In 1633, the residents of Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany, vowed that if God spared them from the bubonic plague ravaging the region, they would produce a play thereafter for all time every 10 years depicting the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The villagers believed they had been spared and they have kept their part of the vow.
Wednesday / June 10
Depart the U.S.A. Sleep overnight on the plane as we begin touring as soon as we land.
Thursday / June 11
Arrive in Munich and begin your tour with a panoramic view of Munich on the way to Nymphenburg Palace, birthplace of King Ludwig II. Be amazed at the Stone Hall in the Central Pavillion with the ceiling frescoe of Helios in his chariot accompanied by other gods. Discover priceless artifacts in the museums housed in this famous palace. We finish our day at our hotel in Ruhpolding where dinner will be served. (L, D)
Friday / June 12
Today Hellbrunn Palace awaits. Schloss Hellbrunn was the summer playhouse of Markus Sittikus, the archbishop of Salzburg, built in 1619. The palace was only for the daytime; there are no bedrooms in the home. It was simply an opulent and delightful place to wile away the hot summer days for the powerful archbishop and his friends. We then head to Old Salzburg. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and some free time for souvenir shopping. Our tour continues as we’re led by a local guide who will take us on a walking tour of Salzburg, Mozart’s home town. It was here at the age of 10 that Mozart made his debut as a symphonist. We’ll continue our tour by visiting Mirabell Gardens and follow the footsteps of Maria and the Von Trapp Family. Be amazed at this beautiful well-kept UNESCO listed old town. Our tour will end with a Mozart Dinner Concert —the highlight of our day! (B, L, D)
Saturday / June 13
Our sober day begins with a visit to the Mauthausen Concentration Camp. It was established in April 1938, shortly after Austria was annexed to Nazi Germany. Starting as a satellite of Dachau, in Germany, it became an independent camp in the spring of 1939 which was operated by the SS (the Nazi paramilitary corps). It later acquired satellite camps of its own throughout Austria, all collectively called Mauthausen. We’ll have lunch and continue to the Oberndorf bei Salzburg – Silent Night Memorial and learn the history of this world-famous song. (B, L, D)
Sunday / June 14
We’ll begin our beautiful Sunday morning with a sunrise service and then breakfast. Our first stop is the Obersalzberg Documentation Center which covers the history of Obersalzberg and the Third Reich with many photographs and fascinating documents from the Nazi era. We’ll also have access to the bunker system.After descending the mountain, we’ll enjoy lunch and travel towards Berchtesgaden, a region of spectacular natural beauty, majestic mountains, crystal clear lakes and the unspoiled nature reserve of the Alpine National Park. End the day with a visit to Koenigsee and enjoy a boat ride. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)
Monday / June 15
This morning we’ll travel to the city of Hallstatt and visit the oldest salt mine in the world, Europe’s oldest wooden staircase and the free-floating Skywalk with its “World Heritage View” 360 meters above the ground. Hallstatt Salt Mine is a mine of superlatives — a fascinating journey of discovery back to the very beginnings of salt mining some 7,000 years ago. We’ll also experience the history of Bronze Age mining recounted today in spectacular fashion thanks to state-of-the-art multimedia technology, including a Bronze Age Cinema 400 meters below ground. After lunch we’ll continue on to see the beautiful Salzkammergut Lake District visiting the villages of Mondsee and St. Wolfgang. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)
Tuesday / June 16
This morning we enjoy a guided tour across the lake to Herrenchiemsee Castle. Modeled on Versailles, this palace was built as a “temple of fame” for King Louis XIV of France whom the Bavarian monarch fervently admired. Enjoy a group lunch and the rest of the afternoon with free time at the castle for shopping and exploring on our own. We return to Ruhpolding and have dinner at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)
Wednesday/ June 17
This morning we travel to Reutte. After our group lunch, we stop at the pilgrimage church of Wies – Wieskirche, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. We finish our day at the hotel in Steeg where dinner will be served. (B, L, D)
Thursday / June 18
We’ll begin our tour with the Hohenschwangau Castle, the childhood residence of King Ludwig ll. Enjoy some free time in between tours to explore and shop. We’ll enjoy lunch together at a local restaurant. Next visit Neuschwanstein Castle, which King Ludwig II built on a rugged hill against a backdrop of picturesque mountain scenery. The Castle was prompted by the idea of rebuilding an existing ruin “in the authentic style of the old German knights’ castles” as he wrote in a letter to Richard Wagner. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)
Friday / June 19
We then head to the beautiful alpine village of Oberammergau. We have free time for lunch and shopping. We walk to the Passion Play venue in the early afternoon. Dinner will be served during a break and then after the play we walk back to our hotel. (B, D)
Saturday / June 20
This morning we visit Linderhof Palace, the smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II, and the only palace he lived to see completed. The “Royal Villa” and its surrounding park is one of the most artistic and stylistically complex ensembles of the 19th century. After our tour, we continue on to Rothenburg. (B, L, D)
Sunday / June 21
Today we’ll begin our tour in the Old City of Rothenburg where there will be some free time for shopping and exploring before our group lunch. Those NOT continuing onto Berlin will be driven back to Munich where they will stay one more night near the airport before their return home. (B, L, D)
Monday / June 22
Those not on the extension will take the shuttle to the airport for their return flights home. (B)
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Sunday / June 21
Those extending their Oberammergau experience will continue on towards Wittenberg with a stop at Wartburg Castle. There we begin learning about Martin Luther and how he was “kidnapped” and kept safe there for a time. We end the day in Wittenberg where we enjoy dinner together. (B, L, D)
Monday / June 22
We begin our day with a walking tour of Wittenberg where we trace the steps of Martin Luther. The “old town” of Wittenberg old town is densely packed with important historical sites, all of them within easy walking distance of each other. The Schlosskirche, or Castle Church, where Martin Luther is said to have posted his “95 Theses” in 1517 and, thereby, launched the Protestant Reformation, contains Luther’s tomb, as well as that of his chief lieutenant, Philip Melanchthon. Their homes still stand; Luther’s has been made a museum. The place where Luther publicly burned the Pope’s threat of excommunication in 1520 is marked by an oak tree. The important German Renaissance painter Lucas Cranach the Elder was a close friend of Luther’s. We visit his home and print shop, where Luther’s translation of the New Testament was illustrated and printed. St. Mary’s Church, in which Luther often preached, contains a magnificent painting by Cranach representing the Last Supper (and featuring the faces of Luther and other reformers). At the center of old Wittenberg was its university, whose faculty included such notable figures as Luther, Melanchthon, and Giordano Bruno (burnt as a heretic in 1600). Late in the afternoon, we head towards Berlin. After dinner, we have the evening to explore on our own. (B, L, D)
Tuesday / June 23
During our tour of Berlin, we will see the top highlights of this amazing city: Charlottenburg Palace, Reichstag government building, Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial, The Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, a drive along Unter den Linden, drive along the Kurfurstendamm, pass the Gendarmenmarkt and the Potsdamer Platz. We then have free time on our own to visit a museum on Museum Island or spend some time at leisure at the Kurfuerstendamm, Friedrichstarasse, or Unter den Linden Boulevard before returning to our hotel and our group dinner. (B, L, D)
Wednesday / June 24
Today we transfer to the airport for our return flights home. (B)
|HEADLINER: Daniel Peterson, Ph.D.|
Daniel C. Peterson is a religious educator and professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages. He received a bachelor”s degree in Greek and Philosophy from BYU and, after several years of study in Jerusalem and Cairo, earned his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from the University of California at Los Angeles.
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|Lectures with DANIEL PETERSON|
|Cruise Lady Escort|
|English-speaking German guide|
|Meals as indicated (8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 8 dinners)|
|Use of a receiver to better hear the narrative and instructions above the background noise.|
|Entrance Fees & Activities|
|Transfer to/from the Airport|
|Transportation in a Deluxe Air-conditioned Coach|
|Standard gratuities for the driver and guide|
|1 lunch and meals traveling to/from Germany|
|Trip Cancellation Protection which is highly recommended.|
|International Flights (roundtrip Munich)|
- Non-refundable Deposit of $1000 per person due at Registration
- Final Payment due February 10, 2020
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