COLORADO SPRINGS. On the third full day of Bishop Michael Sheridan’s 2018 Danube Pilgrimage Cruise, pilgrims will continue through the beautiful woods of Bavaria and visit landmarks in the life of Pope Benedict XVI.
Bishop Sheridan and Msgr. Bob Jaeger will lead this special Catholic Danube River cruise pilgrimage of Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary from Oct. 31-Nov. 10, 2018.
After the pilgrims’ first overnight aboard the Amadeus Silver III cruise ship, they wake up at the port in Regensberg in western Bavaria. A bus will take pilgrims to the center of this well-preserved medieval city, and stops include the University of Regensburg and the gothic architecture masterpiece of St. Peter’s Cathedral.
The University of Regensburg is particularly notable because of Pope Benedict’s history there. Founded in 1962, the university featured then-Father Joseph Ratzinger as a professor from 1969 until his elevation to archbishop in 1977. Among his former students is Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn.
After returning to the ship for a tasty lunch of sausage, dumplings, sauerkraut and other classic Bavarian dishes, pilgrims will board the coach once more to visit the magnificent Weltenburg Abbey. Founded by Irish and Scottish monks in the early 7th century, the abbey continues to house a small number of active Benedictine priests.
The abbey remains self-sufficient in part by tourism and also by maintaining what is believed to be the world’s oldest continuously active brewery, dating back to 1050 A.D. A walking tour of the abbey provides spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the Danube River. The group will celebrate Mass here before returning back to the ship for dinner and live traditional music
From there, pilgrims will say goodbye to Germany, head to their cabins to sleep and wake up in Austria.
Pilgrims who want to explore more of Eastern Europe after the cruise can add extensions for an additional cost to Prague, Czech Republic (Nov. 10-12), or Krakow and Czestechowa, Poland (Nov. 10-14).
Daily Mass is included throughout the pilgrimage, and beautiful churches where Masses are being finalized include the shrine in Altotting, Maria Plain Basilica in Salzburg, St. Martin Cathedral in Bratislava and St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Budapest. Tour organizer Bill Howard will also prepare pilgrims in advance with emails highlighting travel tips and spiritual formation to prepare for the journey.
The Amadeus Silver III ship combines the luxuries of a 5-star hotel with first-class crew service. There are three room decks, with the top featuring 12 luxury suites with walkout balconies. The majority of the other cabins have automatically lowering panorama windows. All cabins have a modern bathroom and a walk-in closet. The top deck of the Silver III features a glass-shielded River Terrace, and the main restaurant offers panoramic views.
The number of rooms for Bishop Sheridan’s pilgrimage are limited. Pricing is based on double occupancy and rooms range from $3,695 to $4,195 cash/check (credit card pricing is also available at a slightly higher cost).