A PILGRIMAGE TO SWITZERLAND
14 DAYS: JUNE 5 -18, 2019 - SPECIAL DISCOUNT PRICE - $4299

June 5, 2019 Day 1 Depart to Zurich / Switzerland: Today we depart from San Francisco International Airport on our transatlantic flight to Zurich. We enjoy inflight movies, dinner and breakfast aloft.

June 6, 2019 Day 2 Zurich / Lucerne / Switzerland: Upon arrival in Zurich, we are greeted by our representative and immediately start our pilgrimage. Switzerland is home to very diverse cultures but the main thread between them all is their devotion to the Catholic Church. After an orientation of Zurich, we head to the Liebfrauenkirche. After a short visit, we continue to Lucerne and into our hotel for dinner

Overnight: Lucerne (D)


June 7, 2019 Day 3 Lucerne / Switzerland: This morning we visit Lucerne. We view the Chapel Bridge, the Lion Monument, the Hofkirche (where we celebrate Mass,) the Musegg Towers and the Weinmarket Fountain. Free time in our own before we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Lucerne (B, D)


June 8, 2019 Day 4 Lucerne / Lugano / Switzerland: This morning we depart and travel to the wonderful Alpine Lake city of Lugano. On arrival we continue to Orselina and the lovely Lake Maggiore. We have time this afternoon for shopping and lunch on our own. We continue to the Italian City of Como and enjoy free time to visit the beautiful lake Como.

Overnight: Como (B, D)


June 9, 2019 Day 5 Verona / Venice / Italy / Embark: Today we leave the city of Lugano and head to Venice. On our way, we stop at Verona. This golden-hued and prosperous city on the river is famously the home of Romeo and Juliet and the Verona Cathedral. Dating primarily from the 12th century, Verona's cathedral features fine Romanesque carvings, some Early Christian artifacts, and a lovely painting by Titian. We continue to Venice and to our ship.

 Overnight: CruiseShip (B, D)


June 10, 2019 Day 6 Kotor, Montenegro / Perast & Our Lady of the Rock: Visit the cathedral of St. Nikola, a beautiful example of Venetian-Romanesque style. The two small islands in front of Perast offer an impressive view, each of them with a picturesque chapel. Sail to one of these islands and visit the Church of Our Lady of the Rock and learn of its legend. Most of the present-day church was erected after the great earthquake of 1667 when the original sanctuary was destroyed. You’ll find a collection of paintings and a beautifully embroidered tapestry made by a local lady, among its treasures. Once back in Kotor, you’ll continue on a walking tour of the town with its historical buildings and delightful streets.

Overnight: CruiseShip (B, L*, D) *While on the ship


June 11, 2019 Day 7: Corfu, Greece: Experience Corfu's most enchanting landmarks, colorful villages and breathtaking views of the island on this delightful tour. After an approximate 30-minute drive, you’ll first stop at the beautiful spot of Paleokastritsa that offers splendid views of the area's multiple bays. It’s said that Odysseus met Nausica after he washed ashore at one of these bays. Here you’ll visit the Monastery of the Virgin and its small museum. Your tour will continue towards the village of Lakones where you can look down on the Paleokastritsa and take memorable pictures. We head to the Old Town of Corfu, you’ll have a chance to admire from the comfort of your motor coach, the architecture of the beautiful mansions, the Byzantine churches, the old fortress, the Palaces of St. Michael and St. George and the lively Esplanade Square, before your return to the pier.

Overnight: CruiseShip (B, L*, D)


June 12, 2019 Day 8: Santorini, Greece: After tendering to the port of Athinios, you’ll drive to Pyrgos village, one of the oldest settlements and the highest village on the island. Admire the Venetian fortress crowned by several churches and from the highest point of the island the views out over the caldera are majestic. Head to the picturesque, village of Oia for more magnificent views of the caldera. With its cobblestone streets and beautiful old homes perched on the cliffside, you’ll appreciate why the traditional Cycladic architecture is so appealing and a perfect complement to the natural beauty of the area. Here, you’ll have free time to stroll and explore this charming village.

 Overnight: CruiseShip (B, L*, D)


June 13, 2019 Day 9: Mykonos, Greece: The island of Mykonos is world famous for its stunning scenic beauty comprised of windmills, sparking bays, superb beaches, white houses and churches with their colorful blue and red domes. You'll pass by Ornos Beach, one of the most cosmopolitan beaches on the island. You’ll make a short photo stop at the beach of Kalafatis to experience one of the island's beautiful beaches and to enjoy the breathtaking view. As you head to the center of the island, you'll visit the village of Ano Mera and the Monastery Panayia Tourliani. You’ll also have a chance to enjoy ouzo and Greek appetizers in the peaceful little square of the village.

 Overnight: CruiseShip (B, L*, D)


June 14, 2019 Day 10: Argostolic, Kefalonia, Greece: Depart from the pier and enjoy a lovely ride across Cephalonia, an island long known for its unusual geological formations. In particular, there's Melissani Lake, an underground body of water that was created thousands of years ago. You'll enter the lake by small boat, paddled in so it hardly disturbs the surface of the water, which is a brackish mix of saltwater from the Ionia Sea and freshwater that originated back in Argostoli and then flowed across the island.

Overnight: CruiseShip (B, L*, D)


June 15, 2019 Day 11: Dubrovnik, Croatia: Visit several of Old Town’s most iconic sites, which gained even greater fame after serving as locations for the fictional capital King’s Landing in “Game of Thrones.” Later, we will enjoy free time within Old Town, where you may explore other sites that you may recognize from the series. For instance, the Jesuit Staircase was where Cersei Lannister began her Walk of Shame in Season Five, and many of the show’s market scenes were filmed along St. Dominic Street.

Overnight: CruiseShip (B, L*, D)


June 16, 2019 Day 12: Disembark /Venice / Italy: Today we visit Venice, the heart and soul of romance. Cast your eye on the rounded domes of San Marco, take a deep breath at the Bridge of Sighs, gaze on the golden lions and the Renaissance glories of the Doge's Palace, listen for the ghosts of Verdi, Puccini and Caruso at La Fenice Opera House, gape at the classic Palladian proportions of the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, or glide in a gondola down the Grand Canal. Know that love is always in the air in Venice.

 Overnight: Padua (B, D)


June 17, 2018 Day 13: Padua / Italy: This morning we visit Padua, the home of St. Anthony. Visit the Basilica of St. Anthony in whose treasury we can see, in a precious reliquary, the tongue and larynx of St. Anthony of Padua. After Mass in the Basilica built in his honor, we hear the amazing story of the patron saint of so many miracles, including raising people from the dead. Free time for lunch and shopping before we head back to our hotel.

 Overnight: Padua (B, D)


June 18, 2019 Day 14: Return Home: Today we board our flights home, carrying with us memories and keepsakes that will last a lifetime.