FOLLOWING THE FAITH

  • Duration:11 Nights/12 DAYS
  • Countries Visited:Austria, Germany, Switzerland
  • Highlights:Visiting the Catholic Shrines of Central Europe including Banneux and Beauraing
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Round trip airfare New York/ Amsterdam x Geneva/ Munich/ New York
    • Three star hotel accommodations
    • Buffet breakfast daily and dinner as noted in 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 USA

Depart USA on an overnight flight to Amsterdam.

DAY 2: AMSTERDAM

Welcome to Holland. Upon arrival in Amsterdam, you are greeted by your guide and transferred to the hotel. Afternoon city tour of Amsterdam including a visit to Ann Frank’s house. Overnight. (D.)

DAY 3: AMSTERDAM- ECHT

This morning you visit the chapel of The Lady of All Nations, for Mass and to see a film on the events and messages received by Ida Peerdeman from 1945 to 1959. In 1996, the Bishop of Amsterdam Diocese released an official statement permitting public veneration of The Lady, under the title The Lady of All Nations. On May 31, 2002 the Bishop Punt, stated the apparitions of the Lady of All Nations in Amsterdam consist of a supernatural origin. The messages of Amsterdam are closely connected to the messages of Fatima, and very unique in the history of Marian Apparitions.  Because of Mary’s new title, she requested the proclamation of the final Marian dogma which shall contain the threefold truth that Mary is the Coredemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate. “ It is the wish of the Father and the Son to send me into the world in these times as the Coredemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate” (message of May 31,1951). Also visit Reginenhof Catholic Church, where the Eucharistic Miracle of 1345 also known as the Amsterdam Miracle is remembered.  Continue to the Convent of Edith Stein, where you see the memorial to Edith Stein and attend Mass. Overnight Amsterdam. (B.D.)

DAY 4: BEAURAING-BANNEUX- BRUGES

Today we depart for Belgium and the Shrine of Beauraing. The two Marian Shrines of Belgium, Banneux and Beauraing, and the apparitions which took place there are considered complementary, as they took place almost simultaneously. This morning visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Beauraing, the Virgin with the Golden Heart, where you celebrate Mass. Here in 1932, the Blessed Mother appeared to a group of young children, dressed in white with a golden crown on her head, and  hair of gold. There were 33 apparitions in all, and in 1943 the Bishop of Namur, authorized the cult of Our Lady of Beauraing. In the afternoon depart for the lovely city of Gent, which many consider the prettiest town in Belgium, also famous as the home of the painting “ Adoration of the Mystic Lamb”. Our final stop is the canal city of Bruges, where you see the famous Michelangelo’s masterpiece Madonna and Child in the Cathedral of Our Lady, and the Chapel of the Holy Blood. Overnight Bruges. (B.D.)

DAY 5: BRUSSELS

Today visit the imposing capital of the European Community. Our tour includes St. Michael Cathedral and the Grand Palace, the imposing law courts (Palace of Justice), the Arch of Cinquantenaire, and the bronze statuette, Mennke-Pis. Afternoon at leisure to explore the city and shop for delicious Belgian Chocolates. Overnight Bruges. (B.D.)

DAY 6: BANNEUX- AACHEN

In the morning depart for Banneux- Notre Dame, for Mass and a visit to Our Lady of Banneux, considered the Belgian Lourdes. Here in 1933 the Blessed Mother appeared to a very poor twelve year old girl and called herself “ the Virgin of the poor”, telling Mariette Boco she came for all nations, for all the sick, and to relieve the ill and the suffering. Our Lady of Banneux , or Our Lady of the Poor, was authorized with the approval of the Holy See in 1942. In the afternoon depart for Germany and one of it’s most important shrines. 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 Cathedral also holds the marble throne of Charlemagne, and a very rich treasury housing the gifts that 32 Holy Roman Emperors crowned here brought at their coronations. Overnight Aachen. (B.D.)

DAY 7: KEVELAER- COLOGNE

Continue to Our Lady of Kevelaer, which is recognized as one of the major Marian shrines in Central Europe. Then on to Cologne 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 visit the magnificent Cologne Cathedral and tour the city. Overnight Cologne. (B.D.)

DAY 8: COLOGNE- TRIER- COLOGNE

Visit thecity of Cologne and its narrow, old streets, old town hall and the old palace Gurzenich. Drive along the Rhine River to Trier and visit the Relics of this period that include Constantine’s Basilica, the Kaiserthermen (the Imperial baths) a huge amphitheater and the stupendous Porta Nigra, a gateway built from colossal blocks of stone. Overnight Cologne. (B.D.)

DAY 9: STRASBOURG-LUCERNE

Drive to Strasbourg, host to the European Parliament, but it has another good reason to feel International: its border location makes it the place where Good French and German cultures most obviously coexist. The dual identity is evident in language, local cuisine and architecture. Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral built in 1439, which soars above the city. Nearby, the 16th century astronomical clock whirls into action each day at 12:30. Continue through Swiss villages and Switzerland’s spectacular scenery to enchanting Lucerne. (B.D.)

DAY 10: LUCERNE- EINSIEDELN

Departed Lucerne along the scenic Lake Lucerne and Lake Zug to Our Lady of Einsiedeln. Celebrated Mass at the Monastery of Einsiedeln. Continued to Bregenz located on the shores of Lake Constance. We enjoy the magnificent scenery, before returning to our hotel in Lucerne. (B.D.)

DAY 11: LUCERNE- BRIENZ- INTERLAKEN- BERNE- GENEVA

This morning we depart Lucerne to travel over the Brunig Pass, then on to Interlaken lying between the lakes of Thun and Brienz and overlooked by the Jungfrau mountain.  Then on to Berne, before we arrive in Geneva. Overnight Geneva. (B D)

DAY 12: GENEVA- USA

This morning time to bid farewell to Switzerland as we board our flight home. (B.D.)

 

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