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Bavaria’s romantic castles and the iconic Oberammergau Passion Play

2030 Tour code: 30BBE

About the tour

Bavaria's romantic castles, towns and valleys serve as the backdrop for the iconic Oberammergau Passion Play on this enchanting tour.


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Day 1 - To Langenau

Today your Bavarian adventure begins with you meeting your Tour Manager and the rest of your group at London St Pancras. From here, board the Eurostar to Brussels and continue on to Langenau via Cologne in Germany.

  • Dinner
Day 2 - Lindau

Your excursion today sees you visit the charming town of Lindau. Sat on an island, stretching out onto the east side of Lake Constance, Lindau is truly one of the highlights of any visit to Bavaria and indeed, Germany.

With a skyline of rust coloured buildings of traditional Bavarian architecture and bustling streets of taverns, overlooked by grand old town houses, Lindau gives a true taste of classic Bavaria. Particularly delightful is the harbour. Headed by a light house, and impressive lakebearing walls, the harbour bears some beautiful sailing boats, bobbing alongside larger yachts. By nightfall, the harbour lights up and the light house at its peak beams light across the entire lake.

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure here. There is much to see and do here, and a particular highlight is ascending the old lighthouse. Built in the mid 19th century, this beacon offers exceptional views across the calm waters of Lake Constance.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Neuschwanstein Castle

Today, visit one of the most iconic places in all Germany - the fairy tale castle of Neuschwanstein. Travelling first to Hohenschwangau, you then walk to the castle and enjoy a guided tour.

Strongly inspiring the Sleeping Beauty castle which forms the Disney logo, Neuschwanstein is a magnificent castle, built as refuge from public life by King Ludwig in 1886. It's gleaming white buttresses and towers rest on a small hill which overlooks the valleys and rivers of the surrounding and it is little surprise that Neuschwanstein Castle has inspired countless tales, myths and stories since it first opened its doors.

Inside, the story is very much the same. The interiors are reflective of the grandeur of the 19th century. Arched golden ceilings jostle with impressive religious artwork to give off an air of splendour and luxurious excess.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Rothenburg

You travel by coach this morning to Rothenburg deep in the heart of Bavaria. On our way, we drive along Germany's Romantic Road. This delightful route takes in some of Bavaria's most charming town and villages as it stretches from Würzburg to Füssen, encompassing some marvellous scenery along the way.

Snuck away at the end of the Romantic Road, This truly beautiful town is one of Germany's hidden gems. Looking very much the quintessential Bavarian village, picturesque Rothenburg has it all, from the impressively-preserved medieval fortifications to the wonderful half-timbered townhouses. The cobbles which line the streets make way for shops full of traditional Bavarian wares and German taverns and pubs lure in visitors with the smell of classic delicacies.

Enjoy time at leisure here. A particular highlight in Rothenburg is the town hall. Not only do you have the opportunity to see inside this medieval building but you can also take in the panoramic views of the surrounding evergreen forests.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - To Oberammergau

Our time in Langenau comes to an end today as we leave to travel on to the Oberammergau region, staying in or around the town itself. After settling in, you enjoy dinner at the hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - The Oberammergau Passion Play

Today is the true highlight of the tour. After breakfast at the hotel, we head into the town to attend a viewing of the 42nd Oberammergau Passion Play.

This magnificent spectacle is held only once every decade and chronicles the Passion of Jesus Christ, covering his arrival into Jerusalem up to his crucifixion and resurrection. The production enlists half of the town's population, with the props, stages and costumes making this play a truly astonishing extravaganza. The town itself comes alive with the play, with celebrations of the play in every tavern, shop and restaurant, and this is little surprise considering the play attracts hundreds and thousands of visitors from across the globe to each rare performance.

You enjoy top tier seats at in the centre of the auditorium and the play itself is split into two halves of three hours with a two hour break in the middle where you are seated at a special Passion Play dinner.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7- Nuremberg

You leave Oberammergau behind today, as you travel to Munich by rail before continuing to Nuremberg where you overnight.

  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Return to London

After a final breakfast, continue to Paris and then on the Eurostar to London.

  • Day 8 - Breakfast

Additional information

Seating Plan

For the Passion Play Performance you will be seated in category 1 or 2 seats, located at the front and centre of the theatre. 

Passion Play Theatre Seating Plan
Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We will write to you around 10 weeks before your departure date with the precise meeting times for your tour group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.


Hotel Jägerhaus, Langenau

Hotel Jägerhaus, Langenau

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4.2 stars4.2 / 5 · 10 reviews

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A Upton

3 stars

Submitted 30 Sep 2022

Too much travelling by train in one day and a change to the start time of the return journey from 9.30 to 7.30 made this holiday stressful. The main hotel we stayed in had no real idea how to cater for vegetarians so we found the food disappointing. On the plus side the visit to the Passion Play at Oberammergau made the holiday worthwhile, as did the visit to Neuschwanstein Castle.

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Philip Dominic

5 stars

Submitted 29 Sep 2022

Well organised and good variety of tours and experiences. Obviously the Passion Play was a highlight. We wouldn’t have considered Bavaria we’re or not for the play feature. We’d recommend this area spine as it was so beautiful, clean, picturesque and beautiful.

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H Walker

5 stars

Submitted 26 Sep 2022

Aged eighty, the C19-postponed booking for this once-in-a-lifetime journey stayed in the background through all the ups and downs of the last years, knowing that GRJ would somehow keep faith, and their promise, to get us to the Passion Play in 2022. Physically, it was absolutely as demanding as I expected, but everything that could be done for our security and comfort in the post-Brexit world was dealt with by our remarkable tour guide, whose calm, efficiency and kindness in the face of rail disruption, unexpected delays [including my own last-minute arrival for an urgent bus departure] and the sheer novelty of being able to travel for pleasure, were with us all the way.

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E Bell

5 stars

Submitted 24 Sep 2022

Was absolutely fantastic

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Peter Kerr

5 stars

Submitted 24 Sep 2022

What a wonderful trip! We saw so much! The tour guide was excellent and the accommodation most comfortable. We recommend the tour without hesitation.

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Francis Hayes

5 stars

Submitted 24 Sep 2022

Amazing; loved every moment.

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