Day 1 - 13th Sept
Check in at Dublin airport for Aer Lingus flight to Vienna departing Dublin at 07:15am and arriving into Vienna at 11:05. Upon arrival we will meet our coach and take in a panoramic city sightseeing tour of the Vienese highlights including the monuments, museums and palaces. See the Schonbrunn Palace, State Opera House, St. Stephen's Cathedral where we will celebrate Mass, and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. Vienna is the home of Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms, Strauss and Vienna Boys Choir. Check into our hotel for 1 night with dinner ,bed & breakfast. This evening we have the opportunity to take in an optional for Strauss Concert in Kursalon.
Day 2 - 14th Sept
This morning we drive to Krems, where we commence our 3 hour cruise on the River Danube, through the Wachau Valley, via Durnstein and Willendorf to Melk. We will then continue to drive to Salzburg and check into our hotel for 2 nights with dinner, bed & breakfast.
Day 3 - 15th Sept
Today we will follow the Sound of Music trail. See Leopoldskron Palace and the Hellbrun Palace with its famous water fountains. Our walking tour through the city includes Mozarts birthplace and the Cathedral which was built by Feargal or Virgil who was born in Ireland. He became a monk and probably Abbot in the monastery of Aghaboe. In 743 he is said to have left Ireland and became the Abbot of St. Peterís at Salzburg. He died on 27th November 784. When the Salzburg cathedral was destroyed by a fire in 1181, the grave of Feargal was discovered and this led to his canonisation by Pope Gregory IX in 1233. His feast is celebrated in Ireland and Austria. We will celebrate Mass here at his tomb.
Day 4 - 16th Sept
Morning at leisure in Salzburg. This afternoon we will drive to the Oberammergau area and check into our hotel for 2 nights.
Day 5 - 17th Sept
Morning drive to Oberammergau where we attend the world famous Passion Play. Over 2,000 participants bring the story of Jesus of Nazareth to the audience, in a 5 hour presentation on an open-air stage. The play covers the period of Jesus entering Jerusalem and continues to His death on the Cross and Reserection. Return to hotel for overnight.
Day 6 - 18th Sept
This morning we have some free time in Oberammergau until our transfer to Memmingham airport for Ryanair flight to Dublin departing at 21:35 and due to arrive in Dublin T1 at 23:00.
*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.