12 Days The Passion Play 2022 - Oberammergau from San Antonio, TX - July 12 -23, 2022 - Pastor Mariola Bergquist

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Day 1: Departure

Depart for your overnight flight to Germany.  Meals will be served on board.

Day 2: Arrival in Berlin

  • Welcome to Germany! On arrival in Berlin, we will meet up at our centrally-located Berlin hotel. There will be time to freshen up and relax from our flight.
  • Upon arrival optional leisurely walk in Berlin.
  • Dinner and overnight in Berlin.

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

Day 3: Berlin

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • The morning tour still gives evidence of the former divided city. View the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, remnants of the former city wall, St. Hedwig’s Church, the State Opera House, St. Mary's Church, and the Brandenburg Gate, Check point Charlie
  •   Visit the renowned Pergamon Museum where one may see the reconstruction of classic architecture from biblical periods of Turkey, Greece and Egypt. It was at Pergamum (Turkey) that Christians became the first martyrs under decree of Emperor Domitian.
  • This afternoon we end the day with visit to Bonhoeffer house; Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Berlin Pastor and professor of theology – resisted National Socialism at a time when tyranny and racism ruled Germany, victimizing religious, ethnic, and social minorities. Bonhoeffer applied his Christian faith and his theological reflections to his everyday actions. This brought him in conflict with the Nazi regime, and he paid for his convictions with his life.
  • Dinner and overnight in Berlin

Day 4 Berlin – Wittenberg

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • This morning we will travel to Lutherstadt - Wittenberg where we will be based for the next two days. It was here in 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses that sparked the Reformation. We will spend time in the Lutherhalle (Luther House) Museum, where Luther lived first as a monk, then later with his wife and children. We’ll be able to view some of Luther’s very own personal library, rare manuscripts, and early Bibles. The tour will also include Castle Church, Stadtkirche St. Marien (St. Mary’s church) where Luther preached and where his children were baptized, and the Luther Oak where he burned the edict from Rome, condemning him as a “heretic”.
  • Dinner and overnight in Wittenberg

Day 5: Wittenberg – Torgau – Leipzig

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Today we will explore one of Europe’s flourishing trade and commercial centers during the Middle Ages which became the center of resistance to Communist rule a quarter century ago. Here we have the privilege of visiting the Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas Church), the home of the faithful “Pray for Peace” Christians, and the powerful force that transformed Germany’s East and West. In 1989, thousands of East Germans gathered by candlelight in this church to form human rights and pro-democracy demonstrations that led to the destruction of the infamous Berlin Wall and the dissolution of East Germany. Another Leipzig highlight is our visit to Thomaskirche (St. Thomas Church), where Luther preached, and Johann Sebastian Bach performed and directed the famous St. Thomas Boys choir.
  • We will have lunch at one of Luther’s favorite places, the Auerbach’s Keller restaurant, which dates back to 1525.
  • On to Torgau, the political center of the Reformation. We will visit Hartenfels Castle and see the “Luther and the Princes” exhibition, the chapel that Luther consecrated in 1544 and Katharina von Bora’s grave.
  • Dinner and overnight in Leipzig

Day 6: Leipzig - Eisleben – Erfurt

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • This morning we will continue to the little city of Eisleben, which is sometimes referred to as Luther’s Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Our first port of call will be the house where little Martin was born on November 10, 1483. The next day he was baptized in the nearby church of St. Petri-Pauli. This old gothic church has currently been beautifully restored to celebrate baptism as a Christian institution. By some strange twist of fate Martin returned to Eisleben as an old man, his purpose being to settle a dispute within the ruling family of the area. After three weeks he finally succeeded, but sadly one day later, on February 18, 1546, he died. We will visit the museum devoted to his memory and look around the church where he gave his last sermon. Then we will drive through the Thuringian countryside to Erfurt. We spend two nights in his Augustinian Monastery, which is now a Christian hotel. We will be able to see Luther’s monastic quarters, including one cell furnished to look as it would have done when he lived there. At the end of the tour we will have a group worship service in the chapel.
  • Dinner and overnight in Erfurt.

Day 7: Erfurt - Eisenach – Erfurt

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • In 1521, while fleeing from the wrath of the Pope, Luther took refuge in the Wartburg Castle after a fake kidnapping staged by his friend and protector, Frederick the Wise. We will tour the Wartburg and see where Luther finished translating the New Testament into German in just eleven weeks. Luther spent time in the nearby town of Eisenach at as school boy and sang in the choir of St. George’s Church, where the Bach family also worshiped.
  • The afternoon is free to explore the town or tour the Bach Museum and Luther House Museum.
  • Return to Erfurt.
  • Dinner and overnight in Erfurt.

Day 8: Erfurt – Nuremberg

  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • Depart for Nuremberg and have some free time for lunch on your own upon arrival.
  • Enjoy guided tour of Nurnberg, one of Germany's most colorful of medieval cities. The town features half-timbered houses. It is noted for its toys, gingerbread, and the renowned WW II trials.
  • Dinner and overnight in Nuremberg

Day 9: Nuremberg – Oberammergau

  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Depart to Oberammergau. 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
  • Lunch on your own
  • Afternoon at leisure.
  • Dinner and overnight in Oberammergau or its vicinity.

Day 10: Oberammergau

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Enjoy free morning at Oberammergau village
  • Lunch included
  • After lunch take seats in the theatre to attend the performance of the world-famous Passion Play. This Play is performed by local villagers – often roles are handed down from generation to generation within families.  Dinner is included during a three-hour break in the late afternoon and the performance lasts until 10:30 pm. 
  • Overnight in Oberammergau or its vicinity.

Day 11: Oberammergau – Munich

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Depart for Munich and have some free time for lunch on your own upon arrival.
  • We enjoy a guided tour of Munich. We see the Nymphenberg Palace, Olympic Stadium Deutsche Museum, Frauenkirche, Neues Rathaus, and a view of the famous “Glockenspiel” at the Marienplatz
  • Dinner and overnight in Munich.

Day 12: Munich departure 

  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Transfer to the airport for your flight home

 

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Trip Date: July 12 -23, 2022

Departure City:  San Antonio, TX (other cities available)
Price: $5490.00

Package price includes the following:

  • Hotels on HB basis (3-course dinner, excl. drinks) from day 2 till day 11
  • 1 x lunch at local restaurant in Leipzig on day 4 (3-course menu, incl. coffee or tea, mineral water)
  • 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:
    Pergamon Museum, Luther House, Castle Church, City Church, Hartenfels Castle, St. Thomas Church, Luther Birth House, St. Peter and Paul Church, Luther Death House, Augustinian Monastery,Wartburg Castle (incl. van one way – subject to confirmation), Bach Museum, Luther House,
  • Local guides:
    Germany: HD Munich
  • Porterage service at the hotels (in/out, 1 luggage pcs/pax)
  • Frees as mentioned above (max. 2 frees per group)

Package price does not include the following:

  • Anything not mentioned above
  • Lunches (Optional light lunch on the day of the play is 16 EUR/pax, no free pax)
  • Drinks at meals
  • Tips for hotel staff, local guides & driver
  • Mass donations
  • Personal expenses
  • Headsets (possible on supplement: 3 EUR per pax per day)
  • Wi-Fi on the bus (supplement: 30 EUR / group per day) (not possible in Switzerland)
  • 2 night Passion Play package including:

    Accommodation in Oberammergau or vicinity on BB basic (2 nights)
    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

Hotels:

  • Berlin (2 nights) – Park Inn Alexanderplatz 4* or similar
  • Wittenberg (1 night): Best Western Stadtpalais 4* or similar
  • Leipzig (1 night): Radisson Blu Leipzig 4* or similar in the vicinity
  • Erfurt (2 nights): Best Western Plus Excelsior 4* or similar
  • Nuremberg (1 night): Park Inn by Radisson Nuremberg 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