Join 206 Tours on a Pilgrimage to.. Trier (The Holy Robe), Heidelberg,
& Munich April 28-May 5, 2012 $3,751per person fromNew York
Your Trip Includes: Round-trip air from New York
(special Add-on Airfares from US Airports)
Airport taxes & Airline Fuel Surcharges
6 nights at centrally located first class hotels: (or similar)
Apr 29 - May 01 ~ 2 nights: Stadt Hotel or Park Plaza, Trier
May 01 - May 02 ~ 1 night : NH Mannheim Viernheim, Heidelberg
May 02 - May 05 ~ 3 nights: Dorint Hotel, Garmisch Partenkirchen
Breakfast and dinner daily
Wine with dinners
Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
Assistance of professional local catholic guide(s)
Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
Catholic Priest available for Spiritual Direction
April 28, 2012 - Depart USA
Make your way to your hometown airport where you will board your overnight flight(s) to Frankfurt. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
April 29, 2012 - Arrive Frankfurt Germany
We arrive in Frankfurt and meet our Pilgrimage Tours' tour director who will remain with us until the end of our tour. We embark on a scenic motor coach tour of Germany to Trier. Trier, Germany is Germany's oldest city and, as such, is truly fascinating and overflowing with historical significance. This tiny town has eight UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites - and that's only the beginning! The remainder of the day is free. Dinner and overnight in Trier.
April 30 , 2012 – Trier – " The Holy Robe"
After breakfast we will visit the Cathedral or the "Dom" of Trier (A UNESCO World Cultural Heritage), where the Holy Robe is on display. This most precious relic is the Holy Robe, the tunic of Christ. According to tradition, the Empress Dowager Helena brought the seamless robe of Christ to Trier. After we will visit the Church of our Lady (A UNESCO World Cultural Heritage) , this is the oldest Gothic church in Germany. The Church is attached to the south side of the Cathedral (Dom), and has Roman foundations, though everything above ground dates back to about 1235 or later. We will walk through The Porta Nigra City Gate (A UNESCO World Cultural Heritage) or Black Gate, is the largest surviving Roman city gate. They used no mortar to build it, instead fastening the blocks with iron clamps inserted into holes filled with molten lead. Some of the clamps are still visible. It's called the "Black Gate" because the sandstone blocks the Roman's used to build it in AD 180 gained a darkened appearance from pollution centuries ago. We will walk ober the Main Market, or Hauptmarkt, has been in the same place since AD 958, where it was moved after the Viking's destruction of Trier. The House of the Three Magi or Dreikönigenhaus, is located near the Main Market. Built in 1230, it is one of the oldest stone houses in Germany. Since it was built before the medieval defensive city wall was built, the house has its own defenses: a front door that is built into the second story. In the photo you can see there is now a business on the first level, but also a door floating to the right above it where the original residents attached a retractable wooden staircase, as a matter of protection. The Moorish style of the house was popular at the time. We will continue to St. Gangolf . After the Vikings destroyed the city in the ninth century, there was a church built near the Main Market that was replaced in the 14th century by the Gothic church of St. Gangolf. The church's tower is one of the tallest structures in the city at a height of 200 feet.. Our favorite part of the church was a tile mosaic in the entryway that depicted a knight (probably St. George) slaying a dragon. This will bring us to St. George's Fountain. The baroque St. George's Fountain, or Georgsbrunnen, is located in the Kornmarkt. The basin corners are decorated with statues representing the four seasons and the center obelisk is topped by St. George slaying the dragon. Dinner and overnight Trier.
May 1, 2012 - Trier – Heidelberg
Today after breakfast will travel to Heidelberg, famous around the world for its beauty . Heidelberg has so much to offer including the Old Bridge and the mighty , the university, a great choice of culture and entertainment, hearty cuisine and a picturesque setting on the Neckar river amid the foothills of the Odenwald forest. You will visit one of Europe's most famous landmarks, the romantic ruins of Heidelberg Castle. Dinner and overnight.
May 2, 2012 - Heidelberg- Mannheim - Viernheim – Neuschwanstein - Garmisch Partenkirchen
This morning we will travel the scenic route to Garmisch Partenkirchen. En route stop in Wies for mass and visiting of Wieskirche. Lunch on your own. Continue on to Fussen to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle, built at beginning of the 20th century by an incredibly lavish German king named Ludwig II. Neuschwanstein, perched a top the mountain is a scene out of a fairy tale. Everything inside the castle is so over-the-top, there may be no decor in all of Europe to compare with it. Arrival to Garmisch Partenkirchen and check in at the hotel. Dinner and Overnight at the hotel in Garmisch Partenkirchen.
May 3, 2012 - Excursion to Oberammergau, Munich
This morning we take a trip to some of the most loved places in southern Germany. First we drive to the Bavaria's famous Ottobeuren Abbey (entrance fee included). Than we go to Oberammergau, home of the centuries old Passion Play. We'll see the Passionspeilhaus (entrance fee included), the theater of the Passion Play. Usually it is possible to watch and visit the craftsmen and artists who are preparing for the next performance. We'll also take a tour of the quaint old city of Oberammergau. Lunch on your own. Than we drive to Munich for a walking tour including the famous churches, Frauenkirche, St. Michael's Church, Church St. Anna im Lehel and St. Peter's Church.We also have time to explore the old town on our own and see the dancing figurines on the Astronomical Clock.We return to the hotel in Garmisch Partenkirchen for dinner and overnight.
May 4, 2012 - Excursion to Regensburg & Altotting
We head off on a day trip in Bavaria to the 2,000 year old city of Regensburg along the Danube River. Amidst a medieval landscape founded by Marcus Aurelius we visit the home of Germany's most impressive gothic Cathedral. We will have time to explore the ancient city with its many eras and flavors along narrow walkways and stone bridges. We continue on to Altotting, one of Germany's most celebrated shrines and a city whose purpose is pilgrimage. Upon arrival we'll celebrate Mass at the center of the pilgrimage complex, the Chapel of Mercy. The chapel houses a 13th century statue of the Blessed Virgin to which numerous miraculous cures are credited. While there, we have the opportunity to visit the Basilica, the Panorama of the Crucifixion, the Pilgrim Museum, St. Konrad's Monastery and more. Dinner and overnight in Garmisch Partenkirchen.
May 5, 2012 - Munich - USA or continue on Post tour
We bid farewell to our new pilgrimage family as we depart for Munich Airport. During the drive take time to reflect on the memories that will remain in your heart for a lifetime. As you board your flights back home, you can fondly say, "Aufwiedersehen Deutschland"
Post Tour Option: Salzburg, Vienna, & Prague - May 5-10, 2012
$1,399 per person
Your Trip Includes:
5 nights at centrally located first class hotels: (or similar) May 05-06 ~ 1 night : Hotel Marriott, Vienna May 06-08 ~ 2 nights: Hotel Dorint, Salzburg May 08-10 ~ 2 nights: Hotel Diplomat, Prague Breakfast and dinner daily Wine with dinners Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach Assistance of professional local catholic guide(s) Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary Catholic Priest available for Spiritual Directions
Sample Day-by-Day Itinerary:
May 5, 2012 - Garmisch Partenkirchen – Salzburg, Austria
After early breakfast we depart via motor to Salzburg, the lovely birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg the city of great houses, mansions, Festival Hall, and the Mirabelle Gardens and hear the bells of the great Glockenspiel Tower, performed to a melody of Mozart's. Visit the Hellbrunn Palace to enjoy it's gardens and hidden trick fountains. Dinner and overnight in Salzburg.
May 6 , 2012 : Salzburg - Mariazell - Vienna
After breakfast we drive through Austria to Vienna. But, just before, we'll make a curve via Mariazell - the most important pilgrimage place in Austria. We will stop for Mass and to see the miraculous statue, which is housed in the Lady Chapel or Chapel of Miracles, built directly over the place where Magnus established his monastic cell in 1157. Continue on to Vienna. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Vienna.
May 7, 2012 : Vienna
After breakfast we depart hotel for visiting the State Opera House, home to the Vienna Boys' Choir, see Prince Eugene's Belvedere Palace and the seemingly endless Hofburg Palace and visit Schonbrunn Palace . This sprawling, royal 'summer house' has 1,441 rooms including a Hall of Mirrors where Mozart performed at the age of six before a young Marie Antoinette. Celebrate mass at St. Stephen's Cathedral. Lunch on your own. Afternoon we'll get a different look at Vienna, from the seat in the Prater's enormous Ferris wheel.. Dinner and overnight in Vienna.
May 8, 2012 : Vienna - Prague
After breakfast we depart for our scenic motor coach ride to the enchanting city of Prague, a city of domed rooftops, soaring steeples, and countless spires. Upon arrival celebrate Mass at Loretto Church. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Prague.
May 9, 2012 : Prague, Czech Republic
After breakfast, we begin our tour of beautiful Prague. We will celebrate Mass at the Church of Our Lady Victorious and see there the renowned statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague. We visit Old Town by way of Golden Lane and then go to the Lesser Town to see the medieval Charles Bridge that is adorned with many baroque statues. We will also see St. Nicholas Church, the Astronomic Clock, and the Prague Castle district where we tour St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George Basilica, Loreto Church, Strahov Monastery, and Wenceslas Square. Dinner and overnight in Prague.
May 10, 2012 : Prague - USA
We depart from Prague Airport
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