Daily Schedule & Activities
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Join us as for a pilgrimage along the path of St. Francis DeSales and his life in Annecy, France.
Pilgrims will arrive in Geneva on the morning of Monday, July 2, 2018 and make their way to St. Michel School in Annecy, France. Pilgrims are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from France, however a bus will be available to pick up travelers from the Geneva International Airport on Monday morning, and return them on Saturday morning.
Pilgrimage fee is $500 per person. This fee includes lodging, food (excluding lunch on July 4 and dinner on July 5), and transportation during your stay at St. Michel. All rooms at St. Michel are double occupancy, so if you are traveling alone you may be assigned a roommate.
A pilgrimage fee of $300 is available for persons who choose to stay at a nearby hotel. This fee includes meals (excluding lunch July 4 and dinner July 5) and busing during your stay, and does NOT include hotel cost.
All pilgrims will be on their own for lunch on July 4 and dinner on July 5. Be sure to bring money to cover these meals as well as any personal shopping you may want to do.
To reserve your space, a deposit of $300 is required. We will begin accepting deposits/reservations on September 1, 2017. Spots will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.
Full balance for the pilgrimage is due on January 1, 2018.
Day 1: Monday, July 2, 2018
Arrival to Annecy: A bus will pick us up and take us to Travel to Annecy where we will have lunch at St. Michel, time to unpack, and then afternoon to explore the city of Annecy. Dinner is at 7:00 PM. Each evening after dinner, there is a prayer service with time for discussion and review of the day. Groups will be arranged according to age (high school, college, young adult, adults). After prayer and discussion pilgrims are free to go to bed or take a walk back into town.
Day 2: Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Begin the day with breakfast at St. Michel. Travel by bus to Chateau in Allinges for mass and a picnic lunch, and then to Castle of DeSales, and the Church of St. Maurice where DeSales was baptized. Return later in the afternoon for rest/free time before dinner, which is at 7:00 PM. Prayer, discussion, free time to follow dinner.
Day 3: Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Begin the day with breakfast at St. Michel. Spend the day visiting sites in the city of Annecy: First, we walk to Basilica (some may have to be driven) for tour and mass, and time for gift shop and museum. Pilgrims are free to have lunch in a Café in the old city of Annecy (not included in meal package). After lunch gather for Walking in the Footsteps of DeSales tour through the old city (Gallery, Church of St. Francis de Sales, and Cathedral of St. Peter). Return to St. Michel/hotel rest and dinner at 7:00 PM at St. Michel. Prayer, discussion, free time to follow dinner.
Day 4: Thursday, July 5, 2018
Begin the day with breakfast at St. Michel. Boat ride to St. Germain, hike from lake to hermitage site (bus ride for those not capable of doing the hike), mass once we arrive and have had time for taking in the sights, and then a picnic lunch and bus ride back to St. Michel/hotel. Free time after we return to lodging and dinner on this day is on your own (not included in the meal package). Gather at the end day for night prayer, review of the day, and discussion.
Day 5: Friday, July 6, 2018
Begin the day with breakfast at St. Michel. Trip to Lyon after breakfast, Mass at the cathedral and other sites, brown bag lunch provided, free time for group to visit sights, and then a walking trip to the site where DeSales died. Close the experience with a dinner at St. Michel at 7:00 PM, closing prayer and final discussion to follow. Pilgrims can choose to go to bed or walk back in town for a last visit to the city.
Day 6: Saturday, July 7, 2018
Light breakfast on Saturday morning and departure by bus
for Geneva International airport and the trip back to Philadelphia.
If you are interested in joining this pilgrimage to Annecy, please let us know by submitting the form below. Deposits will be accepted after September 1, and can be made either online or in person. Information on online registration and payment will be available on this page after this date.
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