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Siena Florence Tuscan vineyards Pisa Venice Neuschwanstein Castle Oberammergau Passion Play Salzburg Mirabelle Palace, Salzburg
Oberammergau Passion Play
Mirabelle Palace, Salzburg
You are invited to join Pastor Jeffrey and Jacqueline Stuckwisch for a tour of the highlights of Northern Italy, Austria, and Southern Germany including the Passion Play of Oberammergau.
The thirteen-day tour will include Florence, Siena, Pisa, and Venice in Italy, as well as the Austrian cities of Innsbruck and Salzburg and the German city of Munich. The highlight of the tour will be the Passion Play which has been performed by the German village of Oberammergau once every ten years since 1634. In addition to viewing the art and architecture of Italian masters, tourists will also visit Tuscan vineyards, enjoy a Tirolean dance performance, experience the music of Mozart in a Salzburg palace, and take an optional Sound of Music tour.
Jeff is pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, an LCMS congregation in Seymour, Indiana. Jackie teaches mathematics at Trinity Lutheran High School. They hosted the Reformation Heritage Tour in 2016 and the Journeys of Paul in Greece and Rome in 2018. They enjoy teaching their groups the history behind the sites on tour and their connection to the Christian faith, as well fostering fellowship among travelers through educational pre-trip meetings.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B= Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Monday, June 15, 2020: Departure
Our journey begins as we board our international flight bound for Rome, Italy, the Eternal City. Pre-tour nights are available. (IF)
Day 2: Tuesday, June 16, 2020: Rome, Siena
Upon arrival in Rome, we will meet our tour director and motor coach and drive up into Tuscany. Our home for the first few nights is the historic city of Siena, famous for its cuisine, art, museums, medieval history and the annual Palio horse race. (IF/D)
Day 3: Wednesday, June 17, 2020: Florence, Siena
Today’s day trip is to Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance. On the way into the city, we will stop at Piazza Michelangelo for an amazing view of the city. 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. We will tour the famed Baptistry and the Duomo. Tickets will be available for those who want to climb Brunelleschi’s famous dome. We will have some free time in the afternoon, before returning to Siena for dinner at a local restaurant. (B/D)
Day 4: Thursday, June 18, 2020: Siena and Tuscan Vineyards
This morning a local guide will take us on a tour of Siena, including the Sunken Piazza del Campo and the Duomo, perhaps the finest Gothic cathedral in Italy. We will learn about the famous horse race that takes place in late summer. Horses represent the 17 districts, known as “Contradas” and we will see some of the emblematic flags on the tour. The Contradas include the Eagle, Snail, Wave, Panther, Forest, Tortoise, Owl, Unicorn, Shell, Tower, Ram, Caterpillar, Dragon, Giraffe, Porcupine, She-Wolf and the Goose. We will have lunch and a tour at Castello di Banfi. On our way to Brunello di Montalcino for a tasting, we will drive through some scenic villages, Montalcino and Montepulciano. Tonight we will have wine tasting and dinner in the Fattoria dei Barbi, before heading back to Siena. (B/L/D)
Day 5: Friday, June 19, 2020: Pisa, Venice
This morning we will start with a tour of Pisa, to see the magnificent Leaning Tower. The energetic members of the group will be able to climb the tower, while the rest take photos. In the Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles), we will also tour the Baptistery, the Cathedral and the Monumental Cemetery (representing the cycle of life). In the afternoon we will continue our drive to Venice–La Serenissima, the “Serene One.” Built upon 117 islands, Venice is a mosaic of canals, plazas, fascinating markets, and chaos! We will arrive at our hotel by water taxi on the Grand Canal and the luggage will be transferred separately. (B/D)
Day 6: Saturday, June 20, 2020: Venice
After breakfast, our guide will take us on a walking tour of Venice, including inside visits of the Doge’s Palace, St. Mark’s Square, the Bell Tower and the impressive St. Mark’s Cathedral. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore. We can shop in the famous market area around the Rialto Bridge, watch glass-blowing, take a gondola ride, or enjoy a coffee and some people-watching at St. Mark’s Square. (B)
Day 7: Sunday, June 21, 2020: Venice, Innsbruck
We will leave Italy this morning and drive up through the Dolomites to Innsbruck. On arrival in Innsbruck 2 local guides will give us a tour including the Golden Roof and St. James’ with its baroque interior. Tonight we will have dinner and enjoy a Tyrolean dance show, with folk dancing and yodeling. (B/D)
Day 8: Monday, June 22, 2020: Bavarian Castles, Oberammergau
We will travel up to Germany and tour the magnificent fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for the Disney Palace. This castle was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria in the 19th century and is now one of the most visited tourist destinations in Europe. We will also visit Hohenschwangau Castle, where he lived as a child. We will then continue on to our hotel near Oberammergau (B/D)
Day 9: Tuesday, June 23, 2020: Oberammergau
The morning we will visit the beautiful Baroque Wieskirche, then we will have free time 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 10: Wednesday, June 24, 2020: Salzburg
We will drive to Berchtesgaden this morning, a German town in the Bavarian Alps on the Austrian border. We will visit Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest retreat, a restaurant with stunning alpine views. In the afternoon we will continue on to Salzburg and attend a dinner concert at Mirabelle Palace. (B/D)
Day 11: Thursday, June 25, 2020: Salzburg
This morning we will have a guided walking tour, including the Mozart house. We will ride the funicular and tour the Hohensalzburg fortress. The rest of the day is at leisure, with the option of joining a Sound of Music tour (extra charge). (B)
Day 12: Friday, June 26, 2020 Munich
We will drive to Munich this morning and have free time to purchase lunch in the Viktuaalienmarkt. In the afternoon, our walking tour will include Marienplatz, The Residenz, Hofbrauhaus. We will end the tour with a fun meal in a beer garden. (B/D)
Day 13: Saturday, June 27, 2020: Munich
We will transfer to the airport for our flights to the US. (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!
Optional pre-tour hotel in Rome, Italy
June 15-16, 2020
June 16-19, 2020
Via Custoza 2
June 19-21, 2020
Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal
Via Santa Croce 578
June 21-22, 2020
Hotel Grauer Bar
Oberammergau, Germany area
June 22-24, 2020
Mittenwalder Str. 2
June 24-26, 2020
Hotel Imlauer & Brau
Munich area, Germany
June 26-27, 2020
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.
Various flight booking options are available for this tour. Please read our printable guide to booking your flight to better understand these options.
Option 1: We have reserved group air flights on Delta and they are currently $1,500 per person round-trip. We will continue to monitor options and will switch to another airline if we can get a lower rate. Payment is due with final payment in February 2020. The last day to sign up for group air is January 5, 2020.
|DL 500||June 15/16||Indianapolis||Paris||6:13 PM||8:35 AM|
|AF 1104||June 16||Paris||Rome||10:30 AM||12:40 PM|
|DL 131||June 27||Munich||Atlanta||10:10 AM||2:40 PM|
|DL 2281||June 27||Atlanta||Indianapolis||4:20 PM||5:51 PM|
Option 2: You may request a flight quote from us by filling out this form. Payment is due at the time of booking.
Option 3: You may book your own flights, making sure you land in Rome on the afternoon of June 16, 2020 no later than 12:30 PM. 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 27. 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 2020, 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
• Arrival and departure transfers
• Baggage handling (1 piece of baggage per guest)
• All taxes and tips, other than the driver and tour director ($108 per person)
• Passenger trip cancellation insurance during the tour. (Upgrades for pre-trip cancellation available from $258)
• Round-trip air transportation from Indianapolis (group air is available for $1,500)
• Single supplement ($980)
• 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 ($258 for land and estimated $350 for land and air coverage)
• Initial deposit of $500 is due by February 22, 2019 to secure your place on the tour. Please send all checks to Reformation Tours, P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222.
• Second deposit of $500 is due by May 1, 2019
• Final invoices will be sent in January 2020
• Final payment is due by February 9, 2020
• Reservations will be accepted after February 9, 2020, subject to availability
We offer the Professional Plan offered by Roam Right Insurance, a division of Arch Insurance Company. We offer all of our travelers post-departure insurance coverage (up to $500 of coverage.) If you would like to have pre-tour cancellation and trip interruption coverage, the upgrade cost depends on the tour price. It’s approximately the tour cost (minus the $500 that we cover) x 6.14%. To insure your land costs, the price is $4,699 – $500 x 6.14% = $258. To insure your land and air costs, the price is $6,199 – $500 x 6.14% = $350. A quote will automatically be added to your invoice.
|BENEFITS||TRAVEL INSURANCE COVERAGE
|Trip Cancellation||Up to 100% of Trip Cost|
|Trip Interruption||Up to 150% of Trip Cost|
|Trip Interruption (Return Air Only)||$750|
|Missed Connection||$500, after a 3+ hour delay|
|Trip Delay||$200 a day, after a 6+ hour delay, up to $1,000 total maximum|
|Evacuation and Repatriation of Mortal Remains||$500,000|
|Emergency Accident and Sickness||$50,000 max/$750 max for dental/ No deductible|
|Security Assistance Services||$100,000|
|Baggage / Personal Effects - Lost, Stolen or Damaged||No deductible, $250 per article limit, combined limit of $500 for valuables, $1,000 total limit.|
|Baggage Delay||$300, after a 12+ hour delay|
|Accidental Death or Dismemberment 24 Hours||$10,000|
|Worldwide Travel Assistance, Business and Concierge Assistance||Included|
|Pre-Existing Medical Conditions Waiver (Must insure full, non-refundable cost of Trip)||Must be purchased within 21 days after your initial trip deposit.|
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 nonrefundable, but we will endeavor to find replacement travelers.
From time of deposit to December 1, 2019: $350 cancellation penalty
From December 1, 2019 to 15 days prior to departure: $650 cancellation penalty plus any nonrefundable 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. Click on the image to download a copy of the brochure.
You can fill out your reservations online by clicking the “Book Now” tab or click here to download the form.
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
CST # 2093421-30