0929KL0 - Oberammergau Passion Play Pilgrimage 11 days from New York, JFK

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International departure taxes of $153 plus current fuel surcharges of $320 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
KL0929GS 09/29/2020 $5539.00
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Trip Details

Today we depart JFK 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 we enjoy a scenic drive to visit the famous Neuschwanstein Castle and the Linderhof Castle, which were both built by Mad King Ludwig. We celebrate Mass at the Monastery in Etal before continuing to Tyrol's Olympic City of Innsbruck Austria, where we view the "Golden Roof" and Hofburg Palace. We then continue to Füssen, the highest town in Bavaria. It is located near to Austria on the banks of the Lech River, which flows into the beautiful Forggensee, the man-made lake which was built to prevent flooding. It is the catchment area for all the melting snow in the spring and is drained after the middle of October. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
This morning, following some free time and Mass here in Füssen, we enjoy a scenic drive on our way to Oberammergau. We arrive in the famous Passion Play village where we transfer to our accommodations. Following lunch on our own we can visit the Oberammergau Museum or 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 in 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.
Early this morning, we celebrate Mass at the local parish church and depart Oberammergau and head south into Italy and the city of Turin. We arrive at our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning following Mass at a local parish church, we visit Turin Cathedral, dedicated to St. John the Baptist and the major church of Turin, Italy. It was built during 1491-1498 and it is adjacent to an earlier campanile (1470). In the Chapel of the Holy Shroud, the current resting place of the Shroud of Turin we view The Shroud, a centuries old linen cloth that bears the image of a crucified man. A man that millions believe to be Jesus of Nazareth. This afternoon, we depart Turin for our scenic journey into Tuscany. We conclude in the delightful Tuscan spa town of Montecatini Terme whose streets invite us to stroll after dinner at your hotel. At present, it is unknown if the shroud will be on view as it was in 2010, if not, we visit the Museum of the Shroud.
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. We admire the cupola by Brunelleschi, completed in 1240 and its campanile by Giotto. Once outside, we view the Baptistery 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. Following free time for Lunch on our own we visit the Basilica of Santa Croce. Among the most famous interred here, lay Galileo, Rossini, Michelangelo and Machiavelli. We conclude with a drive to the “Piazzale Michelangelo” for a panoramic view of the spectacular city. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning, we travel south from Florence through the Tuscan countryside to Assisi. Our first stop is in the lower town for a visit to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, and the Portiuncula, Francis' Church of the Little Portion where we celebrate Mass. We then proceed to the hilltop village of Assisi, the home of St. Francis. We begin our walking tour of the village with a visit to the Church of St. Clare and view the crucifix that spoke to St. Francis. This afternoon, we move on to the Basilica of St. Francesco. We then continue to Rome for dinner and overnight in Rome.
This morning, we make our way to St. Peter's for the Audience of Pope Francis (pending his schedule). This afternoon we visit the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Rome's second in size only to St. Peters, it is the first of our major Basilicas and the tomb of the Apostle Paul. We then make our way to St. Mary Major. This is the first church dedicated to the Blessed Mother first built in the fifth century following the Council of Ephesus. We continue our tour including the Roman Forum passing the Arch of Constantine, the Coliseum, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning, we begin our day with Mass beneath St. Peter’s. We then continue to the Vatican Museum where see the treasures of the Vatican Museum. We marvel at Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and the wonders of St. Peter’s. This afternoon, we visit the Church of St. Peter in Chains to view Michelangelo's celebrated sculpture, the "Moses." We then visit the Church of the Holy Stairs, and the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Cathedral of Rome. First built in the fourth century, the Basilica was the site of five ecumenical councils between the 12th and 16th centuries. The Popes resided in the Palace from the time of Constantine until 1304 when they moved for a short time to Avignon. We return to our hotel for our farewell dinner and overnight.
This morning, we board our flight home, arriving later today with memories to last for a lifetime!