EUROPEAN PILGRIMAGE (01 Apr 2012)



EUROPEAN PILGRIMAGE
15-Day Tour of France, Italy, Spain and Portugal
Group Departure:  April 01, 2012
Tour Price from $3,080.00+ per person

Printable Itinerary


Day 01 / Apr 01, 2012
MANILA / ROME 
Depart Manila on board a prestigious airline for an overnight flight to Rome, Italy. Enjoy in - flight meals and services.

Day 02 / Apr 02 

St. Peter's Basilica.  Photo by J. De Guzman
ROME (D) 
Welcome to Rome! After immigration formalities, meet and greet then transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is free for rest and relaxation.

Day 03 / Apr 03 
ROME (B,D) 
Visit the Four Major Basilicas of Rome: St. Peter’s Basilica, Basilica of St. John in Lateran, Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls and the Scala Santa. Afterwards, see the Colosseum, Piazza de Venezia, and if time permits, visit the Sta. Maria Maggiore Basilica, the Fountain of Trevi and the Spanish Steps.

Day 04 / Apr 04 
ROME - ASSISI - FLORENCE (B,D) 
We leave Rome and ascend to the beloved city of St. Francis, Asissi, to see the Upper and Lower Basilica where the Tomb of St. Francis lies, visit also the Church of Porziuncula where St. Francis prayed. Later to renaissance Florence. Visit the Cathedral of Florence, see the “Gates of Paradise” adorning the Baptistery, Piazza della Signoria and the see the Santa Croce Church. Then check in to your hotel.

Day 05 / Apr 05 
FLORENCE - PISA - NICE (B,D) 
This morning we travel towards Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower, then cross the border of Italy on your way to Nice, the playground of the rich and famous!

Monaco
Day 06 / Apr 06 
NICE - MONTE CARLO - NICE (B,D) 
After breakfast, visit a Perfume Factory in Eze where the area is famous. Then drive to the nearby Principality of Monaco to see the Royal Palace and Annunciation Cathedral where Princess Grace was buried before going to Monte Carlo where you can try your luck at the famous Casino Monte Carlo. Return to Nice for overnight.

Day 07 / Apr 07 
NICE - LOURDES (B,D) 
Departure to Lourdes, a major pilgrimage site in Europe. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is free. If time permits, visit the Grotto of Massabielle and drink its miraculous spring water.

Day 08 / Apr 08 
LOURDES (B,D) 
The whole day is free for private devotion. You may wish to go to the Sanctuary to visit the 3 Basilicas, walk the Station of the Cross or take the Holy Bath. In evening, buy a candle and join the Candle-light Procession.

Day 09 / Apr 09 
LOURDES - ZARAGOSA - BURGOS (B,D) 
Depart Lourdes and cross the Spanish border to Burgos. Stop in Zaragosa to visit the Shrine of the Our Lady of the Pillar. Continue to Burgos for dinner and overnight.

Day 10 / Apr 10 
BURGOS - SALAMANCA - FATIMA (B,D) 
After breakfast, continue your drive to Salamanca for photos of the beautiful Plaza Mayor. Then travel over the Portugese border on your way to Fatima, another major pilgrimage center. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is free.

Day 11 / Apr 11 
Our Lady of Fatima Basilica
FATIMA (B,D) 
Free day for private devotion. You may spend the day in meditating at the Chapel of Apparition, the very heart of the Sanctuary. It was the first edifice constructed at the site of Our Lady’s apparitions and a marbled pillar is erected on the exact spot on which the State of our Lady is placed. Visit the Great White Basilica to see the tombs of Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia and its 15 altars dedicated to the 15 mysteries of the Rosary and the scenes of the apparition represented in the stained glass. Litany of Our Lady. Tonight you may participate in the inspirational Candlelight Procession.

Day 12 / Apr 12 
FATIMA - AVILA - MADRID (B,D) 
Continue our journey back to Spain, to Avila, the City of Kings and Saints, completely encircled by 11th century walls and the birthplace of St. Therese, one of the greatest mystics of the Catholic Church. Visit the Cathedral of the Con-vent of St. Therese. Continue to Madrid for overnight.

Day 13 / Apr 13 
MADRID (B,D) 
This morning, go on a sightseeing tour which includes the Puerta del Sol, the Gran Via, the elegant Paseo de Castellan, Cibeles Fountain and the Plaza de Espagna with its Monument to Cervantes. The balance of the day is free.

Day 14 / Apr 14 
MADRID / MANILA (B) 
Your memorable tour concludes today with a transfer to the airport for your flight back to Manila.

Day 15 / Apr 15 / MANILA 
Arrival in Manila. Home sweet home!



INCLUSIONS: 
Roundtrip AIRFARE
First Class Hotel
Daily American Buffet Breakfast
Standard Dinner or Chinese Dinner
Luxury Private Coach
Tour Escort
TIPS FOR DRIVER / GUIDE
FREE 15-DAY TRAVEL INSURANCE
Pre-Departure Briefing

EXCLUSIONS:
Visa Fees: Schengen
Travel Tax, Terminal Fee & Airline Taxes
Drinks and Beverage
Airport / Hotel Porterage





* A minimum of 25 persons is required to run this tour.  If interested, please send us your passport names so that we can include you in the list.  We will then inform that the tour is pushing through once the quota has been reached.