Christ, Culture & Cuisine

September 12, 2022 - September 22, 2022
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Limited-Time Special Offer

Apply to become a fellow traveler on this journey by July 29 and travel for just $2,950 (land only). Only six spots remaining at this price!

Journey Overview

Your experience in Oberammergau promises to become a treasured memory. Around the Passion Play, we have created a wonderful journey through history, culture, and cuisine in Switzerland and Germany.

You will no doubt savor your delectable tastes of Swiss chocolate and cheese, even as you anticipate the bucket list experience of Oktoberfest in Munich. Encounters with centuries of history and culture, the majestic peaks of the Alps, and the joy of experiencing the birthplace of Mozart in Austria will form a narrative centered in Christ, culture & cuisine that is sure to inspire you.

Your Host for the Journey

Your current host for Christ, Culture, and Cuisine is Purposeful Journeys by MCE Founder and CEO, Mike Malone. While Mike would be very happy to host this journey, this and most other journeys are open to prospective, interested hosts.

There are many benefits to serving as a journey host for your cohort of fellow travelers. We will do everything we can to empower you to serve as host for your cohort of fellow travelers at the level you choose. You may want to engage the experience at a more social level while relying on the expertise of in-country tour directors and guides. You may want to become more engaged intellectually or spiritually by teaching, leading devotions, or offering your expertise through one or more talks or conversation sessions. Whatever your interest in your level of engagement as a journey host, we will do all we can to support you so that yours becomes a journey of a lifetime.

Become a Host for this Journey

If you are interested in hosting this journey or would like to consider hosting a journey customized just for you and your group, click the button below to learn what it means to Become a Host. We also invite your inquiry. If you want to learn more about hosting this or another journey, please get in touch. We would love to share the benefits of what hosting a journey could mean for you and your cohort of fellow travelers.

Day 1 – Wheels up!
Monday September 12, 2022

Christ, Culture, and Cuisine fellow travelers depart for an overnight flight to Switzerland.


Day 2 – Switzerland, Herzlich Willkommen!
Tuesday September 13, 2022

Following our arrival, there will be time to settle into our rooms of our beautiful hotel, rest. You may even have time for a stroll around the beautiful city of Geneva. We will gather in the evening for a spectacular welcome dinner. D


Day 3 – Spectacular Lake Geneva
Wednesday September 14, 2022

Today, we will enjoy a boat cruise on beautiful Lake Geneva followed by time to explore, to shop, or to rest. B, D


Day 4 – Yummo! A Chocolate and Cheese Adventure!
Thursday September 15, 2022

We will travel to Gruyère, Switzerland and then to Broc, Switzerland for a culinary sightseeing tour featuring Gruyère and Swiss Chocolate. B,D


Day 5 A Beautiful Day in the Alps
Friday September 16, 2022

We will travel to the Jungfrau Region where we will ascend to an altitude of 11,330 feet and the Top of Europe. We will enjoy 360° panoramic views, an ice palace, Lindt Chocolate Heaven, and you can even try to win a fine Swiss watch by hitting a hole in one from the top of a mountain. This will surely be a beautiful day in the Alps. B, D


Day 6 – Off to Oberammergau!
Saturday September 17, 2022

We say Auf Wiedersehen to Switzerland today, but any feelings of sadness are sure to be swept away by the sights on our way to Oberammergau. Our hotel for our time focused on the Passion Play will be Reindl’s Partenkirchner Hof in the beautiful town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Our hotel for the Passion Play is Category A1 which is the best of the best the Passion Play administrators have to offer. Our tickets for the Passion Play are Category 1. Our two night, premium package for the Passion Play in Oberammergau is the very best available. B,D

Day 7 – 42nd Passionsspiele-Oberammergau
Sunday September 18, 2022

We will enjoy breakfast at our beautiful hotel on the day of the Passion Play performance. The play takes place in two parts with a three hour intermission. During intermission, we will enjoy a very nice dinner with time to relax prior to the second act of the Passion Play. B, D


Day 8 – Munich, Herzlich Willkommen!
Monday September 19, 2022

Following breakfast at our wonderful hotel in Oberammergau, we will depart for magnificent Munich. We will be sure to stop for some pictures at the very famous Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles. Enjoy the rest of your day in Munich before we gather for dinner B, D


Day 10 – Oktoberfest, Prost!
Tuesday September 20, 2022

For many, the world-famous celebration of Oktoberfest in Munich is on their bucket list. We will attend Oktoberfest a bit earlier in the day before more raucous revelers arrive later in the evening. Although most of us will return to the hotel, you will be welcome to stay or revisit Oktoberfest. Prost!

Day 11 – A Wonderful Day in Munich
Wednesday September 21, 2022

Today, fellow travelers will have the opportunity to tour the fascinating City of Munich at their leisure with opportunities to make stops at famous places such as the Alte Pinackothek, Nymphenburg Palace, the Frauenkirche, St. Michael’s Kirche, and the Marianplatz. B,D

Day 12 The Formal End to Our Journey Together
Thursday September 22, 2022

The memories, perhaps most especially the once in a lifetime experience of the Passion Play, will indeed last a lifetime. We hope your conversation, and therefore your journey, will continue with your new friends. Our journey concludes, formally, with the departure of our flight home.

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included


The Passion Play was first performed as a thanksgiving to God for sparing the people of Oberammergau from the plague. Just the opportunity to attend this Passion Play with the experience of being welcomed by the people of Oberammergau should provide an inspiring experience and heighten your sense of purpose on this journey in a way that will be uniquely your own.

Christ, Culture, and Cuisine features the Passion Play to be performed in Oberammergau, Germany. This renown Passion Play has been performed every ten years since 1634. Only twice in 400 years has the Passion Play been canceled. On two other occasions, the Passion Play has been postponed. The last time the Passion Play was postponed was over 100 years ago.

As much talent and energy as we invest in creating our purposeful journeys, in the end, we trust as much as we hope fellow travelers will find their own purpose in the travel experiences we create. Christ, Culture, and Cuisine, includes not one, but two bucket list experiences: The Passion Play and Oktoberfest. These world renown events both postponed until 2022, are intended to be highlights of this journey to be remembered for a lifetime. These experiences, however, promise to be just two spectacular highlights around which there will be several others. The purpose of this journey will be to immerse you in experiences of Christ, culture, and cuisine in the hope of stimulating thoughts of living life to the fullest in our own culture.

Our Philosophy

We hope you will measure the quality of your journey, not by the quantity of sights you see, but by the invaluable experiences you absorb.

Balance of stimulating experience, serious reflection… …and just plain fun.

One word describes our intention for your journey: balance. We believe each place we visit should relate to whole story, the arc of a narrative. We believe in creating journeys formed and shaped as narratives; journeys that are serious, purposeful, and fulfilling with time to reflect with fellow travelers or alone while providing opportunity for experiences that are just plain fun.

Expert interaction and rich personal encounters

Rather than a trip led by a tour guide trained to disseminate information from a script, we endeavor to seek experts to lead you on a journey who are available as a resource for as much depth as you desire or to leave you to your own reflection.

One beautiful base location

Too often, group travel can leave you feeling like you are part of a herd of a large group of strangers hustled from sight to sight, packing and unpacking everyday of your trip. With us you will stay in one beautiful base location that serves as a base for our excursions. Changing hotels as few times as possible during a journey allows greater opportunity to experience people and culture.

Meticulously planned; yet flexible journey

How does a trip become a journey? Carefully selected excursions that form a narrative, staying in one beautiful base location, with time and flexibility for reflection, and activities that are just plain fun.

Cuisine as a delectable complement to culture and conversation

Cuisine, and the wonderful dining experiences we share in an eclectic array of venues, provide a delectable complement to your rich encounters with the culture and the delightful conversation you enjoy with fellow travelers.


All journeys require the same basic arrangements in the operation of a journey. The specific format of this section will need to be determined. The concept here will be to create a page as a template that will apply, with changes of course, that includes the arrangements under headings such as:

Flight Information

As a fellow traveler, you will have the flexibility to choose how you will join your cohort to formally begin your journey. Purposeful Journeys marks the formal beginning of your journey with the welcome reception and dinner at our destination hotel. On most journeys, you will have three options to join your cohort. Below are the options for joining your cohort with the primary advantage for each option:

  1. Join Your Cohort on Our Group Flight: On most journeys, Purposeful Journeys will arrange a group flight from a major airport in closest proximity and convenience for the majority of the cohort. The group flight will include a transfer from the destination airport to the hotel.
    Advantage: This is often the most cost effective and certainly the most convenient option.
  2. Meet Your Cohort at the Destination Airport: For a number of reasons, you may want to choose a flight other than the group flight and still meet your cohort in time to transfer from the destination airport to the hotel. Fellow travelers who choose this option will incur an additional cost for the transfer from the destination airport to the destination hotel.
    Advantage: Fellow travelers may find a balance between the convenience of choosing their own flight from an origination airport other than the airport where the group flight will depart while still taking advantage of the group transfer to the destination hotel.
  3. Meet Your Cohort at the Destination Hotel: As a fellow traveler, you may want to choose to meet your cohort at the destination hotel in time for the formal beginning of your journey with the welcome reception and dinner.
    Advantage: This option offers fellow travelers the most flexibility. Fellow travelers will need to weigh the flexibility of this option with what will likely be additional costs.

Group flights will usually be announced between 90 and 180 days prior to departure of your purposeful journey. Fellow travelers will be kindly requested to choose the option for meeting their cohort to formally begin their journey soon after group flight arrangements are announced.

Ground Transportation

Transfers to and from the arrival flight into and departing flight from Europe will be provided for those arriving on the group flight. Other ground transportation will be provided throughout the journey.

Hotel Accommodations

Arrangements have been made for fellow travelers at the following hotels: The Hotel Astoria in Zurich, a Category B hotel in Oberammergau to be determined by the administrators of the Passion Play, and the Hotel Hilton Park in Munich.


Most meals are included in this purposeful journey. Dining in Europe tends to be as much of a leisurely event as a means of taking sustenance. Meals provide time for us to relax, taken in the culture, and discuss all that we have seen and experienced as fellow travelers that day. See the current, tentative itinerary for details.

Sightseeing and Events

This purposeful journey includes a premium, two-night Oberammergau Passion Play Package. We will enjoy Category B hotel accommodations as determined by the Passion Play administrators and Category 1 Passion Play tickets.

Land Only Cost—$2,950  (Originally $4,750)

Current Incentives:
  • Apply by July 29 and travel for $2,950
  • ONLY SIX SPOTS REMAIN at the special price of $2,950
Your journey includes:
  • Taxes and airline surcharges
  • Deluxe coach transportation throughout your itinerary
  • Double occupancy hotel room ($750 single supplement)
  • Meals as specified in the final itinerary
  • Admission fees as specified in the final itinerary
  • Only goods, services, or activities as explicitly included in the General Terms and Conditions.
Your journey does not include:
  • Round trip airfare
  • Gratuities for service staff, coach driver(s) and guides
  • Alcoholic beverages, bottled water, after dinner drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Any goods, services, or activities expressly excluded in the General Terms and Conditions.
Remittance Schedule:
  • Deposit of $150 is due with your application.
  • You may cancel any time until your first payment is due.
  • Your deposit is fully refundable until your first payment is due.
  • Your first payment will be due in January 2022.
  • Payments due as specified in your remittance schedule.
  • Final payment must be received no later than the date specified on your invoice and remittance schedule.
When approved as a fellow traveler…

…you will receive an invoice and a remittance schedule from Malone Clan Expeditions, LLC along with a link to a password protected page on our website that will offer details and updates about your journey.

General Terms and Conditions

Malone Clan Expeditions, LLC will administer your journey. You must accept the General Terms and Conditions at the time you submit your application. Please refer to the General Terms and Conditions for any applicable additional fees that may apply in certain situations and circumstances such as any deviation from the group flight itinerary or your requirement of a single room.

We cordially invite you to apply to join us as a fellow traveler

Please complete the application form. You will be prompted to submit a payment deposit of $150 (regularly $300) with your application once your form is complete with all required fields. We are delighted you are taking the step of submitting your application to become a member of a journey with us. We look forward to notifying you of your acceptance as a fellow traveler.

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