Pilgrimage Overview:

  • Pilgrimage Chaplain:

    Fr. Val Pinlac

  • Departure Date:

    September 5, 2020

  • Countries:

    Poland, Czechia, Germany, Austria & Hungary

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip economy airfare Manila/Warsaw x Budapest/ Manila
  • Land transportation by deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
  • Roundtrip airport and departure transfers
  • 3-4* hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B – Hot/Cold buffet breakfast; L – Lunch; D – Dinner)
  • Tours as specified in the itinerary with an English speaking local guide
  • Services of a Pilgrimage Chaplain and Filipino Tour Leader all throughout the tour
  • Porterage of one (1) piece of luggage at hotels (subject to availability)
  • 2D Oberammergau Package 2D Oberammergau Package 2D Oberammergau Package 2D Oberammergau Package 2D Oberammergau Package: overnight stay including breakfast; accommodations: 4* hotel accommodation; 1 x ticket in TC2 category; 1 x 3-course-meal during the 3-hour-break; textbook (handing over on day of performance); usage of local buses in Oberammergau on day of performance; and tourism tax.

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Oberammergau Passion Play is a passion play performed since 1634 as a tradition by the inhabitants of the village of Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany just once every ten years. Keeping a pledge made nearly 400 years ago, this reenactment of the crucifixion of Christ preserves the health and well-being of Oberammergau’s residents to this day.

In the year 2020, the Community of Oberammergau will perform the Passion Play for the 42nd time. Watch the most important Passion Play in the world. Join a 16-day Journey of Faith to Eastern Europe (Poland, Czechia, Germany, Austria and Hungary) with Oberammergau with Fr. Val Pinlac leaving on September 5, 2020.

Begin your pilgrimage in Warsaw, Poland. Rising from the ashes of its tumultuous past, Warsaw is a fascinating collection of neighborhood and landmarks. Next stop is a visit to Niepokalanow, an important pilgrimage shrine founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe.

Travel south to Czestochowa to visit the Jasna Gora Monastery, home to the beloved miraculous icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa.  Numerous miracles and answered prayers have been attributed to the intercession of Our Lady of Czestochowa. Next stop is Lagiewniki to visit the Shrine of the Divine Mercy. At the heart of the shrine stands the chapel where the miraculous image of the Merciful Jesus and the tomb of St. Faustina is found.

Proceed to Wadowice, the homeland of the beloved St. John Paul II. Step into past when you see the church where he was baptized and where used to serve as an altar boy. Head for Krakow and visit its postcard perfect Old Town that comes complete with Europe’s largest medieval market square and a fairytale castle overlooking the river.

Leave Poland for the Czechia to spend two nights in Prague, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Celebrate Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Victorious which houses the image of the Sto. Nino del Praga. Head for Oberammergau to watch the world famous Passion Play. L

Leave Germany for Austria where you will enjoy a full day tour of Salzburg’s major sights, including the “Sound of Music” filming locations. Head for Melk, a Danube River town, home to a marvelous Benedictine Abbey that sits on a steep hill overlooking the town.

Next stop is Vienna, the capital of Austria. With many different names like the City of Music and the City of Dreams, Vienna is renowned throughout the world and has a plethora of stunning historical buildings, gardens and establishments. Not to be missed is a drive around Vienna’s Ringstrasse, the most beautiful boulevard in the world and home to many of Vienna’s best known sights.

Cap off your pilgrimage in Budapest, the capital and most populous city of Hungary. Often described as the “Little Paris of Middle Europe,”

The citizens of Oberammergau, vowed to God that – provided the plague was curtailed – they would put on a play depicting the life of Jesus that would be repeated forever. Be a part of this unique experience that happens only every ten years.

Join a 16-day Journey of Faith to Eastern Europe (Poland, Czechia, Germany, Austria, and Hungary) with Oberammergau with  Fr. Val Pinlac leaving on September 05, 2020. May this pilgrimage be a refuge that will provide each pilgrim with the opportunity for spiritual consolation and a renewed vigor for life with God.

Things We Love

  • Enjoy the rare treat of watching the Oberammergau Passion Play, which only happens every ten years.
  • Pray for loved ones and their intentions before the miraculous icon of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa in Poland.
  • Experience the merciful love of Jesus on your visit to the Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki.
  • Enjoy some peace and quiet at the Lazienki Park in Warsaw, a venue for music, the arts and culture. The park is also home to peacocks and a large number of squirrels.
  • Vienna in Austria is world famous for its excellent coffee, and cafés. Experience the best things of life while enjoying a cup of coffee in a Viennese Kaffeehaus!

Things To Do

  • VISIT.

    In Niepokalanow, pilgrims not only come to visit the Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary but also to see the monastic cell of St. Maximilian Kolbe.

  • AWED.

    Be awed by the magnificent Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, a former imperial summer residence.

  • INSPIRE.

    Be inspired by the life of St. John Paul II on your visit to his hometown in Wadowice, Poland, endeared as a beloved saint of our times.

  • TOUCH.

    Touching the statue of St. John of Nepomuk in Charles Bridge is a Prague ritual. It is supposed to bring good luck and to ensure that you return to Prague, Czech Republic soon.

  • IMAGINE.

    Imagine Kings and Quees being crowned at St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, a Gothic masterpiece and the spiritual symbol of the Czechia.

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Why are our Pilgrimages different?

Spiritually focused journeys
Insightful pilgrimage chaplains
Quality accomodation
Expertly-crafted itineraries
Friendly and bonded groups
Senior citizen friendly

Testimonials

Dear Pilgrims' Center: My husband Aldo & I would like to praise & commend our Pilgrim Chaplain Fr. Dante Venus & our Tour Leader Bro. Monty for the very successful & memorable pilgrimage to Italy & the Holy Land we were very fortunate to join on March 26-April 8, 2018. It was very hectic to be sure, but still they managed our time very well that we were able to visit more places than was promised in the itinerary, and we are very appreciative of that. Likewise, the solemnity of the whole pilgrimage experience was still observed despite many of us in the group, myself included, often forgetting that we were pilgrims & not tourists 😉😉, taking photos, selfies, etc. instead of, or before focusing on what the local guide was explaining or on the scripture readings. I cannot fault us pilgrims on this because for many of us seniors, and I speak for my husband & I, that trip might be our first & last time to visit those places, so we made sure they were properly documented. Nonetheless, it was a truly spiritually uplifting & life-changing experience for us. We continue to thank our Lord for making that experience of a lifetime possible. Indeed, nothing is impossible for God! Thank you very much to Fr. Dante, Bro. Monty & to each of us pilgrims in the group for the prayers, love, care & concern shown to each other. Let us continue to pray for and with each other. It is my hope that we meet each other again soon, to strengthen our bonds of friendships. Most sincerely, Leclec Cabusora

Leclec Cabusora

My husband and I just came back from a wonderful trip to Israel - with Franciscan Fr Reu Galoy. Thank you Pilgrim Center for the arrangements. We are so happy and satisfied with all that you have done for us. Kudos to Yanyan and Monty from Pilgrim Center, and Fr Reu and Ronin for your caring services. It was a spiritual journey and we felt the abiding presence of the Lord all throughout. - Ann Arguelles Cortes

Ann Arguelles Cortes

Our pilgrimage was worth all the hardships (I was having leg pains). We had an excellent leader in the person of Adrian, two priests Fathers Val and Ron, who gave us very nice pieces of advice and homilies, and of course the members of the group who were all very nice. Looking forward to join another pilgrimage.

Emily Bautista

It was the most profound experience I had in my whole life....Walking with the Footsteps where Jesus walked made my life more grateful and humble....My faith become stronger as I express it...A growing faith is a sharing faith....TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!! SHALOM!

Carmen Nierra

Vir & I would like to express our gratitude for a wonderful pilgrimage we had from Sept 5-18. From checking-in last Sept 5 & all during the tour, we felt the care from a family. No words can ever describe how thankful we are. I almost cried last Sept 8, (my birthday) when we (2 of us have the same birthday) were given a surprise mini celebration when after our dinner, we were given a cake. I really felt the love of a family then. All these things made possible because of your capable coordinator Ms. Ging Igual. She's such a wonderful leader. Kudos to her. Rest assured that i will refer your company to all my friends who are planning to go on pilgrimage . Good day & may God always guide & protect all of you in the Pilgrims' Center/ Executive Resources, Inc. Cora Franca Pilgrim

Cora and Vir Franca

I am honored to be included in this pilgrimage. The Pilgrims' Center has very good itineraries worth remembering. No hours wasted. They took very good care of us in spite of our big number of 47 people. The daily mass and homilies of Fr. Manny Cruz held in different shrines and churches were very inspirational and transforming. Accommodations were nice most especially the one on top of the Mountain with an awesome view built in 1909. It's like travelling back in time. I definitely would want to do it again with Pilgrim Center.

Peter Joseph Mapua

The Pilgrims' Center always gives you the best. They let you feel like an Executive in terms of personal service & attention especially during pilgrimage. Their choices of pilgrimages and pilgrim chaplains are outstanding. You go back home very fulfilled and immersed...

Marlene Silvestre

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Visa Requirements

• Passport with six (6) months validity from the date of departure
• Old passports
• One (1) Visa Application Forms
• Two (2) pcs. passport-size pictures
• Original Bank Certificate (both Pesos and/or US Dollars) – must include account type, current balance, account opening, and six (6) months average•
• Original or certified true copy of Bank Statement for the last (6) months
• Affidavit of Support and Consent (signed and notarized by sponsor if financially incapable)
• If married, a copy of Authenticated Marriage Contract
• Copy of hotel voucher (to be supplied by ERI)
• Photocopy of International Credit Cards
(if available)
• Travel Insurance with a minimum coverage of Php2.5 Million (valid for 30 days)
If employed:
• Employment Certificate – must be in company’s letterhead and must include the applicant’s position, date hired, compensation, and company’s address, telephone number, and email address
• Certificate of Compensation 2316
• If government employee, authority to travel is required
If in business:
• Original and Photocopy of Business Registration, DTI or SEC
• Original and Photocopy of Latest Income Tax Return
• Personal appearance by the applicant
Processing Time: 15 – 30 days

VISA FEE: Php 8,000.00 *
* Subject to change without prior notice!

Booking Terms and Conditions

1) A non-refundable deposit of US$1,000.00 is required upon reservation together with a photocopy of a passport (valid for 6 months date of departure), Pilgrim’s Profile with a passport-size photo, visa fee, and travel insurance payment.
NOTE: Oberammergau package is nonrefundable. Name change is allowed.

2) Full payment in U.S. dollars is required before ticketing but in no case shall it be later than 45 days before departure date.

3)The following cancellation charges will apply:
> 60 days before departure date – 50% of the Tour Cost
> 45 days prior to departure date – Full tour cost will be forfeited.

Conditions and Responsibilities

BASIC TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE: Philippine Travel Tax PHP1,620.00, airport taxes, visa fees and documentation expenses, insurance, hospitalization and other medical expenses, tours and transportation during free periods, porterage of extra pieces of luggage in excess of maximum allocation (30 kgs.), drinks and beverages taken during meals, items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, fax, room service, tips for drivers, guides, tour escorts, and other expenses not mentioned in the itinerary terms and conditions.

EXECUTIVE RESOURCES, INC. has arranged for the various tour services to be performed under the responsibility of various contractors. Executive Resources, Inc., its employees or its subagents therefore only act as agents for the contractors providing the various services described in the tour and accept no responsibility or liability in connection with losses or accidental expenses due to delays of schedule, overbooking, defaults or “force majeure”. All tours and arrangements are subject to the general conditions specified by each contractor. Tour itineraries and prices are subject to change without prior notice. When making a tour booking, the passenger acknowledges and accepts the foregoing conditions.

*** RATES AND SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE. ***

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