European Bliss Pilgrimage (Oct 2011)

Introducing our new itinerary to Europe! 
This is a 17-day Pilgrimage Tour of Spain, Portugal, France, Italy and Monte Carlo. 


Tour Highlights:
Madrid, Avila, Santiago de Compostela, Zaragoza, Lourdes, Nice, Monte Carlo, Florence, Assisi, San Giovanni, and Rome



Tour Price from $3,708+ per person
European Bliss (Oct 14-30, 2011)


* Minimum of 30 passengers to run this tour


Itinerary:

Oct 14 Day 01 - Manila / Madrid

Depart Manila for your flight to Madrid, Spain. Enjoy the inflight meals and service on board

Oct 15 Day 02 - Madrid
Arrive Madrid. Upon arrival, proceed with a city tour which includes Gran Via, Puerto del Sol – the point where all distances in Spain are measured, Plaza Mayor – once the focal point of the old city, Plaza de Espana, the monument of Jose Rizal, Plaza de Toros and a visit to the Royal Palace before transferring to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to do as you please

Oct 16 Day 03 - Madrid / Avila / Madrid
After breakfast proceed to Avila, the city of Kings and Saints that is completely encircled by the 11th century walls and birthplace of Santa Teresa de Jesus for a tour. The rest of the day is free to do as you please

Oct 17 Day 04 - Madrid / Fatima
We then cross the border to Portugal to Fatima, the place where the Blessed Mother appeared in 1917 to three simple shepherd children and exhorted mankind to pray for world peace. After settling into your hotel, you may relax or participate in a candlelight procession

Oct 18 Day 05 - Fatima
After breakfast, we will have sighseeing tour of Fatima, see the Little Chapel of the Apparitions, Basilica, the site of Francesco and Jacinta's graves, the Hamlet of Aljustrel, where the children lived, and Valinhos, the site of Our Lady's appearance after the children's return from prison. Follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra (The Sacred Way) culminating in the Chapel of Calvary, which overlooks all of Fatima. The rest of the afternoon is free for private devotion.

Oct 19 Day 06 - Fatima / Santiago de Compostela
This morning we head on to Santiago de Compostela where the remains of the Apostle St. James was found, is the final destination of legendary medieval way of pilgrimship Caminho de Santiago. It is the third most visited site by Christian pilgrims. Walk around the Old town and visit the Plaza del Obradoiro and the Santiago Cathedral whose holy relics of St James are believed to be enshrined under the cathedral’s altar

Oct 20 Day 07 - Santiago de Compostela / Burgos
After breakfast, motorcoach to Burgos the home of the only cathedral in Spain which has been individually awarded the World Heritage designation by the UNESCO.Transfer in at hotel.

Oct 21 Day 08 - Burgos / Zaragoza / Lourdes
This morning, continue onto Zaragoza to visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Pillar before proceeding to Lourdes famous for the Marian apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes that are reported to have occurred in 1858 to St. Bernadette Soubirous. In the evening, join the candlelight procession in honor of our Lady.

Oct 22 Day 09 - Lourdes
After breakfast, our guided tour of Lourdes will include the sanctuary; the Basilica of St Pius X, the world's largest underground church; and the baths where hundreds of miraculous cures have taken place. Celebrate daily Mass at the Grotto,. See the Boly Mill where St Bernadette was born and the "Cachot," an abandoned prison where Bernadette's impoverished family lived. Join your prayers with those of pilgrims from around the world as you pray for the sick, drink water from the miraculous spring, and submerge yourself in the healing baths. Time for private devotions before dinner and overnight


Oct 23 Day 10 - Lourdes / Nice
This morning, head onto Nice - located on the French Riviera in Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, it is in itself an attraction: the rich blue-green sea, diverse shopping, splendid dining and lovely art-deco fa├žades. The rest of the day is free for leisure.

Oct 24 Day 11- Nice / Monte Carlo / Nice
After breakfast, we visit a famous Perfume Factory in Eze before heading to Monaco, capital of the Principality. Walk in the narrow streets of the old town and see the changing of the guards just before midday in front of Grimaldi Palace. Visit the neo-romanesque cathedral with the Princess Grace Memorial. Continue to drive onto Monte-Carlo race track before going back to Nice.

Oct 25 Day 12 - Nice / Florence
This morning, onto Florence, known as the Cradle of the Renaissance, Enjoy a city orientation tour with a glimpse of the Baptistery, sculpture studded Piazza dela Signoria and a panoramic view of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo, etc… The rest of the day is free for leisure.

Oct 26 Day 13 - Florence / Assisi
After breakfast, proceed to Assisi beloved town of St Francis. Visit the Basilica di San Francesco, Santa Maria Degli Angeli Church including the Thornless Rose bush and the Porzincula and the Basilica of St. Claire. Then check-in at your hotel

Oct 27 Day 14 - Assisi / San Giovanni Rotondo
This morning, we head to San Giovanni Rotondo world famous for the pilgrimages made there to honour Padre Pio da Pietrelcina, a stigmatic, of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. visit the Our Lady of Grace Church including the Sanctuary and Shrine of Padre Pio de Pietrelcina. The rest of the afternoon is free

Oct 28 Day 15 - San Giovanni Rotondo / Rome
After breakfast, travel to the eternal city of Rome – a city of great beauty, contrast and life…where the religious world center of the Catholic Church, the ruins of the centre of the Roman Empire and the modern, bustling city co-exists.

Oct 29 Day 16 - Rome
After a hearty breakfast, enjoy the sights of Rome with visits to San Pietro, Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, Colloseum, Palatine, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Roman Forum..etc The rest of the day is free to do as you please.

Oct 30 Day 17 - Rome / Manila
The rest of the morning is free until your transfer to the airport for your flight back to Manila





Santiago de Compostela
Photo from santiago-de-compostela.it

The Vatican Musuem
Photo by Photoholic


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