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Oberammergau & The Black Forest

Travel Date(s) - 03/09/2020 - 13/09/2020
Price: £1850.00
Single Supplement: £350.00 - Includes outside cabins on board ship for sole use.

Our holiday to Oberammergau is situated in the heart of the Bavarian Alps and is where the world famous Passion Play is performed in the Passion Play Theatre every 10 years. It is the fourth time we have offered a holiday to this event having 2 nights’ accommodation close to Oberammergau, category 1 tickets to the Passion play, included light lunch and dinner on the performance day. The history dates to 1633 when Bavaria was swept by a plague epidemic when more than 80 lives were lost in the village alone. The elders distressed by this, vowed that if the village was purged of Plague they would perform the play of suffering, death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ every 10 years. Then the epidemic came to a stop and in 1634 the villagers fulfilled their promise for the first time. Today there are over 2,300 participants of all ages, actors, singers, musicians and others who were born and lived in Oberammergau for 20 years or more carry out the performance.

The second part of our holiday takes us to The Black Forest to Gengenbach, a traditional village with halftimbered houses situated on The River Kinzig. Here we have a 4 night stay at the 4 star Schwarzwald hotel, a quality hotel having excellent restaurant and cosy bar, outside terrace courtyard and indoor swimming pool. The village centre is a pleasant walk of about 10 minutes from the hotel over a pedestrian bridge and through parkland.

Itinerary
  • DAY 1 After our doorstep service we join our coach and travel via York to the port of Hull for our overnight sailing to Eurport, Rotterdam in outside cabins with low berths. On board ship you will find a cinema, shops, restaurant, bars & a coffee bar. There is also a quiet room as well as entertainment.
  • DAY 2 After clearing customs we join our coach and travel through Holland and into Germany with refreshment stops to our hotel in the Stuttgart area for dinner and an overnight stay.
  • DAY 3 After breakfast we depart our overnight hotel and travel south through Germany into Bavaria towards the Alps, arriving in the Oberammergau area for dinner and a stay of 2 nights.
  • DAY 4 Today is our visit to the Passion Play. After breakfast, transport will be provided to take you into Oberammergau to the theatre which is in the centre of the village. Close to the theatre are cafes, shops and woodcarving workshops. There will be time to explore here before our included light lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch we then go to the theatre where we take our seats for the play (category 1, the best seating in the theatre).The first part of the play takes place in the afternoon. There is then a long interval during which we include dinner, and the play resumes in the early evening and ends approximately 22.30 hours, after which we join our transport and return to our accommodation.
  • DAY 5 After a leisurely breakfast we join our coach leaving our accommodation and drive west through Bavaria along the shores of Lake Constance then north arriving at our hotel in Gengenbach in the Black Forest for dinner and a stay of 4 nights.
  • DAY 6 A free day to relax and explore beautiful Gengenbach. A traditional Black Forest village situated on the River Kinzig, the historic centre having half-timbered houses, small streets and alleys. Here you will find a good selection of cafes and restaurants serving traditional cuisine and local wines.
  • DAY 7 After our breakfast we have a full day touring the area and visiting Freiburg, a university city with a medieval centre where you will find the Munsterplatz, a cobblestone square and cathedral. You will also find Bachle which are open gulleys running through the streets said to cool the city in summer.
  • DAY 8 Today we visit beautiful Titisee in the upper Black Forest. It is a spa town on one of Germany’s prettiest natural lakes. Here we have an included sightseeing cruise. Afterwards, you may want to visit one of the many cafes or gift shops before joining our coach and driving to Blumberg for an included ride on the Sauschwanzle Steam Railway to Weizen. It is known as the pig tail line and has many twists and turns offering good photo opportunities. We then leave Weizen and drive back to our hotel for dinner and the evening.
  • DAY 9 Sadly it is time to say farewell to our hosts in Gengenbach and journey north past Strasbourg through Luxembourg to Leige in Belgium where we arrive for dinner at our overnight hotel.
  • DAY 10 Leaving our hotel after breakfast we drive north into Holland and onto Rotterdam and Europort for our overnight sailing to Hull in outside cabins with side by side berths.
  • DAY 11 On arrival in Hull we clear customs and drive to our home areas and door to door service arriving mid-afternoon.
Holiday Includes
  • Door to door pick up & return service
  • All coach travel as stated
  • Local transport on performance day
  • Outward and return crossings in outside cabins on board ship
  • Outward and return overnight hotel accommodation
  • 2 x nights accommodation in Oberammergau area
  • 4 x nights accommodation at the 4 star Schwarzwald hotel
  • 9 x breakfasts
  • 8 x 3 course dinners
  • 1 x light lunch (performance day)
  • 1 x dinner (performance day)
  • Sail on Lake Titisee
  • Journey on Sauschwanze steam railway
  • Entrance to Passion Play with category 1 seating
  • All German & European tourist taxes
  • Services of our experienced crew
  • Please note meals on board ship (2 x 5 course dinners and 2 x cooked breakfasts) can be added for £58pp
  • A passport, EHIC card and adequate insurance are required for this holiday. (subject to Brexit) Currency for this holiday is the Euro.
Facilities
  • Good standard hotels or guest house with private bath or shower near Oberammergau
  • At resort hotel
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Wellness centre
  • Passenger lift
  • All rooms en-suite with TV

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