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EUROPEAN PILGRIMAGE INCLUDING OBERAMMERGAU, THE PASSION PLAY 2020 (Summer 2020)

Duration: 15 days Visiting: Spain, France, Austria

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European Pilgrimage including Oberammergau, The Passion Play 2020
15 DAYS | Departing 18 August 2020

  1. Day 1

    Welcome to Barcelona

    Airport transfers depart from Barcelona airport for your hotel at 09.30, 12.30 and 15.00. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 18.00 for your Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant.

  2. Day 2

    Barcelona, City of Gaudi

    Wake up ready to embrace the city’s artistic heritage. Join a Local Expert in the heart of the Barri Gotic, the Gothic Quarter, and walk through the Roman Gate to see its narrow lanes and old squares. You are driven along the Passeig de Gràcia, adorned with elegant wrought-iron street lamps and the most flamboyant Modernist buildings. Continue through the Eixample district to behold Gaudí’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia. As you venture inside, look above to see its giant, tree-like pillars and spectacular vaulting. Admire the wonderful rainbow of the incredible stained-glass windows. With the afternoon at leisure, you are free to relax or continue your exploration on your own.

  3. Day 3

    MONTSERRAT & THE BLACK MADONNA

    Ascend the sacred mountain of Montserrat, Catalonia’s most important pilgrimage site for a thousand years. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic views before entering the dark, ornate “Basílica Real” and reaching the mystical Black Madonna, surrounded by an altar of gold.

  4. Day 4

    Barcelona to Lourdes

    Cross into France and stay overnight in Lourdes, home to another of the world’s most famous places of pilgrimage. Join the nightly Rosary and candlelight procession for a memorable spiritual experience.

  5. Day 5

    Lourdes sightseeing

    This morning enjoy a walking tour of Lourdes, visiting the places associated with the life of St. Bernadette, including “Boly Mill and Cachot.” Later, enjoy some time at leisure to explore the town.

  6. Day 6

    Lourdes – Brive La Gaillarde

    Travel to Rocamadour and enjoy free time to explore this medieval town perched on a cliff side above the Alzou River and known as a resting place for pilgrims on their way to Spa. Continue to the beautiful town of Sarlat-la- Canéda, its medieval core blessed with fine historic golden limestone houses.

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    Lascaux excursion

    Lascaux excursion Start the day with a morning drive into the stunning Valley of Dordogne to visit Lascaux II where the world-famous prehistoric cave paintings have been faithfully reproduced.

  8. Day 8

    Brive La Gaillard – Dijon

    Depart for Nevers after breakfast. Bernadette Soubirous joined the Sisters of Charity at St. Gilard in Nevers in 1866. She stayed here until her death on 16 April 1879. Her body, which had been buried in the chapel garden, was discovered intact in 1909, then in 1925 it was transferred to rest in a shrine at the Chapel of St. Gilard, where it still rests today. Visit the Convent of St. Gildard, see the body of St. Bernadette and walk in her footsteps through the convent gardens before continuing to Dijon.

  9. Day 9

    Free time in Dijon

    Enjoy the Burgundy capital of Dijon. Its many handsome buildings recall the time when the Dukes of Burgundy were more powerful than the Kings of France. Perhaps take the opportunity to visit the wine capital of Burgundy, Beaune? In the evening, don’t miss the chance of an optional Burgundy wine tasting and traditional dinner in the Premier Cru village of Fixin.

  10. Day 10

    Dijon – Engelberg

    Cross the Swiss border before we arrive into lakeside Lucerne. Upon arrival see the town’s proud Lion Monument, the covered Chapel Bridge and the baroque Jesuit Church. Enjoy some free time before we head to Engelberg, an alpine town in central Switzerland. In the centre of the town is Kloster Engelberg, a 12th-century Benedictine monastery, founded in 1120 and even today, Monks live and teach there.

  11. Day 11

    Engelberg

    In the morning, embark on a scenic journey by funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of stunning Mount Stanserhorn, where you will meet a Swiss ranger and learn about the local wildlife. Take in the pristine mountain air and on a clear day you can see as far as Alsace and the Black Forest. The rest of the day is yours to explore. Perhaps venture into the countryside for a delightful horse-drawn carriage ride and meet the local farmers?

  12. Day 12

    Engelberg – Oberammergau

    Travelling to charming Oberammergau, on arrival take your premium reserved seats to witness the world famous Passion Play, reenacting the last days of Christ on earth. After a break for dinner in a local restaurant, the captivating performance continues into the evening.

  13. Day 13

    Oberammergau – Vienna

    A short drive over the Austrian border leads to Salzburg, ‘alive with the sound of music’. Sightseeing with a Local Expert will reveal the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace, the imposing fortress, the cathedral in the Old Town and Mozart’s birthplace. After some free time for lunch, head for the Austrian capital of Vienna.

  14. Day 14

    Vienna Sightseeing

    Join a Local Expert for a private tour of Schonbrunn Palace and marvel at its frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers, mirrors and gilded ornaments, before spending some time in the perfectly manicured gardens. See the city’s highlights including St Charles’ Church, the Hofburg Palace, Parliament and State Opera House. Experience an extraordinary concert of Viennese classic music performed by highly acclaimed soloists and dancers, complimented by a delicious meal of Austrian fare and wine for your Celebration Dinner.

  15. Day 15

    Depart Vienna

    Your pilgrimage concludes after breakfast with transfers arriving at Vienna airport at 07.00 and 09.00.

Highlights

 

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Package to the world famous Passion Play in Oberammergau, including one night’s accommodation and category 1 tickets
  • Venture inside Gaudi’s masterpiece, Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
  • Ascend Montserrat and enter the ornate “Basilica Real” to view the mystical Black Madonna
  • Join the nightly Rosary and candlelight procession in Lourdes
  • Visit the Convent of St Gildard in Nevers and walk in the footsteps of St Bernadette
  • Ascend to the summit of Mount Stanserhorn by funicular railway and open-top cable car and meet a Swiss ranger
  • Enjoy a private tour of Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna

PRICING INCLUDES

  • Accommodation in hand picked hotels in the best locations
  • Escorted by an expert Travel Director throughout
  • Business class legroom onboard your 40 seater luxury air conditioned coach
  • Included airport transfer service on first and last day of the trip (selected times)
  • Hotels and restaurant tips included
  • Concierge service and luggage handling throughout

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are subject to change.

Accommodation

 

Hilton Barcelona

Barcelona (Contemporary) - Spain

The Hilton Barcelona is ideally located on one of Barcelona's main streets, Avenida Diagonal, meaning key sights of the city are easily accessible during your two night stay. Rooms feature stylish interiors, drawing inspiration from local Catalan architect, Gaudí, and are designed with comfort and convenience in mind.

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