DAY 1. DEPARTURE
Departure from Manila to Doha via Qatar Airways Flight with connecting flight to Rome via Qatar Airways Flight
DAY 2. ROME
Welcome to Rome! After airport formalities, meet and greet, and starting a sightseeing with the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Vittorio Emanuelle II Monument, Piazza Navona, and toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain on the hope of returning to Rome. Rest of day free. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 3. ROME | SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO
Pope’s audience (if Pope is in Vatican) and guided tour through the Vatican to visit St. Peter’s Basilica and Square and the Vatican Museum. Depart to San Giovanni Rotondo. Upon arrival, dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 4. SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO | LANCIANO | ROME
After breakfast, visit the Shrine of St. Padre Pio at the Convent of Santa Maria della Grazie. Visit the Tomb and the Crypt. Afterwards, proceed to Lanciano and visit San Francesco Church, site of the first Eucharistic Miracle. Long distance transfer to Rome to visit the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 5. ROME | ASSISI | PISA
Stop in Assisi, the hometown of the Beloved St. Francis. See the Basilica of St. Francis and Basilica of Santa Maria Degli Angeli. Continue to Pisa for a photo stop at the amazing Leaning Tower and the nearby Cathedral. Check-in to your hotel.
DAY 6. PISA | MONACO | NICE
We cross the border to France and stop at the Principality of Monaco. See the Annunciation Cathedral where Prince Rainer & Princess Grace are buried. See the Casino Monte Carlo, the Rock, Port Hercule and Larvotto Beach. Later, continue to Nice to see the Massena Square, Promenade des Anglais and the Place Garibaldi before dinner and check-in.
DAY 7. NICE | BARCELONA
Leave the French Riviera and cross over the Spanish border on your way to Barcelona. Check-in to your hotel upon arrival.
DAY 8. BARCELONA | LOURDES
Morning guided visit of Barcelona: see the Plaza Espana, Plaza Real, Plaza Catalunya, Olympic Stadium, Christopher Columbus Monument, Arch de Triumph and the La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Barcelona’s most famous landmark and Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece. After lunch, return to France on your way to the major pilgrimage site in Europe – Lourdes. Check in to your hotel.
DAY 9. LOURDES
The day is free for private devotion. You may wish to go to the Sanctuary to visit the Underground Basilica, walk the Station of the Cross, take the Holy Bath, drink the water or wash your face in the Grotto, or participate in the veneration of the sick pilgrim. Entrance in St Bernadette House. In the evening, join the emotive candlelight procession.
DAY 10. LOURDES | NEVERS
Breakfast. We will travel in the French countryside enjoying the panorama offered by the vineyards in the region. Arrival at Nevers, a city located on the Loire river. Visit the monastery of Saint Gildart, where the incorrupt body of Saint Bernadette was founded. Dinner and accommodation
DAY 11. NEVERS | PARIS
Breakfast and depart to Paris. In the afternoon, Sightseeing tour of Paris to visit places such as the Place Vendome, the Plaza de la Opera, the Louvre, Place de Bastille and the Marais, Notre Dame and the Pantheon, the Jardin du Luxembourg, St Germain des Pres, the Orsay Museum, Place de la Concorde, Invalides, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Louvre Museum and the Eiffel Tower (only outside photos). Free time at Lafayette Mall. Dinner and accommodation.
DAY 12. PARIS | BORDEAUX
After breakfast, departure through the Valley region. Arrival at Bordeaux, famous to be a wine region. Free time.
DAY 13. BORDEAUX | BURGOS
Cross the Spanish border on your way to Burgos. Dinner and the check in to your hotel.
DAY 14. BURGOS | SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
This morning visit the Burgos Gothic Cathedral. Afterwards, drive to Santiago de Compostela, a World Heritage City and one of the most important places in Catholicism, for dinner and overnight.
DAY 15. SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA | FATIMA
Your city tour for this historical city will take you to the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Plaza del Obradoiro, Monasterio de San Martin Pinario, Convento de San Francisco, Fuente de Los Caballos and the Palacio de Raxol. Cross the border of Portugal and drive to Fatima, another pilgrimage center. Visit the Sanctuary, including the Chapel of the Apparitions and the village of Aljustrel, where some of the apparitions (1917) took place. Dinner, then check-in to your hotel. You can maybe join the candlelight procession in the evening.
DAY 16. FATIMA | AVILA | MADRID
Free time for private devotion. Then, cross the border to Spain and stop in Avila – completely encircled by 11th century walls and birthplace of St. Theresa of Avila and visit the Convent of St. Theresa and the Cathedral. Continue to the capital city, Madrid. Overnight and dinner at the hotel.
DAY 17. DEPARTURE MADRID
This morning go on a half day city sightseeing tour of this beautiful city and see the Puerto del Sol, Gran Via, Cibeles Fountain, Alcala Gate, Santiago Barnabeu Stadium, Plaza de Espanya, Prado Museum, highlighted by a visit to the Royal Palaca, the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family at the city of Madrid. Balance of the day is free until transfer to airport. Departure from Rome to Doha via Qatar Airways Flight
DAY 18. DEPARTURE
Arrival to Manila from via Qatar Airways Flight
Home Sweet home 😊