Day 1: Flight
Take an overnight flight from Pittsburgh.
Day 2: Paris
Arrive in Paris this morning. Transfer from the airport into the city center. Stop at the Eiffel Tower for pictures and an optional ride. Continue on a driving tour past the Arc de Triomphe and down Champs-Elysees. Arrive at Notre Dame Cathedral to view the architecture and take a full tour of this grand building. Next visit and tour L’Oratoire du Louvre which was built as a Catholic church in 1621 but was given to the Protestants by Napoleon
Day 3: Noyon, Louvre (220 kms)
This morning leave early to travel north to the town of Noyon to visit John Calvin Museum located at his birth house. Return to Paris and take an afternoon visit to the Louvre Museum. Dinner is on your own and then an optional ride on the bateaux mouches along the Seine River. Return on your own to the hotel.
Day 4: Versailles, Lyon (500 kms)
This morning travel out of Paris and visit the palace and gardens of the mighty palace at Versailles. Travel south this afternoon and overnight
Day 5: Mialet, Alès, Aix-en-Provence
Travel to Mialet and visit the Musee du Desert and then to Ales which was an important Huguenot center. The Edict of Ales was signed in 1629 that guaranteed tolerance for the protestant reformers and temporarily ended religious warring. Continue to Aix-en-Provence to visit the Evangelical protestant seminary, Faculte Jean Calvin. Overnight in Aix-en-Provence.
Day 6: Avignon, Geneva (470 kms)
First visit the Cezanne Studio in Aix-en-Provence to study the art of Paul Cezanne. Continue to Avignon which was the seat of the Pope from 1309-1377. Visit the Papal Palace and the Notre Dame des Doms Cathedral to learn the history of the Roman Catholic Church prior to the protestant reformers. Travel this afternoon to Geneva, Switzerland and overnight in this area.
Day 7: Huemoz, Chamonix and Mont-Blanc (280 kms)
Visit Swiss L’Abri which is a shelter of 7 chalets in Huemoz where people go to study and build on their Christian faith. Enjoy a Sunday worship service here. Continue the journey on a scenic and exhilarating panorama tour through the Swiss and French Alps to Chamonix at the foot of the “roof of Europe” - the Mont Blanc. If weather allows take the cable car up to Mont d’Aguilles or visit one of the largest European glaciers. Otherwise continue on to the village of Passy and visit the church Notre-Dame-de-Toute-Grâce, located opposite of Chamonix. Nestled in the beautiful alpine mountains this out-standing small village church was shaped by the most famous 20th-century artists, e.g. Chagall, Matisse, Leger, Braque, Rouault, Bonnard among others.
Return to Geneva for overnight.
Day 8: Geneva
Today is a full day to visit the sites of John Calvin. Sites include the Auditoire de Calvin (Academy), Geneva Cathedral (St. Peter’s), Reformation Museum, and Reformation Wall/Monument.
Day 9: Geneva
Visit the University of Geneva and the Piaget Archives. Visit the Plain Palais cemetery to see the grave sites of Piaget and Calvin. This afternoon visit the Paul Tournier Association and follow in his footsteps
on a tour guided by Tournier’s very own grandson.
Day 10: Home
Fly home from Geneva.