13 Days

Church of the Assumption Pilgrimage

Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, & Oberammergau Passion Play

Spiritual Director: Msgr. John E. Hart

July 20 - August 1, 2020

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Prague · Bratislava · Budapest · Vienna · Mariazel · Salzburg · Altotting · Oberammergau · Munich

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. 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.


Msgr. John E. Hart


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Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare
  • All Airport Fees and Taxes
  • Centrally located first class hotels as following: (or similar)
      ~ 2 nights: July 21 - July 23: Hotel Occidental Praha Five, Prague
      ~ 2 nights: July 23 - July 25: Hotel K & K Opera, Budapest
      ~ 2 nights: July 25 - July 27: Hotel & Palais Strudlhof, Vienna
      ~ 2 nights: July 27 - July 29 Hotel Mercure City, Salzburg
      ~ 2 Nights: July 29 - July 31: Oberammergau: To Be Advised
      ~ 1 Night: July 31 - Aug 1: Pullman, Munich
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine with dinners
  • Welcome Dinner in Prague with Folklore
  • Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant in Munich
  • Lunch (on the day of Passion Play)
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Assistance of a tour escort throughout
  • Headsets for sightseeing
  • Professional local guides:
  • *Full Day Prague and Vienna (includes Schonbrunn Palace), 2 Half Days Bratislava, Half Days Budapest, Salzburg
  • *Entrances: Czech Republic: Castle District Hradcany, S.Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica, Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower *Budapest: Matyas Church, Fishermans Bastion *Austria: Hehensalzburg, Hellbrunn Palace, Schonbrunn Palace, S. Stephens Cathedral
  • *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)
Centrally located hotels or similar
hotel
Hotel Occidental Praha Five
Prague

2 Nights

hotel
Hotel K & K Opera
Budapest

2 Nights

hotel
Hotel & Palais Strudlhof
Vienna

2 Nights

hotel
Hotel Mercure City
Salzburg

2 Nights

hotel
Oberammergau area
Germany

2 Nights

hotel
Pullman
Munich

1 Night

Not included
  • Lunches. Beverages unless mentioned. Tips to your guide & driver. Items of a personal nature.
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
Mon, July 20 | Departure to Prague

Depart for your overnight flights to Prague.

Day2
Tue, July 21 | Arrive Prague

Upon arrival in Prague Airport 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 Prague you will be escorted to your transportation to your hotel. Enjoy a free afternoon to stroll the quaint streets of Prague before meeting your group. Celebrate Mass at the local church. Welcome dinner with folklore show at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel.

Day3
Wed, Jul 22 | Prague

After breakfast you'll commence your guided tour of Prague. Start with the Castle district Hradcany and a visit to St. Vitus' Cathedral (used for the inauguration of presidents and where you can find the tomb of St. Wenceslas and former rulers of the Czech Kingdom). This beautifully decorated chapel is dedicated to the patron of Czech lands, St. Wenceslas, a Bohemian Prince from the Premyslid dynasty assassinated by his own brother. The chapel was built on the former place of Romanesque rotunda where Wenceslas was buried. St. Wenceslas Chapel still keeps the holy relics of the saint. Continue on to the Basilica of St. George and a visit to Prague Castle. You will also see the Golden Lane, a row of tiny artisans' shops built outside the castle walls in medieval times. We celebrate Mass at the Church of Our Lady Victorious (subject to confirmation) and see the renowned statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague. After lunch on your own, we will cross the Charles Bridge to visit the Old Town which is considered to be one of the best historical city centers in Europe. Visit the Old Town Square, the Town Hall with its famous Astronomical Clock which comes alive when the hour strikes and the twelve disciples appear to bless the crowd, as well as the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn before returning to the hotel for dinner.

Day4
Thu, Jul 23 | Prague - Bratislava - Budapest

Celebrate Mass at a local church. Depart for Budapest. Often compared with Paris, this glamorous city has something to offer every visitor. Stop en route in Bratislava - the capital of Slovakia. After lunch on your own, visit the city walking down to the Old Town, see St. Martin's Cathedral, Michael's Gate, Academia Istropolitana historical building, Main Square, Primatial (Archbishop in the past) Palace, churches, palaces of famous families, Slovak National Theatre and castle on the hill with a panorama view on Bratislava. Arrive Budapest for dinner and overnight.

Day5
Fri, Jul 24 | Budapest

Celebrate Mass at Matyas Church (subject to confirmation). Enjoy a half day of guided sightseeing in Budapest. Visit gorgeous Romanesque style Matyas Church whose Ecclesiastical Art museum houses numerous sacred relics and medieval stone carvings, including replicas of the Hungarian royal crown and coronation jewels. Continue to the Fisherman's Bastion which takes its name from the guild of fishermen that were responsible for defending this stretch of city walls in the Middle Ages. Dinner and overnight in Budapest.

Day6
Sat, Jul 25 | Budapest - Vienna

After breakfast, depart to Vienna, Austria's capital city where we will celebrate Mass at the local church. Enjoy free time to explore Vienna or rest before dinner.

Day7
Sun, Jul 26 | Vienna

After breakfast we will enjoy a sightseeing of Vienna, home of Strauss and Mozart and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Visit of the Schonbrunn Royal Palace (entrance fee included) and summer house with 1,441 rooms including a Hall of Mirrors where Mozart performed at the age of six before a young Marie Antoinette. We continue to Karlsplatz with its Church of St. Charles Borromeo and Otto Wagner's Stadtbahn pavilions. Next, view of the Belvedere Palace well known by its beautiful gardens. Enjoy lunch on your own or a coffee break to with famous Vienna pastries such as Sacher cake (not included). Tour the cathedral and its catacombs and those strong and brave may climb the 343 steps to the top of the cathedral spire (not included). We will also see the miraculous image of Our Lady of Mariapocs. We celebrate Mass at the spectacular St. Stephen's Cathedral (subject to confirmation) with dinner and an overnight in Vienna.

Day8
Mon, Jul 27 | Vienna - Mariazell - Salzburg

After breakfast, we drive east through Austria to Mariazell, the most important pilgrimage place in Austria. We will stop and see the miraculous statue which is housed in the Lady Chapel or Chapel of Miracles, built directly over the place where Magnus established his monastic cell in 1157. We will celebrate Mass before continuing on to Salzburg, the lovely birthplace of Mozart and 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. Dinner and overnight in Salzburg.

Day9
Tue, Jul 28 | 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 (not included). 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 at your hotel.

Day10
Wed, Jul 29 | Salzburg - Altotting - Oberammergau

After breakfast at your hotel, leave Salzburg for Altotting, one of Germany's most celebrated shrines and a city whose purpose is pilgrimage. Upon arrival we will 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. Continue on to Oberammergau area for dinner and overnight.

Day11
Thu, Jul 30 | Oberammergau Passion Play

We will start our day by celebrating Mass at a local church. Then there will be some free time to relax and spend at your own leisure. Next we'll make our way to the world famous Passion Play Theatre, to attend what will be a performance of a lifetime - the 42nd Oberammergau Passion Play. The Play runs for approximately five and a half hours, and is performed in two (2) Acts:

Act I will begin at 2:30 P.M. to 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.

Day12
Fri, Jul 31 | Oberammergau area - Munich

After breakfast at your hotel, drive to nearby Ettal Abbey. Celebrate Mass at the Abbey. Next, we will depart the Oberammergau area to Munich. Munich is the capital of Bavaria, one of Germany's popular destinations. Upon arrival enjoy visiting many of Munich's top sites; Marienplatz with its world famous "Glockenspiel"; the twin towered Frauenkirche (the Church of Our Lady), which serves as the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Munich. The Cathedral is widely considered a symbol of Munich (exterior views only). Have free time for independent lunch and/or shopping. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant with overnight at the hotel in Munich.

Day13
Sat, Aug 1 | Departure

Prepare for your departure and transfer to the airport for your return flights home with memories for a lifetime!

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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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Jul 20
Monday
Aug 1, 2020
Saturday
Jul 21
Tuesday
Aug 1, 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

  • Prague
  • Bratislava
  • Budapest
  • Vienna
  • Mariazel
  • Salzburg
  • Altotting
  • Oberammergau
  • 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

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