Prague, Bavaria, & Austria Pilgrimage
Group Coordinator: Neil Delargy
Oct 28 - Nov 06, 2019
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located, 4 star hotels: (or similar)
- ~ 2 nights: Oct 29 – Oct 31: Hotel Occidental Praha, Prague
- ~ 2 nights: Oct 31 – Nov 02: Hotel Pullman, Munich
- ~ 2 nights: Nov 02 – Nov 04: Hotel Wyndham, Salzburg
- ~ 2 nights: Nov 04 – Nov 06: Hotel Renaissance, Vienna
- Professional Tour Escort throughout
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach (wifi)
- Breakfast & Dinner w glass of Wine Daily
- 2 Lunches (on Day 3 and 9)
- Local guides and/or entrance fees as per itinerary
- Headsets for touring
- Catholic Priest accompanying group throughout
- Porterage at all hotels
- Tips to local guides, & restaurant and hotel staff
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunches & beverages not mentioned, items of a personal nature, tips to tour escort & driver.
Monday, Oct 28 | Departure from New York, JFK
Depart USA for your overnight flight to Prague. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
Tuesday, Oct 29 | Arrive in Prague
Upon arrival at Prague Airport make your way to the baggage claim area and collect your luggage. Proceed to the Arrival's Hall, where you will be greeted by your tour guide and/or driver. After a warm welcome to Prague, you will be escorted to your transportation and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a free afternoon to stroll the quaint streets of Prague before meeting your group for a welcome dinner and a show at a local restaurant.
Wednesday, Oct 30 | Prague city tour
After breakfast today, we make our way to the Church of Our Lady Victorious, home of the famous Child Jesus statue called the Infant Jesus of Prague. The statue, a 16th-century depiction of infant Jesus holding a globus cruciger, was donated to the Carmelite friars in 1628. Following Mass, visit Old Town Prague. In Prague’s Castle district, visit St. Nicholas Church, St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George Basilica, Loreto Church and Strahov Monastery. We will enjoy lunch together before continuing by crossing the Medieval Charles Bridge that is adorned with many baroque statues. View the Astronomical Clock of Prague and walk on Wenceslas Square, one of the main city squares. The square is named after Saint Wenceslas, the patron saint of Bohemia. It is part of the historic center of Prague, a World Heritage Site. Return to the hotel for dinner and a restful overnight.
Thursday, Oct 31 | Prague – Regensburg – Dachau - Munich
After breakfast, depart Prague for Regensburg; one of Germany's best preserved medieval cities, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join a guided walking tour showcasing the city's architectural highlights, including the Stone Bridge & St. Peter’s Cathedral. After lunch on your own, we drive south to Dachau, notoriously known as a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War. Upon arriving at the former camp just outside of Munich, you can feel the darkness and sorrow that overtakes the atmosphere as there were numerous unspeakable atrocities that occurred at this site; and be reminded of the value of Life and importance empathy for the sufferings of others. With heavy hearts, we transfer to nearby Munich, the capital of Bavaria, for dinner and overnight.
Friday, Nov 1 | Munich – Neuschwanstein - Oberammergau - Munich
This morning, we enjoy a visit to many of Munich's top sites; Marienplatz with its world famous "Glockenspiel'; the twin towered Frauenkirche (the Church of Our Lady), which serves as the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Munich. The Cathedral is widely considered a symbol of Munich. Continue our tour through the Bavarian countryside. We will arrive at King Ludwig's fairytale castle perched in the foothills of the Alps: Neuschwantstein. From here, visit the quaint town of Oberammergau - the site of an incredible, village-wide Passion Play which is held every 10 years (the next one is 2020!). We return to Munich for dinner at the hotel followed by a restful overnight (or go out to explore the city center with it’s famous Bauhauses!)
Saturday, Nov 2 | Munich – Altotting – Silent Night Chapel - Salzburg
Leave Munich for Altotting, one of Germany's most celebrated shrines and a city whose purpose is pilgrimage; nicknamed "Lourdes of Germany". 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 and St. Konrad's Monastery. In the afternoon, we will enter Austria to visit the Silent Night Chapel, commemorating brief Christmas peace during World War I. Nearby we will check into our hotel in the beautiful city of Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart. Enjoy dinner & overnight Salzburg.
Sunday, Nov 3 | Salzburg – Berchtesgaden – Hallstat - Salzburg
Following Mass we have a guided walking tour of the charming city of music and Mozart. During the tour we will see among others Salzburg’s sights along the Getreidegasse, the city’s pedestrian street, lined with authentic 17th and 18th century buildings, passing by the house where Mozart was born. We explore also the religious heritage of this town, including Nonnberg, believed to be the oldest nunnery in existence, founded by St. Rupert in the 8th century, the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter, also founded by St. Rupert (exterior views). We depart back across the boder into Germany for the hillside town of Berchtesgaden, where we visit Hitler’s famous retreat known as Eagle’s Nest. Next, we return to the Austrian town of Hallstatt, picturesque town with an impressive depth of history. Return to Salzburg for dinner and overnight.
Monday, Nov 4 | Salzburg - Mariazell – Melk - Vienna
After breakfast, we board the motor coach and travel east through the mountains of Austria to Mariazell, the most important pilgrimage place in Austria. Visit the Mariazell Basilica, also known as Basilica Maria Geburt (Basilica of the Birth of the Virgin Mary). Mariazell Basilica is a Marian basilica, which holds the miraculous statue, housed in the Lady Chapel or Chapel of Miracles, built directly over the place where Magnus established his monastic cell in 1157. Continue to Melk, which is best known as the site of a massive baroque Benedictine monastery named Melk Abbey. Overlooking the Danube river. The Abbey, holds the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau and the remains of several members of the House of Babenberg, Austria's first ruling dynasty. Continue to Vienna for dinner and overnight.
Tuesday, Nov 5 | Vienna
After breakfast we will enjoy a sightseeing of Vienna, home of Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Visit the spectacular St. Stephen's cathedral, the symbol of Vienna. Construction commenced in the 12th century. Today, it is one of the most important Gothic structures in Austria. At St. Stephen's, we'll see the miraculous image of Our Lady of Mariapoch. You will tour the Cathedral and its catacombs. Those strong and brave may climb the 343 steps to the top of the Cathedral spire. We will continue our journey Old Town between the University and Opera House passing major monuments like Burgtheater (Austrian National Theatre founded in the 18th century, one of the most important German language theatres in the world), Hofburg Palace. Somewhere along the way we will have lunch as a group break to enjoy the famous Vienna pastries such as Sacher cake. Dinner and overnight in Vienna. Schedule permitting, we will enjoy a special farewell Mass and tour at their Abbey of Klosterneuberg, before dinner and overnight.
Wednesday, Nov 6 | Return Flights Home
Today we fondly say Auf Wiedersehen to Austria! Although its an end of this journey, graces and blessings from our pilgrimage will last a lifetime.