Pricing varies by cabin size and ammenities. Base air is quoted from New York, Connections can be made from throughout the US. Two extensions are available - visit Prauge or Krakow!
Welcome to Germany! We are greeted at the airport by our English-speaking tour guides and transferred to the city for a city tour. Mass will be included. Settle into the hotel before our Bavarian welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Munich area. (Welcome dinner with wine)
Following breakfast, we board our bus and drive through the beautiful Bavarian country- side to Altotting often called “The Lourdes of Germany” due to the thousands of pilgrims who come here every year in search of healing. Today the shrine attracts over one million pilgrims each year. Many crutches and other votives on display here testify to the healings attributed to the intercession of Our Lady of Altotting. In 1980 Pope John Paul II made a pilgrimage here. A young Joseph Ratzinger came here with his father when growing up and it is known to be one of his favorite shrines long before he became Pope or even a Cardinal. Many young people from Germany make pilgrimages here in the summertime, often walking for 50 miles or more on their journey. We celebrate Mass, and see the “Black Madonna”, a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary. Opposite the altar, the hearts of the Bavarian Dukes, Kings and Electors are stored in richly decorated silver urns as a special sign of the deep and loyal ties to the Bavarian national Shrine. Among them also the heart of the fairy tale King Ludwig II. We also visit the Basilica of St. Anna, the Holy Chapel, Collegiate Church, and the treasury, housing the gifts donated to the Basilica. Celebrate Mass at St Konrad Monastery. Following time for an independent lunch, we depart for Passau where we embark on the cruise ship, our comfortable home for the next seven nights. Settle into your luxurious cabins, enjoy a welcome cocktail and dinner on the ship. Overnight Cruise.
We wake up in the city of Regensburg and meet our bus for a private city tour of Regensburg, the ancient city founded nearly 2000 years ago. We will see the University of Regensburg where Pope Benedict XVI taught theology from 1969 to 1977 and still retains his faculty chair and visit St. Peter′s Cathedral for a guided tour of one of the most prominent examples of Gothic architecture in Germany.
12:00 PM - Return to the ship for lunch (included) or have an independent lunch (at leisure) on land
1:30 PM - Board the coach and depart for the Abbey of Weltenburg, for a guided visit. The Abbey was founded by a mission of Irish and Scottish monks in about 620 AD, and is considered to be the oldest monastery in Bavaria. We Celebrate Mass at the Abbey.
Following time to taste the brew made by the monks of the Abbey we return to the ship to experience a Bavarian evening with lively traditional music and a dinner of local specialties.
8:00 PM - Ship sails from Germany to Austria. Overnight Cruise.
8:00 AM – We arrive in Linz, Austria, board our buses and depart for Salzburg, hometown of Mozart and the “Sound of Music.” Enjoy a guided tour of Salzburg′s Old Town. View the Hohensalzburg Fortress, Mirabell Gardens, and Salzburger Dom. (exterior views only). Following lunch and time to explore on your own we travel a short distance to the Maria Plain Shrine where we celebrate Mass at Maria Plain Basilica. The Basilica is home of the miraculous painting of the “Virgin with Child” by an unknown painter, which inexplicably survived a fire undamaged in the Bavarian town of Regen undamaged. Following a coffee and cake break we return to Linz and our ship. Dinner on the ship.
10:00 PM - Ship sails. Overnight Cruise.
8:00 AM - Arrival in Emmersdorf, a small Austrian town where we board our bus for a short drive to Melk Abbey. The magnificent Baroque style structure is surrounded by a gorgeoustown with Renaissance homes and winding streets reminiscent of the Middle Ages. The Abbey is the setting for Umberto Eco′s novel ′The Name of the Rose′. Among the treasures housed here, are paintings, sculptures, and decorative art from the 9th to 15th centuries. We celebrate Mass before returning to the ship for lunch. Afternoon is at leisure on the ship to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Tonight, we arrive in Vienna. Following an early dinner on the ship, you may choose to experience the “Sound of Vienna” classical music concert in a private villa. The magnificent orchestra, accompanied by opera singers and ballet dancers will ensure you will have an evening to remember. Sound of Vienna Concert is optional at $125.00 per person. Overnight on the ship.
9:00 AM - Enjoy a guided walking tour of Vienna Old Town between the University and Opera house, passing major monuments to include Donners′ Fountain, Belvedere Palace Gardens, Hofburg Palace, Spanish Horses training site (external visits only), and St. Stephen′s Cathedral. We celebrate Mass in Vienna. You may choose to stay in the city for lunch on your own followed by an afternoon at leisure to explore or return to the ship for an included lunch. Optional afternoon excursion to Schonbrunn, the fabulous Baroque summer residence of the Hapsburg Emperors. Here, Marie-Antoinette lived as a young girl and the six-year-old Mozart played for the empress inside the Palace. Optional excursion $39.00 per person.
Dinner and overnight on the cruise. 3:00 AM - Ship departs Vienna, Austria for Bratislava, Slovak Republic.
8:00AM- The ship arrives in Bratislava. We meet our local guide for a guided walking tour of Bratislava. Walking down to the Old Town, pass by St. Martin’s Cathedral, Michael′s Gate, Academia Istropolitana historical building, Main Square, Primatial Palace, churches, palaces of famous families, Slovak National Theatre and Bratislava Castle on the hill with a panoramic view of Bratislava (exterior views only). We return to the ship for the included lunch or you may choose to stay in the city for lunch on your own. At 1:00PM we depart for the Schlosshof Palace where we enjoy a guided tour through the resplendent palace apartments with their costly furnishings, exquisite textiles and glass chandeliers. Return to Bratislava to celebrate Mass at a St. Martin Cathedral. Tonight enjoy a special Captain’s dinner aboard the ship.
10:00PM Ship departs Slovakia sailing for Hungary.
7:00AM - The ship arrives Esztergom, the picturesque medieval city which lies on the Danube Bend. We tour St. Stephan’s Cathedral, visited by Pope John Paul II and celebrate Mass. Driving through the picture perfect Hungarian country side we arrive the charming, ethnic artist colony Szentendre. Enjoy lunch and time on your own to explore the artist village. In the afternoon, we arrive Budapest and have a panoramic city tour stopping at the Fisherman′s Bastion, which takes its name from the guild of fishermen that were responsible for defending this stretch of city walls in the Middle Ages. We see the Matyas Church, a gorgeous Romanesque style church whose Ecclesiastical Art museum houses numerous sacred relics including replicas of the Hungarian royal crown and coronation jewels and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Buda side of the city. Tonight, we enjoy folklore on the ship followed by dinner. Our last night on the cruise is capped by an evening cruise along the shores of the magnificent city of Budapest. An experience which you will relish forever. Overnight on the cruise.
8:00AM - Disembarkation from the cruise ship. We continue our exploration of this beautiful city with a morning tour of the Buda side of the city and Mass celebration. Settle into our hotel and enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore on your own. Dinner is at leisure. Overnight Budapest. (B)
Optional: Gypsy evening with dinner and a show $ 89.00 per person.
Transfer to the airport for our flight home.