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Austria

Austria, with its capital Vienna, is situated in Central Europe. Austria’s geographical position has long made it a crossroads for trade routes between the major European economic and cultural areas. Austria borders eight countries: Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Lichtenstein. Except for Switzerland and Lichtenstein, all these countries are part of the European Union.

For a small country there is a plethora of tours and pilgrimages that can be taken. The Danube from Passau in Germany to Vienna has numerous spectacular monasteries, castles and churches and the Wachau Valley is where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned on his return from the Crusades. The Way of St. James passes almost the length of the country and leads all the way to the Camino in Spain, passing beautiful villages and stunning scenery. Austria maintains many of its traditions and the village processions on Corpus Christi (early June) and the Feast of Maria Assumption Day (August 15th) display this in full splendour. Austrians still wear national dress on Sundays, bank holidays and family gatherings which make for an interesting sight.

Spend the days leading up to Christmas or Christmas itself in a magnificent alpine setting where the advent customs of its regions, towns and villages are the perfect antidote to the pre-Christmas rush. Be part of authentic advent traditions whilst visiting the Christmas markets in the picturesque lakeside villages of St. Gilgen, St. Wolfgang and Hallstatt as well as the magnificent baroque city of Salzburg, the imposing fortress of Hohenwerfen and Oberndorf, the home of the famous carol Silent Night.

 

Advent in Austria, St. Johann im Pongau

Spend the days leading up to Christmas in Maria Alm where the advent customs of an Alpine regions  towns and villages are the perfect antidote to the pre-Christmas rush.

Prices from £2,575 pp

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Advent in Austria, Maria Alm

Authenticity and tradition amidst stunning scenery. Spend the days leading up to Christmas in a magnificent alpine setting where the advent customs of its regions, towns and villages are the perfect antidote to the pre-Christmas rush.

Prices from £2,395 pp

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McCabe Educational Trust

The McCabe Educational Trust is the charitable wing of McCabe Pilgrimages, functions independently with its own board of Directors and is a registered charity.

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Organising a Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage is our speciality and in 2023 we celebrate our 40th year in business – so we must be doing something right! We work with all denominations and are happy to tailor every pilgrimage to the needs of each particular church. For instance, some parties would plan one or two Eucharists during their pilgrimage but others will choose a daily celebration. In the Holy Land, your focus may be the Galilean ministry or a re-creation of Holy Week in Jerusalem. You tell us what your particular interest is and we will recommend an itinerary

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