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Shrines of Alpine Europe - Faith-Based Travel

Price per person
from £1,209

Price based on
London Heathrow
21st Aug 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 7 days

  • Europe

  • Steady pace

  • Religious touring

This budget-minded, faith-based vacation offers the opportunity to discover genuine alpine pilgrimage sites in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Travelling through spectacular alpine scenery, you’ll appreciate the gift of nature and life and reflect on the greatness of Creation, while visiting such inspirational sites as the baroque Benedictine Abbey of Einsiedeln—one of Switzerland’s most important pilgrimage resting sites on the Way of St. James. See the marble, black Madonna gracing the baroque monastery and chapel with the opportunity to join in Divine Office Vespers and the Salve Regina. Visit the Bavarian town of Oberammergau—site of the famed Passion Play, performed once-a-decade since 1634 and returning in 2020. Stay overnight in Altötting, a spiritual focal point of Bavaria for more than 1250 years. In Austria, visit the 17th-century Salzburg Cathedral, the magnificent Benedictine Abbey in Melk, and Vienna’s stunning Cathedral of St. Stephen. The historic and visually stunning sites of Alpine Europe are sure to inspire spiritual joy and reflection on your affordable European vacation in some of the world’s most renowned religious locations.

At a glance

Lucerne Visit the Old Town

Einsiedeln Attend the Divine Office Vespers and Salve Regina at the Benedictine Abbey, home of the Black Madonna

Oberammergau Passion Play theatre visit

Munich Admire Marienplatz

Altötting Visit the Sanctuary and Panorama Museum; candlelight procession

Salzburg Visit the Old Town

Melk Benedictine Abbey evening visit

Vienna Guided city tour and Mass in St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Mass Services: Einsiedeln, Altötting, Vienna

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

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Make your own way

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Overview

This budget-minded, faith-based vacation offers the opportunity to discover genuine alpine pilgrimage sites in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Travelling through spectacular alpine scenery, you’ll appreciate the gift of nature and life and reflect on the greatness of Creation, while visiting such inspirational sites as the baroque Benedictine Abbey of Einsiedeln—one of Switzerland’s most important pilgrimage resting sites on the Way of St. James. See the marble, black Madonna gracing the baroque monastery and chapel with the opportunity to join in Divine Office Vespers and the Salve Regina. Visit the Bavarian town of Oberammergau—site of the famed Passion Play, performed once-a-decade since 1634 and returning in 2020. Stay overnight in Altötting, a spiritual focal point of Bavaria for more than 1250 years. In Austria, visit the 17th-century Salzburg Cathedral, the magnificent Benedictine Abbey in Melk, and Vienna’s stunning Cathedral of St. Stephen. The historic and visually stunning sites of Alpine Europe are sure to inspire spiritual joy and reflection on your affordable European vacation in some of the world’s most renowned religious locations.

Total meals included:

  • 6 breakfasts, 3 dinners

UK - Zurich, Switzerland

Day
1

On arrival in Zurich, you will be transferred to your hotel.

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 travellers and prepare for your upcoming spiritual journey. Welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Zurich - Lucerne - Einsiedeln - Zurich

Day
2

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 centre 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, before returning to Zurich.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Zurich - Oberammergau, Germany

Day
3

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, where in 2020 the once-a-decade Passion Play will take place. 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 THEATRE where the Passion Play takes place. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Oberammergau – Munich - Altötting area

Day
4

Stop in Munich, the capital of Bavaria, for a short visit of the city centre to admire Marienplatz with the Glockenspiel (carillon) of the new city hall tower. Head towards ALTöTTING, spiritual focal point of Bavaria for more than1250 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 and the candlelight procession, ideal moments for reflection and worship as well as for sharing your sense of faith with other believers.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Altötting area - Salzburg, Austria - Vienna

Day
5

Spend the morning getting to know picturesque Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace. Try the famous marzipan pralines, take a walk in the old town, listed as 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 centre over the centuries.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Vienna

Day
6

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 in the solemn CATHEDRAL OF ST. STEPHEN. 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Vienna - UK

Day
7

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
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Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Zurich - Novotel Zurich City-West

The 4-star Hotel Novotel Zürich City-West has 144 air-conditioned rooms, free WIFI, novotelcafé restaurant-lounge-bar, pool & fitness area.

  • Location

    Schiffbaustrasse 13, Zürich, Switzerland

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Oberammergau - Wittelsbach

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.

  • Location

    Dorfstrasse 21 Oberammergau, Germany

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board

Altotting Area - Altstadthotel Schex

Located next to the famous Chapel Square, this family-run hotel is housed in an historical building and has been welcoming guests since 1840. Savor tasty local specialties at the hotel's restaurant or chill out in a pleasant atmosphere drinking a home brewed beer in the Kastanian Biergarten.

  • Location

    Kapuzinerstrasse 11-13 Altötting, Germany

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Hairdryer

Vienna - Kavalier

Your four-star hotel in Vienna close to Schönbrunn Palace The four-star Hotel Kavalier lies in Vienna Penzing, the 14th district of Vienna, close to Schönbrunn Palace.

  • Location

    Linzerstrasse 165 Vienna, Austria

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Hairdryer

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