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The Forum in Rome
Oberammergau Passion Play
The history of the Oberammergau Passion Play dates back to the middle of the Thirty Years War. In 1633, after months of suffering from the Bubonic Plague, the people of Oberammergau took a vow to perform the “Play of the Suffering, Dying and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ” every ten years if they were spared. Miraculously from that point on they all survived and true to their promise, the first performance was in 1634. This simple performance was held in a meadow and acted by the villagers. After 1674 they decided to change the date, so as to fall every ten years beginning in 1680. The only time it was not performed, was during World War II. This time the play will open on May 14, 2022 and ends on October 2, 2022.
This tour not only includes fantastic seats for the Play, but also these highlights:
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Tuesday, September 20, 2022: Departure
Our journey begins as we have a private airport transfer from the church to Indianapolis to board our international flights bound for Rome, Italy. (IF/D)
Day 2: Wednesday, September 21, 2022: Rome
Upon arrival at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport in Rome, we will meet our tour director and board our bus. We will have a relaxing lunch with wine and then check-into our pre-tour hotel in the early afternoon. The rest of the day is at leisure. (IF/L)
Day 3: Thursday, September 22, 2022: Rome
A local guide will join us for a panoramic tour of Rome, seeing all the familiar sites. After time to purchase lunch, we will visit the first of the four major basilicas of Rome, St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, where the Apostle was martyred and is buried. Tonight, we will enjoy a group dinner at our hotel. (B/D)
Day 4: Friday, September 23, 2022: Rome
Our morning begins with a visit to the Vatican City and St. Peter’s Cathedral, home of the Roman Catholic Church and the largest building in Christianity. Also included is a visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Afterwards we will proceed to Navona Square and see the Pantheon, as well as the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. The rest of the day is at leisure, for independent sightseeing. (B)
Day 5: Saturday, September 24, 2022: Rome
After breakfast, we will begin our sightseeing in the Eternal City of Rome and the glories of the Caesars. A local guide will join us for a walking tour as we become acquainted with the city that was the birthplace for much of our civilization as we visit the Capitoline Hill area, from which we view the Roman Forum. We also experience sights such as the Colosseum, Mamertine Prison, and more. We will dine in a Roman restaurant this evening. (B/D)
Day 6: Sunday, September 25, 2022: Assisi, Montecatini Terme
This morning we will head in a northeasterly direction and enter the region of Umbria, where we arrive at its most beautiful town, Assisi. Here a local guide will acquaint us with the life of Saint Francis and show us the magnificent Basilica di San Francesco where he is buried. Then we will continue our journey to our hotel in the spa town of Montecatini Terme. (B/D)
Day 7: Monday, September 26, 2022: Cinque Terre
Today we will drive to the Ligurian Sea where we have an excursion to the Cinque Terre, a series of fishing villages. We will begin with a boat ride along the sea, and then return by train and on foot, with a lovely stroll down Lovers’ Lane, a spectacular walk along the sea. These villages have a special character, as we observe the life of the fishermen and the abodes to which they return. This evening we will dine in a Tuscan winery, with the opportunity to sample local wines. (B/D)
Day 8: Tuesday, September 27, 2022: Florence
Our full day excursion to Florence will begin with a photo stop at the Piazza Michelangelo. Florence is home to the Duomo with its famed Baptistry, Giotto’s Tower, the Pitti Palace, the Accademia with Michelangelo’s incomparable David, and the Uffizi Gallery with the finest collection of paintings in all of Italy. We will visit Accademia and take a short stroll to the city center and see the famous doors on the Baptistry, as well as the Ponte Vecchio Bridge. We will have a free afternoon to explore at our leisure and we will return to Montecatini Terme later in the day. (B)
Day 9: Wednesday, September 28, 2022: Venice
We will begin our day with a trip to Pisa to view the famous Leaning Tower. We will also see Miracle Square with its cathedral and baptistry. We will then continue on to fabulous Venice–La Serenissima, the “Serene One.” Built upon 117 islands, Venice is a mosaic of canals, plazas, fascinating markets, and chaos! Upon arrival we bid our Italian driver good-bye. Our luggage will be transferred to our hotel as we take a water taxi to Murano–a cluster of small islands connected by bridges and the center of the Italian glassmaking industry since 1291. Later we check into our Venetian hotel. (B/D)
Day 10: Thursday, September 29, 2022: Venice
Our morning tour of Venice will begin with an excursion to St. Mark’s Square, including a cruise along the serpentine Canale Grande. Here a local guide will show us the Bell Tower and the impressive St. Mark’s Cathedral. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore and shop in the famous market area around the Rialto Bridge or to enjoy a coffee and some people-watching at St. Mark’s Square. (B)
Day 11: Friday, September 30, 2022: Innsbruck, Austria
We will return to the “mainland” this morning, where our German coach driver will be waiting to take us on the rest of our journey. We will enjoy amazing views of the Alps today as we drive North, through Austria, to Innsbruck, the city that has twice hosted the Winter Olympic Games. A local guide will acquaint us with the city and its history and take us to see such highlights as the “Golden Roof”. Dinner tonight is at our hotel. (B/D)
Day 12: Saturday, October 1, 2022: Oberammergau
We will cross the border into Bavaria, Germany this morning and travel to Oberammergau. Today is the highlight of the tour, the world-famous Passion Play, which has been regularly performed since 1633. In the middle of the Thirty Years War, after months of dying and suffering from the plague, the people of Oberammergau took a vow to perform the “Play of the Suffering, Dying and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ” every ten years. In the afternoon and evening we will be watching the performance of the play, with excellent, pre-reserved seats. Almost half of the inhabitants of the town perform in the play on the large open-air stage. (B/L/D)
Day 13: Sunday, October 2, 2022: Munich
After a leisurely breakfast, we will see the stunning Linderhof palace and gardens, based on the Petit Trianon Palace at Versailles. This is the smallest of King Ludwig’s palaces and the only one that he saw completed. We will then have a combined bus and walking tour of Munich, ending with a fun meal at a traditional Beer Hall. (B/D)
Day 14: Monday, October 3, 2022: Return
This morning we will transfer to the airport for our return flight home. The bus will be waiting to take us back to the church. (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!
Rome, Italy (Pre-tour night)
September 21-22, 2022
Cardinal Hotel Rome
Via Leone Dehon 71
September 22-25, 2022
The Carpegna Palace
Via Aurelia, 481
Montecatini Terme, Italy
September 25-28, 2022
Hotel Minerva Palace
Via Cavour, 14
51016 Montecatini Terme
September 28-30, 2022
Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal
Santa Croce 578
September 30 – October 1, 2022
October 1-2, 2022
Munich area/Freising, Germany
October 2-3, 2022
Hotel Bayerischer Hof
Untere Hauptstraße 3
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.
Option 1: We have a group air option from Indianapolis, IN and returning to Dayton, OH on United Airlines. These group flights are $1,225 per person.
Option 2: If you would like alternative flights, you may request a flight quote from us by filling out this form. Payment is due at the time of booking.
Option 2: You may book your own flights, making sure you land in Rome on the morning of September 22, 2022 no later than 10:00 AM. If you would prefer to arrive earlier, we can arrange a pre-tour hotel night in Rome. You are welcome to depart at any time on October 3, 2022. Please send us a copy of your flight itinerary for our records as soon as you have booked it.
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 Rome 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 30 participants. The $200 per person is for the extra night in Rome on September 21, including the lunch and extra day for the tour director and bus.
• Transportation: via deluxe air-conditioned coaches
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in superior 3-star and moderate 4-star hotels
• Category 1 seats for the Oberammergau Passion Play
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Professional Tour Director throughout the tour
• Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
• Admission to all activities indicated in the itinerary
• Arrival and departure transfers
• Baggage handling (1 piece of baggage per guest)
• All taxes and tips, other than the driver and tour director
• Round-trip air transportation (group air is available from $1,225)
• Single supplement ($650)
• Tips to driver and tour director
• 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)
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 $1,000 will secure your place on the tour
• Final invoices will be sent in June 2022
• Final payment is due by July 13, 2022
• Reservations will be accepted after July 13, 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. Travelers who had a policy in 2020 or 2021 have credit towards a new policy.
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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 March 28, 2022: $850 cancellation penalty plus any non-refundable deposits
From March 29 – August 9 2022: $1,350 cancellation penalty plus any non-refundable deposits
From August 10-24, 2022: Cancellation penalty is 60% of land costs plus any non-refundable deposits
From August 24-September 6, 2022: Cancellation penalty is 80% of land costs any non-refundable deposits
From September 7, 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.
We look forward to welcoming you on the tour.
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