Oberramergau, The Passion Play

Germany, Austria, Switzerland

Led by:

The Rev. Mark Scheneman
St. John’s Episcopal Church
Carlisle, NJ

September 3 – 15, 2010

Trip map

DAY 1, Friday, September 3, 2010 - Depart from Philadelphia for our overnight flight to Europe. There will be a change of planes in Frankfurt for our continuing journey to Zurich, SwitzerlandDinner on board the aircraft. D

DAY 2: Saturday, September 4, 2010 - We will arrive at Zurich, Switzerland and transfer to Lucerne where we will check into our hotel and have some time to rest before having a dinner cruise on Lake Lucerne.  Overnight Lucerne.  Breakfast on board aircraft and dinner Lucerne. BD

DAY 3: Sunday, September 5, 2010 - We will worship at the Anglican-Episcopal Church at Cysatstrasse 6, 6004 Lucerne and then take a tour of Lucerne.  We will have a leisurely-paced Alstadt (Old Town) walking tour exploring the hidden treasures of the city.  In addition to its natural charm and tranquility, Lucerne has more than 800 years of history.  We will explore medieval treasures such as the covered Chapel Bridge (1833); the famous Water Tower which has served as a prison, watchtower and treasury; the Renaissance-style Town Hall; the baroque Jesuit Church; and the Lion Monument, carved from natural rock to commemorate the heroic Swiss Guard.  We leave Lucerne and drive to Tasch where we will board a train for the final bit of our journey to the spectacular Alpine village of Zermatt.  We will have dinner and overnight at our hotel which has glorious views of the famous Mattehorn.  Overnight in Zermatt. BD

DAY 4: Monday, September 6, 2010 - A totally free day in Zermatt to shop, ascend the Mattehorn (optional ticket) or just relax in this beautiful Alpine setting.  Overnight Zermatt. BD

DAY 5: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - After our relaxing day, we will head North through the gorgeous Swiss countryside.  We will travel through Grindewald and Interlaken, both of which are famous tourist destinations and which offer many ski slopes and trails for backpacking.  We will see the magnificent Jungfrau which rises almost 14,000 feet above sea level magnificent countryside as we make our way to the tiny principality of Liechtenstein, covering only about 61 square miles on the border between Switzerland and Austria.  We will see the city of Vaduz and the Roman excavations and the parish church before continuing to our charming Alpine chalet in Erhwald, Austria where we will have dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 6: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - We will have a continental breakfast buffet in our hotel and then depart for a visit to Neuschwanstein and Linderholf Castles.  Both castles were built by King Ludwig II and are located in the scenic Bavarian Alps.  We will have a wagon ride up the mountain to Neuschwanstein, the neo-Romanesque castle on which Disney based the Sleeping Beauty Castle at the Disney theme parks.  We will see Linderholf (we will see from the exterior only), built in the rococo style, it is the smallest of the castles built by Ludwig and was used as his private hunting lodge.  We will visit Wieskirche (Church of the Meadow), a great example of German rococo architecture which stands in a lovely Alpine meadow.  We will see the famous Zugspitze.  Lift tickets to the summit are included in your package.  After a day in the lovely area of Bavaria, we will return to our chalet for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 7: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - Our travel takes us to Salzburg today where we begin with a walking tour of the Altstadt (Old Town) highlighting the Cathedral, Mozart's Birthplace and Mirabell Gardens.  You will not be able to miss recognizable locations from the "Sound of Music".  We visit Hohensalzburg (the fortress), the most recognizable landmark in Salzburg.  Initially built in 1077, and later enlarged between 1495 and 1519, it became one of the largest fortresses in Europe.  Since then the castle’s exterior has remained substantially the same.  We will return to the chalet for our overnight. BD

DAY 8: Friday, September 10, 2010 - Today we visit Munich, the beautiful capital of the state of Bavaria.  Upon arrival, we take a city tour featuring the Olympic Park, Marienplatz and the Glockenspiel.  We visit Frauenkirche Church of Our Lady) just east of Munich's Marienplatz.  Here a yellow spot on the floor is said to be the devil's footprint, made when he apparently stomped a foot in frustration after losing a bet with the architect.  There will be some free time to explore some of the city on our own or have a mug of beer at one of the many biergartens.  We will return to our chalet for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 9: Saturday, September 11, 2010 - We visit Innsbruck, the capital city of the federal state of Tyrol which was first inhabited in the early stone age.  We will visit Hofkirche (Court Church) built between 1553 and 1563 by Ferdinand I as a memorial to his grandfather, Roman Emperor Maximilian.  The interior houses a remarkable collection of German Renaissance sculpture and the tomb of Maximilian.  We will stroll through the Alstadt (Old Town) and see the Golden Roof, the three-story balcony on the central plaza which is at the heart of the Old Town.  Emperor Maximilian had it constructed to serve as a royal box where he could sit in luxury and enjoy tournaments in the square.  We will travel to Garmisch Partenkirchen, the bustling resort and spa that claims to be the capital of Bavaria for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 10: Sunday, September 12, 2010 - We will have some time in Garmisch Partenkirchen to visit the 18th century St. Martin Church which contains significant stucco works by the artists Schmuzer, Schmidt and Bader.  We will see another St. Martin Church that dates from 1280 and which contains Gothic wall paintings including a larger- than- life- size figure of St. Christopher.  We continue to Oberramergau where we will attend the Passion Play, first performed in 1634 and held only once every ten years.  During the Thirty Year War, the village of Oberammergau was spared the Black Plague and for this reason, the villagers vowed that every ten years they would give a play to honor the life of Christ.  The performers are native Oberammergauers. To lend authenticity to the performance, the cast starts to grow their hair and beards more than a year in advance.  Also, the intricate costumes are made locally by the villagers.  This is truly an unforgettable event.  We will return Garmisch Partenkirchen for dinner and overnight. BD

DAY 11: Monday, September 13, 2010 - We continue today to The Bodenesee (Lake Constance) which is the largest lake in Germany.  The lake, actually a large swelling of the Rhine River, touches the borders of Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.  We will visit Lindau, located on the lake and connected to the mainland only by a narrow causeway.  Now on northward into the Black Forest region of Germay through Hinterzarten where we see the church of St. Oswaldskirche, built in 1146.  Continuing through Titisee where we see the glacial lake and then on through Furtwangen to Triberg where we will have dinner and overnight. BD

Day 12: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - After breakfast we explore more of the Black Forest as we drive through Gutach, famous for the traditional German costumes and then to Wolfach, famous for its 600 year old castle and market square and on to Schiltach where we can admire the outer frescoes on the 16th century Rathaus.  Our journey continues to Alpirsbach where we see the Kloster Alpirsbach monastery.  Next we drive through Freudenstadt and on to Baden Baden, famous for its spa.  The waters here were discovered by the Roman legions of the emperor Caracalla and named Aquae.  We will have some time to stroll through this lovely city before continuing to Calw, one of the prettiest towns of the Black Forest.  Here we will have a gala “farewell dinner” and overnight. BD

DAY 13: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - We will travel to the Stuttgart Airport where we bid our driver and guide goodbye and board our flight for the return to the United States arriving back this afternoon.  B and meals on the aircraft. B

Price: $4,599.00.  Price is based on double occupancy without airline taxes and fuel surcharges.  Roundtrip air from Philadelphia.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single supplement $499.00.

Final Payment due June 1, 2010

Deposit of $350.00 per person due with reservation form.

Additional $500.00 per person deposit due November 15, 2009.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ June 1, 2009 - November 14, 2009 - $350.00 per person.  This deposit is nonrefundable and is required to procure the Passion Play Tickets.  If you have to cancel before May 1, 2010 and we can resell your tickets, you will be refunded $200.00 per person.
◊ November 15, 2009 - June 1, 2010 - $850.00 per person.
◊ After June 2, 2010: NO REFUND

An application for travel insurance will be included with the receipt for your deposit.  We strongly recommend that you seriously consider this coverage.

Meals: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner, S Snack

The itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions or at the discretion and direction of the leader or guide.