• Experience the 42nd production of the iconic Oberammergau Passion Play, usually performed once every ten years and postponed from 2020
• 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
MA, ARCM, ARCO
international concert pianist and organist and classical music lecturer
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 1240 on British Airways, arriving Munich 1535. Transfer to Füssen for two nights at Hotel Schlosskrone. Welcome and introduction.
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.
Some free time. Transfer to Munich for 1625 departure, arriving Heathrow 1715.
5 Sep — 11 Sep 2022
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"John Bryden adds something unique and makes the experience special"
- ACE customer on a previous tour with John Bryden
"Andrew was an outstanding Tour Director - knowledgeable, always helpful and willing to answer questions"
- ACE customer on a previous tour with Andrew Spira
For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE are pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £160
Cost of £2995 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 £575.