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Oberammergau Passion Play
You are invited to join Dr. Benson F. Fraser, Westminster Canterbury Fellow for Religious Studies and Lifelong Learning for Virginia Wesleyan University on this exclusive fully-escorted Christian heritage study cruise on the AmaKristina luxury river ship. Before boarding the ship in Basel, you will tour Munich, with the option of attending Oktoberfest. The highlight of the tour is the famous Passion Play, performed every decade in the small Bavarian village of Oberammergau. You will then travel to Switzerland where you’ll have a guided tour of the Christian heritage sites of Zurich. After the cruise, you will have an extra day to explore Amsterdam.
You will sail from Basel to Amsterdam on the AmaKristina in category CA cabins with a French balcony. The ship has a massage and hair salon, gift shop, specialty coffee station, heated pool with swim-up bar, fitness center, Sun Deck walking track and a fleet of onboard bikes.
[printfriendly]Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Thursday, October 1, 2020: Depart North America
We will depart from the USA today. Group and individual flights, as well as ore-tour arrangements can be made through Reformation Tours. (IF)
Day 2: Friday, October 2, 2020: Munich
When we arrive in Munich, Reformation Tours’ President Frank Drinkhouse will welcome us to Germany and take us on a panoramic sightseeing tour of Munich. In the afternoon we will check-in to our hotel, then we have the option of attending Oktoberfest or exploring Munich independently. Our Welcome Dinner is in our hotel this evening. (IF/D)
Day 3: Saturday, October 3, 2020: Munich, Oberammergau
After a relaxed breakfast, we will travel to Oberammergau for the Passion Play. The performance is truly a moving experience as we witness the passion of Jesus, recalling how He gave His life so that we might be forgiven. Gathered together with Christians from around the globe, this once-a-decade play is an unforgettable experience. We will eat lunch together before Part One of the Play, which begins at 1:30 PM. There is a break for dinner from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM and we will dine together in a restaurant in Oberammergau. Part Two ends at 9:30 PM and then we will board our bus to our hotel in the Oberammergau area. (B/L/D)
Day 4: Sunday, October 4, 2020: Zurich
This morning we will have a leisurely journey from Germany to Switzerland, stopping for a delicious lunch along the way. When we get to Zurich, the rest of the day will be at leisure, with the option of attending the evening service of the English-speaking International Protestant Church in Zurich. (B/L)
Day 5: Monday, October 5, 2020: Zurich, Basel
After breakfast we will have a guided city tour and learn about how the Reformation came about in Zurich. In 1519, Huldrych Zwingli became lay priest at Zurich’s Grossmünster church, putting Zurich at the heart of the Reformation in German-speaking Switzerland. He also paved the way for a social welfare system, the core of which remains unchanged to this day. We will have a guided tour of Zurich: the historical guildhouses and medieval churches on the banks of the Limmat river, the lake with its parks and harbors, the elegant shopping area of the Bahnhofstrasse and the banking and university district. We will see the famous Chagall stained-glass windows at Fraumunster church and visit the Cathedral (Grossmünster) erected between the 11th and 13th centuries. Zurich is home of the Reformation in German-speaking Switzerland. In the afternoon we will travel by coach to Basel, where we will board our river cruise ship, the AMAKristina. After comfortably settling into our cabins, we’ll meet our crew at a welcome cocktail before we cast off. We’ll have dinner and cruise through the night. (B/L/D)
Day 6: Tuesday, October 6, 2020: Black Forest
This morning’s included excursion to the Black Forest area will offer three different activities from which we may choose. We can step back in time with a visit to the enchanting Alsatian tour of Riquewihr, which is known for its historic architecture and Riesling wines. On the walking tour we will admire historic architecture as well as famous sights, such as the Dolder Gate. Alternatively, we can take a tour of Freiburg, which was founded in 1120. Freiburg’s Munster, a gothic cathedral built of red sandstone, is said to have “the most beautiful spire on earth.” Those who are looking for a more active option can cycle through the scenic countryside or hike in the black Forest. We will dine on the ship. (B/L/D)
Day 7: Wednesday, October 7, 2020: Strasbourg
Today, our included excursions will be in Strasbourg, the capital city of Alsace. We can chose to take a panoramic bus tour which will take us by the Orangery, the European Parliament, and the Place de la Republique. After this, we will take a walking tour of the “La Petite France” neighborhood, including the Gothic cathedral with its famous astronomical clock. Strasbourg, referred to as the “City of Hope” and “Refuge of the Righteous” by the Anabaptists, is where John Calvin wrote his first edition of Systematic Theology, and Martin Bucer developed influential protestant doctrines and practices that redefined liturgy. The active option today is a guided hike from the Orangery to the cathedral. We will dine on the ship. (B/L/D)
Day 8: Thursday, October 8, 2020: Ludwigshafen, Heidelberg, Rüdesheim
We’ll arrive in Ludwigshafen this morning, and choose one of three excursions. Our first option is a trip to Heidelberg, where we will see the red sandstone Heidelberg Castle and the Great Vat, an 18th-century 49,000-gallon wine cask. We will hear about the Heidelberg Confession, which was drafted by Zacharius Ursinus (age 28) and Caspar Olevianus (age 26). Another choice will be a hike up the Philosopher’s Path to see a panoramic view of the city of Heidelberg. We may also choose to take a city tour of Speyer, one of the oldest cities in Germany, which will include the cathedral and the medieval Altpörtel, Old Gate. Later in the day, we will sail to Rüdesheim where we can visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, or taste Rüdesheimer Coffee, which is made with brandy. We will dine on the ship. (B/L/D)
Day 9: Friday, October 9, 2020: Rüdesheim, Rhine Gorge
Today, we will once again have three excursion options. We may enjoy a gondola ride to see the Neiderwalddenkmal Statue, where we can enjoy panoramic views of the Rhine. This will be followed by tasting a sampling of Riesling wines in the vineyards, or a guided bike ride through the town and along the Rhine River to Schloss Johannisberg, or a hike through the town’s beautiful vineyards. This afternoon we will cruise through the Rhine Gorge, where we will see many castles, fortress ruins, and the Lorelei Rock. We will enjoy a visit to Lahneck Castle. We will dine on the ship. (B/L/D)
Day 10: Saturday, October 10, 2020: Cologne
Cologne Cathedral is one of Germany’s most revered Gothic masterpieces. Our guided tour of this 2,000-year-old city will a tour of the cathedral and the Old Town. Alternative options include a bike ride along the Rhine River and through the historic Stadtgarten, or a visit to a local tavern to taste Kölsch beer and Reibekuchen, which is potato pancakes served with applesauce. We will dine on the ship. (B/L/D)
Day 11: Sunday, October 11, 2020: Amsterdam
Amsterdam has amazing history, art, architecture, and museums, and we will have a choice as to how we will explore it today. The famous canals of Amsterdam await us. We may begin with a scenic canal cruise followed by a walk to Begijnhof, known for its Middle Age buildings. For a different view of the city, we may join the Jewish Heritage tour which begins with a visit to the 17th-century Portuguese Synagogue and the Jewish Historical Museum, which tells the history of the Jews in Amsterdam. (B/L/D)
Day 12: Monday, October 12, 2020: Amsterdam
Our final port is Amsterdam. We will meet our local guide and coach at the pier and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, followed by some free time to explore at leisure. We will check in and enjoy dinner in our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 13: Tuesday, October 13, 2020: Return
We will transfer to Amsterdam Airport for flights home. Reformation Tours can assist with post-tour arrangements in Europe. (B/IF)
Please note this itinerary is copyrighted.
Our hotels are chosen for their quality, amenities and proximity to areas of interest. Whenever possible, we choose hotels in town centers, so that you are able to go off and explore in your free time. It may be necessary for us to substitute hotels for others of equal quality. You will be fully informed of any changes that affect you. Enjoy your stay!
October 2-3, 2020
Eurostars Grand Central or similar
October 3-4, 2020
Hotel is part of the Oberammergau package and will be assigned at the end of 2019.
October 4-5, 2020
Crown Plaza Hotel or similar
AMAWaterways Cruise Ship
October 5-12, 2020
Price based on double occupancy:
We have 14 Category CA cabins. French Balcony, 170 sq. ft.
We have 8 Category BB cabins: French Balcony & Outside Balcony, 210 sq. ft.
We have 2 Category CB cabins: French Balcony, 155 sq. ft.
We have 2 Category D cabins: Fixed Windows, 160 sq. ft.
October 12-13, 2020
Movenpick City Centre or similar
Piet Heinkade 11
1019 BR Amsterdam
When this tour is a guaranteed departure, we will contact tour participants to start making air reservations. There will be three options available at that time.
Option 1: Request a flight quote from us, by filling out this form. Payment is due at the time of booking.
Option 2: For 10+ traveling together, we can provide a group air booking. Payment is due with final payment in May 2020.
Option 3: Book your own flights, making sure you land on the morning of October 2, 2020 no later than 10:00 AM. If you would prefer to arrive earlier, we can arrange a pre-tour hotel night in Munich. You are welcome to depart at any time on October 13.
Please note that if you would like to use air miles you will need to book directly with the airline.
We can arrange pre-tour nights in Munich and post-tour nights in Amsterdam, but due to the volume of tours in 2020, we are not able to arrange additional travel within Europe.
*Price based on a minimum of 35 participants.
• Cabin type CA with French Balcony
Limited space also available in the following cabin types:
Cabin D $500 discount per person
Cabin CB $250 discount per person
Cabin BB $400 additional per person
• Transportation: via deluxe air-conditioned coaches
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in 3 and 4-star hotels
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Professional Tour Director throughout the tour
• Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
• Tickets for the Oberammergau Passion Play
• Admission to all activities indicated in the itinerary
• All transfers, as a group
• Baggage handling (1 piece of baggage per guest)
• All taxes and tips, including the cruise tips, driver and guides ($165 per person)
• Port taxes and fees ($189 per person)
• Round-trip air transportation
• Single supplement (from $2,000)
• Meals and beverages not identified in itinerary
• Items of a personal nature, such as passports and visas. Passports must be valid for 6 months beyond return date.
• Upgraded cancellation insurance (basic coverage included in tour cost)
• Initial deposit of $650 will secure your place on the tour. Please send all checks to Reformation Tours, P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222.
• Second deposit of $1,000 is due by November 1, 2019
• Final invoices will be sent in April 2020
• Final payment is due by May 15, 2020
• Reservations will be accepted after May 15, 2020, subject to availability
We offer coverage with the Professional Plan offered by Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. We include $500 coverage in your tour price and you are welcome to upgrade to cover the full tour premium. The cost of the tour insurance is the tour cost (minus $500) x 6.14%. A quote will be automatically added to your invoice.
Regardless of reason, cancellations are costly. To offset these costs the following fees will apply, plus any non-recoverable expenses to our suppliers:
Oberammergau ticket deposits ($650) are non-refundable, but we will endeavor to find replacement travelers.
From time of deposit to until December 1, 2019: $350
From December 1, 2019 to 15 days prior to departure: $650 plus any non refundable deposits
14 days or less prior to departure: No refund– Cancellation charges also apply to additional accommodation reserved prior to and after the tour.
– Cancellations must be received in writing by 5:00 p.m. central time on the last business day of the applicable time period.
– For flight changes or cancellations, revision fees and/or airline cancellation charges will apply.
– Roommates canceling can result in a single supplement charge for the roommate. The Participant who cancels will be responsible for that charge if a substitute roommate cannot be found.
– Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance is strongly recommended.
We look forward to welcoming you on the tour.
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You can either send a check made payable to “Reformation Tours” to P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222 or click here to pay by credit card.
We offer the Professional Plan by Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. We include $500 coverage in your tour price and you are welcome to upgrade to cover the full tour premium. The cost of the tour insurance is the tour cost (minus $500) x 6.14%. A quote will be automatically added to your invoice.
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P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222
Tel: (618) 222-9914
Fax: (618) 222-9917
Toll Free: (800) 303-5534
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