Shrines of Alpine Europe with Oberammergau - Faith-Based Travel (5370)

7 Day Tour from Zurich to Vienna

2022 Tour Details

Reaffirm your faith on this tour through Alpine Europe. Along the way, visit some of the most important spiritual sites and pilgrimage destinations of Switzerland, Germany and Austria and contemplate the exceptional natural beauty of the unspoiled mountain areas.

The tour highlight this year is definitely the Passion Play in Oberammergau. Performed by its residents every 10 years as a thank you for the village being saved from the Black Death, this reenactment is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Another remarkable visit is Melk’s 11th-century Benedictine Abbey in Austria. Words cannot describe the splendor of the abbey with its ornate library, frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola.

Since the Middle Ages, the Benedictine Abbey of Einsiedeln has been one of Switzerland’s most treasured pilgrimage sites dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Visit the magnificent 18th-century Baroque monastery and the chapel housing the Black Madonna. Altötting has been the spiritual focal point of Bavaria for more than 1,250 years and Germany’s main Marian pilgrimage site, where you can join the evening Mass and candlelight procession. You’ll have the opportunity to visit Vienna and celebrate Mass at the magnificent St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

All of this and more—including time in the picturesque towns of Lucerne and Salzburg and the vibrant city of Munich—is included on this faith-based tour designed for savvy, value-minded travelers. Accompanied by fellow believers, it’s an Alpine Europe vacation you will cherish in your memories for a long time.

By June 2021, your vacation, which includes the Oberammergau Passion Play, requires a per-person, non-refundable deposit of $600. Prior to June 2021, a minimum of $250 non-refundable per person deposit is required to secure your reservation and tickets for the play.

This vacation includes the world-famous Passion Play, a spectacular play performed only once every 10 years by the residents of the quaint little town of Oberammergau.

Individual headsets.

Mass services may be in local language and venues are subject to change.

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Altötting and Vienna
Shrines of Alpine Europe with Oberammergau - Faith-Based Travel map

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily, 3 dinners including a dinner at a local restaurant in Vienna


Notes:

Oberammergau Passion Play included on all departures.

 Itinerary

Day 1 ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND

Check into your hotel, then the rest of the day is free to explore on your own. This afternoon, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers and prepare for your upcoming spiritual journey. Later this evening, a welcome dinner is served at your hotel.

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Day 2 ZURICH. EXCURSION TO LUCERNE & EINSIEDELN

This morning, travel to Lucerne, a picturesque town built along the shores of a shimmering lake and at the foot of majestic peaks. Spend some time visiting the town center and take advantage of the optional excursions available. In the afternoon, head to the Benedictine Abbey of Einsiedeln, a major station on the Way of St. James and one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Switzerland. Visit the magnificent Baroque Monastery and Chapel, home to the Black Madonna, a sculpture carved out of black marble. Spend some time in prayer and then celebrate the Divine Office Vespers and the Salve Regina. Later, return to Zurich.
Today's Distance: 93 mi / 150 km

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Day 3 ZURICH–OBERAMMERGAU

Leave Zurich and travel east to cross briefly into Austria, skirting scenic Lake Constance, and then continuing into Germany through the farmlands of Bavaria into the alpine landscapes of Oberammergau. The highlight of the day is the famous Passion Play, a performance that takes place every 10 years since 1634 when it was initiated as an oath to give thanks for the village having been preserved from the Black Death. All the actors who take part in the play, are from the village itself. There will be time for an included dinner during the intermission.
Today's Distance: 221 mi / 355 km

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Day 4 OBERAMMERGAU–MUNICH–ALTÖTTING AREA

Stop in Munich, the capital of Bavaria, for a short visit of the city center to admire Marienplatz with the Glockenspiel (carillon) of the new city hall tower. Head towards Altötting, spiritual focal point of Bavaria for more than 1,250 years. Here, enjoy a guided visit of the old town and the Panorama Museum, a stereoscopic painting (large scale panorama) created in 1902 portraying the holy city of Jerusalem. Join the evening MassMass Mass and the candlelight procession, ideal moments for reflection and worship, as well as for sharing your sense of faith with other believers.
Today's Distance: 155 mi / 250 km

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 ALTÖTTING AREA–SALZBURG–MELK–VIENNA

Spend the morning getting to know picturesque Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace. Try the famous marzipan pralines, take a walk in the Old Town, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or step into the Cathedral for some prayer time. In the afternoon, travel to the imperial city of Vienna, built along the banks of the Danube. On the way, stop at the Baroque Melk Benedictine Abbey, an important intellectual and cultural center over the centuries and remarkable for its ornate library, frescoed ceilings, stunning high altar, marble statues, and 210-foot-high cupola.
Today's Distance: 224 mi / 360 km

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Day 6 VIENNA

Discover the capital of waltz on an included guided city tour today; learn about the Habsburg dynasty that ruled the area for centuries and see some of the finest buildings that give the city such an elegant feel: the State Opera, the Parliament, and the former imperial Hofburg Palace. Later, if you wish, you can celebrate MassMass Mass in the solemn Cathedral of St. Stephen. Continue exploring at leisure, or join an optional excursion. In the evening, say farewell to your newfound friends during the included dinner at a local restaurant. You certainly shared some intense faith experiences, but also some unforgettable moments of joyous communal life.

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Day 7 VIENNA

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast


Transportation:

Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi.

 Tour Director

With FAITH, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

ANDREA JANSKA

I'm Czech, born in the city of Prague, called often also "The Heart of Europe". I have always felt a strong urge to travel, discover other cultures and meet people from all over the world. The role of Tour Director has never become a routine - every tour and every group have been unique. Mutual sharing, enriching and the spirit of inspiration by each other - those would be the key words coming to my mind when describing what tour guiding means to me. An Asian proverb says, "He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left", and it is a great feeling for me indeed to be able to form an active and motivating part in the tour members' European traveling experience.

Tour Director - ANDREA JANSKA

 Accommodations

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Zurich
Vienna

Zurich

Lake Lucerne Cruise

Lake Lucerne Cruise

Experience the hypnotic beauty of sparkling Lake Lucerne on this enjoyable 1-hour sightseeing cruise.

Price Range: $

Vienna

The Sound of Music's Salzburg Sites & Scenes

The Sound of Music's Salzburg Sites & Scenes

This unforgettable excursion offers a look at both Salzburg and its majestic surroundings as you follow in the footsteps of The Sound of Music's Maria von Trapp to see many of the movie's most famous filming locations!

Price Range: $

Schönbrunn Palace, Cultural Gem of Austria

Schönbrunn Palace, Cultural Gem of Austria

Visit magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former summer residence of the Habsburg imperial family.

Price Range: $



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