Passion Play Pilgrimage to Oberammergau & Lourdes
Moderate – High
Join us on a pilgrimage to Lourdes, Cologne, Heidelberg, and Munich before we continue to Oberammergau where we will join pilgrims from all over the world traveling to see the Passion Play that only happens once in a decade.
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Upon arrival in Toulouse, we are met by our HLTC representative who will remain with us for the duration of our tour. We continue to Lourdes. Here, standing between the spectacular mountain-river, stands Lourdes, the birthplace of St Bernadette to whom Our Lady appeared in 1858 near the Grotto of Massabielle. Settle into your hotel and explore before dinner, followed by a candlelight procession (every evening from Apr through Oct) before retiring for the evening. Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, a tour of Lourdes will include the sanctuary; the Basilica of St. Pius X, the world’s largest underground church; and the baths where hundreds of miraculous cures have taken place. Enjoy a video presentation telling the story of Lourdes, and walk in the footsteps of St. Bernadette. See Boly Mill where St. Bernadette was born, and the “Cachot,” an abandoned prison where Bernadette’s impoverished family lived. Join your prayers with pilgrims from around the world as you pray for the sick, drink water from the miraculous spring, pray at the Grotto and submerge yourself in the healing baths. Experience Christ’s love as you walk the life-sized Stations of the Cross overlooking the holy Grotto. Kneel in the chapel built on the very rock of the Grotto in obedience to the request of the “Immaculate Conception.” Attend the blessing of the sick and participate in nightly candlelight processions requested by Our Lady, and take time for private devotions.
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.
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
Heidelberg, Rothenburg ob der Tauber
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.
After breakfast at your hotel depart Heidelberg and Travel south to Andech Monastery. You’ll enjoy a guided tour of Andech Monastery which has been a center of pilgrimages from the 13th century, known also as the Holy Mountain. We’ll then enjoy lunch on our own at the on-site restaurant for world-famous beer, and local Bavarian food. Mass at the Monastery (subject to confirmation). We’ll continue to Oberammergau for overnight.
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. Overnight in Munich.
After breakfast at your hotel, depart for Dachau. Visit the museum and memorial at the former Nazi concentration camp, that was liberated by U.S. forces in April of 1945. Head to Altotting, the Lourdes of Germany for lunch and to visit the Black Madonna. We will continue to Munich. Upon arrival, our guide will take us to explore the Marienplatz, the world-famous Glockenspiel, and the twin-towered Frauenkirche, the most familiar landmark of old Munich. We will see the town hall, magnificent boulevard Feldherrenhalle Ludwigsstrasse Siegestor – created by King Ludwig I in the middle of the 19th century – the Hofgarten and the English Garden. We will continue to Hotel for Dinner and overnight.