0918UA2 - Oberammergau Passion Play Pilgrimage 10 days from Pittsburgh

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Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $141 plus current fuel surcharges of $250 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
UA0918BH 09/18/2022 $5299.00
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Trip Details

Today, we depart Pittsburgh to connect with our transatlantic overnight flight to Prague aboard a wide-bodied jet.
Upon arrival, we are greeted by our guide who will remain with us for the duration of our pilgrimage. We start our pilgrimage by exploring beautiful Prague, starting with Castle Hill and St. Vitus Cathedral, where we celebrate Mass. Our afternoon tour of Prague includes the Old Town with the Astronomical clock, the Jewish Quarter and Charles Bridge. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Prague.
This morning, after breakfast (included daily), we visit the famous Infant Jesus of Prague at the Church of Our Lady of Victory, where we celebrate Mass. We continue our pilgrimage by traveling across the rolling hills of Southern Moravia, passing through towns which have still retained much of a medieval atmosphere. We cross the border, leaving the Czech Republic by way of the Danube valley, arriving this afternoon in Vienna. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Vienna.
We awaken in one of the most impressive cities in the world. After breakfast, we tour Vienna by coach and on foot! We view the Prater and arrive in Vienna's famous Ringstrasse, touted as the most beautiful boulevard in the world. On the site of the ring fortifications, Emperor Franz Josef constructed some of the most impressive buildings in the city. We pass by the Opera house, Charles Church, Parliament and City Hall. After this first impression, we have a guided tour through the Hofburg, winter residence of the Hapsburg Emperors and continue to the Hundertwasser house with its colorful facades and golden onion towers. We celebrate Mass, then the afternoon is free for individual exploration, shopping or perhaps a visit to the Palace of Schonbrunn, the Hapsburg summer residence. We enjoy a typical Heuriger dinner tonight in a local restaurant. Overnight at our hotel in Vienna.
Today we depart Vienna, passing through the Wachau Region, considered the most picturesque section of the Austrian Danube Valley. We stop in Melk and celebrate Mass in the towering, architecturally superb, baroque Abbey of Melk. If possible, we join the monks of Melk for their sung noon service. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Salzburg.
This spectacular city is the ancient seat of the Archbishop and the location for the Sound of Music. We begin with Mass at the Cathedral. We see the colorful old section of the town, including the Residenz Fountain and Tower, plus the Geburtshaus, Mozart's birthplace. We enjoy the unusual architecture, which lends much to the character and charm of the city. In the afternoon we visit Hellbrunn Castle with its waterplays and then take a drive to see the church in Mondsee where the Von Trapp's wedding was filmed. After returning to our hotel, we have the opportunity to explore the culinary delights of Salzburg tonight, as dinner is on our own.
After breakfast, we journey to Innsbruck, Austria to see the Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof), a landmark structure located in the Altstadt section of town. It is Innsbruck’s most famous symbol constructed to mark the wedding of Emperor Maximilian I to Bianca Maria Sforza. Our tour manager will give us an orientation tour followed by free time for lunch on our own. Next we head to Fussen to pay homage to Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos. Fr. Seelos worked in the parish of St. Philomena in Pittsburgh for nine years, part of that time with St. John Neumann. We celebrate Mass in St. Mang Basilica, and pray at the Shrine of the Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos. We also see the plaque on the house where he was born, step into the St Nicholas Krippkirche where he celebrated Mass, and stop at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Mountain (Frau am Berg Kirche) where his sisters would pray for him. Dinner and overnight in Fussen area. You may decide to enjoy an optional concert performance in Vienna tonight (not included).
Today we depart Fussen for Oberammergau. En route we see Neuschwanstein castle, belonging to King Ludwig II. Upon arrival in Oberammergau, we explore the village, visiting the many craft shops and the museum. We enjoy free time for lunch, before proceeding to the theatre for the Passion Play. In the middle of the Thirty Years War, after months of suffering and dying due to the plague, the people of Oberammergau vowed to perform "The Play of the PASSION of our LORD JESUS CHRIST" every ten years. At Whitsun 1634, they kept their promise for the first time, on a stage which they had set up in the cemetery, over the graves of those who had succumbed to the plague. In 2022, Oberammergau will, for the 42nd time, perform the play that has been carried on over the centuries in a unique continuity. The play depicts Christ’s Passion, beginning with the entry into Jerusalem and ending with the resurrection. The structure of the play is living pictures from the Old Testament and acted scenes from the New Testament. The Play employs a large choir and orchestra. The Passion Play runs from 2:30-5PM and concludes from 8-10:30 PM. We enjoy an included dinner during the interval. Overnight at our hotel in Oberammergau.
Today after breakfast we journey to Altötting and celebrate Mass at the most visited Marian Shrine in Germany. Here in this tiny octagonal chapel, we learn of the miracle that occurred here and view the statue of Our Lady, venerated for 500 years. We continue to Munich and enjoy an exciting drive through the Bavarian capital with a stop at the oldest and most famous church in Munich St. Peter’s. We drive past the Olympic village and stadium, along the Leopold Strasse with the Triumphal Arch and Hall of Generals, plus the Theatine Church and Residence Palace. We visit the Nymphenburg Palace and a stop to see the famous Glockenspiel at the new Gothic City Hall completes our tour. Dinner tonight will be at a traditional German restaurant with entertainment, German delicacies, and beer. We continue to our hotel for overnight.
We transfer to the airport for our flight home with unforgettable memories to cherish always.