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2023 Tour Details
This faith-based vacation provides the opportunity to discover less known, but very inspiring and genuine alpine pilgrimage sites in Switzerland, Germany, and Austria. While visiting some of the main Alpine cities like Zurich, Lucerne, Munich, Salzburg and Vienna, travel through spectacular mountain scenery, appreciate the gift of nature and life, and reflect on the greatness of creation.
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*Book a select 2023 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise to receive $750 off per person on the cruise/land or cruise only price. Booking must be made, under deposit and discount applied between August 1, 2022 and January 2, 2023 for travel in 2023. Promotional discount will apply to Groups of 8 or more who provide their Group Block Deposit within the promotion's booking dates and will apply to all individual members of the Group until the due date of the passenger names/non-refundable individual deposits. Not applicable on TBA space. Offer reliant on space availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. Offer combinable only with Welcome Back Credit. Applies to new 2023 bookings only and offer will not be applied to pre-existing bookings. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restrictions may apply; see Travel Terms & Conditions for details. May be withdrawn at any time. Offer applies to participating GFOB offices only. PRMW0992
Buffet breakfasts daily, 2 dinners, including dinner at a local restaurant in ViennaNotes:
Touring by private, first-class, airconditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi
6 guests in a party: $1,316*18 guests in a party: $290*
Buffet breakfasts daily, 2 dinners, including dinner at a local restaurant in Vienna
ARRIVE IN ZURICH, SWITZERLAND Check into your hotel, then the rest of the day is free to explore on your own. This afternoon, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers, and prepare for your upcoming spiritual journey. Welcome dinner at your hotel.
ZURICH–LUCERNE–EINSIEDELN–ZURICH This morning travel to Lucerne, a picturesque town built along the shores of a shimmering lake and at the foot of majestic peaks. Spend some time visiting the town center and take advantage of the optional excursions available. In the afternoon, visit the Benedictine Abbey of Einsiedeln, a major station on the Way of St. James and one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Switzerland. Visit the magnificent Baroque Monastery and Chapel that is home to the Black Madonna, carved from black marble. Spend some time in prayer and then celebrate the Divine Office Vespers and the Salve Regina [M], before returning to Zurich. Today's Distance: 93 mi / 150 km
ZURICH–OBERAMMERGAU AREA, GERMANY Leave Zurich and travel east to cross briefly into Austria, skirting scenic Lake Constance, and continuing into Germany through the farmlands of Bavaria and the alpine landscapes of Oberammergau, famous for the once-a-decade Passion Play. This performance is staged every 10 years since 1634 when it was initiated as an oath to give thanks for the village having been spared from the black death. Visit the theater where the Passion Play takes place. Today's Distance: 221 mi / 355 km
OBERAMMERGAU AREA–MUNICH–ALTÖTTING AREA Stop in Munich, the capital of Bavaria, for a short visit of the city center to admire Marienplatz with the Glockenspiel (carillon) of the new city hall tower. Head towards Altötting, spiritual focal point of Bavaria for more than 1250 years. Here, enjoy a guided visit of the old town and the Panorama Museum, a stereoscopic painting (large scale panorama), created in 1902, portraying the holy city of Jerusalem. Join the evening [M] Mass, and the candlelight procession, ideal moments for reflection, worship and for sharing your sense of faith with other believers. Today's Distance: 155 mi / 250 km
ALTÖTTING AREA–SALZBURG, AUSTRIA–VIENNA Spend the morning getting to know picturesque Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace. Try the famous marzipan pralines, take a walk in the old town (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), or step into the Cathedral for some prayer time. In the afternoon, travel to the imperial city of Vienna, built along the banks of the Danube. On the way, stop at the baroque Melk Benedictine Abbey, an important intellectual and cultural center over the centuries. Today's Distance: 224 mi / 360 km
VIENNA Discover the capital of waltz on a guided city tour today; learn about the Habsburg dynasty that ruled the area for centuries, and see some of the finest buildings that give the city such an elegant feel: the State Opera, the Parliament, and the former imperial Hofburg palace. Later, if you wish, you can celebrate [M] Mass in the solemn St. Stephen Cathedral. Continue exploring at leisure, or join an optional excursion. In the evening, celebrate your tour with your fellow travelers during an included farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
VIENNA Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.