DAY 1: USA/PRAGUE
We board the transatlantic fl ight bound for Czech
Republic. Dinner and breakfast served on board.
DAY 2: PRAGUE
Upon arrival in the enchanting city of Prague, a city of
domed rooftops, soaring steeples, and countless spires, we will have a panoramic
tour before transferring to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
DAY 3: PRAGUE
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.
DAY 4: PRAGUE/ALTOTTING/SALZBURG
Leave Prague for 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 Crucifi xion and St.
Konrad's Monastery. Continue to Salzburg, the lovely birthplace of Mozart, the
city of great houses, mansions, Festival Hall, and the Mirabelle Gardens. Hear
the bells of the great Glockenspiel Tower, performed to a melody of Mozart's.
Dinner and overnight in Salzburg.
DAY 5: SALZBURG/MUNICH
After breakfast, our full day tour begins
with Mass at St. Peter's Churchyard. Salzburg is compact and best explored on
foot. Narrow, winding lanes and secluded passageways are evidence of its medieval
roots. The heritage of the Catholic Church is evident in the Archbishop's
Residence and the decoration of the State Rooms, available for viewing. Visit the
mighty Romanesque Cathedral, the Nonnberg Convent of Benedictine nuns,
and the Fortress Hohensalzburg. We stop at Hellbrunn Palace to enjoy its gardens
and hidden trick fountains. Drive to Munich for dinner and overnight.
DAY 6: EXCURSION TO REGENSBURG & ALTOTTING/MUNICH
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 and celebrate Mass there. We will have time to explore the ancient
city with its many eras and fl avors along narrow walkways and stone bridges. In
the afternoon we depart for Munich where we visit the Asamkirche, one of the
most richly decorated rococo churches in the world. A relatively small church,
it is named for its two builders, the brothers Cosmas & Egid Asam. The skeleton
of the saint for which the church is formally named, St. Johannus Nepomuk, is
enshrined there in a glass case. 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 Crucifi xion, the Pilgrim Museum, St.
Konrad's Monastery and more. Dinner and overnight in Munich.
DAY 7: MUNICH/MARIAZELL/VIENNA
After breakfast, we motor east
through Austria to Mariazell, the most important pilgrimage place in Austria. We
will stop and 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. We continue onto to Vienna, Austria's capital. Dinner and
DAY 8: VIENNA
After breakfast we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vienna,
home of Strauss and Mozart and one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
We see the spectacular St. Stephen's cathedral, where we celebrate Mass. At St.
Stephen's, we'll see the miraculous image of Our Lady of Mariapocs, tour the
Cathedral and its catacombs, and those strong and brave may climb the 343
steps to the top of the Cathedral spire. Visit of the Schonbrunn Royal palace
and summer house with 1,441 rooms including a Hall of Mirrors where Mozart
performed at the age of six before a young Marie Antoinette. View of the
Belvedere palace well known by 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. Somewhere along the way we will have a little coffee break
to enjoy the famous Vienna pastries such as Sacher cake. Dinner and overnight
DAY 9: VIENNA/USA
After breakfast we transfer to Vienna Airport for our
return fl ights home to the USA.