12 Day Dubrovnik, Italy and Passion Play



DAY 01: NORTH AMERICA / EUROPE.  Tour members will depart to Europe from the United States.  Dinnerwill be served aboard the flight.

DAY 02: ARRIVE DUBROVNIK. Upon our arrival at the Dubrovnik airport we will be met and escorted to our motor coach for a tour around the city.  Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

DAY 03: DUBROVNIK / SPLIT / OVERNIGHT FERRY.  After a restful night and a hearty breakfast, our local guide will meet us at the hotelfor a walking tour of “The Jewel of the Adriatic’ so called by Lord Byron.  Although over 70% of the buildings were damaged in some way during the 1991 war, most of the damage has now been repaired and the city is back to its stunning best.  Originally a Venetian port and one of the world’s major ports and trading centers up until the 17th century, Dubrovnik is classified in its entirety by UNESCO as a world heritage site and it’s easy to see why.  Our guide will take us to see the 15th century Onofrios fountain, built to celebrate the completion of the city’s water system; the magnificent Rector’s Palace which dates from the 17th century and has been destroyed and rebuilt several times; the tiny Sigurata church that dates from the 11th century; St. Blaise’s church with the small silver statue of St. Blaise that survived the fire which destroyed the original church in 1706; and the stunningly pretty Sponza Palace whose delicate ‘lace’ stonework has survived multiple earthquakes.  This afternoon we continue to Split - a city with a 1700-year old tradition. A variety of archaeological, historical and cultural monuments, among which is the well-known Palace of Diocletian (inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List) certainly occupies a special position. Our guide will show you the historical significance of the city including its many museums: the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments - a capital Croatian cultural project established in 1893 in Knin; the Archaeological Museum from 1820 (one of the oldest in Croatia) and the Treasury of the Split Cathedral, including a valuable collection of religious art and more. Then we transfer to the pier for our overnight ferry to Ancona.

DAY 04: ANCONA / FERRARA / VENICE. This morning we arrive at Ancona and travel to Venice with a stop at historic Ferrara enroute. It was in the church of St. Mary of the Ford in Ferrara, Italy that the Eucharistic miracle took place over 800 years ago. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

DAY 05: VENICE / FLORENCE. Today begins with a sightseeing tour of Venice.  Included will be St. Mark's Square with the Byzantine Basilica San Marco and the Palace of the Doges.  We will not miss a Gondola ride and the Bridge of Sighs.  Drive across serene Tuscan countryside to Florence, the city considered to be the cultural heart of Italy and former stronghold of the Medici family.  Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

DAY 06: FLORENCE. Today we begin our beautiful trip by visiting the Piazza della Signoria, where the Neptune Fountain stands.  Then we visit Giotto's Bell Tower, the baptistery with it's "Gates of Paradise" doors,  and the Academia that houses the Michelangelo's original statue of David.  We will also see the Santa Croce Church, the famous church where Dante, Michelangelo, Leonard da Vinci and many others are buried.  The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy activities on our own.

DAY 07: FLORENCE / ASSISI / ROME. This morning we drive through theAutostrada del sole across theRoman countryside towards Rome.  Enroute we will stop in Assisi.

DAY 08: ROME.  After breakfast we visit The Vatican City including the Vatican Museum and Gallery, Raphael's Rooms, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.  During the afternoon tour highlights include City Hall, the Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum, St. Peter in chains, Appian Way, Palazzo Venezia, Arch of Constantine, and Circus Maximus.

DAY 09:  ROME / MUNICH.  This morning we fly to Munich, Germany.  Upon arrival we are met and drive to Linderhoff. and Linderhoffs Castle - built by mad King Ludwig - a dazzling castle set high in the Bavarian Alps. Then on to Oberammergau, home of the world-famous Passion Play which is performed once every ten years. Dinner and overnight. 

DAY 10: PASSION PLAY.  The entire day is devoted to attending a performance of the world famous Passion Play which is held once every ten years in this charming small Bavarian village.  Dinner and overnight.

DAY 11: OBERAMMERGAU / MUNICH.  This morning we return to Munich. Our sightseeing tour of Munich includes the gothic Rathdus (town hall) with its famous glockenspiel, the awesome twin-spired Frauenkirche, Marienplatz, imperial residence Alte Pinakothec and other principle places of interest.  Dinner and overnight at our hotel.

DAY 12: MUNICH / USA.  After breakfast, we are transfer by coach to the Munich Airport for your return flight to the States.  The end of an unforgettable pilgrimage.