UNDER SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE OF FR. RUGGIERO DIBENEDETTOPASTOR OF ST. THOMAS AQUINAS PARISH, TORONTO, ON
September 13 – September 24, 2020, 12 days
Travel arrangements by QS Travel & Tours Inc. affiliate of Queen Syrena Travel Inc.
3055 Dundas St. W., #4, Mississauga, ON L5L 3R8. Tel. 905.412.2242 or 1-800-565-3619
Sep 13 Depart Toronto.
Sep 14 Upon arrival in Paris panoramic tour of the city including famous landmarks: Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, Champs Elysees and Notre Dame Cathedral. Dinner and overnight in Paris.
Sep 15 Full day in Paris. We start with the visit to Miraculous Medal Church where Our Lady appeared to St. Catherine Laboure in 1830 and gave her instructions to have the Miraculous Medal made. Celebrate Mass in the Chapel, and venerate the incorrupt body of St. Catherine, as well as the heart of St. Vincent de Paul. After lunch visit to Sacre Coeur Church and some free time in Montmartre, charming village famous for many artist that lived there in XIX century. Dinner and overnight in Paris.
Sep 16 In the morning we leave Paris and travel to Strasbourg. The city is famous for its beautiful historical center – the Grande Île – which was the first city center to be classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Mass. Dinner and overnight in Strasbourg.
Sep 17 From Strasbpurg we travel through southern Germany to Munich, Bavaria’s capital. In the afternoon panoramic tour of Munich including Marienplaz, the old and the new City Hall, Bavarian Opera House and the Frauenkirche Cathedral. Mass. Dinner and overnight in Munich.
Sep 18 After breakfast departure to the beautiful scenic village of Oberammergau, where we devote our afternoon and evening attending the famous Passion Play. In 1634 the Black Death decimated Europe’s population. Oberammergau remained untouched until a homesick villager returned one night, unknowingly bringing with him the dreaded plague. Almost 100 villagers died as a result. Frightened survivors vowed that if god saved them from the plague, once every 10 years they would re-enact the agony and crucifixion of Christ. From then on there were no further deaths from plague. The villagers fulfilled their pledge ever since. The play portrays the Passion of Christ – from the entry into Jerusalem to the Resurrection. Dinner and overnight.
Sep 19 From Bavaria we travel through picturesque Alps to the Principality of Lichteinstein, nestled between Switzerland and Austria, the official residence of the Prince of Lichtenstein.Liechtenstein is mainly mountainous, making it a winter sport destination. We admire Vaduz Castle and visit the Cathedral of St. Florin, built in 1874 on the site of earlier medieval foundations. Mass. Continue via Switzerland to Milan (Italy) for dinner and overnight.
Sep 20 Full day in Milan. Sightseeing panoramic tour of Milan takes us to the “La Scala” Opera House, Dominican convent Santa Maria delle Grazie and Basilica Sant’Ambrogio one of the Milan’s oldest churches. Guided tour of the Duomo, one of the biggest and grandest Gothic cathedrals in the world. Mass. Dinner and overnight in Milan.
Sep 21 From Milan we continue to Verona. En route we stop at captivating Lake Garda, famous for its crystal clear water and picturesque surroundings. Mass, dinner and overnight in Verona.
Sep 22 Walking tour of Verona, famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” During our tour we are going to see 14th-century residence with a tiny balcony overlooking a courtyard is said be “Juliet’s House.” We are also going to visit Cathedral Duomo Santa Maria Maticolare. In the afternoon we continue to Padua, one of the oldest cities in Italy with the renowned University of Padua, almost 800 years old and famous, among other things, for having had Galileo Galilei among its lecturers. We visit the Basilica of Saint Anthony. Built immediately after the death of the Franciscan monk in 1231, Basilica has been one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations for people from all over the world. Basilica houses tomb, relics of Saint Anthony and Chapel of the Dark Madonna. Mass. Dinner and overnight in Padua.
Sep 23 Full day in Venice, spectacular city sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. We enjoy the tour of Venice, including St. Mark Square, the Byzantine Basilica, the Dodge’s Palace and the “Bridge of Sighs”. Return to Padua for dinner and overnight.
Sep 24 In the morning transfer to the airport for flight to Toronto.
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