2020 Europe’s Christian Heritage Tour with Oberammergau Passion Play
Prepare to be moved, inspired and challenged by this event… The Oberammergau Passion Play ›
Departs Rome September 24th 2020, for 21 days. Rome, Venice, Lucerne, Leipzig, and Prague. Announcement_OPP_ECH_2020
With Post-Tour option: Israel: ‘In The Footsteps Of Jesus’ ›
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Day 1, Thursday, Sep 24th
On arrival in Rome, you are met at the airport by your Tour Leader and transferred to your centrally located First Class hotel. Tonight meet your fellow travellers for a Welcome drink and dinner. [D]
Day 2, Friday, Sep 25th
Catholic Rome today, including entrances and a guided tour of St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s masterpiece.
Day 3, Saturday, Sep 26th
While Rome has been the capital of the Catholic world for centuries, it was the capital of the Classical world before then. This morning’s sightseeing includes elements of that Classical world – the Colosseum and Pantheon.
Rome - Day trip to Assisi [B]
Day 4, Sunday, Sep 27th
A visit today to the beautiful Umbrian village of Assisi, forever associated with the life of St Francis, everyone’s favourite saint. Assisi is also the home of St Clare, friend of St Francis and founder of the Poor Clares. Back to Florence tonight.
Day 5, Monday, Sep 28th ^ Top ^
We join our Eurostar Italia for the journey through the Apennines, to Padua, home of St Anthony and Giotto’s Scrivoni Chapel. In the afternoon we take the local train on into Venice. Anyone for a vaporetto ride down the Grand Canal, as dusk settles and the lights come on in St Mark’s Square?
Day 6, Tuesday, Sep 29th
This morning we begin to explore the art and history of Venice. Byzantine St Mark’s is considered by many to be the most beautiful church in the world. Echoing the Haggia Sophia Church in Constantinople, Christendom’s finest Church for a millennium. Art lovers will want to see the 22 Tintoretto paintings of the life of Christ (including the very moving Crucifixion) in the Scuola di San Rocco and Titian’s “Assumption of the Virgin” in the Friary Church.
Day 7, Wednesday, Sep 30th
There is time for a gondola ride or for a visit to an outer island - Burano for exquisite lace and Murano for world-famous Venetian glass.
Day 8, Thursday, Oct 1st
Farewell Italy today. As our luggage is taken on ahead, we train through the Dolomites and the Brenner Pass into Austria and the beautiful Alpine Village of Igls, perched above Innsbruck.
Day 9, Friday, Oct 2nd
Pack an overnight bag, for our transfer to the village of Oberammergau where we arrive in time for lunch and to settle into our overnight accommodation, returning to the theatre in the village for the first half of the performance this afternoon. Prepare for an inspirational experience as we re-live the last week of the earthly life of Jesus. There is a break for dinner and, then we return for the climax of the performance. We are transferred to our overnight accommodation.
Day 10, Saturday, Oct 3rd ^ Top ^
This morning we return to our hotel in the village of Igls, for a relaxing afternoon.
Day 11, Sunday, Oct 4th
An exploration of the city of Innsbruck today, and a ride to the top of the Alps for a breathtaking view from 7,000 feet.
To Lucerne, via the Glacier Express [B] [D]
Day 12, Monday, Oct 5th
We pass through the Arlberg Pass today to Switzerland, then ride the world’s favourite little red train, the Glacier Express, to beautiful lakeside Lucerne, our home for 3 nights.
Lucerne - visit Calvin’s Geneva or Mount Pilatus [B]
Day 13, Tuesday, Oct 6th
A visit on Swiss Rail to Geneva – spiritual home for members of Reformed or Presbyterian churches – or, alternatively, an excursion by rack railway to the top of Mount Pilatus (refuge of Pontius Pilate, according to local legend) at 7,000 feet, then cable car back down to our hotel in Lucerne.
Lucerne - visit Zurich or Jungfrau Express [B]
Day 14, Wednesday, Oct 7th
A visit today to Zurich and its nearby Shrine of our Lady at Einsiedeln and its Black Madonna, Switzerland’s most visited Catholic shrine. Alternatively, you may take an escorted walking tour of Zurich’s Reformation sites. This was Zwingli’s hometown. A third choice is an optional rail excursion to the “top of Europe”, the 11,333 feet Jungfrau, named for the Virgin Mary.
Day 15, Thursday, Oct 8th ^ Top ^
Our luggage is taken on ahead as we cross the border into Germany to the area where Martin Luther, the father of the Protestant Reformation, lived and worked. Our base is the historic city of Leipzig, home to both Goethe and Johann Sebastian Bach.
Day 16, Friday, Oct 9th
A short train ride today to the historic market town of Wittenberg, the setting of Martin Luther’s protest against the Roman Catholic Church. Here he nailed the 95 theses on the Church door.
Day 17, Saturday, Oct 10th
Choices today: either a tour around more of the sites associated with the life of Martin Luther –
Eisleben and Erfurt, or a visit to Germany’s capital city, Berlin. Our sightseeing introduces us to the city which divided Europe for 45 years – the Brandenberg Gate, the Reichstag, Unter den Linden. Back to Leipzig tonight.
Day 18, Sunday, Oct 11th
Our luggage is taken on ahead to Prague, but we stop over en route in Dresden, said to be Germany’s most beautiful city until bombed in 1945. The baroque city is now re-emerging from the ashes. The bell-shaped Frauenkirche, certainly Germany’s most distinctive cathedral, is finally restored after standing in ruins during 44 years of Communist rule. We arrive in Prague in the late afternoon.
Day 19, Monday, Oct 12th
Much of the Old City of Prague is untouched from the 12th century. The Castle, the Cathedral with its tiny chapel on the spot where Good King Wenceslas was martyred in the tenth century, the Charles Bridge, Wenceslas Square, and the Jewish Quarter all feature in our sightseeing.
Day 20, Tuesday, Oct 13th ^ Top ^
Prague was home to John Huss, forerunner of Luther by 100 years. It is also home to the Black Infant Jesus of Prague. We can visit both Hus’ Bethlehem Chapel and the Shrine of the Infant of Prague. Our Farewell Dinner tonight.
Day 21, Wednesday, Oct 14th
The tour ends after breakfast today. Those joining the Israel post-tour “In the Footsteps of Jesus” join our flight today to Israel.
Escorted Tour costs:
$AUD 13,950 per person Twin Share.
Land Content only (i.e. join in Rome, leave in Prague).
Single supplement $AUD 2,000
Enquire about our competitive airfares.
$1,000 per person initial deposit is required immediately to confirm your seat. A further $2,500pp deposit is required 12 months before departure. Balance will be payable 4 months before departure.
Earlybird Special For Solo Travellers:
Solo travellers booking and paying the $1,000 initial deposit before March 31st 2018 will be guaranteed a single room without the single supplement.
- Oberammergau Passion Play
- The Vatican & Sistine Chapel
- Many important Christian shrines and points of Church history.
- Italian Frecciargento
- Glacier Express
- Austrian Railjet
- German ICE
What’s included?^ Top ^
- All stops 3 nights minimum (except Oberammergau village)
- 4 star city centre hotels and historic village inns with buffet breakfasts
- One dinner at each stop
- First Class rail travel throughout, with full luggage handling
- All sightseeing and entrances with local guides
- Entrance to a performance of Oberammergau Passion Play
The TOUR COST does NOT include:^ Top ^
- Hotel incidentals (eg. Mini-bars, telephone calls, laundry), airport and departure taxes, local transport in any city,
- Optional excursions listed or meals other than breakfast and the one restaurant dinner in each city - the first night in each new city, except Prague where it takes the form of a farewell dinner.
Commences 14 October 2020
Post-tour Add-on Israel: In The Footsteps Of Jesus
Day 1, Wednesday, Oct 14th
You are welcomed on arrival in Tel Aviv Airport and transferred to your beachside hotel in Tel Aviv. Rest from the flight and meet your fellow pilgrims over dinner tonight. [D]
Day 2, Thursday, Oct 15th
We drive north today to the Galilee region where Jesus spent most of his life, visiting Nazareth & Cana on the way to our hotel on Lake Galilee. [B][D]
Day 3, Friday, Oct 16th
Today we cross Lake Galilee on a fishing boat to the Mount of the Beatitudes, then visit the Mount of Transfiguration and Caesarea Philippi. Back to our hotel on Lake Galilee. [B] [D]
Day 4, Saturday, Oct 17th
Heading south today, we visit the site where Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, and on to Jerusalem. We pause for a spectacular view of Jerusalem from Mount Scopus, and a visit to the Garden of Gethsemane, before arriving in our Jerusalem hotel. [B] [D]
Day 5, Sunday, Oct 18th ^ Top ^
We visit the Temple Mount today and the Western Wall. We explore the colourful bazaars, and walk the Via Dolorosa (Stations of the Cross) to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, said to be built on the spot of Jesus’ Tomb. In the afternoon we visit Jesus’ birthplace, in the nearby village of Bethlehem and visit the Shepherds’ Fields, the Manger Square and the Church of the Nativity. Back to our Jerusalem hotel. [B][D]
Day 6, Monday, Oct 19th
We return to Tel Aviv for a visit to Joppa and a quiet afternoon. [B]
Day 7, Tuesday, Oct 20th
Our tour ends this morning. There is a transfer to the airport for your onward or homeward flight. [B]
Add-on Tour costs:
$AUD 4,500 per person, Twin Share, including flight from Prague to Tel Aviv.
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