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KWU Alps Passion Tour 2020
May 26 to June 3, 2020
If you missed the Informational meeting on Saturday, February 2, you can view the PowerPoint presentation and the session (above).
For details, email Paula Hermann, Senior Director of Special Events, or call (785) 833-4502.
Custom Tour Designed by Lisa Ball Travel Design
Tour Managed by Deborah Mason Travel & Tours
This will be a trip to remember! Kansas Wesleyan University is inviting alumni and friends on a nine-day tour that includes The Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany, a visit to Linderhof Castle, a stop in Grindelwald near the majestic Jungfrau Mountain in the Swiss Alps to see what is known as The Top of Europe, and adventures in Munich, Zurich, Bern, Lauterbrunnen, and Lucerne.
Oberammergau Passion Play
Every ten years, for nearly four hundred years, the village of Oberammergau, Germany, has staged a production of the Passion of Christ, which includes more than 2,000 participants, a choir that exceeds 150 members, and a 70-member orchestra. This remarkable once-a decade performance, which is the world’s most famous and largest production of the story of the last days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, is considered by many to be a bucket list opportunity. READ MORE
This is our travel day from the United States to Munich, Germany. Round-trip airfare is included and will depart from Kansas City. The tour director can arrange airfare from other U.S airports (additional airfare costs may apply in addition to a $50 deviation per person fee will be added to your individual cost).
Welcome to Germany! We arrive at the Munich Airport where a local guide will greet and escort us to our private transportation on a comfortable motor-coach.
Panorama Tour of Munich: Our guide will show us the highlights of Munich from BMW World to the Allianz Arena, home of FC Bayern, to the historic Marienplatz square to see the famous Glockenspiel show!
Alumni Luncheon: A delicious lunch of Bavarian specialties is included, and we’ll meet with other KWU alums!
Following lunch we head south on the Autobahn to the Bavarian Alps! We will first stop at the beautiful palace of King Ludwig at Linderhof! We will tour inside the former palatial home of the “Mad King” Ludwig and marvel at the gorgeous gardens. Admission to Linderhof is included.
Next, we travel on to the Bavarian village of Oberauwhere will stay in hotels for the next two nights. Breakfast is included at the hotel.
*Due to the projected group size, we may be in two boutique hotels in the town of Oberau, which will have similar amenities.
This is our Passion Play Day! Following breakfast, we head to the picturesque town of Oberammergau. Here, you will have time to stroll through the charming town and shop some. Your daily itinerary will detail when we meet at the theater for the first three hours of the majestic production of the Oberammergau Passion Play, when you meet for the included meal and the second three-hour half of the play. There is nothing like this live production in the world! The story of Christ’s Passion is told with elaborate sets, costumes, live animals, a full orchestra and chorus and amazing actors. The entire town of Oberammergau is involved in some way in the production that takes place every ten years.
During the break, everyone will meet for the included dinner in Oberammergau.
Following the conclusion of the Passion Play, we will return to the hotels in Oberau.
Following breakfast at the hotel in Oberau, a private motor-coach will take us to Switzerland!
Our first stop is Zurich! Here you will delight in the Old Town of the city with its quaint architecture framed by gorgeous Lake Zurich. Take time to go inside the Grossmünster (Great Minster Church) in the Old Town or sample Swiss Chocolate in the many shops!
Overnight in Zurich: We will stay in Zurich one night in a comfortable hotel with breakfast included.
Following breakfast at the hotel in Zurich, we travel through the beautiful Swiss Alps and pay a visit to a dairy farm where they make the renowned Swiss Cheeses. The tour will include delicious samples! Tour of the cheese dairy is included.
We travel further to the capital of Switzerland, Bern! Here you will see this city’s historic city center and have a chance to shop and have lunch on your own.
Our final stop today is at the ski resort town of Grindelwald where we will stay two nights in this spectacular part of Switzerland known as Bernese Oberland, the most scenic area of the Alps!
Grindelwald Hotel: We will stay in a nice hotel for two nights with breakfast included that is located near the town’s shops and restaurants. Dinner is on your own both nights.
Today you have the choice of staying in Grindelwald to hike, shop, relax or visit the town’s cute museum. Or, you can go to the Top of Europe on an optional tour.
Jungfraujoch Optional Day Excursion Tour: Your day includes round-trip train transportation to the top of the Jungfrau, one of three majestic mountains in this region. You will marvel at the engineering of the cog-wheel trains that take you to the top; look out over the world at the Top of Europe; enjoy time inside the Ice Palace; and perhaps have the most delicious cup of hot chocolate of your life! This is a full day excursion and pricing details are at the end of this itinerary.
Before leaving the Bernese Oberland area, we will drive through the valley nearLauterbrunnento see more countryside and the many waterfalls in this scenic landscape.
We continue with more breathtaking scenery to the lovely city of Lucerne! Here, we will spend two days and nights soaking up the wonders of this city. Today, we’ll meet up with a local guide for a Lucerne Walking Tourto see sites including the famous historic covered bridges and the Dying Lion Monument, that Mark Twain called the saddest statue he had ever seen.
Lucerne Hotel: A city center hotel will be arranged for two nights with breakfast included.
This is a fun day in Lucerne! Sight-seeing on your own or shopping. Together we will take a fun one-hour Cruise on Lake Lucerne– sit back and relax and enjoy the amazing scenery! The cruise is included.
Evening: We meet at a local restaurant venue for our Celebration Dinner and a Swiss Folk Show! Alp horns and yodeling and fondue! We’ll raise our glasses to toast KWU and our wonderful Alps Passion Tour!
A private bus will take us to the Zurich Airport for the return flight to the U.S. Or, you can stay longer in Europe and fly to Paris for a special three-night stay in the City of Light! Details about the Optional Paris Package and its inclusions are available below.
*Itinerary subject to change due to venue changes and/or weather conditions. The tour directors will make appropriate substitutions if needed.
Alps Passion Tour Base Inclusions:
- Round-trip Airfare from Kansas City to Munich; Zurich to Kansas City included.
The tour director can arrange airfare from other U.S airports (additional airfare costs may apply in addition to a $50 deviation per person fee will be added to your individual cost).
- Ground Transportation on comfortable motor-coaches in Germany and Switzerland.
- Hotels in Oberau, Germany (2 nights); Zurich, Switzerland (1 night); Grindelwald, Switzerland (2 nights); and Lucerne, Switzerland (2 nights) – 7 total nights
- Sight-seeing and Experiences: Munich Panorama Tour with local guide; admission to Linderhof Palace; Tickets to the Oberammergau Passion Play; visits to Zurich and Bern, Switzerland; Swiss Cheese Dairy Tour; scenic drives in Switzerland to Grindelwald, Lauterbrunnen and Lucerne; Guided Walking Tour of Lucerne; one-hour Lake Lucerne Cruise; and the Swiss Folk Show in Lucerne included
- Meals: On the transatlantic flights: Dinner and Breakfast on the going and Lunch on the return (3); Breakfasts at all the hotels (7); Alumni Lunch in Munich; Dinner during the Passion Play; and Celebration Dinner in Lucerne – 13 total meals
- Taxes included pertaining to the flights, hotels and group meals
- Gratuities included for tour guides hired for the tour as well as the bus drivers throughout the tour
- Deborah Mason as your Tour Director for the full tour
Alps Passion Tour Projected Cost: $4,000 to $4,500 per person based on double occupancy
Single Supplement Cost: $500 to $1,000 per person additional
Jungfraujoch Day Excursion Optional Tour Cost:$150 per person*
If you wish to purchase your own air, we can provide a land only price.
Wheelchairs are not allowed. Please be aware there is a fair amount of walking with this tour. It is not recommended for those with walking difficulties.
*The cost of this excursion is non-refundable and will be billed on your final invoice. Please let Deborah Mason know if you wish to do this excursion no later than February 1, 2020.
Payment Schedule for Tour:
January 12 – March 1, 2019: $100 deposit per person due
March 2, 2019: $400 additional due per person*
*You may jump in on this tour between March 2 and August 1, 2019 with a $500 deposit. One August 1, another $500 per person will need to be submitted.
August 1, 2019: $500 additional due per person
November 1, 2019: $1,000 additional due per person
February 1, 2020: Final payment due (including optional tour cost, Paris extension and other additional fees)
Reminders will be sent for deposits due. An invoice will be sent about one month prior for payment in full.
Cancellation Policies for Tour:
January 12, 2019 - March 1, 2019: $100 deposit is refundable
March 2, 2019 - November 1, 2019: $500 per person is NONREFUNDABLE.
November 2, 2019 - January 31, 2020: $1,000 per person is NONREFUNDABLE.
February 1, 2020 - May 26, 2020: 100% paid is NONREFUNDABLE.
This tour does not include travel insurance. Travel Guard is available for purchase through Deborah Mason. Please call 816-453-7062 or email her at email@example.com for a quote. Cost of insurance is based on the price of the tour and your age. That is why you must call for a quote. If you would like pre-existing conditions to be covered, you must purchase insurance within two weeks of paying deposit.
Required Documents: A valid U.S. Passport with an expiration date that is at least 6 months beyond the return date is required. Deborah Mason also has a Reservation Application Form asking general contact information and health and dietary needs. Please fill out this form (one per person)
And mail it to Deborah along with your deposit.
Optional Paris Extension Package: June 3 to June 6, 2020
- Includes one-way flight from Zurich to Paris
- Comfortable hotel in the city center, close to major tourist sites for 3 nights with breakfast included
- Transportation to/from Paris airports
- One two-day Paris Pass per person that gives you free admission to many of the city’s top museums and attractions
*Optional Paris Package Cost: $1,200 to $1,600 per person based on double occupancy
Please let Deborah Mason know when you book if you are interested in doing the Optional Paris Package.
To register for this exciting custom tour for Kansas Wesleyan University alumni, please contact Deborah Mason. Her contact information is shown below.
Please mail your deposit check, made payable to Deborah Mason Travel & Tours, LLC, to the address shown below.
Deborah Mason Travel & Tours, LLC
5740 N. Tracy Avenue
Gladstone, MO 64118
Hours are 9-5 Mon-Fri.