Religious Group Travel
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.
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
Day 05 - Heidelberg and Bus Charter Tours to Baden Baden - Kaiserstuhl - Freiburg - Black ForestToday 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
Day 07 - Lucerne - Bus excursions to Interlaken, Gruyeres - Montreux - BernAfter 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
Day 09 - Innsbruck - Bus-excursion to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and to Oberammergau
Day 10 - Innsbruck - Sankt Johann - Bad Reichenhall - SalzburgToday, 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"
Day 12 - Salzburg - Bus Tours to Altoetting - Dachau - MunichYou 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
Day 14 - Munich - last day of tourThis 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)
What the Land Tour all includes (add airfaires):
- 12 accommodations in selected first-class hotels, all centrally located.
- 12 full buffet-breakfasts.
- 12 three- to four-courses dinners, last one special with beer or wine, local music and entertainment.
- A welcome reception upon day of arrival / hotel.
- Bag service in all hotels, in/ out.
- Touring by a private and late-model bus with WiFi, washroom/ toilet, air-conditioned, reclining seats, panoramic windows, Kitchen/ bar and more for the convenience of customers.
- All airport/ hotel transfers.
- All excursions, sightseeings and entrance fees where applicable and as per itinerary. The main features: Dom-Treasure, Frankfurt - Gutenberg-Museum, Mainz - Rhine river cruise - Wine tasting, Cochem/ Moselle - Residenz, Wuerzburg - Riemenschneider-Altar, Rothenburg - Vat-Museum, Heidelberg - Wine tasting, Kaiserstuhl - Cheese tasting, Gruyeres - Monastery Library, St. Gallen - 16th C Court Church, Innsbruck - Passion Play Theatre, Oberammergau - Crystal/ glassware demo, Rattenberg - Heilbrunn Castle, Salzburg - Mozart-Museum, Salzburg - Obersalzberg, Berchtesgaden - Holy Chapel & Parish Church, Altoetting - Horse Carriage-Museum, Munich - Castle Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau - Church in the Meadows, Wies - A valuable gift to each member of group.