THE ITINERARY: Italy France Spain & Portugal DEPARTURE 10 APRIL to 24TH APRIL 017
Day 1: ROME 10 APRIL 2018
Flight Nairobi – Rome (Emirates – departs Nairobi at 1635 hrs to arrive Rome @ 0725 hrs the following morning)
Day 2: ROME 11 APRIL 2018
Meet & Assist
Half day guided tour of Rome; The Papal Basilica St Paul Outside the walls, St Caluxtus catacombs, Church of St Mary in Palmis.
Transfer to the Hotel – Dinner & Overnight
Day 03: ROME 12 APRIL 2018
Breakfast; a full day guided city tour including Vatican museums + Sistine chapel, St Peter’s Basilica, pass by Circus Maximus, outside view of the Colloseum, transfer to Trevi fountain, visit the area, Plazza di Spagna, Spanish steps, Barcaccia fountain, over and above the sites you will have visited on day 01 above.
Dinner and overnight
Day 04 : ROME-BOLSENA BOLSENA – ASSISI 13 APRIL 2018
Breakfast; Transfer to the Vatican in good time for the Papal Audience, which starts at 1000 hrs, giving pilgrims and visitors the chance to “see the Pope” and receive the Papal Blessing or Apostolic Blessing during their visit.
Leave for Bolsena and visit St Christina’s Basilica.
Two important religious events take place here, The Corpus Christi Procession (the Eucharistic miracle which occurred precisely in the Sanctuary of St. Christina in 1263), and the Miracles of St. Christina.
Thereafter, transfer to Assisi and check-in to a hotel. Dinner and overnight
Day 05 : ASSISI-PADOVA ; PADOVA-MILAN 14 APRIL 2018
Breakfast; Half day guided city tour of Assisi including St Clare Basilica, St Francis Basilica. It was the birthplace of St. Francis, who founded the Franciscan Religious order, and St. Clare, the founder of the Poor Sisters.
Transfer to Padova, half day city tour of Padova, visit Basilica of St Anthony of Padua.
Drive to Milan and check in to your hotel; Dinner and overnight
Day 06 : MILAN-TURIN 15 APRIL 2018
Breakfast; Visit the Duomo. Transfer to Turin, visit the cathedral. Turin Cathedral is the major Roman Catholic church of Turin, northern Italy, dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.
Continue to visit the Santuary of the Consolatas in Turin – the motherhouse of the Consolata Missionaries in Torino, and the Church of Blessed Josseph Allamano.
Dinner and overnight in Turin
Day 07: TURIN-AVIGNON 16 APRIL 2018
Transfer to the Airport for a flight to Avignon, half day city tour of Avignon – a City that was the seat of the Catholic popes, and remained under papal rule until becoming part of France in 1791. It contains the massive Palais des Papes and remains of the Saint-Bénezet Bridge, also known as Pont d’Avignon.
Transfer to the hotel, check in, dinner and overnight
Day 08: AVIGNON-LOURDES 17 APRIL 2018
Breakfast; Transfer to the train station for a train to Toulouse, arrival and transfer to Lourdes, check in to your hotel, free time for personal activities, dinner, candlelight procession (our priest under the guidance of the guide / tour leader will be at hand to assist with this) Dinner and overnight
Day 09: LOURDES 18 APRIL 2018
Breakfast; Half day guided city tour of Lourdes including the sanctuary, the Basilica of St Pius
X, Boly Mill, the Grotto – For Catholics, Lourdes is the world’s most beloved Shrine. The Church has recognized many “cures” that have taken place after patients bathed in the springs, labeling them “true miracles.” Dinner, candlelight procession on your own, overnight
Day 10: LOURDES-LOYOLA;LOYOLA-AVILA 19 APRIL 2018
Breakfast; Transfer by a Car to Loyola, visit the 17th century Basilica dedicated to St Ignatus, the birthplace of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. We will have time to pray at the most venerated room where Ignatius at age 30, was brought following his serious wounding at the Battle of Pamplona.
Transfer thereafter to Avila, check into your hotel, dinner and overnight
Day 11: AVILA 20 APRIL 2018
Breakfast at your hotel
Half day guided city tour of Avila including the Cathedral, San Vicente Church, La Santa Monastery, San Jose Convent. Visit the Incarnation Convent, where St. Teresa became a nun and home to the most comprehensive museum dedicated to her life. We also visit La Santa Monastery, built on the site of the house where she was born, and San José Convent, the first monastery founded by the Saint Dinner and overnight at your hotel
Day 12: AVILA-FATIMA 21 APRIL 2018
Breakfast; Transfer to Fatima and check in to your hotel
Attend the blessing of the sick and participate in nightly candlelight processions requested by Our Lady; time for private devotions before dinner and a restful night’s sleep.
Day 13: FATIMA-LISBON 22 APRIL 2018
Breakfast; Half day guided city tour of Fatima including the Little Chapel of the Apparitions, the Basilica, Francesco and Jacinta’s graves, the Hamlet of Aljustrel, Valinhos, Chapel of Cyyalvary.
Experience Christ’s love as you walk and follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra (The Sacred Way) culminating in the Chapel of Calvary, which overlooks all of Fatima. Join your prayers with those of pilgrims from around the world as you pray for the sick, drink water from the miraculous well.
Transfer to Lisbon, check in hotel, free time for personal activities, dinner and overnight
Day 14:LISBON & DEPART 23 APRIL 2018
Breakfast; Possible time to explore Lisbon / Shopping, before transferring to the airport for final departure (Emirates – departs Lisbon @ 2150 HRS)
Day 15: NAIROBI 24 APRIL 2018
Arrive in Nairobi at 1425 HRS
- Return flight; Nairobi – Rome & Lisbon – Nairobi
- Our 24-service assistance from the team
- Airport taxes
- Meet and assist services where indicated on the itinerary above
- Transport / Bus / Coach as per the program
- Full day local guide – Rome
- Half day local guide – Rome, Assisi, Padova, Avignon, Lourdes, Avila, Fatima
- 12 nights in hotel
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Entrance fees and tickets – St Caluxtus catacombs, Vatican museums + Sistine chapel
- A Tour escort for the entire tour – Including all expenses
- Tips for the guide & driver Services of our dedicated staff during the pilgrimage – Visa fees (one application only)
Prices do not include:
- laundry, telephone, drinks and /or any personal expenses
- Lunches & drinks during meals
- Any items not mentioned as ‘included’ above
- Travel insurance