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The Danube River Cruise Itinerary

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DAY 1 – Wednesday, October 31: Depart Newark on an overnight flight to Munich
DAY 2 – Thursday, November 1: Munich arrival and city tour Welcome to Germany! We are greeted at the airport by our English-speaking tour guides and transferred to the city for a city tour and opportunity to attend Mass. Settle into the hotel before our Bavarian welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Opportunity to attend Mass. Overnight Munich area. (Welcome dinner with wine)
DAY 3 – Friday, November 2 – Altotting MARIAN SHRINE – Passau-
All Souls Day
Following breakfast, we board our bus for a drive through the beautiful Bavarian countryside to Altotting often called “The Lourdes of Germany” due to the thousands of pilgrims who come here every year in search of healing. Today the shrine attracts over one million pilgrims each year. The many crutches and other votives on display there testify to the healings attributed to the intercession of Our Lady of Altotting. In 1980 Pope John Paul II made a pilgrimage here. A young Joseph Ratzinger came here with his father when growing up and it is known to be one of his favorite shrines long before he became Pope or even a Cardinal.
DAY 4, Saturday, November 3: Regensburg – Weltenburg Abbey –
Regensburg
Board the coach and depart for the Abbey of Weltenburg, for a guided visit of the Abbey which was founded by a mission of Irish and Scottish monks around 620 AD, and is considered to be the oldest monastery in Bavaria. Following time to taste the brew made by the monks of the Abbey we return to the ship we experience a Bavarian evening with lively traditional music and a dinner of local specialties.
DAY 5, Sunday, November 4: Passau – Linz: Full Day Excursion to
Salzburg
Following lunch and time to explore on your own we travel a short distance to the Maria Plain Shrine where we celebrate Mass at the Maria Plain Basilica. The Basilica is home of the miraculous painting of the “Virgin with Child” by an unknown painter, which inexplicably survived a fire in the Bavarian town of Regen. Following a coffee and cake break we return to Linz and our ship. Dinner on the ship. 10:00 PM – Ship sails. Overnight Cruise.
DAY 6, Monday, November 5: Emmersdorf – Melk Abbey – Vienna:
CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT
Arrival in Emmersdorf, a small Austrian town where we board our bus for a short drive to Melk Abbey. The magnificent Baroque style structure is surrounded by a gorgeous town with Renaissance homes and winding streets reminiscent of the Middle Ages. The Abbey is the setting for Umberto Eco′s ′The Name of the Rose′. Among the treasures housed here, are paintings, sculptures, and decorative art from the 9th to 15th centuries. Afternoon is at leisure on the ship to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
DAY 7, Tuesday, November 6: Vienna
Enjoy a guided walking tour of Vienna of the Old Town between the University and Opera house passing major monuments to include Donners′ Fountain, Belvedere Palace Gardens, Hofburg Palace, Spanish Horses training site (external visits only), and St. Stephen′ s Cathedral. We celebrate the Divine Liturgy in Vienna at the Maria Poach Chapel in St. Stephen’s Cathedral (TBC). You may choose to stay in the city for lunch on your own followed by an afternoon at leisure to explore or return to the ship for included. lunch
DAY 8, Wednesday, November 7: Bratislava – Schlosshof – Bratislava We meet our local guide for a guided walking tour of Bratislava. Walking down to the Old Town, pass by St. Martin’s Cathedral, Michael′s Gate, Academia Istropolitana historical building, Main Square, Primatial Palace, churches, palaces of famous families, Slovak National Theatre and Bratislava Castle on the hill with a panoramic view of Bratislava (exterior views only). We return to the ship for the included lunch or you may choose to stay in the city for lunch on your own. At 1:00 PM we depart for the Schlosshof
Palace where we enjoy a guided tour through the resplendent palace apartments with their costly furnishings, exquisite textiles and glass chandeliers. Return to Bratislava to celebrate the Divine Liturgy at the Byzantine Catholic Cathedral of Exaltation of the Holy Cross (TBC).
DAY 9,Thursday, November 8: Budapest The ship arrives Esztergom, the picturesque medieval city which lies on the Danube Bend. We tour St. Stephan’s Cathedral, visited by Pope John Paul II and have the opportunity to attend Mass. Driving through the picture perfect Hungarian countryside we arrive at the charming, ethnic artist colony Szentendre. Enjoy lunch and time on your own to explore the artist village. In the afternoon, we arrive in Budapest and have a panoramic city tour stopping at the isherman′s Bastion, which takes its name from the guild of fishermen that were responsible for defending this stretch of city walls in the Middle Ages. We see the Matyas Church, a gorgeous Romanesque style church whose Ecclesiastical Art museum houses numerous sacred relics including replicas of the Hungarian royal crown and coronation jewels and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Buda side of the city.
DAY 10, Friday, November 9: Budapest Disembarkation from the cruise ship. We continue our exploration of this beautiful city with a morning tour of the Buda side of the city. Settle into our hotel and enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore on your own. Dinner is at leisure. Overnight Budapest.
Day 11: Saturday, November 10: BUDAPEST –KRAKOW We depart for Krakow this morning, crossing from Hungary into Poland. Upon arrival check into your hotel and enjoy time at leisure in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Dinner is at leisure. Overnight in Krakow. (B)
Day 12: Sunday, November 11: KRAKOW SITES –DIVINE MERCY- SALT MINES Our sightseeing tour of Krakow includes visiting sites in the Medieval Old Town and on the Wawel Hill where we see the Cathedral with the St. Stanislaus Shrine which contains the relics of Poland’s patron saint. We see the Pope’s room and the famous Pope’s Window, honoring St. John Paul II. We travel a short distance to visit the Divine Mercy Shrine, where St. Faustina, the Apostle of Divine Mercy lived and died. We have the opportunity to attend Mass at Divine Mercy Shrine (TBC) and visit the new center “Have No Fear” dedicated to St. John Paul II, to venerate his relics. Continue to Wieliczka, the oldest salt mine in Europe where we explore underground chambers and salt lakes. We see richly decorated chapels including the famous Blessed Kings’ Chapel. Dinner and overnight in Krakow. (B, D)
Day 13: Monday, November 12: CZESTOCHOWA We visit Jasna Gora Monastery to see the miraculous icon of the Black Madonna. We have time to explore the monastery and have the opportunity to attend Mass. (TBC) Time for prayer and reflection is scheduled. Return to Krakow for a farewell evening tonight in a local restaurant with a folklore show. Overnight in Krakow.
Day 14: Tuesday, November 13: DEPART FOR USA: After breakfast, we are transferred to the airport for our flight home.

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