European Pilgrimage (Apr 15 / May 17 / May 22, 2012)



EUROPEAN PILGRIMAGE
Group Departure:  April 15 / May 17 / May 22, 2012
Tour Price from USD 3,150.00++ per person

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

Day 02 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 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.


Church of Sta. Croce in Florence
Day 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 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!

Day 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 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 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 the evening, buy a candle and join the Candlelight Procession.

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

Day 11 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 & 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 FATIMA - AVILA - MADRID (B,D)
Continue our journey back to Spain, to Avila, the City of Kings & 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 Convent of St. Therese. Continue to Madrid for overnight.

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

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

Day 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