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Oberammergau Passion Play
You are invited to join Pastor Ken Johnson on a tour through Germany highlighting the land of Martin Luther and the Oberammergau Passion Play. Just over 500 years ago Martin Luther started a movement that changed the world and you will visit the beautiful and historic places where that reformation began and took root.
The tour will be highlighted with the unique and wonderful experience of witnessing the Oberammergau Passion Play which has been performed by the villagers in this picturesque alpine village every ten years since 1634. You will enjoy local cuisine and culture as your travels take you to Berlin, Wittenberg, Eisleben, Erfurt, the Wartburg Castle, Regensburg, Munich, Neuschwanstein Castle, and Oberammergau.
This tour is run in conjunction with the Oberammergau Bike Tour.
IF = In-flight meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Saturday, July 23, 2022: Departure
We will depart the US on our overnight flights to Berlin, Germany.(IF)
Day 2: Sunday, July 24, 2022: Berlin
On arrival in Berlin, our tour director will welcome us and escort us to the waiting motor coach. We will transfer to our Berlin hotel and have free time before a group dinner. (IF/D)
Day 3: Monday, July 25, 2022: Berlin, Wittenberg
This morning we will have a bus orientation tour of Berlin, including the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag parliament building, the Holocaust Memorial, the Cathedral and the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. The history of the divided Berlin comes alive when we discover remnants of the Berlin Wall and visit the official Wall Memorial Site at Bernauer Strasse. We will go to Wittenberg and dine in our hotel. (IF/D)
Day 4: Tuesday, July 26, 2022: Wittenberg
After breakfast our expert local guide will take us on a half-day walking tour including the Lutherhalle (Luther’s home), Town Church, and Castle Church. Although the original door of the Castle Church was destroyed in a fire, the replica has all 95 Theses magnificently displayed in bronze. The rest of the day will be at leisure and we will have coupons to use for free admission to the Melanchthon House, the Cranach Museum, etc. We will dine in our hotel. (B/D)
Day 5: Wednesday, July 27, 2022: Eisleben, Erfurt
We will have breakfast in our hotel, then drive to nearby Eisleben. Our local guide will take us on a guided walking tour of Eisleben, where Luther was born and also where he died. It is sometimes referred to as his Bethlehem and Jerusalem. We will visit both of these homes with our guide, as well as St. Anne’s, an old miner’s church famous for the Biblical Scenes hewn in stone. We will also visit St. Peter and St. Paul Church where Luther was baptized. We will continue on to Erfurt, where we will meet up with the members of the Bike Tour. We will all dine together this evening. (B/D)
Day 6: Thursday, July 28, 2022: Erfurt
We will have breakfast in our hotel, then our local expert guide will take us on a walking tour. Luther lived in Erfurt as a student before he joined the Augustinian order. We will see the market square with the magnificent cathedral, stroll through the little streets with the rich timber-framed buildings, cross the Merchant’s Bridge, and visit the Augustinian Monastery, which Luther always called his spiritual home. We will dine together this evening. (B/D)
Day 7: Friday, July 29, 2022: Eisenach, Erfurt
After breakfast, we will drive to nearby Eisenach and visit the Wartburg Castle. The Wartburg is one of the most important castles in German history. In 1521, Luther took refuge after a fake kidnapping staged by his friend and protector, Frederick the Wise. Among the many letters and books that he wrote here, was the first translation of the New Testament into German. We will also learn about the life and work of St. Elizabeth. In the afternoon, we will visit the Bach House in Eisenach, where we will hear a demonstration of Bach’s works performed on historical instruments. We will return to Erfurt for our evening meal. (B/D)
Day 8: Saturday, July 30, 2022 : Munich
We will have breakfast in our hotel, then we will travel through Bavaria to the ancient city of Regensburg. Dating back to the 9th century, this city is a UNESCO heritage site due to the wealth of historic buildings including a 12th century bridge, medieval houses and a stunning cathedral. After free time to explore the city, we will continue on to Munich and dine in our hotel. (B/D)
Day 9: Sunday, July 31, 2022: Oberammergau
After breakfast, we will travel to Oberammergau and we will have free time to stroll around the village. The seven-hour 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. We will stay in a hotel in the Oberammergau area. (B/L/D)
Day 10: Monday, August 1, 2022: Fussen, Munich
After breakfast, we will visit Neuschwanstein Castle, the fairytale castle built by King Ludwig II. This attractive castle is the most photographed place in Germany. In the afternoon, we will have a walking tour of the Bavarian capital. Our visit will include seeing the historic Glockenspiel on the Marienplatz, the Frauenkirche, and other familiar landmarks in the city center. We will dine in a romantic Bavarian beer garden, where we will enjoy fellowship and good beer. (B/D)
Day 11: Tuesday, August 2, 2022: Return
After breakfast in the hotel, we will transfer to the airport. (B/IF)
* If you would like to stay in Munich for an additional night, it’s an additional $100 per person.
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!
These are the hotels from the 2020 tour and this list may be updated, depending on hotel availability.
July 24-25, 2022
Hotel AMANO Grand Central
July 25-27, 2022
July 27-29, 2022
July 29 – 31, 2022
Flemings Hotel München-City
July 31 – August 1, 2022
Hotel is part of the Oberammergau package and will be assigned at the end of 2021.
August 1-2, 2022
Flemings Hotel München-City
Transfers are automatically included if we have booked your flights.
If you have booked your own flights, we can still provide transfers, as long as we have your flight details on file and a phone number to give to the driver. We will include your transfer information in your final packet. Transfers will be arranged for each arrival, so that you won’t have to wait for other tour members if their flight is delayed. Transfers can be arranged for the day of your choosing, but we can’t arrange transfers if you arrive or depart by train.
Please note that individual transfers are booked through a third-party and you will be responsible to communicate with the company in case of delays.
Flights can be arranged once this tour is a guaranteed departure. We will let you know as soon as we have reached the minimum number of participants.
Group Air: If we have a minimum of 10 traveling together, we can provide a group air booking. Payment is due with the final payment.
Individual Air: If you would like assistance with alternative flights, please visit our Book a Flight page. Please wait until the tour is a guaranteed departure before booking non-refundable airfare and send a copy of your flight itinerary for our records as soon as you have booked it.
Arrival: Please arrange to arrive in Berlin no later than 10:00 am on Sunday, July 24, 2022.
Departure: You are welcome to depart from Munich at any time on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.
We can arrange pre-tour nights in Berlin and post-tour nights in Munich, but due to the volume of tours in 2022, we are not able to arrange additional travel within Europe.
*Price based on a minimum of 25 participants.
• Transportation: via deluxe air-conditioned coaches
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in superior 3-star and moderate 4-star hotels
• Category 3 seats for the Oberammergau Passion Play
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Professional Tour Director when with the main group
• Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
• Admission to all activities indicated in the itinerary
• Group arrival and departure transfers
• Baggage handling (1 piece of baggage per guest)
• All taxes and tips, except as indicated below
• Round-trip air transportation (group air will be available from Kalamazoo or Detroit)
• Individual arrival and departure transfers
• Single supplement ($450)
• 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.
• Passenger trip cancellation insurance (details sent with reservation form)
• Gratuities for the tour director and driver
The deposits can be paid online or by check sent to Reformation Tours, 64 Fiesta Cir, St. Louis, MO 63146.
Postponed travelers – if you have a credit voucher we will send you an updated invoice, so there’s no need to send the initial deposit.
• Initial deposit of $850 will secure your place on the tour
• Final invoices will be sent in April 2022
• Final payment is due by May 14, 2022
• Reservations will be accepted after May 14, 2022, subject to availability
We will continue to assist clients who have a current policy with Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. Policies are now transferable to tours in 2021 and 2022.
If you don’t have insurance yet, we are now partnering with an award-winning company called Squaremouth, which helps travelers search, compare, and buy the best travel insurance for the lowest price. They offer excellent customer support and can help you find the best policy for your trip.
Regardless of reason, cancellations are costly. All cancellations must be in writing and the date of postmark will determine the amount of refund due. 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. Cancellation and Interruption Insurance is strongly recommended.
Oberammergau ticket deposits ($750) are non-refundable, but we will endeavor to find replacement travelers.
The following cancellation penalties apply, unless otherwise noted on the tour documentation:
From time of deposit to until January 1, 2022: $850 cancellation penalty plus any non-refundable deposits
From January 2, 2022, to June 10, 2022: $1,350 cancellation penalty plus any non-refundable deposits
From June 11-June 24, 2022: Cancellation penalty is 60% of land costs plus any non-refundable deposits
From June 25 – July 8, 2022: Cancellation penalty is 80% of land costs any non-refundable deposits
From July 9, 2022 to departure: No refund
Reformation Tours reserves the rights to alter itineraries without notice should it become necessary. While on tour, if conditions necessitate changes, or if certain features are unavailable or limited, we reserve the right to vary or substitute alternatives. All prices are calculated at the exchange rate in effect at the time of this quotation: 1 Euro = $1.1864. Should currency fluctuations necessitate an adjustment in tour price, the adjusted price will be reflected in the final invoice.
This tour is currently reserved for the 2020 postponed travelers, but if you are interested in joining, please fill out the form, but don’t send a deposit until we have space available.
2020 travelers: Please fill out the form and we will e-mail you an updated invoice with the full value of your credit voucher. You can also transfer to any other tour in 2021 or 2022. If you aren’t able to travel, we will send a partial refund once travel resumes and we have cash flow.
We look forward to welcoming you on the tour.
You can fill out your reservations online by clicking the “Book Now” tab.
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64 Fiesta Circle, St. Louis, MO 63146
Tel: (618) 222-9914
Toll Free: (800) 303-5534
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