It is a 17 Days program which covers almost 21 places in Europe.
* Child above 11 years is considered as an Adult.
City Tour of Rome: Visit the main 5 churches
Visit St. John Lateran - one of the major Basilicas
Visit the ‘Scala Sancta’ (Holy Stairs) - where you may climb the same steps on which Our Lord climbed on the way to see Pontius Pilate.
Visit ‘Santa Croce in Gerusalemme’(Holy Cross of Jerusalem) - where incredible relics can be found (fragments of the Holy Cross, one Nail, part of the inscription INRI, two thorns from the Crown of Thorns, fragments of the pillar of the scourging and of the rock of the Holy Sepulcher).We bow these beautiful relics, including the Holy Stairs.
Visit Santa Maria Maggiore - Another Papal church which has a beautiful 5th century Biblical mosaics. The marble floor, bell tower, and mosaics on the triumphal arch and in the loggia are medieval. The spectacular ceiling is said to be decorated with gold that Columbus brought back from the new world.
Visit ST Paul Outside the Walls - The fourth patriarchal or papal Church of Rome. It also holds many art treasures and relics including the chains believed to have been used on Paul when he was under arrest.
Vatican Museum - are Christian and art museums located within the city boundaries of the Vatican City. They display works from the immense collection amassed by popes throughout the centuries including several of the most renowned Roman sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world. The museums contain roughly 70,000 works, of which 20,000 are on display, and currently employ 640 people who work in 40 different administrative, scholarly, and restoration departments.
‘Sistine Chapel’– Today it is the site of the Papal conclave, the process by which a new pope is selected. The fame of the Sistine Chapel lies mainly in the frescos that decorate the interior, and most particularly the Sistine Chapel ceiling and The Last Judgment by Michelangelo.
Rome city tour - Visit Trevi Fountain, Colosseum (outside view), and monument of Victor Emanuel II.
(Till 11 a.m. in Rome to complete sightseeing)
Shrine of Padre Pio - It centers on the tomb of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, a Capuchin friar, priest and mystic known for his devotion to God, care for the sick, and supernatural gifts. He died in 1968 and was declared a saint in 2002. Padre Pio’s tomb is inside the Church of Our Lady of Grace (Santa Maria delle Grazie). Here you can see his cell, his confessional, the crucifix from which he received the stigmata, and nearly everything he owned or touched, carefully preserved and labeled.
Santa Maria delle Grazie (Our Lady of Grace) is a new church built during Padre Pio's lifetime (1956-59) to accommodate the many pilgrims and worshippers attracted to San Giovanni Rotondo. The east wall bears a splendid mosaic. Behind Santa Maria delle Grazie is the Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church, completed in 2004 and considered a notable example of modern architecture. Designed by the Genoan architect Renzo Piano, it can accommodate 6,500 people seated at worship and 30,000 people standing outside. The shrine also includes a modern Way of the Cross (Via Crucis) on the forested hillside above Santa Maria delle Grazie. The Via Crucis monumentale began construction in 1968 (one day before Padre Pio's death) and completed in 1981. Made of granite with bronze and marble sculptures. It was designed by Sicilian sculptor Francesco Messina.
Lanciano - A religious destination is related to Eucharistic Miracle that has taken place there. As a matter of fact, in 700 A.D. a monk had doubt about the real presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist during the Celebration. When he was pronouncing the Words of Consecration, the bread became flesh and the wine blood. These relics are saved in the Saint Francesco’s Church. Their authenticity is granted by many examinations made by experts. Beside Saint Francesco’s church, Lanciano offers other important religious places to visit like Santa Maria del Ponte’s Cathedral or Santa Maria Maggiore. Lanciano lies in Abruzzo, a wonderful Italian region that offers great chances to enjoy its naturalistic treasures too like Gran Sasso Mountains or the National Park of Abruzzo, its pastoral traditions, its medieval villages.
Sanctuary of the apostle Saint Thomas - is situated in Ortona where his body is kept. Thomas was a fisherman and after meeting Jesus he became a fisher of men going from town to town He was martyred in India.
The church and body of St. Rita - which has remained incorrupt over the centuries, venerated today in the shrine at Cascia, which bears her name. Many people visit her tomb each year.
Assisi is the land of St. Francis and St. Clare
Porziuncula’ (the first Franciscan house) - the place of his death and the thorn-less rose garden.
The Basilica of St. Francis- including the tombs of St. Francis and his disciples. The Lower and Upper Basilicas are filled with world famous frescoes that depict the lives of Jesus and St. Francis, as well as other saints.
Medjugorje - is a town located in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina, around 25 km (16 miles ) southwest of Mostar and close to the border of Croatia. The town is part of the municipality of Citluk. Since 1981, it has become a popular site of religious pilgrimage due to reports of apparitions of the Virgin Mary to six local Catholics.The name Medjugorje literally means "between mountains". At an altitude of 200 m (660 ft) above sea level it has a mild Mediterranean climate. The town consists of an ethnically homogeneous Croat population of over 4,000. The Catholic parish (local administrative and religious area) consists of five neighboring villages: Medjugorje, Bijakovici, Vionica, Miletina and Surmanci.
Apparition Hill: Mount Podbrdo is the name of the “mountain” that Our Lady first appeared on, to the visionaries of Medjugorje. After the apparitions began, it became known as Apparition Mountain. It is a steep and rock-strewn path that ascends to the actual location where Our Lady appears. Tens of millions have climbed this mountain, pilgrims from all over the world, and they tell of experiences that are deeply personal, intimate and life changing through the encounters they have had in prayer with Our Lady, the Queen of Peace, on this barren mountainside. It was from Apparition Mountain where Our Lady first began inviting the world, through the visionaries and the village of Medjugorje, to respond to Her call. There have been literally thousands of apparitions of Our Lady on this mountain—apparitions that continue even to this day.
Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua -The original St. Anthony of Padua Church was built in 1725 by the local Italian community of Istanbul, but was later demolished and replaced with the current building which was constructed on the same location. The current St. Anthony of Padua was built between 1906 and 1912 in the Venetian Neo-Gothic style.
Montichiari - it was in the spring of 1947 that the Blessed Mother started appearing to nurse Pierina Gilli. She introduced herself as the "Mystical Rose" and requested that an hour of grace should be kept at noon on December 8th in all the Catholic Churches in the world. Pierina noticed that the Blessed Mother's heart was pierced by three swords: the first sword meaning the unworthy celebration of Holy Mass and Communion unworthily received; the second sword meaning being unfaithful to, and giving up, the vocation as a priest or a religious; and the third sword meaning betrayal of the faith. She appeared a total of eleven times and asked for prayer, sacrifice and penance, and that the 13th day of each month be celebrated as a Marian Day, and that July 13th be celebrated each year in honor of the "Rosa Mystica".
The shroud - (subject to permission and space availability) The Shroud of Turin is a century’s old linen cloth that bears the image of Jesus Christ.
Duomo Cathedral - Milan Cathedral is the cathedral church of Milan, Lombardy, Italy. Dedicated to St Mary of the Nativity, it is the seat of the Archbishop of Milan, currently Archbishop Mario Delpini. The cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete.
Sanctuary of St. John Vianney - which contains several sites of interest to pilgrims and tourists alike. It has two churches: the old 12th-century church where St. John Vianney preached, and a new basilica that displays his preserved body in a glass case. The saint's heart is enshrined in a smaller separate building, the Shrine of the Cure's Heart. Pilgrims can also visit the home of the Curé of Ars, which was preserved the way he left it. It contains the very bed set on fire by the devil as well as the saint's rosary, breviary, library and other personal items. Other sights include the Underground Church designed for large groups of pilgrims, a film on the life and work of the saint, a wax museum, and the orphanage founded by the Curé (La Providence). St. John Vianney died on August 4, 1859. In 1874, Pope Pius IX declared him Venerable, and he was canonized a saint by Pius XI in 1925. The feast day of St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests, is celebrated each year on August 4.
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption of Clermont-Ferrand commonly known as Clermont-Ferrand Cathedral. It is a Gothic cathedral and French national monument located in the town of Clermont-Ferrand in the Auvergne.
Lourdes - The famous Catholic pilgrimage center, located in the South West of France at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains, where The Virgin Mary appeared to a 14-year-old girl, Bernadette. Lourdes today welcomes more than 5 million visitors annually from 150 countries.
The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Chorus- A baroque Roman Catholic parish church and minor basilica completed in 1774. It is located in the "Parte Viejas" of the city of San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain.
Our Lady of Fatima Church - The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared six times to three shepherd children near the town of Fatima between 13May and 13 October 1917. The Blessed Virgin Mary is also referred as our Lady of the Rosary / Our Lady of Rosary of Fatima.
Avila, Spain - The best-preserved walled city in the world and home of St. Teresa of Avila who, with her spiritual director St. John of the Cross, reformed the Carmelite Order. We’ll also tour the ancient city of Avila whose architecture and culture remain the same from centuries ago.
Madrid - The capital and largest city of Spain, located in the center of the Iberian Peninsula plain 646 mtrs above sea level and spans a total of 698 km2.
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