(Subject to Change)
Depart from New York (JFK) for Frankfurt, Germany on Lufthansa 405 at 9:50 PM
The group arrives in Frankfurt at 11:50 AM. After clearing customs and immigration, you'll meet Lino, Fr. Dave, Brett and Tyler in the Arrivals Hall. With our guides, we'll hop on the bus and head into Frankfurt. After a light lunch (if such a thing exists in Germany) we'll
tour around the old town and the lively Old Sachsenhausen district. Then, we'll get back on the bus and drive to Cologne. Upon check in, and a chance to wash off those airplane germs, we'll have our opening Mass at a nearby church and excellent welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Our day begins with a highlight of the trip: visiting the Cologne Cathedral. The enormous Gothic church was begun in the 1300s and is one of Europe's treasures. After a tour, including venerating the relics of the Three Wise Men, we will celebrate Mass. After that, we'll have a delicious lunch nearby and then continue our tour of the city: the
Romanesque church of St. Andreas - with the remains of St. Albert the Great - and St. Ursula, with the remains of St. Ursula and thousands of martyrs. We'll continue through the quaint alleys of Cologne, seeing its traditional buildings and innumerable breweries. We'll then head to the hotel to freshen up before a delicious traditional dinner at a nearby restaurant.
We'll begin the day by checking out of the hotel and heading to the city of Boppard, where we board our boat for a picturesque river cruise along the Rhein river. We'll enjoy the views, have a light lunch and a beer on board, and then we arrive in Rudesheim - a classic river town
where you'll have time for (another) beer, a meal, and strolling the town. We'll then head to Heidelberg, another charming German town, where we'll enjoy seeing local shops and have another great dinner together at a local restaurant.
The morning starts with free time to allow you to explore the city on your own - or just sleep in! Then we hop on the bus and drive to Augsburg. After check-in, you'll have time to explore this beautiful city and have a leisurely lunch on your own. After that we'll do a walking tour of the town and end at Perlach Church, home of the painting of Mary, Undoer of Knots, a devotion to Mary which Pope Francis has talked much about. We'll celebrate Mass at the church and have the evening free to enjoy the town. But get to sleep early as tomorrow is a big day...
We check out of our hotel and head towards the world famous Oberammergau Passion Play. After a light lunch, we attend the performance of a lifetime. The play is held in a beautiful open air theater with 2,000 local actors, singers, and performers. Act I goes from 2:30-5:00 PM. We then have dinner at a local restaurant before returning to the theater for Act II, from 8:00-10:30 PM. You see why they only do it every ten years!
This morning, we'll have time to sleep in before heading to Neuschwanstein: King Ludwig's majestic, Cinderella-style castle. We'll take a tour of the dream-like fortress and then have time for lunch in the area. We then get on the bus and head to our final city: Munich. After check in, we'll
celebrate Mass at a nearby church followed by a tour of the city. Dinner will be at a great local Brauhaus.
We'll begin the day with a tour of Frauenkirche, the Cathedral in Munich, where we will celebrate Mass. Afterwards, we will do a walking tour of the city, including the famous Glockenspiel, town hall and more. You'll then have the rest of your day to shop, eat, drink (Hofbrauhaus?) and more. We will then have a fantastic final meal at a local restaurant.
With a lifetime of memories and new friends, our pilgrimage is sadly over as we head to the airport for our flights back home, departing from Munich at 12:35PM and arriving in New York at 3:35PM.