Austria, Germany and Switzerland

12-Day Sample Itinerary

Catholic Tours of the Lands of Chocolate

From Vienna to Salzburg to Geneva, this Catholic tour of the heartland of Continental Europe will enrich your spiritual life for many years.

Sample Itinerary:

Day 1: Transatlantic flight to Vienna

Depart today towards Vienna.

Day 2: Vienna

Upon arrival, your tour escort will greet you and will take you to your motor coach to embark on a panoramic view of majestic Vienna. Tonight, enjoy a welcome cocktail with dinner as a pleasant opportunity to meet your fellow travelers and plan on the days ahead. (WD)

Day 3: Vienna

Begin your pilgrimage by visiting the Cathedral of St. Stephen, where the miraculous icon of Maria Potsch, documented as having shed real tears on two instances, can be venerated. Render homage to St. Valentine, whose body is kept here, and view hundreds of relics, including a piece of the tablecloth from Our Lord’s Last Supper. Finally, admire the cathedral’s architectural and artistic treasures. Afterwards, a visit to the Church of St. Mary’s on the River Bank to venerate St. Clement Mary Hofbauer, patron saint of Austria for his unrelenting work of apostolate. The rest of the day is at leisure, with dinner on your own. (BB)

Day 4: Vienna: Danube excursion

Today’s expedition includes a trip to the basilica of Maria Taferl, the second most important Marian shrine of Austria, where thirty celestial processions took place along with miraculous healings between 1658 and 1661. From there, travel to the magnificent Benedictine abbey of Melk, a focal point in matters of religion and learning for over nine centuries. Visit the impressive library, filled with splendid medieval manuscripts, and pray in the striking baroque church filled with marble sculptures and brilliantly colored frescos. Later, experience breathtaking vistas along the Danube on a river cruise. Return to Vienna for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

Day 5: Vienna – Mariazell – Salzburg 

Today’s trip to Salzburg will include a stop in Mariazell, the foremost Marian pilgrimage site in Austria, which has been visited by kings, emperors and popes. This basilica houses a small wooden statue of Our Lady and the Christ Child placed there by a humble monk in the XII Century. Overnight in Salzburg. (BB, D)

Day 6: Salzburg

Your visits in Salzburg today include the church of Maria Plain, where a miraculous image of Our Lady has had numerous healings attributed to it. It was the inspiration for Mozart’s splendid “Coronation Mass”. The relics of St. Dennis and St. Christina are also located at the side altars of the Church. Afterward, a stop at the Church of the Christ Child of Loreto, a small ivory statue which has had many miracles attributed to it. Finally, St. Peter’s Abbey Church, renowned for its sumptuous Baroque decorations, and whose founder, St. Rupert, is buried inside. Nearby can be seen the cemetery, the oldest inSalzburg, and early Christian tombs carved into the stone. The rest of the day is at leisure to take in the many cultural sites of Salzburg, with independent dinner. (BB)

Day 7: Salzburg: Excursion to Altotting and St. Wolfgang

Today’s expedition takes you to the main shrine of the Virgin Mary in Germany, Our Lady of Altotting, where thousands of ex-votos next to Our Lady’s statue illustrate countless miraculous healings. St. Conrad, known for his love of children and prayer, whose relics are nearby, was the porter for the friary of Altotting for over 40 years. From Altotting travel to St. Wolfgang where this saint, known for his energy and zeal in evangelizing the Magyars in Hungary, established his residence in the 10th century. Admire the stunning and lavish decorations and works of art inside the church and enjoy the striking scenery at the lakeshore. Afterward, return to Salzburg for your overnight stay. (BB, D)

Day 8: Salzburg – Absam – Innsbruck – Seefeld

On the way to Seefeld today, make a stop at Absam to visit the church where an image of Our Lady, which miraculously appeared on a window pane, is kept, along with thousands of ex-votos attesting to her miracles. From there, travel to Innsbruck where you can take in the sights of the old town or shop at your leisure. In the afternoon, continue to Seefeld where, in the 14th century, an arrogant knight, about to commit sacrilege, was literally brought to his knees by a miracle. Dinner and overnight in Seefeld. (BB, D)

Day 9: Seefeld – St. Gallen – Einsiedeln

Today’s visits include the Abbey of St. Gallen, one of the most important Benedictine monasteries for over ten centuries, which houses a world-famous abbey library. It was founded in honor of St. Gall, a humble hermit and student of St. Columba, who died nearby. Upon arrival in Einsiedeln, visit to Our Lady of Einsiedeln, where visitors can pray to the miraculous image of Our Lady and pay homage to St. Meinrad, a holy and kind Benedictine monk who brought the miraculous statue here and established his hermitage. Dinner and overnight in Einsiedeln. (BB, D)

Day 10: Einsiedeln – Ottobeuren – Sachseln

This morning’s visit includes the Benedictine Abbey of Ottobeuren, which has been functioning since the 8th C. The Abbey Church, dedicated to St. Alexander, is richly decorated in the rococo style. Then, make your way to Sachseln, where you can pay homage to Switzerland’s patron saint, St. Nicholas of Flue, whose relics are kept in the sanctuary. He lived both a secular life as husband and father as well as that of a hermit. The rest of the day can be spent on your own, visiting the charming town of Sachseln. (BB, D)

Day 11: Sachseln – Fribourg – St. Maurice – Geneva

Today’s itinerary includes a stop in Fribourg, an important center of monastic culture throughout history, with a guided visit of the gothic Cathedral in the center of the old town. Then, visit the Church of St. Michael to pray to St. Peter Canisius, defender of the Faith against Protestantism, noted catechist, zealous Jesuit, theologian and preacher, whose relics are kept here. Afterward, the Abbey of St. Maurice, where, in the 3rd Century, the Theban legion, whose leader was St. Maurice, was martyred when they refused to attack fellow Christians. Head to Geneva where you can celebrate a successful pilgrimage over a special farewell dinner. (BB, FD)

Day 12: Flight back to the US

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back to the US. (BB)

* (BB) Buffet Breakfast * (D) Dinner * (WD) Welcome Dinner * (FD) Farewell Dinner

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