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Hotel Gasthof zur Post, St. Gilgen

The Hotel Gasthof zur Post is the top rated property in the village. Dating back to 1300, Mozart’s sister had her Wedding Reception here in 1784. The hotel has been lovingly renovated by the Leitner family, combining old and new. You will enjoy the antique wood, carving and frescoes, juxtaposed with ultra-modern bedrooms. There is a spa with sauna and treatments, and excellent cuisine served in the various indoor and outdoor eating areas.  All rooms are accessible by lift and are double or twin bedded, with bath or shower, wc, television, and some have a balcony.

St Gilgen is a delightful village on the shores of Lake Wolfgang. Once the home of Mozart’s mother, the village is full of Baroque and Rococo character with colorful streets lined with cafés, shops and old frescoed houses that lead to the onion-domed church. The Post hotel is located very near the lake and  a steamer plies regularly across the lake to St Wolfgang. Salzburg is less than an hour’s drive away. There is boat and bike hire and a lake swimming area close to your hotel.  Our one week holiday features a day in Salzburg, an excursion around the lake district with visits to the “Sound of Music” wedding church and the Gut Aich monastic community. On your free day, enjoy the lake steamer or take a trip on the mountain railway.

 

 

Itinerary

  1. Departure to Munich

    We meet at our departure airport for the flight to Munich. Three hour drive to St. Gilgen and the Gasthof Zum Post Hotel, our base for five nights.

  2. Lakes & Mountains

    A coach tour round the Salzkammergut Lake District with echoes of the Sound of Music and including St. Wolfgang.

  3. St. Gilgen

    This morning a local guide will take us on a walk and introduce us to the local area.

    The afternoon is free to explore the village and perhaps enjoy a sail on Wolfgangsee, swim from the hotel’s private beach or take the cable car up the mountain.

    Tyrolean evening at the hotel

  4. Salzburg

    A day in Austria’s musical capital of Salzburg, a beautiful compact city, full of interest from Mozart to the Sound of Music.

    A guided tour in the morning and an afternoon to explore at leisure.

  5. Free Day

    An opportunity to worship in the local church. An idea for today is a sail to St. Wolfgang and a steam train to the top of the mountain for lunch and a spectacular view. We will give you lots of ideas before you travel.

  6. Oberammergau

    Driving time is about five hours and we will take a scenic route breaking our journey on the way and visiting Ettal monastery as we approach Oberammergau.

    Afternoon arrival and check-in to your accommodation for a two night stay.

  7. The Passion Play

    Morning free to explore the village. A light lunch is included. Afternoon and evening attend the Passion Play with dinner during the interval.

  8. Homeward Bound

    Mid-morning departure. Journey time to Munich airport is less than two hours.

Essential Information

Hotel Gasthof zur Post**** St. Gilgen

The Hotel Gasthof zur Post is the top rated property in the village. Dating back to 1300, Mozart’s sister had her Wedding Reception here in 1784. The hotel has been lovingly renovated by the Leitner family, combining old and new. You will enjoy the antique wood, carving and frescoes, juxtaposed with ultra-modern bedrooms. There is a spa with sauna and treatments, and excellent cuisine served in the various indoor and outdoor eating areas.  All rooms are accessible by lift and are double or twin bedded, with bath or shower, wc, television, and some have a balcony.

Included in your holiday cost

  • Each holiday will have a planned itinerary including two coach excursions, a local walk, an Austrian themed evening and worship opportunities. There will be one free day and we will make local suggestions
  • Flights, accommodation in Austria and Oberammergau sharing a double or twin-bedded room, Breakfast and table d’hote dinner daily
  • Oberammergau arrangements include one or two nights in the village, a top grade performance ticket, a programme and lunch on the day of the performance
  • Coaching between arrival airport, resort hotel and Oberammergau and an included itinerary of guided coach excursions and local walks
  • McCabe representation in Austria and Oberammergau
  • Gratuities to drivers, guides and hotel staff

Not included

  • Single room supplement
  • Travel insurance premium
  • Lunches
  • Some entrance fees will be optional

Visiting Oberammergau

Your holiday includes two nights in Oberammergau at the end of your holiday, arriving in the village the afternoon before the performance.

Driving time is about five hours and this becomes a part of your holiday as you drive through Austria. We will take a scenic route and visit Ettal Monastery. Dinner is included on arrivals and the following morning is free to explore the village before the afternoon and evening performance.

We have deliberately placed the two nights in Oberammergau at the end of your holiday. We want you to be relaxed and fully enjoy the main reason for your holiday. On your departure day, wherever possible will arrange a later flight, allowing free time before you leave. Driving time from Oberammergau to Munich airport is less than two hours.

Your tour price includes a top grade Passion Play ticket.

Single Travellers

A limited number of single rooms are available and we will try and accommodate single room requests. We do accept bookings on a room share basis where we will try to find a person to share with you. If numbers don’t match up and we are unable to find a share for you, a single room will be allocated and only half of the supplement charged.

Travel Insurance

We recommend that you wait to take out travel insurance until you pay the second deposit in 2019 as it is difficult to effect travel insurance more than 12 months in advance.  We will offer a policy when we request the second deposit, designed to give cover for both deposits, but do shop around.  An annual policy may be a good option.

A note about Austrian twin beds

The distinction between double bedded and twin bedded rooms in both Austria and Oberammergau is sometimes not clear. A traditional twin-bedded room consists of one bed frame with two separate mattresses and separate duvets.  We have contracted our resort hotels on the basis that we have a good number of rooms where twin beds are properly separated, and these will be allocated as a priority to guests requesting room shares.  In Oberammergau, we don’t have the same control and occasionally the traditional style beds will be allocated.  We can often be creative in solving this problem, for instance by adding a third bed to the room. This difficulty is generally only for the one or two nights you will be in Oberammergau itself.

Financial Security

McCabe holidays give full financial protection to the traveller. Holidays including flights are financially protected by the Civil Aviation authority. The McCabe ATOL number is 2920. Any holidays not including flights are also financially protected by McCabe’s membership of the ABTOT bonding scheme.

Practical information

The Booking Process

We are required to pay in advance for our Oberammergau arrangements. This is the reason we are requesting larger than normal deposit payments. We ask for a deposit of £600 per person enabling us to fulfill our commitment to the village and to book your flights.

We recommend that you purchase travel insurance when you pay your deposit. Then you will be able to claim a refund, if for instance you cancel for unforeseen medical reasons.

Oberammergau Passion Play prices explained

Our holidays include one or two night’s accommodation in and around Oberammergau and a Grade One ticket for a performance of the Passion Play.  We have selected Grade C accommodation and most of our guests will be accommodated in guest houses within walking distance of the theatre.

In order to manage the limited resources of the village effectively, the Passion Play committee provide a package including allocated accommodation, restaurant and play ticket.  Other extras included are the local bus service, museum entry and a textbook for the performance.

Your Holiday Price

We have agreed prices with our partners but there is a lot of uncertainty just now about our future trading relationship with Europe and especially regarding currency exchange rates. Our prices are based on £1 = 1.15 Euros.  If this changes significantly, it could affect the price of your holiday.

We have factored in expected increases but we reserve the right to pass on unexpected ones. The key areas that would trigger a price change are the value of our Pound as explained above; a sharp rise in the cost of oil; rampant inflation in Austria leading to higher hotel prices; any new travel taxes.

We will absorb the first 2% of any increase, and in the very unlikely event that the price increases by more than 10%, you have the right to cancel and receive a full and prompt refund.  We plan to contract our currency requirement a year before the season starts, and at this point we will guarantee that the cost of your holiday will not change.

Booking Conditions

The McCabe Oberammergau programme was published in August 2020 for holidays during the year 2022. An Oberammergau booking form with a summary of booking conditions was published at the same time.

Click here to read the McCabe booking conditions.

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