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Augustinian Monastery, Erfurt
Oberammergau Passion Play
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Walt Wiley, President of Winning With Encouragement and his wife Patti, along with Pastor Jim Kallam, a WWE Board Member, and his wife Suzi will lead this trip that will highlight the Martin Luther Reformation sights and take in the once-in-a-decade Oberammergau Passion Play. The trip will be highlighted by teaching and learning, lots of fun and a lifetime of memory making.
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: Thursday, September 10, 2020: Depart
Group air on Lufthansa has been arranged for the group from Charlotte, NC.
Day 2: Friday, September 11, 2020: Arrival in Berlin
On arrival, the group will transfer to the Hotel Movenpick in Berlin. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Berlin. We will dine together in the hotel this evening. (IF/D)
Day 3: Saturday, September 12, 2020: Berlin
Welcome to Germany! We will start our Reformation Tour with 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. There will be time to explore the Brandenburg Gate and Check-Point Charlie. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 4: Sunday, September 13, 2020: Wittenberg
This morning we will travel to Wittenberg and the morning will be at leisure to attend church (in German) in St. Mary’s or Castle Church, or have free time. In the afternoon 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 end the tour with a time of fellowship with the Wittenberg English Ministry. The rest of the day will be free to explore independently. (B)
Day 5: Monday, September 14, 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, Church of St. Severus, 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: Tuesday, September 15, 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 will include the Luther House, St. George’s Church and the Bach House. (B)
Day 7: Wednesday, September 16, 2020: Augsburg, Oberammergau
After an early breakfast this morning we will travel to Augsburg, another German Reformation city. We will learn about the Augsburg Confession as we tour St. Anne’s Church. After a walking tour of key sites, we will journey on to Bavaria, to tour the Wieskirche, a UNESCO World Heritage site with incredible Rococo art. We will finish our day with our arrival in Oberammergau, home to the world-famous Passion Play. We will check into our hotel and have a delicious dinner. (B/D)
Day 8: Thursday, September 17: 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 9: Friday, September 18, 2020: Munich
After a leisurely breakfast, we will drive up to Munich, where we will have a panoramic city tour including the Old Pinakothek Museum, the Olympic Tower and Stadium, the BMW Tower, the Nymphenburg Palace, and the Deutsches Museum. Our tour will also include the Marienplatz, including the Rathaus with its famous Glockenspiel. We will have the afternoon free for shopping or independent sightseeing, or just relaxing at our hotel. This evening we will finish our tour with a farewell dinner with classic Bavarian cuisine and a live Bavarian folk show at the Hofbrauhaus. We will overnight in Munich’s city center in a nice neighborhood. (B/D)
Day 10: Saturday, September 19, 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 hotel night for $100 per person
September 11-13, 2020
Schoneberger Strasse 3
September 13-14, 2020
Best Western Soibelmanns
September 14-16, 2020
Oberammergau, Germany area
September 16-18, 2020
Boutique Resort Obermuhle
September 18-19, 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 departing on September 10 for $1,200 per person round-trip + $100 per person for the pre-tour hotel. 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 May 2020. The last day to sign-up for group air is June 7, 2020. We will ticket flights by July 28, 2020.
|LH 429||September 10/11||Charlotte||Munich||6:30 PM||9:15 AM|
|LH 1936||September 11||Munich||Berlin||11:00 AM||12:05 PM|
|LH 428||September 19||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. 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 on the morning of September 12, 2020 no later than 10:00 AM. The group flight will be arriving on September 11. If you would prefer to arrive earlier with the group, we can arrange a pre-tour hotel night in Berlin for $100 per person. You are welcome to depart at any time on September 19. 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
• Round-trip air transportation (group air is available from Charlotte for $1,200)
• Single supplement ($850)
• 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 Winning With Encouragement, Inc. PO Box 471011, Charlotte, NC 28247
• Second deposit of $650 is due by March 1, 2019
• Final invoices will be sent in April 2020
• Final payment is due by May 7, 2020
• Reservations will be accepted after May 7, 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 $3,949 – $500 x 6.14% = $212. To insure your land and air costs, the price is $5,149 – $500 x 6.14% = $286. 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 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.
You can fill out your reservations online on the Winning with Encouragement website. You can pay the deposit by check or credit card.
We look forward to welcoming you on the tour.
You can fill out your reservations online on the Winning with Encouragement website.
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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