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|Day 1:||Depart the USA on our flight to Vienna, Austria. Meals will be served on the overnight flight.|
|Day 2:||Upon arrival in Vienna, our Tour Director welcomes us and escorts us to our hotel. Dinner and overnight in Vienna.|
Today we start off in lovely Vienna, where we journey to the Silbergasse area to the Church of the Holy Family and the
Carmelite Cloister, wherein we may witness the painting of "Our Lady of the Bowed Head". This miraculous oil painting was rescued
from a rubbish heap and restored in 1610 by Ven. Dominic of Jesus and Mary, of the Order of Discalced Carmelites. According to the testimony
of Ven. Dominic, Our Lady spoke to him, promising, "All those who implore my protection, devoutly honoring this picture, will obtain
their petitions, and will receive many graces. Moreover, I shall hearken in a special manner to the prayers that shall be addressed to me
for the relief of the souls in purgatory."
We continue on via Mariazell to visit the Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Mariazell. The statue of Our Lady of Mariazell has been venerated since the late 12th century.
We proceed to Mondsee, the setting of the movie The Sound of Music, made famous by Julie Andrews. Walk through this little quaint village and visit the wedding church. We travel on to Salzburg. Dinner and overnight in Salzburg.
Today, we will stroll through the pedestrian area of the Altstadt, Salzburg's
old town, which includes the Dom Cathedral, the Cemetery and Catacombs of St. Peter, Kapitel Square, Residence Square, Market Square,
Getreidegasse (Mozart's birthplace) and through Mirabell Gardens. Then we celebrate Mass at the Church of the Infant Jesus.
The rest of the afternoon is free to do as you please. You may want to take the funicular (on your own) up to the massive Festung Hohensalzburg, the city's fortress, built in 1077, to view the magnificent Austrian alps and the flatlands of Salzkammergut. Don't leave Salzburg without trying their very own chocolate Furst, which cannot be found anywhere else! Dinner and overnight in Salzburg.
|Day 5:||Our journey continues as we cross the border into Germany, stopping enroute at Ettal, home of a Benedictine Abbey with the marble statue of Ettal Madonna on the high altar of the church, where we will celebrate Mass. Even today the focal point of the monastery is Our Lady of Ettal, a gift of the Emperor Louis IV; the date of the endowment is the 28th of April 1330. Then we proceed through southern Germany to the village of Oberammergau, home of the Passion Play, performed only once every 10 years. It was first performed in 1634 by the inhabitants of the village. Dinner and overnight in Oberammergau.|
|Day 6:||After breakfast, enjoy a day excursion to Altotting, Marktl Am Inn and Munich. The shrine of Our Lady of Altotting houses the miraculous wooden statue of Our Lady holding the Christ Child on her right arm. We will also visit the magnificent figure of Our Lady with the Golden Horse kept in the treasury. Made in the early 15th century of solid gold, it is regarded as one of the finest pieces of medieval goldsmith's work in Europe. It depicts a Virgin and Child surrounded by angels and children; at her feet is a little lamb among flowers made of gemstones. An unusual feature of the shrine is a collection of 24 human hearts kept in silver urns in the Holy Chapel, bequeathed by rulers of Bavaria who wished to express their love for Our Lady. We then proceed to the village of Marklt Am Inn, the birthplace of Joseph Ratzinger, now known as Pope Benedict XVI. Then to Munich for a panoramic city tour. Dinner and overnight in Oberammergau.|
|Day 7:||Full day at leisure. An optional excursion to the Neuschwanstein Castle will be offered. Built by the young "Mad" King Ludwig, it is one of the many castles that inspired Walt Disney to build his castle in Disneyland. Enroute, we will celebrate Mass at the Baroque Weiskirche, also called the "Church in the Meadow". Dinner and overnight in Oberammergau.|
After breakfast, we continue our journey to Switzerland, travelling to Zurich via Einsiedeln, one of the most popular
Marian pilgrimage shrines in Switzerland, where we will celebrate Mass. Inside this Benedictine monastery is the Lady Chapel, once an
altarpiece of St. Meinrad, now the home to the miraculous "Black Madonna", Our Lady of Einsiedeln. The statue, carved in wood,
of the Madonna holding the Infant Jesus on Her left arm, has been the object of great devotion for over a thousand years and many miracles
have been attributed to its intercession. Dinner and overnight in Zurich.
A free day to explore Zurich's many sights and enjoy some souvenir shopping. Dinner and overnight in Zurich.
We bid farewell to Zurich as we depart for the airport to catch our return flight to the U.S. for a same day arrival.
|Note:||Masses will be celebrated everyday. When no Mass indicated on a specific date, Mass will be celebrated at either a local church or in a special church on that day, which we want to leave as a surprise. All Masses are contingent upon each church's schedule and is subject to change due to weddings, funerals, etc. over which we have no control.|
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