11Days

Oberammergau Passion Play Pilgrimage

Germany, Switzerland & Austria

Spiritual Directors: Fr. Patrick Riegger & Deacon Clyde

Group Leaders: S. Margie Kelly & Arlene Ruggieri

August 12 - 22, 2020

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Frankfurt · Heidelberg · Rudesheim · Rhine Cruise · Rhine Falls · Lucerne (Weggis) · Weggis · Vaduz · Innsbruck · Oberammergau · Neuschwantstein · Salzburg · Munich

In 1633, a solemn promise was made. The "Black Death" came to Oberammergau in 1632, and in one year, almost every family saw one or more members fall victim. At the cemetery, the Black Death-invalids promised to act the history of Jesus Christ every ten years. On the Pentecost in 1634, a stage was built at the cemetery constructed over the fresh graves of the victims, the towns people acted the first Play on a stage. We have been arranging pilgrimages to the Oberammergau Passion Play since 1990. The Passion Play is held from May through early October 2020, and is performed every 10 years! The play is performed 5 days per week in an open-air theater which seats about 4,700 people. The performance begins at 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM, a dinner break, and the play resumes from 8:00 PM to 10:30 PM Language: The Passion Play is performed in German, but you will receive printed English translation. It is anticipated that over 750,000 will attend.


Fr. Patrick Riegger, Deacon Clyde
S. Margie Kelly & Arlene Ruggieri


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DATES & PRICES

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Katherine
Alexandra
Danielle

Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare from New York
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Centrally Located First Class Hotels (TBA Germany):
      ~ 2 nights: Aug 13 - 15, Heidelberg, Germany
      ~ 2 nights: Aug 15 - 17, Weggis, Switzerland
      ~ 2 nights: Aug 17 - 19, Oberammergau area
      ~ 2 nights: Aug 19 - 21, Salzburg, Austria
      ~ 1 night: Aug 21 - 22, Munich, Germany
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine with dinners
  • Lunch (on the day of Passion Play)
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Assistance of a professional local guide(s)
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Tickets to the Passion Play (Theater Seating Area 2)
  • Official Passion Play Program in English
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
Centrally located hotels or similar
hotel
Heidelberg
Germany

2 Nights

hotel
Weggis
Switzerland

2 Nights

hotel
Oberammergau area
Germany

2 Nights

hotel
Salzburg
Austria

2 Nights

hotel
Munich
Germany

1 Night

Not included
  • Tips to Guide and Driver, lunches and beverages unless mentioned.
Optional
Travel Insurance

Providing you coverage for both pre-existing conditions and those that may arise during your trip, including medical and dental emergencies, loss of luggage, trip delay, and so much more.

Itinerary

Day1
Wed, Aug 12: USA - Frankfurt

Depart USA for your overnight flight(s) to Frankfurt. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.

Day2
Thu, Aug 13: Frankfurt - Heidelberg

Upon arrival in Frankfurt you will find your luggage and exit the baggage claim into the arrivals hall where you will be greeted by your tour escort and/or driver. After a warm welcome to Germany, you will be escorted to the vehicle which will take you to your Hotel to check-in, and then spend the afternoon exploring all the landmarks of Heidelberg. We will visit the ruins of Heidelberg Castle that rise majestically on the site of the medieval castle complex, high above the lanes, and the picturesque jumble of roofs of the old town. The architecture contains elements of the Gothic and Renaissance periods. See the castle gardens, the Great Vat (the world's largest wine barrell), and the remarkable Pharmacy Museum. Then make our way to the old town. With its romantic charm, featuring the old quarter and maze of little streets. The Hauptstrasse is one of Europe's prettiest pedestrian precincts and shopping streets, along with the medieval bridge gate, as well as Germany's oldest University, the lion fountain, and the university square. We will then celebrate Mass at a local Church before returning to the Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day3
Fri, Aug 14: Heidelberg - Rudesheim - Rhine Cruise - Heidelberg

After breakfast, we will take a tour of Koblenz. We will board a boat that will bring us down the Rhine Koblenz, passing the town of Boppard, the famous Lorelei Rock, as we make our way to the wine country town of Rudesheim, with its lovely Drosselgrasse of taverns and restaurants. We will visit Schonestatt Monastery that is dedicated to the Divine Mercy, and then celebrate Mass at the Shrine, You will have free time on your own, with some free time to spend at your own leisure. Return to our Hotel in Heidelberg for dinner and overnight.

Day4
Sat, Aug 15: Heidelberg - Rhine Falls - Lucerne (Weggis)

Follow breakfast, we will depart for Switzerland. Before you cross over, you will view the famous Rhine waterfalls, and have the chance to take pictures. You will stop for lunch on your own, and then visit Einsiedlen, Switzerland's famous Marian. With its majestic baroque edifice, with elaborately decorated pastel ceilings, marble side altars, and a large high altar in the east end. The interior is typically baroque fest for the eyes, gleaming white with elaborate gold and pastel decorations. The most important part of the Basilica is the Lady Chapel, located near the entrance. The Lady Chapel is a free-standing, square marble edifice that recalls the shelter over Christ's tomb in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It was destroyed in 1798 by invaders, and rebuilt in 1817. Above the chapel's altar is the Black Madonna, resplendent in rich robes and surrounded by gold clouds. A short walk from the Abbey is the world's largest nativity scene, the Diorama Bethlehem, with more than 500 carved wooden figures. The justifiably famous Panorama, a circular painting more than 300 feet long, and 30 feet high, depicting Jerusalem and the Crucifixion. It is open from Easter, until the end of October. We will celebrate Mass at the Shrine, and then continue on to Weggis, a charming little town on Lake Lucerne, where we will check-in, dinner, and then overnight.

Day5
Sun, Aug 16: Weggis - Lucerne - Weggis

Breakfast in the morning, and then we will start the day by celebrating Mass at the local Catholic Church in Weggis. We will take an excursion of Lucerne, and then take a tour. While there, you will visit the Chapel Bridge, Water Tower, Jesuit Church, Franciscan Church, Water Spike, Spreuer Bridge, and Musegg Wall amid many other sites. You will have some free time to have lunch on your own free time. From this point on, you will have free time to spend at your own leisure. You can do some shopping, visit the Lake, or take the world's steepest Cogwheel Railway to the top of Mt. Pilatus and have lunch. You can also choose to return to the Hotel and relax before dinner and then overnight.

Day6
Mon, Aug 17: Weggis - Vaduz - Innsbruck - Oberammergau

Meet downstairs for breakfast, and then we will board our bus for a tour of Vaduz (capital of Liechtenstein), and then on to Innsbruck. The tour will include visits to the Annasaule, little golden roof, Helbinghaus, Cathedral of St. Jacob, the Hof Kirche, and Maximilian Mausoleum. We will continue along the Zugspitze towards Oberammergau. We will stop to celebrate Mass at the Ettal Monastery, and then check-in to your Hotel, dinner and overnight.

Day7
Tue, Aug 18: Oberammergau - Passion Play: Performance Day

After breakfast, we will gather to celebrate Mass. Following a light lunch, we will make our way to the world famous Passion Play Theatre. We will attend the performance of a lifetime, the 42nd Oberammergau Passion Play. Oberammergau's sleepy village springs to life to put on a play that draws the eyes of the world upon it! Be part of the mission of the Passion of Christ, the greatest story ever told and spread the Gospel ! Share His message of faith and love! The Oberammergau Passion Play tells the story of the Passion of Christ, beginning with His entry into the ancient city of Jerusalem, followed by His trial, crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. The play is held in a beautiful open air theatre that is praised for its superb acoustics and comfort, and it can accommodate up to 4,500 people.

The Play is approximately five and a half hours long and is performed in two acts.
Act I : 2:30pm - 5:00pm

Intermission: 5:30pm - 7:30pm; enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
Act II: 8:00pm - 10:30pm

Day8
Fri, Aug 19: Oberammergau - Neuschwantstein - Salzburg

After breakfast, we will check-out of the Hotel and travel to Wieskirche. We will celebrate Mass at the Shrine, and then continue on to Neuschwanstein. Once there, we will take a bus to Marianbrucke, and walk down the hill (75 steps) to Neuschwanstein Castle, and take a guided tour. Walk back to the bus, have lunch on our own, and then continue to Salzburg, the lovely birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg the city of great houses, mansions, Festival Hall, and the Mirabelle Gardens. Hear the bells of the great Glockenspiel Tower, performed to a melody of Mozart's. Check in to your Hotel, and then have a Special Mozart dinner at Peterskeller Restaurant.

Day9
Sat, Aug 20: Salzburg

After breakfast, our full day tour begins with Mass at St. Peter's Churchyard. Salzburg is compact and best explored on foot. Narrow, winding lanes and secluded passageways are evidence of its medieval roots. The heritage of the Catholic Church is evident in the Archbishop's Residence and the decoration of the State Rooms, available for viewing. Visit the mighty Romanesque Cathedral, the Nonnberg Convent of Benedictine nuns, and the Fortress Hohensalzburg. We stop at Hellbrunn Palace to enjoy its gardens and hidden trick fountains. Dinner and overnight.

Day10
Sun, Aug 21: Salzburg - Munich

Following breakfast, we will depart for Munich. Upon arrival, we will takea guided tour, including visits to "Marienplatz", the world famous "Glockenspiel", and the twin towered "Frauenkirche" (Church of Our Lady), and the most familiar landmark of old Munich. Continue to see the Town Hall, and the magnificent boulevard, Feldherrenhall Ludwigsstrasse Siegestor, created by King Ludwig I in the middle of the 19th Century. Pass by the Residenz, the Palace of the Kings of Bavaria, and the Hofgarten. Mass will be celebrated at Fraunekirche, followed by lunc on your own. You will have the remainder of the afternoon free to spend at your own leisure, and then check-in to your Hotel for overnight.

Day11
Sat, Aug 22: End of Pilgrimage

Stop for breakfast, and then board the bus that will bring the group to Munich Airport for the return flights home. You will bid farewell toy our new friends by fondly saying, Guten Tag Germany, and to a Pilgrimage which will be in your memories and hearts for a long time to come.

Know Before You Go

We promise to do all within our power to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact us, please note should any problems arise during your trip you should first contact your local emergency contact in your destination country or the 206 Tours.

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2020 Dates & Prices

Dates

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Aug 12
Wednesday
Aug 22, 2020
Saturday
Aug 13
Thursday
Aug 22, 2020
Saturday
Options & Upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $999.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic Upgrade(One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic Upgrade (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)

Would like to stop over in Europe?

Let us know at time of registration, we will reschedule your airline reservations pending availability at no additional fee (these options will be available to you when you register online). Let us know if you need assistance with pre or post stay at hotel. Simply Contact 206 Tours:  800-206-TOUR (8687)  or  sales@206tours.com

Options and upgrades

Options & Upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $999.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic Upgrade(One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic Upgrade (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)

Would you like to arrive
earlier or stay later?

Let us know at the time of registration if you would like to arrive earlier, or stay later, than the scheduled tour dates, and pending availability, we will book your airline reservations accordingly, at no additional cost. Pre- and/or post-stays at the hotel will cost an additional fee. These options should be available to you when registering online, or simply contact us at: 800-206-TOUR (8687) or sales@206tours.com

About your trip

pilgrimage map
  • Frankfurt
  • Heidelberg
  • Rudesheim
  • Rhine Cruise
  • Rhine Falls
  • Lucerne
  • Weggis
  • Vaduz
  • Innsbruck
  • Oberammergau
  • Neuschwantstein
  • Salzburg
  • Munich
About Oberammergau Passion Play:

Every 10 years, the little town of Oberammergau puts on its world famous Passion Play! This reenactment of the crucifixion of Christ has a 400 year old history within Germany, and the people within this town, as they are the Actors, Stage Hands, and Costume Designers.

Know Before You Go

We promise to do all within our power to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact us, please note should any problems arise during your trip you should first contact your local emergency contact in your destination country or the 206 Tours.

Read More