Watch the once-a-decade Passion Play
Germany • Italy • Switzerland • Liechtenstein
14 Day Tour - 2 departure dates
Be part of history in 2020! Offering the unique opportunity to watch the famous once-a-decade Passion Play in quaint Oberammergau, Germany, touring Italy, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein en route!
When in Rome, do as Romans do! Walk the historic sites, dine al fresco on pretty piazzas, and soak in romance at every turn! Visit the ancient monuments: Capitoline Hill, Vatican City, St. Peter’s Cathedral, the Vatican Museums and, of course, the Colosseum! Once clad in travertine with marble statues between grand arched columns, Rome’s great gladiator arena is no less impressive today.
Travelling north through the vineyard hills of Tuscany, stop for lunch in Pisa near its Leaning Tower, and pop over to Florence – birthplace of the Renaissance – for a tour of its magnificent palazzi (palaces) and 15th-century buildings that hold innumerable works of art. The entire city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site! Before we depart, spend a day touring the teal lagoons of Venice by foot and by gondola! Addio, Italia!
Guten Tag, Switzerland! Explore the gorgeous lakes, promenades, incredible architecture, and steep cobble stone streets of Lugano and Lucerne, surrounded by mountains and stunning in every way! Then pass through fairy tale Liechtenstein – one of the world’s smallest and richest countries – on the way to quaint Oberammergau. Tucked in the Ammergauer Alps, the unique Passion Play is one of the world’s oldest performances.
In 1633, Bavaria was in the grip of the bubonic plague. The townspeople of Oberammergau pledged to God that, if spared from the disease, they would show their appreciation each decade with a stage play depicting the passion and death of Christ.
For over 380 years, the world’s largest and most famous Passion Play has taken place in Oberammergau. Seven hours long with a meal served during intermission, the play depicts the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ. It involves over 2,000 amateur performers, musicians, and stage technicians, all of whom are residents of the village. In fact, a special law makes sure that all participants (from the parts of Jesus and Mary down to the firemen and ushers) must be born in Oberammergau or have lived there for at least 20 years!
2020 marks the 42nd Passion Play in this quaint village at the edge of the Bavarian Alps, and 500,000 visitors – over half of them international guests! – are expected to attend. Why not join them?
Return airfare from Toronto, airport transfers in Europe, motorcoach transportation, 12 nights accommodation, 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 12 dinners, all highlights listed, a DeNureTours Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST. Price subject to change due to currency fluctuations. Book now to secure published price.
• Rome: guided walking tour, Colosseum, Capitoline Hill area, Roman Forum
• Vatican City: guided tour, St. Peter’s Cathedral, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel
• Pisa: Leaning Tower
• Florence: guided tour, Piazzale Michelangelo, Michelangelo’s David, Santa Croce Church, free time
• Padua: Capella Degli Scorvegni
• Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica Square, Doges Palace, St. Marks Cathedral, free time, gondola ride
• Lugano: guided walking tour
• Lucerne: guided walking tour, Chapel Bridge, Lion Monument, free time
• Swiss folklore show
• Lauterbrunnen: Cogwheel Train
• Kleine Scheidegg
• Liechtenstein: Castle of Neuschwanstein
• Oberammergau: free morning, Passion Play
• Munich: guided tour, Nymphenburg Palace
Rome: Grand Hotel Palatino (2 nights)*
Montecatini Terme: Grand Hotel Tettuccio (2 nights)*
Venice: Hotel Antony Palace Hotel (2 nights)*
Lugano: Hotel De La Paix Lugano (1 night)*
Lucerne: Radisson Blu (2 nights)*
Oberammergau: TBA (2 nights)*
Munich: Maritim Hotel München (1 night)*
Day 1-2: Flight to Rome
Upon arrival in Rome, you are met at the airport by the tour manager, and transferred to the city center where a local guide will take you on a walking tour of the city that was the birthplace for much of our civilization. Enjoy a visit to the Colosseum and the Capitoline Hill area, where you get a great view of the Roman Forum. You will have a welcome dinner at your hotel tonight with fellow travellers.
Stay: Grand Hotel Palatino, Rome (or similar)
Day 3: Vatican City, St. Peter’s Cathedral, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel
After breakfast at the hotel continue your explorations of the Eternal City of Rome and see the glories of the Caesars. Start your day with a visit to Vatican City and St. Peter’s Cathedral, home of the Roman Catholic Church and the largest building in Christianity. Then tour the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. This afternoon, enjoy some free time to shop or explore on your own. This evening take part in a special dinner at a local Roman restaurant.
Meals: B, D
Day 4: Tuscany, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Lussa, Montecatinit Terme
This morning you say good bye to Rome and travel northward into Tuscany, often described as the “heart of Italy.” You will visit the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa and have free time for lunch in Lucca – a roman-style city surrounded by massive red brick walls. You then settle into your hotel in Montecatini Terme. Situated between Florence and Pisa the city has one of the world’s most famous health spas.
Stay: Grand Hotel Tettuccio, Montecatini Terme (or similar)
Meals: B, D
Day 5: Florence Sightseeing, Plazzale Michelangelo, Michelangelo’s David, Santa Croce Church
The entire day is devoted to Florence, the cradle of the renaissance. A local guide will explain the history of the city as your motorcoach takes you to the Plazzale Michelangelo for a wonderful panoramic view of the city. You then have a guided walking tour of the city center including a visit to Accademia with Michelangelo’s incomparable “David.” Florence is home to the Duomo with its famed Baptistery, Giotto’s Tower, The Pitti Palace and the Uffizi Gallery with the finest collection of painting in all of Italy. You will stop at the beautiful Santa Croce Church with the timbs of many famous residents of Florence including Michelangelo, Dante and Galileo. Enjoy some free time to explore the sprawling San Lorenzo Leather Market and the shops along the Ponte Vecchio, before returning to Montecatini Terme.
Meals: B, D
Day 6: Padua Sightseeing, Capella Degli Scrovegni, Murano, Venice
Today you travel to Venice. En route you will stop in Padua, a town rich in art and architecture. You will have a tour with a local guide. One of the highlights of your morning will be the Capella Degli Scrovegni, the chapel built by Enrico Scrovegni in 1303. You will also visit Murano, a cluster of small islands connected by bridges and the center of the Italian glassmaking industry since 1291. Today’s journey ends in fabulous Venige-La Serenissima, the “Serene One.” Built upon 117 islands, Venice is a mosaic of Canals, plazas, fascinating markets and chaos!
Stay: Hotel Antony Palace Hotel, Venice (or similar)
Meals: B, D
Day 7: Venice Sightseeing, St. Mark’s Square, Doges Palace, St. Mark’s Cathedral
Your day in Venice begins with a guided tour to St. Mark’s Square and Doges Palace. Here your guide will show you the Bell Tower and the impressive St. Mark’s Cathedral. This afternoon you have free time to explore and shop in the famous market area around the Rialto Bridge or enjoy a coffee and some people-watching at St. Mark’s Square. Before dinner relax and enjoy a Gondola ride along the serpentine Canale Grande, and its adjacent waterways.
Meals: B, D
Day 8: Verona, Lugano
Your destination today is Lugano, Switzerland. En Route you stop in Verona, famous for the Romeo and Juliet Balcony. Upon arrival in Lugano you have a guided walking tour of the village which introduces you to the history and personality of its buildings, churches, gardens and parks.
Stay: Hotel De La Paix Lugano, Lugano (or similar)
Meals: B, D
Day 9: Lucerne Sightseeing, Chapel Bridge, Lion Monument
After breakfast, you travel to Lucerne where you will embark on a walking tour of the city. You will cross the famous wooden Chapel Bridge and stop to see the sculptures, and poignant Lion Monument. Designed by the Danish sculptor Throwaldsen, it is a memorial to Swiss mercenaries that lost their lives defending the King of France. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time to shop for chocolate or wood carvings, or take a walk along the lake’s beautiful esplanade.
Stay: Radisson Blu, Lucerne (or similar)
Meals: B, D
Day 10: Lauterbrunnen, Cogwheel Train, Kleine Scheidegg, Grindelwald, Swiss Folklore Show
This morning you drive to Lauterbrunnen, the “village of the waterfalls.” Here you board a cogwheel train that brings you to Kleine Scheidegg. You will have spectacular panoramic views of the Jungfrau mountain peaks. Enjoy a lunch break, before descending the other side of the mountain to Grindelwald, the “village of the glaciers.” You then take the coach back to Lucerne where you will have dinner and entertainment at the Swiss Folklore show.
Meals: B, D
Day 11: Liechtenstein, Castle Neuschwanstein, Oberammergau
You depart Lucerne this morning and stop in Liechtenstein for an opportunity to explore this tiny “postage stamp” country.
You continue on to Fussen where you will tour Castle Neuschwanstein, the most famous of King Ludwig’s royal castles. Perched majestically on a mountainside, this was his fantasy of a medieval fortress and is often referred to as the “Disney Castle.”
You finish your exciting day with your arrival in Oberammergau. After checking into the hotel and enjoying dinner enjoy a stroll through the village.
Meals: B, D
Day 12: Passion Play
This morning enjoy some free time to admire the bright frescoes that adorn many or the homes and businesses, or shop for woodcarving souvenirs which the village is famous for. If you wish to wander a little farther a local bus can take you to Ettal to visit the impressive Benedictine abbey. During WWII, the protestant theologian, Dietrich Bonoeffer and the Jesuit Priest, Rupert Mayer both active in the resistance against the Nazi regime and later martyred, were given refuge here.
This afternoon you attend Part One of the Passion Play. There will be a dinner break then in the evening you will see Part Two of the Play.
Since 1634, the most famous Passion Play in the world has taken place in Oberammergau. The tradition, maintained and experienced almost without interruption for over 380 years, of putting on the play about the suffering, death and resurrection of Christ every ten years, will be continued for the 42nd time in 2020 and is regarded as the most important Passion Play in the world. The village at the edge of the Bavarian Alps expects approximately 500,000 visitors for the passion play, over half of which will be international guests. A special law is in effect to insure that all actors of the world’s largest amateur dramatic performance come from the village. All participants, from actors playing the big speaking parts such as Jesus, Mary or Judas, through members of the choir, orchestra members, firemen and ushers, must have been born in Oberammergau or lived there for at least 20 years. Over 2,000 Oberammergau villagers will participate in the 2020 Passion Play.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 13: Munich Sightseeing, Viktualienmarket, Nymphenburg Palace
This morning you travel to Munich where a local guide will give you a tour including Marienplatz, the Residenz and Chesuit Church (St. Michael’s) and the Glockenspiel. Experience the delightful aromas of the Viktualienmarkes before continuing to Nymphenburg Palace. The afternoon is yours to explore on your own. You may want to visit one of the many museums, the world famous Hofbrauhaus and much more that Munich has to offer.
Tonight, you have a farewell dinner at the Ratskeller, where you will experience an evening of traditional Bavarian food and drink.
Stay: Maritime Hotel Munchen, Oberammergau (or similar)
Meals: B, D
Day 14: Return Flight Home
After breakfast at your hotel you will the transferred to the Munich airport for your return flight home.
June 5 and August 2, 2020
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