Grand Marian Pilgrimage tour

Grand Marian Pilgrimage Tour Package

Italy* Portugal SpainFrance* Chance of Papal Audience

Travel Date: April 17 – May 4, 2023

TRAVEL ITINERARY:

DAY 01 – APR 18 (TUE) – ROME / ARRIVAL (B,D)

Arrival at Rome airport early in the morning. After the immigration and customs formalities, meeting with our English-speaking assistant who will escort us to the motorcoach. Then we will have a welcome breakfast. Visit (with local guide) to the Classical Rome: Piazza Venezia, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. Have a photo stop at the Coliseum. Afterwards check-in in your hotel. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

DAY 02 – APR 19 (WED) – ROME (B,D)

Buffet breakfast at your hotel. In the morning, transfer to St. Peter’s Square to attend the Papal Audience. In the afternoon, visit (with local guide) to the Vatican Museums (entrance included) to admire the frescoes of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. Visit also the St. Peter Square, destination of all Catholics coming from all over the world. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

DAY 03 – APR 20 (THU) – ROME / MONTECASSINO / SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO (143 + 240 KM) (B,D)

After buffet breakfast, check-out of the hotel. We take a long-distance drive to Montecassino. The Benedictine rule of “Ora et Labora”, meaning “Pray and Work” follows 8 hours of prayer, 8 hours of sleep and 8 hours of manual work or spiritual reading or charity. It is written that one notorious monk disagreed with this rule and tried to poison St. Benedict. When St. Benedict made the sign of the cross, the chalice that contained the poison broke and the plot was discovered. In another mountain was the Abbey where his twin sister St. Scholastica once led young women to the monastic life. We proceed to San Giovanni Rotondo, the small town where Padre Pio’s incorrupt body is entombed in the Church of Our Lady of Grace. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

DAY 04 – APR 21 (FRI) – SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO / LANCIANO / ASSISI (156 + 275 KM)(B,D)

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Celebrate Holy Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Grace. Pay Homage to the exhumed incorrupt body of St. Pio of Pietrelcina. Free time to visit San Giovanni Rotondo. Departure to Lanciano where we’ll have free time to visit the Sanctuary of the Eucharistic Miracle. Continue to Assisi. Arrival, dinner and overnight in hotel.

DAY 05 – APR 22 (SAT) – ASSISI / FLORENCE / (via flight) LISBON (177 KM) (B,D)

Buffet breakfast at the hotel and depart for the most loved St. Francis. Commune in the Basilica, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humility, forgiveness, simplicity and love for all God’s creatures. With your local guide, hear about monastic life and view priceless frescoes adorning the walls of the church. Nearby is the Church wherein lies the incorrupt body of St. Claire. Free time to visit the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli (where “Portiuncola” is located).

Continue to Florence airport to take the flight to Lisbon. Arrival and meeting with our English-speaking assistant who will escort us to the motor coach. Transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 06 – APR 23 (SUN) – LISBON / SANTARÉM / FATIMA (80 + 59 KM) (B,D)

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, half-day tour (with local guide) of Lisbon to visit Jeronimos Monastery (entrance included) and St. Anthony de Padua and pray. Then transfer to Santarém, where we’ll have free time to visit the Sanctuary of the Eucharistic Miracle. Transfer to Fatima. Arrival for dinner and overnight in hotel. 

DAY 07 – APR 24 (MON) – FATIMA (B,D)

Buffet breakfast at your hotel. Today we have free time in Fatima to visit Our Lady of Fatima Basilica and the tombs of Francisco and Jacinta. Tonight you can participate in the inspirational Candlelight Procession. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

DAY 08 – APR 25 (TUE) – FATIMA / SALAMANCA / AVILA (392 + 109 KM) (B,D)

Buffet breakfast at our hotel. Transfer to Salamanca where, upon arrival, we’ll have a city tour (with local guide), featuring the Cathedral and the famous University (all external visits). Then we’ll continue to Avila. Arrival for dinner and overnight in hotel.

DAY 09 – APR 26 (WED) – AVILA / MADRID (109 KM) (B,D)

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, half-day tour (with local guide) of Avila, visiting Avila Cathedral (entrance included). Proceed to Madrid. Arrival and half-day visit (with local guide) of the city (all external visits), including Spain’s Almudena Cathedral, it is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Madrid. It was consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1993. View many of Spain’s capital city’s attractions such as its own Plaza Mayor, the Royal Place, as well as buildings in contemporary Madrid along Gran Via, Paseo de la Castellana, Barrio Salamanca, Plaza de Castilla and Parque del Oeste. See the Church of St. Isidore (Patron Saint of Madrid) with his incorrupt body. Dinner and overnight in hotel.

DAY 10 – APR 27 (THU) – MADRID / ZARAGOZA / BARCELONA (317 + 308 KM) (B,D)

After buffet breakfast, we will move on to Zaragoza and visit the huge Basilica of the miraculous Nuestra Señora del Pilar. Then continue your drive to Barcelona. Upon arrival, check-in in your hotel. Dinner and overnight in hotel.  

DAY 11 – APR 28 (FRI) – BARCELONA / MONTSERRAT / BARCELONA (64 + 64 KM) (B,D)

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Today’s highlight is a free visit to the Monastery of Montserrat, perched high on an awesome mountain range rising from the Catalonian plain. Visit the Royal Basilica and pray to the venerated Black Madonna which according to tradition, was carved by St. Luke. Listen to the singing of the celebrated “Escalonia” by the children’s choir, considered to be the oldest in Europe. Back to Barcelona to visit (with local guide) the Sagrada Familia (entrance included), the large Roman Catholic Church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Barcelona. 

DAY 12 – APR 29 (SAT) – BARCELONA / GIRONA (104 KM) (B,D)

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Girona where, upon arrival, we’ll have free time to explore the city. Dinner and overnight in hotel. 

DAY 13 – APR 30 (SUN) – GIRONA / CARCASSONNE / LOURDES (208 + 261 KM) (B,D)

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Carcassonne, where we’ll have a city tour (with local guide) of the city (all external visits). Transfer to Lourdes. Arrival for dinner and overnight in hotel.

DAY 14 – MAY 01 (MON) – LOURDES (B,D)

Buffet breakfast at the hotel, and then continue for a Eucharistic Celebration. You may wish to bathe in the miraculous water. Pray collectively the life-size Stations of the Cross in its most magnificent setting. Now meditate at the Grotto for a close communication with God. You will enjoy a half-day tour (with local guide of the Sanctuary) through Lourdes. Here you will see the main highlights, and hear the amazing stories. You will also visit the house of St. Bernadette to see where she grew up. Dinner and overnight in hotel in Lourdes.

DAY 15 – MAY 02 (TUE) – LOURDES / PARIS (train TGV) (B,D)

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Meeting with our English-speaking assistant and transfer to the station. Depart for Paris via fast train (second class ticket for the TGV train included). Arrival in Paris and meeting with our English-speaking assistant. Transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 16 – MAY 03 (WED) – PARIS (B,D)

Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Half-day tour (with local guide) of Paris: visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal where you’ll pray afterwards before the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Laboure. Visit the ruins of the Cathedral of Notre Dame and Sacred Heart Church. Take an included cruise along the River Seine. Farewell dinner in hotel and overnight in Paris.

DAY 17 – MAY 04 (THU) – PARIS / DEPARTURE (B)

Buffet breakfast. Free day for own leisure until transfer (with our English-speaking assistant) going to airport for departure.

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  1. International Airfare, Standard Economy
  2. 30 kg Bag check-in – Economy class
  3. Flight from Florence to Lisbon, including 23 kg bag check-in
  4. Accommodation in Superior Tourist Class / First Class Hotels (3***S/4****), in twin/double rooms
  5. HOTEL: All City Taxes, Service charges, & Porterage
  6. Baggage handling IN/OUT in the hotels (1 big piece of luggage each)
  7. MEALS: 16 Buffet breakfasts (B) and 16 Dinners (D) in hotel
  8. Welcome breakfast (B) in Rome on the first day
  9. Pitcher of water during meals
  10. Deluxe private motorcoach, equipped with the most updated facilities for the transfers according to the above program
  1. Road taxes, parking fees and special permissions to enter the cities where necessary
  2. Tour Director throughout the pilgrimage
  3. Our English-speaking assistants for the transfers IN/OUT according to the program (5 times)
  4. City tours with English-speaking local guides:

          (a) Rome (2HD), (b) Assisi (1HD), (c) Lisbon (1HD), (d) Salamanca (1HD), (e) Avila (1HD),

          (f) Madrid (1HD), (g) Barcelona (1HD), (h) Carcassonne (1HD), (i) Lourdes (1HD), (j) Paris (1HD)

  1. Entrances with pre-booking to:
  • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel in Rome
  • Jeronimos Monastery in Lisbon
  • Avila Cathedral;
  • Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
  1. Headphones to visit the Basilicas in Rome and Assisi
  2. 1 second class ticket for the TGV train Lourdes/Paris
  3. Seine River Cruise in Paris
  4. Booking of the tickets for the Papal Audience in Rome (on Wednesday, depending on Papal health and schedule)
  5. Chaplain from Manila
  6. Booking of the daily Holy Mass (if there’s a Priest in the group)
  7. Tour Escort from Manila
  8. 1 bottle of mineral water 500 ml
  9. FREE Visa Assistance

EXCLUDED FROM THE PRICE:

  • Int’l. Airline and Airport Taxes/Fees  =  US$ 199 PP
  • Domestic Airline and Airport Taxes/Fees  =  US$ 126 P
  • Tipping: Tour Director, Tour Guides (during City Tour), and Driver = US$ 220 PP
  • Visa Fee, Appointment Fee, Courier Fee, Biometrics Fee
  • Travel Insurance w/ Coverage for COVID-19 – US$ 45 PP
  • ALL lunches
  • Drinks during meals, as indicated above
  • All Train and Airport Porterage
  • RT-PCR tests (if applicable)
  • All what is not specifically mentioned in “Included in the Price”
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