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Pilgrimage to Annecy

Pilgrims are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from Annecy. 

Pilgrims should plan their travel arrangements from any airport in the world, with the goal of arriving to Geneva International airport on arrival day (June 29, 2020) in the morning or early afternoon.

A bus will be made available to transport pilgrims from the Geneva airport in both the morning and in the afternoon.

Individuals also have the freedom to meet in Annecy if you are traveling in France before the start date (by rail, bus, etc).

Pilgrimage Fee with food, busing, and lodging (double occupancy) is $700.

Bring additional money for one lunch, one dinner, and any personal shopping.

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Annecy France

Pilgrimage to Annecy Schedule

  • Day 1 — Monday, June 29

    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, June 30

    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 1

    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 2

    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 3

    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 4

    Light breakfast on Saturday morning and departure by bus for Geneva International airport and the trip back to Philadelphia.

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