Pilgrimage Tour to Aachen
Aachen & Catholic Shrines of Germany
Catholic Heritage Tours proudly presents this itinerary for a very special pilgrimage tour to Aachen for the exposition of the Holy Relics brought there by Charlemagne. This is an exceptional opportunity to experience a meaningful pilgrimage with your group. Let our experienced tour planners book this tour for you in time for the once in seven years unveiling of the Holy Relics of Aachen.
Day 1: International flight to Munich
Depart today on your transatlantic flight to Munich, Germany.
Day 2: Munich
Upon arrival, meet your tour escort and board your private motor-coach for a panoramic view of Munich. Walk through the Marien Platz, Munich’s central square, and visit the churches Michaelskirche, the largest Renaissance church north of the Alps, and Frauenkirche, Munich’s cathedral. Afterwards, enjoy a welcome dinner at a classical Bavarian restaurant. (WD)
Day 3: Munich – Altotting
Today travel to Altotting. Set amidst green meadows and snowcapped mountains in the heart of Bavaria, it is renowned as the earliest destination of pilgrimages to the miraculous statue of Our Lady of Altotting, since 1330. Twenty-four Bavarian rulers were so devoted to Our Lady of Altotting that they arranged to have their bodily hearts set in urns in the Holy Chapel after their deaths. Visit the Franciscan Church that holds the remains of St. Conrad, a capuchin monk who was the porter of the friary. Outside the church there is a fountain with a relic of St. Conrad where the water passes. Many miracles of eye healings are attributed to this water. Rest of the day at leisure. (BB, D)
Day 4: Altotting – Eichstatt – Rothenburg
This morning travel to Eichstatt to visit the Abbey of St. Walburga, Abbess of a double Benedictine monastery in Heidenheim. She came to Germany with her brother, St. Boniface, to help him in his missionary work. St. Walburga was respected and loved during her lifetime. People remember her deep prayer life, charity, and courage as well as healing miracles when she prayed for them. For one thousand years, a mysterious moisture has been collected every year on St. Walburga’s relics. This liquid became known as “Walburga’s oil” and is seen as a sign of her continuous intercession. The oil has always been collected and given to pilgrims. Healings attributed to St. Walburga’s intercession continue to be reported up to the present day. After Eichstatt, travel to the enchanting city of Rothenburg. After an overview explanation of the city, enjoy time to explore it on your own. Visit St. Jakobs Kirche, a Gothic church that contains the beautiful wood carved Altar of the Holy Blood with a small crystal which holds a drop of Our Lord’s blood. Dinner and overnight in Rothenburg. (BB, D)
Day 5: Rothenburg – Dettelbach – Bamberg – Wurzburg
Today visit Dettelbach to render homage to the miraculous image of Our Lady of the Vineyard at the spectacular parish church of Maria im Sand, a popular place of local pilgrimage in central Germany. Built initially as a farmer’s particular sanctuary, it became so popular for her healing powers that a larger chapel was built. Then, continue to Bamberg with its splendidly preserved Old Town. Visit the majestic cathedral of St. Peter and St. George, one of the great cathedrals of Europe. It is the burial place of the only beatified German king, St. Henry II, and his wife St. Kunigunde. Bamberg was the center of evangelization of eastern Europe in the 11th century and numerous crusading parties left from Bamberg to fight against Moslem invaders. Immediately after, enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town with its loveliest squares and magnificent buildings. Afterwards, travel to Wurzburg, a major German pilgrimage destination. (BB, D)
Day 6: Wurzburg – Walldurn – Wurzburg
Travel southeast to Walldurn to admire and pray at the Eucharistic Miracle that occurred in 1330 to the priest Heinrich Otto while celebrating Mass. He accidentally knocked over the chalice containing the blood of Christ. As the blood spilled across the corporal, an image of the crucified Christ with eleven surrounding thorn-crowned heads appeared on the cloth. Miracles, healings, and conversions were numerous among those who visited and venerated the miracle. Return to Wurzburg for a sightseeing tour of the city that includes a visit to Neumunster-Kirche to render homage to the patron saint of Wurzburg, St. Kilian, and his fellow Irish martyrs, St. Kolonat and St. Totnan. Afterwards, enjoy a visit to the Residenz, the Bishop’s palace, with its court chapel richly decorated. (BB, D)
Day 7: Wurzburg – Fulda – Marburg – Cologne
In the morning travel to Fulda, one of the great Catholic sites in Germany. It was here that St. Boniface founded a monastic mission in the 8th century as his main base from which to train and send missionaries throughout northern Europe. Visit Fulda’s imposing pilgrimage cathedral, its crypt with the tomb of St. Boniface, and the Dom Museum with a remarkable collection of Christian art and information about St. Boniface and his mission. Afterwards, travel to the beautiful pilgrimage town of Marburg to render homage to its patron, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, devoted to the poor and sick. Visit her burial site at Elizabeth Church, the first Gothic church built in Germany in 1235. Afterwards, enjoy some free time to explore Marburg’s Market Place and Town Hall. Overnight and dinner will be in the great historic city of Cologne. (BB, D)
Day 8: Cologne
This morning visit Cologne’s Cathedral and two of the Romanesque churches that survived World War II. The cathedral was built to house the relics of the Three Magi, and immediately became a major pilgrimage center. Included in your visit is the Cathedral Treasury, containing the staff that belonged to St. Peter. Nearby is the Church of St. Andreas which contains the relics of St. Albert the Great, teacher of St. Thomas Aquinas. The last visit will be to the Church of St. Ursula, housing the remains of St. Ursula and 11,000 martyrs, all killed in Cologne at the hands of the Huns in the 2nd century. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. (BB)
Day 9: Cologne – Aachen – Trier
Travel to Aachen and visit the cathedral and its treasury. The cathedral was built as Charlemagne’s palace chapel. Consecrated on the feast of the Epiphany in 895, it has been the place of coronation of 32 emperors of the Holy Roman Empire. It is in this cathedral that every seven years, the holy relics collected by Charlemagne are exposed to the public; the cloak of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the swaddling-clothes of the Infant Jesus, the loin-cloth worn by Christ on the Cross, and the cloth on which lay the head of St. John the Baptist after his beheading. The treasury is the richest in Northern Europe. Afterwards, travel nearby to Kornelimunster Abbey built in the 9th century as the Imperial Abbey. It received relics of Our Lord Jesus Christ and of Pope St. Cornelius, which are exposed at the same time as the Aachen relics. Continue to Trier, one of the oldest towns in Germany. (BB, D)
Day 10: Trier
In the 3rd century, Trier became the center for the evangelization of northern Europe. During the sightseeing, visit the oldest cathedral and treasury in Germany that contains the Holy Coat of Trier, the seamless garment of Our Lord, for which the soldiers cast lots at the Crucifixion. At the Church of St. Matthias render homage to the remains of St. Matthias the Apostle and St. Eucharius, first bishop of Trier. Time to explore Trier on your own. (BB)
Day 11: Trier – Mosental – Rhine Cruise – Frankfurt
This morning follow part of the Mosel River and stop at the picturesque town of Cochem. Then follow the Mosel to reach Koblenz and embark on a cruise along the most beautiful section of the Rhine River. Disembark at Rudesheim, a charming German town. Visit the Benedictine Abbey of St. Hildegard to pray before her relics. St. Hildegard was a German writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, Benedictine abbess, and visionary. Return to Rudesheim and enjoy a farewell dinner with folkloric German music. (BB, FD)
Day 12: International flight from Frankfurt
Early in the morning transfer to Frankfurt airport for the flight back to the USA.
(BB) Breakfast; (D) Dinner; (WD) Welcome Dinner; (FD) Farewell Dinner
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