September 7 - 18, 2022 / $4790, air-inclusive from ORD
Catholic Europe & The Passion Play
Hosted by Julie and Brenie Bowles, co-founders of Chesterton Academy of the Holy Family, and Fr. Ryan Adorjan, Chaplain
Join us on an incredible journey through the Czech Republic, Germany and Austria. The main event of this trip is the Passion Play in Germany. This pilgrimage also features Prague and Český Krumlov (Czech Republic), Altötting, Passau, Munich and Füssen (Germany) and Salzburg (Austria). This trip furthermore includes a number of special features, such as river cruises and castle visits, making this a trip of a lifetime.
Special Features and Amenities
This trip is magnificent from start to finish. We're going to see Europe's most incredible sites and witness the Passion Play. Couple that with beautiful and well-located hotels, private transportation and world-class tour guides, and you have the trip of a lifetime!
Europe's Most Beautiful Cities
From Prague to Munich, Salzburg to Füssen, we’re going to explore the most magnificent cities of Europe, highlighting their sacred shrines and Catholic heritage.
Four Star Hotels & Amenities
Our hotel choices were made with you in mind; four stars, spacious rooms, large bathrooms, elevators, beautiful public spaces, fantastic restaurants, and so much more.
Explore Alpine Europe
Most of our trip will be spent in the Alps, which means breathtaking scenery and views. We’ll also visit Europe’s most famous castle, Schloss Neuschwanstein.
World Famous Passion Play
The trip concludes with the world-famous Passion Play, which takes place once every ten years. Keeping a promise to God, the town of Oberammergau has hosted this play since 1633!
In order to register simply fill out the form on this page! Your place on the trip is then secure!
Purchase Travel Insurance
When you register we will send you a quote. To cover preexisting conditions insurance must be made within two weeks of registration.
Get Your Passports Ready
Apply as soon as possible. NB - Passports that expire within six months of the travel dates are not valid to enter Europe.
Get Welcome Packet & Pack Your Bags
Two months before the trip we will send you Welcome Packets with lots of useful information. Pack your bags and get ready!
Prague, Czech Republic
Wednesday, September 7
Today we will meet at the gate of departure at Chicago O’Hara at (place and time TBD). Our flight then departs ORD for Europe
Thursday, September 8
In the morning our plane touches down in Prague. Welcome to Europe! After collecting our bags we’ll be greeted by our tour director and will then board private buses for the hotel (hotel TBD), located right in the heart of the city. After lunch we will visit the great city of Prague. Bisected by the Vltava River, this “City of a Hundred Spires” is absolutely enchanting. We will first visit the church of Our Lady Victorious where the “Holy Infant of Prague” can be venerated. Here Father will celebrate Mass for the group. We will then enjoy a bus tour of the city followed by dinner at the hotel.
Friday, September 9
Today will begin with Mass at a local church. We will then enjoy a walking tour of Prague on which we will enjoy some of the finest examples of Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque art and architecture in the world! On this tour we will visit Prague Castle, the largest castle complex in the world, St. Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge and the Old Town. In the afternoon we will enjoy some free time and in the evening we will enjoy a dinner aboard a riverboat!
Saturday, September 10 – Český Krumlov
After breakfast we’re off to Germany. On the way there we will stop in the incredibly beautiful Bohemian town of Český Krumlov, a Unesco World Heritage site known for its Baroque architectural and other-worldly beauty. Here we’ll enjoy lunch and an afternoon stroll before boarding the bus for Altötting, the most famous Marian shrine in Germany! Here we will check in at the lovely Hotel-Gasthof Münchner Hof, the finest hotel in town located right on the main square. We will then enjoy dinner together.
Sunday, September 11 – Passau
After a leisurely morning in Altötting we will then enjoy a tour of the shrine followed by Mass. Following lunch we will then depart for Passau, the City of the Three Rivers (located at the confluence of the the Danube, Inn and Ilz). Here we will enjoy a river siteseeing tour by river boat! We’ll return to Altötting for dinner.
Monday, September 12
After breakfast and Mass we will depart for Salzburg, Austria, one of Europe’s best-preserved and most beautiful cities. Salzburg is the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the site of great film, the Sound of Music.
After checking in at the hotel (hotel TBD) in Salzburg, we’ll enjoy a lunch together, followed by a walking tour of Salzburg’s old town. The evening is free.
Tuesday, September 13
In the morning we will have Mass in the Cathedral of Salzburg. Following Mass there are two afternoon tour options: a visit to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest in Berchtesgaden or a cruise on the Salzach river. Or perhaps you’d simply like to sit back, relax and enjoy this incredibly beautiful city on your own. We’ll meet back at the hotel for dinner
Füssen & the Passion Play
Wednesday, September 14
Following Mass and breakfast we depart for the Alpine town of Füssen, snuggled neatly in the Bavarian Alps. After checking in at the lovely four-star Hotel Hirsch we will have a group lunch together. We will then visit the inspiration behind Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle, the incredible Schloss Neuschwanstein. After visiting the castle we will cross the Marienbrücke, a bridge built over the Pollät Gorge, which offers stunning views of the castle and the Bavarian Alps. There will then be a free evening in Füssen.
Thursday, September 15
Today is the day! Following Mass and and early lunch we depart for Oberammergau, where we will witness the greatest story ever told – the story of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection – faithfully depicted by the people of Oberammergau. The play lasts six-hours and includes a dinner at the intermission. We’ve reserved Category 2 seating arrangements – nearly the best in the theater – so that we can enjoy this great event from the front of a 5000- person audience. We’ll return to Füssen in the evening.
Friday, September 16
After Mass and breakfast in Füssen, we depart for Munich, the capital of Bavaria and often considered Germany’s most beautiful city. Here we will check in at our hotel (Hotel TBD). In the afternoon we will enjoy a walking tour of Munich, beginning with the Cathedral of Our Lady, the Frauenkirche. We will then visit some of Munich’s old quarter and even have the chance to drink a beer at the worldrenowned Hofbräuhaus, a nearly 500 year-old beer hall in the heart of the city. In the evening we will return to the hotel for dinner .
Saturday, September 17
Today is a free day, and also happens to be the first day of Oktoberfest! Optional activities for the day include attending Oktoberfest, visiting Dachau or visiting Andechs Monastery and Brewery. Enjoy your last day in Europe! We will rendezvous at the hotel in the evening for a farewell dinner in the evening together!
Sunday, September 18
After breakfast we will board a coach transfer to the airport for the return flight home. Our flight departs from Munich at (TBD) for the United States.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Our trip patron is St. Boniface, the great 8th century martyr and “Apostle to the Germans.” Sent by Pope Gregory II to reform the German church, Boniface left his monastery in England and traveled far and wide throughout Germania, converting thousands and thousands of souls to Christ. He completely revitalized and reorganized the church in Germany, laying the foundations for what would become the great protectorate of the papacy, the Holy Roman Empire. Boniface was martyred in 754 in Frisia (Netherlands)and was slayed to rest in Fulda, Germany. St. Boniface, pray for us!
“The Church is like a great ship being pounded by the waves of life’s different stresses. Our duty is not to abandon ship, but to keep her on her course.“