Europe Itinerary


ITALY - VATICAN - SWITZERLAND - FRANCE - SPAIN – PORTUGAL (17 Days)

ROME - VATICAN - ASSISI - PISA - VENICE - PADUA - MILAN - LUCERN - MT TITLIS - ARS SUR FORMANS - PARIS - LISIEUX - LOURDES - ZARAGOZA - AVILA - FATIMA - MADRID



Report to your Respective International Airport for your onward flight to Rome - Arrive Rome. You will be assisted by our Tour Escort with all entry formalities and be met by our local representative who will transfer you to Hotel. Refresh at hotel, Later we visit St. John Lateran, one of the Church’s four major Basilicas, the ‘Scala Sancta’ (Holy Stairs) located across the street where you may climb the same steps Our Lord climbed on the way to see Pontius Pilate, and then walk down the park to ‘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 owe these beautiful relics, including the Holy Stairs, to St. Helena, the mother of Rome’s first Christian Emperor, Constantine. Then visit St. Mary Major (another Patriarchal Basilica) where we find relics of the manger from Bethlehem. Passing the Pyramid of Cestia, we arrive at St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, which we visit to see the site where the Apostle of the people was buried. Dinner and Overnight at Hotel in Rome.

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Breakfast at Hotel, after meeting our guide in Vatican City, head inside the incredible Vatican Museums. As you walk through its corridors, your guide will regale you with tales of Vatican saintliness and sin – an intriguing insight into the holiest place in the Christian world. Walk through breathtaking galleries like Raphael’s Rooms, a series of interconnecting papal chambers that showcase the artistic genius of Renaissance master Raphael and his pupils. Stop to look at mesmerizing paintings like the School of Athens, which features images of Michelangelo and Raphael himself, and hear about the rivalries that resulted in some of the most influential works of Western art ever created. Stroll through more captivating rooms including the Gallery of the Maps and Gallery of Masks, and then head inside the Sistine Chapel – the popes’ private place of worship. Besides its sacredness, the main draw of the Sistine Chapel is the incredible frescoes, created solely by Michelangelo. Gaze skyward at The Creation of Adamceiling fresco, and look to the back wall to see The Last Judgement. Finish with a walk inside St Peter’s Basilica – Italy’s largest and infinitely most spectacular church that’s built on the site of St. Peter’s supposed burial place. Marvel at La Pieta, one of Michelangelo’s early sculptures, and stop to rub the foot of St Peter himself for good luck and a blessing. Your tour then finishes outside the church. Proceed for Lunch at Restaurant and Later Proceed for an Orientation tour of Rome, we stop in front of the Colosseum (photo stop only) from which point you can see the Arches of Constantine and Tito and the Temple of Venus and Rome. Move to Piazza diSpagna set off at a leisurely pace with your guide on a 2-hour walking tour. Heading to Rome's center, pass the beautiful Santa Maria del Popolo Church and hear interesting tales and legends such as how the hated Emperor Nero was buried near this church. Continue to the Spanish Steps that lead elegantly down from the church of TrinitadeiMonti before taking a break by the majestic Trevi Fountain. Continue with a stroll through Piazza Colonna, a stylish square considered by the ancient Romans as the center of the city. Then, enjoy a fantastic photo opportunity at the world-famous Pantheon, a unique historic temple with sleek marble columns. Follow your guide through bustling Piazza Navona, typified by its ornate fountains, Baroque architecture and lively sidewalk cafés. Lastly, visit Campo de Fiori, a more traditional square, where your tour ends. Dinner at Restaurant and Overnight in you Hotel in Rome.

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Breakfast at the Hotel. We proceed to St. Peters Square for Papal Audience (Subject to availability of “His Holiness”). After the Papal Audience & Blessings. After the Papal Audience & Blessings proceed to Assisi (196 Kms / 3 Hrs). Arrive and Check-in Hotel. Assisi is the land of St. Francis and St. Clare. Visit the ‘Porziuncula’ (the first Franciscan house), the place of his death and the thorn-less rose garden. Visit 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. Take a relaxed rosary walk, visiting other important sights such as the remains of St. Clare and the famous Cross of San Damiano. Dinner and Overnight at Assisi.

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Breakfast at the Hotel. Check-out and Proceed to Pisa (268 Kms / 3 Hrs 30 Mins) - Visit Cathedral of St Ranieri and then visit the Pisa Leaning Tower &Duomo Pisa, we also visit the Baptistry of St John Florence and Santa Maria Della Spina. Lunch at Restaurant. Proceed to Padua ( 280 Kms - 4 Hrs 30 Mins) for our Dinner & Overnight stay.

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Breakfast at the Hotel. Visit the famous 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, also visit Scrovegni Chapel (Cappella degliScronegni)we now proceed to Venice (40 Kms - 45 Mins) –Lunch at Restaurant. We now arrive at Venice - The Jewel of Adriatic and board a Private Boat to the heart of the traditional city of Venice – Have a walking tour to see The St. Mark’s Square. Visit St. Mark’s Basilica and also visit Murano glass showroom in Venice Island. You will also see the beautiful canals and Gondolas sailing with traditional songs. Return to the mainland and proceed to Milan (275 Kms - 4 Hrs 30 Mins) Dinner and Overnight at Milan.

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Breakfast at the Hotel, We now proceed to Turin (140 Kms - 2 Hrs) - This Morning we’ll visit the Shroud of Turin. The Shroud of Turin, one of the world’s most famous relics. There have been few expositions of the shroud in the 20th century. The Shroud, a piece of herringbone twilled linen cloth measuring 14.5 feet by 3.9 feet, is believed by many Roman Catholics to be the cloth in which Christ’s body was wrapped after his crucifixion. It bears the faint imprint of a man and the apparent signs of wound marks that correspond to those Christ sustained during his crucifixion. After our visit, we will continue to the Sanctuary of Maria Ausiliatrice, The Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians, completed in 1868. This church in Turin was originally part of a home for poor boys founded by Saint John Bosco, which now contains his remains with the relics of other saints. The Basilica dell' Ausiliatrice was built on the site of their death and the church also houses the relics of these saints. - Lunch at Restaurant and we proceed to Engelberg (370 Kms - 5 Hrs 30 Mins) - Dinner & Overnight in Engelberg.

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Breakfast at the Hotel in Engelberg - Check-out and We proceed on an excursion to Mt. Titlis and Lucerne. We begin the tour with a visit to Mt. Titlis, which at 10,000 ft is the highest peak in central Switzerland. As you journey to Mt. Titlis through a series of three different cable car rides, you will be amazed as the scenery changes from green meadows, scenic lakes to snow clad mountains. See over 200 cable cars sporting different flags. Lookout for cable car number 73 that carries the Indian flag! The last leg of the ascent will be in the world’s first rotating cable car called the ‘TitlisRotair’. At Mt. Titlis you have free time to play and enjoy in the snow, visit the Ice Cave or just relax at the restaurant. Mount Titlis, Switzerland At the Terrace on top of the Mt. Titlis summit station, weather permitting, you could take an unforgettable ride on the “Ice- Flyer” an enclosed ski lift that travels only a few meters over the Titlis Glacier. Enjoy an Indian Lunch. Depart & transfer to Outskirts of Swiss Borders (312 Kms - 5 Hrs) - Arrive & Check-in your hotel in - Dinner & Overnight at the Hotel in Veigy-Foncenex.

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Breakfast at the Hotel. Later we proceed to Ars-Sur Formans (160 Kms - 2 hrs 30 mins) - St. John Mary Vianny, the patron saint of priests, was the parish priest of Ars in France in the 19th century.Born in 1786, he became famous for his spiritual direction.He founded an orphanage delivered powerful sermons in his Mass. Living a simple life in Ars he had extraordinary abilities to perform miracles. His ability to heal the sick and read the hearts of penitents attracted thousands of people every year to seek his advice. He died in 1859 and was canonised in 1925. His body was exhumed because of his impending beatification and was found to be in perfect condition. Visit the Sanctuary of St. John Vianney. Visit 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 . We 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. We proceed to Paris (440 Kms - 5 Hrs 30 Mins) - Dinner & Overnight in Paris.

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Breakfast at the Hotel, We proceed on a Half day City tour of Paris includes a drive past Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, the Opera, Petit Palais and Grand Palais, Les Invalids and Notre Dame Cathedral. Visit Sacre Coeur (The Sacred - Heart Basilica of Montmartre) , Shrine of the Miraculous Medal. Lunch at Restaurant, Proceed to visit Eiffel Tower 2nd Level for a panoramic view of the city . Then proceed on a Seine River Cruise for an hour's panoramic Boat ride on Seine River. Free time for shopping or for own activities - Dinner and overnight at hotel .Dinner & Overnight in Paris.

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Breakfast at Hotel, This morning we check-out and leave to Lisieux (204 kms / 2 hrs 30 mins) This is France's second most important site of pilgrimage after Lourdes - Lisieux is on the way to Normandy we are here to visit St. Therese the Little Flower. Visit the Carmel, where she lived as a Carmelite nun. We will see the relics, the modern Basilica, dedicated to the great saint, "the greatest saint of modern times" (Pope Pious X) and we will also visit the family home “Les Buissonets” Local lunch at Lisieux and we now proceed to Bordeaux (580 Kms - 7 Hrs) - Dinner & overnight at your hotel in Bordeaux.

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Breakfast at the Hotel. Check-out and proceed to Lourdes (260 Kms — 3 Hrs 15 Mins ). Arrive and Check-in Hotel in Lourdes, Lourdes is the famous Catholic pilgrimage center, located in the South West of France at the foot of the Pyrenees mountains. At the end of the last Century the Virgin Mary appeared to a 14 years old girl, Bernadette. Lourdes today welcomes more than 5 million visitors annually from 150 countries and is an attractive and animated town. We will have the opportunity to visit the three main Basilicas, participate in the different daily processions, pray at the Grotto and drink water from the miraculous source free for Visit Grotto, to the Basilica, to the Baths and the day and night processions. Visit to Sacre Coeur to see the Baptismal font where St. Bernadette was Baptized. Visit to healing waters. These are 7 pools with water coming from the Miracle Source. We will attend the Eucharistic Procession. In the evening we will have Holy Mass. After the Holy Mass we will attend the Candle Light Procession. Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.

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Breakfast at the Hotel. Morning free for own activities and worship in Lourdes. Post Lunch we proceed to Zaragoza (250 Km - 3 Hrs 30 Mins), We visit OUR LADY OF PILLAR CHURCH - Better known simply as El Pilar, this is one of two major cathedrals in the heart of Zaragoza. It is an important pilgrimage site, thanks to an ancient pillar said to have been given by the Virgin Mary to Saint James on this very spot. Dinner & Overnight stay in Zaragoza.

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Breakfast at the Hotel. We check-out early and proceed to Avila (422 Kms - 5 Hrs 30 Mins) - Two things distinguish Ávila: its eleventh-century walls, two perfectly preserved kilometers of which surround the old town, and the mystic writer Santa Teresa, who was born here and whose shrines are a major focus of religious pilgrimage. Ávila’s atmosphere has changed very little since the days of Santa Teresa, the first woman to be named a Doctor of the Church, to whom the city is dedicated: the Cathedral, started in the XII Century but never finished and built in three different styles: Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance; San Vicente church, the Incarnation Convent, where St. Therese became a nun and home to the most comprehensive museum dedicated to her life ; La Santa Monastery, built on the site of the house where she was born, San José Convent, the first monastery founded by the Saint, etc –Transfer to Salamanca (108 Kms – 1 Hr 30 Mins) Arrive and Check-in Hotel, Dinner & Overnight at Salamanca.

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Breakfast at the Hotel. We check-out and proceed to Fatima (380 Km - 5 Hrs) - Lunch at Restaurant, Fatima - from May 13 to October 13, 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared six times to three children belonging to the diocese of Leiria. A basilica was constructed in 1928, and millions of pilgrims have visited the shrine, one of the most popular in the world. The atmosphere of intense spirituality and the importance of Fatima have been attested to by the visits of two Popes: Paul VI and John Paul II. Morning we celebrate Mass at the Little Chapel of the Apparitions. Touring Fatima, we see the Basilica, the site of Francesco and Jacinta's graves, the hamlet of Aljustrel, where the children lived, and Valinhos, the site of Our Lady's appearance after the children's return from prison. Follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra (The Sacred Way) culminating in the Chapel of Calvary, which overlooks all of Fatima. Evening you may participate in the Candle lit procession at the Sanctuary of our Lady of Fatima - Dinner & Overnight in Fatima.

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Breakfast at the Hotel. We proceed to Madrid (536 Kms - 6 Hrs 30 Min) - Lunch at Restaurant and we now go for an Orientation tour of Madrid - visit the Royal Palace and the Cathedral. We also see the Plaza Mayor, the main square in Madrid. Evening free for shopping - Dinner & Overnight at our hotel in Madrid

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Breakfast at the Hotel. Morning free to pack your bags and Check-out, transfer to airport for your return flight back to India.

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Early morning Arrive India in your respective cities. Finish with all Emigration formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the Arrival Hall and assemble for a Thanks giving prayer for the Lord who has given us this wonderful opportunity of Life Time.


COST DETAILS

Adult : 2,00,000 /- Each Passenger

Child : 1,84,000 /- Each Child sharing parents room

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