A Soulful Journey
For more than 50 years, Cosmos has offered value-minded travellers the most affordable travel packages to the world’s more fascinating places. Now, you can also make your dream of an enriching and engaging faith-based vacation an amazing reality with Cosmos value-based religious pilgrimages to Italy, Portugal, Spain, France, Israel, and Oberammergau, Germany.
Oberammergau Passion Play 2022 Tours
Experience a once-a-decade experience that's not to be missed! Since 1634, the residents of the small Bavarian town of Oberammergau have performed the epic Passion Play--keeping a promise of faith and thanks to God for sparing the village from the plague more than three centuries ago. Witness this stirring spectacle performed by a cast of thousands to reenact Christ's Passion--from His entry into Jerusalem to His death and resurrection--performed just once every ten years!
Our Cosmos Oberammergau Passion Play 2022 tours have been uniquely designed to include the Passion Play experience. On select Cosmos European vacation itineraries, guests enjoy preferred seating at the Passion Play, accommodations in the heart of Oberammergau, and a dedicated onsite office to help guests make the most of their stay in this charming city.
Jacobean Holy Year Tours—Extended to 2022
Each year, Cosmos welcomes travellers from around the world to join us to embark on the Camino de Santiago—a historical pilgrimage on the French Way of St. James. Pilgrims set out on a walk to Santiago de Compostela (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) to worship at the shrine of the apostle St. James. 2021 and 2022 are also a Jacobean (Latin, meaning St. James) Holy Year, commemorating Saint James Day (July 25) when it falls on a Sunday. Only during Holy Years the Porta Santa (Holy Door) of the Santiago Cathedral remains open, and pilgrims may receive a full plenary indulgence (absolute remission of sin) by taking the sacrament of reconciliation and attending Mass in the cathedral during the Jacobean year. Holy Jacobean Years follow a pattern of 6-5-6-11 year increments due to Leap Years. The most recent Jacobean Year prior to 2021/2022 occurred in 2010; the next will arrive in 2027, 2032, and so on.
Camino de Santiago
The history of the Camino de Santiago goes back to the 9th Century, when the tomb of the evangelical apostle St. James was discovered in what is today Santiago de Compostela. Since then, pilgrims from all over the world have walked St. James' Way, originally seeking forgiveness for their sins, and nowadays often just to spend time on a journey of personal growth.
This is a challenging experience as it involves a significant physical effort as you walk through forests and sometimes along busy roads for many miles each day. Your rewards will be intangible, but priceless: an opportunity to enjoy nature, meditate, search for answers and challenge your limits, discover beautiful rural areas of northern Spain, and make friends with whom you'll have shared one of the most significant experiences of your life.
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