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Rome: After VIP fast-track entry into the Vatican Museums and privileged access to the Bramante Staircase, witness Michelangelo's genius in the Sistine Chapel.
Paris: On a small group gourmet food walk, taste the flavours of France with a foodie who takes you to the local’s favourite shops.
Swiss Mountain: A spectacular journey to the summit of a Swiss mountain where you will learn about local wildlife when you meet a Swiss Mountain Ranger.
Venice: Meet a gondolier and learn about this timeless tradition.
Eurostar: Relax on the smooth, high-speed Eurostar train from London, via the historic Channel Tunnel to Paris.
Oberammergau: Experience the spectacular Passion Play that has made this town famous. Watch from your premium seat as local villagers perform as they have since 1634 in this once in a decade event. An emotive and critically acclaimed performance depicting Christ’s last days, this is an event not to be missed.
Pisa: See the incredible Leaning Tower with a Local Expert.
Paris: See Notre Dame Cathedral, the façades of the Louvre Museum, the Place de la Concorde. Drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe.
Lucerne: View the emotive Lion Monument. See the covered Chapel Bridge and Jesuit Church.
Innsbruck: See the Golden Roof and Imperial Palace.
Venice: Cruise, with commentary, to St Mark's Square. See the Doges' Palace, Bridge of Sighs and St Mark's Basilica.
Florence: Walk with your guide to the Cathedral, see the ‘Gates of Paradise' and open-air gallery of Signoria Square.
Orvieto: Visit the pleasant Umbrian hilltop town.
Rome: Visit St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City. See the mighty Colosseum and overlook the Forum.
Scenic Drives: Burgundy, Arlberg, Inn Valley, Tauern Mountains.
Orvieto: At a restaurant in the medieval heart of Orvieto, explore the art of Italian cooking with Chef Lorenzo and master the art of making fresh pasta by hand. Follow this with lunch and a glass of Orvieto Classico wine.
Rome: Savour a four-course Celebration Dinner complete with wine, to the rich tremolo of some of Italy's best loved opera.
Lucerne: Choose from a selection of restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening. Perhaps you might like to enjoy a traditional Swiss supper of hearty specialties?
Oberammergau: Dine in a local restaurant amid the buzz of excitement from Passion Play goers and enjoy local hospitality before the second half commences.
Florence: In the underground cellar of Machiavelli’s home, enjoy a delicious exploration of local Tuscan wines, with their robust flavours and absorbing history over lunch.
Included Quality Dining:: 11 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 2 Lunches with wine (LW), and 4 Dinners (D) with wine (DW).
WITNESS THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS PASSION PLAY
As the plague spread across Europe in 1633, the villagers of Oberammergau vowed that should they be spared, they would put on a ‘Play of the Suffering, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ’. After the vow was made, no one died from the plague. The following year the pledge was fulfilled for the first time performed on a stage built in the cemetery above the graves of plague victims.
Due to a special law, all participants, from actors to members of the choir, orchestra members, firemen and ushers, must have been born in Oberammergau or have lived there for at least 20 years.
5 REASONS TO CHOOSE THIS TOUR
WATCH THE PASSION PLAY FROM THE BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE:
our long-standing relationship with the play organisers means our Category 1 tickets cannot be beaten.
DEPARTURES BETWEEN MAY AND SEPTEMBER:
we offer a range of departure dates across the Passion Play’s full run.
STAY IN THE HEART OF THE ACTION:
at hand-picked hotels in either Oberammergau or nearby in the picturesque Bavarian Alps. Insight guests always stay in the best locations.
TRAVEL IN STYLE:
in smaller groups on board our exclusive Insight 40-seat luxury coach, with extra legroom and complimentary Wi-Fi.
DISCOVER THE INSIGHT DIFFERENCE:
from unique Insight Experiences, deliciously authentic dining, to seamless, stress-free travel thanks to your highly-skilled Travel Director, enjoy personal and stylish travel.
Oberammergau: The Passion Play 2020
Since 1634, the World’S Most Famous Passion Play Has Taken Place Every Ten Years in the Village of Oberammergau. In 2020, It Will Be Performed for the 42nd Time. Insight Vacations offers you the opportunity to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event with a variety of trips featuring ticket and accommodation packages.
Day 1 Depart From London by Eurostar for Paris
Meet your Tour Director at 07:30 and after a warm welcome, transfer to London’s St. Pancras Station to board the high-speed Eurostar. Your comfortable two-hour rail journey takes you via the historic Channel Tunnel to Paris. In the afternoon, join your Tour Director for an orientation, passing the imposing façades of the Louvre. During your time in Paris, see the obelisk in the Place de la Concorde and drive along the Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Get together for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
Day 2 Paris, the 'City of Light'
Meet a local foodie for a behind the scenes look into life in Paris. Try some local delicacies in a pâtisserie, boulangerie, fromagerie and chocolatier on a gourmet walking tour off the beaten track. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 3 Beautiful Burgundy and on to Lucerne
Journey through the Burgundy wine region, before passing the Jura Mountains and crossing into Switzerland. Arrive in glorious lakeside Lucerne and choose from a selection of restaurants for your Dine Around Evening.
Day 4 Lucerne’S Lake and Lion
Join your Tour Director to see the covered Chapel Bridge and stirring Lion Monument. Embark on an exhilarating journey to the summit of a Swiss mountain where you will meet a Swiss Mountain Ranger to learn about the local wildlife. Admire the panorama of snowcapped peaks, before descending back to terra firma. There is time set aside to shop for fine watches and chocolate in Lucerne.
Day 5 From Lucerne to Oberammergau
Start the day with a journey to the heart of the Alps, passing through the Principality of Liechtenstein. See its tiny capital, Vaduz, with its castle located on a hillside overlooking the city. Continue to Oberammergau in time to take your premium seats and witness the world famous Passion Play, re-enacting the passion of Christ. After a break for dinner, the performance continues into the evening.
Day 6 Innsbruck, the Dolomites to the Queen of the Adriatic
Head for Innsbruck, where your orientation will show you the 14th century houses of the Old Town, the impressive Imperial Palace and the delightful Golden Roof. Cross the impressive Europa Bridge as you journey south. Continue through the magnificent Dolomites via the Brenner Pass and follow the Adige River through spectacular scenery to glorious Venice, where your hotel puts you right in the heart of the splendour.
Day 7 Relaxed Start Venice and the Magic of 'La Serenissima'
(Relaxed Start) Wake up close to St Mark's Square, dominated by its magnificent basilica. Also in the square stands the Campanile and Doge's Palace which is connected to the prisons by the Bridge of Sighs. While here, visit an arts centre to watch one of the few remaining craftsmen blow Venetian glass. Meet a gondolier and learn the about this age old tradition. In your free afternoon, why not try it out for yourself with a gondola serenade through the canals?
Day 8 Journey Through Tuscany to Pisa and on to Florence
Head into the wild Apennines and on to the peaceful landscapes of Tuscany. Stop to see the incredible Leaning Tower of Pisa with a Local Expert, from which Galileo is said to have conducted experiments on velocity and gravity. Also see the splendid cathedral and baptistery, decorated with mosaics and designs in solid marble. The journey then continues to Renaissance Florence.
Day 9 Relaxed Start Florence Sightseeing
(Relaxed start) Walk with your Local Expert to the marble-clad cathedral and baptistery, where Ghiberti's 'Gates of Paradise' have been recreated in all their glory. Next stop is Signoria Square, an open-air gallery of Renaissance masterpieces and spend time gazing at statues such as Neptune and David along the front of the Palazzo Vecchio. Take a drive through the Tuscan hills to the home of the Italian Renaissance diplomat and writer, Nicolo Machiavelli including a special opening of his private office where he wrote ‘The Prince ‘. In Machiavelli’s cellar, enjoy a tasting of wines made from the vineyards surrounding the home over a delicious lunch.
Day 10 Hilltop Orvieto and the Eternal City of Rome
Stop in the Umbrian hilltop town of Orvieto; its cathedral is one of Italy's most celebrated buildings. Immerse yourself in the flavours and culture of the region at Zeppelin Restaurant. Join a master chef for a fascinating live cooking demonstration, followed by lunch and a glass of the Orvieto Classico wine - a magical culinary experience! Once in Rome, perhaps start the evening with a ‘passeggiata' (traditional evening stroll).
Day 11 Papal and Imperial Rome
Join a Local Expert for an in-depth visit to the Vatican Museums, full of priceless art collected over the ages by the Popes. In order to avoid the crowds, Insight has arranged special VIP entrance, together with behind-the-scenes access to the Bramante Staircase - a marvel of Renaissance architecture, normally off-limits to the general public. Next, head to the Sistine Chapel to admire Michelangelo's famous ceiling. Next door in St Peter's Basilica, view another masterpiece by Michelangelo, the Pietà, as well as the splendid dome, completed after his death. Cross the River Tiber to see the Colosseum, still echoing with the ghostly cries of gladiatorial combat and overlook the Forum. Later, there is time for last-minute shopping or sightseeing at your leisure. In the evening, enjoy an elegant four-course dinner with unlimited local wine at a Roman restaurant. As you dine, you'll be serenaded with a private performance of popular songs and arias from some of Italy's best-loved operas.
Day 12 Arrivederci Roma
Departure transfers arrive at Rome's Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci Airport at 07:00 and 09:30.
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