Abbey Travel Tours

A primary goal of Abbey Travel Tours is to give old and new friends of Saint John's Abbey an opportunity to journey around the world in order to explore faith, experience different cultures, appreciate art and architecture, and learn something of our history and that of the nations we are touring. And do this while strengthening a love of Saint John's and forming some wonderful friendships with fellow travelers. 

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Some of the Ireland group at Saint Patrick’s grave stone, Downpatrick

 


 

Sicily and Malta

A Cultural Journey

April 10-19, 2018
Itinerary and Registration

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We will explore age-old ruins and otherworldly landscapes on this magnificent private guided journey. Some might say that Malta is a mirror of Sicily's past. Together, the two islands form the perfect Mediterranean tour.
 

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We will immerse ourselves in the splendor and the glory of these two cultural powerhouses. In Sicily, we will experience Greek ruins in lush valleys that are blanketed in scented oleander and juniper blossoms. In Malta, we will succumb to the allure of awe-inspiring megaliths, medieval towers, and Baroque churches. These mythical islands feel like open-air museums. We will drive along rugged seascapes and stop to stroll through fresh fish markets along the way. At night, rest in charming accommodations that offer the comforts of home. We hope you will consider traveling with us on this  

 

 

Essential India

The Taj to Raj Panorama Tour

October 2 - 25, 2018
Itinerary and Brochure

India_1.jpgAbbey Travel Tours of Saint John's Abbey invites you to join us on an unforgettable tour of India. You won't want to miss out on this fabulous opportunity. Vast and vibrant, India resonates with an intoxicating mix of color, traditions, and landscapes. Stretching from the palm-fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean, up to the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, it is a country of endless contrasts. Our India adventure explores the incredible highlights of this astonishing nation, offering an opportunity to learn and experience this extraordinary country, visit its iconic sights, sample the fragrant cuisines and understand its history, religions, and culture.

India_2.jpgOver the 24 days of our trip, we will travel from the south to the north of the country and include many memorable highlights and experiences. We will visit the incomparable Taj Mahal, the greatest monument ever built to love; explore the historic forts and palaces of Rajasthan; go on safari in search of the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger; experience historic, spiritual Varanasi; marvel in romantic and magical Udaipur; visit Chennai and the tomb of Saint Thomas the Apostle, and enjoy vibrant, fast-moving Mumbai. Relax and enjoy the tranquil beauty of Kerala's glistening backwaters. In addition, we have arranged many experiences where you will have the chance to sample local delicacies, take part in traditional ceremonies, and enjoy unique cultural encounters.

You will find this trip to be inspirational, educational, and memorable. It is for those who realize "once in a lifetime" only happens once! I hope you will consider joining in.

 

 

Holy Land & Jordan

Biblical Footsteps Pilgrimage

February 6 - 18, 2019
Itinerary and Registration

holy_land_2.jpgSaint John's Abbey invites you to follow the footsteps of Christ on this awe-inspiring pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Come discover the sights and sounds of the inspirational land of prophets, kings, and saints. Seize this unique opportunity to bring new dimensions of understanding to your faith life.

We hope this tour will prove interesting to you!

The trip includes a full day to explore the Red Rose city of Petra. We will drive to Mount Nebo where Moses viewed the Promised Land, and then proceed to Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the baptismal site where John the Baptist carried out his ministry. On the summit of beautiful Mount Tabor, site of Christ's transfiguration, pilgrims will have an awesome view of the fertile Jezreel Valley below and an opportunity to visit the lovely Church of the Transfiguration on the mount's summit. Following a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee, we will visit Capernaum where Jesus spent much time. At the Mount of Beatitudes, we will reflect on Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, then travel on to the Benedictine monastery at Tabgha to view the ancient mosaic of the Loaves and Fishes. Finally, a visit to the nearby Church of Peter's Primacy where Peter was told, "Feed My lambs, feed My sheep."

A visit to Cana will take us to the village of Jesus' first miracle. In Nazareth, the boyhood town of Jesus, we will visit the Basilica of the Annunciation. In Samaria, we stop at the actual site of Jacob's Well, hewn manually out of solid rock and oholy_land_1.jpgver 100 feet deep. The water at the bottom of the well is fed by flowing water which is why ancients gave it the name of "living water". It is at this well that Jesus met the Samaritan woman and said to her: "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." (Jn 4:13-14).

In Bethlehem, we will have a chance to pray in the Church of the Nativity and visit Shepherd's Field. We will then travel on to the Old City of Jerusalem and make a stop at the Pool of Bethesda, scene of one of Jesus' healing miracles. Then we will be on to the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock, followed by a chance to meditate at the Western Wall.

An early morning walk on the Via Dolorosa will give us time to meditate and pray the Stations of the Cross, concluding with the celebration of Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. From atop the Mount of Olives, we will have a wonderful view of Jerusalem. At the foot of the hill we will see the Garden of Gethsemane with its ancient olive trees. We will also visit Mount Zion, site of the Benedictine Abbey of Dormition, and the nearby Upper Room, scene of the Last Supper.


 

Safari: Tanzania and Rwanda

Lions, Elephants, Wildebeest, Gorillas and Much More

June 16 - 27, 2019
Itinerary and Registration

TT_1.jpgAbbey Travel Tours invites you to join us on an African Safari. This will be our third such venture. We will again be teaming up with Access 2 Tanzania in sponsoring this wonderful and exotic safari to Tanzania. A twist from the previous safaris, this time we will follow up our time in Tanzania with a mountain trek to neighboring Rwanda. There we will interact with the silverback gorillas of Volcanoes National Park.

From the foothills of Kilimanjaro and the herds of elephants in Tarangire National Park to the most impressive geological feature in Africa, the sunken caldera of Ngorongoro Crater, to the to the world's greatest wildlife spectacle—the wildebeest migration in the famous Serengeti—we will find ourselves amazed at God's wonderful creation. Along the way, we will celebrate Mass together on the foothills of Kilimanjaro, in the middle of the Serengeti, and on a mountainous volcano in Rwanda. We will also have the opportunity to meet with local Chaga villagers and members of the Massai tribe.

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Future Tour Options:

  • Normandy, France - September 2019

 

For MORE information on the Abbey Travel Tours  contact Fr. Geoffrey Fecht at gfecht@csbsju.edu or 320-363-3818.

 

Stay tuned as these plans are developed. 
Or if you have questions or interest, please contact:

Fr. Geoffrey
(320) 363-3818
gfecht@csbsju.edu