MARIAN PILGRIMAGE

Commemorating the 100th Years of Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima
Visits to Italy, Spain, Portugal and France
With Pilgrimage Chaplain
Departure: October 2-21, 2017

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DAY01/OCTOBER 02 | MANILA-DUBAI
Depart Manila via the 5 star airline Emirates Airline and enjoy the in-flight services of one of the most awarded airlines bound for Europe.

DAY 02/OCTOBER 03 | ROME

Arrive on the same evening and after airport formalities, meet our airport representative and transfer to our hotel for our overnight accommodation.

DAY03/OCTOBER 04 | ROME
This morning we drive to the Vatican Square for our Sunday Papal mass. Continue to the Vatican museum and visit the underground tomb of the Popes and the newly restored Sistine Chapel with its magnificent frescoes depicting the “LAST JUDGEMENT” by Michael Angelo and the beautiful paintings of the masters. In the afternoon, visit the important churches in the history of our faith and gain plenary indulgence passing through the HOLY DOORS of St. Peter’s Basilica. Visit too Maria Maggiore, St. Praxedes (with the pillar of the scourging of Christ), Perpetual Help (with the original Icon), church of San Paul’s outside the Walls, Scala Sancta (with the stairs of Pilate’s villa where Jesus was condemned), Sta. Croce in Jerusalem (with the relics of the crucifixion of Jesus) and end at San Giovanni Laterano (oldest church in Rome-Gift of St. Helena to the Pope. Continue visit to the catacombs. Dinner and overnight. (B, D)

DAY 04/OCTOBER 05 | ROME
After breakfast, Tour around the classical city and see the Colosseum known for its gladiatorial combats, the Roman Forum, the amazing Trevi fountain, Via Venetto and Piazza de Venezia, the Pantheon and the Spanish steps. Rest of the day at leisure to give chance for own free time to shop religious articles and souvnenirs. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. (B, D)

DAY 05/OCTOBER 06 | ROME-SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO

We leave the Eternal City to San Giovanni Rotondo, the small town closely associated with the life of Padre Pio. We will stop in Pietrelcina where Padre Pio was born and grew up. In San Giovanni Rotondo, visit the Grotto of St. Michael and Padre Pio’s the “Home for the Relief of Suffering,” a famous charitable work of Padre Pio. Visit his tomb, cell and confessional, and the old church where he received the stigmata, as well as the Church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie, where we will have our Eucharistic celebration. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 06/OCTOBER 07 | SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO-LANCIANO-ASSISI

The group departs for Assisi in the morning with a brief stop in Lanciano, where there was a Eucharistic Miracle of Jesus that took place. Arrive in Assisi. Our tour will include visits to the Basilica of St. Francis (view the exquisite artwork of Giotto), the Basilica of St. Clare, which to this day houses her incorrupt body, and the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Portiuncula Chapel, which houses the site of the beginning of the Franciscan order. Dinner and overnight. (B, D)

DAY 07/OCTOBER 08 | ASSISI-PISA-NICE
Visit Sta. Chiara church (where the incorrupt body of St. Claire is laid to rest), and to San Damiano Monastery. Also visit the Basilica Degli Angeli in the valley to see the Porziuncula (the chapel built by St. Francis with his hands) and the thornless rose bush which is also inside this church. Continue to Pisa as we ride d shuttle to Piazza Duomo, view and photo stop at the famous Leaning Tower, the Baptistry, and the Campanile. Continue drive to Nice for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

DAY 08/OCTOBER 09 | NICE-BARCELONA
Today, we travel across the Camargue, famous for its wild horses, bulls, and flamingos, a place also rich in reeds, flowers and rice fields. Continue on through Catalonia to Barcelona. Dinner and overnight. (B, D)

DAY 09/OCTOBER 10 | BARCELONA – MONTSERRAT – BARCELONA
After breakfast, start of our half day tour within Barcelona with our visit to SAGRADA FAMILIA, including its cathedral and cloister. In the afternoon, proceed to Montserrat to visit the Royal Basilica and the Monastery which houses the famous Black Virgin, “Virgin Morenata”. Go back to Barcelona for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

DAY 10/OCTOBER 11 | BARCELONA-ZARAGOZA-MADRID
Today, we begin with our excursion to Zaragoza. Crossing the Sierras of Zaragoza, see the remote homes of the Spanish village. Here, we will visit the Basilica Del Pilar, “Nuestra Senora del Pilar” where we will celebrate our mass. See the magnificent altar in this church, which was built on the site where according to local legend, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to the apostle St James the Great alongside the River Ebro. She was still living in Jerusalem at the time; this is her only reported apparition prior to her Assumption. The Virgin gave James a pillar and instructed him to build a church. As instructed, St James built a small chapel on the spot, making it the first church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Travel to Madrid where group shall have dinner and overnight. (B, D)

DAY 11/OCTOBER 12 | MADRID-FATIMA
Short visit to Plaza Major and start long distance transfer to reach one of the world’s major pilgrimage centers, FATIMA. Dinner and overnight. (B, D) 

DAY 12/OCTOBER 13 | FATIMA
Today, we visit the Shrine and Basilica of our Lady and celebrate our mass at the Chapel of Apparitions. On to the house of Francisco and Jacinta, two of the three shepherd children where our Lady appeared and gave her word of peace. In the afternoon, we can join the candlelight Procession and the rest of the day is free for private devotions… (B, D)

DAY 13/OCTOBER 14 | FATIMA-SALAMANCA-BURGOS

After breakfast, we’ll have our long distance drive to the University City of Salamanca known as European Capital of Culture, including city orientation showing us the Plaza Mayor. On to Burgos, the cradle of Castille and gothic capital of Spain where we shall have our dinner and overnight. (B, D)

DAY 14/OCTOBER 15 | BURGOS-LOYOLA-LOURDES

Depart for Loyola and have private mass at Loyola Sanctuary. Pray at the Basilica where our Lady appeared to St. Ignatius with the Christ child, the founder of the Jesuit order. We depart this city towards the French border crossing the Pyrenees Mountains to another famous pilgrim center, Lourdes. (B, D)

DAY15/OCTOBER 16 | LOURDES
The whole day is scheduled for private devotions beginning with our celebration of our Holy mass at the Monastery of Visitation. The sanctuaries and pools are always open and religious ceremonies are held everyday: Masses, Blessing of the Sick, Stations of the Cross, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Torch Rosary Procession every evening. Dinner and overnight. (B, D)

DAY16/OCTOBER 17 | LOURDES-PARIS
Depart for Paris via the TGV Train. Upon arrival in this city of Romance, we visit the famous Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral. See other highlights as well like the Champs Elysees, the Opera House, Concorde Square and The Arc De Triomphe. Cap the day as we visit and view the beautifully lighted Sacre Coeur Church on Montmartre, inspired by the Sacred Heart Devotion which began in Paray-Le-Monial by St. Margaret-Mary. Dinner and overnight. (B, D)

DAY 17/OCTOBER 18 | PARIS-LISIEUX-PARIS

This morning we depart to Lisieux. Enjoy an orientation tour of Lisieux with visits to the places associated with the life of St. Therese including the Great Basilica dedicated to her, the Carmelite Convent, the Buissonets (home of the Martin family), and other places of importance. Dinner and overnight in Paris. (B, D)

DAY 18/OCTOBER 19 | PARIS-DUBAI
Begin the day with our visit to the Louvre Museum, where we can see magnificent works of art and the original painting of Mona Lisa. Proceed to Rue du Bac and have our final thanksgiving departure mass at the Chapel of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal where the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Laboure is still lying in state . Gain merciful blessings and healing as we pray to our dear saint. Whole afternoon free until transfer to the airport for return flight to Manila(B)

DAY 19/OCTOBER 20 | DUBAI- MANILA

Arrive Dubai this morning where group shall take connecting flight to Manila. ETA MANILA in the EVENING.

DAY 20/OCTOBER 21 | ARRIVE MANILA

Home sweet home!

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