June 26th – USA – Frankfurt: Depart USA for your overnight flight(s) to Frankfurt.
June 27th – Frankfurt – Heidelberg: Upon arrival in Frankfurt, you will be escorted to your Hotel to check-in. The afternoon will be spent exploring all the landmarks of Heidelberg. We will visit the ruins of Heidelberg Castle, the castle gardens, the Great Vat (the world’s largest wine barrell), and the remarkable Pharmacy Museum. We will then make our way to the Hauptstrasse, one of Europe’s prettiest pedestrian precincts and shopping streets, along with the medieval bridge gate, as well as Germany’s oldest University, the lion fountain, and the university square. We will then celebrate Mass at a local Church before returning to the Hotel for dinner. Overnight Heidelberg
June 28th – Heidelberg – Rudesheim – Rhine Cruise – Heidelberg: After breakfast, we will take a tour of Koblenz. We will take a boat down the Rhine Koblenz, passing the town of Boppard, the famous Lorelei Rock, to the wine country town of Rudesheim. We will visit Schonestatt Monastery that is dedicated to the Divine Mercy, and celebrate Mass at the Shrine. You will have free time on your own before we return to our Hotel in Heidelberg for dinner. Overnight Heidelberg
June 29th – Heidelberg – Rhine Falls – Lucerne (Weggis): Following breakfast, we will depart for Switzerland. We will view the famous Rhine waterfalls, and have the chance to take pictures. After lunch we will visit Einsiedlen Basilica, the home of the Black Madonna. The most important part of the Basilica is the Lady Chapel. The Lady Chapel is a free-standing, square marble edifice that recalls the shelter over Christ’s tomb in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre. A short walk from the Abbey is the world’s largest nativity scene, the Diorama Bethlehem, with more than 500 carved wooden figures. The famous Panorama, a circular painting more than 300 feet long, and 30 feet high, depicting Jerusalem and the Crucifixion. We will celebrate Mass at the Shrine, and then continue on to Weggis, a charming little town on Lake Lucerne, where we will check-in, dinner. Overnight Weggis
June 30th – Weggis – Lucerne – Weggis: Breakfast in the morning, and then we will start the day by celebrating Mass at the local Catholic Church in Weggis. After Mass we will go to Lucerne for a tour. While there, you will visit the Chapel Bridge, Water Tower, Jesuit Church, Franciscan Church, Water Spike, Spreuer Bridge, and Musegg Wall. From this point on, you will have free time for lunch and to spend at your own leisure. You can do some shopping, visit the Lake, or take the world’s steepest Cogwheel Railway to the top of Mt. Pilatus and have lunch. You can also choose to return to the Hotel and relax before dinner. Overnight Weggis
July 1st – Weggis – Vaduz – Innsbruck – Oberammergau: After breakfast, we will board our bus for a tour of Vaduz (capital of Liechtenstein), and then on to Innsbruck. The tour will include visits to the Annasaule, little golden roof, Helbinghaus, Cathedral of St. Jacob, the Hof Kirche, and Maximilian Mausoleum. We will continue along the Zugspitze towards Oberammergau. We will stop to celebrate Mass at the Ettal Monastery, and then check-in to your Hotel, dinner. Overnight Oberammergau
July 2nd – Oberammergau – Passion Play: Performance Day: After breakfast, we will gather to celebrate Mass. Following a light lunch, we will make our way to the world famous Passion Play Theatre. We will attend the performance of a lifetime, the 42nd Oberammergau Passion Play. Oberammergau’s Passion Play only happens once every ten years! Be part of the mission of the Passion of Christ, the greatest story ever told and spread the Gospel! Share His message of faith and love! The Oberammergau Passion Play begins with Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, followed by His trial, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension. The play is held in a beautiful open air theatre that is praised for its superb acoustics and comfort, and it can accommodate up to 4,500 people. The Play is approximately five and a half hours long and is performed in two acts. Act I : 2:30pm – 5:00pm Intermission: 5:30pm – 7:30pm; enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Act II: 8:00pm – 10:30pm. Overnight Oberammergau
July 3rd – Oberammergau – End of Pilgrimage: Breakfast at the hotel. Then board the bus that will bring the group to Munich Airport for the return flights home. You will bid farewell to our new friends by fondly saying, Guten Tag Germany, and to a Pilgrimage which will be in your memories and hearts for a long time to come. An optional extension trip of 4 days and 3 nights to Salzburg and Munich will begin.
Optional Extension – 4 Days, 3 Nights – Visiting Salzburg and Munich:
First we will cover Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart. We will see mansions, Festival Hall, and the Mirabelle Gardens. Overnight in Salzburg.
Next we will spend some time in Munich where you can visit the world famous Hofbräuhaus and have a stein. There will also be time to see some of the impressive architecture such as the Glockenspiel Tower, Karlsplatz (Stachus), and Neue Rathaus. Overnight in Munich.