BEST OF CATHOLIC GERMANY

  • Duration:9 NIGHTS/10 DAYS
  • Countries Visited:Germany
  • Highlights:Including Cologne, Aachen and Southern Bavaria
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Round trip airfare New York/ Frankfurt x Munich/ New York
    • Three star hotel accommodations
    • Continental breakfast daily and dinner as per the itinerary
    • English speaking tour escort throughout
    • Transportation by a deluxe private air-conditioned motor coach
    • Comprehensive sightseeing and admission fees as per itinerary
    • Spiritual program (Mass daily)
    • Select International Travel Portfolio
    • Baggage handling for one suitcase per person

DAY 1: DEPART U.S.A

Depart on an overnight flight to Frankfurt.

DAY 2: FRANKFURT

Welcome to Frankfurt, Germany, where you are greeted by your tour escort and transfer to Cologne. Afternoon is at leisure to become acclimated to a new time zone and to explore the city on your own. Overnight Cologne. (D.)

DAY 3: COLOGNE –AACHEN

Cologne has been the center of influence since the Roman times. Its importance as a center of pilgrimage grew after its acquisition in 1194 of the relics of the Three Magi, the wise men who brought gifts to the infant Jesus. For a time it was a pilgrimage destination second only to Rome. The relics still remain today in the Kolner Dom, the Gothic Cathedral worthy of the huge reliquary, worked in silver and gold in which the gifts were originally displayed. We have a city tour before departing for Aachen, one of Germany’s most important shrines, as one of the chapels of the Cathedral built by Emperor Charlemagne has immeasurable treasures for the Christian World. You visit the Aachen Cathedral and the Gothic Marian Shrine which houses the swaddling clothes of Jesus, the loin cloth of the Lord, the cloth for John the Baptist’s head and the Blessed Virgin’s Cloak. Also in the Cathedral is a 14th century statue of the Virgin that is venerated as miraculous, the marble throne of Charlemagne, and a very rich treasury housing the gifts that 32 Holy Roman Emperors crowned brought here at their coronations. Overnight Cologne. (B.D.)

DAY 4: SCHOENSTATT- RHINE RIVER CRUISE – HEIDELBERG

We depart for Schoenstatt “ the pretty city” to visit the Catholic movement of renewal, started in 1914 in a shrine dedicated to Mary. Here we celebrate Mass. We then board a cruise ship on the Rhine River, which sails past the famous Lorelei mermaid statue, pretty villages and romantic castles. In the afternoon we continue on to Heidelberg for overnight. ( B. D.)

DAY 5: HEIDELBERG – NUREMBERG- REGENSBURG

The city of Heidelberg, located on the river Necker and surrounded by green hills, has drawn admiring visitors since medieval times. You’ll see its most famous sights, including its beautiful Gothic-renaissance cathedral, Germany’s oldest university, and the world’s largest wine barrel. We continue on to Nuremberg, a lively city with medieval flair. We tour the historic part which has been preserved in all its glory, with Gothic churches, romantic half-timber houses and pleasant squares. Our next stop is Regensburg, the best preserved medieval city in Germany. Overnight in Regensburg. ( B. D.)

DAY 6: REGENSBURG- ALTOTTING

This morning we embark on our city tour of Regensburg. Here explore 2000 years of history; see the Stone Bridge, St. Peter’s Cathedral, the castle and more. Depart for Altotting, Germany’s premier Marian Shrine. We visit the Basilica of St. Anna for Mass, and have a walking tour around the chapel square, visit the Holy Chapel, collegiate church, and the treasury; which houses gifts donated to the Basilica. In the afternoon a guided tour of St Konrad Monastery followed by a coffee break at the refectory of the monastery. Overnight Altotting. ( B.)
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DAY 7: NEUSCHWANSTEIN – WEISKIRCHE – OBERAmMERGAU

Today we are in the heart of Bavaria as we visit another picturesque site known to many of us as the fairytale castle of King Ludwig II – NEUSCHWANSTEIN, which was the inspiration for Cinderella’s Castle in Disney World. We then celebrate Mass at the beautiful Wieskirche, and continue to Oberammergau for our overnight stay. ( B. D.)

DAY 8: OBERAMMERGAU – KLOSTER ETTAL – MUNICH

This morning we take a walking tour of Oberammergau, the Passion Play town nestled in the Alps, also famous for the craftsmanship of its woodworkers, which we have the opportunity to admire today. Our program then takes us to Kloster Ettal to tour the beautiful monastery and visit the distillery. The day ends in Munich. ( B.D.)

DAY 9: MUNICH

This morning we have a walking tour of Munich, including the famous Glockenspiel Carillon. In the afternoon we visit the concentration camp Dachau, considered to be the largest burial place of Catholic priests. Dinner tonight is at a typical Bavarian restaurant. Overnight Munich. ( B.D.)

DAY 10: MUNICH- RETURN TO USA

This morning you are transferred to the airport for your flight home. (B.)

We recommend: Pre tour extension of three days to visit Berlin, Potsdam and Dresden. Optional

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