Yesterday, I received a number of emails from my blog readers. I didn't realize there were so many people dropping in here. I had better start putting more effort into my daily missives.
Some of you were asking for more specifics about the upcoming pilgrimage. I thought I would share the itinerary with you. Oh yes, and another thing. Some of you were asking if I was going to be updating the blog daily. From what I understand, I will most likely not have enough opportunity to do so while we are away. That will be the longest "dry" period for my postings. If I stumble across an internet cafe or two, I might try to write something, but I cannot promise anything.
Anyway, on to the itinerary:
June 26 Meet at St. Thomas More to board bus to airport at 1:45 pm. Board our overnight transatlantic flight.
United #906 Departs Chicago O’Hare 6:08 p.m. Arrives Munich Sunday, June 27th 9:50 a.m.
Flight time: 8 hrs 42 min
June 27 Arrive in Munich, Germany
Transfer to our hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. At 6 pm, meet our Tour Director, then enjoy this evening’s welcome dinner with our traveling companions. [We are trying to arrange a time this day for a Mass, probably around 5 pm before going to dinner.]
June 28 Munich–Neuschwanstein–Wies–Oberammergau
Orientation features MARIENPLATZ with the Old and New Town Halls. Visit the FRAUENKIRCHE. Then, enter the Bavarian Alps and drive to Neuschwanstein to visit KING LUDWIG’S CASTLE. Stop for pictures of the baroque CHURCH OF WIES before you enter picturesque Oberammergau.
June 29 Oberammergau
Today is the highlight of our vacation: the original PASSION PLAY, held every 10 years and performed by the community of Oberammergau.
June 30 Oberammergau–Innsbruck, Austria–Liechtenstein–Einsiedeln, Switzerland–Lucerne
Into the Tyrolean Alps and to Innsbruck to take pictures of the GOLDEN ROOF. Then, continue to Vaduz in the Principality of Liechtenstein for a lunch break before you enter Switzerland. Stop in Einsiedeln, the most famous pilgrimage destination in Switzerland, where the Great Festival of the Miraculous Dedications is held. Visit the impressive baroque ABBEY CHURCH. On to picture-book Lucerne, the center of Catholic resistance during the time of the Reformation.
July 1 Lucerne
Our walking tour this morning features the LION MONUMENT and the famous CHAPEL BRIDGE. Also visit the CATHEDRAL OF ST. LEGER and the baroque JESUIT CHURCH. Afternoon is at leisure to relax, shop for Swiss watches, cruise on the lake, or join an optional excursion to one of the nearby mountains. In the evening, why not experience a Swiss folklore party with yodeling and alphorn blowing?
July 2 Lucerne–Karlsruhe, Germany
On the way back to Germany, visit the thundering RHINE FALLS at Schaffhausen, a 70-foot cataract of the River Rhine. From here, head north into the pine-clad hills of the BLACK FOREST, famous for its cuckoo clocks.
July 3 Karlsruhe–Trier–Aachen–Cologne
First stop today is in Trier, Germany’s oldest town and second in importance to Rome in the Western Roman Empire. Orientation features the PORTA NIGRA and visits to the romanesque CATHEDRAL and the DREIKÖNIGENHAUS. Continue to Aachen and visit the CATHEDRAL, a UNESCO
World Heritage Site, where 30 Holy Roman emperors were crowned between the 10th and 16th centuries. In the evening we will be in "Holy Cologne."
July 4 Cologne–Rüdesheim–Frankfurt
This morning, enjoy a guided visit of the gothic CATHEDRAL. Next, a scenic RHINE CRUISE to Rüdesheim, capital of Riesling wine. Here, enjoy WINE TASTING and a farewell dinner. Afterwards, continue to Frankfurt for our overnight stay.
July 5 Transfer to airport and flight home
United #941 Departs Frankfurt 12:35 pm Arrives Chicago O’Hare 2:53 pm
Flight time: 8 hrs 55 min
INCLUDED FEATURES Munich: Welcome dinner; orientation, visit Marienplatz and the Frauenkirche Neuschwanstein: Guided visit of King Ludwig’s castle Wies: Take pictures of the baroque church Oberammergau: Passion Play Innsbruck: Take pictures of the Golden Roof Vaduz: Visit the capital of Liechtenstein Einsiedeln: Visit the baroque abbey church Lucerne: Walking tour including the Lion Monument, Chapel Bridge, the cathedral of St. Leger, and the baroque Jesuit Church Rhine Falls/Black ForestTrier: Orientation, visit Porta Nigra, the cathedral, and the Dreikönigenhaus Aachen: Visit the cathedral Cologne: Guided visit of the gothic cathedral Rhine Cruise Rüdesheim: Wine tasting and farewell dinner