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OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY with PADREO PIO and TURIN

September 11-24, 2020

EARLY BIRD PROMO:

EARLY BIRD PROMO of US$200 discount per person for all FULL PAYMENTS made ON or BEFORE SEPTEMBER 3, 2019!!! This is a SPECIAL PROMO EXCLUSIVE FOR THIS GROUP DEPARTURE ONLY AND DOES NOT APPLY WITH ANY OTHER DEPARTURES AND OBERAMMERGAU COMBINATIONS!

TOUR COST: based on twin / triple sharing

USD$ 4,720

– for a guaranteed minimum of 15 passengers

To add:

  • US$126.00- Airline taxes (subject to change until final ticket issuance)

  • US$  120.00- Mandatory tips

  • US$ 120.00- Travel insurance (for ages 59 and below; for 60 years and beyond, subject to a higher rate)

  • PHP 9400.00- Schengen visa fees with assistance, Biometric fees, logistic  and courier fees

September 11-24, 2020

Deposit conditions for the Passion Play packages:

You have to make a non-refundable deposit after you got our confirmation for the Passion Play tickets.
Based on the offered category B2, the initial deposit amounts to the following:

Per person in a double room:                    USD 250.00

Per person in a single room:                      USD 290.00

The next payments are due as follows:    December 10th 2019

Per person in a double room:                    USD 680.00

Per person in a single room:                      USD 850.00

 

All Oberammergau deposit payments are
non-refundable.

Full balance of the entire package payable 2 months prior departure or once visas approved and released whichever comes first.

INCLUSIONS

  • Roundtrip economy airfare via QATAR AIRWAYS
  • Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach for all transfers, touring, and sightseeing as per
  • English speaking tour escort – from airport to airport

  • 9  overnight stays in 4-star  hotels for all cities stated

  • 2 overnight stays in the Oberammergau region in category B  (accommodation for high demands = 4-star)

  • Accommodation in double rooms with bath ensuite

  • Daily breakfast buffet at the hotels

  • Dinners at the hotels (either menu or buffet) or at local restaurants

  • Lunch on the day of the Passion Play at  restaurant in Oberammergau

  • Luggage service at the hotels (where available, 1 piece of luggage per            person, in & out)

  • Guided tours with entrance fees included

  • Ticket to the Passion Play in category 2 , program booklet of the Passion Play including the text of the play (in English)

  • All visitor and city taxes

EXCLUSIONS

  • Drinks during the meals
  • Lunches, not mentioned in the program

  • Tips to guides, coach driver and hotel staff (we recommend US$10 Per day/guest)

  • Travel insurances; Personal expenses

PAYMENT & CANCELLATION

  • A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person upon reservation with photocopy of Passport and tour registration form is due to reserve for this tour but should not be later than 6 months prior departure

  • Full payment due upon visa approval but should not be later than 2 months prior departure date

  • Cancellation charge of fifty percent (50%) of tour cost if cancellation is done two (2) months before departure date

  • Full tour cost will be forfeited if cancellation is done 1 month before departure date. Unused portion of the tour is non-refundable.

CONDITIONS / RESPONSIBILITIES

TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE  documentation expenses, insurance, medical and hospitalization expenses, tours and transportation expenses during free periods, porterage of extra luggage, drinks and meals not specified in the itinerary. and such other personal nature like telephone calls, fax, laundry, room service and expenses not mentioned in the itinerary terms and conditions. EPHESUS TRAVEL AND TOURS has arranged for the various tour services to be performed under the responsibility of various operators. Our company or its subagents therefore only acts as agents for the operators providing the various services described in this tour and assume no responsibility or liability that may occur out of or in connection with losses or unexpected expenses due to delays, overbooking, and defaults. The tour itineraries and prices are subject to change without prior notice. Should the number of participants fall below the required number , we reserve the right to increase the tour cost or cancel/reschedule the tour. The payment for a reservation fee on the tour shall constitute acceptance and consent to all provisions in the tour conditions/responsibility published in this tour.

Rates are subject to change without prior notice and upon room and flight availability

ITINERARY

Day 01 – September 11 – MANILA-ROME

Depart Manila in the evening and enjoy inflight services of a 5star carrier.

DAY02 – September 12 – ROME
Arrive to the eternal city of Rome. After airport formalities meet your local guide and driver and we tour around the classical city and see the Colosseum known for its gladiatorial combats, the Roman Forum, the amazing Trevi fountain, Via Venetto and Piazza de Venezia, the Pantheon and the Spanish steps. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.  (B, D)

Day 03 – September 13 – ROME

This morning we head to the Vatican square for the Sunday papal mass and blessings. Continue visit at the Vatican museum and visit the underground tomb of the Popes and the newly restored Sistine Chapel with its magnificent frescoes depicting the “LAST JUDGEMENT” by Michael Angelo and the beautiful paintings of the masters. Rest of the day at leasure. Back to hotel for dinner and overnight  (B, D)

DAY 04 – September 14 – ROME – SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO

We leave the Eternal City to San Giovanni Rotondo, the small town closely associated with the life of Padre Pio.  We will  stop in Pietrelcina where Padre Pio was born and grew up. In San Giovanni Rotondo, visit the Grotto of St. Michael  and Padre Pio’s the “Home for the Relief of Suffering,” a famous charitable work of Padre Pio. Visit his tomb, cell and confessional, and the old church where he received the stigmata, as well the Church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie, a newer church. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 05 – September 15 – SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO – LANCIANO – ASSISI

The group departs for Assisi in the morning with a brief stop in Lanciano, where there was a Eucharistic Miracle of Jesus that took place. Arrive in Assisi. Our tour will include visits to the Basilica of St. Francis (view the exquisite artwork of Giotto), the Basilica of St. Clare, which to this day houses her incorrupt body, and the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Portiuncula Chapel, which houses the site of the beginning of the Franciscan order. Dinner and overnight. (B, D)

DAY 06 – September 16 – ASSISI – PISA – NICE
Visit Sta. Chiara church (where the incorrupt body of St. Claire is laid to rest), and to San Damiano Monastery. Also visit the Basilica Degli Angeli in the valley to see the Porziuncula (the chapel built by St. Francis with his hands) and the thornless rose bush which is also inside this church. Continue to Pisa as we ride d shuttle to Piazza Duomo, view and photo stop at the famous Leaning Tower, the Baptistry, and the Campanile.  Continue drive to Nice for dinner and overnight.

Day 07 – September 17 – NICE – TURIN

Today drive to Nice and visit the famous Fragounad perfume factory. Enjoy the scenic view as we traverse this relaxing city until we reach Turin.  In Turin we will have a tour where we will see Piazza San Carlo, Po Street, and Mount of the Capuchin Monks, see the 17th century Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace) and the 16th century Baroque Church of San Lorenzo. Visit also to Piazza San Carlo, one of the grandest squares in Italy. Visit The Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation which contains an icon painted in the 5th century, Various Popes have recognized the sanctuary, especially Pope Pius X, who elevated the sanctuary to a pontifical basilica. Our Lady of Consolation inspired the founder of the Consolata Missionaries. We will also visit places associated with Don Bosco in Valdocco, including the church that houses the remains of St. John Bosco, the Basilica of Our Lady of Help of Christians, the Pinardi Chapel (the first oratory St. Bosco built), the Church of St.Francis of Sales, Don Bosco’s living quarters. Dinner and overnight in Turin hotel. (B D)

Day 08 – September 18 – TURIN – MILAN

After breakfast drive to  Milan and visit Duomo di Milano, one of the largest and most surprising in the world. After enjoying the impressive Duomo, head to the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuelle II, one of the world’s most magnificent shopping arcades in the world. Leave the Galleria on the opposite side from where you came in, and you will reach the Piazza de la Scala, which is a very lively square. The piazza houses Milan’s opera house called La Scala. Enjoy the rest of your free day. Dinner and overnight in Milan.

Day 09 – September 19 – MILAN – LIECHTENSTEIN – MUNICH

Landlocked in between the countries of Switzerland and Austria, the German-speaking, miniscule principality of Liechtenstein is one of Europe’s little-known treasures. Largely alpine, it is a winter-sports destination of increasing popularity but most of its considerable wealth comes from banking and its standing as an international tax haven.
Just 25 km (15.5 miles) long from north to south, the tiny state’s biggest town is Schaan, but quaint little Vaduz is the capital and this is where all visitors head. It is a micro-city of immense charm, with a photogenic jumble of medieval, Gothic and Baroque architecture. Enjoy this city and after lunch continue drive to the Bavarian capital, Munich.
Dinner and overnight.

Day 10 – September 20 – MUNICH

Today you explore the highlights of Munich,the Bavarian Capital, during a sightseeing tour by bus. Explore the historical city center’s most famous churches, monuments and squares, including the OldTown Hall, St Peter’s Church, Viktualienmarkt, Odeonsplatzand the Munich Residenz. The tour continues to the Palace of Nymphenburg, the former summer residence of the Bavarian elector princes and kings with its beautiful and spacious gardens. You will visit the castle and its magnificent interiors as the Baroque Steinerne Saal, the Gallery of Beauties (“Schönheitengalerie”) and you will have a look at the chamber where King Ludwig II was born. Afternoon free time. Overnight in Munich.

Day 11 – September 21 – NEUSCHWANSTEIN – OBERAMMERGAU

Today you will explore Germany’s most visited castle: Neuschwanstein, perched high up on a mountain in the Alps. The shimmering white towers of the castle almost touching the clouds are instantly recognizable to many.Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle was inspired by Neuschwanstein. To visit it is to step inside a fairy tale. “Mad“ King Ludwig II realized this architectural dream and it became world famous. The majestic facade conceals an unbelievable splendor inside: very exquisite furniture, luxurious decors and masterly artistry. In the afternoon you continue to a small, pitoresque village in the Alps which is known all over the world. Oberammergau, the “Passion Play Village with Heart” is about 1 hour driving time away from Neuschwanstein. You will check-in at your hotel. Have a look at the information about the Passion Play which you will find in your room.

Day 12 – September 22 – THE PASSION PLAY

Oberammergau is not only known for its Passion Play , but also for its woodcarving craft and for its colourful and attractive frescos known as Lüftlmalereien. In the morning you can explore the lovely village, the museum, the parish church and visit a woodcarving workshop. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant. Then it is time to take your seat at the Passion Play Theater. The play starts at 2:30 pm. It is performed only by locals. All the actors, musicians, and singers as well as the backstage staff are inhabitants of Oberammergau. Between the different scenes of the life of Jesus Christ you can admire “living pictures” – scenes from the bible are presented as still lifes by actual people. After 2.5 hours it is time for a break. Dinner is waiting for you at a local restaurant. After dinner you have the opportunity to stroll around in the village and to do some shopping. At 8:00 pm the second part of the play starts. It will last until approximately 11:00 pm. You return to your hotel by coach after the play.

Day 13 – September 23 –                         OBERAMMERGAU – MUNICH –  DEPARTURE

Today it is time to say “Goodbye Germany”. After check out transfer to Munich airport for flight back home.

Day 14 – September 24 – ARRIVAL MANILA

Home sweet home!

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