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You are invited to a wonderful journey where you explore the cultural and Christian history of GERMANY • SWITZERLAND * LIECHTENSTEIN and AUSTRIA

Day 01 - Depart your home country for your overnight flight to Frankfurt, Germany.

Day 02 - Arrive Frankfurt Airport - Bus transfer to your hotel.

This morning, a warm welcome awaits you upon arrival Frankfurt airport. Take a bus-charter-tour through Frankfurt and visit the famous "Roemer", a diverse block of reconstructed burgher houses dating back to the Middle Ages, Frankfurt’s landmark and cathedral with an outstanding Gothic tower of the 15th century and its Dow-Treasure with sumptuous ornaments, some of them even of the 14th century worn by the ecclesiastical Electors at their coronations. Later, bus-transfer to the hotel in Frankfurt and your home for the next two nights, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner this evening. (D / OV)

Day 03 - Frankfurt - bus tours to Mainz, a Rhine River Cruise and to the Moselle River Valley.

After breakfast your charterbus takes you on a comfortable drive to nearby Mainz to visit first the Gutenberg Museum with a collection of rare and antique Bibles and you will see Gutenberg’s hand press of the 15th century. - The next stop is at the city’s Cathedral to see some impressive archiepiscopal funerary monuments, a cloister with fine statues adorning the doorway and a gold reliquary of the saints of Mainz. - After a short bus-drive from here you arrive the charming town of Ruedesheim, where the Rheingau vineyards cease and the Bingen Gap opens to the entrance of the Rhine Gorge. Visit the picturesque Drosselgasse lined with ornate wine bars where visitors are invited for a tasting. - Later you are boarding for a Rhine river cruise downstream passing lovely villages, terraced vineyards and atop medieval castles. You will hear the story of the mysterious Lorelei Rock, where mermaids are said to have lured sailors to their death. - Step ashore at St. Goarshausen to enjoy its old town center before your bus takes you into the beautiful Moselle Valley to the city of Cochem amid numerous vineyards, dominated by a fortress surrounded by pinnacles and turrets. You will have a wine tasting here before your tour continues way back winding its route through quaint and unspoiled valleys and along historic castles crowning hills. - Take a stop at Coblence to explore its famous Citadel Ehrenbreitstein, one of the strongest of its kind in Germany and even Europe. In the evening you return to Frankfurt for freshen up and for dinner. (B & D / OV)

Day 04 - Bus-Tours: Frankfurg - Wuerzburg - Rothenburg - Heidelberg

Today you leave Frankfurt and take your first stop in Wuerzburg to see the Residenz with a grand staircase and an imperial hall, a splendid room with an outstanding decoration and its famous Hofkirche, an architectural fantasy with paintings by Tieplo, "The Assumption" and "The Fall of the Angels". Next, enjoy the nearby elegant gardens before your bus takes you further south on a bustour at the Romantic Road to see Rothenburg, picturesque situated on the Tauber river, surrounded by ramparts and watch towers still preserved in their original style of the 17th century. At a enjoyable walking tour you will see the beautiful Town Hall at the old market square, the Baumeisterhaus of Renaissance which represents with a number of statues the seven cardinal virtues and seven deadly sins. Don´t miss the early 16th century altar at St. James Church, a masterwork by T. Riemenschneider, also known as the Altarpiece of the Holy Blood that forms the main group of the Last Supper. - Enjoy some free time now before you continue with today’s journey and arrive at the city of Heidelberg on the Neckar river. A sightseeing tour will show you the old university with its beginnings in the 14th century, a Knight Mansion from 1592 and up the castle hill you will be visiting its museum to admire the Great Wine Vat that holds a capacity of about 50.000 gallons. - Enjoy an unforgettable view from its castle terrace down to the roofs of Heidelberg and then check-in at your booked hotel for dinner and overnight. (B & D / OV)

Day 05 - Heidelberg and Bus Charter Tours to Baden Baden - Kaiserstuhl - Freiburg - Black Forest

Today you leave Germany’s so called "Heart of Romanticism", Heidelberg and head south with the first stop at Baden Baden, one of Europe’s most luxurious spa resorts. - You go on an easy walk tour to explore its wonderful Kur-Garten and its world-famous Casino. - After some free time at your disposal, your journey continues still further south passing the fabled Black Forest and arrive district of Kaiserstuhl, a small idyllic volcanic hill, well known for its good wines such as Riesling, Sylvaner and Rulaender. You will taste a glass of good local wine here before you leave. The next stop is at Breisach and its rock, crowned by a large church towering above the Rhine river facing the town of Neuf-Brisach in France. You can see the church’s most important work of art, a carved altarpiece of the 16th century. A complicated decoration of leaves, flowing hair and draperies blowing in stormy winds and an avalanche of cherubim emerge uneasily the figures of the Eternal Father and Christ crowning the Virgin. - After the next bustour you arrive the city of Freiburg and you stop at the city’s Minster, one of Germany’s greatest Gothic Cathedrals of the 13th century. See its pierced octagonal belfry, the Nave, adorned with impressive galleries, its Chancel with a skilful design of the vaulting and the Altarpiece showing for example the Coronation of the Virgin. Now,finally, your bus drives you right into the Black Forest’s scenic Glottertal Valley for your dinner and for overnight. (B & D / OV)

Day 06 - Black Forest - Rhine River Falls - Zurich - Lucerne

Today, you bus-tour leads first to Schaffhausen in Switzerland to visit its Rhine River Falls which has been describen as "Source of the Ocean" by poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. - Later, a short bus excursion takes you to the charming village of Stein, a most picturesque tiny medieval town with intact old burger houses of the 15th and 16th centuries where many facades displaying colorful paintings. - Afterwards you arrive at Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city where you see its impressive Cathedral Grossmuenster, flanked by two three-storeyed towers surmounted by wooden doms, one of it crowned by a colossal statue of Charlemagne. - Time is yours now, to visit fancy shopping street Bahnhofstrasse and walk to its south end to find an inviting resting place with views over the lake Zurich. - After a while your buis takes you to Lucerne for dinner and to your hotel and home for the upcoming two nights. (B & D / OV)

Day 07 - Lucerne - Bus excursions to Interlaken, Gruyeres - Montreux - Bern

After your tasty breakfast your today bus-charter-tour takes you to Interlaken where you enjoy an incredible scenery of lakes and Switzerland’s highest mountain Jungfrau rising up to 11.400 ft. Remarkable and of interest to be seen is the Church Unterseen with a antique tower crowned by a steeply pitched roof positioned right between the mountains Moench and Jungfrau in the background makes a unique picturesque site. - Later your bus drives you up the Jaun Pass with an altitude of about 4.500 ft and with a short break to see its beautiful Alpine scenery. - Next you arrive at fortified and medieval town of Gruyeres to visit its 15th century castle of the former local Counts and go to a model Swiss Dairy not only for a cheese tasting. Take a closer look at the ripening area and see cheese wheels of up to about 80 lbs. - After this demonstration of much interest your journey continues with Montreux on Lake Geneva, stretching along the shore of a bay covered with woods and vineyards on hilly sides. Stay some time in one of the most frequented resorts on Lake Geneva and visit the Chillon Castle made famous by Lord Byron’s "The Prisoner of Chillon". Now, your roundtrip leads back northwards to the city of Bern, capital of Switzerland and one of Europe’s best preserved medieval cities. Here you will see its Cathedral of St Vincent, constructed between the 15th and 16th centuries, worth seeing its Last Judgement with over 200 figures. Climb up the about 280 steps - if you wish and can - and reach a platform of the tower to enjoy from the top a beautiful panorama of the town and its roofs, turrets, belfries, bridges over the Aare river and in the further background the majestically spreading chain of the Bernese Alps. - You return to your hotel in Lucerne in the evening for dinner and another overnight. (B & D / O)

Day 08 - Lucerne - Vaduz - St. Gallen - Innsbruck

Today, in the morning a beautiful scenery unfolds as your charterbus takes you some further south up the Klausen Pass where you reach an altitude of about 6.400 ft. and from its summit you will enjoy a spectacular view of snowy crests and rocky points. - Afterwards , your bus-tour leads along the Rhine river valley to the small town of Werdenberg, surrounded by a picturesque lake and dominated by a castle. Here you will see a quaint alley lined with well-preserved burgher houses, some dating back to the 15th century and today still in its original architecture. - After this stop you enter the Pricipality of Liechtenstein for a Liechtenstein-Bus-Charter-Tour and soon you arrive at its capital Vaduz, situated at the foot of the imposing medieval castle. - Enjoy free time to rest at one of various inviting outside door cafes or explore this small sovereign but don’t miss to buy some of Liechtenstein’s colorful and famous stamps. - Back on the road and on a little side trip you will see St. Gallen back in Switzerland and its beautiful monastery as well as its famous Library with an exhibition of imposing art and manuscripts starting from the 8th to the 16th century. - You cross border now into Austria and travel through the Arlberg Mountain Pass Tunnel by way of Austria’s famous ski resort St. Anton with stops en route and arrive Innsbruck, home of your hotel for the next two nights. Time for freshen up and dinner in the capital of Tyrol. (B & D / OV)

Day 09 - Innsbruck - Bus-excursion to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and to Oberammergau

In the morning a city tour of Innsbruck will show you all important sights of interest, starting with the lovely arcades and arches of this 800-year-old university town, the City Tower and its landmark Golden Dachl, an ancient mansion noted for its gilded copper roof. You will visit the 16th century Court Church to see the 28 huge bronze statues of Emperor Maximilian I, his ancestors and other famous rulers like King Arthur of England. - From Maria-Theresien-Strasse you will have an imposing view of the Austrian Alps, passing now impressive mountain massifs of Wetterstein and Karwendel and crossing border into Germany’s Bavaria to stop at Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Enjoy this well-known summer & winter sports health resort amid a breathtaking mountain scenery. Take a look at its Parish Church of the 15th century with remains of wall paintings and stop near Eibsee Station for a magnificent view of Germany’s highest mountain, the famous Zugspitze. - Fallowing, your bustou continues to Oberammergau, home of the world-famous Passion Play where you see its theatre for up to 5.000 visitors. The spectacular performances are presented by the natives of this little mountain village from May to October every 10 years, fulfilling a vow made in 1634. - Some free time is yours now to explore the surrounding, see the beautiful painted burgher houses or check with one of the inviting woodcarving shops. - On your way back to Innsbruck you stop at Seefeld in Tyrol, a most elegant ski resort due to Olympic Games and known for its much visited Parish Church of the 15th century, built by the Princess of Tyrol to perpetuate the worship of a miraculous host that had been an object of pilgrimage since 1384. (B & D / OV)

Day 10 - Innsbruck - Sankt Johann - Bad Reichenhall - Salzburg

Today, your journey continues with a bustour and a first stop in Rattenberg, known for its engraved and finely modelled crystal and glassware where you visit a workshop demonstration. - Later we take the route to Sankt Johann in Tyrol, a domain of mountaineers and of the peaceful heights of its Kitzbuehl Alps. See the lively market square here and explore its clean Tyrolean houses with beautiful paintings on the outside. - After this stop your bus takes you up some mountain passes, down again through tunnels and soon you are back at the border for Germany’s Bavaria and with another stop at the city of Bad Reichenhall. Bad Reichenhall is a spa resort and it is famous for its salt that has developed a salt industry ever since Celtic times. Much of interest is the 12th century Church of Zeno on its main street , remodelled during the later centuries and dedicated to the same saint in Verona with a Lombardian influence in decoration and design. After a short bustour you arrive Salzburg in Austria, truly one of Europe’s most loved cities, your home for the next two nights. (B & D / OV)

Day 11 - Salzburg-Bus-Charter Tour and excursion to Berchtesgaden and to the "The Sound of Music Country"

After your rich Austrian breakfast your day start with a Salzburg bus tour and to Mirabell Castle with its beautiful Gardens. - You continue on to the impressive Hellbrunn Castle to see its fabulous fountains and the famous "Glockenspiel" with its 35 bells . You will enjoy also a closer view at the city’s landmark Fortress Hohensalzburg of the 11th century. At an easy walk you visit the charming shopping street Getreidegasse, Mozart’s birthplace and museum, the Domplatz and its Cathedral, a huge construction of the 17th century in which Baroque style shows through the last features of the Italian Renaissance. The interior decoration will impress you by its size and richness of stucco, paintings and marble. Mozart was baptized in 1756 here at the Romanesque font. - Next, enjoy some free time before your bus takes you back into Bavaria with a stop in Berchtesgaden to visit first its Schlossplatz, a picturesque square with typical Bavarian buildings and an arcaded gallery from the 16th century. See a network vaulting in the nave and a chancel of the 14th century in the nearby Stiftskirche of Romanesque architecture. - You take a short side trip from here up to Obersalzberg and to its history, where Hitler took residence at the chalet Berghof after he seized power in 1933. Greater parts of the buildings were destroyed by an air attack of the 101st US Airborn Division later, in April 1945. Only a few basement walls mark the site of Hitler’s Berghof today. - From dark history you are getting back to the beauty of Austria’s district Salzkammergut and visit its Abbey Church of Mondsee, used for the wedding scene in the wonderful film "The Sound Of Music" ... You can take some photos of this lovely place bafora you return to Salzburg for dinner and one more night. (B & D / OV)

Day 12 - Salzburg - Bus Tours to Altoetting - Dachau - Munich

You leave beautiful Salzburg to re-enter Bavaria soon and take a first stop in Altoetting, the oldest and best known goal of pilgrimage in Bavaria. Since the early Middle Ages, Veneration of the Virgin has been practiced here and brings about 300.000 pilgrims each year to this town. You visit its Holy Chapel surrounded by arcaded galleries with thousands of painted ex-vows and petitions covering the walls and ceilings, some dating back to 1517. - Visit also the pariah Church of late Gothic style and its treasury with exhibits of a Flemish Crucifix of 1580 and another masterpiece of a small but pure gold horse of French goldsmith’s work of 1392. Don´t forget to visit the crypt, where Count of Tilly lies buried, a general on the side of the Catholic League during the Thirty Years War. - Coming back to Germany’s dark history, the name Dachau has evoked only horror since 1933 and throughout World War II. The museum gives an idea of this former Nazi concentration camp system. A Catholic expiatory chapel has been built on the ground in the form of an open tower, named “Todesangst-Christkapelle” = “Christ in Agony”. - Next your charter-bus finally takes you to your today’s destination Munich, Germany’s cultural center and capital of Bavaria. - Before you check-in for the upcoming two nights, the Munich City Bus Tour tour will show you all highlights such as the old Marienplatz with its landmark and imposing Church Of Our Lady, the remarkable City Hall with a mechanical carillon, the “infamous” Hofbraeuhaus, the former and impressive Olympic Ground and Nymphenburg Palace to visit King Ludwig’s outstanding Horse Carriage Museum. (B & D / OV)

Day 13 - Munich - bus-excursion to visit Castle Neuschwanstein and The Church in the Meadows

Church in the Meadows
This morning another great journey is waiting for you as your bus takes you south, back to the Bavarian Alps and to its charming town of Hohenschwangau to visit fairy-tale Castle Neuschwanstein, one of three castles built for King Ludwig II. This white and dream-like fortress was erected 1869 by sketches of a theatrical decorator which explains its unique atmosphere. You will explore some of the inside rooms, showing heavy tapestries in Romanesque and Byzantine style and will enjoy the Singera Hall displaying fine candelabra and chandeliers. See King Ludwig’s outstanding bed room with artistic woodcarvings and you will experience an artificial grotto of stalactite which recalls opera themes of his composer friend Richard Wagner. - Afterwards you will enjoy an unforgettable view of the Upper Bavarian mountains and its lakes from the Marienbruecke that spans a deep gorge. - The picturesque landscape continues as you stop and arrive at small town Wies where you visit its so called "Church in the Meadows". See its impressing interior of marvelous woodcarvings, gilded works, frescoes and stuccoes and most colorful paintings of the 18th century, symbolizing Earth and Heaven with the "Return of Christ", the "Gate of Paradise" and the "Last Judgement". Enjoy some free time now before you return to Munich later this afternoon. - Your dinner tonight is a special occasion as you are invited for a typical Bavarian meal, including beer or wine with local music and folklore entertainment, followed by a surprise-drawing with everyone winning a valuable gift. We wish this last evening to be the most enjoyable one of your great 4-country Christian group travel tour. (B & D / OV)

Day 14 - Munich - last day of tour

This morning, after a tasty last breakfast in Bavaria your bus transfer is waiting to take you to Munich’s Airport for your flight home. Your driver bids “Auf Wiedersehen” to all of you, wishing a happy return! (B)

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