War & Peace Pilgrimage to Germany & Belgium
Moderate – High
Join us as we embark on a pilgrimage to explore the themes of war and peace in Germany and Belgium.
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Upon arrival in Cologne, we are met by our Holy Land Travel Center representative who will accompany us throughout our pilgrimage. We begin our first day in Germany with a Holy Mass at the local church in Cologne. We have some free time for lunch and shopping in the area before checking in to our hotel where we will have dinner and overnight. Overnight Cologne (D)
After breakfast at our hotel, we celebrate Mass at the Cologne Cathedral, a prominent Gothic-style church which started construction in 1248 and was completed in 1880. It was recently declared a World Heritage Site and brings in as many as 20,000 tourists daily. We have time to explore the Cathedral where we’ll admire the largest reliquary in the western world – The Shrine of the Three Kings. We also visit the Roman Praetorium and, time permitting, have a walk through Rhein Park, named the “most beautiful German park. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight Cologne (B, D)
Cologne / Aachen / Banneux
This morning we have breakfast and depart Cologne for Aachen (approx. 1 hour). Upon arrival we will enjoy a city tour, starting with the Aachen Cathedral commissioned by Emperor Charlemagne (now buried there), one of the oldest cathedrals in all of Europe. The Aachen Cathedral is also home to St. Mary’s Cloak, St. John the Baptist’s beheading Christ’s loin cloth, and Christ’s swaddling clothes. We have lunch on our own before continuing to Banneux, Belgium. We have Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Banneux, an approved apparition site dating from 1933, and we have time to visit the shrine. After completing our visit to Banneux, we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight Cologne (B, D)
Cologne / Bastogne / Luxembourg
We begin our day with Mass at the local church before traveling to Bastogne. The Battle of Bastogne was the battle between the American and German forces at the town of Bastogne in Belgium from 20th to the 27th of December 1944, it was part of a bigger operation, The Battle of the Bulge. The siege ended on the 27th of December when the American forces holding the town were relieved by George Patton’s 3rd Army. Upon arrival in Bastogne, we have lunch on our own and visit the Bastogne War Museum. We enjoy a panoramic tour of the city before driving to Luxembourg where we will check in to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight Luxembourg (B, D)
Luxembourg / Beauraing / Luxembourg
After breakfast we depart for a visit of Luxembourg American Military Cemetery, where General Patton, the soldiers of the 3rd Army and others are buried. We continue to Beauraing where we have Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Beauraing (Virgin of the Golden Heart), an approved apparition site where five children of various ages witnessed thirty-three Marian apparitions in 1932 and 1933. We visit the shrine before having time for lunch on our own and returning to Luxembourg. Overnight Luxembourg (B, D)
Luxembourg / Trier
After breakfast we depart Luxembourg and make way to Trier, once a Roman colony and trading center, nicknamed the “second Rome.” We have an orientation tour of the Trier city, known for its well-preserved Roman and medieval buildings, all of which we will visit during our time in this ancient city. Our visit in Trier will start from the Abbey Church of St. Matthias, built on the place where presumed relics of the Apostle Matthias (the Apostle who replaced Judas) were found. Continue to see the Porta Negra which is the only one of four Roman gates that still stands and was formally the home to a hermit monk named Simeon. Additionally, the Roman amphitheater and baths were places of relaxation for the ancient monks. Lastly, the style and size of the Constantine Basilica (Aula Palatina) truly exemplifies the strength and power that the Roman Emperor had in ancient times. Later, we have a guided tour of the Trier Cathedral, which is home to the Holy Robe that Our Lord Jesus Christ wore during the Crucifixion. We attend mass at the Cathedral of St. Peter before lunch on our own. We have an afternoon free to explore. This evening, we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight Luxembourg (B, D)
Luxembourg, Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber
This morning we have Mass before departing Luxembourg to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, stopping for lunch on the way. Upon arrival, we see picturesque lanes, half-timbered houses, and an intact fortification wall that will give us a good idea of what a medieval town looked like nearly 1000 years ago. We walk around the city and enjoy the stunning views over the old town. We check in to our hotel in Rothenburg ob der Tauber for dinner and overnight. Overnight Rothenburg ob der Tauber (B, D)
Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber, Munich
This morning we depart to Munich, stopping enroute in Dachau where we will visit the Dachau Concentration Camp. Upon arrival, we have lunch on our own before starting a guided tour of the camp. It was established by the Nazi government, described as the “first concentration camp for the political prisoners.” We have Mass at the Carmelite monastery and proceed to Munich, where we enjoy dinner at Hofbraeuhaus (or similar). We check in to our hotel in Munich for the next five nights. Overnight Munich (B, D)
After breakfast this morning, we depart for Oberammergau, a municipality known for its woodcarvings and world-famous Passion Plays. We visit the city known for surviving “The Black Plague” during the 1600’s. While sweeping through Europe, the people of Oberammergau prayed to be spared, they vowed that they would present a play depicting the Life and Passion of Jesus Christ every 10 years. True to their word, the villagers presented their Passion Play in 1634 and have continued to do so only being interrupted by the two World Wars. We continue for Garmisch-Partkenkirchen, where we will have Mass at Saint Martin. Although Garmisch-Partkenkirchen is now officially one town, it was two separate towns for many years, and therefore, each maintains separate identities. We have time to explore on our own before driving back to Munich for dinner and overnight. Overnight Munich (B, D)
After breakfast at the hotel, we have Mass at the local church. We then visit the Residence Museum where we see Crown Jewels and hundreds of saints’ relics. We have free time to visit other local churches, Englicher Garten, or shops at the local walking mall. We later return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight Munich (B, D)
This morning we travel to Altotting. On the way we stop in Erding, where we will visit the Church of the Holy Blood — the site of Eucharistic Miracle from the 17th Century. Proceed to Altotting. Upon arrival we will have Mass at Shrine of Altotting (Chapel of Grace) which is known for the many healings said to have taken place here. We have free time for lunch and to visit the shrine on our own. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight Munich (B, D)
This morning we enjoy breakfast at our hotel before exploring the Nymphenburg Palace, one of the largest palaces in Europe and summer home of the Bavarian monarchs. We have time to admire the frescoed walls, the Carriage House, rococo gilding, gorgeously manicured lawns, canals and magnificent gardens. After our tour of Nymphenburg, we drive to the city center and have time to shop on our own. We can take the day at any pace we’d like, with the option to visit additional sites like the Olympic Park, Beer Gardens, or Englischer Garten. This evening we have a Vigil Mass as we prepare for our morning return home. Overnight Munich (B, D)