Day 1 - Sunday 31st May
Check in at 05:10 Dublin airport T2 for our Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to Vienna departing at 07:10 and arriving in Vienna at 11:00. Upon arrival in Vienna we will meet our coach and take in a city sightseeing tour including: Schonbrunn Palace, State Opera House, Museum, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Check in to our hotel, Hotel Jufa Wien City for 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast.
Day 2 - Monday 1st June
Drive from Vienna to the southern province Carintrhia and visit the Abbey in Gurk, a short-lived nunnery in Gurk, Carinthia. It was founded in 1043 by St. Hemma of Gurk after the death of her husband William. She had a church erected and dedicated to St. Mary. After her death 2 years later she was buried in the monastery church. The nunnery was dissolved in 1070 by Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg, in order to fund the newly established Gurk diocese and the construction of the cathedral. St. Hemma's mortal remains were transferred to the newly erected cathedral in 1174. The former abbey church fell into disrepair and was finally demolished in the 19th century. Gurk Cathedral is a Romanesque pillar basilica and was built from 1140 to 1200, it is one of the most important Romanesque buildings in Austria. Continue on to our hotel Jufa Stift Gurk and check in for 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast.
Day 3 - Tuesday 2nd June
Today we start with a boatride on the Lake Wörther from Klagenfurt to Velden. From the boat we have a beautiful view over the Karawanken Mountains, the boarder between Austria and Slovenia. En route from the southern province to the Nord we stop in the Art City of Gmunden. Continue on through the Katschbergtunnel and Tauerntunnel to arrive in Attersee in the Salzburg area. Check into our hotel Post Am Attersee for 3 nights dinner, bed and breakfast.
Day 4 - Wednesday 3rd June
Today we spend a full day in Salzburg. We will take in a panoramic city sightseeing and sound of music tour. This afternoon we will have some free time at our own leisure for some shopping. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 - Thursday 4th June
This morning in Salzburg we take a morning walk to the Cathedral for Mass at the tomb of St. Virgil, or Feargal, as he is known in Ireland. He was the abbot of Aghaboe in Co. Laois and later travelled to Salzburg and became bishop there. He was buried in the Monastery of St. Peter at Salzburg where his tomb, after lying hidden for centuries, was discovered in 1171. The tomb is said to have borne an inscription to the effect that Virgil built the church in which he rested, and that he died Nov. 27th 781. Later we visit the Schloss Hellbrunn and be careful where you sit down as some of the benches here have some hidden fountains! Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 - Friday 5th June
After breakfast this morning we drive to Oberammergau. Arrive in Oberammergau for lunch. Following lunch, we will make our way to the world famous theater to attend the performance of a lifetime, the 42nd Oberammergau Passion Play. The sleepy village springs to life every ten years to put on a play that draws the world upon it! We, too, will become part of mission of the Passion of Christ, the greatest story ever told. We all share His message of faith and love! The Oberammergau Passion Play tells the story of the Passion of Christ, beginning with His entry into Jerusalem, followed by His trial, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. The play is held in a beautiful open air theater that is praised for its superb acoustics. There are 2,000 actors (and live animals), they include local wood carvers, hotel owners, students, teachers, children, all of them interrupt their schedules to become actors, singers, orchestra members and stagehands. Requirements are strict: all actors must be born in Oberammergau, or have lived there 20 years, or be married to a villager and a resident for 10 years. All natural makeup, such as men let their hair and beards grow a year before the play. Female roles are limited to single women under age 35.
The Play is approximately five and a half hours long and is performed in two acts.
Act I : 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Intermission: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm; enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Act II (May 16 - Aug 16 ): 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
After the play we will check into the Hotel Post Ettal for 1 night dinner, bed and breakfast.
Day 7 - Saturday 6th June
Morning depart for Augsburg visit the church of St. Peter and see the painting of Our Lady of Knots. See the iconic painting that inspires Pope Francis. Some free time before driving to Frankfurt airport.19:00 Check in Aer Lingus flight to Dublin departing at 20:50 and arriving in Dublin at 21:55.
*It is our intention to follow the itinerary as outlined above, however due to many factors like local holidays, traffic or weather conditions it may be necessary to make changes to the order of events or even the cancelation of certain events.