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ITALY & THE PASSION PLAY
A CHRISTIAN HERITAGE TOUR

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Please join us for an unforgettable encounter with our Christian heritage in Italy and for the powerful Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany.

Hosted by Bob and Debbie Blank of Living Word Ministries, in Omaha, Nebraska.

HISTORY OF THE PASSION PLAY

The history of the Passion Play begins in 1633. In the middle of the Thirty Years War, after months of dying and suffering from the plague, the people of Oberammergau took a vow to perform the “Play of the Suffering, Dying, and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ” every ten years. In 1634, they fulfilled their promise for the first time. As early as the mid-18th century spectators were already coming to Oberammergau from all parts of Germany, attracted by the great power and fascination of the play. Nowadays, Oberammergau is happy to host guests from all over the world. In 2010 the village will be performing the play for the 41st time.

In a five hour performance, which includes a leisurely dinner break, more than 2000 participants enact the story of Jesus of Nazareth on the large, open-air stage of the Passion Play Theater with all its sights and sounds. Almost half of the inhabitants of Oberamergau perform with great dedication, the story of the man whose message has given an incredible number of people hope and vitality throughout 2000 years.

Friday, May 14, 2010 • Departure
Today our group leaves for our international flight to Rome. IF

Saturday, May 15, 2010 • Rome
Welcome to Italy!  We are met upon arrival in Rome and enjoy an orientation bus tour of this fascinating city. If we arrive early enough, we have time to take a walk with our guide through the colorful market scene at Campo de Fiori near Piazza Navona. We also visit the Pantheon—Rome’s best preserved monument. Later we check into our hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner together. (Rome-3 nights) IF/L/ D

Sunday, May 16, 2010 • Rome
We begin this Sunday morning with church services and later enjoy lunch and fellowship with members of the congregation. This afternoon, Rome’s ancient sights await us. Highlights include the Coliseum, and the nearby Arch of Constantine, which marks the military battle that led to the legalization of Christianity in 313 AD. We also tour the Roman Forum. We step inside the Mamertine Prison, where tradition says the Apostle Paul was imprisoned for preaching the gospel. Other visits include St. Peter in Chains Church to see Michelangelo’s Moses. B/L/D

Monday, May 17, 2010 • Rome
This morning we begin with a tour of the magnificent Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel which was built in the 15th century as a private chapel for the popes. Later we visit St. Peter’s Basilica—the greatest church in Christendom. Our afternoon is at leisure. Enjoy shopping in the upscale stores near the Spanish Steps or visit other out-standing museums on your own. Tonight after dinner join us for a floodlit walk of Rome’s most beautiful fountains and piazzas. B/D

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 • Rome, Assisi
Today our focus will be on early Christian Rome. We begin with San Giovanni in Laterno—the first Christian church in the city. We also visit the Scala Santa—the holy stairs that Martin Luther, like so many pilgrims, climbed on his knees. It was during that visit that the seeds for the Reformation were planted as Luther began to question the rituals of the Catholic Church. We also tour the fourth century Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, the traditional sight of Paul’s tomb. Then we travel the ancient Appian Way to the Catacombs of San Sebastian. This underground Christian cemetery contains precious samples of early Christian art. After lunch we head for the beautiful Umbrian town of Assisi where we have time to relax before dinner. (Assisi-1 night) B/D

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 • Assisi, Florence
The Basilica Di San Francisco was built in honor of St. Francis. Around the year 1200 he countered the decadence of church government with a powerful message of non-material-ism and dedication to God. Once inside, we see why the basilica is one of the artistic and religious highlights of Europe. It’s frescoed from top to bottom by the leading artists of the day. We enjoy a walking tour of this lovely town which high-lights the life of St. Francis. Later, rolling hills covered in vineyards and olive groves greet us as we drive through the Chianti wine region. We stop in one of the picturesque towns along the way before reaching the renaissance city of Florence. (Florence-2 nights) B/D

Thursday, May 20, 2010 • Florence
florenceToday we have a guided tour of one of the world’s greatest artistic cities—Florence. We begin with Michelangelo’s David. We see the famous Duomo and Giotto’s Tower. We also view the magnificent bronze doors of the Baptistery. Florence was also home to Reformer Girolamo Savonarola. Our tour includes the Museum of San Marco—the monastery where Savonarola lived which helps illustrate his fascinating life story. Learn about his fiery sermons against corrupt church leadership which led to his ex–communication and eventual martyrdom in 1498 in the Piazza della Signoria. The rest of the afternoon is free for shopping, visiting other outstanding museums, or trying the best gelato in Italy. B

Friday, May 21, 2010 • Florence, Venice
This morning we depart for the romantic city of Venice. In the afternoon we visit the most famous sights—St. Mark’s Basilica, which is built over the tomb of the evangelist Mark, and the Doges Palace, the former seat of government and power. Before dinner, we take a gondola ride through the charming canals. We end our evening listening to the dueling orchestras in St. Mark’s Square—a magical experience you’ll always remember.
(Venice-1 night) B/D

Saturday, May 22, 2010 • Venice, Salzburg
This morning is free to make your own Venetian memories. We leave this afternoon for a beautiful drive through Austria to the charming city of Salzburg, where we spend the next two nights. (Salzburg-2 nights) B/D

Sunday, May 23, 2010 • Salzburg, Dachau
Enjoy a leisurely day spent on your own in Salzburg or join us as we visit a powerful memorial to the Holocaust—the Dachau Concentration Camp. After our visit we return to Salzburg for dinner. B/D

Monday, May 24, 2010 • Salzburg, Eagles Nest, Oberammergau
This morning we have a walking tour of Salzburg’s quaint city center and some free time, before driving to Berchtesgaden to visit Hitler’s “Eagles Nest.” We are surrounded by the stunning scenery of the German and Austrian Alps. We also tour one of the bunkers built by the Nazi party. In the late afternoon we head for Oberammergau and arrive in time for dinner. (Oberammergau-2 nights) B/D

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 • Oberammergau
This morning you have plenty of free time to shop and learn about the wood carving industry that Oberammergau has been famous for throughout the centuries. In the afternoon enjoy one of the highlights of our tour—the five hour Passion Play performance, which includes a leisurely dinner break. The play takes place only once every ten years and depicts the Passion of Christ—bringing a message of hope to the world. B/L/D

Wednesday, May 26, 2010 • Return 
This morning we have an early departure for Munich for our return flight home. B/IF

*Itinerary specifics subject to change

Abbreviations for Included Meals: B=Breakfast  L=Lunch D=Dinner IF=Meals as provided by airlines

IMPORTANT NOTE: This tour requires the ability to walk and stand for at least two hours at a time during museum or walking tours.

Tour Price: $5,750 per person

Round-trip airfare from Omaha, NE, other gateways available for additional cost

Price based on double occupancy
Single supplement=$750 (subject to availability and may not be available in Oberammergau)


Your Tour Includes:
  • Price Includes Round trip Airfare from Omaha to Rome and return from Munich, including related taxes and fees
  • Land transportation via private, deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
  • Accommodations (double-occupancy) in superior 3 star and moderate 4 star hotels
  • Meals as indicated in itinerary (includes bottle water)
  • Services of a professional tour guide throughout the tour
  • Expert Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
  • Admission to all activities listed on itinerary
  • Luggage handling: one piece per person at hotels
  • All taxes and tips for services provided including end of tour gratuity for coach driver and tour guide
Your Tour Does Not Include:
  • Meals not indicated on itinerary
  • Beverages except with breakfast and bottled water with included meals
  • Items of a personal nature such as passport fees
    (Passport must be valid for six months beyond return date.)
  • Optional insurance for health, cancellation and baggage
    (This insurance is available and recommended.)

Payment Policy:

Early registration is recommended to secure the Passion Play Ticket Package. An initial deposit of $500 per person will be due with a completed application for each traveler.

  • Priority registration is due by January 20, 2009. (You may register after this date if space is still available.)
  • May 1, 2009 an additional payment of $1,000 due
  • January 14, 2010: Balance Due

Generally airlines do not increase the price of a ticket after it has been contracted. However, prior to the issuance of a ticket, airlines may impose a fuel tax or security surcharge. In the event that a surcharge is imposed after we have received final payment, we will send an additional invoice for that amount.

Currency:

Currency exchange rates fluctuate constantly. In the event of a significant drop in the value of the dollar, we reserve the right to add a currency surcharge to the price of the tour.

Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations must be in writing and the date of postmark will determine the amount of refund due. Regardless of reason, cancellations are costly.

The following fees will apply per person:

  • From time of deposit until 180 days prior to departure: $500 per person penalty plus any unrecoverable land and air deposits
  • 179 to 45 days before departure: $1000 penalty plus any un-refunded deposits including Passion Play arrangements
  • 44 days or less: 100% of package will be charged ($5,750)

There are no refunds for unused/missed days.

Travel Insurance is highly recommended.

terms and conditions

IMPORTANT NOTE: This tour requires the ability to walk and stand for at least two hours at a time during museum and walking tours.

On a Journeys of Faith Tour you'll stay in lovely superior three-star and moderate four-star hotels. All custom tour groups choose their own hotel categories based on their group budget. These are some examples of the type of accommodations we use. Each hotel is chosen for its quality, amenities, and location. Whenever possible, we choose lovely European style hotels in town centers, to make it easy for you to explore on your free time and so that you may experience travel as the locals do. We believe traveling this way will greatly enrich your journey.

Please contact us by phone at 816.261.0258 or by email if you are interested in this tour. We look forward to hearing from you!