HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR TOUR
- Fully Escorted in Europe by an experienced Tour Manager
- Roundtrip airfare from New York’s JFK airport
- Mix of 4 and 3 Star hotels
- Full buffet Full buffet breakfast and dinner daily
- Deluxe Air-conditioned Motorcoaches
- Travel kit
- Tickets for the Passion Play and accommodations in the village
- Special Passion Play Book to follow along each act.
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DAY 1 – NEW YORK • ZURICH
Begin your Passion Play journey by departing for Zurich. Meals and overnight on board.
DAY 2 – ZURICH • LUCERNE
Arrive at Zurich airport. Our tour guide will meet us after customs and take us on an orientation tour of Zurich to view Zwingli sites such as the Bahnhofstrasse. We then depart to the lovely lakeshore city of Lucerne. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
DAY 3 – LUCERNE
This morning we take a walking-tour of Old Town featuring such sites as the open air market, the wooden covered bridges of Kapell and Spreuer and the Brucke and the Lion Monument. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure for shopping and relaxing. The most adventurous may choose to hike Mt. Pilatus or Rigi Kulm or, take a boat trip on the lake. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4 – LUCERNE • OBERAMMERAU
This morning we depart Switzerland for Austria and Germany. Enroute we will enter the tiny Principality of Liechtenstein. We will have a lunch stop in Vaduz and proceed through the Voral Mountains and the Arlberg pass to Germany. Before arriving in Oberammergau, we will visit King Ludwig II’s Castle Neuschwanstein. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
DAY 5 – OBERAMMERGAU
Today we enjoy a full day in Oberammergau for the Passion Play. The village is located in the Bavarian Alps and is famous for its woodcarving industry. In the year 1633, the town was stricken by the plague and in desperation the people of the village took an oath that they would stage a performance of the Passion of Jesus every 10 years in hopes the plague would vanish and save their town. The town was saved and from 1690 onwards, the play has been performed regularly every 10 years. Performed in an open-air stage, the play takes eight hours to perform while the 124 speaking parts are performed by inhabitants of the village. Lunch and dinner will be provided.
DAY 6 – OBERAMMERGAU • MILAN
After breakfast we depart to the Alps, where we enjoy lunch in the fashionable jet-set ski resort of St. Moritz. We proceed along the Maloja Pass and Lake Como to Milan, Italy. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 7 – MILAN • VENICE (Mestre)
This morning we take a panoramic guided tour of Milan featuring such sights as the Scala Opera, the Cathedral and the Maria delle Grazie to view Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting, the Last Supper. We then take a drive to romantic Verona, place of the tragic story of Romeo and Juliet and view the infamous balcony. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Venice Mestre.
DAY 8 – VENICE
After breakfast we transfer to Piazzale Roma and take the “vaporretto” into Venice. We take a walking tour of this fascinating city to view such sites as the gondolas, St. Mark’s Square, the Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, the canals and the Doges Palace. The rest of the day is at leisure. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 9 – VENICE • FLORENCE
This morning we depart Venice for Florence as we drive along the Venezian Gulf down to Ravenna, called the Byzantium of the West, to see the mosaics of Europe. The rest of the day is at leisure. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 10 – FLORENCE
Today we take a walking tour of the Cradle of the Renaissance, Florence. We will view the multi-colored marble Cathedral of the Duomo, the Campanile tower, the Baptistry, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, and a visit to the Academia to see the Statue of David. The afternoon is at leisure. We have an optional visit to the Uffizi Museum to marvel over Botticelli’s Venus or visit the Pitti Palace treasures. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 11 – FLORENCE • ASSISI • ROME
Take a drive through scenic Tuscany passing the two mystical medieval cities of Siena and Perugia on our way to St. Francis’ Assisi, the city of birds and silence where we stop for a lunch and a guided walking tour including a visit to St. Francis’ Basilica. Proceed south to the Eternal City of Rome for dinner and overnight.
DAY 12 – ANCIENT ROME • CATACOMBS
After breakfast we prepare for a walking tour of Piazza and Palazzo Venezia, Victor Emanuel II monument the Trevi Fountain including visits to the Roman Forum and Coliseum. In the afternoon we will visit the Holy Stairs (brought from Jerusalem) which were climbed by Christ on the day of his Passion, St John’s Gate, Via Latina, Old Appia Way, Chapel of “Domine Quo Vadis?”, Catacombs of St. Callixtus or St. Sebastian the site of over 125,000 martyrdoms, St. Sebastian’s Gate, the Caracalla Baths, and the Circus Maximus. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 13 – VATICAN • SISTINE CHAPEL
Today we continue to explore Rome during our tour of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican with the Sistine Chapel. Afternoon at leisure for shopping and individual sightseeing. Farewell dinner at the hotel.
DAY 14 – ROME • NEW YORK
Transfer to the Airport and depart on our hometown flight.
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