Our Plan:

MON, SEP 19 — NEW YORK/ACROSS THE ATLANTIC
Depart New York today on board your overnight transatlantic jet flight to Frankfurt, arriving the following day.

TUE, SEP 20 — ARRIVE FRANKFURT/RHINE CRUISE/ MAINZ
Arrive Frankfurt. Drive through the Upper Rhine Plain to Mainz where you board your Rhine steamer for a cruise to St. Goarshausen. View the picturesque Odenwald Hills rising to the East and pass the famous Lorelei Rock where, according to folklore, beautiful mermaids once lived. Disembark and continue to Mainz for the night.

WED, SEP 21 — MAINZ/HEIDELBERG/FREIBURG
After breakfast, depart to Heidelberg, the oldest University town in Germany and home of the “Student Prince.” View the medieval Town Hall and the University, founded in 1386. Cross the Neckar River and drive to the ancient castle high above the city and river. Continue to Freiburg.

THU, SEP 22 — FREIBURG/BASEL/LAKE LUCERNE
Morning drive to Basel, situated where the borders of Germany, France and Switzerland meet. Continue to Lucerne, whose attractive waterfront, 14th and 15th century covered wood bridges and medieval walls make it one of Switzerland’s prettiest cities. Free time to stroll along the bridges, relax on the lake shore or visit the elegant shops.

FRI, SEP 23 — LAKE LUCERNE
On a panoramic tour of the Bernese Oberland, drive through the lovely Obwalden Valley past Lakes Sarnen and Lungern. Follow the Bruenig Pass road to Interlaken, a popular summer resort dwarfed by the Alpine peaks of the Eiger and Jungfrau. From there, proceed to Lauterbrunnen. Continue to Grindelwald then return to your hotel for the night.

SAT, SEP 24 — LAKE LUCERNE/VADUZ/INNSBRUCK
Drive along the shores of the Walensee and Lake Zurich to Vaduz, capital of tiny Liechtenstein. Continue to Innsbruck, capital of the Austrian province of Tyrol, set in the heart of the Alps. The 800-year-old city was named for the bridge across the Inn River, first built in the 12th century. On your orientation tour of Innsbruck, view the Goldenes Dachl (Golden Roof), a late Gothic oriel with 2,657 gold-plated tiles. It was built under the rule of Emperor Maximilian I as a royal box for spectacles held in the square below.

SUN, SEP 25 — INNSBRUCK/SALZBURG
Travel today through beautiful Alpine scenery as you head towards the “Sound of Music” city of Salzburg, one of the world’s most beautiful places. Your afternoon sightseeing tour of Salzburg takes you past the most important corners and the most beautiful sights of the city. Drive via the Schloss Mirabell and the Kongresshaus. Continue via Schwarzstrasse and the Protestant Church to the Mozarteum and then past the Marionetten Theatre, Landes Theatre, Marktplatz, and Rathaus to view where Mozart was born. Visit the Church of the Franciscans, the Altermarkt (colorful marketplace) and see Hellbrunn Castle.

MON, SEP 26 — SALZBURG/OBERAMMERGAU/NEUSCHWANSTEIN/MUNICH AREA
Depart today for the village of Oberammergau where, every ten years, the citizens present their day long Passion Play depicting the last week in the life of Christ. Enjoy this unique Alpine village where you will also have the opportunity to purchase some of their famous woodcarvings. Then continue to the Bavarian Alps and mad King Ludwig’s fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle, one of the most photographed palaces in the world and the model for the castles at the Walt Disney theme parks. Following a castle tour, proceed to the Munich area.

TUE, SEP 27 —MUNICH
Munich was ruled for over 650 years by the Wittelsbacher dukes and kings, who left their mark on the architecture and founded the world famous Munich Art Collection. On your orientation tour, drive via Karolinenplatz to the Olympic Stadium, built for the 1972 Olympics. Proceed past the 1,000-foot-high Television Tower to Nymphenburg, the former Royal Residence. Then on to Odeon Square with the beautiful Theatiner Church and the Hall of Generals. Afternoon at leisure. Return to your hotel in the Munich area.

WED, SEP 28 — MUNICH/ROTHENBURG/ FRANKFURT AREA
Travel north on the Romantic Road through fairy-tale towns surrounded by moats, gates and towers. Admire the landscape dotted with lovely church spires standing since the Middle Ages. Drive to the traditional village of Dinkelsbuehl. Continue to Rothenburg, Germany’s best preserved medieval town. Rothenburg’s ramparts, cobbled roads and high gabled houses invoke the romance of the Middle Ages. The battle-scarred walls that encircle the town still protect St. Jakobskirch, with its altar carving by Tilman Riemenschneider. Overnight in the Frankfurt area.

THU, SEP 29 — FRANKFURT/NEW YORK
Bid farewell to Europe as you transfer to the airport for your flight back to New York, arriving the same day.

Participants

Rev. George Torok, Patricia DeSimone, Mildred Lampone, Maria Elena Allgor, Joan Stauble,
Ann Donaghy, Elizabeth Barry, Edwin Beck, Carol Beck, Anthony DeAngelis, Gloria DeAngelis,
Peter DeMarco, Philomena DeMarco, Gennaro DiColandrea, Mary DiColandrea, Marie DiMaggio,
Barbara Ruggiere, Emil Filak, Emilia Filak, Carmela Franceschini, Kathleen McCarthy, Robert Gregory,
Lucille Gregory, Anthony Gregory, Joyce Gregory, Joseph Gregory, Elizabeth Gregory,
Hans Albert Holzwarth, Joann Holzwarth, Nicholas LaBruna, Antoinette LaBruna, Daniel Lamperti,
Ann Lamperti, Bernard McSorley, Clarice McSorley, Elizabeth Meore, Eileen Murphy, Rose Moschella,
Elda Zamparo, Donald O’Brien, Eleanor O’Brien, Frederick Targos, Mary Ann Targos

 

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