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TOUR PRICING
Tour Code   PV8220
Departs   Wed 6 May 2020
Returns   Sun 17 May 2020
Air & Tour   $7,490* Twin Share
Single Room   $990 Supplement
Prepaid Tips   $100 per person
Deposit   $800 non-refundable deposit
*  Prices are based on a minimum group size of 15 paying pilgrims, calculated as at July, 2019. Prices remain subject to possible changes in the unlikely event of significant exchange rate variations, airfare increases or minimum
group size contingencies. Single Rooms are limited and a supplement will apply if we exceed the rooms required.
OPTIONAL NORWICH EXTENSION
Starts   16 May 2020
Finishes   19 May 2020
Cost Add-on   $2350 Twin Share *
Single Room   $550 Supplement
Prepaid Tips   $40 per person
* Prices are based on a minimum group size of 10 paying pilgrims, calculated as at July, 2019. Prices remain subject to possible changes in the unlikely event of significant exchange rate variations, airfare increases or minimum group size contingencies. Single Rooms are limited and a
supplement will apply if we exceed the rooms required.
INCLUSIONS
Airfares: Economy class airfare from Sydney to Frankfurt and Barcelona return (N.B.
Airlines taxes are included on standard
itinerary and subject to fluctuations).

Accommodation & Meals: Based on moderate standard hotel accommodation throughout with breakfast and dinner daily & 1 lunch

Touring & Transportation: Deluxe Air-Conditioned Motor coach with driver • Professional English Tour Director
• Local Guides • Sightseeing and entrance
fees throughout itinerary • porterage of 1
piece of luggage per person at hotels

Not Included: Passport • Other Visas (if applicable) • Prepaid Tipping • Australian domestic flights (if applicable) • Other meals not stated • Items of a personal nature
including phone calls, laundry, beverages,
etc. • Travel insurance (Harvest will
recommend a special group policy rate).

Encountering the Mystics in Europe

  • 9 Nights / 12 Days
  • 6 - 17 May 2020
  • PV8220
  • With Sr Margaret Walsh PBVM

During this contemplative pilgrimage, we will immerse ourselves in the sacred places of Hildegard of Bingen, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross and St Ignatius. We will begin our mystical journey in Germany enjoying the beauty of the Rhineland and surrounds with Hildegard of Bingen. Travel across to Spain to encounter St Ignatius, Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross. For those selecting the optional extension, we conclude the pilgrimage in the silence of Julian’s cell in Norwich.

Accompanied by Sr Margaret Walsh PBVM

Itinerary

9 NIGHTS / 12 DAYS. DEPARTS WEDNESDAY 6TH MAY 2020. Rudesheim am Rhein (4) • Disibodenberg • Rudesheim-Eibingen • Bingen • Montserrat (2) • Manresa • Segovia (1) • Avila (2) • Optional Norwich Extension (3)

Meal Code: (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

DAY 1WEDNESDAY 6 MAY – DEPART FOR GERMANY

DAY 2THURSDAY 7 MAY – VIA FRANKFURT TO RUDESHEIM AM RHEIN

On arrival at Frankfurt airport we will be met and travel west by coach to our accommodation in Rudesheim am Rhein. Hildegard of Bingen (1098 –1179) Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, Christian mystic and visionary founded two monasteries in this area at Rupertsberg and Eibingen.

Rudesheim am Rhein overnight (D)

Day 3FRIDAY 8 MAY – DISIBODENBERG

Today we travel out to the ruins of the Benedictine Monastery at Disibodenberg where a young Hildegard came to follow
the Rule of St Benedict. She was professed with her teacher, Jutta on November 1st – All Saints Day 1112. Hildegard and about twenty nuns later moved to St. Rupertsberg Monastery in 1150 where Hildegard was the prioress.

We will then be taken on a guided tour of the monastery and then enjoy free time exploring the ruins of the monastery as well as time for shared reflection and private prayer. We conclude with a visit to the museum.

Rudesheim am Rhein overnight (BLD)

Day 4SATURDAY 9 MAY – RUDESHEIMEIBINGEN

In the morning we visit the Parish Church of St Hildegard in Eibingen to pray before the relics of St Hildegard and ponder on her famous painting of the Trinity known as the ‘Blue Man’.

In the afternoon we will visit the Benedictine Abbey of St Hildegard in Eibingen for a guided tour with an opportunity to attend Vespers at 5:30pm.

Rudesheim am Rhein overnight (BD)

Day 5SUNDAY 10 MAY – BINGEN

In the morning we have the opportunity to attend Mass at the Benedictine Abbey of St Hildegard.

Later we will travel across the Rhine River to Bingen for a guided tour at the Museum am Strom-Hildegard von Bingen. The highlight in the Museum is the section on ‘Hildegard of Bingen’; then we will visit the Hildegard Forum and the herb garden.

After lunch we return to our accommodation.

Rudesheim am Rhein overnight (BD)

Day 6MONDAY 11 MAY – FLY TO BARCELONA

We embark on our travel day as we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Spain. On arrival into Barcelona, we are met and transferred to the stunning Montserrat. The renowned 11th century sanctuary of Our Lady of Montserrat lies at the top of a 4,000 foot high mountain and is one of Spain’s most popular pilgrimage destinations. The shrine is home to a 12th century miraculous statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, lovingly known as the “Black Madonna”, discovered in the Santa Cova or Holy Cave. Here at Montserrat, St Ignatius kept vigil with a coarse sackcloth and a pilgrim staff.

This afternoon we enjoy a guided visit of the Basilica, the construction of which began in the 16th century, and a viewing of the beautiful Holy Image of Our Lady of Montserrat, known affectionately as the “Black Madonna.” We continue to the museum.

Montserrat overnight (BD)

Day 7TUESDAY 12 MAY – MANRESA

Following breakfast, we travel out this morning to the town of Manresa, where St Ignatius went after his life changing pilgrimage at Montserrat. He shut himself in a cave to pray and do penance during his sojourn in the city from March 1522 to February 1523. Each day he spent seven hours in prayer in a cave and then helped the sick in the village with the time he had left over. Here too, Ignatius began to develop the method for seeking God’s will and where he wrote his renowned Spiritual Exercises. We come as pilgrims to this amazing place with St Ignatius and pray in the actual cave where his life and spirituality developed. There will be time to visit the cave in the Church of St Ignatius where Ignatius lived.

We then continue to Cardoner River and the Pont Vell Bridge, where St. Ignatius had an important vision.

Following some free time in the town we visit the Conservatory Theatre in St Dominic Square, where we watch a presentation about St Ignatius.

We also visit the new Medieval Interpretation Centre of Manresa. The Centre shows what the city was like in the fourteenth century, when it hosted St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1522. Using several pieces from the collection of the County Museum of Manresa, it recreates the city of Manresa that knew the saint and that has now disappeared, like the Convent of the Preachers, located in the area of the current interpretation centre, and El Carme church.

We return then return to Montserrat, where we can attend Vespers (6:45pm) at the Basilica followed by Mass sung by the Monks and the ‘L’Escolania’ Choir (7:30pm).

Montserrat overnight (BD)

DAY 8WEDNESDAY 13 MAY - TO SEGOVIA

This morning we depart for Segovia. St John of the Cross (1542–1591) a Carmelite priest who is well known for his mystical writings and poetry is closely associated with Saint Teresa of Avila in her work of founding the reformed Carmel. In 1574, John accompanied Teresa in the foundation of a new monastery in Segovia.

Segovia overnight (BD)

DAY 9THURSDAY 14 MAY - TO AVILA

Following breakfast, we visit the Monastery of San Juan de la Cruz where Saint John of the Cross is buried. We have time for shared reflection and private prayer.

We will then visit the site of Teresa of Avila’s first convent in Segovia. We then enjoy some free time to further explore the centre of the city including the stunning Segovia Cathedral, the last Gothic cathedral to be built in Spain.

We then continue to the historic walled town of Avila. The atmosphere has changed little since the days of St Teresa to whom the city is dedicated. It was here that she entered the Carmelite convent and encountered many mystical experiences during her time.
Upon arrival we will visit the Monastery of the Incarnation where we spend time at St Teresa’s cell, and the museum which contains relics of her life. We will have time for shared reflection and private prayer.
We then continue for a special visit to the Monastery of St Joseph, the first monastery founded by St Teresa in 1562. Here we will have some time for shared reflection and private prayer

We continue to check into our hotel located within the city walls.

Avila overnight (BD)

DAY 10FRIDAY 15 MAY - AVILA

This morning we enjoy a walking tour of Avila. Visit the Convent of Saint Teresa built over the saint’s birthplace and located just inside the South Gate of the old town. Most of the convent remains in cloister but you can see the very spot where she was born, now a chapel in the Baroque church. We then visit Avila’s Cathedral which was started in the 12th century and the Church of San Juan Bautista, where St Teresa was baptised in 1515, and the school she attended at the Nuestra Senora de la Gracia Monastery.

Avila overnight (BD)

DAY 11SATURDAY 16 MAY – DEPART FOR AUSTRALIA

This morning we travel to Madrid airport for our homebound flight connections or optional pilgrimage extension.

(B)

DAY 12SUNDAY 17 MAY – ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

Post-Tour Option: Norwich Extension

4 Days / 3 Nights:  Norwich (3)

Meal Code: (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

DAY 11SATURDAY 16 MAY – ARRIVE NORWICH (BD)

This morning we travel to Madrid airport for our flight to London. Upon arrival we will be met and board our coach, travelling north to Norwich, the home of Julian of Norwich. On arrival we will proceed to our hotel for check-in before dinner.
Norwich overnight

Norwich overnight (BD)

DAY 13SUNDAY 17 MAY – NORWICH

To commence our pilgrimage, we enjoy a Reflective Prayer Day. Our programme will include a walk to St Julian’s Church and the Hermitage of Julian, a small cell attached to the Church and the Julian Centre. Julian of Norwich (1342–1413?) is a 14th century English anchoress and an important Christian mystic and theologian. Her book, Revelations of Divine Love, was written around 1395. We take some time in this peaceful setting for shared reflection and private prayer.

The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. You may choose to attend (3:30pm) the Choral Evenson (visiting Choirs or Evening Prayers) at the Cathedral.

Norwich overnight (BLD)

DAY 13MONDAY 18 MAY – NORWICH

Today we enjoy a guided visit to the Norwich Cathedral, dedicated to the Holy and Undivided Trinity. The cathedral was begun in 1096 and completed in 1145. Julian is remembered at Norwich Cathedral with a statue on the west front and a pair of stained-glass windows. In the afternoon we will visit places connected with the Beguines. The Beguines were Christian lay women who lived in community in the 13-16th century of Northern Europe and England. Beguines were part of a larger spiritual revival movement of the thirteenth century that stressed imitation of Christ’s life through voluntary poverty, care of the poor and sick, and prayer. The Briton‘s Arms at Elm Hill in Norwich is the site of a Beguinage. Mechthild of Magdeburg
was a Beguine.

After some time here for prayer and reflection the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.

Norwich overnight (BD)

DAY 14TUESDAY 19 MAY – DEPART FOR AUSTRALIA

DAY 15WEDNESDAY 20 MAY – IN TRANSIT

DAY 16THURSDAY 21 MAY – ARRIVE AUSTRALIA