Join Fr. Leo on a spectacular river cruise along the Danube River as it flows through the stunning European countryside.
Sunday, November 3, Day 1: DEPART USA
Depart on an overnight flight from Newark Airport to Budapest. Dinner and breakfast served on the plane. Add-on airfare is available from most major airports.
Monday, November 4, Day 2: ARRIVAL BUDAPEST – CRUISE EMBARKATION
Upon arrival in Budapest, our English-speaking tour managers greet us, board our buses and begin a panoramic tour of Budapest. Our drive takes us past City Park, Europe’s largest thermal spa and the Budapest Zoo; we stop at Heroes’ Square (with statues of the most famous Hungarian kings and dukes) for a photo op. We continue to Andrássy Avenue to downtown Pest, passing by the Opera House and St. Stephen’s Basilica. Today’s Program will depend on flight arrival times. This afternoon we embark on the beautiful Amadeus Star cruise ship (built in 2019) which will be our home for the next seven nights! Settle into your comfortable cabin, unpack and join us tonight for a welcome cocktail reception and orientation in the lounge area, followed by a Hungarian Folklore Show and a wonderful dinner accompanied by local wines. Following dinner, we head out on to the deck to enjoy warm mulled wine as the ship takes us on a panoramic Budapest by Night
Cruise. Dinner and overnight on the cruise. (Welcome cocktail and dinner on the ship)
*Mass will be celebrated.
Tuesday, November 5, Day 3: BUDAPEST: 1000 Years of History – SZENTENDRE – ESZTERGOM
After breakfast, we head out to explore Budapest, starting at the Chain Bridge, driving over to the Buda side of the city. We stop in the Castle District where during a short walk we see the main attractions of the area. We walk to Matthias Church and Fishermen’s Bastion (from where we can enjoy the beautiful panorama). Next, we drive to the Gellért Hill (Citadel) and see the most spectacular view of Budapest. During the tour, we hear a brief overview of the last 1000 years of Hungarian history. Cross the Elisabeth Bridge to the Pest side where we see the Central Market Hall. We depart for a drive through the pretty countryside to the artist village of Szentendre, where we have time to walk around and explore on our own, enjoy lunch, and perhaps do some shopping. We continue to Esztergom Cathedral to celebrate Mass just as St. John Paul did when he visited. Our ship awaits us in Esztergom. Dinner and overnight as we cruise. (B, D)
Wednesday, November 6, Day 4: MORNING RETREAT with your friends from Guadalupe Radio Network, Franciscan University of Steubenville and Fr. Leo Patalinghug – Cooking Demonstration with Fr. Leo – BRATISLAVA
We arrive in Bratislava, the capital of the Slovak Republic, this morning. Following breakfast, we have a morning retreat with Fr. Leo and the hosts from Guadalupe Radio Network. Before lunch, Fr. Leo and the head chef will demonstrate the fine art of apple strudel making, which we will enjoy later at dinner. Following lunch on the ship, we celebrate Mass at St. Martin’s Cathedral, the coronation site of Hungarian Kings. We have time to explore the city where we find relaxed pedestrian plazas and stylish street cafes. The ship sails tonight. Overnight as we cruise. (B, Lunch on the ship, D)
Thursday, November 7 – Day 5: VIENNA: The Royal Life and Classical Music
We wake up in the beautiful city of Vienna! Following breakfast, explore Austria’s most vibrant city. Enjoy a panoramic drive, taking in Vienna’s world-famous Opera House, Town Hall, Hapsburg Imperial Palace and more. Walk to St. Stephen’s Cathedral which is in the Main Square and see where the Vienna Boys Choir practices and performs. We celebrate Mass at the magnificent Votive Cathedral (TBC) and have time to explore the city on our own. Be sure to stop by the world-famous Hotel Sacher and try Sacher cake, a not-to-bemissed Viennese treat. You may choose to stay in own for lunch on your own, visit one of the many museums or return to the ship for lunch. In the afternoon you may wish to tour Schonbrunn Castle (optional $44.00. Lunch is not included for passengers who choose to take this excursion. You may purchase lunch on your own in Vienna). Following an early dinner tonight you may choose to be transferred back to Vienna for a classical music concert
(optional $125.00). Overnight on the cruise. (B, Lunch on the ship, D)
Friday, November 8, Day 6: WACHAU VALLEY – DURENSTEIN – MELK: A day of Wine and Abbeys
This morning we dock in Durenstein, a lovely wine village in the magnificent Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The perfect little village of Durenstein is in the center of Austria’s wine country with lush vineyards, fairy tale castles, and ancient monasteries. You may choose to walk to the town and explore on your own or stay on the ship for a wine seminar just before lunch. Following lunch, on the ship, we disembark in Melk for a visit to the beautiful Melk Benedictine Abbey. Our guided tour includes a tour of the Library, the Abbey and the Church where we celebrate Mass. We depart and enjoy a relaxing dinner on the ship followed by drinks and music in the lounge. Overnight on the cruise. (B, Lunch on the ship, D)
Saturday, November 9, Day 7: LINZ – SALZBURG – PASSAU: Sound of Music
Enjoy an early breakfast before boarding our private motorcoach which takes us to Salzburg, the city known for the beloved movie Sound of Music movie and as Mozart’s birthplace. Before arriving in Salzburg, we stop to Celebrate Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Maria Plain. The 17th-century hilltop shrine overlooking Salzburg has a painting of the Virgin Mary that miraculously survived a bakery fire. The shrine became a Minor Basilica in 1952 and was visited by Pope John Paul II in 1983. Folowing Mass we arrive in the enticing city of Salzburg with its ornate church towers and grand palaces. We have a walking tour of the charming city of music and Mozart. We see the Basilica and stroll along the Getreidegasse to see the house where Mozart was born and take in many familiar sights from the “Sound of Music” movie. Our exploration of the religious heritage of this town includes Nonnberg, believed to be the oldest nunnery in existence, founded by St. Rupert in the 8th century, plus the Benedictine Abbey of St. Peter, also founded by St. Rupert. Wear your most comfortable walking shoes as most of the streets are cobblestone – many closed to vehicles – and enjoy views of 17th century churches and quaint houses. Following our tour and f ree time in Salzburg we drive a short distance to Tonight we board our ship in Passau and enjoy dinner followed by music in the lounge. Lunch is on your own today. Overnight on the cruise. (B, Lunch on your own, D)
Sunday, November 10, Day 8: REGENSBURG: The City of Pope Benedict – Afternoon
on the ship with your friends from Guadalupe Radio Network
After breakfast, we head out to explore this wonderful city. Regensburg is one of Germany’s best-preserved medieval cities, famous for sausage-making and the place where Pope Benedict grew up, studied and became a priest. We embark on our city tour of Regensburg, highlighting places visited by the Holy Father in his youth. See the Stone Bridge, St. Peter’s Cathedral, the University area, the Castle and more. Celebrate Mass at Regensburg Cathedral. Return to the ship for lunch or choose to stay in the city to enjoy lunch on your own in one of the many local restaurants. Spend the afternoon with your friends from the Guadalupe Radio Network on the ship. Tonight, enjoy a Bavarian Evening on the ship, followed by the Captain’s gala farewell dinner. (B, Lunch on the ship, Captain’s Gala Dinner)
Monday, November 11, Day 9: NUREMBERG – DISEMBARKATION – PRAGUE: Infant Jesus of Prague
This morning we enjoy our final breakfast on board the ship. With our bags packed, we disembark from our home of eight days. Enjoy a city tour of Nuremberg which takes us through the historic city, famous as the epic enter of the Nazi propaganda campaign. See attractions like Congress Hall, Luitpold Arena, Great Street, and the historic old town, as we learn about the birth of the Third Reich empire. We celebrate Mass, and following lunch, on your own, we depart for Prague. Arrive in Prague and settle into our hotel. Overnight in Prague. (B, D)
Tuesday, November 12, Day 10: PRAGUE
Enjoy the day in this unique Bohemian city. We celebrate Mass at Our Lady of Victorious, where we see the Infant Jesus of Prague, followed by a walking tour of the Loreto Sanctuary, a lavish Baroque pilgrimage site, home of the Santa Casa, a replica of Mary’s house. Our visit includes the cloister and the treasury. Next stop is St. Vitus Cathedral and the Basilica of St. George, the oldest church in Prague. In the afternoon you have time to explore Old Town Prague including the Church of St. Nicholas and the Manes Bridge. Lunch is on your own. Tonight, we have a fun and festive farewell dinner in a local beer hall. Overnight in Prague. (B, Special farewell dinner)
Wednesday, November 13, Day 11: PRAGUE – USA
We have breakfast and head to the airport for our flight home to the USA. (B)
OPTIONAL: 3-night extension in KRAKOW, Poland
Wednesday, November 13, Day 11: PRAGUE – KRAKOW
We depart for Krakow this morning, crossing from the Czech Republic into Poland. Upon arrival check into our hotel and enjoy time at leisure in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Mass will be celebrated. Dinner at leisure. Overnight in Krakow. (B)
Thursday, November 14, Day 12: KRAKOW SITES – DIVINE MERCY – HAVE NO FEAR CENTER
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 celebrate Mass at Divine Mercy Shrine (TBC) and visit the new center “Have No Fear” dedicated to St. John Paul II, to venerate his relics. Dinner and overnight in Krakow. (B, D)
Friday, November 15, Day 13: CZESTOCHOWA
We visit Jasna Gora Monastery to see the miraculous icon of the Black Madonna. We have time to explore the monastery and celebrate Mass. 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. (B, L, Farewell dinner with folklore show)
Saturday, November 16, Day 14: DEPART FOR USA
After breakfast, we are transferred to the airport for our flight home. (B)
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