Passion Play

Group rail holiday provider Great Rail Journeys has revealed three 2020 itineraries that will take passengers to celebrate The Oberammergau Passion Play in the Bavarian Alps. 

The Oberammergau Passion Play takes place only once every ten years and tells the story of the life and death of Jesus Christ. 

Passion Play rail holidays 

The three new Oberammergau itineraries explore either Lake Garda, the Austrian Alps or the Castles, mountains and Lakes of Bavaria, and the highlight of each tour is the Oberammergau Passion Play.

More than 2,000 locals are involved in the play as actors, musicians and technical crew, while the event attracts crowds from all over the world. 

Performances take place from May to September in the specially constructed 4,700-seat outside auditorium. 

The play’s tradition dates back to 1634 and is thought to be a piece of living history, as the inhabitants of Oberammergau made a vow back then to perform it every ten years, if God would spare them from the bubonic plague. 

The tail goes that after the vow was made, not a single inhabitant is said to have died from the plague and those that were already suffering from it reportedly recovered. 

Information about the itineraries

The new itineraries offered by Great Rail Journeys will place the Oberammergau Passion Paly as the highlight of each tour. 

All three of them will include top tier tickets to the show and Great Rail customers can expects seats at the front towards the centre of the stage. 

Customers booking on or before 15th August 2017 can save on the tours, which include the services of a dedicated UK tour manager from start to finish, 4 and 5-star hotel accommodation, local guides, a comprehensive programme of excursions, meals in the hotel and at local restaurants and first-class service from specialist tour advisors. 

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