Oberammergau - Dream Castles of Bavaria
European travel experiences do not come much more memorable and iconic than the Oberammergau Passion Play. Held just once per decade, this epic performance by the inhabitants of a beautiful Bavarian town tells the story of Christ from his entry into Jerusalem right through to his resurrection. Miss this extraordinary event in 2020 and you’ll be waiting until 2030 for another opportunity! This exclusive Oberammergau itinerary combines the spectacle and drama of the Passion Play with a tour of the stunning fairytale castles of Bavaria.
Deposit: £500 Single supplement: £495
Day 1 - London - Munich
We depart in the morning from London on a direct flight to Munich. Upon arrival we head to our hotel in Munich, stopping for lunch on the way. After checking in, join us on an optional walking tour of Munich or explore at your leisure. Dinner this evening is at the world-famous Hofbräuhaus.
Day 2 - Chiemsee
Today we drive to the Chiemsee, Bavaria’s largest lake, where Ludwig realised his final castle dream by building Herrenchiemsee Palace on Herreninsel Island. Building began in 1878, directly inspired by Ludwig’s visit to the Palace of Versailles, and this is truly a monument to royal megalomania: 35 seamstresses spent seven years sewing the cover for the royal bed alone. The most extraordinary room here is the gilded Hall of Mirrors, best seen by candlelight, which arguably outshines the original in Versailles. After lunch, we explore the manicured palace grounds before returning to Munich, where the evening can be spent at your leisure.
|Meals included||Breakfast, Lunch|
Day 3 - Oberammergau
Following a relaxing morning, we drive south through the increasingly beautiful scenery of the Bavarian Alps, stopping for lunch en route to the delightful town of Oberammergau. We will check in to our hotel and gather together in the afternoon to attend a performance of the legendary Passion Play. Dinner is included during the lengthy intermission.
|Meals included||All meals included|
Day 5 - Füssen
After our late night at the play, the morning will be spent at a relaxed pace. We will travel the short journey to Füssen, our home for the next two nights, located in the heart of the Bavarian countryside and full of Ludwig history – the perfect place to embark upon our exploration of the fairytale castles. En route, we will stop at Hohenschwangen, Ludwig’s childhood home, for a guided tour of the fortress and grounds with their glorious array of alpine plants and flowers.
Day 6 - Neuschwanstein
Today is dedicated to Ludwig’s crowning glory and the embodiment of his wildest Romantic fantasies – the stunning castle of Neuschwanstein. Featuring in numerous films, its soaring turrets and wedding-cake walls draw an astonishing 1.3 million visitors per year. Built in the Romanesque Revival style, the castle was the scene of Ludwig’s arrest in 1886 by his courtiers, exasperated by his eccentricities and profligacy. We will spend most of the afternoon here before returning to our hotel.
|Meals included||All meals included|
Day 7 - Starnbergersee - Munich
After breakfast on our final day, we return to Munich via Castle Berg on the Starnbergersee. This country manor house was where the King was confined after his deposition and declared insane. A few days later, he and his physician were found drowned in the lake. The mysterious double death has never been explained. We pay our respects at his tomb in Munich’s St Michael’s Church and head to the airport for our return flight.
Tour dates & prices
Included in your cost:
- Expert Guide Lecturer
- Professional Tour Manager
- Local travel aboard a private air-conditioned coach
- Meals as per the itinerary, wine and tea or coffee with dinner
- Entries to all sites as per the itinerary
- All taxes & gratuities
- Field notes
|Tour Departure||Tour ID||Departure date||Return Date||Guided by||Price||Deposit||Single Supp.||Availability|
|4 June 2020||AOBB200604||4 June 2020 (Thursday)||9 June 2020 (Tuesday)||Giles MacDonogh Esther Unterweger||£2,150