Each year, special group trips are offered by The Friends of Saint Francis at a discounted price. Proceeds benefit Saint Francis Foundation and The Friends of Saint Francis.
November 1 – 8, 2022
Savor a true taste of Irish splendor when you spend the night in a stately castle. Relax by a roaring peat fire. Stand in awe on the Cliffs of Moher. Tour rollicking Dublin. Sip on the “Water of Life” at a whiskey distillery. Visit Christ Church Cathedral, one of Ireland’s most historic buildings and delight in cocktails and canapes in its crypt. Explore the spectacular Dingle Peninsula, and drive the Slea Head road for majestic coastal views. Gaze upon the historic Rock of Cashel. Visit the famous Gap of Dunloe where you can shop for traditional Irish goods. Meet a local family, and enjoy tea and scones at their farm. Kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. From the breathtaking sights of County Kerry to the historic Rock of Cashel, gaze across the countryside and culture of Ireland. Includes 8 days and 8 meals.
Glimpse of Europe
April 2 – April 9, 2024
Enjoy the mesmerizing landscapes and rich heritage and flavors of Europe. Travel through the lush green Dutch countryside to the beautiful Rhine Valley, shores of Lake Lucerne and Paris, the ‘City of Lights’. This brief encounter with the highlights of Europe will give you just a taste of the diversity that makes this continent a favorite holiday destination. Includes 2 dinner and 6 breakfasts.
Day 1: April 2, 2024
Fly St. Louis to Amsterdam
Day 2: April 3, 2024
Arrive Amsterdam (1 Night)
Start your unforgettable Europe adventure in Amsterdam. If you can tear your eyes from its scenic canals, you’ll be staring at the city’s teetering gabled homes that proclaim their birthyear with pride on their colorful façades. There’s no better way to immerse yourself fully in Amsterdam’s gezelligheid than taking an optional canal cruise in a glass-topped boat this evening. Hotel(s): Holiday Inn Express – North Riverside
Day 3: April 4, 2024
Amsterdam – Cologne – Rhine Cruise – Rhineland (1 Night)
From Amsterdam’s leafy canals to the towering spires of Cologne, your morning will be jam-packed with sights you’ll want to capture on camera as you head east into the lush landscapes of Germany. View the imposing Gothic Cologne Cathedral then head to Boppard where you’ll board your river cruise down the Rhine. Pass storybook villages, terraced vineyards and medieval castles where feuding lords must have surveyed their lands once upon a time. Watch the soul-stirring scenery of the Rhine Valley unfold as you kick back and watch the world go by. Arrive later at your hotel in the Rhineland where you’ll join your travel companions for dinner. Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner. Hotel(s): Achat Neustadt an der Weinstraße
Day 4: April 5, 2024
Rhineland – Black Forest – Rhine Falls – Lucerne Region (2 Nights)
Straight out of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Germany’s Black Forest is the perfect backdrop for this morning’s scenic drive. You’ll see why its enchanting landscapes have inspired myths and fables throughout the centuries before crossing into Switzerland. A quick stop in Schaffhausen means there’s time to capture the cascading waters of the Rhine Falls, Europe’s biggest waterfall, before you arrive in the scenic region of Lake Lucerne. This evening, consider an Optional Experience to a Swiss folklore show which will highlight many Swiss traditions including yodeling and alpine horn playing. Meal(s): Breakfast. Hotel(s): SwissEver Zug
Day 5: April 6, 2024
Lucerne Orientation and Free Time
Join your Travel Director for an orientation through the Old Town and to the ancient Chapel Bridge and Lion Monument. See the mournful, mortally wounded lion hewn from rock to commemorate the sacrifice made by the Swiss Guards who died defending Louis XVI during the French Revolution, then enjoy some time on your own. You’ll then have the full day to discover why Lucerne earned its place on the ‘Grand Tour’ of Europe. You could choose to ascend to the alpine heavens, joining an optional scenic cruise across Lake Lucerne, then travel by railway and cable car into the mountains for exhilarating views. Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner.
Day 6: April 7, 2024
Lucerne Region – Paris (2 Nights)
Enjoy a brief second encounter with the Rhine River when you head north, passing Basel en route to France. Admire the scenic views of the Burgundy wine region that follow your journey north to the French capital. Get a head start on your sightseeing and delve into Paris’s grand past, dynamic present, and exciting future on your own this evening. Why not join an Optional Experience, including a scenic river cruise and an illuminations drive, stopping at all the best photo spots? Meal(s): Breakfast. Hotel(s): Novotel Pont de Sèvres
Day 7: April 8, 2024
Paris Sightseeing and Free Time
Embrace elegance today with a full day to get under the skin of the City of Lights. Your Travel Director will deliver an excellent introduction during your sightseeing tour which includes views of the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and Champs-Élysées. There’s time to see the sights on your own this afternoon. You could choose to hit the shops or tread in the footsteps of Picasso and Dalí in Montmartre, exploring its maze of streets and Artists’ Square. Tonight, the frills and flounces of the Can-Can girls at a cabaret promise an entertaining evening should you wish to join this Optional Experience. Meal(s): Breakfast
Day 8: April 9, 2024
After breakfast, say farewell to your fellow travelers at the end of your holiday. Your coach returns from Paris to London, you are welcome to use this complimentary transfer. Meal(s): Breakfast