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.
Abbey Friends in Havana, Cuba getting ready for an evening's cruise in a fleet
of antique convertibles in route to our farewell dinner.
African Safari to Tanzania
“Lions, Elephants and Wildebeest”
January 28 - February 9, 2017
(This tour is full - sorry, no more seats available)
Saint John's Abbey of Collegeville, Minnesota, will be teaming up with Access 2 Tanzania in sponsoring a wonderful and exotic African safari to Tanzania. From the foothills of Kilimanjaro and the herds of elephants in Tarangire National Park to the world's greatest wildlife spectacle—the wildebeest migration in the famous Serengeti—you will find yourself amazed at God's wonderful creation. The mode of transportation will be 4x4 safari jeeps. Along the way, as appropriate opportunities arise, we will celebrate Mass together on at least a couple of occasions. You will also have the opportunity to meet with local Chaga villagers and members of the Masai tribe. After your eight-day safari experience, you will head to the pristine white beaches just off the coast of Tanzania on the island of Zanzibar. Here you will spend a couple relaxing days recovering from your safari, and visiting nearby Stone Town, noted as being the only functioning ancient town in East Africa, and a city of prominent historical and artistic importance in East Africa. Its architecture, mostly dating back to the 19th century, reflects the diverse influences underlying the Swahili culture, with a unique mixture of Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements. For this reason, the town was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000.
You will find this trip to be inspirational, educational, and memorable. It is for those who realize "once in a lifetime" only happens once!
The Pews and Pubs of Ireland
May 8 - May 19, 2017
On this adventure through the Emerald Isle, you will see that even the oldest traditions continue to thrive. Discover Ireland’s highlights, starting in historic Dublin where we will have a city tour, then Belfast where we will see the Albert Memorial and the ornate Victorian buildings of the Opera House and the Crown Liquor Saloon, and the fascinating Titanic Museum. We will continue on Ireland’s popular scenic routs along the coast road to Giants Causeway and Bushmills Distillery and the “Nine Glens of Antrim”, which offer wonderful views of mountains, valleys and coastline. After your visit, travel northwest to Donegal and Knock Shrine and Ballintubber Abbey. We will spend time in County Cork, the “Rebel County.” After exploring the mesmerizing Cliffs of Moher, kissing the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle, and seeing the charming coastal city of Galway, you may find it hard to say goodbye to Ireland.
New Zealand and Australia
Aussie Beauty and Kiwi Charm
October 3 - 21, 2017
Join us on a trip down under and discover a region of true natural and cultural diversity on our New Zealand and Australia Tour. From Australia's Great Barrier Reef to New Zealand's alpine Mount Cook, you'll find great opportunities for learning and discovery on this wonderfully specially crafted tour. From kangaroos to koalas, from the Sydney famed Opera House to Auckland's Sky Tower to the beautiful beaches of New Zealand, you will have a marvelous time. And you'll do it up close, as you will be introduced to Aussie Aborigines and New Zealand's sheepherders—all the engaging people who give this part of the world its deserved reputation for friendliness and good cheer.
This specially customized tour is guaranteed to thrill. Come join us for a trip down under and experience the magic of Australia and New Zealand. Along the way, we will have Morning Prayer and Mass—and do so in some glorious cathedrals and churches and amidst some spectacular scenery.
MORE information will be available once pricing has been set in December. Given the distance and time to get there, the trip will be twenty-one days in length.
Future Tour Options:
- Normandy, France & Belgium or the Holy Land (either spring or fall 2018)
- Either Chile, including Patagonia or Peru, Ecuador & Galapagos Islands (winter 2018-19).
Stay tuned as these plans are developed.
Or if you have questions or interest, please contact: