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.
Tanzania Safari group with Ngorongora Crater and Conservation area in the distance
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.
Sicily and Malta
A Cultural Journey
April 10-19, 2018
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.
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
Future Tour Options:
Essential India: The Taj to Raj Panorama Tour (Fall, 2018)
Stay tuned as these plans are developed.
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