Oberammergau Passion Play

Details of Riviera Travel’s 2020 Passion Play itinerary have been unveiled; as well as the play itself, the trip includes a walking tour of the Tyrolean capital and a visit to the fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein.

At the western edge of the Bavarian Alps in a forested valley is the picturesque town of Oberammergau, which ‘comes alive’ once every ten years with the performances of the Passion Play.

Since 1634, the play has been performed faithfully by the town’s residents in ‘gratitude for the divine intervention that spared them from death during the plague’. It’s a polished production today, but it remains an act of worship symbolising an ‘unwavering commitment to an ancestral vow’.

Riviera’s holiday offering

Riviera Travel has launched an itinerary that revolves around going to watch the Passion Play, with lots of different elements added to give guests an overall view of the region in Austria and some of Germany.

Highlight excursions on the tour, which is seven days long and available to book on selected dates between May and September 2020, include guided walking tours of Salzburg and Innsbruck.

Groups will also visit the Hofburg, a former Habsburg palace and one of Austria’s most significant cultural monuments; take a guided tour of the fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein, intended as a home for King Ludwig II; and enjoy a scenic journey on the Achensee steam cog railway to the lakeside village of Pertisau.

There will also be a chance to journey around Lake Constance, Germany’s largest lake, and experience a drive along the famed Alpine Road through Bavaria’s alpine region.

Benefits for groups

Group travel organisers will receive a 5% commission when booking for ten or more people, paid the month following that of departure.

More details can found by calling the groups team on 01283-742322 or by e-mailing groups@rivieratravel.co.uk.

For further information visit www.rivieratravel.co.uk.

(Photo credit: Kienberger).