Our Lady of Guadalupe Retreat
14-day Amazing Turkey Tour
(January 14-27, 2022)
|01||JAN 14: Welcome to Istanbul! Upon arrival, meet your local guide. Breakfast and proceed for Half-day OTTOMAN RELICS of the TOPKAPI PALACE. The great palace of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, housing an exquisite collection of precious gems, jewelry thrones of sultans, costumes worn by the sultans and their families; miniatures, the Holy Mantle; CHAMBER OF SACRED RELICS. Then we visit HAGIA IRENE CHURCH Built during the same period (4th century) as its neighbor the Hagia Sophia. The name Hagia Irene Church means ''Godly'' or ''Holy Wisdom'' in Greek. After the conquest of Istanbul it was incorporated into the grounds of Topkapı Palace and like many other churches was converted into a mosque. However, there were no major changes made to the building's structure. Dinner in local restaurant. Overnight in Istanbul.||Breakfast/Dinner|
|02||JAN 15: Check-out after Breakfast. Depart early morning for an afternoon tour of Troy at 12:30. Arrive at lunch stop in Eceabat then we take a ferry across the Dardanelles and drive to Troy which is famous with the legendary Trojan Horse from the times of Beautiful Helen, the Queen of Sparta, and Paris, the Trojan Prince. After the tour, we will transfer you to your hotel in Canakkale. On the way, we will stop for Dinner. Overnight in Canakkale.||Breakfast/Dinner|
|03||JAN 16: After breakfast at your hotel, you will depart for a full-day tour of Hierapolis, Philadelphia, Sardis and Thyatira. First, you will visit Hierapolis and you will see the Asklepion and the Acropolis, the theatre, the temple of Athena and the Altar of Zeus, which St. John denounced to Pergamon church members as a "Throne of Satan". After lunch, you will continue to Thyateira, whose church members were commended for their "steadfastness against libertarianism," which was viewed as a constant threat to the Christian church. We will continue to Sardis, the capital of ancient Lydia, which also ranked as one of the Seven Sister Churches and as a center of importance for various religious groups. Here we will visit the temple of Cybele and Diana (which later became a Church), the beautiful synagogue, and the gymnasium. From Sardis, we will continue to Philadelphia, founded during the reign of Attalus II. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Bergama.||Breakfast/Dinner|
|04||JAN 17: After breakfast in the hotel, we will tour the ancient ruins of Pergamon. We will visit the Asclepion and Health Centre. On your way to the Acropolis, the Red Basilica, originally a temple of Serapis, can be viewed. The most spectacular structure is certainly the theatre, a remarkable piece of engineering built into the steep hillside. From there, we will continue to Izmir for the tour of the church of St. Polycarp, Kadifecale (Mount Pagos) and what remains of an ancient agora. Dinner in the hotel. You will spend the night in Izmir.||Breakfast/Dinner|
|05||JAN 18: After breakfast in the hotel we will depart for a full day Ephesus tour. We will have a fully guided tour of the ruins. During the tour, you will see the Temple of Artemis (one of the 7 Ancient Wonders of the World), the Amphitheater, the Celsius Library, which is still active, ruins left from the ancient city, and the House of the Virgin Mary, her last dwelling place. The tour ends around 5 p.m. Overnight and dinner in the hotel in Kusadasi.||Breakfast/Dinner|
|06||JAN 19: Breakfast at the hotel. After check-out meet your driver outside the hotel. Drive to Pamukkale City. Upon arrival meet your guide for Full Day Pamukkale City Tour. After the tour transfer to your hotel. check-in and dinner in the hotel. Overnight in Pamukkale.||Breakfast/Dinner|
|07||JAN 20: Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out and meet your driver. We will drive to Antalya city for 3 hours approx. upon arrival check-in and rest. The rest of the day will be free. Overnight in Antalya. (Lunch and dinner will serve in the hotel)||Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner|
|08||JAN 21: Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast meet your guide in the hotel lobby for a Full-Day Perge, Aspendos and Side. Drive back to the hotel for dinner. Overnight in Antalya.||Breakfast/Dinner|
|09||JAN 22: Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out and meet your guide in the hotel lobby. We proceed for a Full Day Antalya Old City Tour. After the tour we will be transferred to Antalya airport to take the domestic flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival, we will transfer to our hotel in Cappadocia. Dinner on the way to the hotel. Check-in and rest. Overnight in Cappadocia.||Breakfast/Dinner|
|10||JAN 23: Experience an early morning Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Flight! Transfer back to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast meet your guide in the hotel lobby to pick us up for a Full Day Cappadocia Underground City Tour. After the tour we drive back to the hotel and we'll have dinner on the way. Overnight in Cappadocia.||Breakfast/Dinner|
|11||JAN 24: After breakfast in the hotel meet your guide in the hotel lobby to pick us up for Göreme Museum and Fairy Chimney Tour. After the tour drive back to the hotel. Dinner on the way. Overnight in Cappadocia.||Breakfast/Dinner|
|12||JAN 25: Breakfast at the hotel then check-out and meet your driver to transfer you to Cappadocia airport. Take your domestic flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival, we will be transfered to your hotel in Istanbul. Check-in back to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.||Breakfast/Dinner|
|13|| JAN 26: Breakfast at the hotel then meet your guide in the hotel lobby to pick you up for BYZANTINE & OTTOMAN RELICS Full-Day Tour. Visit the Hippodrome, the centre of sports activities with its four monuments, the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. We will visit the Blue Mosque, the most famous mosque of Istanbul known as the Blue Mosque known for its beautiful Iznik tilres. We will also visit the Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, the ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century. It is one of the architectural marvels of all time. We will also visit the Grand Bazaar (Covered Market). In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4000 shops with each trade having its area; the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx ware and meerschaum pipers).|
After the tour drive back to the hotel. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast/Dinner) ories you had in Turkey as another Travels To Remember!
|14||JAN 27: Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out and meet your driver outside the hotel to transfer you to Istanbul airport. Take your international flight home. Have a safe flight and cherish the memories you had in Turkey as another Travels To Remember!||Breakfast|
- 3-Nights hotel Accommodation in Istanbul.
- 1-Night Hotel Accommodation in Canakkale.
- 1-Night Hotel Accommodation in Bergama.
- 1-Night Hotel Accommodation in Izmir.
- 1-Nights Hotel Accommodation in Kusadasi.
- 1-Night Hotel Accommodation in Pamukkale.
- 2-Nights Hotel Accommodation in Antalya
- 3-Nights Hotel Accommodation in Cappadocia
- All the Above-mentioned transfers are with a Private coach
- Half-Day Afternoon Istanbul Tour
- Bosphorus Dinner Cruise
- Full-Day Troy Tour
- Full-Day Bergama Tour (7 Churches)
- Full-Day Izmir Tour (7 Churches)
- Full-Day Ephesus City Tour (7 Churches)
- Full-Day Pamukkale Tour
- Full-Day Perge Aspendos Tour
- Full-Day Antalya city Tour
- Early Morning Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Flight
- Full-Day Cappadocia Underground City Tour
- Full-Day Göreme Museum and Fairy Chimney Tour
- Full-Day Istanbul Old City Tour
- All the Above-mentioned tours are with English speaking guide
- All the Above-mentioned meals
- Domestic Flight ticket (ANT- CAPP) (CAPP-IST) * based on availability on the confirmation date
- International airfare (arrival in Istanbul no later than 7PM on January 14, 2022
- Any meals, transfers, visits, excursions, activities, hotels or services not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
- Travel insurance
- Covid test if applicable
- Tips to drivers and guides
- Hotels are subject to availability may change at the time of booking with similar
- All rates are subject to availability and may change without prior notice.
- All services booked by us have specific cancellation policies; It is advised that the former be clarified with us.
- Although we pride ourselves in constantly maintaining our program the above-mentioned program is subject to change without prior notice.
- Any extra expenses incurred due to any weather problems, technical issues, forced instances, natural calamities, and political disturbances strike that cause or delays or postponement or entail extra night stay so additional expense will be charged directly from guest.
- In case of an increase in tax and tax rates it will be reflected in the above prices.
Wonders of India and the Mighty Himalayas!
|01||JUN 15 Welcome to India! Arrive by flight at Delhi. Private vehicle will pick you from Delhi Airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. Relax for the day and get over your jet lag. Evening is at your leisure. Dinner & overnight stay will be at hotel in Delhi. (Dinner)||Dinner|
|02||JUN 16 After early breakfast, transfer to Delhi Airport. From Delhi catch your flight for Srinagar. Private vehicle will receive you from Srinagar Airport and transfer to the hotel for check-in. In the afternoon head out to visit the famous Mughal Gardens located by Dal Lake - Shalimar Bagh (built by Mughal Emperor Jahangir for his wife Noor Jahan, in 1619), Nishat Bagh (designed and built in 1633 by Asif Khan, elder brother of Noor Jehan), and Chashme Shahi (built in 1632 AD around a spring by Ali Mardan Khan, a governor of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan as per the orders of the Emperor, as a gift for his eldest son Prince Dara Shikoh). Dinner & overnight stay will be at hotel in Srinagar.||Breakfast/Dinner|
|03||JUN 17 After breakfast head out for day trip to Doodhpathri. Doodhpathri means a 'Valley of Milk' and the reason why it's called that is because the water flowing through the meadows here looks like milk from a distance. Doodhpathri, located around 50 KM from Srinagar, is a beautiful meadow with emerald grass that looks like a green carpet. A beautiful river dancing and reverberating with the wind flows in the middle of the meadow, lending it a splendid charm and vibrancy. Get awed by the view of mountain peaks, and meandering river by the meadows. Enjoy a home-cooked packed lunch at Doodhpathri. Later reach back at the hotel by evening. Dinner & overnight stay will be at hotel in Srinagar.||Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner|
|04||JUN 18 Early in the morning have breakfast, then check-out by around 7:00 AM and head towards Pahalgam, also known as the "Valley of Shepherds". Located 88 KM from Srinagar, in the Anantnag District of Kashmir, it is a nature lovers retreat, which makes us believe that paradise is never too far. On the way visit Awantipora Ruins (Avantiswami Temple). This aesthetic temple was built by King Awantivarman in the year 853-855 CE. Afterwards visit Martand Sun Temple in Mattan, a Hindu temple dedicated to Surya (Sun God) and built during the 8th century CE. The temple complex was built by Lalitaditya who was the third ruler of the Karkota Dynasty. Even in a wrecked state, the architecture is breathtaking and the vibe somewhat nostalgic and enticing. Reach Pahalgam by noon. Check-in at hotel. Then head out for Shepherd Craft tour. See the handicraft of the local shepherds who have been doing these for generations. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant. Later visit the Himalayan Cheese Factory, where they make natural artisan cheese, from fresh mountain milk in the Himalayan mountains of Kashmir. Dinner & overnight stay will be at hotel in Pahalgam.||Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner|
|05||JUN 19 After breakfast head out for sightseeing. Head out to visit Aru Valley. Juxtaposed against the snow-covered Himalayan peaks, Aru Valley is an enthralling village in Kashmir. Aru lies beside the Aru River, a tributary of the Lidder River, and is known for its scenic meadows and activities like horse riding, hiking and trekking. After that visit Betaab Valley, which got its name from the Bollywood movie "Betaab" filmed here. You will also enjoy a walk by Lidder River, a glacial river flowing through the valleys of Pahalgam, a sight to behold and a popular tourist attraction. Later reach back at the hotel. Dinner & overnight stay will be at hotel in Pahalgam.||Breakfast/Dinner|
|06||JUN 20 Early in the morning have breakfast, then check-out by around 7:00 AM and head back towards Srinagar. Reach Srinagar by noon. Check-in at a houseboat for a unique experience. In the afternoon head out Srinagar Heritage Walk tour. The walk starts on the banks of the river Jhelum. This walk leads us through markets. Then visit the famous heritage sites of Srinagar - Jama Masjid; Khanqah of Shah Hamdan; Pathar Masjid; Spice, Thread & Dry Fruits market; and Budshah Mother's Tomb. After that visit the local crafts market. Afterwards enjoy a Shikara ride on the Dal Lake, the pride of Kashmir. The mirror-like Dal Lake reflects the snow-dusted peaks of the Pir Panjal mountains while the colorful shikaras (gondolas) float around. The houseboats and shikaras are its main attractions. Dinner & overnight stay will be at houseboat in Srinagar.||Breakfast/Dinner|
|07||JUN 21 Early in the morning (a little before 5:00 AM) head out to visit the famous Floating Vegetable Market. Embark on Shikara to visit the unique market, which opens only in the early-morning, and is a very pleasant sight. After breakfast check-out from hotel and head towards Kargil. On the way visit Sonamarg - the golden meadow. It is the beginning of the enchanting journey into a natural wonderland surrounded by mountains which stand at an altitude 5300 meters. Kargil is about 203 kms from Srinagar and the highway runs along the Indus River and through some extremely harsh and barren terrain including the three high mountain passes named Zozi La (3528 meters), Namki La (3815 meters) and Fotu La (4108 meters). Reach Kargil by evening hours. Check-in to hotel on arrival. The evening is at your leisure. Dinner & overnight stay will be at hotel in Kargil.||Breakfast/ Dinner|
|08||JUN 22 After early breakfast check-out from hotel and head towards Leh. Your first stop will be at Mulbekh which is famous for 30 feet tall Maitrey Buddha (future buddha) statue carved in limestone rock. Later have a quick visit of Alchi Monastery, which was built between 958 and 1055 CE. The artistic and spiritual details of both Buddhism and the Hindu kings of that time in Kashmir are reflected in the wall paintings in the monastery complex. Then visit Sangam (the confluence of Zanskar & Indus rivers), a very picturesque site. After that visit Magnetic Hill, a "Cyclops hill" or Gravity hill located near Leh. The layout of the area and surrounding slopes create an amazing optic illusion. The hill road is actually a downhill road. Objects and cars on the hill road may appear to roll uphill in defiance of gravity when they are, in fact, rolling downhill. Afterwards visit Gurudwara Pathar Sahib, a beautiful Sikh Temple built in 1517 CE to commemorate the visit to the Ladakh region of Guru Nanak Dev, the founder Guru of the Sikh faith. Reach Leh by late evening. Check-in to hotel on arrival and relax. Dinner & overnight stay will be at hotel in Leh.||Breakfast/Dinner|
|09||JUN 23 After breakfast head out for local sightseeing. Visit Stok Palace. Built entirely by the Ladakhi craftsmen in 1820, the Stok Palace still continues to be a snug abode for the Namgyal dynasty. Then visit Shey Palace & Monastery. A complex that comprises a monastery and a palace, Shey was once the summer capital of Ladakh. The monastery is known for its giant copper with gilded gold statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, which is said to be the second-largest statue in Ladakh and a must-see. After that visit Leh Palace built in the 17th century and the roof top of the palace provides spectacular views of the mountain of Stok Kangri and the Ladakh mountain range. In the evening visit Shanti Stupa a Buddhist white-domed stupa on a hilltop in Chanspa. It was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu, Gyomyo Nakamura and part of the Peace Pagoda mission. Back to the hotel by late evening. Dinner & overnight stay will be at hotel in Leh.||Breakfast/Dinner|
|10||JUN 24 After breakfast drive from Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardung-La Pass (18380 feet) - one of the world's highest motor-able road. The valley is located around 159 kms from Leh. The route will be Leh - Phyang - Khardung La - Khardung - Khalsar - Diskit - Nubra Valley. Along the way before and after Khardungla Pass, you will pass by 2 Indian Army check-posts namely - South Pullu & North Pullu, which are very picturesque sites and flaunt the beauty of the nature. On the way, you will pass by some beautiful villages, where you can catch glimpses of locals working in their farms. Reach Nubra Valley by early evening. Check-in at hotel on arrival. Evening is at your leisure. Dinner & overnight stay will be at hotel in Nubra Valley.||Breakfast/Dinner|
|11||JUN 25 After breakfast head out for Nubra Valley sightseeing tour. Visit Diskit Monastery, the largest and the oldest surviving monastery in Nubra Valley. The prime attraction of the Diskit monastery is 100 feet high Maitreya Buddha statue, which was inaugurated by the holy Dalai Lama. Afterwards visit Hunder Sand dunes. Beyond the cultural and monastic side of Ladakh, there are picturesque silver sand dunes of Hunder in the Nubra Valley. Located at an altitude of 4,000 meters, Hunder Sand Dunes are beautiful beyond imagination. The desert is cut across by a serene meandering stream and the beautiful countryside. Try a ride over the rare Bactrian Camel (double humped camels), which should not be missed. Then visit the hot springs. The hot spring water contains high amounts of sulfur, and is believed to possess a lot of medicinal properties. Reach back at the hotel by the evening. Dinner & Overnight stay at Nubra valley.||Breakfast/Dinner|
|12||JUN 26 After breakfast drive from Nubra Valley to Pangong Lake. This endorheic Himalayan Lake lies at a height of about 4,350 meters (14,270 feet). It is 134 kilometers (83 miles) long and extends from India to China. Check-in at the camps close to the lake. The location offers unparallel views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Visit the amazing Pangong Lake. Its water is salty, crystal clear, and has a lovely shade of blue. It looks its best when the sun is shining bright. The evening is at your leisure. You can also indulge in a Yak Safari. Dinner & night stay at the camps near Pangong Lake.||Breakfast/Dinner|
|13||JUN 27 After breakfast drive from Pangong Lake to Leh. On the way visit Thiksey Monastery, one of the finest examples of Ladakhi architecture. This Monastery is located on the top of the hill in solitude which lies at a distance of 20 kilometers away from Leh. It is very famous for its similarity with Potala Palace of Lhasa. This monastery is famous for pilgrim activities, architectural elements, sightseeing and exploration. Reach back Leh by evening. Check-in at hotel and relax. Dinner & overnight stay will be at hotel in Leh.||Breakfast/Dinner|
|14||JUN 28 After breakfast check out from the hotel. The private car will drop you at Leh airport. Board your flight for Delhi. Private Car will pick up from airport and transfer you to the hotel for check-in. After refreshing, head out for Delhi sightseeing. Drive past Rashtrapati Bhavan (the residence of President of India) and visit India Gate (it is a memorial to 82,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in the period 1914-21 in the First World War). Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Delhi.||Breakfast/Dinner|
|15||JUN 29 After breakfast, check out from hotel. The private car/van will drop you at Delhi Airport. Bid farewell with the memories of amazing fun-filled 15-day trip through Heavenly Himalayas (Kashmir & Ladakh), worth remembering for the lifetime!|
- 14 nights' accommodation on double sharing at 4-star/ 5-star equivalent hotels, houseboat & Swiss camps
- 14 Breakfasts, 02 Lunches & 14 Dinners included at hotels/ restaurants as per the itinerary.
- English-speaking guide for the entire sightseeing (except for Pangong Lake, where guide is not required).
- English-speaking trip manager for the entire trip.
- Entry tickets & passes for all monuments & parks mentioned in the itinerary.
- Inner Line Permits for Nubra Valley & Pangong Lake.
- All transfers & sightseeing as mentioned above in private SUVs (Toyota Innova) or Mini-coach (Tempo Traveller) with driver [All tolls, parking charges & driver allowances included].
- All local taxes included.
- International & Domestic flight.
- Indian Visa.
- Flights & Visa.
- Travel Insurance.
- Tips and personal expenses.
- Anything not mentioned in the inclusions above.
- Hotels are subject to availability and may change at the time of booking with similar quality rating.
- Rates are subject to availability and may change without prior notice.
- All services booked by us have specific cancellation policies; it is advised that the former be clarified with us.
- In case of an increase in tax and tax rates, it will be reflected in the above prices.
- Any expenses incurred for change of route due to any unforeseen circumstances, natural calamities, political disturbances, strikes, etc. has to be borne by the traveler.
(September 22-29, 2022)
Enjoy a 7-night immersive Switzerland tour featuring the Swiss Alps and Alpine meadows.
|01|| 09/21 |
| WED |
| Departure from Airport of Origin|
Welcome to Zurich. After meet and assist at the airport, We travel to the Black Forest and enjoy the scenic drive through dreamy villages and beautiful landscapes. En-route visit at a local butcher to taste the fresh smoke sausage. Kaffeetrinken break with a good coffee and home-made Schwarzwälder Kirsch torte cherry cake. Welcome dinner at hotel.
|Welcome dinner at hotel|
|02||09/23||FRI||Departure to Montreux. Tour of Chillon Castle. Chillon Castle is an island castle located on Lake Geneva, south of Veytaux in the canton of Vaud. It is situated at the eastern end of the lake, on the narrow shore between Montreux and Villeneuve, which gives access to the Alpine valley of the Rhône. Visit to Freddie Mercury's Queen museum.||Breakfast & Dinner|
|03||09/24||SAT||Board the train from Täsch to Zermatt. Zermatt is traffic-free. Motor coach parks in Täsch, guests take train to Zermatt.||Breakfast & Dinner|
|04||09/25||SUN||Enjoy the peak to peak tour of the two "must see" observation points: Matterhorn Glacier Paradise and Gornergrat.Travel to Matterhorn Glacier paradise, the highest summit station of Europe. Cable car to Riffelberg and cog rail to Gornergrat. Back to Zermatt with Gornergrat Bahn.||Breakfast & Dinner|
|05||09/26||MON||After breakfast at hotel we take a train from Zermatt to Täsch. Travel to Lucerne for a sightseeing tour. Lucerne is famous for the covered wooden bridges. The Kapellbrucke (Chapel Bridge) is "the" symbol of Lucerne and a much photographed site. It originally dates back to the 14th century. Close by is the Spreuerbrucke (Spreuer Bridge), dating from 1408. Tour will also include "The dying Lion of Lucerne." The monument was carved out of natural rock in memory of the heroic deaths of the Swiss mercenaries at the Tuileries in 1792. Mark Twain described the Lion of Lucerne as the saddest and most moving piece of rock in the world.||Breakfast & Dinner|
|06||09/27||TUE||Enjoy a real Alps adventure on a Golden Round Trip: Picturesque boat cruise on Lake Lucerne to Alpnachstadt. World's steepest cogwheel railway to the summit of Mt.Pilatus. Peak is at 6,982ft and provides breathtaking panoramas and view of the Alpine massif in central Switzerland.Time for walks or to enjoy a break in one of the restaurants. Go down towards Lucerne on the other side of the mountain in modern aerial cableways. Motor coach waits for group at the valley station for transfer back to the hotel. (Subject to alterations due to changing weather conditions). Enjoy Folklore Dinner show. Fun with a Swiss Folklore Show. Traditional Swiss customs and usages, with alphorns, cowbells, national costumes, flag throwing and yodelling will make this evening an unforgettable experience.||Breakfast & Dinner show|
|07||09/28||WED||Travel to Munich/ Erding with enroute stop at Neuschwanstein. Visit of Neuschwanstein Castle. Construction started in 1869 by the order of Bavarian King Ludwig II. Neuschwanstein is the idealized replica of a "medieval" knights castle in the style of 19th century histories. It's the most photographed location in the world and the inspiration for Disney's Cinderella Castle. Please be aware that the visit of Neuschwanstein includes a long uphill walk. Travelers will have appropriate time. Horse carriages are available on own account. Transfer and farewell at Hotel in Erding, for Oberammergau trip Breakfast.||Breakfast & Dinner|
|08||09/29||THU||Breakfast. Meet rest of the group for tour to Oberammergau and Aachen.||Breakfast|
- US $3,599.00 land-portion only, per person based on double occupancy with a minimum of 15 passengers. Otherwise, price is subject to change price reflects discount for payments made in cash/check
- Single supplement fee of $850.00 applies.
- Transfers included if flight arrangements are made through Travels to Remember LLC.
Eucharistic and Marian Pilgrimage Sites of
Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium Featuring Oberammergau
The Passion Play Experience - A Live Performance from the Bavarian Town of Oberammergau, Germany
9 Days/8 Nights September 29th - October 7th, 2022
| WED |
| Departure from Airport of Origin|
Welcome to Munich Airport. After meet & assist services at airport, Travel to Erding, and the Sanctuary of the Most Precious Blood.Then, Onto Altotting, with the Black Madonna and the Jerusalem Panorama.
|Dinner at Hotel|
|02||09/30||FRI||Begin the day with Breakfast, followed by departure to Oberammergau. The evening is captivated with the famous Passion Play performance.||Breakfast|
|03||10/01||SAT||Departure to Switzerland with a stop at Lake Constanze, Followed by a brief walking tour of Bregenz in Austria and the Baroque St.Martin's Tower. Then, onto Einsiedeln to visit The Marian Shrine of the Abbey of Our Lady of Einsiedeln and the Black Madonna. Overnight in Zurich.||Breakfast & Dinner|
|04||10/02||SUN||Guided scenic tour of Zurich, including Old Town Zurich, Renaissance style Swiss National Museum, Lindenhof, St.Peter's Church, the Fraumunster Church, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ending the day with a ride on The Dolder Railway and view the valley from Zurichberg. Travel to and overnight in Augsburg.||Breakfast & Dinner|
|05||10/03||MON||Begin the day with a guided visit of the Augsburg HeiligenKruez Abbey, and The Eucharistic Miracle of Augsburg, known as Wunderbarlichen Gutes - "The Miraculous Good". Following Lunch, Transfer to Wurzburg with a visit of Wurzburg Castle and see the Fortress of Marienburg.||Breakfast|
|06||10/04||TUE||Departure to Walldum and a visit to the Basilica of St.George, sight of the Eucharistic Miracle of Walldum and the Relic of the Corporal of Sacred Blood. We board a ship from Bingen to St.Geor for a Joyful and relaxing cruise on the Rhine River, passing many small villages and the famous Lorelei Rock. Motor coach will pick up group at the end of the cruise for transfer to Trier.||Breakfast & Dinner|
|07||10/05||WED||Begin the day with a half-day sightseeing tour in Trier, including the Baroque Basilica of St.Paulinus, the Cathedral of Trier and a visit to the Porta Nigra, 12th Century St.Mathias Abbey and The Holy Cross Chapel, followed by Free time in Trier.||Breakfast|
|08||10/06||THU||Travel to Belgium via Luxembourg. Arrive in Beauraing for a visit to Our Lady of Beauraing. Then,transfer to and visit the Abbey of Banneux. Enjoy a walking tour of Aachen One of the oldest cities in today's Germany, Aachen developed from a Roman settlement and spa, subsequently becoming the preferred medieval Imperial residence of Charlemagne. Between 936 and 1531, 31 Holy Roman Emperors were crowned Kings of the Germans. The best known building and most popular sight of the city is Aachen Cathedral. The more than 1,200 years old church is the last resting place of Charlemagne. Hotel check-in.||Breakfast & Dinner|
|09||10/07||FRI||Transfer to Airport & Departure to Final Destination in U.S.||Breakfast|
- US $3,995.005 land-portion only, per person based on double occupancy with a minimum of 15 passengers. Otherwise, price is subject to change Price reflects discount for payments made in cash/check.
- Single supplement fee of $950.00 applies.
- Transfers included if flight arrangements are made through Travels to Remember LLC.
In 1633, when the small Bavarian village of Oberammergau was in the grip of the Plague, its inhabitants vowed that if they were spared, they would in future perform a Passion Play every ten years depicting Christ's bitter suffering and resurrection. In 1634, the villagers fulfilled their solemn promise for the first time. For hundreds of years since, despite dangers and threats, they have loyally kept their vow.
The Play shows Christ's Passion, beginning with his entry into Jerusalem and ending with the Resurrection and Transfiguration. The cast and crew - composed entirely of local villagers - perform this iconic story with powerful inner conviction. Although the text and music have been adapted many times over the years, the traditional concept remains intact. With its living pictures from the Old Testament and acted scenes from the New Testament, the structure of the Play has been retained to this day. The last significant changes to the text of the Passion Play were made between 1850 and 1860 by the parish priest of Oberammergau, Alois Daisenberger, building on the work of Father Othmar Weis. The music for the Play was composed in the early 19th century by the Oberammergau school teacher, Rochus Dedler. Revised and extended in 1950 by Professor Eugen Papst, it employs a large choir and orchestra and frames the entire spectacle.
Pilgrims from all over the world have been captivated by the Play, a testimony of religious faith and an outstanding cultural event.
Once every ten years, the Oberammergau Passion Play attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from all around the globe. Inhabitants of the village in the Ammer valley already have to apply and have themselves registered for participation in the next Passion Play. A total of 1,830 of them followed the call of the Oberammergau municipality and declared their interest in participating. For the first time in the almost 400-year- history of the play, an equal number of men and women wish to take part. Compared to the last Passion Play in 2010, the number of applications remained consistently very high. Participation in the play is regulated by the 'playing right.' Not all of the 5,200 inhabitants of Oberammergau are allowed to take part.
The playing right stipulates that candidates have to be born and raised in Oberammergau or live in the village for at least 20 years. It is estimated that in 2022 more than 500 children will take part as well; however, their number will be determined at a later date. In total, the number of participants in the Oberammergau Passion Play will once again be exceeding 2,000.
The playing right for the Oberammergau Passion Play has always been subject to change. For instance, until 1984, married women and women over 35 were excluded from participating. Following a rejected famous charge, three women of Oberammergau invoked the Bavarian Constitutional Court again in 1988. In 1990 the court ultimately decided that it was illegal to deny women the right of participation in the Passion Play.
For the Passion Play in 2000, the playing right was changed yet again. Until then, any participant had to belong to a Christian religious community. Ever since 2000, even undenominational citizens and members of other religious communities are allowed to take part. Thus, this year saw the first people of Oberammergau with the Muslim faith participating.
Since 2018, preparations for the 42nd Passion Play under the direction of Christian Stückl have been well underway. One highlight leading up to the passion for every citizen of Oberammergau is the excellent church service on the large open-air stage of the Passion Theatre on 20th October of this year: The pledge of 1633 will be commemorated, and the actors of the 42nd Passion Play will be publicly announced and introduced. Aside from the primary roles of Jesus, Mary, Petrus, Judas, Pontius Pilate, and Caiaphas, there will be 120 major and minor speaking roles and soldiers, priests, and Jerusalem people. Rehearsals started in November 2019, lasting eight months and involving more than 2,000 people. However, due to the COVID pandemic, the 2020 passion play was canceled and had been postponed to 2022, the year 1633 when the people of Oberammergau pledged to act out the suffering and death of Jesus Christ in The Play, goes back to a pledge of 2015 Indochina Tour Itinerary exchange for no further Plague deaths.
To be in the play, you must be a resident of Oberammergau. Over 2,000 citizens are involved, including acting, singing, musicians, and technical support. There are 124 speaking roles, a 65-member orchestra, a 48-person chorus, and hundreds of people involved in the back end, including stagehands, seamstresses, firemen, auditorium attendants, and more. Men grow their hair and beards to make them look authentic to the time. Costumes are hand-made. The play is held from May through late September or early October. During these months, the play is performed five days per week in an open-air theater that seats about 4,700 people. The performance begins at 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is then a dinner break, and then play resumes from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. The play is performed in German, but it doesn't seem to stop people from all over the world, including those not of religious backgrounds, who are intrigued by how the town comes together to perform this play. It is anticipated over 750,000 will attend in 2022. The Passion Play theatre is open, and the background of the mountains makes it an unforgettable scene
The world-famous Passion Play in Oberammergau, traditionally held every ten years, will take to the stage once again in the summer of 2022. The performances will run from mid-May through late September or early October, with five versions each week. The performance commences in the afternoon. After a break for dinner, the second part of the Passion Play continues into the evening.
In a great community effort starting in Autumn, new costumes and set designs designed by Stefan Hageneier will be made. What is more, 120 new choir members and the 70-member-passion orchestra must be re-cast in the next few weeks upon instruction by the music director Markus Zwink. The five-hour performance with its three-hour-break begins in the afternoon with the entry into Jerusalem and tells the passion story from the Last Supper to the crucifixion. It ends in the evening hours with the resurrection.