Austria, Germany and Oberammergau Passion Play
Day 1: USA – Vienna: Depart USA for your overnight flight(s) to Vienna. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
Day 2: Arrive Vienna: Upon arrival at Vienna Airport, you will be met by your Guide and Driver who will transfer you to the hotel for check-in, dinner, and overnight.
Day 3: Vienna: After breakfast, we will begin to tour the most important historical sights of Vienna. Begin our day with a visit to St. Stephen’s Cathedral for visit and Mass. Then, we pass by the Hofburg Palace (the winter residence of the Habsburg emperors), the Capuchin Church (which contains the imperial vaults), St. Charles' Church (a splendid example of late Baroque architecture), and the Belvedere Palace (former residence of Prince Eugene of Savoy.) Drive around the Ring, one of the most magnificent boulevards in the world, passing the Vienna Opera, Museums, House of Parliament, City Hall, and the Burgtheater. You will have some free time for lunch at your own leisure. Later in the afternoon, we will experience an extended tour of the Schönbrunn Palace. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Vienna - Melk Abbey – Lake District – Salzburg: After buffet breakfast this morning, we will drive through the magnificent scenery along the Danube, known as the Wachau, a region that is the pride of the historic preservation movement in Austria. We will stop for a visit in Melk, with its Abbey crowning the rocky hill overlooking the Danube. It is the best sample of Baroque architecture in Austria. Visit the Benedictine Abbey, which was founded in 1702. Its library contains over 80,000 books, and 2,000 manuscripts - all on religious subjects. Celebrate Mass, and then have time to grab lunch at your own leisure. After lunch, we drive along the Austrian Lake District, with marvelous views of the Salzkammergut region to Leopoldskron. This afternoon, we will arrive at the Baroque city of Salzburg, a jewel set on the beautiful banks of the Salzach River. Check-in at your hotel in Salzburg, in time for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Salzburg: Buffet breakfast at your hotel. This morning, you will be transferred to the Shrine of Maria Plain in Salzburg, where we will celebrate Mass at the Shrine. Continue on a guided tour of Salzburg’s sights starting at Mirable Gardens, then along Getreidegasse, the city’s pedestrian street, lined with authentic 17th and 18th century buildings including the house where Mozart was born. View Monchsberg with the fortress “Hohensalzburg” which overlooks the city. See Residenzplatz, the center square of Salzburg, dominated by the dynamic sculpture of the Residenzbrunnen, the largest baroque fountain north of the Alps. The Residenz building, built in 1596, was once the palace of the Bishops. Nearby stands the Cathedral dating from 1614. Next, visit St. Peter's Abbey, next to the cemetery where the escape was filmed in "Sound of Music" and where most of Mozart's religious works were premiered. You will have time for lunch on your own, and then the remainder of the day free to spend at your own leisure. Return to our Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Excursion to Bavaria: Silent night Chapel - Marktl am Inn – Altotting: After breakfast, we will begin the day with a visit to the Silent night chapel where the famous Christmas Carol was written. Then we drive north to the Austrian and Germany boarder, along the River Inn to the little town of Marktl am Inn home town of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI where we visit the local church where the Pope was Baptised at and his birth palce now functioning as a Museum. We depart for Altotting, with time to grab lunch on your own. Altotting hosts one of Germany's most celebrated shrines, the Chapel of Mercy. Altotting is Germany's Lourdes, with the Chapel's 13th century statue of the Blessed Virgin credited with numerous miracles. Altotting has been a place of pilgrimage in Germany for over 500 years. At the Shrine we visit the 750 year-old Black Madonna. We will celebrate Mass, and then return to Salzburg. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Salzburg.
Day 7: Altotting – Ettal – Oberammergau: Start the morning with breakfast, then depart for Bavaria to explore King Ludwig's majestic castle, the Cinderella-style Neuschwanstein, and the King's former residence. Lunch on own before we visit the Monastery of Ettal, almost 2700 feet above sea level, located in a narrow mountain valley of the Western Alpine foothills. Celebrate Mass at the Monastery, and then continue on our transfer where we will arrive in the late afternoonn in Oberammergau, home of the famous Passion Play. The little village of Oberammergau, is home of the famous Passion Play of the life of Christ. The play dates back to 1633 when the Plague, the "Black Death", took a severe toll of lives in the small village. In their distress, the inhabitants turned to God and vowed that if the pestilence was taken from them, they would perform a play every ten years, depicting the suffering and death of the Savior. Their plea was heard and there were no further plague victims in Oberammergau. The first performance of the Passion play took place in 1634 in the village cemetery. Dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Oberammergau – Passion Play: Performance Day Following breakfast, you will have some free time in the morning before we make our way to the theatre to attend the performance of the world famous Oberammergau Passion Play. There will be a three (3) hour intermission that will allow you time to get lunch and walk around. Following the performance, you will meet for dinner and have the opportunity to discuss the play with your fellow pilgrims.
Day 9: Oberammergau – Munich: After buffet breakfast, we leave Oberammergau and drive north to Munich (city of the monks). This is the capital of Bavaria, and the second largest city in Germany. Upon arrival, your local guide will take you on a half-day tour of the city. Visit the Marienplatz and the world famous “Glockenspiel,” the twin-towered Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), and most familiar landmark of old Munich. Continue on to see 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. Celebrate Mass at Fraunekirche, and then have time to get lunch on yoru own. Check-in at your hotel and have the remainder of the day to spend at your own leisure. We will conclude the day with a Farewell Dinner at a local Brauhaus restaurant, or Hotel.
Day 10: End of Pilgrimage: Stop for breakfast, and then board the bus that will bring the group to Munich Airport for the return flights home. You will bid farewell toy our new friends by fondly saying, Guten Tag Germany, and to a Pilgrimage which will be in your memories and hearts for a long time to come.
Your trip includes:
• Round-trip airfare from your desired Airport *book without airfare (land only option)
• All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
• Centrally located hotels: (or similar)
~ 2 nights: Vienna
~ 3 nights: Salzburg
~ 2 nights: Oberammergau area
~ 1 night: Munich
• Breakfast and Dinner daily
• Wine with dinners
• Transfers as per itinerary
• Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
• Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide(s)
• Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
• Catholic Priest available for Spiritual Direction
• Tickets to the Passion Play
• Official Passion Play Program in English
• Mass daily & Spiritual activities
• Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
• Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
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