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Sep 19, 2022

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Journey With Our Lady of Perpetual Help to Oberammergau to See the Passion Play Held Every 10 Years

Trip Length

10 Days

Current Weather

Trip Type

1-800-CATHOLIC

Trip Overview & Highlight

This 10 day program through Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Lucerne, Brussels and Oberammergau is sure to be a delight to the heart, mind and soul.

Experience the Passion Play in the midst of iconic Christian sites in Europe and deepen your understanding of the Bible and the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.

Highlights

  • Amsterdam sightseeing tour including the Dam Square, Royal Palace, New Church and a visit to the Rijksmuseum.
  • The spectacular Gothic cathedral of Cologne
  • Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university city of “Student Prince” fame.
  • The monument to the Reformation and the Cathedral at Worms, the site of Luther’s trial for heresy.
  • Oberammergau and the Passion Play
  • The Rococo church in Wies and Mad King Ludwig’s fanciful castle of Neuschwanstein.
  • Lucerne, its famous covered Wooden Bridge, ornate patrician houses and cobbled streets.

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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, Sept 19th: San Antonio

Evening departure from San Antonio International Airport. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.

DAY 2, Sept 20th: Amsterdam

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, Sept 21st: Heidelberg

Drive through the province of Utrecht and the World War II battlefields at Arnhem to the German Rhineland. There will be a lunchtime stop in Cologne for a visit to the spectacular Gothic cathedral and in the afternoon we will board an excursion steamer and cruise on the romantic Rhine past castle-crested cliffs, romantic vineyards and trim half-timbered towns. We will continue on to Heidelberg, Germany’s oldest university city of “Student Prince” fame. Mass will be celebrated at the Church of the Holy Spirit located in the middle of the market place in the old center not far from the castle. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in the Heidelberg area. (B,D)

Day 4, Sept 22nd: Oberammergau

Before leaving Heidelberg, we will stop at its castle perched above the city and offering splendid views. Continue to picturesque medieval Rothenberg and in the afternoon follow the scenic Romantic Road. We will drive the short distance to Worms – an important center of the Reformation to see the impressive Monument to the Reformation and the Cathedral. Worms is the site of Luther’s trial for heresy. It was in the Cathedral, standing before the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, that he uttered his faith affirming, death defying proclamation: “Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me.” Overnight in the peaceful Bavarian Alps, in or near the Passion Play village of Oberammergau. Mass will be celebrated at the Church of St. Peter and Paul, it dates back to the 18th century (B,D)

DAY 5, Sept 23rd: Oberammergau

Today’s activities will be the focus of our tour – Oberammergau, the Passion Play. In this charming setting, surrounded by unforgettable mountain views, we will share the last week of Christ’s life with the people of this village. Mass will be celebrated again at St. Peter and Paul Church Dinner and overnight.(B,D)

DAY 6, Sept 24th: Lucerne

Choice photo stops this morning at the pretty Rococo church in Wies and Mad King Ludwig’s fanciful castle of Neuschwanstein. From here we will descend to Lake Constance – Europe’s largest sweet-water reservoir—and follow the course of the Rhine River up to the pocket-sized Principality of Liechtenstein. Later, drive the alpine heart of Switzerland, picture-book Lucerne. Mass will be celebrated at the Jesuit Church, the first largest Baroque church built north of the Alps. Overnight at Lake Lucerne. (B,D)

DAY 7, Sept 25th: Lucerne

Lucerne reflects medieval heritage in its splendor. See the impressive city walls, the famous covered Wooden Bridge, ornate patrician houses lining cobbled streets, and the impressive Lion Monument. We will have the balance of the day at leisure. Mass will be celebrated at St. Karl Church Dinner and overnight at our hotel. (B,D)

DAY 8, Sept 26th: Lake Lucerne/Brussels

We have an early morning departure today. Tidy villages and prosperous farms are our last Swiss impressions as we enter France near Easel. Speeding through Burgundy we will view some of the world’s most famous vineyards. Our guide will point out Fontainebleau Palace and Forest, a former hunting preserve of nobility, as we drive north to the Belgian Capital. Mass will be celebrated at the Church of St. Michael and St. Gudula. The church received Cathedral status in 1962. St. Michael and St. Gudula are the Patron Saints of the City of Brussels. Dinner and overnight Brussels. (B,D)

DAY 9, Sept 27th: Brussels/Amsterdam

Today sightseeing will begin with a drive north to Brussels, the Belgian capital. A sightseeing tour will include the Grand Palace, the Palace of Justice and the Royal Palace. In the afternoon we will continue our journey by driving via Antwerp ending the day in the Netherlands. Mass will be celebrated at the Blessed Trinity Church, a church dedicated to St. Francis Xavier. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

DAY 10, Sept 28th: San Antonio

We proceed to the airport for our transatlantic flight home, where we arrive home the same day taking with us many blessings and memories to last us a lifetime. (B)
* (B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Essential Information & Weather

Weather

The weather in Central and Northern Europe 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 the region. Please consider the season of travel and the 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 the region 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 here, 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

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

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

Dress & Modesty Norms

Europe is a bit of a land of contrasts when it comes to dress. On the one hand, it is a very liberal place with growing ethnic diversity and cosmopolitan attitudes. Yet the 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 Europeans often dress more formally. Particularly in major cities, fashion-forward clothing is ubiquitous.

Food & Water

Tap water here 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 please take the usual precautions when eating out.

Timezone

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

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