Oberammergau & the Southern Limes

Trierer Dom, Germany
Trierer Dom, Germany
Regensburg
Regensburg
Mainz, Germany
Mainz, Germany
┬ęPassion Play Oberammergau
©Passion Play Oberammergau
┬ęPassion Play Oberammergau
©Passion Play Oberammergau
┬ęPassion Play Oberammergau
©Passion Play Oberammergau
Houses in Oberammergau
Houses in Oberammergau

The journey begins in Trier on the River Mosel, the oldest city in Germany, and a great 4th century Christian imperial capital. It culminates in the spectacular depiction of the events of the crucifixion in the famous Oberammergau Passion Play. The cathedral of Trier houses relics of the crucifixion, and of St. Helena who travelled to the Holy Land to find the True Cross. We travel the line of the Roman frontier – the Limes – from Mainz (Moguntiacum) to Regensburg (Castra Regina), investigating the sites and museums of the longest artificial frontier of the Roman Empire. Finally, we witness the sublime Oberammergau Passion Play, the main highlight of our trip.

  • The monuments of imperial Trier, including the Porta Nigra city gate, the basilica and audience hall of Constantine the Great
  • View the Aschaffenburg Pompejanum – an idealised 19th century vision of a Pompeiian house, built by Ludwig I of Bavaria
  • See the unique Museum of Roman Ships in Mainz
  • Wander the southern Limes, located on the borders of Germany
  • Category one tickets to the Oberammergau Passion Play

Itinerary 2020

Day 1

Fly into Luxembourg and on the way to our hotel in Trier, we pay a visit the funerary monument of Igel, decorated with remarkable detail of wool merchants’ lives. We visit the Villa Nennig, with its famous gladiator mosaic, followed by the enterprising reconstruction of the Villa Borg. Later, we drive to our hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Hotel: Overnight in Trier
Meals: Dinner included

Day 2

Today is our first day in Imperial Roman Trier, one of the late Roman capital cities of the Western Empire, which is now an iconic German Rhineland town. This morning, we visit the famous Porta Nigra, the Museum am Dom with its ceiling frescoes from the palace of St. Helens, and the late Roman cathedral. In the afternoon, we visit Constantine’s Palace and walk down to the early Roman baths, the Barbarathermen, and the Roman bridge over the Mosel.

Hotel: Overnight in Trier
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

Another day in Trier awaits, with a walk to the Rheinsches Landes Museum – home to a huge collection of Roman material, including the most extensive selection of funerary sculpture north of the Alps. After lunch, we visit the Trier Imperial Baths and the afternoon culminates with a visit to the amphitheatre.

Hotel: Overnight in Trier
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

We drive to Mainz. This was the capital of Germania Superior, its administrative centre and, at times, a double legionary base. We will visit the Museum für Antike Schiffahrt for a tour of the excavated ships and their reconstructions. On the way, we will stop at the Drusus Stone and the Roman aqueduct. We continue with a walk to the Roman theatre. After lunch, we will view the Isis Temple in Mainz and the cathedral. 

Hotel: Overnight in Mainz
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

Today we leave the hotel and drive to Asschaffenburg, where we visit the Pompeiianum. We then continue along the River Main and the line of the Limes of Germania Superior to Osterburken for the Roman fort annexe. After lunch, we visit Osterburken Roman Museum. Continue along the Limes to Aalen, stopping at the watchtower at Grosserlach-Grab, and the border between Germania Superior and Raetia at Schwäbisch Gmünd.

Hotel: Overnight in Aalen
Meals: All meals included

Day 6

Visit Aalen Limes Museum and archaeological park and continue to Weissenburg. After lunch, we visit the Weissenburg Roman museum, the Roman baths and fort. Drive from Weissenburg to Regensburg for our hotel and overnight stay.

Hotel: Overnight in Regensburg
Meals: All meals included

Day 7

Leave our hotel on foot and walk to the Roman Fort Gate in Regensburg and continue along the line of the Roman fortress of Roman Castra Regina. Leave Regensburg and drive to the area of Oberammergau. After lunch, we have free time to relax and explore the local area before dinner.

Hotel: Overnight in Oberammergau*
Meals: All meals included

Day 8

We will be preparing for the Oberammergau Passion Play, Part I of which commences at 1:30pm until 4:00pm, with a dinner break from 4pm. Part II begins at 7:00pm and finishes at 9:30pm. 

Hotel: Overnight in Oberammergau*
Meals: All meals included

Day 9

Today we depart for the airport and fly home.

Meals: Breakfast included
*Due to the demand of the Passion Play, we are unable to confirm the exact hotel for the nights in the Oberammergau area until closer to the departure date.

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Tour Manager
  3. Local Travel - Private a/c coach
  4. Meals - Most meals included
  5. Entries & Tips - Entry to all sites in programme; tips included
  6. Tickets to the Oberammergau Passion Play - Category one tickets
  7. Hotels
  8. Flights

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2020 Tour Details

Tue 25th Aug - Wed 2nd Sep

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£3,250

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sgl supp: £530

OBG20A

Led By: Tony Wilmott

Guide Lecturer

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