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Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
Oberammergau Passion Play
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We are eager for you to join us on this adventure to Germany in June of 2020. Our tour will take us from Berlin in the northwest to the Bavarian Alps in the south with political history, religious history, culture and music packed in between. In Oberammergau, we’ll experience the world-class performance of the Passion Play which has been performed by humble villagers every ten years since 1634 in thanksgiving to God for sparing this tiny village from the plague. After seeing the play in 2010, we knew we wanted to share this once-in-a-lifetime experience with our children and grandchildren. Offering the trip to extended family and friends allows us to engage Reformation Tours to attend to the trip details so that the 11 days are comfortable, well-coordinated and stress-free. There will be personal time built in to most days for you to have lunch or explore on your own apart from the group. We view this as a family trip, so please feel free to extend this offer to your own children or grandchildren. We can’t wait to share this time with you in 2020.
Day 1: Thursday, June 11, 2020: Fly
We will depart from Atlanta this afternoon for our overnight journey to Berlin. (IF)
Day 2: Friday, June 12, 2020: Berlin
Welcome to Germany! On arrival in Berlin, travelers will transfer to the Hotel Movenpick. We will drop the bags and the rest of the day will be at leisure to explore Berlin. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (IF/D)
Day 3: Saturday, June 13, 2020: Berlin, Wittenberg
After a leisurely breakfast, we will have a guided tour of Berlin. We’ll see the famous Brandenburg Gate, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the Cathedral, the Reichstag building and the lively boulevards. We will continue on to Wittenberg this afternoon and join the weekly service with the Wittenberg English Ministry from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM followed by a Luther Meal in the Brauhaus. We will overnight in Wittenberg. (B/D)
Day 4: Sunday, June 14, 2020: Wittenberg, Eisenach
This morning our local guide will take us on a tour of Lutherstadt Wittenberg. As this is a Sunday, we will need to work around the church services in the morning. 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. We will travel to Eisenach in the late afternoon and dine in our hotel. (B/D)
Day 5: Monday, June 15, 2020: Eisenach
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 Wartburg and see where Luther finished translating the New Testament into German in just eleven weeks. We will have a group lunch, then a local guide will take us on a walking tour, including the Luther House Museum with its fascinating displays about the time & culture of Luther. We will also see St George’s (Georgenkirche) Church, which is connected with both Martin Luther and Johann Sebastian Bach. Martin Luther was a choir boy here and then preached in 1521 on his journey to and from the imperial parliament in Worms. On the north wall is a large painting commissioned to commemorate the century of the Reformation, depicting Luther and Huss as well as the Augsburg Confession. This is the place where Bach was baptized in 1685. Several members of the Bach family were organists in this church. In the evening we will have an after-hours private visit to the Bach House. We will be greeted with a glass of wine, and a private demonstration of the period instruments. (B/L)
Day 6: Tuesday, June 16, 2020: Nuremberg
On our way to Bavaria, we will stop in Nuremberg, which is well known for its long tradition of toy manufacturing. Nuremberg was also the city where the Nazis held their party rallies in the 1930s, and the Documentation Center presents this history on the rally grounds where it occurred. We will have free time to explore the historic town center this afternoon and we will dine in a local restaurant. (B/D)
Day 7: Wednesday, June 17, 2020: Wieskirche, Oberammergau
We will travel to Dachau this morning and tour the Concentration Camp. Those that would prefer not to go, can spend time in the town of Dachau. We will eat a packed lunch (available from Dachau) on the bus, as we travel down to southern Bavaria. We will visit Wieskirche, a magnificent church with Rococo art, then check in to our hotel in the Oberammergau region. (B/L/D)
Day 8: Thursday, June 18, 2020: Oberammergau Passion Play
The morning is 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 9: Friday, June 19, 2020: Neuschwanstein, Munich
One of the best-known sites in Bavaria is Neuschwanstein Castle. We’ll tour the castle, then visit the tiny hamlet of Höllberg and take some photos. A boxed lunch will be arranged today. Once we’ve checked-in to our Munich hotel, the rest of the day is at leisure. (B/L)
Day 10: Saturday, June 20, 2020: Munich
We’ll have a drive-by orientation tour of Munich’s highlights, including the Old Pinakothek Museum, Olympic Tower and Stadium, BMW Tower, Nymphenburg Palace, Deutsches Museum, the Marienplatz, the Rathaus and its famous Glockenspiel. We’ll then enjoy a pleasant walking tour of the old town sites and then have afternoon shopping or independent sightseeing, or just relax at our hotel. This evening we finish our fun tour with a farewell dinner with classic Bavarian cuisine & a live Bavarian folk show. Please note that Munich will be very busy today as Germany are playing Portugal in the EURO EUFA soccer festival at 6 PM. (B/D)
Day 11: Sunday, June 21, 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!
Berlin, Germany – Pre-tour nights $100 per person (B&B)
June 12-13, 2020
Schoneberger Strasse 3
June 13-14, 2020
June 14-16, 2020
Vienna House Thüringer Hof
June 16-17, 2020
Park Inn by Radisson
June 17-19, 2020
Hotel Alte Post
Munich, Germany – Post-tour night $100 per person
June 19-21, 2020
Grand Hotel Palladium
Perchtinger Str 12
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. There’s no group air option, as we don’t have a minimum of 10 traveling together. Please read our printable guide to booking your flight to better understand these options.
Option 1: You may request a flight quote from us by filling out this form. Payment is due at the time of booking. Please note we are currently not purchasing any new flights, as airlines are so affected by the coronavirus.
Option 2: You may book your own flights, making sure you land on the morning of June 12, 2020 no later than 10:00 AM. If you would prefer to arrive earlier, we can arrange a pre-tour hotel night in Berlin. You are welcome to depart at any time on June 21. 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 Berlin 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
• Round-trip air transportation
• Single supplement ($1,000)
• 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)
• 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 5, 2020
• Reservations will be accepted after February 5, 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 $3,199 – $500 x 6.14% = $166. A quote will automatically be added to your invoice and updated once the air cost is available.
|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 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 for members of the Hollberg family, but 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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