0713LH2 - Oberammergau Passion Play and Italy Pilgrimage 10 days from Miami

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Lufthansa http://bit.ly/yUhPx7

Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $133 plus current fuel surcharges of $320 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
LH0713MC 07/13/2022 $5350.00
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Trip Details

Today we depart Miami and travel to Munich aboard a wide-bodied jet. We enjoy in-flight movies, dinner and breakfast aloft.
This morning we arrive in Munich. On arrival our tour includes the University, St. Paul's Church, German Museum, the Obelisk, Theatinir Church, Feldherrnhalle, English Gardens, Schwabing Artists’ Colony, Buergerbrau Kellar, and a visit to Nymphenburg Palace. We celebrate Mass at the 'Frauenkirche', the Cathedral of Munich. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
This morning following Mass at a local parish church, we enjoy a scenic drive to visit the famous Neuschwanstein Castle which is built by Mad King Ludwig. We continue to Tyrol's Olympic City of Innsbruck Austria, where we view the "Golden Roof" and Hofburg Palace. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
This morning, we have a scenic drive on our way to Oberammergau. Along the way we stop and celebrate Mass at the Monastery in Ettal before arriving in the famous Passion Play village where we transfer to our accommodations. Following lunch on our own we can visit the Oberammergau Museum or to simply walk among the many craft shops. We then head off to the Theatre. In the middle of the Thirty Years War, after months of suffering and dying as a result of the plague, the people of Oberammergau vowed to perform "The play of the passion, death and rising 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 died of the plague. In 2020 Oberammergau will, for the 42nd time, be putting on the play that has been carried on over the centuries in a unique continuity. The play shows the story of 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. Our performance runs 2:30 to 5:00 PM and after a 3-hour dinner break it concludes 8:00 to 10:30 PM. After our included dinner we return to view the conclusion of the play. Overnight at our accommodations.
This morning following Mass here in the Village, we depart Oberammergau and begin our thrilling ride south over the Alps into Italy. Following lunch on our own we arrive in the delightful nearby spa town of Montecatini Terme. The balance of the day is at leisure to stroll through the inviting streets of this charming town. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
This morning we drive to Florence where our first stop will be a visit to the Academia Gallery, here we view Michelangelo’s famous “David”. We continue for Mass and a visit of the Duomo, the heart of the city, here we admire the cupola by Brunelleschi, completed in 1240, its campanile by Giotto. Once outside we view the Baptistery’s with its incomparable bronze doors by Ghiberti. Afterwards, we set out to the Piazza della Signoria, dominated by the Palazzo Vecchio and its embattlement crowned tower. Across from the Palace, we visit the Loggia dei Lanzi with the statues of the Perseus by Cellini; Giambologna's the “Rape of the Sabines” and “Hercules.” Following free time for Lunch on our own we visit the Basilica of Santa Croce. Among the most famous interred here, lie Galileo, Rossini, Michelangelo and Machiavelli. Following some free time for shopping or personal adventure. We conclude with a drive to the “Piazzale Michelangelo” for a panoramic view of city spectacular city. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning, we journey through the Italian countryside arriving at Orvieto for a visit and Mass at the breathtaking Cathedral, which is known as the jewel of Italian architecture. Inside the Cathedral is the Chapel of the Corporal, which houses the chalice cloth involved in the Eucharistic Miracle, which occurred in nearby Bolsena. In the 13th century a pilgrim priest named Peter of Prague was celebrating Mass at the crypt of St. Christina. He was having a faith crisis concerning the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist and while speaking the words of the consecration, blood started to drip from the consecrated Host. Subsequently Pope Urban instituted The Feast of Corpus Christi. Afterwards, we continue south through to Rome for dinner and overnight.
This morning, we make our way to St. Peter's for an audience with Pope Francis if he is in residence. This afternoon we tour Rome’s sites, including the Basilica of St. Mary Major where we celebrate Mass and then walk to the nearby Church of St. Peter in Chains to view Michelangelo's possibly most celebrated sculpture, the "Moses." Afterwards, we see the nearby Roman Fora passing the Arch of Constantine, the Coliseum, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
This morning we visit Vatican City where we see the treasures of the Vatican Museum. We marvel at Michelangelo's recently restored frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and the wonders of St. Peter’s. This afternoon, we continue our tour with a visit to the Holy Stairs and Basilica of St. John Lateran. We continue to St. Paul Outside the Walls. This huge, imposing Basilica, second only to St. Peter’s and one of the largest churches in the Christian world, contains an unusual gallery of papal portraits: 265 tablets portraying the popes of the past. We conclude our day at one of the Catacombs, burial place of early Christians. We celebrate Mass here and view the 2nd and 3rd century fresco paintings. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Today we make our way home with memories of a lifetime.