• Experience the 42nd production of the iconic Oberammergau Passion Play, performed once every ten years
• Enjoy cultural excursions to historical sights in this scenic corner of Bavaria
• Travel with musician John Bryden and art historian Andrew Spira, each lending their individual perspectives to this unique event
Please note that the cost of this tour is £2195.
John Bryden, MA, ARCM, ARCO
international concert pianist and organist and classical music lecturer
Andrew Spira, MA
Andrew was a specialist in Byzantine and Russian icons at the Temple Gallery, London, before working as a curator at the V&A Museum.
Depart London Heathrow 0900 on British Airways, arriving Munich 1155. Transfer to Füssen for two nights at Hotel Schlosskrone.
Visits to Neuschwanstein Castle (designed by Ludwig II in the 13th century Romanesque style) and Hohenschwangau Castle (neoclassical childhood home of Ludwig II).
Morning: Garmisch-Partenkirchen for visit to Richard Strauss Institute with piano recital and Mittenwald for visit to Geingenbau Museum (violin-making museum). Afternoon: transfer to hotel closer to Oberammergau for two nights.
Lecture: History of the Oberammergau Passion Play followed by visit to Oberammergau Museum. Afternoon: Part One of the Passion Play. Evening: Part Two of the Passion Play.
Travel along Deutsche Alpenstrasse for visits to 14th century Benedictine monastery at Ettal, Rococo church in Rottenbuch, Welfen church in Steingaden and Wieskirche (architectural masterpiece by Dominikus Zimmermann). Continue to Füssen for two nights at Hotel Schlosskrone.
Travel via secluded valley of Ammergauer Alps for visit to Schloss Linderhof (villa-style palace built by Ludwig II). Afternoon: free time in Füssen.
Transfer to Munich for 1245 departure, arriving Heathrow 1350.
7 Sep — 13 Sep 2020
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Cost of £2195 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, Passion Play performances as described (category 2 tickets), breakfast, one lunch, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £545.