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Vienna Salzburg Oberammergau Passion Play Wartburg Castle Augustinian Monastery, Erfurt Lutherhalle Museum
Oberammergau Passion Play
Augustinian Monastery, Erfurt
The Omaha to Oberammergau Tour is a tour of Austria and Germany hosted by Pastor Brad and Heidi Meyer. The main focus of this tour is to witness the Passion Play performed in Oberammergau. Other highlights of the tour will include: touring Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, visiting the Melk Abbey, enjoying a dinner concert in the oldest restaurant in Europe, taking the “Sound of Music Tour” in Salzburg, riding a cable car to view Innsbruck from 6447 ft, viewing handcrafted woodcarvings in Oberammergau, walking around the gardens on the Island of Mainau, touring the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart, joining the Nightwatchman Tour in Rothenburg, and walking in the footsteps of Martin Luther at Wartburg Castle where he was in exile, the Augustinian Monastery where he was a priest, and Wittenberg Lutherstadt where he taught and he and Katie raised their family.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Sunday, July 3, 2022: Fly
We will depart from Omaha this afternoon for our overnight journey to Vienna. (IF)
Day 2: Monday, July 4, 2022: Vienna
Welcome to Austria! On arrival in Vienna, travelers will transfer to our centrally-located hotel. After time to explore, purchase lunch, and shop, we will gather back at the hotel to begin the tour (time will be confirmed once we know all the flight arrival times.) In the afternoon we will have a bus and orientation tour of Vienna with a local guide, to view many of Vienna’s splendors including the elegant Kärntner Ring, St. Stefan’s Cathedral, Hofburg Palace, the Imperial Palace. We will dine in our hotel in Vienna this evening. (B/D)
Day 3: Tuesday, July 5, 2022: Vienna
This morning a local guide will join us for a city tour which will include an inside tour of Schönbrunn Palace, a former imperial summer residence. The remainder of the day will be free to explore on our own. Options will include Belvedere Palace and the State Opera House. In the evening, there will be an optional excursion to Grinzing, an “artists’ quarter,” where we can enjoy a “Heuriger,” a Wine Tavern that will include dinner, music and wine. (B)
Day 4: Wednesday, July 6, 2022: Melk Abby, Salzburg
After breakfast, we will board our coach and drive to Melk for a guided tour of the Abbey. This evening we will enjoy a dinner concert in the Baroque Hall of the famous Benedictine Monastery of St. Peter. This is the oldest restaurant in Europe and was first mentioned in 803. Mozart and his family dined here and the menu is inspired by recipes from his time. We will be entertained by musicians in period costumes. (B/D)
Day 5: Thursday, July 7, 2022: Salzburg
This morning we will have a “Sound of Music” tour, driving by some of the locations used in this classic film including Mirabell Garden and Pegasus Foundain, Nonnberg Convert, Schloss Leopoldskron, Hellbrunn Palace, the Gazebo, and Church Mondsee. In the afternoon our Salzburg tour will include admission to Mozart’s birthplace, Salzburg Cathedral, the Getreidegasse shopping area, and the market area. This evening we can dine in the restaurant of our choice. (B)
Day 6: Friday, July 8, 2022: Innsbruck
We will have a bus orientation tour of Innsbruck this morning. The historical center is a wonderful mix of medieval history, grand architecture from the Kaiser’s era, many modern elements, all surrounded by the magnificent Alps. This afternoon we have the choice between two optional excursions. We can take the 10 minute Patscherkofelbahn cable car to 6,447 ft for stunning views of Innsbruck and the mountain panoramas. Austria’s highest botanical garden is next to the cable car and is home to a stunning collection of edelweiss, gentian and other alpine flora and fauna. We can also choose to visit the famous Swarovski Crystal World. We will dine in a restaurant in Innsbruck. (B/D)
Day 7: Saturday, July 9, 2022: Mittenwald, Oberammergau
We will cross the border into Germany for a visit to Mittenwald. After time to explore the village, including a optional tour of the violin museum with demonstrations, we will have a group lunch in the Mittenwald Brewery. We’ll continue on to Oberammergau, where we will see a wood-working demonstration in the Pilatus House. There will be time to explore and shop in the town before we will check in to our hotel in the Oberammergau region. (B/L/D)
Day 8: Sunday, July 10, 2022: Oberammergau Passion Play
After a relaxed morning, we will return to Oberammergau, where we will eat lunch together. The seven-hour performance of the Passion Play 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. (B/L/D)
Day 9: Monday, July 11, 2022: Meersburg
After a relaxed breakfast we will drive to Meersburg, then take the ferry across to the Island of Mainau, for a tour of the botanical gardens. We will return to Meersburg and dine in our hotel or a local restaurant. (B/D)
Day 10: Tuesday, July 12, 2022: Meersburg, Stuttgart, Rothenburg
We will drive to up Stuttgart and tour the Mercedes Benz Museum, which celebrates the car that Benz invented in 1886. The collection on nine levels includes more than 160 vehicles, from legendary racing cars to futuristic vehicles. We will continue on to the walled medieval city of Rothenburg and dine early, to allow time for those who want to join the Night Watchman Tour. Rothenburg ob der Tauber enables us to picture what a German town looked life during Luther’s time. St. Jacob’s Church has a wooden alter carved by master craftsman Tilman Riemenschneider. Interestingly this altar still contains a Holy Blood relic even though the church has been Lutheran since the Reformation. (B/D)
Day 11: Wednesday, July 13 2022: Rothenburg, Eisenach
The morning is at leisure so that we can enjoy a leisurely shopping time in Rothenburg or a walk around the walls. In the afternoon we will visit Wartburg Castle. In 1521, while fleeing from the wrath of the Pope, Luther took refuge in the Wartburg Castle after a fake kidnapping staged by his friend and protector, Frederick the Wise. We will tour the castle and see where Luther finished translating the New Testament into German in just eleven weeks. We will stay in the nearby town of Eisenach, where Luther lived as a child. (B/D)
Day 12: Thursday, July 14, 2022: Erfurt
Our walking tour of Erfurt will focus on Martin Luther’s life as a student before he joining the Augustinian monks, including viewing St. Mary’s Cathedral, the Church of St. Severus, and the famous Merchant’s Bridge. Luther called the Augustinian Monastery his spiritual home and he became a monk in Erfurt on July 17, 1505. We will be able to see his monastic quarters, including one cell furnished to look as it would have when he lived there. At the end of the tour we will have a group worship service in the chapel. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 13: Friday, July 15, 2022: Wittenberg
Our final stop is Lutherstadt-Wittenberg, the birthplace of the Reformation. It was here in 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 Theses to the door of Castle Church (Schlosskirche). Although the original doors were destroyed in the Seven Years War, we can see Luther’s texts cast in bronze on the new doors. We will visit St. Mary’s Church where Luther regularly preached and visit the Old Latin School next door. Luther’s former home, the Lutherhalle, is now a Reformation Museum and we will see where he lived with his family, as well as some of Luther’s very own personal library, rare manuscripts, and early Bibles. The afternoon is at leisure and we’ll end the tour with a delicious farewell meal. (B/D)
Day 14: Saturday, July 16, 2022: Return
We will leave this morning and drive to Berlin Airport for our flight home. (B)
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!
Pre-tour nights in Vienna are available for $100 per person ($165 single).
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.
Various flight booking options are available for this tour, including group air.
Option 1: We will reserve group air flights from Omaha.
Option 2: 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 on the morning of July 4, 2022 no later than 10:00 AM. If you would prefer to arrive earlier, we can arrange a pre-tour hotel night in Vienna. You are welcome to depart at any time on July 16, 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 Vienna and post-tour nights in Berlin, 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 35 participants.
• 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
• Group 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
• Individual arrival and departure transfers
• Single supplement ($900)
• 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)
• Tips for the driver and tour director
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
• Second deposit of $1,000 is due by October 1, 2021
• Final invoices will be sent in March 2022
• Final payment is due by April 24, 2022
• Reservations will be accepted after April 24, 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 7, 2022: $850 cancellation penalty plus any non-refundable deposits
From January 8-May 21, 2022: $1,350 cancellation penalty plus any non-refundable deposits
From May 22 – June 4, 2022: Cancellation penalty is 60% of land costs plus any non-refundable deposits
From June 5-18, 2022: Cancellation penalty is 80% of land costs any non-refundable deposits
From June 19 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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