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Augustinian Monastery, Erfurt
Oberammergau Passion Play
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The history of the Oberammergau Passion Play 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. Miraculously from that point on they all survived and true to their promise, the first performance was in 1634. This simple performance was held in a meadow and acted by the villagers. After 1674 they decided to change the date, so as to fall every ten years beginning in 1680. The only time it was not performed, was during World War II. This time the play will open on May 16, 2020 and ends on October 4, 2020.
This tour not only includes fantastic seats for the Play, but also these highlights:
Day 1: Monday, June 22, 2020: Depart
We will depart from the USA. Group flights can be arranged from California. Reformation Tours can also arrange pre-tour nights in Berlin for anyone who wishes to travel before the tour begins. (IF)
Day 2: Tuesday, June 23, 2020: Berlin
Welcome to Germany! On arrival in Berlin, travelers will transfer to the Hotel Movenpick. We will have time to relax before dinner in our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 3: Wednesday, June 24, 2020: Berlin, Wittenberg
After a leisurely breakfast, we will meet our local expert guide and have a panoramic sightseeing tour of the reunified German capital, highlighting the Reichstag (parliament building), the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the refurbished city center and Gendarmenmarkt. We will also see Alexanderplatz, the famous boulevard “Unter den Linden”, and the Berlin Cathedral. We will continue to Lutherstadt-Wittenberg and check in to our hotel. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 4: Thursday, June 25, 2020: Wittenberg
This morning our local guide will take us on a tour of Lutherstadt Wittenberg. 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 arrange for a time of fellowship today, either in the Old Lutheran School, or with the Wittenberg English Ministry. The rest of the day will be free to explore independently. (B)
Day 5: Friday, June 26, 2020: Eisleben, Erfurt
This morning we will drive to Eisleben, where Luther was born and also where he died. It is sometimes referred to as his Bethlehem and Jerusalem. We will visit both of these homes with our guide, as well as St. Anne’s, an old miner’s church famous for the Biblical Scenes hewn in stone. We will also visit St. Peter and St. Paul Church where Luther was baptized, and St. Andrews, where he preached his last sermon. In the afternoon, we will continue on to Erfurt. Our local guide will take us on a tour including St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Severin’s Church and the famous Merchant’s Bridge. We will also tour the Augustinian Monastery where Luther became a monk 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. (B/D)
Day 6: Saturday, June 27, 2020: Eisenach, Erfurt
Today’s day trip will be to nearby 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. In the afternoon, we will have free time in Eisenach. Attractions include the Luther House, St. George’s Church and the Bach House. (B)
Day 7: Sunday, June 28, 2020: Worms, Heidelberg
We will journey south today to Worms, where we will tour the Cathedral, followed by the site of Luther’s Worms Debates (Diet of Worms), now a park, with a plaque commemorating Luther’s brave stand for faith and truth in 1521. We will have a photo stop at the stunning Reformation Monument, followed by a visit to the Church of the Holy Trinity. Tonight’s dinner will be in a winery, then we will check in to our hotel in Heidelberg. (B/D)
Day 8: Monday, June 29, 2020: Heidelberg, Strasbourg
This morning we will visit Heidelberg Castle which boasts the world’s largest wine barrel, a fascinating history and a stunning view. Pastor Stager will teach on the Heidelberg Confession, which was drafted by Zacharius Ursinus (age 28) and Caspar Olevianus (age 26). We will then travel into France to Strasbourg, referred to as the “City of Hope” and “Refuge of the Righteous” by the Anabaptists. This is where John Calvin wrote his first edition of Systematic Theology, and Martin Bucer developed influential protestant doctrines and practices that redefined liturgy. We will have a stroll around the city center and view the Cathedral of Strasbourg, St. Thomas’s Church, and the charming “La Petite France” quarter. (B/D)
Day 9: Tuesday, June 30, 2020: Strasbourg, Colmar
This morning we will have a guided walking tour with a local French Reformation scholar, followed by a group lunch. In the afternoon, there will be an optional excursion to explore charming Colmar. This town escaped damage during the war and has numerous picturesque half-timbered houses. This was the hometown of Frederic Bartholdi (creator of the Statue of Liberty) and the town includes a small museum. A highlight is the Isenheim Altarpiece by Gruenewald. (B/L)
Day 10: Wednesday, July 1, 2020: Constance, Oberammergau
This morning we will drive through the Black Forest to Constance. It was here that pre-Reformer Jan Hus was martyred. We will visit the site of his martyrdom, tour the small museum, and see the Cathedral where some of the trials were held. In the afternoon, we will continue our drive to Oberammergau. We will check in to our hotel and have a delicious dinner. (B/D)
Day 11: Thursday, July 2, 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 12: Friday, July 3, 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 Hofbrauhaus. (B/D)
Day 13: Saturday, July 4, 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 – Additional pre-tour nights $120 per person (B&B)
June 23-24, 2020
Schoneberger Strasse 3
June 24-26, 2020
Best Western Soibelmanns
06886 Lutherstadt Wittenberg
June 26-28, 2020
Best Western Excelsior
June 28-29, 2020
Bergheimer Str. 74
June 29-July 1, 2020
Mercure Strasbourg Centre
25 rue Thomann
Oberammergau, Germany area
July 1-3, 2020
Alte Bergstr. 10
July 3-4, 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 $1,250 per person round-trip, which includes a free pre-tour night in Berlin. Payment is due with final payment in February 2020. The last day to sign-up for group air is January 5, 2020.
|LH 457||June 22/23||Los Angeles||Frankfurt||3:00 PM||10:50 AM|
|LH 184||June 23||Frankfurt||Berlin||12:45 PM||1:55 PM|
|LH 452||July 4||Munich||Los Angeles||12:05 PM||3:05 PM|
Option 2: 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 3: You may book your own flights, making sure you land in Berlin on the afternoon of June 23, 2020 no later than 1:55 PM. 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 July 4. 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 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
• Arrival and departure transfers
• Baggage handling (1 piece of baggage per guest)
• All taxes and tips, including the driver and guides
• Round-trip air transportation (group air is available from Los Angeles for $1,250)
• Single supplement ($925)
• Non-group transfers (can be booked through Reformation Tours)
• 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 17, 2020
• Reservations will be accepted after February 17, 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 $3,799 – $500 x 6.14% = $203. To insure your land and air costs, the price is $5,049 – $500 x 6.14% = $280. 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.
This tour is now full, so please contact Reformation Tours at (800) 303-5534 if you would like to be placed on the waiting list.
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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