Europe Marian Pilgrimage (Nov 2011)

This is a 15-Day Tour visiting Italy, Spain and Portugal.  A 4-day extension in Paris is possible after the basic tour.


Tour Highlights:
Rome, Assisi, Florence, Pisa, Monte Carlo, Nice, Lourdes, Barcelona, Monserrat, Zaragoza, Madrid, Avila, Salamanca, Fatima and Lisbon


Europe Marian Tour (Nov 18-Dec 02, 2011)
Tour Price from $3,298+ per person





Itinerary:

Nov 18 Check-in at NAIA airport at 2100H

Nov 19 MANILA-DUBAI-ROME
Early morning departure to Rome via Dubai. Arrival in Rome. Meet and greet then transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Nov 20 ROME
Fullday tour of Rome includes the 4 major Basilicas of Rome for a True Pilgrimage:
-St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican
-St. Mary major built 432 AD
-St. John in Lateran – original Papal residence
-St. Paul’s Outside the wall - with the portraits of all the Popes.
En route view the Colloseo, the Fountain of Trevi, Scala Santa and more.

Nov 21 ROME-ASSISI-FLORENCE
Commence motorcoach tour of Europe – drive to Assisi, hometown of St. Francis. Tour of the Upper and Lower Basilicas and the Crypt of St. Francis. Also visit the Basilica of St.Marie Degli Angeli, where the Saint lived and died. Proceed to Florence for your dinner and overnite.

Nov 22 FLORENCE-PISA-MONTECARLO-NICE
Tour of Florence includes the cathedral, Santa Croce, and the piazzale Michaelangelo for a panoramic view of Florence. Proceed to nearby Pisa to view the famous “Leaning Tower”. Drive along the coast and enter the Italian Riviera. On to France and stop at Monte Carlo to view the Grand Palace and the Cathedral. Dinner and overnite at Nice.

Nov 23 NICE- LOURDES
After breakfast, drive along the picturesque French Riviera viewing resort, Villa Yacht Harbors. Then on to the lovely Province area. via Toulouse, we head up the Pyrenees to the town of Lourdes- home of St.Bernadette for dinner and overnite.

Nov 24 LOURDES
Breakfast. Whole day free for private devotion. Visit the house of Bernadette and the Cachot, Basilica and the Grotto. Bathe in the waters of the Holy spring. Attend the colorful yet solemn candlelight Procession.

Nov 25 LOURDES-ANDORA-BARCELONA
Breakfast. Drive to Barcelona via Andora. Overnight in Barcelona.

Nov 26 BARCELONA-MONSERRAT-BARCELONA
Breakfast. 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. Dinner and overnight in Barcelona.

Nov 27 BARCELONA-ZARAGOZA-MADRID
Breakfast. Drive Zaragoza. Visit the Cathedral and pay homage to Our Lady of the Pillar (Nuestra SeƱor del pilar). In the afternoon, proceed to Madrid for your dinner and overnite.

Nov 28 MADRID
Morning city tour includes the major landmarks, plazas and monuments and is highlighted by a visit to Palacio Real (Royal Palace) – architectural masterpiece. Afternoon excursion to Toledo-one of the oldest cities in Europe of great artistic beauty. Walk the narrow cobbled streets; visit cathedral; the Synagogue of Sta Maria la Blanca and shopping time for Toledo Artisan works.

Nov 29 MADRID-AVILA-SALAMANCA-FATIMA
Breakfast, Drive to nearby Avila-hometown of Sta Teresa. View the middle age walled city; visit the cathedral and Covent of Sta Teresa. Continue your drive to the Roman Town of Salamanca with its beautiful Plaza Major. Finally drive into Portugal and via Coimbra head for Fatima for our dinner and overnite.

Nov 30 FATIMA
Wholeday free for private devotion - visit the Basilica and the Chapel of the Apparition, & the house of Francisco and Jacinta. Attend the holy candlelight Procession I the evening.

Dec 01 FATIMA-LISBON-MANILA
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for return flight back to Manila.

Dec 02 MANILA
Arrival in Manila




Candlelight Procession in Lourdes, France
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The Black Madonna
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Fatima, Portugal
Photo by rorsharch



Monte Carlo
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