0905LH2 - Oberammergau Passion Play Pilgrimage 10 days from Toronto

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Lufthansa http://bit.ly/yUhPx7

Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $113 plus current fuel surcharges of $375 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
LH0905RG 09/05/2022 $5270.00
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Trip Details

Today we depart via coach to Toronto for our overnight flight to Munich. We enjoy inflight movies, dinner and breakfast aloft.
We arrive in Munich and enjoy an orientation tour of this beautiful city. Depending upon arrival time, we enjoy independent breakfast or lunch, check into our hotel. Dinner and overnight. (D)
This morning, we visit the Residenz, the palace of the Wittelsbach Family who ruled Bavaria for over 700 years. After time for an independent lunch, we travel the short distance to Dachau, the first concentration camp built by the Nazis. A visit here is a powerful and valuable experience reminding visitors that such horrors are to never happen again. Mass to be celebrated in the Carmelite Monastery at Dachau. We return to our hotel to relax and refresh before we enjoy dinner and Bavarian entertainment at Munich’s oldest brewery, the Hofbräuhaus. (B, D)
We make our way into the center of the old city to see the famous Glockenspiel at the new Gothic City Hall, the Marienplatz, and the iconic Gothic cathedral and city parish church known as the Frauenkirche. Mass to be celebrated here. Free time this afternoon for independent shopping, exploring on our own and dinner. (B)
This morning we depart Munich after breakfast for the scenic drive to Oberammergau, the famous Passion Play village. We check in at our accommodations and following an independent lunch, you can visit the Oberammergau Museum or walk among the many craft shops, known for their woodcarvings. We then head to the Theatre: “A play about death and life, promised at the moment of a fatal threat” – these are the opening words of the story of the Oberammergau Passion Play. In 1633, 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 they had set up in a cemetery, over the graves of those who have died of the plague. A promise made four centuries ago will come to life for us by hundreds of actors, choir members and musicians in one of the most extravagant productions of the passion play and a once in a lifetime experience. Our performance runs from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm and after a 3-hour dinner break (included), it concludes from 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm. After the astounding performance, we return to our accommodations for the night. (B, D)
We depart early from Oberammergau to visit the famous Neuschwanstein Castle built by King Ludwig. The castle, with its snow-white limestone façade and fanciful turrets peeking out from the forested mountain tops of the Hohenschwangau Valley, Neuschwanstein Castle could easily have been lifted from the pages of a fairy tale. In a way, it has – the German castle famously inspired Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle. After the visit, we continue to Innsbruck. On arrival, we have a walking tour of the city center where we will see the “Golden Roof’ building – the emblem of the old town, which was completed in 1500: the roof was decorated with 2,738 fire-gilded copper tiles. We also visit the Innsbruck cathedral and also the Imperial Palace (Hofburg) where we celebrate Mass in its chapel. After the walk through the city center, we will have an independent lunch break. You may choose the legendary Sacher coffee house to enjoy the world-renowned Sacher cake. Next, we continue along the Inn River to the cable car station, which will take us up the local hill “Hungerburg” for a scenic stop with stunning views of the city of Innsbruck and the surrounding mountains. We then travel to our hotel to check in and have an independent dinner. (B)
This morning, before we leave Innsbruck, we will enjoy a visit to the biggest and first Swarovsky crystal shop. The Swarovsky family originates from Innsbruck. We travel to Salzburg and begin our visit with a visit and Mass at the Franciscan Church, one of the city’s oldest. Afterwards, we explore the Old Town on a walking tour. We will pass the Festival Hall, visit the Cathedral and St Peters Abbey, and learn how the city became a bishop’s seat. We will also learn about the city’s most famous resident, Wolfgang Mozart, who was born in Salzburg and lived in the city until his late teens by visiting his birthplace. After an independent lunch, we admire the gardens and visit Mirabell Palace, where several scenes from The Sound of Music were filmed. We pass the statue of Pegasus, the same statue that Maria and the children famously danced around while singing ‘Do-Re-Mi.’ We arrive at our hotel for check in and dinner together. (B, D)
We drive from Salzburg to Vienna via the Vienna Woods. Our first stop is a visit to the Abbey Heiligenkreuz, which was founded in 1133 and is still today an active monastery. We visit the medieval cloister and the burial place of the former Babenberger rulers. This dynasty was the oldest in Austria and shaped its history throughout many centuries. We see the memorial chapel built on the site of the former imperial hunting lodge of Mayerling. In 1889 the tragedy of Crown Prince Rudolf and his mistress Baroness Vetsera took place at the lodge. We arrive at Seegrotte Hinterbrühl, where Europe’s biggest underground lake awaits you. By boat we travel through the mystically lighted galleries. The green shimmering water and the rough stonewalls add to the very special atmosphere. We drive through the picturesque landscape back to the city of Vienna, passing Lichtenstein Castle. We return to our hotel and enjoy dinner together. (B, D)
After breakfast we depart our hotel to discover the historic city of Vienna starting with Mass and a tour of the city’s Gothic landmark: St. Stephen’s Cathedral. We visit the 17th Century Capuchin Church containing the Imperial Vaults on our way to tour the Hofburg Palace, the magnificent palace of the Habsburg Dynasty. After our included lunch, our tour will include a tour of the Vienna Opera House (dependent on rehearsal schedule). We return to our hotel to get ready for the evening events. We travel to visit Schönbrunn Palace the 1,441-room summer residence of the Hapsburgs that rivals the Palace of Versailles with time to explore the vast gardens. After our tour, we enjoy an elegant dinner at the palace followed by a concert by the palace orchestra enchanting us with the melodies of Mozart and Strauss. We return to our hotel in Vienna for the night. (B, L, D)
After our breakfast this morning, we transfer to the airport for our flight home. (B)