11 Days The Passion Play 2020 - Oberammergau from Denver, CO - July 4 -14, 2020 - Fr. Gus Stewart

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11 Days The Passion Play 2020 - Oberammergau from Denver, CO - July 4 -14, 2020

Day 1:  Departure from USA

  • Today we depart on transcontinental flight to Austria. Meals served on board of the plane. Arrival is on the next morning.

Day 2: Arrive Vienna

  • Arrive to Vienna airport and meet your tour escort
  • Board the coach and enjoy a panoramic overview tour en route to your hotel (time permitting).
  • Check into the hotel
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Overnight in Vienna (D)

Attention: Schedule on this day is subject to change depending on flight details.

Day 3: Vienna – Dresden – Prague

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Start the day with a Mass celebrated at St. Stephen′s Cathedral (subject to confirmation)
  • After the Mass enjoy a special tour the Cathedral (all fees included). Tour will include such highlights as the Baroque altarpieces, the miraculous image of Our Lady of Mariapocs – ′The Weeping Madonna′, tour of the Cathedral′s catacombs, an underground burial place which contains the tombs of many members of the Imperial Habsburg family. Climb the 343 steps to the Turmerstube to enjoy unique views of Vienna and take a closer look at some of the cathedral's 230,000 roof tiles.
  • Following the visit to the Cathedral enjoy a guided walking tour of the Old Town, as you stroll between University and Opera House, passing by many of Vienna′s landmarks such as the former Royal Residence of Hofburg Palace, the Baroque-styled Donner Fountain and the famed Spanish Riding School (exterior views only).
  • Lunch on your own
  • Visit the Schonbrunn Palace (entrance fee included), the fabulous Baroque summer residence of the Hapsburg Emperors. During the reign of Maria Theresa, as an imperial summer residence, Schonbrunn Palace became the glittering focus of court life. From this time on, it played host to the leading statesmen of Europe. Here, Marie-Antoinette lived as a young girl and six-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played for the future Queen of France piano concerts inside the splendid interiors.
  • Welcome dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight in Vienna (B, D)

 

Day 4: Vienna – Melk – Mariazell

  • We depart Vienna for the Mariazell. It’s a small city in Austria, well known for winter activities, but above all it is the main pilgrimage destination in Austria.
  • Make a stop in Melk to visit with a guided tour the Melk Abbey (entrance fee included). The Baroque style structure is surrounded by a gorgeous town with Renaissance homes and winding streets reminiscent of the Middle Ages. Among the treasures housed here are paintings, sculptures, and decorative art from the 9th to 15th centuries. A magnificent library contains over 2,000 volumes from that era. One of the main characters of the popular Umberto Eco novel, The Name of the Rose, was named Adso of Melk to honour the significance the Melk Abbey played in the intellectual life in the Middle Ages.
  • Time for lunch on your own
  • Continue towards Mariazell
  • Upon arrival we tour the famous Mariazell Basillica with the statue of the Virgin Mary with Infant Jesus which is the main point of pilgrimage visits. The statue is believed to have healing powers, that is why the pilgrims come to Mariazell not only from Europe, but from all over the world
  • Celebrate Mass at the Shrine (subject to confirmation)
  • Check into the hotel
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Overnight in Mariazell (B, D)

 

Day 5: Mariazell – Admont – Sound of Music Tour – Salzburg   

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out.
  • Depart towards Salzburg
  • Stop en route to visit the Admont Abbey (entrance fee included), a Benedictine monastery located on the Enns River in the town of Admont. It is the oldest remaining monastery in Styria and contains the largest monastic library in the world. The abbey is known for its Baroque architecture, art, and manuscripts. The library is divided into three sections and has an overall length of 70 m (230 ft), a width of 14 m (46 ft).
  • Celebrate Mass at the Shrine (subject to confirmation)
  • Lunch on your own in the town of Admont
  • Continue towards Salzburg and enjoy the Sound of Music tour en route
  • Drive along the Austrian Lake District, with marvelous views of the Salzkammergut Region. First visit St Wolfgang at Lake Wolfgang, the major sight is the pilgrimage church, built in the 14th and 15th centuries. Visit St. Gilgen on Lake Wolfgang, which offers one of the best-known landscapes of the Salzkammergut and the namesake fountain recalls the family connection of Mozart with this favored land. Then, continue to Mondsee to reflect at this delightful resort, where, in the movie, Maria and the Baron got married (tour with Tour Escort commentary only).
  • Continue to Salzburg and check into the hotel upon arrival
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • Overnight in Salzburg (B, D)

Day 6: Salzburg | City Tour 

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • This morning we start the day with a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Maria Plain. The 17th century hilltop shrine overlooking Salzburg has a painting of the Virgin Mary that miraculously survived a bakery fire. The shrine became a Minor Basilica in 1952 and was visited by Pope John Paul II in 1983.
  • Celebrate Mass at the Shrine (subject to confirmation).
  • Following Mass, we have a guided walking tour of the charming city of music and Mozart. During the tour we will see among others Salzburg’s sights along the Getreidegasse, the city’s pedestrian street, lined with authentic 17th and 18th century buildings, passing by the house where Mozart was born. We explore also the religious heritage of this town, including Nonnberg, believed to be the oldest nunnery in existence, founded by St. Rupert in the 8th century, the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter, also founded by St. Rupert (exterior views only).
  • Lunch on your own
  • Free time at leisure
  • Dinner at the oldest restaurant in Europe, Stiftskeller St. Peter, while listening to the music of Mozart (subject to confirmation).
  • Return to hotel for the evening
  • Overnight in Salzburg (B, D)

Day 7: Salzburg – Passau – Regensburg

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
  • After breakfast board the coach and drive to Passau.
  • Have a guided tour of Passau, the Bavarian Venice, beautifully situated at the confluence of the Danube, Ilz and Inn rivers. In 1662 a fire reduced the town to rubble, and the Baroque town we visit today was built from scratch by Italian architects (exterior views only).
  • Visit at the magnificent St. Steven’s Cathedral (entrance fee included) containing the world’s largest church organ (17,774 organ pipes, 233 stops and 4 carillons). Our visit will also include the Museum of the Treasure of the Cathedral, which shows the treasures of Passau’s past when it was the capital of the largest diocese of the Holy Roman Empire. 
  • Visit the Convent of Niedernburg, where we celebrate Mass (subject to confirmation)
  • Time for lunch on your own
  • After lunch, you will also visit the Veste Oberhaus (entrance fee included), a 13th Century fortress atop St. George’s Mount. The castle is a former residence of the prince-bishop of Passau. 
  • Board the coach and return to Regensburg
  • Dinner and overnight in Regensburg (B, D)

Day 8: Regensburg – Altotting – Marktl am Inn – Oberammergau

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
  • Depart for Oberammergau.
  • En route make a stop at Altotting for a guided tour of one of Germany's most celebrated shrines and a city whose purpose is pilgrimage. For more than 1250 years Altotting has been the spiritual center of Bavaria and for more than 500 years the most significant place of pilgrimage in Germany in veneration of the Virgin Mary. While there, you will have the opportunity to see the Basilica, St. Konrad's Monastery and more.
  • Celebrate Mass at the Shrine
  • Lunch is under own arrangements
  • Drive on to visit Marktl am Inn, the birth place of Emeritus Pope Benedict. Visit his birthplace and the church of St. Oswald, the christening place of Pope Benedict.
  • Continue to Oberammergau
  • Check into the hotel upon arrival
  • Dinner and overnight in Oberammergau. (B, D)

Day 9: Oberammergau

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Celebrate mass at a local Church
  • This morning, after Mass at a local church, we travel to Oberammergau for some time at leisure to stroll around the town & shop for some of the town′s famous woodcarving.
  • The history of the Passion Play at Oberammergau goes back to the year 1634, when the quaint alpine village of Oberammergau was threatened by the deadly and contagious disease known as the Black Plague that scourged Europe, killing two-thirds of the population of Germany. The people of Oberammergau vowed that if the village could be spared, a re-enactment of the life and suffering of Christ would be performed.  The village was miraculously saved from the ravages of the Black Death. Since that date, the play has been performed every ten years.
  • Lunch (Included)
  • 14:30 – 1st part of the Passion Play
  • 17:00 – break
  • 3-course dinner during the break 
  • 20:00 – 22:30 – 2nd part of the Passion Play  
  • Overnight in Oberammergau. (B,L,D)

Day 10: Oberammergau – Munich

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out
  • Depart for Munich, the capital city of Bavaria
  • Stop en route to visit Wieskirche, hidden amidst green meadows and snowcapped mountains this ‘Church in the Meadow’ is considered to be the most beautiful rococo church in Europe.
  • Celebrate Mass at the Shrine
  • Continue your transfer
  • Lunch on your own upon arrival.
  • Take a guided sightseeing tour of Munich. Beginning with a visit to Marienplatz, with the world famous ′Glockenspiel′, visit Asamkirche, dedicated to the martyr St. John Nepomuk, and the beautiful twin-towered Frauenkirche Church, the most familiar landmark of old Munich.
  • Check in at the hotel
  • Farewell dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight in Munich (B, D)

Day 11: Munich Departure

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Board the coach and transfer to the Munich Airport for your homebound flight (B)

Attention: Schedule on this day is subject to change depending on flight details.

 

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Trip Date: July 4 -14, 2020

Departure City:  Denver, CO (other cities available)
Price: $5290.00

Package price includes the following:

  • Hotels on HB basis (3-course dinner, excl. drinks) from day 2 till day 11
  • Air-conditioned 49-seater bus from day 2 till day 11
  • Professional English-speaking tour escort from day 2 till day 11
  • Accommodation and meals for driver and tour escort from day 2 till day 11
  • Entrance Fees:
    • Austria: St. Stephen Cathedral (incl. catacombs & rooftop), Schonbrunn Palace, Melk Abbey, Admont Abbey
    • Germany: St. Steven’s Cathedral in Passau, Veste Oberhaus, Marktl am Inn - Birthplace of Pope Benedict
  • Local guides:
    • Austria: FD Vienna (incl. Schonbrunn Palace), Melk Abbey, Salzburg HD
    • Germany: St. Peter’s Cathedral in Regensburg, HD Passau, Altotting (1 guide per group over 30 pax), HD Munich
  • Porterage service at the hotels (in/out, 1 luggage pcs/pax)
  • 2-night Passion Play package including:
    • Accommodation in Oberammergau
    • light lunch on the day of the play
    • Headsets
    • Wi-Fi on the bus
    • Whisper Sets
  • 3-course dinner without drinks at hotel/pension on day 8
  • 3-course dinner without drinks at Passion Play on day 9
  • Admission ticket to Passion Play - 2nd category
  • Textbook for the 2020 Passion Play
  • Tourism tax
  • Bus shuttle Hotel – Theater – Hotel

Package price does not include the following:

  • Anything not mentioned above
  • Lunches
  • Drinks at meals 
  • Tips for hotel staff, local guides & driver
  • Mass donations
  • Personal expenses

Hotels:

  • Vienna (2 nights) – Strudlhof Hotel & Palais 4* or similar
  • Mariazell (1 night) – Weisser Hirsch Aktivhotel 4* or similar in the vicinity
  • Salzburg (2 nights) – ARCOTEL Castellani 4* or similar
  • Regensburg (1 night) – Mercure Hotel 4* or similar
  • Passion Play 2-night package: accommodation at 4* hotel or 5* guest house/pension + second category ticket to Passion Play
  • Munich (1 night) – Maritim Hotel Munich 4* or similar