Augustana Viking Voyage to the Oberammergau Passion Play May 25 - June 4, 2020

The Oberammergau Passion Play brings Christian travelers some of the most spiritually deep and meaningful opportunities of any trip possible.  Imagine sharing this experience with your Augustana friends!  Our 11-day tour includes First Class seating at this incredible event AND visits to the best of Alpine Europe: Lake Lucerne, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Munich and more.  Leading the group will be Brad Heegel '76, a 40-year member of the Augustana administration and leader of literally hundreds of students and alumni in travel experiences throughout the world.


It really will be the ultimate Alpine experience…after arriving in Frankfurt we’ll visit Heidelberg and see the medieval through the Black Forest to Lucerne…enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Bernese Oberland…stop in Innsbruck, in the heart of the Austrian Alps…see the “Sound of Music” city of Salzburg and Munich, then the highlight, the Passion Play of Oberammergau…and finally, on to medieval Rotenburg before heading back to the US via Frankfurt.

Drawing crowds from all over the world, the Passion Play of Oberammergau is a musical drama of epic dimensions.  It’s staged every 10 years from May to October in the small, picturesque city nestled in the valley amidst Germany’s Bavarian Alps. According to the story passed down through generations, the Black Plague swept through Europe in 1633 when a villager inadvertently exposed the town to the epic disease.  After 84 people died, the survivors gathered and made a solemn oath:  if God spared them, every 10 years they would present a play depicting the last week in the life of Christ.
There were no more deaths. 

Today, the play takes place on an open-air stage with covered auditorium seating for 4,700 and with a cast of over 1,000 locals.

Our tour is coordinated by Nawas International Travel, "the Passion Play Experts."  Nawas has decades of experience handling Passion Play tours and has its own office in Oberammergau to serve us. You can learn more about them at

What’s included:

  • Round trip air from Minneapolis to Frankfurt departing Monday, May 25.
  • Twin occupancy rooms in first-class and select hotels with private bath.  (Hotel and guest houses are used in Oberammergau,)
  • Breakfast daily plus six dinners.
  • First Class (Category 1) admission tickets to the Oberammergau Passion Play.
  • Services of a professional tour director who, along with Brad, makes sure your needs are met and ensures that your vacation exceeds your expectations
  • Comprehensive sightseeing and transfers by private motor coach.
  • All hotel service charges, VAT, hotel porterage where available and entrace fees per the itinerary.

Accommodations and meals:

Twin-occupancy at accommodations as indicated or similar with buffet breakfast daily and six dinners as indicated in the itinerary. Single supplement available.

NOTE: Participants with special needs may incur surcharges for additional services. Handicap accessibility varies significantly from country to country.

Costs and Payment schedule: 

Based on the itinerary, the total tour price is $4499 per person roundtrip from Minneapolis including government taxes and airline imposed surcharges.  Fee is based on having 36 travelers.

Questions?  How do I register?

Please email or call Brad Heegel, Director of PVA Development with any questions or to share your interest in learning more about this remarkable tour experience.  He will be happy to forward you the complete written itinerary and field any questions you might have.  Seating on this tour is limited to 36 individuals, so make your plans NOW to be a part of the journey.  Tickets for the Passion Play go quickly!

Brad Heegel, '76
Tour Manager/Director of PVA Development