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Shrines of Central Europe

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European Shrines Pilgrimage

 
MEAL CODE: B: Breakfast   L: Lunch   D: Dinner
Day 1: MONDAY 22ND JUNE - DEPART FOR EUROPE

Day 2: TUESDAY 23RD JUNE - ARRIVE MUNICH (D)
Today we fly in to the Bavarian Capital of Munich. We will be met and transferred to our hotel for check-in. Munich overnight.

Day 3: WEDNESDAY 24TH JUNE - MUNICH (BD)
Today we enjoy a city tour where we will visit the famous Marienplatz and the Rathaus- Glockenspiel (Town Hall Clock) which has 32 life size figures that revolve on two levels. The whole show lasts between 12-15 minutes. We also enter the late Gothic Church of Our Blessed Lady, the landmark of Munich and the city's largest church with its massive twin towers shaping Munich's skyline. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. Munich overnight.

Day 4: THURSDAY 25TH JUNE - AUGSBURG DAY TRIP (BD)
Travel out today to the third largest city in Bavaria, Augsburg. On arrival we enjoy a guided walking tour of the old town. Highlights include the Fuggerei, a unique community originally built to house the town’s poorer Catholics. Be enchanted at the Puppenkiste Museum where we can see how the wooden creations are made. The theatre attached offers a wide variety of performances. Also visit today St Ulrich’s and St Afra’s Abbey, an old 16th century Benedictine structure housing the tomb of St Afra. We return to Munich in time for dinner. Munich overnight.

Day 5: FRIDAY 26TH JUNE - MUNICH TO OBERAMMERGAU (BD)
This morning we will be transferred to the village of Oberammergau, home to the world renowned Passion Play. Every ten years affords pilgrims the great privilege of witnessing the world renowned Passion Play of Oberammergau. For over 300 years this picturesque village in the Bavarian Alps has re-enacted the passion of Jesus, and people of every religious denomination have been drawn to this cherished spectacle. The history of the Oberammergau Passion Play begins in 1633. During the Thirty Years’ War, after much suffering and also many deaths caused by the plague, the surviving population of Oberammergau vowed that they would perform the “play of the suffering, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ” every ten years if they were spared from extinction. At Whitsun in 1634 they kept their promise for the first time. As early as the middle of the 18th Century spectators came to Oberammergau from all parts of Germany, attracted by the great power and mystique of the play. In 2020 the village will perform the play for the 42nd time, maintaining the continuity of this unique world-famous event. Over 2000 participants bring the story of Jesus of Nazareth to the ears and eyes of the audience in a five-hour presentation on the imposing open-air stage. Almost half of the inhabitants of Oberammergau enact with great devotion the story of Jesus, whose message gives billions of people hope and strength. The play covers the period of Jesus entering Jerusalem and continues up to his death on the Cross and his resurrection. Today is the highlight of our pilgrimage when we attend the Passion Play. Oberammergau region overnight.

Day 6: SATURDAY 27TH JUNE - VIA NEUSCHWANSTEIN TO STRASBOURG (BD)
Departing Oberammergau we journey to King Ludwig’s fairy tale Neuschwanstein Castle – Walt Disney modelled his Cinderella Castle on this magnificent building. On our tour through the castle we see the state rooms, royal apartments, servant quarters and brilliant mosaics. Enjoy some time to walk around to the small bridge with stunning views of the valley and the castle before we reboard our coach, crossing the border into France. Finally we arrive in Strasbourg and proceed to our hotel for check-in. Strasbourg overnight.

Day 7: SUNDAY 28TH JUNE - STRASBOURG & COLMAR (BD)
In the morning our walking tour includes the Grande Ile – an island situated in the historic centre of the city. Here we enter the Notre Dame Cathedral, whose massive tower looms over the city. Our walking tour brings us then to La Petite France where we have some time to explore. In the afternoon we travel south to Colmar where we will enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town and its maze of cobblestone streets. Highlights include the Place de la Cathedrale where we view the Saint Martin Collegiate Church, the Ancien Corps de Garde and the 14th century Maison Adolphe. Nearby is the Dominican Church with its beautiful paintings and stained-glass windows. Continue to the Unterlinden Museum located inside the former Dominican convent. Admire the Gothic and Romanesque sculptures, medieval paintings and much more. Another highlight is the Isenheim chapel containing masterpieces of early German artists. We return to our hotel in time for dinner. Strasbourg overnight.

Day 8: MONDAY 29TH JUNE - STRASBOURG (BD)
Enjoy the day at leisure. Strasbourg overnight.

Day 9: TUESDAY 30TH JUNE - METZ & NANCY DAY (BD)
Transfer west today to Metz, a true garden city. Our city tour includes the Cathedral, a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Stroll Place St Louis, a medieval square in the old town; Avenue Foch with its unique gardens on the median strip; view the Porte des Allemands, a fortified double gate that was once part of the ramparts around Metz. Continue to nearby Nancy. Embark on an old town walking tour including Place Stanislas, one of the most striking squares in Europe and surrounded by palaces. From here we view Arc Héré – the triumphal arch of the city. Enter the 18th century Cathedral of Our Lady of the Annunciation housing its famous organ. We return to Strasbourg in time for dinner. Strasbourg overnight.

Day 10: WEDNESDAY 1ST JULY - VIA HEIDELBERG TO MAINZ (BD)
Travel north today, crossing the border back into Germany. We arrive at the University town and inspiration for the Operetta “The Student Prince” – Heidelberg. Our walking tour of the old town includes the Church of the Holy Spirit, the most famous church in the city and situated in the middle of the marktplatz. Nearby is the stunning Jesuitenkirche. See the Heidelberg University and explore Heidelberg Castle, of which the ruins are among the most important Renaissance structures north of the Alps. Continue north to Mainz to check in to our hotel. Mainz overnight.

Day 11: THURSDAY 2ND JULY - MAINZ & BINGEN (BD)
Our morning tour includes the Gutenberg Museum housing the first printed Bible; the Stephanskirche with its famous stained glass windows by artist Marc Chagall; and the Romanesque-style Cathedral (Mainzer Dom) more than a thousand years old. In nearby Bingen we have a guided tour at the Museum am Strom- Hildegard von Bingen. The highlight in the Museum is the section on ‘Hildegard of Bingen’; then we join a guided tour of the vaulted cellar of the former Rupertsberg Monastery, Rochus Chapel, Hildegard Forum and the herb garden. Also see Klopp Castle, St Martin’s Basilica and view the Mouse Tower. Return to Mainz in time for dinner. Mainz overnight.

Day 12: FRIDAY 3RD JULY - VIA VALLENDAR TO COLOGNE (BD)
Today we travel north to Vallendar – home to the (Original) Mother Shrine of the Schoenstatt Movement. On arrival we will visit the original shrine and the Adoration Church. Time permitting we have some time for reflection here. We then continue north to Cologne. Cologne overnight.

Day 13: SATURDAY 4TH JULY - COLOGNE (BD)
This morning we visit Germany’s most visited landmark with over 20,000 visitors per day – the great Cologne Cathedral. The oldest Gothic Church in northern Europe dates from 1248 and features twin towers 157 metres high and counts among many treasures the Shrine of the Three Kings, traditionally believed to hold the remains of the Three Wise Men. We continue on our guided tour of the city including the excavations of the ancient Jewish Quarter. In the Old Town we will also visit the Romanesque St Martin’s Church, the foundations of which date back to the 10th century. Cologne overnight.

Day 14: SUNDAY 5TH JULY - AACHEN DAY TRIP (BD)
Today we travel out to Aachen. The first stop on our walking tour is Aachen Cathedral, where in 814 Charlemagne’s remains were placed in a vault in the cathedral. The Shrine of St. Mary dates from the early 13th century and contains the four great Aachen relics: St. Mary’s cloak, Christ’s swaddling clothes, St. John the Baptist’s beheading cloth and Christ’s loincloth. Continue on to the marktplatz and visit the Old Town Hall. Enjoy some free time to perhaps try the Aachener Printen or visit the thermal baths. We return to Cologne in time for dinner. Cologne overnight.

Day 15: MONDAY 6TH JULY - COLOGNE (BD)
We enjoy our final day on pilgrimage at leisure. Perhaps take a river cruise to Bonn or simply explore the city. The celebration dinner for our final night on pilgrimage will be in Cologne. Cologne overnight.

Day 16: TUESDAY 7TH JULY - DEPART GERMANY (B)
Today we will be transferred north to Dusseldorf airport for our homebound flight connections.

Day 17: WEDNESDAY 8TH JULY - ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

European Shrines Pilgrimage
 
cost
Tour Code: PV0320
Dates:
22 Jun – 08 Jul 2020
Air & Tour (Twin Share)
AUD $9390 (indicative)
Single Room Supplement
AUD $1890
Tipping Made Easy: $150
* Costs have been based on prices as at March 2019 and must remain subject to possible change in the unlikely event of significant exchange rate variations, airfare increases and minimum group size (25) contingencies. Single supplement does not include Oberammergau which is request basis only. Should a single room be confirmed in Oberammergau, a supplement will apply.

Inclusions
AIRFARES: Economy class airfare from Sydney to Munich and Dusseldorf return (N.B. Airlines taxes are included on standard itinerary and subject to fluctuations).

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS: Based on moderate standard hotel accommodation throughout with breakfast and dinner daily

MISCELLANEOUS INCLUSIONS: Deluxe Air-Conditioned Motor coach with driver • Professional English Tour Director • Local Guides • Sightseeing and entrance fees throughout itinerary • porterage of 1 piece of luggage per person at hotels

NOT INCLUDED: Passport • Other Visas (if applicable) • Prepaid Tipping (invoiced with other services) • Other meals not stated • Items of a personal nature including phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc. • Travel insurance (Harvest will recommend a special group policy rate).

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