We arrive in Munich and meet our tour director who will remain with us until the end of our tour. Meet your local guide who will take you on a guided tour which will include visit of the Marienplatz and the world famous Glockenspiel, the twin-towered Frauenkirche , the Church of Our Lady, most familiar landmark of old Munich. Continue on to see the town hall, and the magnificent boulevard Feldherrenhalle Ludwigsstrasse Siegestor, created by King Ludwig I in the middle of the 19th century. Dinner and overnight.
Germany, Austria & Prague
11 giorni / 10 notti
This morning we take a trip to some of the most loved places in southern Germany. First, we go to Oberammergau, home of the centuries old Passion Play. We’ll see the Passionspeilhaus, the theater of the Passion Play. Usually it is possible to watch and visit the craftsmen and artists who are preparing for the next performance. We’ll also take a tour of the quaint old city of Oberammergau. Next, we’re off to the city of Fussen to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle, built at beginning of the 20th century by an incredibly lavish German king named Ludwig II. Neuschwanstein, perched atop the mountain is a scene out of a fairy tale. Everything inside the castle is so over-the-top, there may be no decor in all of Europe to compare with it. We return to Munich for dinner and overnight.
We head off on a day trip in Bavaria to the 2,000 year old city of Regensburg along the Danube River. Amidst a medieval landscape founded by Marcus Aurelius we visit the home of Germany’s most impressive gothic Cathedral. We will have time to explore the ancient city with its many eras and flavors along narrow walkways and stone bridges. We continue on to Altotting, one of Germany’s most celebrated shrines and a city whose purpose is pilgrimage. Visit the Chapel of Mercy, that houses a 13th century statue of the Blessed Virgin to which numerous miraculous cures are credited. While there, we have the opportunity to visit the Basilica, the Panorama of the Crucifixion, the Pilgrim Museum, St. Konrad’s Monastery and more. Return to Munich for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast we depart to Vienna, Austria’s capital. Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, an imposing structure dating to the 13th century. We’ll have time for Viennese pastry and coffee before seeing the State Opera House, home to the Vienna Boys’ Choir, and Schonbrunn Palace. This sprawling, royal ‘summer house’ has 1,441 rooms including a Hall of Mirrors where Mozart performed at the age of six before a young Marie Antoinette. Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast we visit Prince Eugene’s Belvedere Palace and the seemingly endless Hofburg Palace. Later we’ll get a different look at Vienna, from the seat in the Prater’s enormous ferris wheel. Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast we motor west through Austria, but, just before, we’ll make a curve via Mariazell, the most important pilgrimage place in Austria. We will stop and see the miraculous statue, which is housed in the Lady Chapel or Chapel of Miracles, built directly over the place where Magnus established his monastic cell in 1157. Next drive to the lovely birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg the city of great houses, mansions, Festival Hall, and the Mirabelle Gardens. Hear the bells of the great Glockenspiel Tower, performed to a melody of Mozart’s. Dinner and overnight.
Narrow, winding lanes and secluded passageways are evidence of Salzburg medieval roots. The heritage of the Catholic Church is evident in the Archbishop’s Residence and the decoration of the State Rooms, available for viewing. Visit the mighty Romanesque Cathedral, the Nonnberg Convent of Benedictine nuns, and the Fortress Hohensalzburg. We stop at Hellbrunn Palace to enjoy its gardens and hidden trick fountains. Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast we depart for our scenic motor coach ride to the enchanting city of Prague, a city of domed rooftops, soaring steeples, and countless spires. Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, we begin our tour of beautiful Prague. Visit the Church of Our Lady Victorious and see there the renowned statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague. We visit the old town by way of Golden Lane and then go to the Lesser Town to see the medieval Charles Bridge that is adorned with many baroque statues. We will also see St. Nicholas Church, the Astronomic Clock, and the Prague Castle district where we tour St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George Basilica, Loreto Church, Strahov Monastery, and Wenceslas Square. Dinner and overnight.
We depart from Prague airport for our return flight home.