Marian Pilgrimage

Group Departure:  March 18, 2011

Tour Price:  From USD 3,899.00++ per person based on twin sharing


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Marian Pilgrimage (March 18, 2011)




Mar 18 MANILA / ROME

Depart Manila on a prestigious airline. Enjoy in-flight meals and entertainment.





The Spanish Steps in Rome
  Mar 19 ROME (BD)

Upon arrival proceed to St. Peters Basilica for the Papal Audience. The ticket to attend the Papal audience included. Please note that tickets will be delivered at your hotel the evening before the actual papal audience. View the Coliseum – site of gladiatorial combats and early Christian martyrdom, Roman Forum, Piazza Navonna, Spanish Steps, among others. End your tour with a visit to the exquisitely beautiful Trevi Fountain. Lunch at a local restaurant. Then dinner



Mar 20 ROME (B, D)

Start the day with a visit to the Vatican Museum to admire the frescoes of Michelangelo at the Sistine Chapel. See Greek and Roman antiquities and collections of religious arts. Then to St. Peter’s Basilica, the most magnificent church in Christendom. Visit St. Paul outside the walls and then to the impressive basilicas of San Giovanni de Laterano( Holy Stairs), Santa Maria Maggiore.


Leaning Tower of Pisa
 Mar 21 ROME / ASSISI / PISA (B, D)

Depart for Assisi of 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. 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. Continue to Pisa for pictures of its amazing Leaning Tower. Have a plentiful shopping. Spend the night here.





Mar 22 PISA/MONTE CARLO/ NICE (B, D)

Drive to the exhilarating Monte Carlo of the Principality of Monaco. Visit the Cathedral – burial place of Princess Grace and many other Monesgasque Royals. Arrive Nice, a splendid city and home of the rich and famous. Dinner and Overnight.


Monte Carlo

Mar 23 NICE / BARCELONA (B, D)

Depart for Barcelona through renowned French Riviera passing by Narbonne. Arrive Barcelona overnight.



Sagrada Familia
Mar 24 BARCELONA / MONSERRAT / BARCELONA

Today’s highlight is a 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 for tour: the Columbus Monument, elegant tree lined Ramblas and Plaza de Cataluna, historic buildings along Paseo de Gracia and a panoramic view of the city and harbor from Monjuic Hill. Marvel at Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia.


Mar 25 BARCELONA / ZARAGOZA / MADRID (B, D)

Drive to Zaragoza, historic residence of the former kings of Aragon. Visit the huge Basilica of the

miraculous Nuestra Senora del Pilar. Continue to Madrid, one of the most beautiful cities in the world: Upon arrival check in. Dinner!

Mar 26 MADRID (B, D)

After breakfast, proceed to an illumination tour around city. View the fabulous Royal Palace, one of the three most impressive palaces in the world. Visit Puerta del Sol, Plaza Espana with its monument to Cervantes, view the Parliament, then to the grand Cibeles Fountain plus imposing Alcala. Overnight

Mar 27 MADRID / FATIMA (B, D)

Breakfast at the hotel, drive going to Fatima. Arrived Fatima transfer for dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Our Lady of Fatima
Mar 28 FATIMA (B, D)

Participate at the morning Eucharistic Celebration. Drop your petitions in the chapel. Pray the Rosary as you wind your way through the significant places of interest. Visit the humble homes of the visionaries and realize their humble living then. Pass by the miraculous fountain. Pray at the Fatima Shrine (Cova de Iria), the Basilica with tombs of the visionaries and the Chapel.

Mar 29 FATIMA / SALAMANCA / BURGOS (B, D)

Drive to Salamanca, declared European Capital of Culture in 2001. Then we drive up to picturesque hills of Spain and arrive at BURGOS, the home of “EL CID” and capital of Old Castile in the middle Ages. It was once a seat of the government of the Dictator Franco. Dinner.




Mar 30 BURGOS / LOURDES (B, D)
After breakfast, today is a long drive to Lourdes.
Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for Time for private devotions

Shrine of our Lady of Lourdes

Mar 31 LOURDES (B, D)

Eucharistic Celebration. You may wish to bathe in the miraculous water. You’ll be immensely inspired by the humble life of Saint Bernadette. Perhaps watch a movie or visit a museum on her life. Pray collectively the life-size Stations of the Cross in its most magnificent setting. Now meditate at the Grotto.


Apr 01 LOURDES / PARIS (B, D)

Depart for Paris via fast train. Take an included cruise along the River Seine. Then Dinner


Notre Dame Cathedral
 Apr 02 PARIS (B, D)

Morning 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 Cathedral of Notre Dame, one of the greatest Gothic churches in the world with its magnificent stained glass windows. See the majestic Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysee, and Place de Concorde, one of the most admired plazas in the world. Go up to the Eiffel Tower for a scenic view of the loveliest city in the world. In the afternoon, proceed to Versailles Palace, the official residence of the King and Queen during the 14th – 16th century. Dinner.




Apr 03 PARIS / MANILA (B)

Breakfast, transfer to airport for flight back to Manila

Apr 04 ARRIVE / MANILA

Arrived Manila from a very memorable tour of Europe

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Inclusions:
Roundtrip Economy Airfare
First Class Hotel Accommodation
Daily Buffet Breakfast inside the hotel
Daily dinner (Local and Chinese Meals)
Pre-departure Merienda briefing
Local Guide During city tour
Entrance to the Eiffel Tower 2nd Level
Seine River Cruise in Paris
Private LDC Motor coach services
Filipino Tour Escort/ Coordinator
Souvenir Bag,Travel Kit,  Personalized Luggage Tags
Entrance to Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica


Exclusions:
Phil. Travel Tax (P1620)
Airfare taxes
Lunch and beverages during meals
Visa fee (P6000) Schengen - subject to change
Airport Terminal Fees (P750)
Tips for Guide and Driver $10/person/day




Photo credits:
www.citipictures.org
www.scenicreflections.com
www.iill.net
www.rivere.net
www.thecalltofatima.wordpress.com
www.sacred-destinations.com
www.seebeautifulplaces.com