7 Days - Great pilgrimage in the French and Swiss Alps

 

Follow in the footsteps of great saints: to the pastor of Ars and to the Swiss national saint, brother Klaus von Flüe.

 

Day 1: Arrival

Flight to Zurich. Departure from Zurich by bus. We drive past Geneva to Ars-sur-Formans (2 nights).

 

Day 2: The holy pastor of Ars

In Ars, the life and work of Pastor Jean-Marie Vianney becomes apparent. In the 19th century, his sermons attracted many thousands of people each year. In a glass shrine in the basilica rest the bones of the saint. We celebrate worship together in the pilgrimage shrine. The afternoon will be spent in nearby Lyon. The charming town lies at the confluence of the Rhone and Saone. Its old town with its winding streets is a UNESCO heritage site. We marvel at the impressive Basilica Notre-Dame-de-Fourvière; Situated on the hill of the same name, it towers over the whole city.

 

Day 3: La Grande Chartreuse

Today we drive via Voiron through the romantic landscape of the Chartreuse Natural Park to St-Pierre-de-Chartreuse. In a remote side valley lies La Grande Chartreuse, the mother monastery of the Carthusian order. In the unique museum, we learn much about the history and spirituality of this particular community. We celebrate worship in the chapel. Afterwards, continue along the Route Napoléon to La Salette (2 nights).

 

Day 4: Pilgrim festivities in La Salette

Today is dedicated to the Marian sanctuary La Salette, located in the magnificent mountains of the Savoy Alps. Here the Blessed Mother appeared in 1846 to two shepherd children and revealed themselves to them. The "beautiful lady", as she was called by the young people, is said to have wept in grief.

 

Day 5: From La Salette to Flüeli

Via Chamonix, at the foot of Mont Blanc, the journey continues on to Switzerland. Passing Martigny and Lucerne on Lake Lucerne, we reach Flüeli, home of St. Brother Klaus, nestled in a beautiful landscape between mountains and Lake Sarnen (2 nights).

 

Day 6: The national saint of Switzerland

We start the day by visiting the house of birth and residence of Niklaus of Flüe and then descend into the Ranft Gorge to Brother Klaus Cell, where the saint lived as a hermit after retiring from public life. In the upper Ranft chapel we celebrate worship. In the afternoon we go to nearby Sachseln, whose parish church holds the burial place of the great Swiss saint and pacifier. His canonization in 1947 took his name far beyond the borders of Switzerland.

 

Day 7: Departure

In the morning drive to Einsiedeln. For more than a thousand years people have been making a pilgrimage to this place, where a black Madonna is worshiped. We conclude the trip there with a service and a visit to the beautiful Baroque pilgrimage basilica. Flight back from Zurich.

 

Our services:

- Bus trip in modern coach with toilet

- Accommodation in a double room with shower / WC in middle class hotels

- Halfboard

- Entrance fees

 

Price: from € 935,-- p. Person in Doubleroom

(based on a min. of 20 persons)

 

Travel documents: identity card or passport