St. Joseph's Church Pilgrimage
Oberammergau Passion Play
Germany, Switzerland & Austria
Spiritual Director: Msgr. James Swiader
Sept 23 - Oct 3, 2022
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare from New York
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located First Class Hotels (or similar):
- ~ 2 nights: Sept 24 - 26: Heidelberg, Germany
- ~ 2 nights: Sept 26 - 28: Weggis, Switzerland
- ~ 2 nights: Sept 28 - 30: Hotel in Oberammergau (TBA)
- ~ 2 nights: Sept 30 - Oct 2: Hotel Austria Trend Europa, Salzburg
- ~ 1 night: Oct 2 - 3: Hotel Maritim, Munich
- Breakfast and Dinner daily
- Wine/Mineral Water with Dinners
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Tour Escort throughout
- Category 1 Ticket for the Passion Play
- Lunch (on the day of Passion Play only)
- Official Passion Play Program in English
- Sightseeing and Admissions fees as per itinerary
- Masses Daily
- Tips: Hotel, Restaurants, and Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Tips to Guide and Driver, Items of personal nature.
Friday - September 23: Depart for Frankfurt
Make your way to your local airport where you will board your overnight flight(s) to Vienna. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
Saturday - September 24: Arrive in 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.
Sunday - September 25: Heidelberg - Rudesheim - Rhine River Boat Tour - Heidelberg
After breakfast, we will take a tour of Koblenz. We will board a boat that will bring us down the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine - Rhine Koblenz. As we make our way down, we will pass Castles, Vineyards, and charming riverside scenery. Take in the town of Boppard, and the famous Lorelei Rock, as we make our way to our final stop in 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 this Shrine, You will have free time on your own, to spend at your own leisure. Return to our Hotel in Heidelberg for dinner and overnight.
Monday - September 26: 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.
Tuesday - September 27: 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. 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.
Wednesday - September 28: 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.
Thursday - September 29: Oberammergau - Passion Play: Performance Day
Celebrate Mass at local church. 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 scenesand 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 Tab-leaus", 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.
Friday - September 30: Oberammergau - Neuschwanstein - 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.
Saturday - October 01: Salzburg
After breakfast, our full day tour begins with Mass at St. Peter's Abbey. Following Mass we will explore the historic center of Salzburg on foot. Its narrow streets and secluded passageways are evidence of its medieval roots. The heritage of the Catholic Church is evident in the Archbishop's Residence at DomPlatz. Visit Mirabell Palace with its beautiful gardens. Mirabell Palace, is one of the most important shooting locations from the famous Hollywood musical "The Sound of Music". Maria and the children dance around the Pegasus Fountain in front of the palace, singing the song "Do Re Mi". Experience the unique views across Mirabell Gardens towards the HohenSalzburg Castle. You will have a chance to visit the mighty Romanesque Cathedral as well as the Nonnberg Convent of Benedictine nuns. In the Getreidegasse view Mozart birthplace, now one of the most visited museums in Austria. We will make a stop at Hellbrunn Palace to enjoy its gardens and hidden trick fountains. Dinner and overnight.
Sunday - October 02: Salzburg - Munich
After breakfast, we will depart for Munich (city of the monks), the capital of Bavaria. Upon arrival, your local guide will take you on a guided tour which will include: visit the twin-towered Frauenkirche where we will celebrate Mass today. The Frauenkirche; the Church of Our Lady, is the most familiar landmark of old Munich. Step foot on Marienplatz with its world famous "Glockenspiel". Continue on to view the town hall, and the magnificent boulevard Feldherrenhalle 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. Enjoy some free time for lunch, shopping or perhaps enjoy a stein of bier at the famous Munich Hoffbrau. Dinner and overnight.
Monday - October 03: Return Home
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.
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