Day 1: Depart United States
The Journey Begins
Depart the United States for your overnight flight to Frankfurt. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
Day 2: Arrive in Vienna
Welcome to Austria’s Capital City
A creative haven for Mozart and Beethoven, Vienna is known for its music, palaces, high quality of life, and beautiful churches, shrines, monasteries, and cathedrals. After arriving in the largest city in Austria, you will be transported to your hotel. Unpack and relax before joining the other pilgrims for dinner.
Day 3: Vienna
Important Historical Sights
Celebrate Mass at St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the mother church of the Archdiocese of Vienna. See the Hofburg Palace, the Capuchin Church and its Imperial Crypt, the outstanding baroque architecture of St. Charles Church, and the Belvedere Palace. Drive around Ringstrasse (one of the most magnificent boulevards in the world), passing by the Vienna Opera, the Burgtheater, and more. Take a late-afternoon tour of Schönbrunn Palace.
Day 4: Vienna
Melk Abbey, Austrian Lake District, Salzburg
Following breakfast, drive along the Danube River through the rolling hills, vineyards, and fortresses of the Wachau Valley. In Melk, celebrate Mass at Melk Abbey, a massive baroque Benedictine monastery. After lunch, drive along the picturesque Austrian Lake District before arriving in Salzburg. Check in to the hotel just in time for dinner.
Day 5: Salzburg
Mozart’s Birthplace & Setting for The Sound of Music
After Mass, celebrate Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Maria Plain. Tour the Mirabell Gardens and Getreidegasse, a busy shopping street where Mozart’s childhood home still stands. See Hohensalzburg Castle Mönchsberg mountain and the fountain in Residenzplatz square. Visit St. Peter’s Abbey, and enjoy a free afternoon. Dinner will be at the hotel.
Day 6: Altotting
The Lourdes of Germany
Visit to the Silent Night Chapel where “Silent Night” was written. Drive to the hometown of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to visit his birthplace and the church where he was baptized. In Altotting (“the Lourdes of Germany”), visit the Chapel of Mercy, one of Germany’s most celebrated shrines. See the chapel’s 750-year-old statue of Mary (the Black Madonna), which is credited with many miracles. After Mass, return to Salzburg.
Day 7: Oberammergau
Home of the Passion Play
Take a picturesque ride through Bavaria to peaceful Oberammergau. On the way, explore King Ludwig’s castle and the Neuschwanstein, and celebrate Mass at the Monastery of Ettal. After arriving in Oberammergau in the afternoon, explore the quaint streets of this little town, home to the largest and most important Passion Play in the world.
Day 8: Oberammergau
42nd Passion Play Performance
After breakfast and Mass, enjoy a free morning before we make our way to the theatre for the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play. The play is approximately five and half hours long with a three-hour intermission, allowing you time to get something to eat and walk around.
Day 9: Munich
Known for the First and Largest Oktoberfest
After breakfast, drive to Munich, the third largest city in Germany. Visit the famous Glockenspiel and the twin-towered landmark church, Frauenkirche. Continue down Ludwigstrasse, one of Munich’s grandest boulevards, to see historical monuments, the Residenz, and the Hofgarten. Celebrate Mass at Frauenkirche. Enjoy a free afternoon before our farewell dinner.
Day 10: Depart Munich
Revel in the Memories
After breakfast, say “guten tag” as the bus transports you to the airport for your flight home.