Find faith this Festive Season with Collette
Collette has announced its new Faith brochure which offers inquisitive travellers the chance to visit and explore some of the world’s most iconic spiritual sites and destinations. With eight itineraries departing in 2017 and 2018, the Faith brochure provides ideal escapes for clients wanting to learn about and absorb the rich history, religion and culture of these symbolic places.
“Collette is a family-owned business so the festive season is all about coming together with loved ones and embracing traditions. Our Faith tours provide guests access to sites that are revered by millions with local guides providing expert knowledge. Celebrating spirituality and devoutness is such a big part of cultures all over the world, so we are pleased to be able to offer experiences that capture this,” said Alison Mead, Australian Business Manager, Collette.
One of the highlights of the Faith brochure is that five of the tours include scheduled Catholic Masses. Shrines of Italy, Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Patrick’s Ireland, Pilgrimage to Poland and Pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes. On the Shrines of Italy tour, visitors will attend a Papal Ceremony at the Vatican City and receive a blessing from Pope Francis, while the 8-day Israel – Pilgrimage to the Holy Land features several services including at the Church of Nativity, Bethlehem and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre – the site of Christ’s crucifixion.
A second exploration of Israel is possible with Collette’s Israel – A Journey of Faith tour which includes a visit to Tel Migiddo, the sacred site of the Last Supper and picturesque Mount Zion, just outside the walls of the Old City.
Pilgrimage to Poland offers 8 days for travellers to discover the moving history of Warsaw, marvel at magnificent monasteries in Czestochowa and Krakow and embark on a poignant journey to Auschwitz with a guided tour through a former concentration camp. Here they will not only learn about the horrors that occurred within these walls but also about the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit.
The brochure also features the 10-day tour Greece: In the Footsteps of Paul the Apostle, which will awaken the spirit and the senses. With the breathtaking blue-white of Santorini, this tour also features a 3-day cruise through the idyllic Greek Islands, an excursion to the Turkish port of Kusadasi to see the ruins of Ephesus (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and a visit to Thessaloniki, an early centre for Christianity founded in 315 B.C.
For those wanting to visit central Portugal, Collette’s Pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes with Barcelona is ideal, with 2017 marking the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima Apparitions. Making their way through beautiful Portugal, France and Spain, pilgrims on this journey will worship the most revered basilicas of Fatima and Lourdes, visit the Shrine of the Most Holy Miracle in Santarem, view the site of the fifth apparition in Valinhos and enjoy a walking tour of Lourdes.
On the Trail of Martin Luther takes travellers through Germany where they can discover the history of the Reformation. Starting in Worms and ending in Berlin, highlights of this tour include an excursion to the Gutenberg Museum to see the famed Gutenberg Bible and a visit to Wittenberg’s St Mary’s Church, where Luther preached and was married.
For travellers wanting to trace the roots of their faith or ancestry in Ireland, Collette’s 9-day St Patrick’s Ireland tour is divine. Making their way through the lush, green countryside of the ‘emerald isle’, guests will experience Mass at the Marian Shrine of Knock, reflect at the Tobernalt Holy Well and visit the famous Downpatrick Cathedral – the burial place of St Patrick. A privately guided tour of St Patrick’s first church in Ireland at Saul is another highlight of this Pilgrim’s Path.
With Christmas and the festive season just around the corner, what better time to start planning a trip to immerse yourself in faith.
For details of the full tours or to book a trip:
- Contact your local travel agent
- Call Collette on 1300 792 195 or visit www.gocollette.com
Private Chauffeur Service
Collette’s private chauffeur service is included on all Collette tours for customers within a 40km drive of an Australian international airport. as are tips for the land portion of each tour.
For more information visit gocollette.com/chauffeur
Established in 1918, Collette is a third-generation, family-owned worldwide tour operator. With headquarters in Rhode Island, Collette’s recently- opened Sydney office adds to the company’s global presence which includes offices in Vancouver, Toronto and London.
On offer is an extensive collection of four-star escorted tours, river and ocean cruises, rail journeys, small group tours, family tours and garden holidays. Renowned for connecting guests with cultural experiences which go far beyond those of an ordinary holiday, Collette prides itself on providing real value to its guests and agent partners. Knowledgeable tour managers, an industry-leading travel protection plan and inclusive touring are just part of the top-quality Collette experience. Just sit back, relax and be guided on your Collette adventure!