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Rome Rome Florence Venice Venice at Night Oberammergau Passion Play
Venice at Night
Oberammergau Passion Play
Our tour hosts, Rev. Jason and Sandra Steele, have served in ministry for over 19 years. Sandra is an inactive attorney who has homeschooled their two daughters for the past 12 years. Pastor Jason is an Evangelical Presbyterian Church minister with a congregation in Owosso, MI. He often teaches classes to his congregation on church history and is known to preach first person sermons as various church reformers. The Steeles enjoyed hosting our Reformation Jubilee Tour in May 2017, and they are excited to host, learn and laugh together with you on this historical adventure.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Day 1: Sunday, June 21, 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: Monday, June 22, 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 we will have a panoramic tour as we are introduced to Rome. The tour will include the Pantheon and Navona Square, Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps. We will have time to relax from our flight before a welcome dinner at our hotel tonight. (D)
Day 3: Tuesday, June 23, 2020: Rome
We will begin today at the Scala Sancta (Holy Stairs) which were reputedly brought to Rome from Jerusalem by St. Helena in the fourth century. According to tradition, the Holy Stairs are the steps leading up to the praetorium of Pontius Pilate on which Jesus Christ stepped on his way to trial during his Passion. Martin Luther climbed these steps when he visited Rome. We pause and think of Christ appearing before Pilate and the Passion of Christ. Afterwards we will be off to explore 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. This evening we will learn how to make pizza at the La Carovana Restaurant. (B/D)
Day 4: Wednesday, June 24, 2020: Rome
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. The rest of the day will be at leisure. Afternoon optional excursions will include the Roman catacombs, the Borghese Gallery and Museum, or a food and wine evening. (B)
Day 5: Thursday, June 25, 2020: Rome, Florence
We will head north today through the Tuscan countryside to Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance. In the afternoon, 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 the famed Baptistry. We will dine in our hotel this evening. (B/D)
Day 6: Friday, June 26, 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: Saturday, June 27, 2020: Venice/Mestre
This morning we will have some free time to explore Florence. On the way out of the city, we will stop at Piazza Michelangelo for an amazing view. 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! We will dine in our hotel in Mestre. (B/D)
Day 8: Sunday, June 28, 2020: Venice
We will begin our full-day in Venice with the option to attend an English-language service in St. George’s Anglican church. In the afternoon we will have a guided tour excursion to St. Mark’s Square, including the Doge’s Palace & St Mark’s Basilica, and a cruise along the serpentine Canale Grande. There is 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 return to our hotel in the early evening and dine in our hotel. (B/D)
Day 9: Monday, June 29, 2020: Mestre, 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: Tuesday, June 30, 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: Wednesday, July 1, 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 in a traditional restaurant. (B/D)
Day 12: Thursday, July 2, 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 night for $130 double/$230 single per person
June 22-25, 2020
Grand Hotel Palatino
Via Cavour 213/M
June 25-27, 2020
Viale Fratelli Rosselli 2
June 27-29, 2020
Antony Palace Hotel
Via Mattei 26
30020 Marcon Venice
June 29 – July 1, 2020
Hotel is part of the Oberammergau package and will be assigned at the end of 2019.
Munich area, Germany
July 1-2, 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. 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.
Option 2: You may book your own flights, making sure you land on the morning of June 22, 2020 no later than 10:00 AM. 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 2. 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.
Tour priced is 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
• Tickets to the Oberammergau Passion Play in Category 1 seating (closest to the front)
• 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
• Single supplement ($975)
• 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 15, 2020
• Reservations will be accepted after February 15, 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 $3,899 – $500 x 6.14% = $209. 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.
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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