Important Dates

Trip: June 8th - 16/20th, 2020
$500 Reservation Deposit deadline: 4/1/19
(100% refundable up to 6/7/19)
$2,000 Interim Payment Deadline: 6/7/19
($1,250 of $2,500 refundable by 1/24/20)
Final Payment Deadline: 1/24/20
(No refunds after 1/24/20)

Trip Pricing

Oberammergau: $3,895.00* plus taxes
Optional Switzerland extension: $1,795.00* plus taxes
Including airfare from SFO or LAX
*prices subject to change; single occupancy upgrade available
We recommend travel insurance:
Insurance is typically 7-10% of tour price

$500.00 deposit due before 4/1/19.

The Oberammergau Passion Play is held once every TEN YEARS!  You don’t want to miss this Pilgrimage!

June 8-16, 2020

Optional: Switzerland Extension

June 8-20, 2020

Pricing

*$3,895.00 plus taxes ~ Optional Switzerland extension: *$1,795.00 plus taxes
~ Including airfare from San Francisco or Los Angeles ~
* Pricing based on group size of 40 people and subject to change due to airfare

$500 Reservation Deposit deadline: 4/1/19 (100% refundable up to 6/7/19)
$2,000 Interim Payment Deadline: 6/7/19 ($1,250 (0f $2,500) refundable by 1/24/20)
Final Payment Deadline: 1/24/20 (No refunds after 1/24/20)

 

What is the Oberammergau Passion Play?

It’s the longest-running play in the world and the largest amateur stage theater in the world.  The people of Oberammergau vowed in 1633 that if God spared them from the plague, they would stage a play every year (later they changed it to every ten years) devoted to the life and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Soon after, the death rate declined sharply and the villagers kept their promise.  The first Passion Play was at Pentecost in 1634.  Nearly half of the population of Oberammergau still participates.  People must be born in Oberammergau or have resided there for at least 20 years in order to participate.

The Passion Play brings to life Jesus’ Passion, covering his visit to Jerusalem to his crucifixion, and tells the story of his suffering, death, and resurrection. The play was written based on manuscripts dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries.

What is the Switzerland Extension?

Journey through the Alps of Switzerland including Liechtenstein along the way!  We will visit one of the oldest surviving libraries in Europe, The Fraumunster (dating from the 13th century with stained glass windows by Marc Chagall), Rhine Falls (the largest waterfall in Europe), the 12th century village of Lucerne, take a Cog Wheel Train Ride, and so much more!

*Pricing based on group size of 40 people and subject to change due to airfare.

Itineraries

DAYS 1 & 2

Date : June 8-9, 2020

Depart SFO or LAX for Munich

Depart SFO or LAX, overnight flight to Munich. (Chartered bus details to airports to be announced.) Tuesday, 6/9, Arrive at Franz Josef Strauss Airport in Munich. English speaking Tour Manager will greet us and conduct a brief tour of Historic Munich, including the famous Glockenspiel at the Rathaus (City Hall), Opera House, and Hofbrauhaus. A little shopping before transferring to our four-star Alpine Hotel. Welcome dinner at hotel.

DAY 3

Date : June 10, 2020

Innsbruck ~ Swarovski Crystal Worlds

AM- The capital of Austria’s Tyrol region, Innsbruck is famous as the site of two winter Olympics. Follow your guide on your half- day morning tour through the quaint medieval streets of Old Town to view Maria Theresa’s Imperial Palace, Triumphal Arch and visit the Hofkirche (Court Church), tomb of Maximilian I. Some free time and Own Lunch. PM- Visit the Swarovski Crystal Worlds; opened in 1995 to mark their 100th anniversary. Since its creation they have continued to add new exhibits and expand the experience, including beautiful expansive gardens. (B, D)

 

DAY 4

Date : June 11, 2020

Ettal ~ Castles and Churches

Today is a full day of photographic wonders. We will visit the beautiful Abbey of Ettal and the picture-perfect Church in the Meadow at Wies. We will tour the magnificent Castle of Linderhof, Mad King Ludwig’s main residence. This small royal residence is a delightful fantasy home for any crazy king or up-and-coming mogul. (B, D)

DAY 5

Date : June 12, 2020

Salzburg 

A full-day musical adventure in Salzburg, the city of Mozart’s birth. We will visit the ancient (774 A.D.) Salzburg Cathedral with its famous Horse Fountain in Residence Square. We will view Hellbrunn Castle, Mirabell Palace and — from across the river — see Leopoldskron Palace, the famous film location for the “Sound of Music”. (B, D)

 

DAY 6

Date : June 13, 2020

Oberammergau ~ The Passion Play Performance

After the Black Plague left their small village in 1633, the grateful people of Oberammergau promised God that they would show their gratitude by putting on a Passion Play every 10 years. And to this day, they have kept their promise. We will enjoy this one-of-a-kind, six-hour musical and dramatic performance. Dinner in Oberammergau is included. (B, D)

 

DAY 7

Date : June 14, 2020

Achensee

The Achensee Railway is a 6.78 kilometres long metre gauge railway running between Jenbach and Seespitz on Lake Achensee in Tyrol. Within its length, it rises some 440 metres in height, with the steeper sections using the Riggenbach rack system (fascinating! .. look it up!). It is Europe’s oldest cog railway which is still steam operated. (B, D)

 

DAY 8

Date : June 15, 2020

Neuschwanstein Castle Excursion

This is the castle that inspired Walt Disney to create the Magic Kingdom. We will make our way up to the castle via horse-drawn carriages to the drawbridge and castle entrance. A guided tour of the castle will include stories about “Mad” King Ludwig II, who commissioned the castle to be built in the 19th century. NOTE: This tour requires you to be in good physical condition, as there are many steep stairs and inclines. Optionally, you can stay in our residence village for this, our last day, and shop, rest, pack, etc. Farewell Dinner at a surprise venue! (B, D)

 

DAY 9

Date : June 16, 2020

Return to USA ~ or ~ Continue to Switzerland Extension 

 Switzerland:

Tuesday, June 16th ~ Liechtenstein ~ St. Gallen Abbey ~ Zurich

Depart our Tyrolean village hotel and journey through the Alps to Switzerland. Visit the postage stamp sized country of
Liechtenstein on the way. Time has stood still in this tiny country. Continue on to the Abbey of St. Gallen, which houses one of the oldest surviving libraries in Europe and one of the most beautiful. Arrive in Zurich. Welcome dinner at the hotel. (B, D)
 

Wednesday, June 17th ~ Zurich ~ Rhine Falls, largest waterfall in Europe!

AM: Half day tour of Zurich, to include The Fraumunster (Our Lady’s Church), dating from the 13th century, and boasts stained glass windows by Marc Chagall. Visit St. Peter’s Church, which has the largest church clock face in the world.
PM: This afternoon we will visit the Rhine Falls, the largest waterfall in Switzerland and Europe. Dinner on our own. (B)
 

Thursday, June 18th ~ Lucerne ~ Cruise on Lake Lucerne

AM: Half-day tour of this 12th century village with its 14th century city wall, which boasts nine different watchtowers and is one of the best preserved and longest fortifications in Europe. The colorful painted panels of Lucerne’s famous wooden Kappel Bridge depict the city’s history. See the twin towered Jesuit Church, which is one of the most handsome baroque buildings in Switzerland. For comparison, we will visit the Hofkirche, built in the Renaissance style and the Franciscan Church, built in the high Gothic style. We will also view the sad and famous Lion Monument of Lucerne, which Mark Twain called the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.
PM: Cruise on Lake Lucerne. (B, D)
 

Friday, June 19th ~ Interlaken ~ Cog wheel Train Ride ~ Farewell Dinner

AM: Travel to Interlaken, the heart of Switzerland. Flower-lined streets and the surrounding mountains with the towering
nearby peaks of the Jungfrau, Eiger and Monch. Farewell Dinner at a surprise venue! (B, D)
Saturday, June 20th ~ Return to USA
 
 

Oberammergau price includes:

  • Roundtrip tourist-class airfare from San Francisco or Los Angeles
  • English-speaking tour guide from touch-down to take-off
  • 4-star hotel accommodations based on double occupancy (single supplement, $795)
  • Meals as indicated on itinerary
  • Private deluxe motor coaches, movements as per itinerary
  • Passion Play ticket for full six-hour performance
  • Farewell Dinner at a surprise location
  • All entrance fees and headsets
  • Luggage porterage, one piece per person, at hotel
  • Mass each day ~ Group donation for all private Masses

Switzerland Extension price includes:

  • 4-star hotel accommodations based on double occupancy (single supplement, $495)
  • Meals as indicated on itinerary
  • Mass each day ~ Group donation for all private Masses
  • All entrance fees and headsets
  • Luggage porterage, one piece per person, at hotel

* Pricing based on a group size of 40 people and subject to change due to airfare

Oberammergau price does not include:

  • Travel Insurance (7-10% of total trip cost, based on coverage and age. Details & quotes available upon request)
  • Lunches, All drinks, except during Farewell Dinner
  • Luggage porterage at airports
  • Embarkation taxes, possible fuel surcharges
  • Gratuities (tour guide, driver, local guides, service staff). For convenience, $175 will be billed in advance.
  • Any items of a personal nature or not specifically mentioned above

Switzerland Extension price does not include:

  • Travel Insurance (7-10% of total trip cost, based on coverage and age. Details & quotes available upon request)
  • Embarkation taxes, possible fuel surcharges
  • Lunches, All drinks, except during Farewell Dinner
  • Gratuities (tour guide, driver, local guides, service staff). For convenience, $75 will be billed in advance.
  • Any items of a personal nature or not specifically mentioned above

* Pricing based on a group size of 40 people and subject to change due to airfare

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