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Experience Central Europe and the world famous Passion Play in Oberammergau with Fr. Belizaire of Sacred Heart Church

Trip Length

10 Days

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1-800-CATHOLIC

Trip Overview & Highlight

Journey with us to Oberammergau for the Passion Play, along with Central Europe’s holiest sites across 10 days of spiritual enrichment.
We’ll make stops in Prague, Salzburg, Munich, Vienna and Oberammergau to experience vibrant culture, history, and Christian tradition. Join us in fellowship for this unforgettable, soul-stirring adventure.

Highlights

  • Visit the enchanting city of Prague, with its 1,100 year old skyline, domed rooftops, soaring steeples.
  • See the renowned statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague, a high point for pilgrimages, where many miracles have been recorded.
  • Visit Salzburg, the lovely birthplace of Mozart, the city of great houses, mansions, Festival Hall, and the Mirabelle Gardens.
  • Visit the mighty 17th century Romanesque Cathedral dedicated to St. Rupert, and the Nurnberg Convent of Benedictine Nuns, founded in 713 and considered the oldest Nunnery in the world.
  • Top it all off with the experience of a lifetime in Oberammergau, with the Passion Play.

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What’s Included

  • International airfare from New York gateway
  • 8 nights hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Ground & Air Transportation
  • Sightseeing & Entrance fees
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Director throughout
  • Private motorcoach & driver
  • Porterage of 1 piece of luggage per person

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Prices & Dates

 

Prices are based on double occupancy: all other room configurations are on request and cannot be guaranteed. We will accommodate triples/quads whenever possible. Please call for further details.

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Itinerary

Day 1: AUGUST 8 - USA/Prague

We depart the USA on our transatlantic flight bound for the Czech Republic. Dinner and breakfast served on board..

Day 2: AUGUST 9 - Prague

Upon arrival in the enchanting city of Prague, with its 1,100 year old skyline, domed rooftops, soaring steeples, and countless spires, we are greeted by our tour escort and start on a panoramic tour of the city before transferring to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)

Day 3: AUGUST 10 - Prague

After breakfast, we begin our tour of beautiful Prague by celebrating Mass at the Church of Our Lady Victorious. Here, we will see the renowned statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague, a high point for pilgrimages, where many miracles have been recorded. We visit Old Town by way of Golden Lane, then on to Lesser Town to see the medieval Charles bridge, adorned with many baroque statues of saints and providing spectacular views of the River Itava and the superb Gothic Gates. We will also see St. Nicholas Church, the Astronomic Clock, and the Prague Castle district, where we’ll tour St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George Basilica, Loreto Church, Strahov Monastery, and Wenceslas Square. Din- ner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 4: AUGUS T 11 - Prague/Regensburg/Salzburg

We leave Prague and drive into Bavaria to the 2,000 year old city of Regensburg along the Danube River. Amidst a medieval landscape founded by Marcus Aurelius, we visit the home of Germany’s most impressive Gothic Cathedral, dedicated to St. Peter and the home of the Domspatzen Choir. Mass will be celebrated here. We will have time to explore this ancient city, encompassing 16 acres and many eras, along narrow walkways and over 12th century stone bridges. Continue to Salzburg, the lovely birthplace of Mozart, the city of great houses, mansions, Festival Hall, and the Mirabelle Gardens. Hear the bells of the great Glockenspiel Tower, performed to a melody of Mozart’s. Dinner and overnight in Salzburg. (B,D)

Day 5: AUGUS T 12 - Salzburg/Munich

After breakfast, our full day tour of this UNESCO World Heritage (1997) city begins with Mass at St. Peter’s Church-yard, a Benedictine Monastery considered to be one of the oldest monasteries in Germany and still in operation since its foundation in 696 AD. Since Salzburg is compact and best explored on foot, we will stroll the narrow, winding lanes and secluded passageways that expose the city’s medieval roots. The heritage of the Catholic Church is evident in the Archbishop’s Residence and the decoration of the State Rooms, available for viewing. Visit the mighty 17th century Romanesque Cathedral dedicated to St. Rupert, the Nurnberg Convent of Benedictine Nuns, founded in 713 and considered the oldest Nunnery in the world, and the Fortress Hohen Salzburg. We stop at Heilbronn Palace to enjoy its gardens and hidden trick fountains. In the afternoon we depart for Munich where we visit the Asamkirche, one of the most richly decorated rococo churches in the world. A relatively small church, it is named for its two builders, the brothers Cosmas & Egid Asam. The skeleton of St. Johannes Nepomuk, for whom the church is formally named, is enshrined there in a glass case. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 6: AUGUST 13 - Munich/Altotting/Oberammergau Area

Our sightseeing tour begins in the town of Altotting, referred to as the “Heart of Bavaria,” with Germany’s most famous Marian Shrine dating back over 500 years. Each year over a million pilgrims visit the Alotting shrine to venerate the “Black Madonna,” a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary, and to pray for healing. The shrine displays many crutches as a testimony to successful healings and answered prayers. Mass will be celebrated at the center of the pilgrimage complex, the Chapel of Mercy. While there, we have the opportunity to visit St. Konrad Monastery, where the saint’s relics are housed under the altar, and St. Anna Basilica, the largest church built in Germany in the 20th century. We end our tour with a visit to the Panorama of the Crucifixion of Christ , the Pilgrim Museum, and more. Continue to Oberammergau area for 2 nights stay. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 7: AUGUST 14 - Oberammergau/Play

The entire day is spent attend- ing the world famous performance of the Passion Play. Performed every 10 years since 1634 in this beautiful hamlet, the entire population takes part in the play in thanksgiving to God for saving them from the black plague. (B,D)

Day 8: AUGUS T 15 - Munich/Mariazell/ Vienna

After breakfast, we motor east through Austria to Mariazell to the 14th century Basilica Maria Geburt (Birth of the Virgin Mary), the most important pilgrimage site in Austria and visited by almost a million pilgrims each year. We will stop and see the miraculous statue, which is housed in the Lady Chapel or Chapel of Miracles, built directly over the place where Magnus established his monastic cell in 1157. We continue on to Vienna, Austria’s capital. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 9: AUGUS T 16 - Vienna

After breakfast we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vienna, home of Strauss and Mozart and one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We see the spectacular St. Stephen’s Cathedral, where we celebrate Mass. At St. Stephen’s, we’ll see the miraculous image of Our Lady of Mariapocs, transferred from Hungry to Vienna for protection. It is an Icon of the Virgin Mary pointing to the Child Jesus signifying, “He is the way”; the child is holding a three stemmed rose symbolizing the Holy Trinity. We continue our tour of the Cathedral and its catacombs, and those strong and brave pilgrims may climb the 343 steps to the top of the Cathedral spire. Our next visit is the Schonbrunn Royal palace and summer house with 1,441 rooms, including a Hall of Mirrors where Mozart performed at the age of six before a young Marie Antoinette. View of the Belvedere Palace well known for its beautiful gardens. Back in the city center, we go to Karlsplatz, with its Church of St. Charles Borromeo and Otto Wagner’s Stadtbahn pavilions. Somewhere along the way we will have a little coffee break to enjoy the famous Vienna pastries such as Sacher cake. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 10: AUGUST 17 - Vienna/USA

After breakfast we transfer to Vienna Airport for our flight to USA arriving home the same day. We take with us many memories and blessings to last a life time. (B)

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Essential Information & Weather

Weather

Germany weather is a mix of two major climatic conditions – the continental (in the south) and the maritime (in the north). Overall, it is a country of good climate over all, with the best time to visit Germany is in the shoulder seasons of Spring and Autumn.

Spring begins on the colder end of things, with March still cold and stiff, but the end of the month brings some life back to the land. The real spring season begins come April and trees start to blossom. May is at its best spring behavior and the weather is never better. Hence if you wish to visit Germany and avoid crowds, April-May make for a great time. Spring season also marks the celebration of Easter and many business and trade fairs take the country by storm.

Summer makes for the peak tourist season in Germany, as it does in the rest of Europe. Weatherwise, expect highs in the 80’s — perfect for exploring the outdoors, as well as the many music festivals that come through.

Autumn is a shoulder season and a good time to visit to avoid crowds. October is the time of drying leaves and everything green is overnight turned to gold. The average day temperature stays in the 60’s and drops to low 50’s come nightfall. Autumn is also the major season of rain in the country so please come prepared.

Wintertime in Germany can get brutal. The major northern chunk of Germany, due to close proximity to the sea, is a windy green landscape, while southern parts see freezing temperatures that sometimes dip to -4°F. The season is not for ideal for travel, but those who brave the cold can enjoy beautiful Christmas markets and Carnival in February.


For a real-time weather report: https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/germany

Packing List

The following suggested packing list is for a general week to ten days’ trip in Germany. Please consider the season of travel and type of trip to adjust, given the significant difference between warm summers and fiercely cold winters.

• 7-9 x pairs of underwear, sock
• 2-3 x loose, lightweight trousers or skirts– one full length and one cropped pair would be ideal
• 2-3 x shorts (if in warmer season)
• 2-3 x long, loose shirts
• 4-5 x t-shirts or tops (think layers in wintertime)
• 2-3 evening tops
• 1-2 pairs of comfortable walking/running shoes
• 1 x pair of more formal shoes
• 1 rain/wind-proof jacket
• 2-3 sweaters or other colder-weather gear
Scarf – Men and women wear scarfs throughout the year, especially in fall and winter.
• sunglasses
• sun hat
• toiletries
• 1 x day bag
• 1 x evening bag
• European adapter
• Phone, camera and any other electronics needed
• passport and travel docs
• insurance

Passports

Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months following your return from the Schengen area, and that you have at least two blank pages available for the entry stamp.

Visa

Visas are not required for stays less than 90 days.

Currency & Exchange

The currency of Germany is the Euro, which breaks into 100 cents. You will be able to exchange dollars for Euros in most hotels, as well as at banks and registered money exchanges. ATMs can be found throughout the country, and most major credit/debit cards can be used to withdraw cash.

Cash is truly king in Germany, and many smaller businesses may not be too obliging if you use plastic, particularly for smaller purchases. That said, most major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express to certain extent) are accepted, and ATMs are ubiquitous. The cash machines are also often your best for lowest exchange rates, so try to skip the exchange houses at first.

Tipping is not obligatory, but is appreciated. There is no standard for you to follow, but consider rounding up on restaurant bills, and adding a euro while paying for a taxi-ride. Please note that tips should be in cash.

Phone & Internet Connectivity

Wifi access in Grmany can be tricky, given a ruling by the German civic court on public providers’ responsibility for unlawful actions taken by customers using their services.


As such, Free wifi at cafes and hotels can sometimes be limited if available at all. Public wifi zones are often accessed at cost, which can run up a hefty tab after days of use.

Internet connectivity on your mobile device is available throughout most of the country, but unless you have unlimited roaming, your bill may leave you a nasty surprise. If your mobile phone allows for it, and you are in need of constant connectivity, you can always purchase a local SIM card and a prepaid plan. This provides you with. Local phone number and internet access, allowing for your mobile phone to double as a modem through the mobile hotspot function.

Electricity and Adapters

In Germany the power plugs and sockets are of type F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Dress & Modesty Norms

Germany is a land of contrasts when it comes to dress. On the one hand, Germany is a liberal democracy with growing ethnic diversity and cosmopolitan attitudes. Yet German culture is historically more conservative and still holds on to its rigid characteristics. Travelers won’t be bothered for their dress, as long as you keep to modest clothes when entering religious sites. But to blend in remember that , as in the rest of Europe, Germans dress more formally. Particularly in major cities, fashion-forward clothing is ubiquitous.

Food & Water

Tap water in Germany is among the safest and cleanest in the world. However, locals may still opt for bottled water when dining out. Food hygiene matches water safety, but pleas take the usual precautions when eating out.

Timezone

Germany is +2 hours UTC. You can find up-to-date time information here: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/germany

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