EUROPE PILGRIMAGE HOLY TOUR(ITALY,FRANCE, SWIZERLAND, SPAIN &PORTUGAL)14 NIGHTS/15DAYS
After arrival meet & greet Assistance at the Airport and transfer to Indian restaurant for lunch/packed Lunch subject to flight arrival. After Lunch transfer to Hotel for check in. Later in the Evening dinner in Indian restaurant & overnight stay in hotel Rome. (L, D) Included
Rome-Vatican-Rome (Vatican museum depending on Time slot)
Following breakfast we will go to the Vatican city. Vatican City tour with English speaking guide, visit to one of the great art collections in the world, the Vatican Museums. We see Raphael’s Rooms, the Tapestries Gallery and the Belvedere with its marvelous statues. We also visit Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel that has been restored to its original beauty. Next we enjoy free time in St. Peter’s Basilica, where we will see a young Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the deeply moving, Pieta. We attend the late afternoon Mass celebrated behind the main altar at the altar of the Chair of St. Peter (If Time permits), below the Holy Spirit window.
After Lunch we will further visit to Rome city tour beginning with a drive to Palatine and Capitoline Hills including the Imperial and Roman Forums, the Hippodrome and Constantine’s Arch. We stop for awhile outside the Colosseum, a good opportunity for a snapshot and we proceed to Trevi Fountain, where we toss our traditional three coins, Piazza Trinita dei Monti at the top of the Spanish Steps, affording a romantic panoramic view of the city of Rome (B, L, D) Included
Following breakfast we will go to the Vatican for an Audience with the Holy Father. Following our time with Pope Francis, afternoon packed lunch and proceed to Assisi after Lunch proceed to Guided quick tour town of Assisi, visit this “quiet medieval town, imbued with the mystical spirit of one of the most fascinating characters of history." The town of Assisi is nestled on the side of Mount Subasio, resting majestically in the Umbrian plain. This town was home to St Francis and St Clare, we visit St Francis’ Basilica, and the Tomb, and then church of San Rufino (with St. Francis’ baptismal font), and the Basilica of St Clare (where her incorrupt body lies in repose) and transfer to Pisa. After arrival at Pisa hotel and dinner will be serve in the hotel (B, PL, D) Included.
Pisa offers definitely more than just a "Leaning Tower". Three thousand years of history, pioneering science and trendsetting art make Pisa an obligatory stop on every trip in Tuscany.
After Pisa tour lets we drive to Venice and having lunch in Indian restaurant then Board Ferry for St Mark Square (Centre area of Venice Island). Upon reaching St Mark square, we will have the walking tour of Venice Island, known as ‘The Queen of the Adriatic.’ "A unique position, the grace of her buildings, the changing colors, and not least the total absence of wheeled transport, make Venice the most charming and poetic city in the world." Our visit begins at the Basilica of St Mark and see the golden mosaics from the second Golden Age of Icons adorn this magnificent Byzantine basilica built to honor the body of St Mark brought from Alexandria in Egypt after visit Ducal Palace, Prisons, Bridge of Sighs, Rialto Bridge and returning to Padua, evening back to Padua, and stay overnight. (B, L, D) Included
Padova- Becchi At – Turin
On arrival into Turin we will have lunch and then transfer to Becchi, and then we visit the St Don Boasco Church In Turin and then to Hotel Overnight (B, L, D) Included
Turin- Engelberg (In Turin The Shroud of Turin is sub to availability)
After breakfast we visit the piazza Castello, the heart of the city, despite the baroque facade, in Roman times this was where the Porta Decumana - or Pretoria - stood and a section of the 3,000-metre wall that surrounded the colony passed here. Cross Piazzetta Reale and turn left under the two archways, to our left we can Palazzo dei Duchi del Chiablese, to our right the Duomo di San Giovanni, commissioned by Cardinal Domenico della Rovere and designed by the Tuscan architect, Meo del Caprina da Settignano, and completed in 1498. The facade is particularly fine. There are few examples of Renaissance architecture in Turin and the Duomo is the only religious one. Alongside the Duomo towers the 60-metre Campanile di San Giovanni, which was built about 30 years before the cathedral itself behind the Duomo soars the pointed cupola of the Cappella della Sindone, or Chapel of the Holy Shroud, seriously damaged by a fire in April 1997, and then Transfer to Zurich to Hotel Overnight (B, L, D) Included
Zurich- Mt. Titlis-Lucerne-Zurich
After breakfast get ready to enjoy one of most beautiful Mountain excursions of Switzerland. Mt. Titlis. This is an adventure excursion to the highest vantage point in central Switzerland. A pleasant ride with our deluxe motor coach to the mountain resort of Engel berg in central Switzerland. Board the aerial cableway for a 45-minute journey from the green valley to the high alpine glacier region at 3020m/10000 ft which guarantees snow the whole year round. Enjoy a magnificent ride in the world's first ever revolving 'ROTAIR' gondola, which offers a 360° panoramic view of the Alps. Visit the Ice Grotto and experience the new 'Ice Flyer' - chair lift ride over the glacier with fantastic views into crevasses and ice falls. Enjoy Lunch on the top.
Later coach will transfer to Lucerne (No Guide) and group visit on own and then having dinner and transfer back to hotel ( B,L,D ) Included.
After breakfast transfer to Paris, stop local lunch in Dijon and then continued to Paris. Overnight stayed in Paris hotel ( B,L,D ) Included
Paris (Tour subject to Timing)
In the morning have a full day guided Paris city tour include the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower ( 2nd or 3rd level) and the Champs-Elysees. In the afternoon we go to Rue de Bac where we will celebrate Mass at the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal, also known as the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, where St. Catherine Laboure, a member of the Daughters of Charity, received her apparitions of Mary. visit to the Montmartre District, the “Artists Quarter” of Paris and visit the Romanesque and Byzantine Sacre Coeur Basilica on top of Montmartre Hill. The basilica with its many domes and arches contain wonderful sculptures, paintings and mosaics. In the rear of the basilica you will see a bell tower that houses the “Savoyarde”, a bell weighing nearly 19 tons and one of the largest in the world.Next we visit the cathedral of Notre-Dame, an architectural marvel, which stands on the banks of the Seine on the site of an early Christian basilica that had in turn been built on the site of a temple from the Roman era. Here we will see the Gallery of the Kings, its Rose Window and its many chapels. After proceed to enjoy beautiful Seine River Cruise. Enjoy Visit of Eiffel tower with Lighting from Cruise in the evening. ( B,L,D) Included
After breakfast transfer to Lourdes. Packed Lunch and overnight stay in Lourdes hotel (B,L,D) Included
Lourdes ( 3hrs Guided)
After breakfast enjoy walking tour of Lourdes with our English speaking. Guided Tour of Lourdes. The small Pyrenees village of Lourdes, and its imposing basilica, attracts millions of pilgrims annually. This is the site where, in 1858, a young peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous, had several famous Virgin Mary sightings. A visit to this church affords the opportunity to wander an immense cathedral, but also to see the actual cave where a young girl claimed she spoke to the Virgin Mary and where an endless stream of visitors come in search of a spiritual experience or a miraculous healing. The Catholic Church has acknowledged dozens of miracles from this spot, here we all can experience the dip in the water and people were healed by their faith and prayers, evening Candle light procession on Own- No Guide, back to hotel, and stay overnight ( B,L,D) Included
Lourdes –Avila (No Guided Tour) Visit on Own- Subject to timing
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 visit the Carmelite Monastery and celebrate Mass there. Group will visit the cell where St. Teresa lived and see relics of Teresa and St. John of the Cross. Group also Visit the ancient city of Avila whose architecture and culture remain the same from centuries ago. Overnight stay. (B,L,D) Included
Avila-Fatima (3 Guided tour) (Tour sub to timing)
After breakfast transfer To Fatima later lunch walking Pilgrimage in Fatima, Six times from the May 13 to Oct 13, 1917, the Virgin Mary appeared to three novices belonging to the diocese of Leiria. A new big basilica however just as beautiful, an older basilica was constructed here in 1928, and millions of pilgrims visit each year. Fatima is one of the most visited holy places for Catholics from around 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. Touring Fatima, see the Little Chapel of the Apparitions, 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 Candle light procession, dinner, stay overnight. (B,L,D) Included
After breakfast transfer to Madrid. Stay Overnight (B,L,D) Included
Transfer to Madrid APT (in the Morning) FLY BACK TO INDIA