About the tour: Sordevolo Passion Play, Piedmont & Lake Maggiore

Combine the Passion Play of Sordevolo with the charm of Piedmont and the beauty of Lake Maggiore. Since the late 15th century, the play was performed on Good Friday in the Colosseum, with a large attendance of people, pilgrims, travellers and notables. Since 1816 the entire community of Sordevolo has been representing the Passion of Christ. The performance takes place in a 4,000 square metre open space where a reconstructed corner of Jerusalem stands, dating back to 33AD, including Herod’s Palace, Synedrium, Pontius Pilate’s Praetorium, the Garden of Gethsemane, the cenacle and the Calvary. The 3-hour performance consists of a prologue and 29 scenes, with an overall participation of about 400 actors and walk-on characters.

Tour Includes

  • 11 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 8 evening meals
  • 1 dinner in a local restaurant
  • Category 4 ticket for Sordevolo Passion Play (ticket upgrades available)
  • Convenient local joining points

12 days from $2998 pp

Departure Dates

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    For your convenience, you may choose to start this tour in the UK or at the first city in Europe.

    Continue to our hotel in the Acqui Terme area for three nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Today we include an excursion which takes us firstly to Alba in the heart of the Langhe, a landscape of rolling hills and lush vineyards. We will have free time to explore this small village known as the ‘City of 100 Towers’.

    We continue to La Morra and Barolo and visit a traditional wine cellar where our taste buds will rejoice tasting some classic wines and local products.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Wine Tasting
    • Alba

    Today we will head to Turin, a majestic city that leaves nothing wanting: the cathedral, obelisks, grand squares and boulevards, the castle, and the Piazza San Carlo are all waiting for you! We will have free time to climb the awe-inspiring Mole Antonelliana or visit the renowned Egyptian Museum. You may also wish to visit one of the city’s historic cafés to enjoy a 'Bicerin', a local hot drink.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Turin

    After breakfast we transfer to our hotel in the Biella area for two nights. En route, we make a brief visit to Casale Monferrato.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Casale Monferrato
    Casale Monferrato

    Included Highlights

    • Casale Monferrato

    Today, we explore the city of Biella where our guide will show you the cathedral and the 11th-century Baptistery before taking the funicular up to the medieval old town situated on top of Piazzo hill.

    Here you will walk through porticoes which are characteristic of this part of town and visit some of the old palaces and noble villas from whose gardens you will see panoramic views of lower Biella and its spectacular mountain range.

    In the afternoon we head to Lake Viverone – a pretty blue jewel amidst the green woodland and fields of Piedmont.

    Later, we head to Sordevolo for dinner in a local restaurant.

    Tonight, we enjoy the highlight of our tour, the Passion Play performance. Following the play, we will return to the hotel.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Sordevolo Passion Play
    Sordevolo Passion Play

    Included Highlights

    • Biella
    • Lake Viverone
    • Sordevolo Lunch
    • Sordevolo Passion Play

    We leave Biella and head to charming Lake Orta. We include a boat trip to Isola San Giulia to visit the 10th-century abbey.

    Enjoy free time in Orta before continuing to Lake Maggiore where we stay for four nights.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Lake Orta
    Lake Orta

    Included Highlights

    • Boat trip to Isola San Giulia
    • Lake Orta

    Today we enjoy a day exploring the Borromean Islands of Lake Maggiore.

    We head to Stresa we board our boat for Isola Bella to visit the Borromean Palace with its beautiful hanging gardens.

    We continue our cruise to Isola dei Pescatori, with its characteristic streets and restaurants where fish specialities from the lake can be sampled.

    We then proceed to Isola Madre, famous for its botanical garden.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Lake Maggiore
    Lake Maggiore

    Included Highlights

    • Lake Maggiore
    • Borromean Islands

    We head by boat for Locarno, an elegant town situated in the Swiss part of Lake Maggiore. From here we join the Centovalli (Hundred Valleys) train to Domodossola.

    The journey passes through magnificent scenery where you can admire the narrow valleys and waterfall cascades.

    We return by coach from Domodossola.

    Please note this excursion may operate in reverse

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
    Centovalli Express
    Centovalli Express

    Included Highlights

    • Centovalli Express

    Morning departure for the fashion capital of Milan. Join our included guided tour and see the cathedral, one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the world.

    You will also visit the Vittoria Emanuele arcade, La Scala Opera House and the Sforzesco Castle.

    There will be some free time to try a typical Milanese aperitif in one of the many bars in the centre or to walk through the Quadrilatero della Moda fashion district.

    • Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Included Highlights

    • Milan
    • Milan Guided Tour

    Sadly, it’s time to say ‘arrivederci’ to Italy. We head to northern France for an overnight stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    If you are leaving the tour in Europe, you will say farewell to the group after breakfast this morning. If you joined the tour in the UK, today you will return and continue to your original joining point.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    Sordevolo Passion Play, Piedmont & Lake Maggiore 12 days from $2,998pp

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    1300 811 500


    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay for three nights at the 3-star Hotel Valentino in Acqui Terme. You will then stay for two nights in the Biella area at the 3-star Hotel Europa. Four nights will be spent on Lake Maggiore at the 3-star Hotel Dei Fiori in Baveno.

    Overnight stays in northern France will be in city style hotels.

    Travel Options

    Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

    Front row seats can be reserved for $35pp (up to 6 days' duration), $55pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and $60pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for $18pp (up to 6 days duration), $35pp (7 & 8 days duration) and $42pp (9, 10 and days duration) $50pp (12 days and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

    Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

    If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

    Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

    We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
    Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately $1.80 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

    Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where passengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 1300 811 500 two weeks before you are due to travel. With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

    All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours, an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
    All coaches feature air-conditioning.
    All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
    In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
    Alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
    Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. If joining in the UK, you may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
    Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

    When it comes to getting you to your destination, McLachlan European Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

    Silver Service, refreshments

    Silver Service Features

    • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
    • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
    • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
    • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
    • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
    • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
    • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
    • Onboard toilet

    Silver Service Seating Plan