Oberammergau and the Austrian Tyrol - 2020

6 Days

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The hills — not to mention the picture-postcard Salzburg streets — are certainly alive with the sound of music on this tour. Join us as we take in the setting for classic musical the Sound of Music, and the home of one of the world’s foremost musical geniuses, in the sublime setting of the picturesque Austrian Tyrol.

Our focus might be on Oberammergau on this tour, but there’s more to Bavaria than just passion plays and historic pacts — this is the land of storybook castles and dramatic landscapes straight out of a Brothers Grimm fairytale. And just a short hop over the border in Austria, even more beauty awaits — even better, we think we might have found the best way to see it all…

Join us as we hop aboard the Zillertal Steam Railway, clink our complimentary glasses of schnapps (prost!) and sit back to admire the scenery in comfort and luxury. Taking us from the market town of Jenbach to the chic ski resort of Mayrhofen, which sits in the shadow of the great ‘Hintertux Glacier’, this is one picturesque journey that’s hard to beat.

Even Austria’s urban spaces are devastatingly beautiful, and our day trips to two of its finest cities take in castles, cathedrals, old-town streets and even gilded architecture. Choose from a Mozart- or The Sound of Music-themed excursion on your Salzburg sojourn — whatever you choose, the considerable musical pedigree of this region is abundantly clear.

And then there’s the big night itself — rounding off with a transcendent evening watching the Oberammergau Passion Play takes this trip firmly into ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ territory.

 

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Day 1

After our morning flight to Munich, we enjoy our first meal as a group at a local restaurant. We then continue to our hotel in Zillertal for dinner this evening. (Dinner is not included.)

Day 2

Our first morning on tour sees us embark on an excursion on the historic, narrow-gauge Zillertal Steam Railway. As we travel through stunning Tyrolean scenery from Jenbach to the chic ski resort of Mayrhofen, in the shadow of the great Hintertux Glacier, we are served with a chilled glass of schnapps for an added touch of luxury.

For lunch, we're treated to another jaw-droppingly scenic journey, this time by cable car, to our mountainside restaurant. Afterwards, we return by coach to our hotel, where we regroup for dinner this evening.

Day 3

We're spoilt for choice today as we make our way to Salzburg, with the opportunity to decide between two themed excursions. Classical music aficionados will surely be enticed by the Mozart option, while musical mavens will be all for following in the filmic footsteps of The Sound of Music. Both include visits to the castle and Cathedral (lunch not included), and afterwards, we return by coach to our hotel.

Day 4

Our morning kicks off with a visit to the Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck, including a guided tour of the beautiful old town and a stroll down the famous Maria-Theresien-Strasse, including a stop at Emperor Maximillian I's 'Golden Roof'. After lunch in a local restaurant, (not included) we pay a visit to Tratzberg Castle, before returning by coach to our hotel for dinner.

Day 5

Today's the day! We bid farewell to Austria and guten Tag! to Germany as we transfer to Oberammergau via the ski town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Lunchtime is ours to enjoy independently in Oberammergau, and the day's performance of the immersive Passion Play begins at 2:30pm, with a three-hour break for dinner at our hotel.

Day 6

Sadly, today is our final day. After a breakfast abuzz with the chatter of yesterday's performance, we check out of our hotel and return to Munich airport for our flights home.

What's Included

  • Five nights on a bed and breakfast basis: four at a 4* hotel in the Tyrol; one at a hotel in Oberammergau
  • All breakfasts; one lunch; five dinners with wine
  • Return flights London to Munich
  • Comfortable coaching throughout
  • Zillertal Steam Railway ride, cable car ride; visits to Tratzberg Castle and Oberammergau Museum; full-day tours of Salzburg and Innsbruck; Passion Play performance
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Bottled water on all coach journeys
  • Porterage at hotels
  • All gratuities

Supplements per person

  • Single room supplement: £280
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Departures

12/05/2020 from £1995pp

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