IMPORTANT NOTICE. November 2021
The three Oberammergau tours scheduled for 2020 were postponed due the pandemic. Those who have booked have been advised of revised dates for 2022. A new brochure will be added here soon.
In the meantime we recommend that you contact the Oberammergau team at McCabe Pilgrimages directly to enquire about availability.
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In 1643, as Bubonic plague swept across Europe, the people of the small town of Oberammergau in Bavaria made a vow to perform a play about Christ’s passion every ten years if they were spared. The plague did not reach Oberammergau, and accordingly, a Passion Play has been presented in every year ending with zero since then with the one exception of 1940, due to the Second World War.
Today some 2000 local people are involved in the play, and hundreds of thousands travel from around the world to see it.
Our tours include top grade tickets for the Passion Play, which may be seen at the beginning, midway through or at the end of the eight day visit, depending on which tour you have booked on.
This tour will be led by the Revd Canon Dennis Stamps, Rector of Harpenden. Dennis and his wife Helen are experienced pilgrimage leaders and they have led groups to New Testament Turkey, Greece and to Rome & Assisi.
Based at the wonderful Bad Hochmoos hotel in St Martin, part of the Salzburg Tyrol, this tour has a pilgrimage theme.
As well as free time to explore the local area and perhaps to take the cable car up the mountain, a day in Salzburg is included and also a visit to the Maria Kirchental Church, Lake Pillersee and a walk on the Jacobweg. We transfer to Oberammergau via a scenic drive alongside the Achensee and spend two nights there, seeing the Passion Play on the Sunday afternoon and evening.
We are delighted to announce that the Bishop of Hertford, the Rt Revd Michael Beasley and his wife Lizzie will lead this tour.
About 30km west of Innsbruck, Imst is a picturesque Tyrolean town and the base for our stay after seeing the Passion Play at the beginning of the tour. There is excellent walking in the area and free time is allowed for this or for relaxing. A visit to Innsbruck and Stams Abbey is included and Linderhof Castle can be arranged as an extra. There will also be the opportunity for a drive through the beautiful Oetztal Valley.
The timing of this tour in the school holidays and the free time allowed makes this slightly cheaper programme ideal for families.
We are pleased to announce that this tour will be led by The Revd Canon Abi Thompson, Sub Dean of St Albans Cathedral, and The Revd Dr Berkeley Zych, Vicar of St John’s Harpenden.
About an hour from Salzburg, Strobl stands on the shores of the Wolfgangsee and the picturesque town of St Wolfgang can be reached via a short cruise across the lake. We spend five nights in this spectacular setting, and there will be free time to walk and explore. As well as a Tyrolean evening at the hotel, visits include a coach tour round the Salzkammergut area, a day in Salzburg , the option of taking the rack and pinion steam train into the mountains, and a stop off at Ettal monastery. We transfer to Oberammergau for a two night stay and thereby see the Passion Play at the end of the tour.