Your Adventure, Day by Day
- We will be met by our Tour Manager/Guide and journey into Geneva, Calvin’s “Shining City on a Hill.” Upon our arrival, we will view the Jet d’ Eau, a beautiful fountain throws water 460 feet into the air and is visible for miles, and the Jardin Anglais, featuring the world famous Flower Clock, which is made of carefully landscaped beds of flowers; it keeps perfect time and is the most recognized symbol of Geneva.
- Caritas International From here we will leisurely stroll the area to familiarize ourselves with this beautiful city. (Time permitting) Our touring day continues with a stop at the regional office of Caritas International, a confederation of 162 Catholic relief, social service and developmental agencies assisting marginalized and oppressed people in over 200 countries. The main office is based in Vatican City.
- Chamonix We will spend a day in Chamois, France's mountaineering capital, which lies at the foot of the famous 10,000 ft. Chamois needles at a point where the glacial valley of the Rave widens out.
- Mont Blanc All around are the high mountains of the Mont Blanc massif, the most renowned of the massifs of the French Alps because of its dramatic relief, crystalline rocks and glacial morphology.
- Rack Railway and Cable Car This afternoon we will take the Rack Railway and Cable car to view the world-famous "sea of ice". The glacier is 9 miles long and in places 1,300 ft. thick.
- Cathedral Our morning begins with a short drive to Annecy, the residence of Geneva's most renowned Bishop, Francis de Sales. We will visit the local Cathedral, the former bishop's Palace, and the Visitation Monastery.
- Bishop's Place & Visitation Monastery Francis De Sales was Geneva's presiding Bishop, but was forced to live in Annecy because of growing tensions with religious groups opposed to Catholicism. He was renowned for the tremendous charity he demonstrated in dealing with these various factions. Francis is regarded as a pioneer in the development of a spiritual approach for the common person. He saw the call to a life of holiness as something that was applicable to everyone, and not just the privilege place of a monk or a nun. He has written extensively, and his most famous work is a treatise entitled Introduction to Devout Life. De Sales was truly an ecumenist and spent his life looking for ways to bring about a certain harmony among the various religious groups. This afternoon we will continue to explore Annecy and sights associated with this sainted Bishop.
- International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum This morning we will enjoy Sunday morning Worship at a local church. We will visit with another community and experience some time for sharing our oneness in Christ. This afternoon we will visit the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, acclaimed as one of the best museums in Europe. A businessman, Henri Dunant, organized the first Geneva Convention in 1864, setting down, for the first time, rules for the conduct of war. The major powers signed the agreement and this led to the creation of the International Red Cross, designed to help soldiers or civilians caught up in war or natural disasters. The museum uses interactive technology and video displays to illustrate the role of the Red Cross in the world for over a century.
- Old Quarter Walking Tour John Calvin visited Geneva in 1536, and Reformer Guillaume Farel persuaded him to stay to help strengthen the Reformationinthecity. Both men were asked to leave the city in 1538 when anti-Protestant forces prevailed. Calvin was asked to return in 1541, and became the dominant figure in Geneva until his death in 1564. At his request, he was buried in an unmarked grave. Our morning commences with an Old Quarter Walking Tour.
- Cathedral de Saint-Pierre The walking tour will include a visit to the Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre, where in 1536 the people of Geneva gathered in the cloister and voted to make the cathedral Protestant. ith a philosophy of austerity, they destroyed all of the altars, statues and ornamentation in the cathedral, leaving only the pulpit and stained glass windows. Highlights of our visit will include Calvin’s Chair, and an Ascent of the North Tower, where will enjoy spectacular views of the city.
- Temple de l'Auditoire We continue next door to the Temple de l’Auditoire, a Gothic church where Calvin preached, which was restored in 1959 just in time for Calvin’s 450th anniversary.
- Monument de la Reformation Our morning concludes in the park, promenade des Bastions, where will view the Monument de la Reformation. Built in 1917 along a 16th century rampart beneath the walls of the old town, the monument represents John Knox, John Calvin, Theodore de Beze, and Guillame Farel on the one end and the Pilgrim Fathers on either end, Luther and Zwingli.
- Free Day Our last day in Geneva is a free day for you to visit, shop, relax, reflect and explore this tremendous area. Tonight we gather for a farewell dinner as our time of faith and fellowship comes closely to its end. Your tour manager will help you coordinate any arrangements needed for special sightseeing during the day.
- Flight Home Our rewarding and enjoyable experience will come to an end as our Tour Manager/Guide escorts us to the airport for our return flight home.