Marian Pilgrimage with FR. RICHARD TAN

20 Days

DATES:  SEPTEMBER 23 – OCTOBER 12, 2024


ITINERARY:  ROME / SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO / LANCIANO / CASCIA / ASSISI / FLORENCE / PISA / MONACO / NICE / CANNES / BARCELONA / MONTSERRAT / ZARAGOZA / MADRID / AVILA / TOLEDO / UBEDA / JAEN / GRANADA / CORDOBA / SEVILLE / FATIMA / LISBON

OverviewMarian Pilgrimage with FR. RICHARD TAN

DATES:  SEPTEMBER 23 – OCTOBER 12, 2024


ITINERARY:  ROME / SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO / LANCIANO / CASCIA / ASSISI / FLORENCE / PISA / MONACO / NICE / CANNES / BARCELONA / MONTSERRAT / ZARAGOZA / MADRID / AVILA / TOLEDO / UBEDA / JAEN / GRANADA / CORDOBA / SEVILLE / FATIMA / LISBON

Itinerary

Arrival in Rome in the afternoon. Celebrate private Mass at one of the Churches. Proceed to the hotel for check-in. Have dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Have a boxed breakfast at the hotel. We will now attend the General Papal Audience. Then have a half-day guided tour to visit the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel. Visit also the St. Peter Basilica, destination of all Catholics coming from all over the world. Have some free time before dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.

Breakfast at the hotel. Have a half-day guided tour to visit the Major Basilicas: St. Paul Outside the Walls Basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore, Basilica San Giovanni Laterano, Basilica Santa Croce in Gerusalemme and the Scala Santa. Have some free time. Have dinner at an international restaurant before returning to your hotel for overnight.

After breakfast and check-out, we will have a long-distance drive to San Giovanni Rotondo. Upon arrival, have a half-day guided tour to visit the Shrine of St. Padre Pio, which centers on his tomb inside the Church of Our Lady of Grace (Santa Maria delle Grazie). Here you can also see his cell, his confessional, the crucifix from which he received the stigmata, and nearly everything he owned or touched, carefully preserved and labeled. Check-in, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast and check-out, have a long-distance transfer to Lanciano to visit San Francesco Church at Lanciano where the Flesh and Blood of Christ is still miraculously preserved today in a monstrance that all can see and venerate. Continue for a long-distance drive to Cascia for a quick visit to the Basilica and Sta. Rita Chapel. Then have a short distance transfer to hotel in Assisi for check-in, dinner and overnight.

After breakfast and check-out, we will have a half-day guided tour of Assisi which includes visits to Santa Maria Degli Angeli Church, the Santa Chiara Church. Have a private visit at St. Francis Basilica, the Lower (Inferiore), Upper (Superiore). Visit also to San Damiano Monastery. Proceed to Florence. Have a half-day guided tour to visit the Florence Cathedral (Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore). Photo stop of Piazza Michelangelo, Giotto’s Bell Tower, Florence Baptistery and Duomo complex. Transfer to hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.

Breakfast and checkout at the hotel. We will have a short distance drive to Pisa. Have some photo stop of the Leaning Tower, Square of Miracles, The Baptistry, and The Duomo. Continue on to Monaco - a city in southern France on the Mediterranean coast. Photo stop (without guide) at the famous Monte Carlo harbor; view of the Palais du Prince, Cathedrale de Monaco. Transfer to Nice. Check-in at the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

After breakfast and check-out, drive to Cannes. Have a short stop to view the city (without guide). Then continue the long-distance drive to Barcelona. Transfer to the hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.

After breakfast, have a guided tour to visit the Basilica De La Sagrada Familia. View of the Plaza Espana, Plaza Reial, Plaza Cataluna, Olympic Stadium, Monument Christopher Columbus, Arch of Triumph. Then drive to Montserrat to see Monastir de Montserrat, a Benedictine abbey located on the mountain. Visit the Royal Basilica, one of Spain’s most important pilgrimage sites for hundreds of years, due to its famous 12th century Romanesque carving of the Virgen Moroneta, the Black Virgin. Return to Barcelona. Then have dinner at an international restaurant before returning to the hotel for overnight.

After breakfast and check-out, celebrate private Mass. Have a long-distance transfer to Madrid via Zaragoza. Celebrate private Mass at the Basilica of Our Lady of Pilar in Zaragoza. Check-in, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

After breakfast and check-out, have a half-day guided tour of Madrid with a visit to the Royal Palace. View of Cibeles Fountain, Alcala Gates, Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Plaza
de Espana and Prado Museum. Then have a long drive to Avila to visit St. Theresa Convent. Check-in, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Breakfast and checkout at the hotel. Have a long-distance drive to Toledo. View of Puerta del Sol. Celebrate private Mass at the Toledo Cathedral. Rest of the time is free at your own leisure. Transfer to the hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.

Breakfast and check-out at the hotel. Have a long-distance drive to Ubeda. Have a short-guided city tour on foot. Continue to Jaen. Have a half-day guided city tour to visit the Jaen Cathedral and the Convento de Santa Teresa. Proceed to Granada. Proceed to the hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.

After breakfast and check-out, have a city orientation guided tour to visit Alhambra Gardens. Then have a long-distance drive to Cordoba. Have a half-day guided tour to visit the Cathedral and Mosque. Photo stop at the San Cayetano Church. Drive to Seville. Transfer to hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.

Breakfast and check-out at the hotel. Have a city orientation guided tour for photo stops at the Plaza de Espana and the Maria Luisa Park; Entrance to the Giralda Tower & Seville Cathedral. Have a long-distance drive to Fatima. Transfer to the hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.

Breakfast at the hotel. Have a half-day guided tour to visit the Our Lady of Fatima Basilica. See the house of Francisco and Jacinta, and the house of Lucia. Rest of the time is free on your own for your private devotions. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Breakfast and check-out at the hotel. Drive to Lisbon for a half-day guided tour to visit Lisbon Cathedral and the Church of St. Antonio Lisboa. View of Belem Tower, Monument to the Discoveries, Baixa, Praca do Comercio and Suspension Bridge. Transfer to the hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.

Breakfast and check-out at the hotel. Transfer to Lisbon airport to catch your flight back to Manila.

“Home Sweet Home”!!!

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Marian Pilgrimage with FR. RICHARD TAN