Proposed Itinerary Crafted Especially For the Choirs of

St. John Cantius Parish
Rev. Scott A. Haynes, S.J.C., Prefect of Liturgy and Music

Bavaria & Austria
Nine-Day Choir Pilgrimage
Featuring the World-Famous Passion Play in Oberammergau
September 22 – 30, 2020
Munich ! Oberammergau ! Neuschwanstein ! Salzburg ! Vienna
• Airlines: Round-trip economy class airfare via Lufthansa: Chicago/Munich -
• U.S. departure tax; U.S. customs user fee; security tax and all airport departure taxes.
• Meeting and assistance upon departure from Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
• Accommodations: Seven (7) nights in twin rooms with private facilities in first-class
• Meals: Buffet breakfast daily plus five dinners including a farewell Heurigen dinner
with entertainment at a restaurant in Grinzing.
• Coach Transportation: Local modern deluxe motor-coach transportation, upon arrival
and available for the entire tour.
• Tour Management: One full-time, multi-lingual Tour Manager on motor coach
throughout the entire tour, including arrival and departure transfers. Peter’s Way Tour
Manager and Overseas office staff are easily available 24 hours daily to render assistance
whenever needed.
• Excursions: All sightseeing by licensed, professional, English-speaking guide(s).
• Entrance fees to all sights, as per itinerary included.
• Portage of one piece of luggage, per person, at hotels throughout.
• Performance Arrangements: Coordination of all venues as per itinerary.
• Tour brochures: Special promotional brochures printed free for distribution by you.
• Peter’s Way travel documents, travel wallet, luggage tags, name badge and backpack.
• Liability Insurance: Three million-dollar Peter’s Way Tours Inc. Liability Insurance

• Health, trip cancellation/interruption or baggage insurance. All are strongly
recommended. Peter’s Way Tours offers a comprehensive policy at additional cost.
• Passport & visa costs, if any.
• U.S. Passports must be valid for at least six (6) months subsequent to the return date.
• Items of a personal nature (hotel extras, laundry, phone calls, etc.).
• Meals not specified in the program.
• Gratuities to the tour manager, guides and driver.

A special invitation to choir members, families and friends of

St. John Cantius Parish
Rev. Scott A. Haynes, S.J.C., Prefect of Liturgy and Music
Bavaria & Austria

Nine-Day Choir Pilgrimage: September 22 – 30, 2020
Featuring the World-Famous Passion Play in Oberammergau

Tentative Flight Schedule via Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines Alliance
from Chicago O’Hare International Airport
(Subject to confirmation by October 30, 2019)
Departure City Arrival City Airline/Flight Departure Date/Time Arrival Date/Time
Chicago ORD Munich MUC Lufthansa Airlines #435 September 22 - 9:20 pm September 23- 1:05 pm
Vienna VIE Chicago ORD Austrian Airlines #65 September 30 – 3:40 pm September 30–6:30 pm
Please note: Flight itinerary subject to change without notice.

Day 1, September 22, Tuesday: Depart USA
Today: Depart Chicago O’Hare International Airport via Lufthansa for our overseas
journey to Munich, Germany.
Complimentary meals and beverages will be served aloft. (D,B)

Day 2, September 23, Wednesday: Arrive in Munich | Oberammergau
Afternoon: Arrive at Munich International Airport. Proceed through Passport
Control, claim our luggage, and a Peter’s Way tour manager will
meet us as we exit Customs. Board our private touring bus and we
will be on our way for an orientation ride of Munich, the capital of
Bavaria and the second largest city in Germany. We will stop by the
Marienplatz with its world-famous Glockenspiel and the Marian
column which represents Munich’s oldest memorial to peace. See
the twin-towered Frauenkirche, hallmark of the Bavarian capital.
Continue on to Oberammergau or Garmisch area for hotel check-in.
Evening: Dinner and overnight at hotel near Oberammergau. (B,D)

Day 3, September 24, Thursday: Attend the Oberammergau Passion Play
Morning: Buffet breakfast at hotel.
After breakfast, celebrate Mass at a local
church. Continue to Oberammergau, home of
the world-famous Passion Play. The play
dates back to 1633 when the Plague, the
"Black Death", took a severe toll of lives in the
small village. In their distress, the inhabitants
turned to God and vowed that if the
pestilence were taken from them, they would
perform a play every ten years, depicting the
suffering and death of the Savior. Their plea was heard and there were no further
plague victims in Oberammergau. The first performance of the Passion play took
place in 1634 in the village cemetery.
This afternoon, attend the Passion Play in the
renowned open-air theatre. The greatest story ever told
comes to life as this superb production unfolds against
a scenic backdrop of wooded mountains. The play
begins with Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem and the
drama continues with the story of Christ’s Passion,
Death and Resurrection. The accompanying music is
magnificent, and a full English translation of the script
is available for you to follow from your reserved seat.
All the town members partake in this play every 10
There are two parts of the performance.
Part I: 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Part II: 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm
The dinner break lasts three hours (dinner included with Oberammergau
Overnight at hotel near Oberammergau. (B,D)

Day 4, September 25, Friday: Neuschwanstein Castle | Salzburg
Morning: Buffet breakfast at hotel.
This morning, celebrate Mass at the Wieskirche.
This pilgrimage Church of Wies is an oval Rococo
church designed in the late 1740s by brothers J.B. and
Dominikus Zimmermann. After Mass, we will go to
King Ludwig’s majestic Neuschwanstein Castle, the
King’s former residence. This white dream-like
fortress was built 1869 by sketches of a theatrical
decorator that explains this atmosphere. Go back to
the times of Wagner as you visit the royal apartments
decorated with scenes from German sagas and operas,
the throne rooms, and music halls, with fine
candelabra and chandeliers, King Ludwig’s unique bedroom with artistic wood
carvings and an artificial Grotto that recalls opera themes of his former friend and
composer Richard Wagner. Independent lunch.
Afternoon: Continue to the Baroque city of Salzburg, a jewel set on the beautiful banks of the
Salzach River, for a two-night stay. Check-in at hotel.
Evening: Dinner and overnight at hotel in Salzburg. (B,D)

Day 5, September 26, Saturday: Salzburg and Sound of Music Sites | Evening
Rehearsal at Salzburg Cathedral
Morning: Buffet breakfast at hotel.
Begin our day with a visit to the village of Oberndorf to see
the Silent Night Chapel which marks the place where the
beloved Christmas carol was first performed on Christmas
Eve in 1818. Continue to Leopoldskron to see the façade of
the castle which appeared as part of the Trapp home in the
famous film, The Sound of Music. Continue on to the
Austrian Lake District, and visit the Basilica in Mondsee
where the wedding of Maria and Captain von Trapp was
filmed. Enjoy St. Gilgen on Lake Wolfgang, a lakeside town
which offers one of the best known landscapes of the Salzkammergut. See the
Mozart fountain on the Mozartplatz in St. Gilgen which shows the young Mozart
playing the violin, surrounded by birds spouting water. Independent lunch.
Afternoon: This afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of Salzburg’s sights along Getreidegasse, the
city’s pedestrian street, lined with authentic 17th and 18th century buildings
including the house where Mozart was born. View Monchsberg with the fortress
“Hohensalzburg,” which overlooks the city. Built into
the side of Monchsberg is the Salzburg
Festspiedlhaus, home of the famous Salzburg Festival
Operas. See Residenzplatz, the center square of
Salzburg, dominated by the dynamic sculpture of the
Residenzbrunnen, the largest Baroque fountain north
of the Alps. The Residenz building, built in 1596, was
once the palace of the Bishops. Nearby stands the
Cathedral dating from 1614. Visit St. Peter’s Abbey,
next to the cemetery portrayed in The Sound of Music
and where many of Mozart’s religious works
premiered. Independent dinner.
Evening: Evening (choir members only): Choir rehearsal with Prof. Janos Czifra, Director
of Music of Salzburg Cathedral.
Overnight at hotel in Salzburg. (B)

Day 6, September 27, Sunday: Mass at Salzburg Cathedral | Vienna | Evening
cruise on the Danube
Morning: Buffet breakfast at hotel.
Morning transfer to the Cathedral for rehearsal and
10:00 am Sung Mass with the Cathedral Choir and
Orchestra, conducted by Prof. Janos Czifra,
together with St. John Cantius Church Choir.
(Mozart - Credo Missa KV 257 or Mozart’s Missa Brevis
in C, (KV 220 - Spatzenmesse - publisher Bärenreiter).
After Mass, we will have a photo opportunity at
Cathedral Square. Independent lunch.
Afternoon: This afternoon, we leave Salzburg for Vienna, the
city of Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Strauss! Check-in at hotel for our three-
night stay.
This evening, enjoy a cruise on the Danube River. Relax on board and watch the
landscape, while passing sights such as the Danube Tower, Millennium Tower, the Ring
Tower, the District Heating Plant Spittelau, the Urania Observatory, and many others.
Experience navigating through one or two of the locks as the boat is raised or lowered. On
our cruise tour we will experience "green Vienna" with the forests of the Viennese Prater,
in contrast to the new city skyline and historical Vienna.
Evening: Dinner and overnight at hotel in Vienna. (B,D)
Day 7, September 28, Monday: St. Stephen’s Cathedral | Highlights of Vienna
Morning: Buffet breakfast at hotel. This morning, we will visit St.
Stephen’s Cathedral, Austria’s most eminent Gothic edifice
which houses a wealth of art treasures. The architectural
history begins in the 12th century, the oldest remaining
parts date from the 13th century: the Giant Gate (Riesentor)
and the Towers of the Heathens (Heidentürme), both
Romanesque in style. The South Tower (Südturm), at 448
feet, was completed in 1433 (the Viennese have given it the
nickname Steffl, which also denotes the whole cathedral).
During the 18th century, the cathedral was decorated with
Baroque altarpieces - the panel of the main altar shows the stoning of its
namesake St. Stephen, the first martyr of Christendom.
Independent lunch.
Afternoon: Enjoy an orientation tour of Vienna. Pass by the Hofburg
Palace, winter residence of the Habsburg emperors; the
Capuchin Church containing the imperial vaults; St.
Charles’ Church, a splendid example of late Baroque
architecture; and the Belvedere Palace, former residence of
Prince Eugene of Savoy. Drive around the Ring Strasse,
one of the most magnificent boulevards in the world,
passing the Vienna Opera, Museums, House of Parliament,
City Hall, and the Burgtheater.
Evening: Independent dinner. Overnight at hotel in Vienna. (D)

Day 8, September 29, Tuesday: Schonbrunn Palace | Farewell Dinner
Morning: Buffet breakfast at hotel. This morning, we will tour the
Schonbrunn Palace, the summer residence of the
Habsburgs. The castle was built by Ferdinand II in 1637
and came into its full grandiose incarnation during the
reign of Maria Theresa, when she added the massive
mirrors, frescoed ceilings and majestic crystal
chandeliers. Independent lunch.
Afternoon: Optional visits on your own might include: Mozart
house and Museum or the House of Music. Haus der Musik
is an interactive discovery museum located in the heart of
Vienna’s first district nestled between St. Stephen’s
Cathedral and the Vienna State Opera. A host of
interactive installations allow you to conduct the Vienna
Philharmonic from a virtual conductor’s podium, and the
musicians on the screen will tell you if you are up to par.
Journey back in time to see the great composers of the
past, such as Mozart, Straus, Beethoven and others.
Evening: This evening, enjoy a special farewell Heurigen dinner with entertainment at a
restaurant in Grinzing Zum Martin Sepp.
Overnight at hotel in Vienna. (B,D)

Day 9, September 30, Wednesday: Return to the USA
Morning: Buffet breakfast at hotel. Late morning, we will be transferred to Vienna airport
for our return flight to the USA.