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|Itinerary at a Glance
Footsteps of Pope Benedict XVI
|Highlights||Prague Castle, Infant Jesus of Prague, Regensburg Cathedral, Altoetting, Church of Our Lady in Munich|
Follow the footsteps of Pope Benedict XVI, from his early childhood years in a small German town to his tenure as Archbishop of Munich and Freising. Start your journey in Prague, a city of medieval wonders and the home of the Holy Infant Child of Prague, which inspires the devotion of countless pilgrims each year. Then head to Regensburg, one of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities and the home of the university where Pope Benedict XVI taught and developed his approach to Church doctrine. Visit his birthplace, as well as the shrine he called “heart of Bavaria and one of the hearts of Europe,” Altoetting. Explore the beauty of Munich, a German Catholic stronghold. This remarkable journey will leave you with invaluable insight into this great man. Reserve your spot soon!
Day 2, Saturday: Prague. After going through customs, transfer to your centrally located hotel for check in. Take some time to rest from your flight, then get acquainted with the “City of a Thousand Spires” on your own. In the evening, meet other members of your group for dinner. (D)
Day 3, Sunday: Prague. This morning attend a Sunday Mass. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Fairy-tale Prague is a feast for the eyes. Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV ruled one of Europe's largest kingdoms from Prague and built a city of medieval wonders in the process. The city center is a mélange of stunning architecture, from Gothic, Renaissance and baroque to neoclassical, art nouveau and Cubist. Feel free to get lost wandering the narrow streets and bridges—wherever you end up, you will discover charm and beauty. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 4, Monday: Prague. Start your day with a panoramic bus drive, which will introduce you to landmarks such as the Charles Bridge, the Lesser Town, and the Old Town Square. Then continue exploring by foot, visiting the Prague Castle and, located within it, St. Vitus Cathedral, a magnificent example of Gothic architecture and the most important church in the country. Next visit the Church of Our Lady Victorious, where you will find the world-renowned statue of the Holy Infant Child of Prague (also known as the Infant Jesus), which is said to have protected the city for centuries and inspires the devotion of countless pilgrims each year. Spend the rest of the day exploring Prague’s thrilling history and cultural legacy on your own. Consider a visit to the Jewish Ghetto, where you will find the oldest still existing synagogue in Europe. Breakfast provided.
Day 5, Tuesday: Prague, Pilsen & Regensburg. This morning continue westward through Bohemia. At Pilsen, a town famous for its beer, view the Gothic St. Bartholomew's Cathedral, whose spire is the highest in the Czech Republic, which has no shortage of soaring church towers; the Renaissance Town Hall; and the second-largest synagogue in Europe. Walk along a historic underground tunnel and cellar network, and take a tour of the Plzeňský Prazdroj beer brewery, where you will discover for yourself why many hold Czech beer to be the best in the world. After lunch proceed to Regensburg for dinner and overnight. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Our journeys today will cover 170 miles and take approximately 4 hours.
Day 6, Wednesday: Regensburg. One of Germany's best-preserved medieval cities, Regensburg has played a central role in the life of Pope Benedict XVI for forty years. Here Pope Benedict XVI taught theology and developed his approach to Church doctrine, before becoming the Archbishop of Munich and Freising and a Cardinal. A walking tour will acquaint you with the places that defined Pope Benedict XVI’s life in the city, including the Regensburg Cathedral, the University of Regensburg, the Old Town Hall and one of the two last remaining Roman gates in Germany. Afternoon is at leisure to explore this fascinating and romantic city on your own. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 7, Thursday: Regensburg, Altoetting & Munich. After breakfast travel to Marktl am Inn, the birthplace of Pope Benedict XVI, born as Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger in 1927. After viewing the house where he was born, continue to the nearby village of Altoetting, the most visited pilgrimage site in Germany. Pope Benedict, who often visited the shrine as a child with his parents and siblings, called it the “heart of Bavaria and one of the hearts of Europe.” Visit the Chapel of Grace, which holds the Black Madonna of Altoetting, a venerated statue of the Virgin Mary that is said to have revived a young boy who drowned in the 15th century, among many other miracles. After celebrating Mass, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Munich for overnight. Breakfast & lunch provided.
Our journeys today will cover 155 miles and take approximately 3½ hours.
Day 8, Friday: Munich. Munich was home to Pope Benedict XVI for five years during his days as Archbishop. Visit the Church of Our Lady, the seat of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising. Walk around the Marienplatz, a large open square in the heart of the city anchored by a delightful Marian Column with a golden statue of the Virgin Mary on top. This is where Cardinal Ratzinger took leave of his archbishopric before setting off for Rome in 1982, and where he held an outdoor Mass for hundreds of thousands of people on a return trip in 2006. End your tour with a visit to the Baroque Nymphenburg Palace, the former summer residence of the dynasty that ruled Bavaria for centuries. Afternoon is at leisure. Share your reflections with your fellow travelers over a farewell dinner. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 9, Saturday: Munich/USA. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Breakfast provided.
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