Arrivals & Departures Bavaria’s once-in-a-decade play

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Fancy seeing the world’s longest-running play?

This is your chance to see the once-in-a-decade performance of world’s longest running play.

Scenic has opened pre-registration for Passion Play 2020 – Oberammergau. In three years’ time the Bavarian community of Oberammergau will perform the Passion Play for the 42nd time.

The experience only occurs once a decade.

The origins of the play date back to 1633 when the residents of Oberammergau vowed that if they were spared from the bubonic plague sweeping the region, they would produce a play for all time depicting the life and death of Jesus.

When the death rate began to subside, the villagers decided they had been spared. The first play was performed in 1634, and it has run ever since ­– for 380 years.

In 2020, Scenic will run five departures from May 30 to September 9, including Alpine Highlights and Oberammergau from Vienna to Zurich, and Bavarian Highlights and Oberammergau from Munich to Vienna.

Each tour can also link to 15-day cruises Jewels of Europe or Romantic Rhine and Moselle; or eight-day cruises Rhine Highlights or Gems of the Danube.

To ensure a spot, guests can register early with a $250 deposit.

“This is a once-in-a-decade and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness one of the world’s most famous plays and explore the wonders of Bavaria. Scenic went 10 years ago and we’re thrilled to do it all over again,” Scenic sales and marketing acting general manager Liz Glover said.

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Go to Scenic, phone 13 81 28 or see your travel agent. 

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