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MAY 2020 7NTS

Price Fr. €1795

Church of the Real Presence Curraheen Road



22nd - 29th MAY, 2020

Direct Flight Cork to Zurich Return


Spiritual Director: Fr Criostoir MacDonald 

Depart From: CORK
Departure Date: 22 May 2020 - 29 May 2020
Duration: 7NTS

Oberammergau Passion Play is a passion play performed since 1634 as a tradition by the inhabitants of the village of Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany. It was written by Othmar Weis, J A Daisenberger, Otto Huber, Christian Stuckl, Rochus Dedler, Eugen Papst, Marcus Zwink, Ingrid
H Shafer, and the inhabitants of Oberammergau, with music by Dedler. Since its first production it has been performed on open-air stages in the village. The text of the play is a composite of four distinct manuscripts dating from the 15th and 16th centuries.[3]
The play is a staging of Jesus' passion, covering the short final period of his life from his visit to Jerusalem and leading to his execution by crucifixion. It is the earliest continuous survivor of the age of Christian religions vernacular drama.

In 1633, the residents of Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany, vowed that if God spared them from the bubonic plague ravaging the region, they would produce a play thereafter for all time every 10 years depicting the life and death of Jesus. The death rate among adults had risen from one
person per 1000 per year in October 1632 to twenty in the month of March 1633. After their vow, the adult death rate slowly subsided to one in the month of July 1633. The villagers believed they had been spared and thus kept their part of the vow when the play was first performed in 1634.
The play is now performed repeatedly over the course of five months during every year ending in zero. 102 performances took place from 15 May until 3 October 2010 and is next scheduled for 2020. The production involves over 2,000 performers, musicians and stage technicians, all residents of the village.[6] The play comprises spoken dramatic text, musical and choral accompaniment and tableaux vivants, which are scenes from the Old Testament depicted for the audience by motionless actors accompanied by verbal description. These scenes are the basis for the typology, the interrelationship between the Old and New Testaments, of the play. They include a scene of King Ahasuerus rejecting Vashti in favor of Esther, the brothers selling Joseph into slavery in Egypt, and Moses raising up the nehushtan (bronze serpent) in the wilderness. Each scene precedes that section of the play that is considered to be prefigured by the scene. The three tableaux mentioned are presented to the audience as prefiguring Christianity superseding Judaism, Judas selling information on the location of Jesus, and the crucifixion of Jesus The evolution of the Passion Play was about the same as that of the Easter Play, originating in the ritual of the Latin Church, which prescribes, among other things, that the Gospel on Good Friday should be sung in parts divided among various persons.

DAY 1: 22ND May:  Cork –Zurich – Oberammergau

Depart Cork Airport at 1.50 pm Arrive Zurich Airport 5.05 pm. On Arrival in Zurich we continue to Ottobeuren where we will stay for 2 nights. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 2: 23RD May:  Ottobeuren

Breakfast at hotel.  We will visit the beautiful Benedictine Abbey and monastery.  The Abbey was founded by the Benedictine order in the 8th century, one of a number of surviving important religious buildings in Bavaria. Afterwards we travel to Memmingen (13 kilometres from Ottobeuren).  Guided tour.  The old town has many courtyards, castles and palaces and is one of the best preserved in southern Germany.

Overnight in Hotel.

DAY 3: 24TH May: Oberammergau (Performance Day) Category 1 Tickets

Breakfast in Hotel. Today you will be transferred from Ottobeuren to the Village of Oberammergau. It is here that the Passion Play takes place and has done for over 400 years. A three course lunch will be served before the performance and evening meal during the interval.  Overnight near Oberammergau.


Following breakfast, we will bid farewell to Oberammergau and travel to Salzburg.  En route we will have a guided city tour of Munich followed by a visit to Altotting which hosts Germany’s most celebrated shrines, the chapel of Mercy.  Altotting is Germany’s Lourdes with the Chapels 13th century statue of the Blessed Virgin credited with numerous miracles.  We continue to Marktl which is the birth place of Pope Benedict XVI.  Visit to Museum.  We will travel onwards to Salzburg where we will stay for 3 nights.  Dinner at local Restaurant.  Overnight in Hotel. 


Following breakfast at our hotel we will have a guided walking tour of Salzburg one of Europe’s most beautiful cities with it’s picturesque alleys and squares. Salzburg has lots to offer by way of sightseeing and shopping. Stroll through the famous Getreidegasse with its pretty iron shop signs and see the birthplace of Mozart. Highlights are the cobbled streets, the Cathedral, St Peter’s Church and the fortress of Hohensalzburg.  Salzburg’s Old Town has internationally renowned baroque architecture and one of the best city centres north of the Alps. Overnight Salzburg.


Breakfast in hotel.  Today we will offer an optional full day tour to Berchtesgaden where Hitler built his summer residence.  Visits will also be made to the Eagles Nest and Salt Mines.

Overnight Salzburg.


Following breakfast and check out, we bid farewell to Salzburg and travel through the Austrian countryside stopping at Innsbruck where we will have some time to explore the largest city in the Tyrol.  We will continue our journey to Zurich (or surroundings) where we will check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 8: 29TH May

Following breakfast we will depart our hotel and check in for return flight at Zurich Airport. Depart Zurich Airport 11.40 am and arrive Cork Airport 1.00 pm

Basic Cost per Person: €1795.00


  • Air travel ex Cork to Zurich return on the services of Swiss Air.
  • All coaching & transfers as per itinerary.
  • 2 nights in Ottobeuren at the Parkhotel Maximilian (4 star Hotel) or similar.
  • 1 night near Oberammergau (4 star Hotel) including Category 1 tickets for the Passion Play performance.
  • 3 nights in Salzburg based on staying in Neutor Hotel (4 star Hotel) or similar.
  • 1 night in Hotel near Zurich.
  • Dinner included on the 22nd, 25th and 28th May.
  • Lunch and Dinner included on the 24th May – Passion Play performance day.
  • Accompanied by Representative of Premier Travel.




  • Single room supplement:  €400.00 per person for duration.
  • Any meals not stated in the Itinerary.
  • No drinks at meals.
  • Any tours outside of the Itinerary.
  • Checked in bag - €50.00 return per person (at time of writing). This has to be reserved at time of booking.
  • Insurance:  €40 per person.  A medical questionnaire has to be completed.  If you have your own insurance cover it is necessary for you to give us a copy of same.
  • Tips
  • FOR RESERVATIONS: Please complete the enclosed booking form and medical questionnaire and return to PREMIER TRAVEL with a NON REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT of €500.00 Per Person.
  • 2 nights in Ottobeuren at the Parkhotel Maximilian (4 star Hotel) or similar.
  • 1 night near Oberammergau (4 star Hotel) including Category 1 tickets for the Passion Play performance.
  • 3 nights in Salzburg based on staying in Neutor Hotel (4 star Hotel) or similar.
  • 1 night in Hotel near Zurich.


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