June 5, August 2, 2020
Double: $9,095, Single: $10,795
If booking your own airfare reduce price by $800.
Be part of history in 2020!Northstar Journeys and Denure Tours offers the unique opportunity to watch the famous once-a-decade Passion Play in quaint Oberammergau, Germany, touring Italy, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein en route!
When in Rome, do as Romans do! Walk the historic sites, dine al fresco on pretty piazzas, and soak in romance at every turn! Visit the ancient monuments: Capitoline Hill, Vatican City, St. Peter’s Cathedral, the Vatican Museums and, of course, the Colosseum! Once clad in travertine with marble statues between grand arched columns, Rome’s great gladiator arena is no less impressive today.
Travelling north through the vineyard hills of Tuscany, stop for lunch in Pisa near its Leaning Tower, and pop over to Florence – birthplace of the Renaissance – for a tour of its magnificent palazzi (palaces) and 15th-century buildings that hold innumerable works of art. The entire city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site! Before we depart, spend a day touring the teal lagoons of Venice by foot and by gondola! Addio, Italia!
Guten Tag, Switzerland! Explore the gorgeous lakes, promenades, incredible architecture, and steep cobble stone streets of Lugano and Lucerne, surrounded by mountains and stunning in every way! Then pass through fairy tale Liechtenstein – one of the world’s smallest and richest cities – on the way to quaint Oberammergau. Tucked in the Ammergauer Alps, the unique Passion Play is one of the world’s oldest performances.
In 1633, Bavaria was in the grip of the bubonic plague. The townspeople of Oberammergau pledged to God that, if spared from the disease, they would show their appreciation each decade with a stage play depicting the passion and death of Christ.
For over 380 years, the world’s largest and most famous Passion Play has taken place in Oberammergau. Seven hours long with a meal served during intermission, the play depicts the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ. It involves over 2,000 amateur performers, musicians, and stage technicians, all of whom are residents of the village. In fact, a special law makes sure that all participants (from the parts of Jesus and Mary down to the firemen and ushers) must be born in Oberammergau or have lived there for at least 20 years!
2020 marks the 42nd Passion Play in this quaint village at the edge of the Bavarian Alps, and 500,000 visitors – over half of them international guests! – are expected to attend. Why not join them?
Return airfare from Toronto, airport transfers in Europe, motorcoach transportation, 12 nights accommodation, 12 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 12 dinners, all highlights listed, a DeNureTours Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
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• Rome: guided walking tour, Colosseum, Capitoline Hill area, Roman Forum
• Vatican City: guided tour, St. Peter’s Cathedral, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel
• Pisa: Leaning Tower
• Florence: guided tour, Piazzale Michelangelo, Michelangelo’s David, Santa Croce Church, free time
• Padua: Capella Degli Scorvegni
• Venice: St. Mark’s Basilica Square, Doges Palace, St. Marks Cathedral, free time, gondola ride
• Lugano: guided walking tour
• Lucerne: guided walking tour, Chapel Bridge, Lion Monument, free time
• Swiss folklore show
• Lauterbrunnen: Cogwheel Train
• Kleine Scheidegg
• Liechtenstein: Castle of Neuschwanstein
• Oberammergau: free morning, Passion Play
• Munich: guided tour, Nymphenburg Palace
Rome: Grand Hotel Palatino (2 nights)*
Montecatini Terme: Grand Hotel Tettuccio (2 nights)*
Venice: Hotel Antony Palace Hotel (2 nights)*
Lugano: Hotel De La Paix Lugano (1 night)*
Lucerne: Radisson Blu (2 nights)*
Oberammergau: TBA (2 nights)*
Munich: Maritim Hotel Munchen (1 night)*
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Rome is the capital of Italy and the country's largest and most populated city and comune, with over 2.7 million residents in 1,285.3 km2 (496.3 sq mi). Rome's metropolitan area is the second largest in Italy Milan, with some 3.7 million residents. The city is located in the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, on the Tiber River within the Lazio region of Italy. The historic centre of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With wonderful palaces, millennium-old churches, grand romantic ruins, opulent monuments, ornate statues and graceful fountains, Rome has an immensely rich historical heritage and cosmopolitan atmosphere, making it one of Europe's and the world's most visited, famous, influential and beautiful capitals.