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Venice at Night
Oberammergau Passion Play
You are invited on a 12-day tour from Rome to Munich, including the Oberammergau Passion Play. This incredible retelling of the life of Christ 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. The 2020 performances were postponed due to Covid, so 2022 will be another celebration of life after a pandemic.
Our tour hosts, Rev. Jason and Sandra Steele, have served in ministry for over 20 years. Sandra is an inactive attorney who has homeschooled their two daughters. Pastor Jason is an Evangelical Presbyterian Church minister with a congregation in Owosso, MI. He often teaches classes to his congregation on church history and is known to preach first person sermons as various church reformers. The Steeles enjoyed hosting our Reformation Jubilee Tour in May 2017, and they are excited to host, learn and laugh together with you on this historical adventure.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Friday, June 17, 2022: Departure
Our journey will begin as we board our international flight bound for Rome, Italy, the Eternal City. Pre-tour nights are available. (IF)
Day 2: Saturday, June 18, 2022: Rome
Welcome to Italy! On arrival in Rome, travelers will transfer to our centrally-located hotel. This afternoon we will have a panoramic tour as we are introduced to Rome. The tour will include the Pantheon and Navona Square, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps. We will have time to relax from our flight before a welcome dinner at our hotel tonight. (D)
Day 3: Sunday, June 19, 2022: Rome
We will begin today at the Scala Sancta (Holy Stairs) which were reputedly brought to Rome from Jerusalem by St. Helena in the fourth century. According to tradition, the Holy Stairs are the steps leading up to the praetorium of Pontius Pilate on which Jesus Christ stepped on his way to trial during his Passion. Martin Luther climbed these steps when he visited Rome. We pause and think of Christ appearing before Pilate and the Passion of Christ. Afterwards we will be off to explore ancient Rome with a walking tour which will include an inside visit to the Colosseum and the Capitoline Hill areas of Rome. We will stroll through the Roman Forum with time at Mamertine Prison to reflect on Paul’s time spent in Rome. We will also see San Pietro in Vincoli Church with Michelangelo’s Moses. This evening we will learn how to make pizza at the La Carovana Restaurant. (B/D)
Day 4: Monday, June 20, 2022: Rome
Today will include 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 will be a visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel where we will ponder Michelangelo’s interpretation of Christianity. The rest of the day will be at leisure. Afternoon optional excursions will include the Roman catacombs, the Borghese Gallery and Museum, or a food and wine evening. (B)
Day 5: Tuesday, June 21, 2022: Rome, Florence
We will head north today through the Tuscan countryside to Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance. In the afternoon, a local guide will take us on a walking tour of Florence, including a visit to Accademia to see Michelangelo’s incomparable “David.” We will see the beautiful Santa Croce Church with the tombs of many famous residents of Florence including Michelangelo, Dante and Galileo and the famed Baptistry. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 6: Wednesday, June 22, 2022: Pisa, Florence
We will have a day-trip today to Pisa, to see the magnificent Leaning Tower. In the Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles), we will also see the Baptistery, the Cathedral and the Monumental Cemetery (representing the cycle of life). On our return to Florence, we will enjoy dinner at a Tuscan winery. (B/D)
Day 7: Thursday, June 23, 2022: Venice/Mestre
This morning we will have some free time to explore Florence. On the way out of the city, we will stop at Piazza Michelangelo for an amazing view. In the afternoon we will drive to Mestre, just outside of fabulous Venice–La Serenissima, the “Serene One.” Built upon 117 islands, Venice is a mosaic of canals, plazas, fascinating markets, and chaos! We will dine in our hotel in Mestre. (B/D)
Day 8: Friday, June 24, 2022: Venice
We will begin our full-day in Venice with a guided tour excursion to St. Mark’s Square, including the Doge’s Palace & St Mark’s Basilica, and a cruise along the serpentine Canale Grande. There is time in the afternoon 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. We will return to our hotel in the early evening and dine in our hotel. (B/D)
Day 9: Saturday, June 25, 2022: Mestre, Oberammergau
We will leave Venice behind early this morning and make our way north stopping for lunch along the way. We will end our day in our hotel near Oberammergau. (B/D)
Day 10: Sunday, June 26, 2022: Oberammergau
The morning will be free to stroll around Oberammergau before eating lunch and heading to the Passion Play. 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. Gathered together with Christians from around the globe, this once-a-decade play is an unforgettable experience. (B/L/D)
Day 11: Monday, June 27, 2022: Munich
After a leisurely breakfast, we will drive up to Munich. In the afternoon we will have a guided walking tour of Munich, ending with a fun meal in a traditional Bavarian beer garden. (B/D)
Day 12: Tuesday, June 28, 2022: Return
We will leave this morning and drive to Munich 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!
Rome, Italy – Additional pre-tour night available
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 Los Angeles and the price will include a free pre-tour night in Berlin.
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 June 17, 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 June 28, 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.
• 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 for the driver and tour director
• Round-trip air transportation
• 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
• 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 8, 2022
• Reservations will be accepted after April 8, 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 December 21, 2021: $850 cancellation penalty plus any non-refundable deposits
From December 22 – May 4, 2022: $1,350 cancellation penalty plus any non-refundable deposits
From May 5-18, 2022: Cancellation penalty is 60% of land costs plus any non-refundable deposits
From May 19-June 1, 2022: Cancellation penalty is 80% of land costs any non-refundable deposits
From June 2, 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.
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