WHAT: 2019 Benedictine Pilgrimage with Fr. Volker Futter and Benedictine Oblates of Christ the King Priory

WHO: Open to Oblates, Friends of St. Benedict Center, Anyone! Feel free to share this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with your friends and family!

WHERE: GERMANY, AUSTRIA AND SWITZERLAND including Münsterschwarzach, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Chiemsee, Stams, Einsiedeln, Lake Constance, Freiburg, Heidelberg, Rüdesheim, Cologne, Neuss, Düsseldorf, and more.

DATE: June 16– July 1, 2019

COST: $4989 per person, double occupancy, (single supplement: $400.00) Required deposit: $500  See brochure for more info.

Footsteps of St Benedict and Scholastica pilgrimage 2019

BASIC ITINERARY:
Day 01: Monday, 17 06 2019d
Arrival Frankfurt- Airport
Upon arrival, we will be met by our tour guide Fritz Minhard, who will escort us to our deluxe motor-coach. We will drive to Münsterschwarzach Abbey, where we will check in to the guesthouse. The remainder of the day is at our leisure. In the evening, we will have a welcome get-together and dinner. (D)
Overnight in Münsterschwarzach

Day 02: Tuesday 18 06 2019
Pommersfelden – Banz – Vierzehnheiligen – Bamberg – Volkach
After breakfast, we will meet to pick up our bus and drive first to the beautiful Pommersfelden castle. We will enjoy a guided tour of this beautiful former aristocratic house. After the visit, we will drive to the baroque Basilica of Vierzehnheiligen and then to Schloß Banz. On the return journey, we will also visit the famous Bavarian town of Bamberg. In the evening we will be visiting the vinery of the Kirch family and also have our dinner there. (B,D)
Overnight in Münsterschwarzach

Day 03: Wednesday, 19 06 2019
Rothenburg – Ulm – Augsburg – St. Ottilien
Our next full day in Germany takes us South from Münsterschwarzach. The first stop on this day will be in the beautiful medieval town of Rothenburg. You will see the famous town hall and St. James Church during a guided tour of the town. Afterward, you will be driving via Ulm (Stop) and Augsburg (Stop) to St. Ottilien, where you will stay in the guesthouse of the Abbey for the next two nights.  (B, D) Overnight in St. Ottilien

Day 04: Thursday, 20 06 2019
Ettal, Wieskirche, Oberammergau and Tutzing
After breakfast, we head to the Alps for a visit of the Abbey of Ettal, where Mass will take place. After a lunch break in Oberammergau, we will travel to the most beautiful “Wieskirche”, the masterpiece of the great church builder Dominikus Zimmermann. In the afternoon we will continue to Tutzing at Starnberg Lake to visit the Benedictine sister’s monastery. We will join the sisters for an evening meal. (B, D) Overnight in the St. Ottilien Abbey guesthouse

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Day 05: Friday, 21 06 2019
Garmisch – Innsbruck – St. Johann
In the morning we leave for St. Ottilien to start the journey to Austria. First visit in the picturesque town of Garmisch is in the cards. Then we go into the Austrian Tyrol to see the Olympic City of Innsbruck. In the afternoon we continue your trip further east to St. Johann. (B, D) Overnight in Hotel Sport Austria in St. Johann in Tirol (Austria)

Day 06: Saturday, 22 06 2019
Salzburg
After a short hour´s coach ride you will reach the city of Salzburg, where we will first visit St. Peter´s Abbey for Mass. After a short walking tour through the Oldtown, we enjoy lunch in the “Peterskeller”! There will be some free time before driving back to our hotel. (B, L, D) Overnight in Hotel Sport Austria in St. Johann in Tirol (Austria)

Day 07: Sunday, 23 06 2019
Chiemsee Islands
For a day you will go back to Bavaria to its largest lake, the “Chiemsee”! A short boat ride will take us to the Fraueninsel, where we celebrate Mass in the Benedictine abbey. Afterwards, there will be free time for lunch and to walk around the island. In the afternoon we travel to the neighboring “Herreninsel” to see the palace of Herrenchiemsee, built by “Mad” King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Later in the afternoon, we travel back to the hotel in St. Johann. (B, D) Overnight in Hotel Sport Austria in St. Johann in Tirol, (Austria)

Day 08: Monday, 24 06 2019
St. Johann – Stams – Uznach – Einsiedeln
En-route to Switzerland, we will visit the Cistercian Abbey of Stams, situated in the Tyrolean Upper Inn Valley. Afterwards, we cross the Arlberg mountains and continue via Vorarlberg and Liechtenstein into Switzerland to the little village of Uznach to visit the abbey there for mass and dinner. Then we will travel to our hotel in Einsiedeln. (B, D) Overnight in Hotel in Einsiedeln area

Day 09: Tuesday, 25 06 2019
Einsiedeln – Pilatus – Lucerne – Lake of Constance
After a morning mass in Einsiedeln, today´s trip will take you into the heart of Switzerland to the well-known town of Lucerne, situated at the foot of Pilatus mountain and by the lake of the same name. After a trip up the mountain, there will be some time to explore the town and to walk across the famous Chapel Bridge. In the afternoon you will continue to the area of Lake Constance, where you will be spending the next two nights! (B, D) Overnight in Hotel in Lake Constance area

Day 10: Wednesday, 26 06 2019
Reichenau Island – Constance – Meersburg
In the morning you will visit the island of Reichenau, where Mass will be held. The afternoon will be spent visiting Meersburg, another picturesque town along the lakeshore! (B, D) Overnight in Hotel in Lake Constance area

Day 11: Thursday, 27 06 2019
Lake of Constance – Freiburg – Speyer – Heidelberg
This morning you will be leaving the lakeshore and continue into Germany´s Black Forest. The first stop will be in Freiburg, where you will visit the Münster. Afterwards, the trip takes you to Speyer, where you will visit another of the beautiful Roman cathedrals of Germany. Finally, you reach Heidelberg, the famous student’s town for your overnight stay! (B, D) Overnight in Hotel in Heidelberg

Day 12: Friday, 28 06 2019
Heidelberg – Mainz – Jakobsberg – Rüdesheim
After a morning visit to Heidelberg´s castle, to enjoy the view over the town, you will drive to Mainz to visit the next of the Imperial cathedrals. Later you will visit the abbey of Jakobsberg for Mass. The day ends in the famous wine-town of Rüdesheim, where you will be spending the next night! (B, D) Overnight in Hotel in Rüdesheim

Day 13: Saturday, 29 06 2019
St. Hildegard – Rüdesheim – Koblenz -Neuss
In the morning you will visit Hildegard von Bingen’s Abbey, high over the Rhine valley. After church, you will go back into the valley to enjoy a boat trip along the Rhine River to St. Goar. The banks along the river are studded with castles and ruins. Also, you will pass the famous Loreley rock on your way. Then you will board your coach again and continue your journey via Bonn, to the town of Neuss for the final two nights in Germany! (B, D) Overnight in Hotel in Neuss

Day 14: Sunday, 30 06 2019
Neuss – Cologne – Düsseldorf
For your final day in Germany you will visit the city of Cologne, After Mass, you will enjoy a tour of Cologne Cathedral. On the way back to Neuss, you will also stop in Düsseldorf for a stroll along the famous promenade, that is the KÖ, Düsseldorf´s longest shopping street! In the evening you will enjoy a farewell dinner together in a local brewery in Neuss! (B, D) Overnight in Hotel in Neuss

Day 15: Monday, 01 07 2019
Neuss – Düsseldorf – Airport
Today you will be transferred to Düsseldorf airport for your departure for your homebound flight.

INCLUSIONS ON THIS TRIP:
 Transportation by a deluxe motor-coach
with reclining seats, refrigerator, air-condition and WC/wash-cabin
 Transfers, excursions, and round-trips as per itinerary
 Service of a friendly and experienced bus-driver
 Service of a friendly, experienced and English-speaking tour-escort
 10 nights accommodation in first-class hotels (3 & 4-star-category)
 All rooms with private facilities
 Daily buffet-breakfast included
 Porterage service in/out in all those hotels booked by AWH
 3-course-evening dinners or lunches in hotels or in restaurants nearby,
 One special lunch in Salzburg, Peterskeller
 One special dinner in the wine tavern in Fahr/Volkach
 Farewell evening/dinner on last evening in Neuss
 All road taxes, local taxes, tolls, parking fees, etc.

Local, licensed and English-speaking local guides for sightseeing:
 Bamberg
 Cologne Cathedral
 Innsbruck
 Salzburg

Orientation-tours through several other towns escorted by your tour-escort
 Fraueninsel
 Lucerne
 Freiburg
 Heidelberg
 Constance
 Freiburg
 Heidelberg

Entrance fees, guided tours, cruises, and other special arrangements:
 Entrance and Guided tour of Pommersfelden castle
 Entrance and Guided tour of Herrenchiemsee castle
 Guided tour of Stams Abbey and library
 Boat cruise from Konstanz to Meersburg
 River cruise on the Rhine
 Lake cruise on Lake Chiemsee
 Guided tour of Cologne Cathedral
 Sightseeing-stops at Mainz, Garmisch, Rothenburg, Ulm, Augsburg, etc.
 Cog-wheel train and cable car ride up Pilatus mountain

Mass and church-services (TBA by Father Volker):
 Münsterschwarzach
 Bamberg
 St. Ottilien
 Ettal
 St. Johann in Tirol (Fritz)
 Salzburg St. Peter
 Fraueninsel
 Uznach
 Einsiedeln
 Reichenau
 Speyer
 Jakobsberg
 St. Hildegard
 Cologne

CONTACT FR. VOLKER TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT:  402.352.2177 or email at frvolker@benedictinemissionhouse.com

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