Board your overnight transatlantic flight for Amsterdam.
Upon arrival in Amsterdam, we are met by our HLTC representative who will remain with us for the duration of our tour. We continue to our hotel for overnight.
Today we enjoy a walking tour of Amsterdam, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses. Free time for lunch before we take our canal cruise and enjoy the views as we glide along the city’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed canals.
Overnight: Amsterdam (B)
Today we travel to the beautiful city of Brussels, capital of Belgium. Free evening on our own.
Overnight: Brussels (B)
After breakfast at your hotel enjoy a sightseeing tour of Brussels with its diverse architecture. See the Grand Place, the main attraction in the city centre. The square is dominated by the Flamboyant Town Hall, the Neo-Gothic Breadhouse and the Baroque guildhalls of the Guilds of Brussels and the famous Manneken Pis (exterior views only). Afterward, continue to Germany, stopping in Banneux – Notre Dame, also known as, the Belgian Lourdes. Upon arrival, you will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Banneux. In 1933, the Blessed Mother appeared to twelve-year-old Mariette Boco as the ‘Virgin of the Poor’. We will visit the Chapel adoring the site of the apparition and celebrate Mass at the shrine (subject to confirmation). Have some free time for independent lunch. Continue on to Cologne and check in to the hotel upon arrival.
Overnight: Cologne (B)
After breakfast at your hotel depart for Aachen. Tour of Aachen Cathedral and the Gothic Marian Shrine which houses the swaddling clothes of Jesus, the loincloth of the Lord, the cloth for John the Baptist’s head and the Blessed Virgin’s Cloak. Celebrate Mass at the Cathedral and have some free time for meditation and prayer. Return to Cologne for lunch on your own. Afterward, enjoy a guided tour of Cologne’s Cathedral and two of the Romanesque churches that survived World War II. The cathedral was built to house the relics of the Three Magi, and immediately became a major pilgrimage site. Included in your visit is the Cathedral Treasury that contains the staff that belonged to St. Peter. Nearby is the Church of St. Andreas containing the remains of St. Albert the Great, teacher of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Overnight: Cologne (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, start the day with a boat ride on the Rhine River from Koblenz to Rudesheim enjoying the scenery along the Rhine River. (subject to weather conditions) Continue to Rudesheim for lunch on your own. Later, we’ll continue for a visit to Schoenstatt Pilgrimage Shrine dedicated to the Blessed Virgin where we will celebrate Mass (subject to confirmation). Continue to Heidelberg.
Overnight: Heidelberg (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a guided tour of Heidelberg to include Haupstrasse, Market place, Church of the Holy Spirit, Students jail, Heidelberg castle. Mass at Local Church (subject to confirmation) After lunch on your own continue to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Take a guided tour through this picturesque town straight from the Middle Ages, preserved with dedication and skill. Rothenburg has withstood the ravages of time and war and gives us a unique glimpse into the past. Its city walls, its lovely wood-framed houses, its town square with the famous St. James Cathedral famous for its wooden altar representing the last supper. Return to Heidelberg for overnight.
Overnight: Heidelberg (B)
After breakfast at your hotel depart Heidelberg and Travel south to Andech Monastery. You’ll stop en-route for lunch on your own. Afterward, enjoy a guided tour of Andech Monastery which has been a center of pilgrimages from the 13th century, known also as the Holy Mountain. Mass at the Monastery (subject to confirmation). We’ll continue to Oberammergau for overnight.
Overnight: Oberammergau* (B, D)
After breakfast at your hotel transfer to Ettal Benedictine Abbey for Mass (subject to confirmation) We’ll return to Oberammergau for our passion play.
Overnight: Oberammergau* (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, we travel to Wieskirche, a Baroque masterpiece built in the 18th century as a pilgrimage church to the “Scourged Savior in the Wies (meadow)”. Today, the Wieskirche is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to celebrate Mass (subject to confirmation) Continue to Neuschwanstein to visit the fairy-tale castles built by “Mad” King Ludwig II. With its turrets and mock-medievalism and interior styles ranging from Byzantine through Romanesque to Gothic, the castle is a real fairy-tale fantasy come true. After lunch on your own depart for Munich, the capital of Bavaria. Dinner and overnight in Munich.
Overnight: Munich (B)
Prepare for your departure to the airport and your return flights home with memories for a lifetime.