Price: $5,400 (with roundtrip air from GRR) / $4,400 (land-only)
Included: Accommodations for eleven nights, nine meals, all tips for meals and local guides.
The Passion Play
The Oberammergau Passion Play dates back to the 17th Century. During the Thirty Years War, the people of Oberammergau vowed to celebrate the suffering, death, and resurrection of our Lord every ten years if their village would be spared from the plague that was ravaging the area.
During the five-hour-performance, more than 2000 participants bring the story of Jesus to the open-air stage of the Passion Play Theater.
2022 marks just the 42nd time the Passion Play has been offered.
Is this trip for you?
You should be in good physical shape.
We will do a lot of walking, much of it outside, and much of it on uneven ground. We can walk up to 5 miles per day. Please do consider this before signing up.
You need to be able to carry your own luggage.
You are responsible for your luggage and getting it from the plane to the bus and the bus to your hotel rooms. I will provide a thorough packing list to help you pack lightly and efficiently.
You must be flexible.
This is Europe, things may close without notice, a protest could spring up without warning. But, it’s not all negative, great things come up unexpectedly as well. Being flexible is the key for happy travels!
Wednesday, September 7th
Your overnight flight to Munich.
Thursday, September 8th
After you have a chance to freshen up, we will head out for Mass and dinner.
Friday, September 9th
This morning we will celebrate Mass before a walking tour of Munich. This afternoon we will have a solemn visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp.
Saturday, September 10th
Today we will explore the region of Bavaria. We will travel to the town of Altötting to visit the Grace Chapel with the Smiling Madonna. We will have Mass at the Shrine. Next we will stop in the town of Marktl am Inn, the birthplace of Pope Benedict XVI, and visit the church where he was baptized. Dinner together this evening.
Sunday, September 11th
Today we travel to Oberammergau. We’ll have Mass and lunch on arrival. This afternoon the Passion Play begins at 2:30 PM and runs until 5:00 PM. We will have a dinner break before the second act of the play begins at 8:00 PM and ends at 10:30 PM.
Monday, September 12th – Thursday, September 15th
On September 12th we fly nonstop from Munich to Rome. We have four nights in Rome in the charming Borgo neighborhood – with lots of great food and shopping just outside the door, and Saint Peter’s Basilica a 60 second walk away. Over the next four nights we will dig into the founding of Rome… from the Appian Way, to the Colosseum, and Roman Forum. Then we will explore early Christian Rome, with a visit to the first place where Mass could be celebrated without fear of persecution, and lots of underground house churches from the first century. We will tour the Vatican and have some excellent meals along the way.
Friday, September 16th
Today we head north into Umbria, and spend the next three nights in Assisi. Our hotel is located just off the main piazza, in the center of town. Our local guide will take us to the shrines of Assisi, including San Damiano, the Hermitage, and the Porziuncola. We will have dinner together where the Slow Food movement began.
Saturday, September 17th
This morning we will head into Tuscany to visit the hometown of Saint Catherine, Siena. We will visit her home, see her incorruptible head, and tour the cathedral. Tonight we will have a huge Umbrian feast.
Sunday, September 18th
After Mass this morning, you’ll have some time to explore Assisi on your own. Later this afternoon we will head across the valley to Montefalco to have our farewell meal and a wine tasting on a small family farm.
Monday, September 19th
Your flight home.
$5,400 with roundtrip air from GRR
$4,400 per person (land only)
$1,000 deposit secures your spot.
Final payment of $4,400 is due August 9th, 2022. Final payment is nonrefundable.
This cost is for double occupancy. Traveling alone? No problem! You’ll have a chance to ‘meet’ the other solo travelers before the trip and pick a roommate. This usually works out well. If you really prefer to have your own single room, there is a single supplement of $900.
Included in the price
Your flights from GRR to MUC and FCO to GRR
Your flights are on Delta and Air France.
Our flight from Munich to Rome
Accommodations for 11 nights
3 nights in Munich
1 night in Oberammergau
4 nights in Rome
3 nights in Assisi
Breakfast daily plus 9 additional meals in some of my favorite restaurants, never hotels!
Drinks, including beer and wine, are included in our meals.
All group ground transportation
We’ll be traveling in a private motor coach.
Full time service of a tour director
Visiting new countries can be intimidating! That’s why you will have an experienced Catholic American tour director (me!) with you at all times.
We will have local experts join us throughout the pilgrimage.
No hidden costs
If we do it as a group, it’s included in the price! You are responsible only for the meals you have on your own, souvenirs you wish to buy, and anything you want to do in your free time. Tips, air taxes, drinks with meals? Already included!
Once I receive your deposit, your tour price will not go up!
All tips for group meals, guides, and drivers
Would you believe that many tour companies require you to tip as you go? Not only does that add to the advertised sticker price of a tour, it’s also a huge hassle to you! No need to worry about that here. Tips are already included and we take care of that behind the scenes.
Entry fees and tours
All entry fees and tours to our included group activities.
Plan your trip with your traveling companions before you leave! We set up private Facebook groups for each tour to give you a chance to meet before you meet!
We have a lot planned, but time on your own is important. We take our time in churches to give you the opportunity for prayer and reflection. We also include free time for you to explore, shop and relax on your own.
Entry & Exit Requirements
Things could change before our pilgrimage, but currently…
There are no vaccination requirements and no testing requirements to enter Europe or to return to the US.
As of this writing, masks are required in some indoor public places. This includes the Vatican Museums. But masks are not currently required in most places, including at the Passion Play.
Openings and Closings
Currently, everything in Europe is open, including churches, museums, restaurants, cafes, and bars. But keep in mind that things can change. Again, we need to be flexible. If something unexpectedly closes, we will look for a good alternative.
I want you to feel comfortable signing up for my pilgrimages to the Europe.
If Europe changes their requirements for entry, and you decide that doesn’t work for you, you will be refunded 100% of the cost of the pilgrimage.
If you need to cancel for any reason at all within 30 days of departure, you’ll get everything back minus the deposit.
Trip insurance is a wise investment in case something comes up while you are in Italy. If you think there is any chance you may need to cancel, I recommend you purchase travel insurance. A “Cancel for Any Reason” plan will let you, well, cancel for ‘most’ any reason. Most plans should allow for at least a 75% refund should you need to cancel at any time before departure. I have a friend who specializes in trip insurance, you can contact him directly, but you are under no obligation to use him and I don’t get any sort of kick backs, so shop around and find what is best for you.
Use the form below to sign up for this pilgrimage. If you have any questions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
You’ll be able to pay by credit card or check. Payment info will be emailed to you once you sign up.