St. Mark Church Pilgrimage to
Austria & Germany
Group Leader: Mary Seaman
September 23 - 30, 2019
Frankfurt · Rothernburg ob der Tauber · Munich · Alotting · Salzburg · Sound of Music Tour · Melk · Vienna
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare
- Airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located first class hotels as follows: (or similar)
- ~ 1 night: September 24 - 25 | Hotel Rappen, Rothenburg ob de Tauber
- ~ 1 night: September 25 - 26 | Maritim Hotel, Munich
- ~ 2 nights: September 26 - 28, Bristol Hotel, Salzburg
- ~ 2 nights: September 28 - 30: Hotel Sacher, Vienna
- Breakfast daily in Austria & Germany
- Transportation by private motor coach
- Escorted by professional local Christian guide(s)
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunches and Beverages unless mentioned. Dinners in Germany & Austria. Tips to your guide & driver(7-9 per day). Items of a personal nature.
Providing you coverage for both pre-existing conditions and those that may arise during your trip, including medical and dental emergencies, loss of luggage, trip delay, and so much more.
A Cancellation Waiver - allowing you to cancel your trip and receive a refund anytime - up until 24 hours prior to departure. The “Waiver” expires once you are within 24 hours of departure.
Monday, September 23 | Depart Tampa
Depart Tampa & board a transatlantic flight to Frankfurt. Dinner will be served on board. Our spiritual director from St. Mark will be with us throughout the tour and will provide daily mass at each location.
Tuesday, September 24 | Frankfurt - Rothernburg ob der Tauber
Upon arrival in Frankfurt you will be greeted by your tour escort/ driver and will be escorted to your transportation to the nearby town of Rothenburg which means "Red Fortress above the Tauber" in the region of Bavaria Germany. This medieval walled city with cobblestone streets in the historic town centre attracts tourists from all over the word who enjoy the stores for woodcrafts, local schnapps, christmas ornaments and fine food. Overnight in Rothenburg.
Wednesday, September 25 | Rothernburg ob der Tauber - Munich
After breakfast at the hotel, there will be a guided tour through this picturesque town straight from the middle ages. Highlights include the famous St. James Cathedral. After lunch and some free time, we will depart for Munich, the capital of Bavaria. After we check into our hotel, there will be free time to explore and experience the famous Oktoberfest.
Thursday, September 26 | Munich - Alotting - Salzburg
This morning, we enjoy breakfast at the hotel. After check out, there will be a guided city tour of Munich. Sites include: Marienplatz with the world famous "Glockenspiel" and the twin-towered Frauenkirche, the most familiar landmark of old Munich. Continue to Asamkirche, dedicated to the martyr St. John Nepomuk, Town Hall and the magnificent boulevards created by infamous "Mad" King Ludwig in the middle of the 19th Century. After lunch we depart toward Austria. En route we will stop at Altotting, one of Germany's most celebrated shrines and a city whose purpose is pilgrimage. Altotting has been the spiritual center of Bavaria for more than 1250 years and for more than 500 years the most significant place of pilgrimage in Germany in veneration of the Virgin Mary. While there, you will have the opportunity to see the Basilica, St. Konrad's Monastery and more. Continue towards Mondsee and check into our 5* hotel Bristol upon arrival in Salzburg.
Friday, September 27 | Salzburg - Sound of Music Tour - Salzburg
After breakfast, we enjoy a day trip to explore Salzburg & the picturesque Salzkammergut Region for a guided tour of its narrow streets and secluded passageways. The heritage of the Catholic Church is evident in the Archbishops Residence at Domplatz. During the tour you will visit the mighty Romanesque Cathedral and Mirabell Palace with its beautiful gardens. Mirabell Palace is one of the most important shooting locations for the Hollywood musical, "The Sound of Music". Maria and the children dance around the Pegasus Fountain in front of the palace, singing the song, "Do Re Mi". Experience the unique views across Mirabell Gardens towards Hohensalzburg Castle. After lunch, we enjoy the Sound of Music Tour taking you to see the original shooting location from this beloved classic motion picture. See the Nonnberg Convent of Benedictine nuns, where young Maria was a novice and the Schloss Leopoldskron, the house where the von Trapp family lived in the film. Stop at Hellbrunn Palace to enjoy its gardens and fountains. Afterwards, leave Salzburg behind and travel through picturesque mountain ranges to the charming town of St. Gilgen at Wolfgangsee, famous for the opening scene of the movie. Finally transfer to Mondsee to see the St. Michael Basilica, which served as the set for the wedding of Maria and the captain. Back to our hotel in Mondsee.
Saturday, September 28 | Salzburg - Melk - Vienna
After breakfast, we depart through the mountains of Austria to Mariazel, the most important pilgrimage place in Austria. Visit the Mariazell Basilica also known as the 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 the Chapel of Miracles. After lunch we continue on to Melk best known as the site of the baroque Benedicitne monastery named Melk Abbey overlooking the Danube River. The abbey holds the tomb of St. Coloman of Stockerau and the remains of several members of the House of Babenberg, Austria's first ruling dynasty. After some free time in Melk, we continue onto Vienna and check into our 5* Hotel Sacher.
Sunday, September 29 | Vienna
After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of Vienna, home of Strauss and Mozart. Visit the spectacular St. Stephen's Cathedral which is one of the most important Gothic structures in Austria. At St. Stephen's we will see the miraculous image of Our Lady of Mariapocs and tour the cathedral and catacombs (and somewhere along the way), we will have time to enjoy famous Vienna pastries such as Sacher cake. After lunch, we will continue with a visit of the Schronbrunn Royal Palace, where Mozart performed at the age of six before Marie Antoinette Louis. We continue our journey in Vienna and view the Belvedere Palace well known for its beautiful gardens. Back in the city center, we go to Karlsplatz with its Church of St. Charles Borromeo and Otto Wagner's Stadtbahn pavilions before returning back to our Hotel.
Monday, October 7 | Return Home
After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, we leave by motor coach for Vienna for return flights home.
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