Oberammergau and the Austrian Tyrol

The hills — not to mention the picture-postcard Salzburg streets — are certainly alive with the sound of music on this tour. Join us as we take in the setting for classic musical the Sound of Music, and the home of one of the world’s foremost musical geniuses, in the sublime setting of the picturesque Austrian Tyrol.

Our focus might be on Oberammergau on this tour, but there’s more to Bavaria than just passion plays and historic pacts — this is the land of storybook castles and dramatic landscapes straight out of a Brothers Grimm fairytale. And just a short hop over the border in Austria, even more beauty awaits — even better, we think we might have found the best way to see it all…

Join us as we hop aboard the Zillertal Steam Railway, clink our complimentary glasses of schnapps and sit back to admire the scenery in comfort and luxury. Taking us from the market town of Jenbach to the chic ski resort of Mayrhofen, which sits in the shadow of the great ‘Hintertux Glacier’, this is one picturesque journey that’s hard to beat.

Even Austria’s urban spaces are devastatingly beautiful, and our day trips to two of its finest cities take in castles, cathedrals, old-town streets and even gilded architecture. Choose from a Mozart- or The Sound of Music-themed excursion on your Salzburg sojourn — whatever you choose, the considerable musical pedigree of this region is abundantly clear.

We then head north through Austria and into Germany for our performance of the Passion Play at Oberammergau. Held only once every ten years, this spectacular event with a huge cast formed exclusively by the townsfolk of Oberammergau is a transcendent treat to be savoured.

Itinerary 2022

Day 1

We depart from London on a flight to Munich (flight connections and direct flights from regional airports may be available at a supplement on request). On arrival we are met by a local coach and transfer to our hotel in Salzburg.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2

We're spoilt for choice today here in Salzburg, with the opportunity to decide between two themed excursions. Classical music aficionados will surely be enticed by the Mozart option, which includes visits to the Salzburg State Theatre and Mozart’s Residence and Museum, as well as photo stops at the Leopoldskron Palace, the Hellbrunn Palace and the Nonnberg Abbey.

The Sound of Music tour features locations from the classic musical film, including Mirabell Garden and Pegasus Fountain, where Maria and the children danced in the movie; Nonnberg Convent, where the real-life Maria was a novice; Schloss Leopoldskron, where the Trapp Family lived in the movie; Hellbrunn Palace, where some singing scenes were filmed; the gazebo where the Baron von Trapp kissed Maria for the first time and the Church Mondsee, where Maria and the Baron get married. Please note as this is a longer tour there is a small supplement.

Later in the afternoon we transfer to our hotel in the Zillertal.

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3

This morning on tour sees us embark on an excursion on the historic, narrow-gauge Zillertal Steam Railway. As we travel through stunning Tyrolean scenery from Jenbach to the chic ski resort of Mayrhofen, in the shadow of the great Hintertux Glacier, we are served with a chilled glass of schnapps for an added touch of luxury.

For lunch, we're treated to another jaw-droppingly scenic journey, this time by cable car, to our mountainside restaurant. Afterwards, we return by coach to our hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4

Our morning kicks off with a visit to the Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck, including a guided tour of the beautiful old town and a stroll down the famous Maria-Theresien-Strasse, including a stop at Emperor Maximillian I's 'Golden Roof' with its Gothic balconies, the Triumphal Arch and Innsbruck Cathedral. After lunch in a local restaurant, (not included) we pay a visit to the vaulted halls of Tratzberg Castle, which has connections with the once-mighty Habsburg dynasty, before returning by coach to our hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5

After breakfast we bid auf wiedersehen to Austria and guten Tag to Germany, as we transfer to Oberammergau via the ski town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where there will be time for lunch (not included). The day's performance of the immersive Passion Play begins at 2:30pm, with a three-hour break for dinner (with drinks included) at our hotel (5.00-8.00pm). At the end of the performance (10.30pm) we return to the hotel.

Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 6

Sadly, today is our final day. After breakfast, when no doubt yesterday’s performance will be the topic of conversation, we check out of our hotel and return to Munich airport for our flights home.

Meals included: Breakfast

What's Included

  1. Services of a professional tour manager
  2. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  3. Meals - All meals included with water
  4. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in program; tips included
  5. Field Notes
  6. Hotels - Accommodation in hand-picked hotels.

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2022 Tour Details

  • 6 Days
  • 11th May - 16th May 2022
  • Code: BOBT220511
  • Available
  • without flights
  • sgl supp: $415
  • 6 Days
  • 10th Aug - 15th Aug 2022
  • Code: BOBT220810
  • Available
  • without flights
  • sgl supp: $400