Tauck has commenced accepting reservations on itineraries to feature the next performances of Oberammergau’s Passion Play in the Bavarian town in 2020.
In 2020, Tauck will include the Passion Play on two European land tours, ‘Romantic Journey’ and ‘The Ultimate Alps & Dolomites’ and two European river cruises, ‘The Blue Danube’ and ‘The Romantic Rhine’.
Each departure of the two land journeys will include the Passion Play as part of the tour itinerary. Performances will also be featured on selected dates of the two river cruises, and will be limited to 40 guests per departure due to ticket availability. All guests visiting Oberammergau with Tauck will enjoy premier seating in the best available section of the Passion Play theatre, private tours of must-see sights and attractions in the area, and other exclusive cultural experiences.
Those interested in experiencing the Passion Play with Tauck can reserve space on their preferred itinerary and departure date with a modest deposit. The play’s organising committee will be confirming 2020 hotel allocations for all tour operators in 2019, and Tauck has requested accommodation in the region’s best properties. Once hotel arrangements and pricing are finalised, Tauck guests who have reserved space will be able to cancel and receive a full refund of their deposit if they wish.
Oberammergau’s Passion Play dates back to 1633, when the village was suffering from a plague epidemic. Residents appealed to God to ease their suffering, offering in turn to stage a performance depicting the events surrounding the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The plague subsided, the once-per-decade Passion Play debuted the following year, and it has been an enduring tradition ever since (with the townspeople shifting the play’s performance to the first year of each new decade in 1680).
Today, the Oberammergau Passion Play is a major event involving more than 2000 local residents who participate as actors, singers, costume-makers, musicians, technicians and more. Preparations for the Passion Play begin on Ash Wednesday a full year before the first performance, when actors begin growing the long hair and beards required for their roles. Officials in Oberammergau expect approximately 450,000 attendees to view the Passion Play in 2020.