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Each Cosmos faith-based vacation is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Cosmos escorted vacation, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery vacation is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.
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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.
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, made out of 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
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
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 Mass M, 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
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
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 Mass M in the solemn St. Stephen Cathedral. Continue exploring at leisure, or join an optional excursion. In the evening, say farewell to your newfound friends during the included dinner at a local restaurant. You certainly shared some really intense faith experiences but also some unforgettable moments of joyous communal life.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.
Hotel Züri was completely reconstructed in 2017 by the famous architects Gigon & Guyer who shaped the skyline of the new Züri West district. All 167 rooms offer a modern design with a unique "Zurich touch" and there is a restaurant, a bar and fitness centre with a sauna. Free Wi-Fi access is available throughout the hotel and a business corner with a printer is featured in the lobby.
Hotel Wittelsbach is a family run hotel located in the heart of Oberammergau, home of the world famous Passion Play. The hotel offers excellent Bavarian and international cuisine, laundry facilities as well as free Wi-Fi internet connection in all public areas.
Located in the heart of Altötting directly next to the Saint Konrad monastery with all sights within walking distance. This charming 55-room hotel dates back to 1925 and offers relaxed accommodation, authentic Bavarian food including the renowned home-made "Weißwürst" sausage as well as free Wi-Fi access.
Next to the Gasometer City shopping and entertainment center and only a 2-minute walk from the subway station (U3), this contemporary hotel offers easy access to the city center and has free Wi-Fi connection. The stylishly furnished guestrooms are all air-conditioned and soundproofed with wooden flooring and flat-screen cable TVs.
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