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Grand Catholic Italy with Oberammergau – Faith-Based Travel

Home to numerous places of devotion and worship, Italy is the perfect destination for travelers looking to rejoice in their faith. On this Italy tour, overnight in Rome, the heart of Christianity; Assisi, where St. Francis was born, worked, and died; Florence, one of the world’s most beautiful cities; and Padua. Along the way, visit—and even attend Mass at—many of Italy’s treasured basilicas.

You will also travel to Germany, overnight in Oberammergau and Munich, and attend the world-famous once-a-decade Oberammergau Passion Play, including first-class seating for this remarkable performance. In Rome, visit the four major Papal basilicas: St. Peter's Basilica, the world’s largest Christian church; St. Paul Outside the Walls, Rome's second-largest basilica and the burial place of St. Paul the Apostle; St. John Lateran Basilica, the Western World’s oldest basilica and the Papal residence until the 14th century; and St. Mary Major Basilica, the most important Roman church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Also in Rome, attend the Papal Audience (subject to availability), receive the Papal Blessing, and visit the Holy Stairs, brought from Jerusalem around 326 AD by the mother of Constantine the Great. In Assisi, in addition to St. Mary of the Angels Basilica and the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare, visit the Monastery of St. Damian, a Franciscan shrine built on the spot where St. Francis heard Christ’s voice, and Carceri Hermitage, a peaceful oasis where St. Francis came to pray. In Florence, attend Mass at the Duomo, and see Santa Croce Square, with its Franciscan Basilica. In Padua, founded more than 3,000 years ago, visit the Basilica of St. Anthony, dating to the 13th century. From Padua, an excursion to Venice includes a visit to St. Mark’s Basilica.

These are just some of the many highlights on this inspirational Italy—with Oberammergau—tour.  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.

Highlights of Grand Catholic Italy with Oberammergau – Faith-Based Travel

Transportation

Motorcoach; private boat ride in Venice.

Notes

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.

Travelers Notes

Headsets throughout the tour.

Product Group

Grand Catholic Italy

Meals

Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 lunch in Oberammergau; 7 three-course dinners with wine, including a special welcome dinner in Rome and a farewell dinner in Munich

Itineraries

Day 1

ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

Day 2

ROME. EXCURSION TO CASTEL GANDOLFO CASTEL GANDOLFO Guided visit of the Papal Palace and Barberini Gardens.
ROME Guided visit of the Vatican Museums features the Sistine Chapel. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica and walk in St. Peter’s Square. (B)
50 mi/ 80 km

Day 3

ROMEROME This morning, attend the Papal Audience (subject to availability). Free time for lunch. Guided Sightseeing includes visits to St. Paul Outside the Walls, Catacombs of Domitilla, the Holy Stairs, St. John Lateran Basilica, St. Mary Major Basilica. (B)

Day 4

ROME–CASCIA–ASSISI CASCIA Orientation walk. Visit the Basilica and attend [M] Mass. Also visit the Lower Basiica home of the Eucharistic miracle.
ASSISI Visit St. Mary of the Angels Basilica with its Porziuncola. (B,D)
168 mi/ 270 km

Day 5

ASSISIASSISI This morning attend [M] Mass followed by a guided walking tour. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis, St. Clare’s Church, Carceri Hermitage and St. Damian Monastery. Free time this afternoon. (B) 

ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in Assisi with an excursion to Spello. This and other options throughout your tour are available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time with your GlobusGO mobile app.

Day 6

ASSISI–SIENA–FLORENCE SIENA Walking tour with a local Guide includes visits to St. Catherine’s Sanctuary and house, and the Basilica of St. Dominic. Drive to Florence. Also see Piazza del Campo
FLORENCE Free time this afternoon. Dinner at your hotel. (B,D)
127 mi/ 205 km

Day 7

FLORENCE FLORENCE Visit the Academy of Fine Arts. Guided walking tour includes Cathedral Square. Attend [M] Mass at the Duomo. Also visit Signoria Square and Santa Croce Square. Free time this afternoon and evening. (B)

Day 8

FLORENCE–PADUAScenic drive through the Apennine Mountains and arrive in the Po area.
PADUA Guided sightseeing includes a visit to the Basilica of St. Anthony. (B)
155 mi/ 250 km

Day 9

PADUA. EXCURSION TO VENICE VENICE Private boat ride. Guided walking tour includes visits to Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of Sighs and St. Mark’s Basilica. Free time this afternoon. (B,D)
62 mi/ 100 km

Day 10

PADUA–INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA–OBERAMMERGAU, GERMANY Scenic drive through the impressive Dolomites to Innsbruck.
INNSBRUCK Walk through the Old Town to the Golden Roof. Free time to browse before heading to Oberammergau (B,D)
271 mi/ 436 km

Day 11

OBERAMMERGAUOBERAMMERGAU Afternoon and evening dedicated to the world-famous Passion Play. (B,L,D)

Day 12

OBERAMMERGAU–MUNICH MUNICH Orientation tour includes the Marienplatz with its Old and New Town Halls. Farewell dinner at your hotel. (B,D) 
56 mi / 90 km

Day 13

MUNICHYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Departures

# Air Start Date Land Start Date Land End Date Land Only Price Discount Final Departure Code Status

Hotels

# Name Description City Address Rating
1 Starhotels Michelangelo Modern hotel catering to business and leisure travelers located a short walk to St. Peter's Square; staff is multilingual. Roma Via Stazione S.Pietro,14 Superior First-Class
2 Cenacolo Hotel Cenacolo Assisi is a structure created from the accurate and careful renovation of an old Franciscan convent, located in Santa Maria degli Angeli, a short distance from the Porziuncola of St. Francis. The wonderful atmosphere of the place, a beautiful view of Assisi, the wide green spaces that call for reflection and the functionality and efficiency of the Hotel Cenacolo guarantee a perfect stay. Assisi V.Le Patrono D'italia 70 First-Class
3 Grand Hotel Mediterraneo Modern hotel situated on the banks of the river Arno, steps away from the city center. The Duomo and Palazzo Pitti are nearby. Florence Lungarno Del Tempio, 44 First-Class
4 Milano A modern 80-room property of minimalistic design, ideally located only steps away from the city's historic centre. Facilities include a gym, a restaurant serving tradisional local cuisine and there is also a bar/lounge. Padova Via Pilade Bronzetti,62 First-Class
5 Hotel Boeld Overlooking the Kofel mountain, this charming three story chalet-style hotel has the Ammer river nearby. In the elegant restaurant and bar with terrace you can taste delicious regional specialties. The modern spa includes a hammam, a sauna and a whirlpool tub. Free WiFi internet access is available throughout the hotel. Oberammergau Koenig-Ludwig-Strasse 10 First-Class
6 Holiday Inn Munchen Leuchtenbergring This contemporary hotel offers a relaxed and cozy atmosphere, with its open fireplace the Jazz bar forms the centerpiece of the hotel where guests can relax with a glass of wine or a cocktail. Traditional Bavarian specialties and international cuisine can be enjoyed at the cheery Sunlight restaurant. Get the extra boost of energy in the fitness center or relax at the peaceful greened courtyard. Free wireless internet access is available throughout the hotel. Muenchen Leuchtenbergring 20 First-Class
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