Russia and Eastern Europe With Oberammergau

Do you want to travel to Russia and Eastern Europe, and also watch the Oberammergau (a passion play that runs once every 10 years) in September 2010?

Journeys of Faith (Catholic Pilgrimage Cruises and Tours) brings you the following Russia / Eastern Europe travel package:

INCLUSIONS:


  • Round-trip economy class airfare
  • Accommodation in first class hotels on twin or triple-sharing
  • Breakfast and dinner at hotel, except beverages
  • Tours on an air-conditioned motor-coach
  • Entrance fees to sites as specified
  • Two-way airport-hotel transfers
  • Services of a local English-speaking tour guide at selected sites only

EXCLUSIONS:


  • Departure tax (Full Package) - SUBJECT TO CHANGE USD 392.00 per person
  • Philippine Travel Tax PHP 1,620.00 per adult
  • NAIA Airport Tax (upon departure) PHP 750.00 per person
  • Visa Fee (Russia) - minimum for 18 working days PHP 7,500.00 per person
  • Visa Fee (Schengen) PHP 5,500.00 per person
  • Tip fund to local guides, drivers, hotel and restaurant staff USD 125.00 per person
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal and incidental expenses

VISA REQUIREMENTS:


  • Personal appearance
  • Passport at least six months valid from end of journey
  • Accomplished Russia and Schengen visa application forms
  • Six (6) passport-sized pictures, white background
  • Recent bank certification; past 6 months statement of account
  • Latest Income Tax Return
  • Employment Certification and Approved Leave of Absence (if employed)
  • Business/ SEC registration and monthly declaration of income (if self-employed)
  • International Credit Card, if any
  • Travel Insurance
  • Other documents that the Embassy may so demand to establish affinities with home country

TERMS & CONDITIONS

1. A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of USD 500.00 is required upon reservation, payable in USD., and if joining Oberammergau a NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF $1,500 per person is required.

2. Full payment is required at least one month before scheduled departure date as pre-requisite to issuance of tickets to passengers.

3. 50% of package price shall be forfeited if passenger voluntarily cancels trip less than two weeks before departure. Cost of Oberammergau extension is NON-REFUNDABLE.

4. Schedules, itinerary sequences, timings and prices are subject to change, as conditions so demand. Additional fees for visa processing may be charged if prescribed submission deadlines are not followed.

5. Journeys of Faith, Inc. shall not be liable for injuries or damages due to cause beyond its control and without fault or negligence on its part.

RESERVATIONS, SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENTS AND PAYMENT OF DEPOSIT DUE NOT LATER THAN TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2010

NO COMPROMISES ON QUALITY! OUR PRICES HAVE NO SURPRISES!
NO OPTIONAL FEES COLLECTED WHILE YOU ARE ON PILGRIMAGE.
HURRY AS SEATS ARE LIMITED... FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED!!!

For more information, please contact:

Journeys of Faith, Inc.
Catholic Pilgrimages Cruises
Loyola Heights Condominium, Fabian De la Rosa corner Esteban Abada Sts., QC

Phones:
+63.917 909 9706
+63.917 814 8127
+63.2 929 0144
+63.2 929 0155

Telefax: +63.2 426 7295
E-mail: joinjourneys@gmail.com

Ravishing Russia & Enthralling Eastern Europe
...including Oberammergau Passion Play (only every 10 years!)

SEPT 8 (WED) MANILA

Leave Manila for Warsaw on the post-midnight flight.

SEPT 9 (THU) MOSCOW, Russia

Arrive Moscow in the mid-afternoon. Rest of the time is free at leisure. Dinner and stay at Holiday Inn Sokolniki Hotel or similar in Moscow.

SEPT 10 (FRI) MOSCOW

Enjoy a city tour with Lenin Hills at the right bank of the Moscow River and one of the highest points in Moscow. See the Moscow State University, formerly the tallest building in Europe. Visit Poklonnaya Hill and its war memorial. This complex includes a museum with its displays dedicated to the events of 1941-45, Conquerors' Square adorned with the allegorical figure of the goddess of Victory, "Years of War" alley and the Orthodox Church of St. George decorated with huge bronze bas reliefs. There is also synagogue and a mosque. Visit Christ the Saviour Cathedral. Watch the world-famous Old Circus. Dinner and stay at hotel in Moscow.

SEPT 11 (SAT) MOSCOW

Enjoy a guided tour of the Kremlin, a city within a city, with medieval towers, five cathedrals and palaces. Visit the Annunciation and Assumption Cathedrals in Kremlin Square, a testimony of the vibrant faith of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Annunciation Cathedral was decorated by the great icon painters and was intended to be the royal family's private chapel. The Assumption Cathedral is the oldest structure in the Square where Russian tsars were crowned, metropolitans and patriarchs were elected and important edicts read out. Visit the treasure-filled Armory Museum which displays the lavish court life of Imperial Russia. It is famous for its collection of Old Imperial Russian regalia, thrones, jewelry, costumes, state gifts, arms, Faberge eggs, royal carriages, ball gowns, jewel-encrusted swords that are relics of the wealth and power that once belonged to the tsars. Marvel at the magnificence of the city seeing the enormous Red Square with the colorful onion-domed St. Basil's Cathedral. See Alexandrovskiy garden with the tomb of the Unknown soldiers, Catherine the Great Grotto, fountains and the Kremlin walls. Marvel at the lavishly decorated metro stations that are unique to Russia. If time permits, visit Arbat street where the chance to shop for typical Russian crafts and gifts. Dinner and stay at hotel in Moscow.

SEPT 12 (SUN) MOSCOW - SERGUEEV POSSAD - ST. PETERSBURG

Hear mass at a Catholic Church. Don't ever miss a visit to Sergueev Possad, formerly Zagorsk, a town founded in the 14th century centered around the Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius, nowadays the center of the Russian Orthodox Church and one of the finest examples of early Russian architecture. Visits to the museum, cathedral and monastery are included. Here is where you should buy such lovely icons! Craft and production shops also operate in the town where one can buy famous Russian nested dolls called MATRYOSHKAS. Take the evening flight to Saint Petersburg. St. Petersburg, the cultural soul of Russia, is a repository of priceless art, a home to poets, musicians and composers and a witness to the rise and fall of Imperial Russia, two shattering revolutions and a civil war. Dinner and stay at Sokos Hotel Olympic Garden (4*) or similar in St. Petersburg.

SEPT 13 (MON) ST. PETERSBURG

Enjoy a full day guided tour to Peter and Paul fortress, the oldest monument of history and architecture in St. Petersburg built as a fortification during the Russian-Swedish war but never used as a fortress with its bastions turned into political prison cells.. Proceed to Pushkin Palace and park, the main summer residence of the Imperial family from the 18th century to the fall of monarchy in 1917. Enjoy Catherine's Palace, an ornate Baroque building palace with a blue façade and gold onion domes. Admire the White Vestibule, the Amber Room, the Portrait Hall, the Crimson Pilaster Room and its park at Pushkin. See Pavlovsk Palace and park, one of the last summer palaces built by Russian tsars. The 1500-acre site, presented by Catherine the Great to her son Paul, future Tsar Paul1, became a charming Estate of the Royal family. After early dinner, watch a 7pm ballet at Mariinskiy Theater or do a river cruise (OPTIONAL only and schedule subject to change). Stay at hotel in St. Petersburg.

SEPT 14 (TUE) ST. PETERSBURG

Admire works of Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Rodin, Rembrandt at the Hermitage Museum, the Tsar's former Winter Palace housing one of the finest art collections in the world. Visit Peter the 18th century under the order of Peter the Great. Built to rival Versailles, the palace sits atop a hill overlooking the Gulf of Finland. Tour the Throne Room, Portrait Room and White Dining Room. Visit Yusapov Palace where the monk Rasputin was murdered. On to the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood which sports an ornate and exaggerated "Russian-style exterior built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated." Dinner and stay at hotel in St. Petersburg.

SEPT 15 (WED) ST. PETERSBURG - WARSAW, Poland

Rest of the time is free at leisure. Take the afternoon flight from St. Petersburg to Moscow. Dinner and stay at hotel in Warsaw.

SEPT 16 (THU) WARSAW - CZESTOCHOWA - KRAKOW

Leave for Czestochowa, Poland's spiritual capital. Pilgrims flock to the southern city of Czestochowa from all over the world. The object of their veneration is the Black Madonna icon, housed in Jasna Gora Monastery, which stands on a hilltop. The tower of the baroque basilica can be seen for miles around. Said to originate in New Testament time, the sacred image arrived at the monastery in 1384, during the Byzantine period. The image of the Virgin, coroneted and bejewelled, is displayed to permanent crowds of worshippers in the Chapel of the Mother of God. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at hotel or similar in Krakow.

SEPT 17 (FRI) KRAKOW - AUSCHWITZ - WADOWICE - KRAKOW

Drive to Auschwitz-Birkenau and visit the former Nazi concentration camp. In Wadowice, visit the birthplace of Pope John Paul II and the Church of Our Lady of Sacrifice. On to Our Lady of Kalwaria, favorite praying spot of Pope John Paul II. Dinner and stay at hotel in Krakow.

SEPT 18 (SAT) KRAKOW - WIELICZKA - KRAKOW

Visit convent of the Sisters of the Divine Mercy, where Sr. Faustina died while serving as a nun. From Sister Faustina's cell, view where Jesus appeared in a room and gave her the message of the 3:00 o'clock prayer. In the chapel, see the original painting of the Lord outpouring His graces through the red and blue rays coming from His Heart. It was painted the way Sr. Faustina saw the Lord. Do a short drive to Wieliczka Salt Mine, a world-class tourist attraction. Here discover an underground world made of salt, with rich interior decorations of the chapels, the original linings of the galleries and workings, and the underground salt lakes. Ascend the Warwick Hill and visit the Royal Wawel Castle and the Wawel Cathedral that housed the coffin of St. Stanislaus. Visit the very impressive St. Mary's Church and rest of time free for shopping at the Old Town. Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at hotel in Krakow.

SEPT 19 (SUN) KRAKOW - LEVOCA, Slovakia - BUDAPEST, Hungary

Leave Krakow for Levoca, the most significant pilgrimage place in Slovakia. This ancient town situated at the foot of the Levocske Vrchy mountain range is one of the most beautiful towns in Slovakia. Visit the Gothic Church of St. Jacob with the valuable late-Gothic altar of St. Jacob, which is the tallest altar in the world (18.6 meters). On to Budapest for dinner and stay at hotel.

SEPT 20 (MON) BUDAPEST

Budapest is made up of ancient Buda on a hill to the West and modern Pest to the East, spanning the mighty Danube, form of the great metropolitan cities of Central Europe. Beneath Budapest's exterior lie layers of history from Roman ruins and medieval castles to the Turkish baths built during the Ottoman occupation. Tour the Heroes' Square, the Parliament Building, Castle Hill, Coronation Church and Fishermen's Bastion. Enjoy a cruise on the Danube River while admiring the many bridges Budapest is famous for. Dinner with folkshow and overnight at hotel in Budapest.

SEPT 21 (TUE) BUDAPEST - BRATISLAVA, Slovakia - PRAGUE, Czech

Enroute to Prague, visit the Bratislava Castle and St. Martin's Cathedral with its historical Hall of Mirrors. Dinner and stay at hotel in Prague.

SEPT 22 (WED) PRAGUE

Prepare yourself for a whole day of walking. On to Hradcany Castle where you find the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral. Walk the Golden Lane, a collection of tiny 14th and 15th century houses and winding streets and see where Kafka lived. Visit the Church of our Lady of Victories in Prague where Sto Nino de Praga is enshrined. More sightseeing of Prague, full of Gothic and Baroque buildings and cobblestone streets that wind over seven hills, takes us from the 14th century Charles Bridge to Wenceslas Square. See the Tyle Theatre where the first performance of Mozart's Don Giovanni took place in 1787. Continue on to the Old Town, where a walking tour shows us the famous Astronomical Clock. Dinner and stay at hotel in Prague.

SEPT 23 (THU) PRAGUE - PRIBRAM - PRAGUE

Drive to Pribram (Svata Hora) and see the Holy Mountain, a mining silver town where the Marian pilgrimage site of the Madonna and Child has continuously attracted thousands of pilgrims each year. Rest of the night is free at leisure. Dinner and stay at hotel in Prague

SEPT 24 (FRI) PRAGUE - OBERAMMERGAU, Germany

Leave early for Oberammergau. Take lunch then watch the afternoon and evening shows of the most awaited PASSION PLAY 2010. "The history of the Oberammergau Passion Play dates back to the middle of the Thirty Years War. In 1633, after months of suffering from the Bubonic Plague, the people of Oberammergau took a vow to perform the Play of the Suffering, Dying and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ every ten years if they were spared. Miraculously from that point on they all survived and true to their promise, the first performance was in 1634. After 1674 they decided to change the date, so as to fall every ten years beginning in 1680." Dinner and stay at hotel in Oberammergau.

SEPT 25 (SAT) OBERAMMERGAU - ETTAL - MUNICH

Rest of the morning is free at leisure. After checking out from hotel, visit Ludwig's Linderhof Castle and nearby town of Ettal. Leave for airport in Munich for evening flight back to Manila.

SEPT 26 (TUE) HOME SWEET HOME!!!


PACKAGE PRICE per person: Minimum of 20 full-paying pax

Eastern Europe only (Sept 15 - 24 back to Manila) USD 2,888.00

Eastern Europe with Oberammergau only (Sept 15 -26 back to Manila) USD 3,988.00

Supplement for Russia (Sept 8 - 15) add: USD 2,102.00

For more information, please contact:

Journeys of Faith, Inc.
Catholic Pilgrimages Cruises
Loyola Heights Condominium, Fabian De la Rosa corner Esteban Abada Sts., QC

Phones:
+63.917 909 9706
+63.917 814 8127
+63.2 929 0144
+63.2 929 0155

Telefax: +63.2 426 7295
E-mail: joinjourneys@gmail.com

[ First posted on 05/18/2010 by Manuel Viloria ]



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