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Venice at Night
Oberammergau Passion Play
In 2016, members of the Trinity family traveled to Germany to walk in the footsteps of Martin Luther. While visiting Oberammergau, the group expressed the desire to return in 2020 to see the world-famous Passion Play, which is performed by the local townspeople every ten years. In response to that desire, this tour will begin in Rome and include time in Florence, Pisa, Venice, culminating in Oberammergau to see the Passion Play, followed by time in Munich before returning home.
Come and join us as we share in this unique travel opportunity and spiritual experience with our Trinity family.
Susan J. Crowell, Senior Pastor and Amy Brown, Director of Educational Ministries
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Friday, July 3, 2020: 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, July 4, 2020: Rome
Welcome to Italy! On arrival in Rome, travelers will transfer to the Grand Hotel Palatino. 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.) This afternoon a local guide will take us on a panoramic tour of Rome as we are introduced to Rome. We will have time to relax from our flight before a welcome dinner at our hotel tonight. (IF/D)
Day 3: Sunday, July 5, 2020: Rome
We will begin our exploration of 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. In the afternoon we will visit the Pantheon and Navona Square, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps. This evening we will learn how to make pizza at the La Carovana Restaurant. (B/D)
Day 4: Monday, July 6, 2020: Rome, Florence
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. Later we will head north through the Tuscan countryside to Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance. On the way into the city, we will stop at Piazza Michelangelo for an amazing view of Florence before checking into our hotel. (B/D)
Day 5: Tuesday, July 7, 2020: Florence
This morning we will have a guided tour of the Uffizi Gallery. The rest of the day will be at leisure to explore the delightful city of Florence. (B)
Day 6: Wednesday, July 8, 2020: 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, July 9, 2020: Florence, Venice/Mestre
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 famed Baptistery. 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! (B/D)
Day 8: Friday, July 10, 2020: Venice/Mestre
We will begin our full-day in Venice 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. There will be 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 have a short group fellowship time, followed by dinner in Venice before returning to our hotel in Mestre. (B/D)
Day 9: Saturday, July 11, 2020: 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, July 12, 2020: 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, July 13, 2020: 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 at the Pilsner Restaurant. (B/D)
Day 12: Tuesday, July 14, 2020: 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 hotel night for $125 double/$230 single per person
July 4-6, 2020
Grand Hotel Palatino
Via Cavour 213/M
July 6-9, 2020
Grand Hotel Mediterraneo
Lungarno del Tempio 44
July 9-11, 2020
Antony Palace Hotel
Via Mattei 26
30020 Marcon Venice
July 11-13, 2020
Hotel is part of the Oberammergau package and will be assigned at the end of 2019.
July 13-14, 2020
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 Lufthansa and they are currently $1,300 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 15, 2020.
|LH 429||July 3/4||Charlotte||Munich||6:30 PM||9:15 AM|
|LH 1868||July 4||Munich||Rome||12:55 PM||2:25 PM|
|LH 428||July 14||Munich||Charlotte||12:30 PM||4:25 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 July 4, 2020 no later than 2:15 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 July 14. 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 20 tour participants
• Transportation: via deluxe air-conditioned coaches
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in superior 3-star and moderate 4-star hotels
• 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 when available
• All taxes and tips except as indicated below
• Round-trip air transportation (group air is available from Charlotte for $1,300)
• Single supplement ($875)
• 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 tour director, and driver
• Initial deposit of $350 will secure your place on the tour. Please send all checks to Reformation Tours, P.O. Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222.
• Second deposit of $1,000 is due by December 1, 2019
• Final invoices will be sent in January 2020
• Final payment is due by February 27, 2020
• Reservations will be accepted after February 27, 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 $4,499 – $500 x 6.14% = $246. To insure your land and air costs, the price is $5,799 – $500 x 6.14% = $326. 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 non-refundable, but we will endeavor to find replacement travelers.
From time of deposit to until December 1, 2019: $350 cancellation penalty
From December 1, 2019 to 15 days prior to departure: $650 cancellation penalty plus any non refundable 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.
Please note that this is a private tour and is now waiting list only. We do have some additional Oberammergau tours available.
We look forward to welcoming you on the tour.
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
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