Eastern Europe & the Passionplay
Poland, hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany
Sept. 6 to 17, 2020
(12 days | 10 nights)
Spiritual guide: Bella Albos Pozo
Every 10 years, half of the village crowd the scene of this open-air theater.
Since 1634, it is in the heart of the Bavarian Alps that the small village of Oberammergau organizes every 10 years the impressive spectacle “the Game of the Passion”. The story goes that in 1633 many people of the village succumbed to the plague. Survivors have vowed to regularly organize the Passion Games. They hoped that by this oath no one would die of this epidemic in the village. Thus every 10 years, half of the village crowd the scene of this open-air theater. In addition to the Passion Games, Oberammergau is also famous for wood carving, the picturesque frescoes that decorate the facades and the crucifix sculptors (whose fame is worldwide !!) with mainly Christian works.
Bella Albos Pozo
Former History professor, presently involved in Ecclesial movements in the Church. Years of experience in Faith-based travel as well as in coordinating Educational tours. Adheres to sustainable/responsible tourism.
Pater Oliver Quilab
Originally from the Philippines, Pater Oliver Quilab has spent half of his life in Europe. He did his graduate studies in philosophy and theology in Germany where he was ordained 1999. His missionary assignments took him to Bonn, Dresden and Munich. Currently he is working as a parish priest in Switzerland after a teaching stint in the USA.
Meeting at Airport in Toronto. International flight between Toronto and Krakow. (Lufthansa or equivalent). Night flight with dinner included on board.
Welcome by your local English speaking guide. Visit the old city of Krakow, former capital of Poland and city where Karol Wojtyla, future Pope John Paul II studied. The city of medieval charm is centered around the Market Square (the largest in Europe), John Paul II sanctuary, the Notre-Dame Basilica, the belfry. Further on, Wawel Castle, former residence of the Polish kings and the Wawel Cathedral where many Polish kings were crowned and buried. Dinner and night.
This morning visit of the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy of Lagiewniki. It is here that Saint Faustina lived towards the end of her life and is buried in the small cemetery of the monastery. Meeting with the Sisters of the Congregation and mass at the sanctuary. From there, continue to Wadowice, hometown of Karol Wojtyla. On the market square, Basilica of the Presentation of the Virgin where he was baptized. Visit of the birthplace of John Paul II, now transformed into a museum. Dinner and night.
Travel to Czestochowa,“Polish Lourdes”. Czestochowa is the most important place of pilgrimage in Poland known for the
miraculous icon of the Black Madonna. Every year, thousands of pilgrims walk to the sanctuary. After Mass, visit of the Cathedral of the Holy Family with the Chapel of the Black Virgin, then the Treasury and the Monastery Museum. Free time for meditation. Return to Krakow for dinner and night. (incl. donation to the sanctuary)
Transfer to the airport of Krakow for your flight to Budapest, Capital of Hungary. On arrival, we will take part in a panoramic tour in Budapest including the Castle District, the Matthias Church and the Fishermen’s BAstion, the Heroes Square, the Parliament and the St Stephen’s Basilica. Installation at the hotel. Time at leisure to explore the town on your own. This evening, Danube dinner cruise : candlelight dinner to admire the illuminated city. Both river banks offer many spectacular sites. The building Parliament dominates the Pest shore. The modernstyle National Theater marked the final attraction of the cruise on the Danube. Night.
This morning, we drive along the famous Danube Bend. Stop in the picturesque artist village, Szentendre and have the opportunity to purchase some Herend porcelain, Hungarian embroidery or paprika…. Visit one of the many art galleries or have a coffee on the main square. Continue to Esztergom to admire the largest Hungarian basilica and enjoy the splendid view across the Danube plain. In afternoon, route to Bratislava. The local guide will take us to visit the most famous sights of the historical heart as the Bratislava castle, the St Martin’s cathedral, the old Town Hall, the Primate’s Palaces. (only exterior visits). Diner. Late arrival at Vienna. Installation at the hotel. Night.
Morning panoramic tour which acquaints us with the major sights of the city of Vienna, as St Stefan’s cathedral, the Staasoper, the Hofburg imperial Palace (only exterior visits). Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and night. Optional afternoon : the visit of the Schönbrunn Palace with its gardens will take you into a magnificent world of Baroque culture. (Price : 75 $ / per person if 20 participants minimum – including private coach – entrance fees – guided tour with audio-guide)
We start the day with a stop in the monastery of Melk, home of Benedictine monks for 900 years. It is he most monumetal baroque construction of the country thanks to its church, its huge dome, its imperial wing and its freco on the ceiling. Continue to Salzbourg, Mozart’s hometown. Installation at the hotel. Diner and night.
This morning, we explore the beautiful Mirabel Gardens, the Salzburg cathedral, the church of St Peter, the Mozart monument and more. We have time to visit the Getreidegasse (the Salzburg pedestrian zone) to taste the famous Kaffeetrunken. After lunch, we leave to Munchen, the Capital of Bavaria, known all over the world for its Beer Festival. Installation at the hotel: diner and night.
Day in Oberammergau. Morning to enjoy the bright frescoes that adorn many of the homes and businesses, to admire the work of the wood sculptors…. This afternoon, we attend Part One of the Passion Play,. After diner, we attend Part Two. Return to Munchen. Night. Since 1634, it is in the heart of the Bavarian Alps that the small village of Oberammergau organizes every 10 years the impressive spectacle “the Play of the Passion”. The story goes that in 1633 many people of the village succumbed to the plague. Survivors have vowed to regularly organize the Passionplay. They hoped that by this oath no one would die of this epidemic in the village. Thus every 10 years, half of the village crowd the scene of this open-air theater. In addition to the Passionplay, Oberammergau is also famous for wood carving, the picturesque frescoes that decorate the facades and the crucifix sculptors (whose fame is worldwide !!) with mainly Christian works.
Note: The Passionplay in extra ($265) – Contact Bella Albos Limited show tickets available on a first come first serve basis. Interested participants need to order in advance.
Relaxing day to explore Munchen. Why not visiting the church of Saint Michael with its gigantic barrel vault. Here is buried King Ludwig II of Bavaria, the Frauen Dom (Cathedral of Our Lady), where Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI used to be Archbishop of the diocese of Munich & Freising. At noon, be sure to watch the show on Marienplatz, the heart of the city! Here Germany’s biggest carillon and his figurines come alive for eight minutes. your lunch break will surely be at the Viktualienmarkt (food market), the “belly of Munich”. Every day, merchants spread a multitude of local specialties.
Diner and night. Optional afternoon : Drive to Augsburg. Stop at to the popular church Shrine “ Maria Birnbaum”. When arrival in Augsburg, a local english speaking guide will take you for a guided tour through one the most beautiful and amazing cities on the famous Romantic Road. Founded by the Romans over 2000 years ago, the city has a lot to offer : the Renaissance City Hall and its breath-takingly Golden Hall, the Fuggerei, the oldest social settlement in the world, the 1000 year-old cathedral, the famous roman fountains, the old Fugger headquarters, and the Maximillianstrasse, the most exclusive and luxurious shopping street i all the Europe. Finally, find out what Martin Luther did in this city during the Reformation. (Price : 75 $ / per person if 20 participants minimum – including private coach – entrance fee to the cathedral – 02-hour guided tour with local english speaking guide)
Transfer to the airport of Munchen for your return flight to Toronto.
Regular price: $4690/person.
Price without internationals flights: $3340/person.
(based on double occupancy)
* All prices are based on the current exchange rate as of August 15th, 2019
Supplement for single occupancy: $715
** According to availability – limited quantity
THE PACKAGE INCLUDES
The international flight Toronto-Krakow-Munchen-Toronto (Lufthansa or equivalent). With meal and snack on board, and airport taxes | The domestic flight Krakow-Budapest with snack on board and airport taxes | 10 nights in 3 – 4 star hotels with breakfast | 9 diners + 1 Danube cruise diner | All entrance fees (as mentioned in program) | Bus service according to program | Polish english speaking guide (in Poland portion) for assistances at the airport of Krakow and 2 full touring days | Hungarian english speaking guide (in Hungary portion) for assistance at the airport of Budapest and 2 full touring days | Local english speaking guide at Bratislava (max 02hrs) | Austrian/german english speaking guide (in Austria and Germany portions) for assistance at the airport of Munchen and 6 full touring days | Local english speaking guide at Vienna (max. 03hrs) | Local english speaking guide at Salzbourg
THE PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE
Travel insurance (see details on registration form) | Meals not mentioned in this “package includes” as well as drinks with meals | Tips and personal expenses | Donations to churches and masses offerings | Entrance fees that might be charged for pictures or videos, etc.
Deadline for registration: JUNE 6TH 2020
Or when the maximum number of passengers is reached
Possibility to register after this date, a supplement could apply.
Please fill out the registration form and send it with a first installment of $ 500 plus the full insurance, if applicable. You must register as soon as possible because places are limited (see below). Travel insurance is strongly recommended, to be paid at the time of the initial payment.
Number of participants
Canadians traveling to Poland, Germany and Hungary must be in possession of a valid Canadian passport at least three months after the scheduled return date. If the passenger does not have the required documentation, he or she may be denied access by the authorities of the countries visited. All non-Canadian passport holder, it is your responsibility to check with competent authorities.
For further information please contact
Laurence Maurin | (514) 374-7965, ext.207
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