Pilgrimage to Oberammergau & Salzburg
Fr Kevin Moule, 14 September - 20 September 2020
Morning flight from Gatwick to Munich. We visit the infamous concentration camp, Dachau. Here we will visit the Catholic Chapel which commemorates the many martyrs who died in the camp and celebrate Mass. Lunch at choice before we continue by coach to the riverside town of Landshut for a two-night stay. Dinner will be in our hotel tonight.
In the morning we drive to Munich, where we have a guided tour of the city, including the Theatinerkirchner, Frauenkirche (once the cathedral of Cardinal Ratzinger), the Marienplatz, the Square which is at the heart of Munich and the Peterskirche, where Mass will be celebrated. On the 27th June 1977 Ratzinger was elevated to Cardinal Archbishop of Munich by Pope Paul VI. Years earlier, he had spent time as a student at the Ludwig- Maximilian-University (also known as the University of Munich). He also served as a young Priest at two Munich Churches: St Martin’s Parish Church in Munich-Moosach, and the Church of the Precious Blood (Heilig Blood) in Bogenhaussen. Lunch will be at choice. Mass will be celebrated during the day. The afternoon will be at leisure in Munich, before we return to the charming town of Landshut for dinner in our hotel.
Today we drive to the hillside village of Berchtesgaden, with its charming Alpine houses, flowers and a beautiful village square. We continue to Obersalzberg, the site of Hitler’s mountain retreat, the Berghof (which was destroyed after WWII), travel to the summit of the Kehlstein, where there is a tea room on the site of the ‘Eagle’s Nest’. On a clear day, the views are incredible, including Salzburg. Lunch will be at choice. Mass will be celebrated during the day. Transfer by coach to the village of Oberammergau where we check into our hotel accommodation for dinner and a two night stay.
The morning is at leisure in the picturesque village of Oberammergau. Mass will be celebrated during the morning. After lunch at around noon, the Passion Play commences at 2:30 pm, with an interval at 5pm during which we will be served a three course dinner, before witnessing the second part of the Passion Play which finishes at 10:30 pm, after which we walk the short distance back to our hotel.
After breakfast, we drive to Salzburg, a beautiful city with a rich cultural history. It is known by musicians as the Festival City and the birthplace of Mozart, and is called the Golden City of High Baroque by art lovers. Historians identify it as the Florence of Northern Europe, or even the Austrian Rome. Mass will be celebrated during the day. We check into our hotel for a two night stay. Dinner will be in our hotel or a local restaurant.
This morning, our first port of call is the palace of Hellbrunn, built in the 17th century as the summer residence of the Prince-Archbishop Markus Sittikus in the early 17th century, built in the style of an Italian palazzo. But, even better are the wonderful gardens of the palace, which include the popular trick fountains which were built to satisfy the Prince- archbishop’s mischievous sense of fun. Mass will be celebrated during the day. The afternoon will be free to have lunch and browse in the old town. This evening will be devoted to the musical past for which Salzburg is famed. The Mozart Dinner Concert is world famous and consists of a concert of popular works by Mozart performed by local musicians dressed in costumes of Mozart’s time, and including a three- course dinner prepared according to 18th century recipes, and served during the intervals.
After breakfast, we celebrate the final Mass of our pilgrimage. We then transfer to Salzburg airport for our return flight to Gatwick.
Early booking discount of £30 per person for bookings received by 31st January 2019.
This tour involves a substantial amount of walking, some of which will be over irregular surfaces such as cobblestones and badly-maintained walking areas. If everyday walking is something you find difficult, this tour may be unsuitable for you.
This itinerary is a guide and subject to change.
Single room supplement: £249
14/09/20 - 20/09/20
Scheduled flights: Gatwick to Munich, Salzburg to Gatwick. All current airport departure taxes. 1 piece of checked in luggage. 2 night’s accommodation in shared* twin or double-bedded accommodation in Oberammergau (3 stars). 4 night’s accommodation in shared* twin or double-bedded rooms in 3-star hotels: Landshut (2 nights) and Salzburg (2 nights). 6 breakfasts and 6 dinners. Tickets for the Passion Play. Guided tour as per the itinerary. Airport transfers and touring by coach as per the itinerary. Entrance fees as per the itinerary. Arrangement of religious services where possible. ATOL and ABTA financial protection.
*If you select to share a twin room when booking but have no one to share with, we will try to pair you up with someone of the same gender in the group. However, if there is no one available to pair you up with we will charge a supplement of £125 as you would have single occupancy of the rooms.
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Terms of Payment:
To reserve your place on the tour you will need to complete a booking form and return it to Pax Travel with a non-refundable deposit of £250 per person. A further non- refundable payment of £400 per person to be paid by 1st July 2019. A further non- refundable payment of £400 per person to be paid by 14th March 2020. Cheques are to be issued in favour of Pax Travel Ltd. The balance payment is due no later than 14th July 2020.
The tour price of £1339 is guaranteed until 1st February 2019.. Any further bookings may be subject to a flight surcharge.