Oberammergau Passion Play, Vienna & Salzburg Pilgrimage
Spiritual Director: Fr. Jeff Fernandez
$200 Discount Book before May 31, 2019 - Promo Code: JNOB20
September 12 - 21, 2020
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare
- Airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Accommodation at centrally located hotels as follows: (or similar)
- ~ 1 night: Sep 13 - 14: Hotel Pullman, Munich
- ~ 2 nights: Sep 14 - 16: Oberammergau area
- ~ 2 nights: Sep 16 - 18: Hotel Strudlhof, Vienna
- ~ 3 nights: Sep 18 - 21: Hotel Imlauer Pitter, Salzburg
- Transfers as per itinerary on a group basis
- Breakfast and Dinner daily
- Wine and mineral water with dinners
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Assistance of a professional local Christian guide(s)
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Category 2 Tickets to the Passion Play
- Lunch on the day of performance
- Official Passion Play Program in English
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunches. Beverages unless mentioned. Tips to your guide & driver. Items of a personal nature.
Thursday, Sep 12 | Departure to Munich
Make your way to San Francisco airport, where you will board your overnight flight(s). Your meals will be served on board.
Friday, Sep 13 | Arrive Munich
Upon arrival in Munich Airport you will find your luggage and exit the baggage claim into the arrivals hall where you will be greeted by your tour escort. After a warm welcome to Munich, you will be escorted to your transportation to the hotel. Check into the hotel. Time permitting have orientation walk of the Munich city center. Dinner at overnight at Hotel Pullman in Munich.
Saturday, Sep 14 | Munich - Wies - Neuschwanstein - Oberammergau
Following breakfast at the hotel enjoy guided tour of Munich. Begin with a visit to the Marienplatz with the world famous "Glockenspiel", and the twin-towered Frauenkirche, the most familiar landmark of old Munich. Continue on to see the Asamkirche, dedicated to the martyr St. John Nepomuk. You will see the town hall, and the magnificent boulevard Feldherrenhalle Ludwigsstrasse Siegestor, created by King Ludwig I in the middle of the 19th century. See the Residenz, the palace of the Kings of Bavaria, and the Hofgarten (exterior views only). Drive to Wieskirche (the Church in the Meadow), Germany's greatest Rococo style church. This house of worship looks like it floated down from heaven. Celebrate Mass there (subject to confirmation) and continue on to Neuschwanstein. Have independent lunch upon arrival. Explore King Ludwig's majestic castle, the Cinderella style Neuschwanstein and the King's former residence (entrance fee included). This white and dream-like fortress was built 1869 by sketches of a theatrical decorator that explains this atmosphere. Go back to the times of Wagner as you visit the royal apartments decorated with scenes from German sagas and operas, the throne rooms, and music halls, with fine candelabra and chandeliers, King Ludwig's unique bedroom with artistic wood carvings and an artificial Grotto that recalls opera themes of his former friend and composer Richard Wagner. Drive to Oberammergau area for check-in. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Oberammergau or vicinity.
Sunday, Sep 15 | Oberammergau Passion Play: Performance Day
Following breakfast drive to nearby Ettal Abbey for Mass celebration. Enjoy some time to explore Oberammergau's colorful frescos known as "Luftlmalereien" on house facades and to visit wood carving shops with amazing array of nativity scenes and religious figures. Following lunch, we will make our way to the world famous theatre to attend the performance of a lifetime, the 42nd Oberammergau Passion Play. The sleepy village springs to life every ten years to put on a play that draws the world upon it! We, too, will become part of mission of the Passion of Christ, the greatest story ever told. We all share His message of faith and love! The Oberammergau Passion Play tells the story of the Passion of Christ, beginning with His entry into 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. There are 2,000 actors (and live animals), they include local wood carvers, hotel owners, students, teachers, children, all of them interrupt their schedules to become actors, singers, orchestra members and stagehands. Requirements are strict: all actors must be born in Oberammergau, or have lived there 20 years, or be married to a villager and a resident for 10 years. All natural makeup, such as men let their hair and beards grow a year before the play. Female roles are limited to single women under age 35.
Act I will begin at 2:30 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.
(Intermission: From 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M., you will have dinner at a restaurant that is walking distance from the theatre.)
Act II will begin at 8:00 P.M. and conclude at 10:30 P.M.
What makes this performance so extraordinary is how the Stage truly comes alive! Not only in the decoration of the Set and the performance of the Actors, but with real animals and birds playing under the open sky. There are thirty-six (36) main actors who are dressed in white costumes, with their supporting cast dressed in greyish blue. The actors do not wear makeup, as that is their natural hair. Every scene is real, and live, so for example: the actor who is tied to the cross has to stay in that position for more than one (1) hour In between each scene, there are "Living Tableaus", where the live actors perform intricate sets of the Old Testament. You can never describe the feeling you get, as you see these stories being performed right in front of you.
Monday, Sep 16 | Oberammergau - Marktl - Alotting - Vienna
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Leave Oberammergau for Marktl am Inn, the birth place of Pope Benedict XVI. Visit the birth place and the local church where he was baptized. Continue on to Altotting, one of Germany's most celebrated shrines and a city whose purpose is pilgrimage. Upon arrival we'll celebrate Mass at the center of the pilgrimage complex, the Chapel of Mercy. The chapel houses a 13th century statue of the Blessed Virgin to which numerous miraculous cures are credited. While there, we have the opportunity to visit the Basilica, the Panorama of the Crucifixion and St. Konrad's Monastery. Lunch on your own. Continue on to Vienna Austria's capital. Check in, dinner and overnight.
Tuesday, Sep 17 | Vienna City Tour
Following breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vienna, home of Strauss and Mozart and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Visit the spectacular St. Stephen's cathedral, where we'll see the miraculous image of Our Lady of Mariapocs, tour the Cathedral and its catacombs, and those strong and brave may climb the 343 steps to the top of the Cathedral spire. Celebrate Mass at the cathedral. Lunch on your own. Visit of the Schonbrunn Royal palace, the summer house with 1,441 rooms including a Hall of Mirrors where Mozart performed at the age of six before a young Marie Antoinette. View of the Belvedere palace well known by its beautiful gardens. Back in the city center, we go to Karlsplatz with its Church of St. Charles Borromeo and Otto Wagner's Stadtbahn pavilions. Somewhere along the way we will have a little coffee break to enjoy the famous Vienna pastries such as Sacher cake (cake & coffee or tea included). Balance of the day at leisure. Dinner at the hotel.
Wednesday, Sep 18: Vienna - Melk Abbey - Salzburg
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. This morning we drive to Melk for a visit of the Melk Abbey - imposing Baroque style structure crowing the Danube and surrounded by a gorgeous town with Renaissance homes and winding streets reminiscent of the Middle Ages. The Abbey is the setting for Umberto Eco's 'The Name of the Rose.' Among the treasures housed here, there are paintings, sculptures, and decorative art from the 9th to 15th centuries. A magnificent library contains over 2,000 volumes from that era Celebrate Mass at the abbey. Lunch on your own. Continue on 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 . Upon arrival check-in to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Salzburg.
Thursday, September 19: Salzburg City Tour
Breakfast at the hotel. Start the morning with visit to Mariaplain Shrine. Celebrate Mass at the Shrine. 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. Lunch on your own. Balance of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Salzburg.
Friday, September 20: Salzburg Sound of Music Tour
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the Silent Night Chapel built on the same site as the former St. Nicholas' Church where this song was originally performed on December 24th, 1818. Continue to Sound of Music Tour. We drive along the Austrian Lake District, with marvelous views of the Salzkammergut Region. We visit Mondsee where, in the movie, Maria and the Baron were married in the Basilica of St. Michael. We continue on to 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 beautiful land. Return to Salzburg for dinner and overnight.
Saturday, September 21: Salzburg - Munich Airport - USA
Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Today we fondly say "Auf Wiedersehen" to Austria, we say farewell to our fellow pilgrims and new friends! Although it's an end of this journey, graces and blessings from our pilgrimage will last a lifetime! Board the coach for the transfer to Munich airport.
Sat, Jul 18: Return from Munich to USA
Today we fondly say "auf wiedersehen" to Germany, we say farewell to our fellow pilgrims and new friends! Although it's an end of this journey, graces and blessings from our pilgrimage will last a lifetime.