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Economy class airfare from Sydney (N.B. Airlines taxes are included on standard itinerary and subject to fluctuations).

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Based on moderate standard hotel throughout with breakfast and dinner daily.

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Deluxe Air Conditioned Coach with driver • Professional Pilgrimage Escort / Local Tour Escort/Guide • Sightseeing and Entrance Fees throughout itinerary

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Passport and Visa Costs (if applicable) • Prepaid Tipping • Other meals not stated • Items of a personal nature including phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc. • Travel insurance

European Passion Play Pilgrimage

  • 13 Days / 12 Nights
  • 24 Meals
  • Daily Mass
Oberammergau 2020 Pilgrimage to Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria and Germany

Set out on a once-in-a-decade adventure from Budapest to Oberammergau through the glorious countryside of Eastern Europe. The hills will be alive with the sounds of pilgrimage as we weave a blessed path into the Bavarian alps to culminate with the world famous Passion Play.

European Passion Play Pilgrimage Itinerary

13 Days / 12 Nights: Budapest (2 Nights) • Bratislava • Vienna (2) • Melk Abbey • Prague (2) • Svata Hora • Altotting (2) • Salzburg (2) • Innsbruck • Oberammergau Passion Play (2)

Meal Code: (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
Time out – Planned site for extended opportunity for prayer & reflection

DAY 1ARRIVE BUDAPEST

Today we fly into Budapest known as the ‘Paris of the East’.

Budapest overnight (D)

DAY 2BUDAPEST

Our tour today in Budapest begins with a visit the stunning Basilica of St Stephen which holds the mummified hand of St Stephen, the first King of Hungary. We continue on to view the decorative Parliament building, Heroes Square, the 118-foot-high Corinthian column dedicated to the Roman Catholic Church, the 13th century Church of St Matthias and the Fisherman’s Bastion. Finish our tour with Mass at the Rock Cave and a panoramic view of the city from Gellert Hill.

Enjoy some free time this afternoon before embarking on an enchanting Dinner Cruise on the River Danube.

Mass Setting: Rock Cave

Budapest overnight (BD)

Day 3VIA BRATISLAVA TO VIENNA

This morning we cross the border into the Slovak Republic and follow the Danube onto Bratislava where we meet our guide for a tour of this small but historical city including the Rococco-style Grassalkovich Palace, Primate’s Palace the neo-classic residence of the Archbishop of Esztergom. Visit also the striking St Martin’s Cathedral for Mass.

Following some free time for lunch we travel west thr ugh the Austrian countryside onto Vienna.

Mass Setting: St Martin’s Cathedral

Vienna overnight (BD)

Day 4VIENNA

Today we meet our guide for a wonderful exploration of this awe-inspiring city where we will visit Schonbrunn Palace including a stroll through the manicured gardens. We see the Opera House, Old Town Hall, take a stroll through Graben Square as well as visit and celebrate Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral.

Following dinner, we return to Schonbrunn Palace for a concert with a fine selection of masterpieces by Mozart and Strauss.

Mass Setting: St Stephen’s Cathedral

Vienna overnight (BD)

Day 5VIA MELK ABBEY TO PRAGUE

This morning we travel west to the Benedictine Melk Abbey where we celebrate Mass. This impressive baroque building was declared the “Best Historic Destination of the World”. Enter the magnificent marble hall, abbey library and the church with its unique frescoes!

Overlooking the beautiful Danube River, the Abbey contains the tomb of St Coloman of Stockerau.

We then continue crossing the border into the Czech Republic as we journey north to the golden city of Prague.

Mass Setting: Melk Abbey

Prague overnight (BD)

Day 6PRAGUE

Today we embark on a tour of Prague. Visit St Vitus Cathedral, the city’s most distinctive landmark which houses the crown jewels and the tomb of ‘Good King’ Wenceslas. Continue on to the Hradcany area and Prague Castle.

We celebrate Mass today at the Church of Our Lady Victorious where we come face to face with the stunning Holy Infant of Prague. This wax figure has an impressive record of miracle cures and is one of the most revered images in the Catholic world.

Cross the historical Charles Bridge built in 1400 and continue on to the Old Town area including Wenceslas Square, Celetna Lane, Old Town Square, the Town Hall with the astronomical clock and Tyn Cathedral. Time permitting, we also visit Strahov Monastery and Loreto Church.

Mass Setting: Church of Our Lady of Victorious

Prague overnight (BD)

Day 7VIA SVATA HORA TO ALTOTTING

Departing Prague this morning we travel to nearby Svata Hora (Holy Mountain). This baroque complex of buildings consecrated to the Virgin Mary has long been considered the spiritual heart of Bohemia. The church itself has, in addition to the Miraculous statue of Our Lady, many magnificent works of art and frescoes.

Following Mass, we journey east to the famous Marian Shrine of Altotting, in the heart of aria.

Mass Setting: Svata Hora

Altotting overnight (BD)

Day 8ALTOTTING & MARKTL

Altötting has been the spiritual centre of Bavaria and for more than 500 years the most significant place of pilgrimage in Germany. More than one million pilgrims and visitors per year seek the “Black Madonna”.

This morning we have the privilege of celebrating Mass here at the shrine and come as pilgrims before the “Black Madonna” to seek her intercession and motherly protection. Also see here the Jerusalem Panorama, a monumental cyclorama of the crucifixion of Jesus, along with the Treasury and Pilgrimage Museum.

Close by we will visit the town of Marktl, the birthplace of Joseph Ratzinger who went on to become Pope Benedict XVI. The afternoon is at leisure.

Mass Setting: Black Madonna Shrine

Altotting overnight (BD)

Day 9TO SALZBURG

Travel south by coach this morning through some of the most breathtaking scenery in southern Bavaria. We visit the Benedictine Abbey at Frauenworth situated on an island and founded in 772AD. Crossing the border into Austria, we will stop and enjoy the Hallein Salt Mines where we can enter to see this wondrous underground world of salt.

We continue nearby to Mondsee, where the hills will surely come alive with the “Sound of Music”! Our visit includes St. Michael’s Church – scene of the wedding between Maria and Captain Von Trapp. Also enter Hellbrunn Palace, a unique world of trick fountains and in the garden, see here the Pavilion where Liesl sang “Sixteen Going On Seventeen.” We visit the hilltop shrine of Our Lady of Maria Plain for Mass, where pilgrims have been coming for three centuries to pray to a miraculous image of the Virgin Mary.

Finally, we arrive in Salzburg.

Mass Setting: Our Lady of Maria Plain Shrine

Salzburg overnight (BD)

Day 10SALZBURG

This morning we visit Nonnberg Convent and admire the magnificent Byzantine frescoes, some of the oldest in Austria. The convent is more famous for having the real Maria Von Trapp from “The Sound of Music” enrolled as a novice. Continue on to the huge domed Salzburg Cathedral for Mass which can be seen from all over the city. We see the bronze font where Mozart was baptised – many of his works were performed here for the first time.

Stroll through Residenz Platz and into Mozart Platz where we can view a statue of the great composer. We will visit the Mozart House where the family lived between 1747 and 1773. On a side street we see one of Europe’s most revered objects – The statue of the Christ Child of Loreto which miraculously cured the sick.

Remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.

Mass Setting: Salzburg Cathedral

Salzburg overnight (BD)

Day 11VIA INNSBRUCK TO OBERAMMERGAU

Following breakfast, we travel south to the charming city of Innsbruck, where its most breathtaking treasures are the grandeur of the high snow-capped mountains. Upon arrival we ascend the mountains by Hungerburg Funicular where we have tremendous views of the whole valley to the Italian border.

Enjoy a visit to the Hofkirke which features giant figures surrounding and representing the family of Maximilian I. The old townhouses with their rich stucco ornaments, reliefs and frescoes provide a fantastic backdrop to our next stop, the Dom St. Jacob where we see at the high altar the picture of “Madonna and Child” by Lucas Cranach the Elder – miracles have been attributed to this picture. We also see the Goldenes Dachl where the golden roof consists of 2,657 gilded copper roof tiles. Here, we will celebrate Mass.

In the late afternoon we arrive into the beautiful village of Oberammergau.

Every ten years affords pilgrims the great privilege of witnessing the world-renowned Passion Play of Oberammergau. For over 300 years this picturesque village in the Bavarian Alps has re- enacted the Passion of Jesus, attracting people of every religious denomination to this spectacle.

Mass Setting: Dom St. Jacob

Oberammergau overnight (BD)

Day 12OBERAMMERGAU – THE PASSION PLAY

The history of the Oberammergau Passion Play begins in 1633. During the Thirty Years’ War, after much suffering and many deaths caused by the plague, the surviving population of Oberammergau vowed that they would perform the “play of the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ” every ten years if they were spared from extinction. In 2020 the village will perform the play for the 42nd time, maintaining the continuity of this unique world- famous event.

Over 2000 participants bring the story of Jesus to the ears and eyes of the audience in a five-hour presentation on the imposing open-air stage.

Today is the highlight of our pilgrimage when we attend the world-famous Passion Play.

 

Oberammergau overnight (BD)

Day 13DEPART MUNICH

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2020 Dates & Prices*

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17-29 Jun
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17-29 Jun
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Dates

17-29 Jun

Chaplain

Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green

Tour Cost

AUD $7190

Tour Code

EP0120

Single Room

AUD $1890

Supplement

Air & Tour

from $8780

Start / Finish

Budapest/Munich

Prepaid Tips

$14 p/day

per person

06-18 Sep
TBA
AUD $7390
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EP0220
06-18 Sep
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Dates

06-18 Sep

Chaplain

TBA

Tour Cost

AUD $7390

Tour Code

EP0220

Single Room

AUD $1860

Supplement

Air & Tour

from $8980

Start / Finish

Budapest/Munich

Prepaid Tips

$14 p/day

per person

* Costs are based on prices as at August 2019 and must remain subject to possible change in the event of significant exchange rate variations, airfare, tax & hotel changes or minimum group size factors beyond Harvest’s control. Refer to Harvest Terms & Conditions.

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    Anne Burrows-Jung