle’s impressive Falconry Museum. Learn all there is to know about birds of prey as they soar elegantly and glide over our heads during a falconry display.
Day 6 Salzburg - 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.