Oberammergau and the Alps

Dates: July 30th – August 5th, 2022

Price: $3,200 (land-only)

Included: Accommodations for six nights, six meals, all tips for meals and local guides, and, of course daily Mass.

Small group: This is a small group of only 11 people.

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.


Friday, July 29th
Your overnight flight to Munich.

Saturday, July 30th
Arrive Munich. We will have Mass and dinner together this evening.

Sunday, July 31st
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 around 10:30 PM.

The grand finale of five hours of German Passion.

Monday, August 1st
After a relaxing morning, we will drive to the little town of Ettal. We get to Seefeld in Tirol this afternoon. Dinner together.

The setting of our hotel.

Tuesday, August 2nd
Today we drive to the Zugspitze glacier. We will take a cogwheel train to the Zugspitz Plateau, then a cable car to the summit. After a visit and lunch we will take the cable car down to Eibsee and then a cogwheel train into Garmish Partenkirchen. This evening we will have dinner together in Seefeld.

The view from Zugspitze.

Wednesday, August 3rd
We have a fun excursion in the works for today. But we will be back in time for dinner together this evening.

Thursday, August 4th
Today we head back north to Munich. But first we stop at the Andechs Abbey for Mass and a beer tasting. In Munich we will have a walking tour before dinner.

The Holy Mountain of Bavaria – a monastery and a brewery.

Friday, August 5th
Our pilgrimage is over after breakfast.


$3,200 per person (land only)

$1,000 deposit secures your spot.

Final payment of $2,300 is due July 15th, 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 $600.

Included in the price

Accommodations for 6 nights
Munich: Maritim Hotel (1 night)

Oberammergau: Hotel Garmisch Partenkirchen (1 night)

Seefeld in Tirol: Hotel Seelos (3 nights)

Munich: Maritim Hotel (1 night)

Breakfast daily plus 6 additional meals
Drinks, including beer and wine, is included in our six 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.

Local guide
We will have local experts with 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!

Guaranteed price
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.

Social planning
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!

You time
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.

Not Included

Your flights.

You should arrive in Munich no later than July 30th, our first activity will be Mass in the evening, followed by dinner.

You should depart Munich no earlier than August 5th, our last group activity will be dinner on August 4th.

If you need to cancel your trip for any reason, if the situation in Europe changes and we need to cancel or postpone the trip, it’s your responsibility to work with your airline to cancel, reschedule, or request refunds.

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 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!


When Oberammergau moved from 2020 to 2022 I offered full refunds to everyone who had signed up. Most pilgrimage companies did not because the trip was technically “postponed.”

I’ve already led several Oberammergau pilgrimages this summer. Things are almost completely back to normal. No testing is required to travel. No vaccination is required to travel. Masks are not required anywhere except on some public transportation – some airlines are still requiring masks, so be sure to check their rules before booking. If any of these things change before our pilgrimage, you can cancel for a full refund.

If you need to cancel for other reasons, please look into trip insurance. It’s a very good investments for travels these days. Once I receive your final payment, it is nonrefundable unless the rules for travel in Europe change.

Optional Trip Insurance
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.

Sign up

Use the form below to sign up for this pilgrimage. If you have any questions, email me at mtn@thecatholictraveler.com

Deposit Info
You’ll be able to pay by credit card or check. Payment info will be emailed to you once you sign up.

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