Germany & Rome

A 12-Day Pilgrimage to Germany & Rome
With: Fr. Jason Borkenhagen
April 3-14, 2016

Day 1. Sunday, April 3: USA – Germany

Embark on a transatlantic flight to Frankfurt, Germany.


Day 2. Monday, April 4: Frankfurt – Rüdesheim am Rhein

Upon arrival into Frankfurt, meet your tour escort and board your private motor-coach for a short drive to Rüdesheim am Rhein, a wonderful winemaking town in the Rhine Gorge. Close by visit the Eibingen Abbey, a community of Benedictine nuns. The original community was founded in 1165 by St. Hildegard. An extraordinary saint, friend of St. Bernard Clairvaux, she was a writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic, Benedictine abbess, visionary, and polymath. Her remains are enshrined at the Abbey. Return to Rüdesheim to enjoy a welcome dinner with your travel companions. (WD)


Day 3. Tuesday, April 5: Rüdesheim – Boppard – Cologne

This morning, enjoy a river cruise along the most beautiful part of the Rhine River. The banks are flanked with over 30 castles. Upon arrival to Boppard, board your motor-coach for your drive to Cologne. There, visit the grand Cathedral built to house the relics of the Three Magi. Included in your visit is the extraordinary Cathedral Treasury. Then, visit the Basilica of St. Ursula, a Breton princess who was martyred along with 11,000 female companions.  Many relics are placed for veneration. Afterwards, visit St. Andrew’s Church to pray before the remains of St. Albert the Great, the teacher of St. Thomas Aquinas. Dinner and overnight in Cologne. (BB, D)


Day 4. Wednesday, April 6: Cologne – Trier

Leave Cologne this morning and travel to Trier. During the 3rd century, Trier became the center for the evangelization of northern Europe. Visit the oldest cathedral and treasury in Germany. It contains the Holy Coat of Trier, the seamless garment of Jesus Christ, for which the soldiers cast lots at the Crucifixion. Continue to the Rheinische Landesmuseum. Founded in 1877, it is one of the most important archaeological museums in Trier. Its collection stretches from prehistory through the Roman period, and from the Middle Ages to the Baroque period. Free afternoon with dinner on your own. (BB)


Day 5. Thursday, April 7: Trier – Speyer – Rothenburg

On your way to Rothenburg, stop at Speyer to visit its Cathedral founded by Conrad II in 1030 and remodeled at the end of the 11th century. The cathedral was the burial place of the German emperors for almost 300 years. Continue to the enchanting city of Rothenburg, Germany’s best-preserved walled town. After a city overview, enjoy time to explore it on your own. Dinner and overnight in Rothenburg. (BB, D)


Day 6. Friday, April 8: Rothenburg – Eichstatt – Dachau – Munich

This morning, travel to Eichstatt to visit the Abbey of St. Walburga. She came to Germany with her brothers to help St. Boniface in his missionary work. For 1,000 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. St. Walburga, was the daughter of St. Richard the Pilgrim, niece of St. Boniface and sister of Sts. Wunibald and Willibald. She was known for her gentleness, humility, charity, and as a healer. Also in Eichstatt stands the Cathedral where, inside, is the canopied altar which contains the remains of St. Willibald, first bishop of Eichstatt. Afterwards, travel to Dachau, to visit the remains of the Second World War concentration camp where many Catholic priests died. Continue to Munich for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)


Day 7. Saturday, April 9: Munich. Excursion to Neuschwanstein Castle and Wieskirche

This morning in Bavaria, visit the famous “fairy-tale” castle of Neuschwanstein built by King Ludwig II as a personal haven of peaceful retreat. In the afternoon, visit Wieskirche which is famous for the miraculous wooden image of the Scourged Savior. Since June 14, 1738, when tears were seen on the face of the Scourged Savior, pilgrims have been flocking to this site.  Enjoy dinner at a local Bavarian restaurant. Overnight in Munich. (BB, D)


Day 8. Sunday, April 10: Munich – Altotting – Rome

This morning travel to Altotting, the main Marian shrine of Germany. Set in the heart of Bavaria, it is renowned as the earliest destination of pilgrimages to the Virgin Mary, dating back to 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. Pray before the relics of St. Conrad, porter for the friary there for over 40 years. He is known for his love of children and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. Next, transfer to Munich airport for your flight to Rome; dinner is on your own at the airport. (BB)


Day 9. Monday, April 11: Rome

This morning in the Eternal City, visit the Catacombs, where early Christians used to hide and celebrate Mass. Then, visit the Coliseum, Rome’s greatest amphitheater which staged the martyrdom of many early Christians. Continue to St. John Lateran, the Pope’s basilica, and the Scala Santa, the sacred stairs upon which Our Lord walked after His scourging. Then, visit Holy Cross in Jerusalem, which contains fragments of the True Cross, a nail, two thorns from Christ’s crown, a piece of the sponge that was offered to Him, a fragment of the scroll that hung on the Cross, and one of the 30 coins of Judas. This evening, enjoy dinner at a classical Italian restaurant. (BB, D)


Day 10. Tuesday, April 12: Rome

An early Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica followed by a visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Return to the magnificent St. Peter’s Basilica, the world’s largest church for a guided tour. Touch the beloved statue of St. Peter, admire Michelangelo’s Pieta, and render homage to the many buried popes. Walk through the Holy Door to gain the indulgence of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The rest of the day is at leisure with dinner on your own. (BB)


Day 11. Wednesday, April 13: Rome

Morning free. Those who wish to attend the weekly Papal Audience will be escorted to the Vatican. This afternoon, enjoy a walking sightseeing of Rome’s downtown. Pray before these great saints: Philip Neri, Monica (mother of St. Augustine), Camillus Lellis, Catherine of Siena, and Ignatius of Loyola. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner at the hotel. (BB, FD)


Day 12. Thursday, April 14: Transatlantic flight back to the USA



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



* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.



For more information on this pilgrimage or to register, please contact Suzie Diskin, Group Coordinator, at (620) 449-2783 or, or contact Catholic Heritage Tours.

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