Passion Play 2020 tour, June 2 – 13, 2020 in this case, will combine few countries starting from Germany, then on to Portugal, Spain, and France. We will start from the heart of Germany, Frankfurt and then slowly go south of Germany first, Heidelberg and Oberammergau and then to the south of Europe. In the focus of this line of the Tours will be Passion Play in Oberammergau but nothing less essential or exciting are the destinations of Lisbon, Fatima, Avila, Lourdes. Shrines of Our Lady, the lives of St. Anthony, St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, St. Bernadette, is a good reason for you to become more inspired and join this pilgrimage!
GERMANY – PORTUGAL – SPAIN – FRANCE
Frankfurt – Heidelberg – Oberammergau – Munich – Lisbon – Avila – Lourdes
June 2- 13, 2020
with Rev. John Mikalajunas
Holy Trinity Church, NY
with Rev. Arthur Krawczenko
Sacred Heart and St. Mary of Czestochowa Church, NY
Day 1 – DEPARTURE
Departure for Europe, Germany. Meals served on board of the plane.
Day 2 – ARRIVAL GERMANY, FRANKFURT
Upon arrival to Frankfurt group will meet with the tour escort and local Frankfurt city tour guide! We will take a short tour and met with the Old town Roemerberg, including the Emperor’s Cathedral, St. Paul’s church. After a lunch break on our own, we will head towards the hotel in Heidelberg – famous and oldest University in Germany. Rest before dinner at the hotel!
Day 3 – HEIDELBERG – OBERAMMERGAU
After well rested and our first breakfast in Germany we will have a guided city tour of Heidelberg. Walk through the history of the oldest University in Germany, from the church of the Holy Spirit, Jewish Quarter to the historical student prison, Marktplatz and Old Bridge. The same afternoon we will leave for the Oberammergau – getting excited and ready for the Passion Play! Dinner at the hotel in Oberammergau area.
Day 4 – PASSION PLAY – OBERAMMERGAU – 1-Night Package
This morning we are in the village where the local population is offering to pilgrims from around the world a Passion Play every ten years for the last four centuries. Today we will stay in Oberammergau and watch the play. At the end of the day, we are in our hotel for dinner and last night in Germany.
Day 5 – MUNICH – LISBON, PORTUGAL
This morning transfer to Munich airport, flight to Portugal. Upon arrival at Lisbon, St. Anthony’s birthplace! Time permitting we will enjoy the city center of the Lisbon on our own before we check in to hotel, dinner, and overnight in Lisbon.
Day 6 – LISBON – SANTAREM – FATIMA
Before we leave for Fatima, we will have a city tour of Lisbon, birthplace of St. Anthony. After a lunch break in the capital of Portugal, we will continue until our next stop in Santarem, to one of the most famous Eucharistic Miracles in Europe, a church of The Holy Miracle (St. Nicholas)! In Fatima group will check to hotel, dinner and afterward optional participation in the candlelight procession on the same evening in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima. Overnight at our hotel in Fatima.
Day 7 – FATIMA ALJUSTREL VALINHOS
Visit of places connected with the apparition in Fatima, tiny village Aljustrel, home of visionaries, pasturage at Valinhos where Our Lady also appeared and to the Cova da Iria, the actual place of the apparition where Our Lady of Fatima gave a message to the world through Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia. Holy Mass, providing priest is with the group, will be in one of the chapels in the Shrine. In the evening participating in the prayer service (optional). Dinner and overnight in Fatima.
Day 8 – FATIMA – AVILA
Depart Fatima early this morning to travel eastward across Spain to Avila. While in Avila we will walk the narrow cobblestone streets of the city as we trace the life of St. Teresa of Avila. We will see the garden where she played as a child, and visit the museum dedicated to her life. The museum also contains relics of St. Teresa and her spiritual advisor St. John of the Cross. We’ll even have the opportunity to visit the Convent of the Incarnation where St. Teresa first took her orders and would remain based for more than thirty years. The museum has an impressive drawing of the crucifixion by St. John of the Cross, and a reconstruction of the cell used by the saint when she was prioress there. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Avila.
Day 9 – AVILA – LOURDES
After breakfast & Holy Mass in Avila, we will depart fort for LOURDES. Upon arrival to Lourdes group will check in to a hotel, free time until the dinner. In the evening after the dinner walk to the shrine of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, the prayer of the Rosary during the candlelight procession. First night in Lourdes.
Day 10 – LOURDES SHRINE
Tour of the Shrine, visiting the Grotto of Massabielle where the Blessed Virgin appeared 18 times to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858. Tour will also include The Baths, The Basilica of Immaculate Conception with Crypt, which is underneath and was the first chapel built here as a place of worship, also Rosary Basilica, Church of St. Bernadette. The visit will then continue with the town Lourdes, the visit to all of the places associated with the St. Bernadette. The Bolly Mill on Rue Bernadette Soubirous where the saint was born on the January 7th, 1844 and it is the place where she spent the first years of her life. The group will also visit “Cachot” or jail where Bernadette lived with her family in the poverty at the time of the apparitions. Return to Sanctuary area for lunch on your own. Free afternoon until dinner and in the evening group can participate Candlelight Marian Procession starting each day at 9:00 pm. Dinner and overnight in Lourdes.
Day 11 – LOURDES
Today after breakfast we will attend Holy Mass and then the rest of the day will be free for your devotions, visit the Baths, shopping, lunch and so on. In the evening, we will attend the Candlelight Procession to Our Lady! Back to the hotel, dinner, and overnight!
Day 12 – LOURDES DEPARTURE
This morning we are saying goodbye to our travel companions, departure for Toulouse airport – flight back home!
- Flights from the USA, from your departure airport
- Airport taxes – SUBJECT TO CHANGE BY AIRLINE UNTIL TICKETS ARE ISSUED
- 1 night in Heidelberg, Germany, 4* hotel
- 1 night in Oberammergau Area, 4* hotel
- 1-night PASSION PLAY OBERAMMERGAU PACKAGE in 3* Hotel
- 1 night in Lisbon – 4* hotel
- 2 nights in Fatima – 4* Hotel
- 1 night in Avila – 4* Hotel
- 3 nights in Lourdes – 4* Hotel
- Breakfast and dinner daily, drinks included
- High-class air-conditioned tourist coach
- Tour escort from Frankfurt – Lourdes
- Local English speaking guides in Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Lisbon, Fatima, Avila, Lourdes
- Entrance fees according to the itinerary
- Travel Insurance – strongly recommended
- Lunch daily
- Tips for guides, escort, and drivers
- Porterage of luggage, in & out hotels
- Personal items & expenses, visa costs