European Pilgrimage Including Oberammergau

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    At Insight Vacations we’ve been enriching the lives of curious travellers since 1978. We believe in showing you all of the sights and the insights, up close and personal, in comfort and in style. Discover what makes us different.

    Dive into an incredible variety of Insight Experiences, with fun activities, special access to iconic sites and explorations alongside engaging Local Experts.

     
    • 15 days
    • Guided Tour
    • Spain, France & Germany

    Pay homage to those that made the journey before you on this three-week pilgrimage of Montserrat’s mystical Black Madonna, Lascaux’s prehistoric cave paintings and Engelberg’s many monasteries. Led by Local Experts, witness the famous Passion Play in Oberammergau, join the candlelight Rosary procession in Lourdes and unveil the secrets of Gaudi’s unfinished cathedral masterpiece—on the Sagrada Familia Tour in Barcelona. Across the Swiss border in lakeside Lucerne, the Chapel Bridge and baroque Jesuit Church give way to the sights and sounds of Vienna, including a private tour of the majestic Schönbrunn Palace.

     

    Highlights

    • Barcelona Sagrada Família VisitVenture inside Gaudi's extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Família and marvel at the contrasts of architecture. Above see its giant, tree-like pillars and spectacular vaulting. Admire the wonderful rainbow of the incredible stained-glass windows.
    • Black MadonnaAscend Montserrat and enter the ornate “Basilica Real” to view the mystical Black Madonna.
    • Rosary and candlelight processionJoin the nightly Rosary and candlelight procession in Lourdes
    • Visit the Convent of St GildardVisit the Convent of St Gildard in Nevers and walk in the footsteps of St Bernadette
    • Visit Mount Stanserhorn SummitJourney to the top of Mount Stanserhorn on a panoramic, open-top cable car powered by solar energy, and enjoy spectacular views from the summit.
    • Experience the Passion Play in OberammergauExperience the spectacular Passion Play that has made this town famous. Watch from your premium seat as local villagers perform as they have since 1634 in this once in a decade event. An emotive and critically acclaimed performance depicting Christ’s last days, this is an event not to be missed.
    • Vienna Schönbrunn Palace Private TourA private, guided exploration of Schönbrunn Palace will have all your senses tingling. Stand beneath frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers and gilded Rococo frames where Mozart performed as a child prodigy.

    Authentic Dining

    • 14 Breakfasts
    • 1 Dinner
    • 7 Dinners with Wine

    Barcelona Welcome Dinner
    Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.

    What to Expect

    • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
    • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
    • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.(where available)
    • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.

    Hand Picked Hotels

    Meliá Barcelona Sarrià
    Barcelona, Spain | Contemporary

    Meliá Barcelona Sarrià is a luxurious hotel located in the heart of the city, a stone’s throw away from Barcelona’s key attractions.

    Hotel Hesperia Barcelona Presidente
    Barcelona, Spain | Traditional

    Hotel NH Hesperia Barcelona Presidente is conveniently ideally located in the geographical heart of the city, along one of its main streets, Avenida Diagonal, with key sights easily accessible during your two night stay.

    Hotel Mercure Lourdes Impérial
    Lourdes, France

    This 4-star Mercure hotel is located downtown close to the center of Lourdes.

    Hotel Le Quercy
    Brive-la-Gaillarde, France | Contemporary

    Contemporary hotel, located at the edge of the city.

    Grand Hotel Dijon La Cloche
    Dijon, France | Traditional

    The 5-star Grand Hotel Dijon La Cloche boasts a supreme view over the prestigious Place Darcy and has been welcoming prominent world figures since the 15th century. The luxurious refined decor and timeless interior garden offer guests every comfort and privacy.

    Hotel Oceania Le Jura Dijon
    Dijon, France

    The 4-star hotel in the center of Dijon.

    Hotel Krone Sarnen
    Engelberg, Switzerland | Traditional

    Modern hotel only a stone throw away from historic town square.

    H Hotel and Spa Engelberg
    Engelberg, Switzerland

    The 4 star H Hotel & SPA Engelberg is located in the heart of Engelberg.

    Bellevue-Terminus
    Engelberg, Switzerland | Traditional

    The traditional hotel in the center of Engelberg

    Bellevue-Terminus
    Engelberg, Switzerland

    The traditional hotel in the center of Engelberg

    Oberammergau and surrounding villages
    Oberammergau, Germany |Traditional

    Your hotel will be within easy reach of Oberammergau so you can enjoy the spectacular Passion Play performance.

    InterContinental Vienna
    Vienna, Austria | Traditional

    The sophisticated InterContinental Vienna is ideally located in the heart of the cultural city of Vienna, only steps from Stadtpark. The hotel’s internal décor exudes luxury and elegance while guest rooms perfectly pair traditional and contemporary furnishings and offer views of Stadtpark or Vienna Concert Hall.

    Renaissance Wien Hotel
    Vienna, Austria

    Optional Experiences

    Optional Experiences are enhancements to your Insight vacation and can be booked through your Travel Director while on tour.

    Beaune & The Burgundy Wine Road – €31.00

    We take a scenic drive with our Local Expert through the most prestigious vineyards of Burgundy – the Cote d’Or, where every village sign reads like a wine list. Arriving in Beaune we’ll discover this charming city, taking in the architectural jewel of the region – the Hospices.

    Carriages & Countryside – €67.00

    In a typical rural community, meet local farmers for a delightful horse-drawn ride. Clip-clop your way through bright green pasture, where the angular spire of a traditional white church shoots skyward and rickety old wooden storehouses still dot the landscape. Call in at a local farm where a wonderful spread of homemade drinks and snacks is served.

    Itinerary

    Day 1Welcome to Barcelona

    Airport transfers depart from Barcelona airport for your hotel at 09:30, 12:30 and 15:00.
    Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant, as you get to know your fellow travelers over Spanish delicacies and regional wines.

    Accommodation
    Your hotel will be dependent on your departure date

    Meliá Barcelona Sari
    Hotel Hesperia Barcelona Presidente

    Included Meals
    Dinner with Wine

    Day 2Barcelona, City of Gaudi

    Wake up ready to embrace the city’s artistic heritage. Join a Local Expert in the heart of the Barri Gotic, the Gothic Quarter, and walk through the Roman Gate to see its narrow lanes and old squares. You are driven along the Passeig de Gràcia, adorned with elegant wrought-iron street lamps and the most flamboyant Modernist buildings. Continue through the Eixample district to behold Gaudí’s extraordinary masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia. As you venture inside, look above to see its giant, tree-like pillars and spectacular vaulting. Admire the wonderful rainbow of the incredible stained-glass windows. With the afternoon at leisure, you are free to relax or continue your exploration on your own.

    Accommodation
    Your hotel will be dependent on your departure date

    Meliá Barcelona Sarrià
    Hotel Hesperia Barcelona Presidente

    Included Meals
    Breakfast

    Day 3Montserrat and The Black Madonna

    Ascend the sacred mountain of Montserrat, Catalonia’s most important pilgrimage site for a thousand years. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic views before entering the dark, ornate “Basílica Real” and reaching the mystical Black Madonna, surrounded by an altar of gold.

    Accommodation
    Your hotel will be dependent on your departure date

    Meliá Barcelona Sarrià
    Hotel Hesperia Barcelona Presidente

    Included Meals
    Breakfast

    Day 4Barcelona to Lourdes

    Cross into France and stay overnight in Lourdes, home to another of the world’s most famous places of pilgrimage. Join the nightly Rosary and candlelight procession for a memorable spiritual experience.

    Accommodation
    Hotel Mercure Lourdes Impérial

    Included Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

    Day 5Lourdes Sightseeing

    This morning enjoy a walking tour of Lourdes, visiting the places associated with the life of St. Bernadette, including “Boly Mill and Cachot.” Later, enjoy some time at leisure to explore the town.

    Accommodation
    Hotel Mercure Lourdes Impérial

    Included Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

    Day 6Lourdes to Brive La Gaillard

    Travel to Rocamadour and enjoy free time to explore this medieval town perched on a cliff side above the Alzou River and known as a resting place for pilgrims on their way to Spa. Continue to the beautiful town of Sarlat-la-Canéda, its medieval core blessed with fine historic golden limestone houses.

    Accommodation
    Hotel Le Quercy

    Included Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

    Day 7Lascaux Excursion

    Start the day with a morning drive into the stunning Valley of Dordogne to visit Lascaux II where the world-famous prehistoric cave paintings have been faithfully reproduced.

    Accommodation
    Hotel Le Quercy

    Included Meals
    Breakfast

    Day 8Brive La Gaillard to Dijon

    After breakfast, depart for Nevers where Bernadette Soubirous joined the Sisters of Charity at St. Gilard in Nevers in 1866. She stayed here until her death on 16 April 1879. Her body, which had been buried in the chapel garden, was discovered intact in 1909, then in 1925 it was transferred to rest in a shrine at the Chapel of St. Gilard, where it still rests today. Visit the Convent of St. Gildard, see the body of St. Bernadette and walk in her footsteps through the convent gardens before continuing to Dijon.

    Accommodation
    Your hotel will be dependent on your departure date

    Grand Hotel Dijon La Cloche
    Hotel Oceania Le Jura Dijon

    Included Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

    Day 9Free Time in Dijon

    Enjoy the Burgundy capital of Dijon. Its many handsome buildings recall the time when the Dukes of Burgundy were more powerful than the Kings of France. Perhaps take the opportunity to visit the wine capital of Burgundy, Beaune? In the evening, don’t miss the chance of an optional Burgundy wine tasting and traditional dinner in the Premier Cru village of Fixin.

    Accommodation
    Your hotel will be dependent on your departure date

    Grand Hotel Dijon La Cloche
    Hotel Oceania Le Jura Dijon

    Included Meals
    Breakfast

    Day 10Dijon to Engelberg

    Cross the Swiss border before we arrive at lakeside Lucerne. Upon arrival see the town’s proud Lion Monument, the covered Chapel Bridge, and the baroque Jesuit Church. Enjoy some free time before we head to Engelberg, an alpine town in central Switzerland. In the center of the town is Kloster Engelberg, a 12th-century Benedictine monastery, founded in 1120 where , to this day, Monks still live and teach

    Accommodation
    Your hotel will be dependent on your departure date

    Hotel Krone Sarnen
    H Hotel and Spa Engelberg
    Bellevue-Terminus

    Included Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

    Day 11Engelberg

    In the morning, embark on a scenic journey by funicular railway and open-top cable car to the summit of stunning Mount Stanserhorn, where you will meet a Swiss Ranger and learn about the local wildlife. Take in the pristine mountain air and on a clear day you can see as far as Alsace and the Black Forest. The rest of the day is yours to explore. Perhaps venture into the countryside for a delightful horse-drawn carriage ride and meet the local farmers?

    Accommodation
    Your hotel will be dependent on your departure date

    Bellevue-Terminus
    Hotel Krone Sarnen

    Included Meals
    Breakfast

    Day 12Engelberg to Oberammergau

    Traveling to charming Oberammergau, on arrival, take your reserved seats to witness the world-famous Passion Play, re-enacting the last days of Christ on earth. After a break for dinner, the captivating performance continues into the evening.

    Accommodation
    Oberammergau and surrounding villages

    Included Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner

    Day 13Oberammergau to Vienna

    A short drive over the Austrian border leads to Salzburg, ‘alive with the sound of music’. Sightseeing with a Local Expert will reveal the formal gardens of Mirabell Palace, the imposing fortress, the cathedral in the Old Town and Mozart’s birthplace. After some free time for lunch, head for the Austrian capital of Vienna.

    Accommodation
    Your hotel will be dependent on your departure date

    InterContinental Vienna
    Renaissance Wien Hotel

    Included Meals
    Breakfast

    Day 14 Vienna Sightseeing

    Join a Local Expert for a private tour of Schönbrunn Palace and marvel at its frescoed ceilings, crystal chandeliers, mirrors, and gilded ornaments, before spending some time in the perfectly manicured gardens. See the city’s highlights including St. Charles’ Church, the Hofburg Palace, Parliament, and State Opera House. Experience an extraordinary concert of Viennese classic music performed by highly acclaimed soloists and dancers, complimented by a delicious meal of Austrian fare and wine for your Celebration Dinner.

    Accommodation
    Your hotel will be dependent on your departure date

    InterContinental Vienna
    Renaissance Wien Hotel

    Included Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

    Day 15 Depart Vienna

    Your pilgrimage concludes after breakfast with transfers arriving at Vienna airport at 07.00 and 09.00.

    Included Meals
    Breakfast

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