adventure pilgrimages

"Put out into the deep" (Lk 5:4)
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Altum L’alto Pilgrimages (ALP) offers adventure pilgrimages which integrate hiking, biking, kayaking, rafting, and other outdoor activities into trips to holy places.  Opportunities for all ages and all skill levels with departures ranging in length from six days to one semester.

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THE ALPS

Italy & Switzerland

Hike the paths of St. John Paul II and Pier Giorgio Frassati and around the Great St. Bernard

ALTA VIA 2023

Italy

A pilgrimage for young people and those going to World Youth Day on the Italian Riviera and through Tuscany!

ROME & ASSISI

Italy

The Vatican, the tomb of St. Rita, the Way of St. Francis of Assisi, Spoleto, and more!

PROVENCE & THE FRENCH RIVIERA

France

To the Cave of St. Mary Magdalene, an island abbey, and a visit to the Palace of the Popes!

THOMAS AQUINAS COLLEGE

France, Italy, Switzerland

Join Drs. Strader & Emerson on an epic journey- reserved for TAC students, alumni, and community

PARIS, NORMANDY, & BRITTANY

France

Paris, Lisieux, Mont St. Michel, and more!

THE LOIRE VALLEY

France

To the tomb of St. Martin through the iconic Loire Valley

THE ITALIAN RIVIERA

Italy

Through the colorful coastline of fishing villages of the Cinque Terre to the tomb of St. Catherine of Genoa

WYD LISBON 2023

Portugal

Come join us for World Youth Day! Open to individuals and groups

CALENDAR

nature

Hiking, biking, kayaking, rafting, and more! Single activity or multi-adventure. Principally directed to arriving at holy places, also just done for recreation

culture

A variety of museums, historical sites, and cultural wonders are included in our pilgrimages as sights in themselves and a great way to balance our physical activities

grace

Our goal is to have a catholic chaplain on each trip. There will be a variety of options available to pilgrims: mass, rosary, liturgy of the hours, and more all in holy places

 To go on pilgrimage really means to step out of ourselves in order to encounter God where he has revealed himself, where his grace has shone with particular splendor and produced rich fruits of conversion and holiness among those who believe. –Pope Benedict XVI

THE WESTERN PILGRIMAGE

An open-enrollment semester for 15 academic credit hours

The semester is open to male students not currently enrolled in a Catholic “Great Books” college.  Students will complete 15 academic credit hours (in five classes) as they explore the western states of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico.  The final destination is El Santuario de Chimayo, also known as the Lourdes of America.  Students will be guided by traveling faculty and staff for the entire trip and visited by other faculty who journey out to the base camps. Students will have the chance to explore thirteen national parks and enjoy many adventure activities which include hiking, horseback riding, paddling, biking, and rock climbing.

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