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Sep 07, 2022

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Italian Renaissance and Oberammergau + the Passion Play with Gulf Pine Catholic, hosted by Father Tommy Conway

Trip Length

11 Days

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1-800-CATHOLIC

Trip Overview & Highlight

Take in this magnificently crafted pilgrimage that blends the highest depths of spirituality, combining a visit to the Holy See with an exploration of St. Francis’s life, followed by a faith-enriching journey through major shrines and historical sites along the way from Italy to Oberammergau, settings of the unmatched decennial Passion Play.

The History of the World Famous Oberammergau Passion Play: In the 17th Century, the black plague ravaged Europe killing one third of its population. The people of Oberammergau prayed to be spared, vowing that every decade they would present a play depicting the Passion of Jesus Christ. Generation after genera- tion of villagers have kept the vow since 1634. The story unravels before your eyes from His triumphal entry into Jerusalem to His resurrection.

The Roles have been passed on from Father to Son, Mother to Daughter, strictly adhering to the traditions of the forefathers. This is an event to behold, so do not miss it, and join Father Tommy Conway and The Gulf Pine Catholic on this REGINA TOURS Pilgrimage celebrating its fourth season at Oberammergau.

Highlights

  • An opportunity to attend a Papal Audience
  • Witness the wonders of Michelangelo’s Statue of David and the Sistine Chapel
  • View the incorrupt body of St. Clare in Assisi
  • A brief stop in the scenic Austrian city of Innsbruck
  • The Passion of Christ Play in Oberammergau

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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 7 - DEPART NEW ORLEANS

Today we meet at our international airport for our flights to Munich. Dinner and Breakfast will be served onboard.

DAY 2: Sept 8 - MUNICH/OBERAMMERGAU

Arrive in Munich where we will be met by our Special Tour Escort and drive to the town of Oberammergau to our hotel for check in. Remainder of day at your leisure to relax and stroll this historical tiny Hamlet on your own. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (D)

Day 3: Sept 9 - OBERAMMERGAU

After breakfast we will attend a Morning Mass in Memory of September 11th. We will then transfer to the outdoor theater to experience the last week of Christ’s life in this amazing presentation of the Passion of Christ as performed by the local villagers every 10 years since 1634. Return to hotel for Dinner and overnight (B, D)

Day 4: Sept 10 - OBERAMMERGAU

Breakfast at the hotel then you will have the rest of the day at leisure to reflect on the memorable experience of yesterday’s Passion Play and explore this serene village of Bavaria. Return to the hotel for Dinner (B, D)

Day 5: Sept 11- INNSBRUCK/BOLZANO

After breakfast we depart for Italy. Enroute we will enjoy a brief stop in Innsbruck, where the scenery is magnificent, surrounded by the towering Alps, and an old city charm prevails. View the famous Goldenes Dachl, “Golden Roof,” built in the 15th Century for Emperor Maximilian’s wedding, the Triumphal Arch and the City Tower. Visit St. Jakob’s Ca- thedral, a point of pilgrimage since the 16th Century. Then on to Bolzano, located in a lovely valley with vineyards set in the Italian Alps. Check into hotel. Dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 6: Sept 12 - BOLZANO/VENICE/PADUA

This morning, after breakfast we board our bus and continue our tour going South to Venice to visit the famous landmarks, including St. Mark’s Square, the largest square in the city, San Marco’s Basilica, the Doge’s Palace, the Campanile, and the famous Clock Tower. Balance of the day at your leisure to have lunch on your own and take time for a gondola ride on your own before arriving in Padua to check into our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 7: Sept 13 - PADUA/FLORENCE

After Breakfast, we visit the Basilica dedicated to St. Anthony, the Patron Saint of Lost Things and Causes, buried there. We will visit his tomb, venerate his incorruptible tongue, his relics, and his clothing, which are displayed in a room reserved for numerous reliquaries. The interior is richly decorated with frescoes, among which its greatest art treasures are the Donatello bronzes at the Main Altar. Then on to the Cappella degli Scrovegni (Arena Chapel) to view the well-preserved Giotto frescoes of more than 35 Biblical scenes. We will celebrate Mass in Padua before continuing South into the Region of Tuscany and its Capital, the beautiful City of Florence. Upon arrival there we have an Orientation tour. Florence is “The Renaissance City”. We will visit the Duomo, Santa Croce Church, where many nobles are buried, and the Academy Museum, to see the famous statue of “David” by Michelangelo. Then shop at the sidewalk vendors for the excellent leather goods, for which Florence is famous. Dinner and overnight at our hotel. (B, D)

Day 8: Sept 14 – FLORENCE – ASSISI - ROME

Breakfast at the hotel and travel to Assisi the town of beloved St. Francis. We will tour important sites that follow the Saint’s life, including the beautiful 13th century Basilica built over his crypt. Other important sites include the Church of St. Clare, which houses her incorrupt body, the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, built over the Porziuncola, the start of the Franciscan Order, the thornless rose bush and the cave where the Saint retired for prayer. Continue on to Rome, check into our hotel in time to have dinner in the Eternal City. Overnight hotel (B, D)

Day 9: Sept 15 - ROME

After breakfast, transfer to the Vatican museum. Your visit to the Vatican, and its glorious art treasures, will be a highlight of your stay in Rome. View the vast collection of art and antiquities in the Vatican Museums. Your guide will lead you to the Sistine Chapel through a portion of these treasures such as the Candelabra Gallery where you can admire the Greek – Roman art, the Tapestries with the most extraordinary Flemish works and the Map Gallery with exceptional geographical details. Visit the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo’s ceiling fresco depicting the history of the creation and the Last Judgement overlooks Italian art master- pieces. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, surrounding the world’s largest church. While Bernini designed most of works found in the church, Michel- angelo’s Pietà is also housed here; St. Peter’s Square. Free time for lunch on your own then meet and continue our guided tour of the Basilicas, St. Mary Magior, St. John in Lateran and St. Paul outside the wall and catacombs. Dinner at hotel and overnight in Rome. (B, D)

Day 10: Sept 16 - ROME

After Breakfast and morning Mass, we transfer to Vatican City to attend the Papal Audience (if available). Free time for lunch on your own, after which we will visit The Col- osseum. You can walk through the fountains and squares of Rome, where you can admire The Spanish Steps where a fountain by Ber- nini and the stairway on which the Trinità dei Monti church stands contributes to create a refined and elegant atmosphere, the Trevi Fountain, one of the most famous fountains in the world, a jewel of water and stone, the triumph of baroque aesthetics. Throw a coin in it, to be ensured a return to Rome. The Column of Marcus Aurelius,

the Palazzo di Montecitorio, designed by Bernini, the Pantheon (visit inside) built as a temple dedicated to all past, present and future deities, converted into a Christian Basilica called Santa Maria della Rotonda or Santa Maria ad Martyres, Palazzo Madama seat of the senate, and Piazza Navona, the most elegant and the most joyous Roman square, built on the ashes of the Stadium of Domitian. You can admire the beautiful fountains of the four rivers and the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone. The square is still today a meeting point for Romans and tourists, who stay in the many outdoor cafes that surround it. Transfer back to the Hotel to prepare for our “Special Farewell Dinner” in a local restaurant. Overnight Rome. (B, D)

Day 11: Sept 17 – ROME/USA - DEPARTURE

Breakfast and transfer to the airport for our flight home, arrive the same day. We take back with us unforgettable memories and Blessings to last a lifetime.

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Essential Information & Weather

Weather

Italy

The country of Italy has a mostly Mediterranean climate characterized by hot, dry summers and cold, rainy winters. But at nearly 840 miles in length north to south, Italy also has a variety of sub- and micro-climates where seasonal weather can differ greatly from national norms. Global climate change is affecting Italy’s weather, with more extreme weather events and overall warmer temperatures year-round.
In general travelers to Italy should plan on hot, sunny summers; mildly cold winters with a lot of rain and little snowfall; and fall and spring seasons that can range from sunny and pleasant to rainy and chilly.
In the heavily touristed area of Rome north to Florence and the rest of Tuscany, you’ll find four distinct seasons. Summers are dry and can be extremely hot, with daytime temperatures in the high 90s F and even exceeding 104 F. Winters in this section of Italy are generally wet and mild, with temperatures seldom dropping below 32 F.
While you may get some chilly, sunny days, overcast skies are more the norm.
In the eastern, mountainous regions of Abruzzo and Le Marche, summertime temperatures may be lower, and winters more severe, with regular snowfall.
For a real-time weather report: https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/italy

Germany

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

Italy

The following suggested packing list is for a general week to ten-day trip in Italy. Please consider the season of travel and type of trip to adjust, as it gets quite hot in the summer and can get quite cold and wet in wintertime.

• 7-9 x underwear, socks,
• 2-3 x loose, lightweight trousers or skirts– one full length and one cropped pair would be ideal!
• 2-3 x shorts
• 2 x long, loose shirts
• 4-5 x t-shirts or tops
• 2-3 evening tops

• 1-2 x sandals or flip flops for warmer-weather walking
• 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
• 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

Specific packing notes for the Vatican:
• Cover shoulders: avoid strapless tops, spaghetti straps tops and vests (both men and women)
• Avoid above the knee skirts and shorts (men and women)
• Avoid exposing excessive cleavage, a waist/belly or back
• Do not wear slogans or prints that may be perceived as offensive

Germany

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

Italy

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.

Germany

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

Italy

Visas are not required for stays less than 90 days.

Germany
Visas are not required for stays less than 90 days.

Currency & Exchange

Italy

The currency of Italy 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.

Though most merchants prefer cash, credit and debit cards are accepted at most larger businesses — especially aimed at tourists. For purchases under 20 euros, you’ll likely need to use cash. Before traveling, try to ascertain what fees your credit card company or bank of choice might take for transactions, to avoid any unhappy surprises.

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.

Germany

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

Italy

Broadband internet access is available in most cities, and some municipalities even offer free wifi in the touristic centers. Free wifi is also offered to customers in different cafes, restaurants and some hotels (hotels may charge for access). 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.

Germany

Wifi access in Germany 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

Italy

In Italy the power plugs and sockets are of type F and L.
• Type F: also known as “Schuko”. This socket also works with plug C and plug E.
• Type L: This type is of Italian origin. This socket also works with plug C.

Germany

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

Italy

Italy is chic, fashion-forward, and respectful of religion. You’ll spot locals dressing elegantly just to go on daily errands. This, of course, is not expected, but worth noting if you want to blend in. Additional tips for dress norms:
• Italy is a major center of European fashion. Italians are chic. Even people in small towns spend a great deal of money on their wardrobes and dress well at all times.
• Dress elegantly but conservatively.
• Jackets and ties are required in better restaurants.
• Old, torn, dirty clothing are seldom seen and not appreciated.
• Men and women dress conservatively and formally for business (men: suits and ties; women: dresses or suits). Women should wear feminine clothing.

A few notes on body language:
• Maintain eye contact while talking. Otherwise Italians might think you are hiding something.
• To beckon a waiter or waitress raise your index finger and make eye contact.
• Italians are known for using the most body language of all European nations.

Germany

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

Italy

Water: Thanks to the mountains, clean drinking water is abundant and relatively available across most regions. The processing and cleaning standards are as good as any in Europe. The main issue is the piping and storing, so be careful when drinking from the tap.

While out and about, cheap alternative to bottled water runs from public water fountains that can be found in all towns and villages. This water is free, safe and readily available from marked water posts everywhere. And it is safe for tourists to stop and take a drink or fill up their drinking bottles from these fountains instead of carrying bottled water around.

Germany

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 please take the usual precautions when eating out.

Timezone

Italy

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

Germany

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

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