European Pilgrimage Including Oberammergau, The Passion Play 2022
European Pilgrimage Including Oberammergau, The Passion Play 2022
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Destination: Europe: Eastern
Tour Provider: Insight Vacations
Duration: 15 days
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Promo Code: DT198001

Description:

Truly immerse yourself in the history of Europe and discover the heritage sites in cities like Barcelona, Lourdes and Vienna and visit the sacred mountain of Montserrat. View prehistoric cave paintings in the Valley of Dordogne, visit monasteries in Engelberg and witness the famous Passion Play in Oberammergau.

SEE THE FAMOUS PASSION PLAY WITH INSIGHT VACATIONS

Since 1634, the world’s most famous Passion Play has taken place every ten years in the village of Oberammergau. In 2022, it will be performed for the 42nd time. Insight Vacations gives you the opportunity to experience this once-in-a-lifetime play with the best seats in the house and stay in the center of this historic town.


Your guided holiday includes:

  • 14 nights accommodation in hand picked hotels in the best locations
  • A total of 22 meals; 14 breakfasts, 2 dinners & 6 dinners with wine
  • Escorted by an expert Travel Director throughout
  • Business class legroom onboard your 40 seater luxury air conditioned coach
  • Included airport transfer service on first and last day of the trip (selected times)
  • Hotels and restaurant tips included
  • Concierge service and luggage handling throughout

**Tour departs 16 August – 30 August 2022

*Please call us too add on flights!



Top Rated Highlights:

OBERAMMERGAU:

  • Package to the world famous Passion Play in Oberammergau

BARCELONA:

  • Venture inside Gaudi’s masterpiece, Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

BLACK MADONNA:

  • Ascend Montserrat and enter the ornate “Basilica Real” to view the mystical Black Madonna

LOURDES:

  • Join the nightly Rosary and candlelight procession in Lourdes

NEVERS:

  • Visit the Convent of St Gildard in Nevers and walk in the footsteps of St Bernadette

MOUNT STANSERHORN:

  • Ascend to the summit of Mount Stanserhorn by funicular railway and open-top cable car and meet a Swiss ranger

VIENNA:

  • Enjoy a private tour of Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna

 


Itinerary:

Day 1 / Welcome to Barcelona

Airport transfers depart from Barcelona airport for your hotel at 09.30, 12.30 and 15.00. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 18.00 for your Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant.(Dinner with wine)

Day 2 / Barcelona, City of Gaudi

Wake up ready to embrace the city’s artistic heritage. Join a Local Expert in the heart of the Barri Gotic, the Gothic Quarter, and walk through the Roman Gate to see its narrow lanes and old squares. You are driven along the Passeig de Gràcia, adorned with elegant wrought-iron street lamps and the most flamboyant Modernist buildings. Continue through the Eixample district to behold Gaudí’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia. As you venture inside, look above to see its giant, tree-like pillars and spectacular vaulting. Admire the wonderful rainbow of the incredible stained-glass windows. With the afternoon at leisure, you are free to relax or continue your exploration on your own.(Breakfast)

Day 3 / Montserrat & The Black Madonna

Ascend the sacred mountain of Montserrat, Catalonia’s most important pilgrimage site for a thousand years. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic views before entering the dark, ornate “Basílica Real” and reaching the mystical Black Madonna, surrounded by an altar of gold.(Breakfast)

Day 4 / Barcelona to Lourdes

Cross into France and stay overnight in Lourdes, home to another of the world’s most famous places of pilgrimage. Join the nightly Rosary and candlelight procession for a memorable spiritual experience.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

Day 5 / Lourdes sightseeing

This morning enjoy a walking tour of Lourdes, visiting the places associated with the life of St. Bernadette, including “Boly Mill and Cachot.” Later, enjoy some time at leisure to explore the town.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine )

Day 6 / Lourdes – Brive La Gaillarde

Travel to Rocamadour and enjoy free time to explore this medieval town perched on a cliff side above the Alzou River and known as a resting place for pilgrims on their way to Spa. Continue to the beautiful town of Sarlat-laCanéda, its medieval core blessed with fine historic golden limestone houses.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

Day 7 / Lascaux excursion

Start the day with a morning drive into the stunning Valley of Dordogne to visit Lascaux II where the world-famous prehistoric cave paintings have been faithfully reproduced.(Breakfast)

Day 8 / Brive La Gaillard – Dijon

Depart for Nevers after breakfast. Bernadette Soubirous joined the Sisters of Charity at St. Gilard in Nevers in 1866. She stayed here until her death on 16 April 1879. Her body, which had been buried in the chapel garden, was discovered intact in 1909, then in 1925 it was transferred to rest in a shrine at the Chapel of St. Gilard, where it still rests today. Visit the Convent of St. Gildard, see the body of St. Bernadette and walk in her footsteps through the convent gardens before continuing to Dijon.(Breakfast / Dinner)

Day 9 / Free time in Dijon

Enjoy the Burgundy capital of Dijon. Its many handsome buildings recall the time when the Dukes of Burgundy were more powerful than the Kings of France. Perhaps take the opportunity to visit the wine capital of Burgundy, Beaune? In the evening, don’t miss the chance of an optional Burgundy wine tasting and traditional dinner in the Premier Cru village of Fixin.(Breakfast)

Day 10 / Dijon – Engelberg

Cross the Swiss border before we arrive into lakeside Lucerne. Upon arrival see the town’s proud Lion Monument, the covered Chapel Bridge and the baroque Jesuit Church. Enjoy some free time before we head to Engelberg, an alpine town in central Switzerland. In the centre of the town is Kloster Engelberg, a 12th-century Benedictine monastery, founded in 1120 and even today, Monks live and teach there.(Breakfast / Dinner with wine)

Day 11 / Engelberg

In the morning, embark on a scenic journey by funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of stunning Mount Stanserhorn, where you will meet a Swiss ranger and learn about the local wildlife. Take in the pristine mountain air and on a clear day you can see as far as Alsace and the Black Forest. The rest of the day is yours to explore. Perhaps venture into the countryside for a delightful horse-drawn carriage ride and meet the local farmers?(Breakfast)

Day 12 / Engelberg – Oberammergau

Travelling to charming Oberammergau, on arrival take your reserved seats to witness the world famous Passion Play, re-enacting the last days of Christ on earth. After a break for dinner in a local restaurant, the captivating performance continues into the evening.(Breakfast / Dinner)

Day 13 / Oberammergau – Vienna

A short drive over the Austrian border leads to Salzburg, ‘alive with the sound of music’. Sightseeing with a Local Expert will reveal the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace, the imposing fortress, the cathedral in the Old Town and Mozart’s birthplace. After some free time for lunch, head for the Austrian capital of Vienna.(Breakfast)

Day 14 / Vienna Sightseeing

Join a Local Expert for a private tour of Schonbrunn Palace and marvel at its frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers, mirrors and gilded ornaments, before spending some time in the perfectly manicured gardens. See the city’s highlights including St Charles’ Church, the Hofburg Palace, Parliament and State Opera House. Experience an extraordinary concert of Viennese classic music performed by highly acclaimed soloists and dancers, complimented by a delicious meal of Austrian fare and wine for your Celebration Dinner.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

Day 15 / Depart Vienna

Your pilgrimage concludes after breakfast with transfers arriving at Vienna airport at 07.00 and 09.00.(Breakfast)


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Terms & Conditions:

Prices listed are per person in Australian Dollars, based on twin occupancy, including all discounts unless otherwise stated. The offer is subject to availability at time of booking and shown on the lowest inside category available at the time. Fares are capacity controlled and are subject to change at any time without notice. Prices/Offers are correct as at 22 December 2020 and can be withdrawn without notice. Hotels may charge resort fees not included in this package, payable direct upon check in. Visas are not included. Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge.