PILGRIMAGE TO PORTUGAL, SPAIN, FRANCE & ITALY
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UNDER SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE OF FR. ANTHONI NARISETTI, ASSOCIATE PASTOR OF ST. PATRICK’S PARISH, CALGARY, AB
Thunder Bay/Saskatoon departure
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Depart Toronto to Lisbon.
Arrival in Lisbon. Transfer to our hotel in Fatima. En route stop in Santarem, the site of Eucharistic Miracle in February 1247. Dinner, procession with candles and overnight.
Full day in Fatima, famous for the apparitions of our Lady of the Rosary to three shepherd children: Lucia dos Santos and her two cousins. We are going to visit the Apparition Chapel, the Basilica that contains the tombs of two younger children and the houses where Francisco, Jacinta and Lucia used to live. Mass, dinner, procession with candles and overnight.
After breakfast, travel to Porto. Porto is a historic and varied city, from the warren of narrow streets that make up the ancient Ribeira district through to the grand plaza of the Trindade district. The region is famed for the production of Port, which is still stored and matured in the vast cellars that stretch along the banks of the Douro River. Guided tour the city of Porto takes us to Porto cathedral, Porto bridge, etc. Continue to Braga, Portugal, visit Bom Jesus do Monte. Dinner and overnight in Santiago de Compastela.
After breakfast depart for Santiago de Compostela, where the remains of Saint James, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ, are buried. Private mass at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Afternoon walking tour of the city. Dinner and overnight in Leon, Spain.
Today we travel from Leon, Spain to Burgos. Upon arrival, half day walking tour of Burgos, in the past capital of the Castile Kingdom for almost five hundred years. We visit Cathedral dedicated to Virgin Mary and we celebrate mass. Burgos Cathedral is a masterpiece of Spanish gothic architecture, declared World Heritage by UNESCO. Afternoon depart for Lourdes. Upon arrival dinner, procession with candles and overnight
Full day in Lourdes. Time to visit the Grotto of Massabielle, two Basilicas and participate in the Way of the Cross. Time for baths and visit to the “Cachot” where Bernadette lived with her family in great poverty at the time of apparitions. After dinner procession with candles and overnight.
In the morning we continue from Lourdes to Avignon – the city of Popes. In 14th century seven consecutive Popes took residence in Avignon. We visit the ancient walled city and see the Notre Dame Des Doms Cathedral, the Popes Palace and world famous Avignon bridge – Pont St.Benezet. Dinner and overnight in Avignon.
Through the splendid vineyards of Languedoc – Roussillon to Nice, the sophisticated “Queen of the French Riviera. After lunch we continue to Monaco. We see the Cathedral, where Princess Grace was married in 1956 and the tomb of Grimaldi family. Panoramic tour of Monte Carlo. Mass. Dinner and overnight in Nice.
After breakfast, we travel to Milan. Panoramic tour of Milan takes us to Dominican convent Santa Maria delle Grazie La Scala Opera House and Basilica Saint Ambrogio, one of the oldest churches in Milan. We will also visit the Duomo, one of the biggest and grandest Gothic cathedrals in the world. Dinner and overnight in Milan.
After breakfast we continue through the Italian Riviera to Florence- cradle of the Renaissance and capital of Tuscany . Upon arrival we start our sightseeing tour of Florence. We see Santa Croce Basilica and famous Ponte Vecchio. Dinner and overnight in Florence.
After breakfast we continue our tour of Florence. We see magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore, continue to Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery’s heavy bronze door “Gate of Paradise” and sculpture-studded Signoria Square with the statue of David by Michelangelo. Afternoon, we travel to Assisi, visit to Santa Maria Degli Angeli Basilica. Inside the Basilica we can see the Porzuincola, original stone chapel restored and frequently used by St. Francis and Chapel of Transition, small room in which St Francis died on October 3, 1226. Dinner and overnight in Assisi
After breakfast, tour the city of St.Francis, saint patron of Italy. The town of Assisi with its winding medieval streets and sacred shrines has been one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations. We visit the Lower Basilica housing the tomb of St Francis and the Upper Basilica with famous Giotto frescoes. Mass. Dinner and overnight in Rome.
After breakfast, transfer to Vatican to visit the Vatican Museum, continue with St. Peter‘s Basilica. Afternoon, city tour of Rome including Colosseum (picture taking from outside only, no entrance), Spanish Steps. Tour of Trevi Fountian, where we toss the three coins. Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Morning, transfer to the Vatican, audience with Pope Francis. After lunch, the sightseeing tour of the three major basilicas – St Paul Outside the Walls and St. Mary Major, St John in Lateran Basilica, the oldest of the four major basilicas of Rome, home to the relics of Peter and Paul. Crossing the street we come to the Holy Staircase which is believed to be brought to Rome by St. Helen in the 4th Century (photo stop only). Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Today our tour comes to an end. We depart for Toronto.
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