Marian Pilgrimage 2017

Marian Pilgrimage 2017

Countries:

Italy, Monaco, Spain, Portugal, & France


Travel validity

APRIL 17, 2017 - May 03, 2017


Minimum of 2 pax traveling together
PHP 233,784 or USD 4,584 per person, (All-In)


INCLUSIONS:

  • Roundtrip Economy International Airfare
  • 16 nights hotel accommodation using 1st class hotels
  • Daily buffet Breakfasts and Dinner
  • AC Coach Service
  • TGV. Train Lourdes – Paris
  • Entrance Fees to the sights mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking professional guides
  • Souvenir Kit
  • Tour Coordinator from PH
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airline Taxes. Country Taxes , PH Tax  & Terminal Fee)
  • Rome City  Tax
  • Hotel Porter
  • TIPS AND GRATUITIES  for guides, drivers, restaurants


EXCLUSIONS:

  • Travel Insurance valid for 45 days (with min coverage of EUR30,000)
  • Cost of passport and visa documentation
  • Schengen Visa (Php 6000 per applicant)
  • Other meals not specified
  • Beverages during meals
  • Cost of excess baggage
  • Meals other than indicated
  • Laundry
  • Telephone calls
  • All other items personal in nature


 VISA REQUIREMENTS:

  •  Signed application for Schengen Visa with Photo (35mm x 45mm white background) + 1 extra photo / Booking Certification / Proof of Employment  (If Employed: Certification with leave of Absence & Salary Declaration /
  •  If Self Employed: Business Registration
  •  If Priest / Nuns / Missionaries: Certificate from Apostolic Nunciature and Guarantee Letter for French & Filipino Congregation
  •  If Student: School Certificate and docs of Parents
  •  Proof of Income (ITR, Bank Certification), Bank  Statement of Account
  •  Passport valid for 6mos with photocopy of all relevant obtained visas
  •  Photocopy of Credit Cards
  •  If Married: Authenticated Marriage and Birth Certificate by NSO (if not traveling with spouse)
  •  If Single: Birth Certificate by NSO
  •  If Minors: Notarized affidavit from one or both parents if not travel with child


BOOKING CONDITIONS:

  • A non-refundable deposit of USD 500.00 pp plus visa fees is required upon booking and submission of complete documents. (refundable only if visa is refused)
  • CANCELLATION FEE: Full Cancellation will be applied to any cancellation made 3weeks before departure
  • Minimum of 30 full paying adult passengers to run the program


RATES, TOUR PROGRAMS, and SCHEDULES
are subject to change if conditions so demand. We reserve the right to postpone the departure if participants fall below the required number of persons or visas are not processed on time. Tour fare is based on group departure. Air tickets are based on group/ discounted fares, hence, certain restrictions apply, i.e non-endorsable, non-reroutable, with refunds, if any, subject to cancellation and other charges.

CONDITIONS OF RESPONSIBILITY: 
We, our employees, sub –agents shall be responsible only for making arrangements as your travel agent. It shall not be responsible and liable for any accident, loss, injury, and damage to property in connection with any accommodation, transportation or other services resulting directly or indirectly from any occurrence or defects of vehicles, breakdown of equipment, acts of God, strikes, civil disturbances, theft, delay or cancellation or change in the itinerary. Baggage is at owner’s risk throughout the trip. The company shall not held liable in any form on any health problem/s that may occur during the trip brought about by pre- existing illness/es, disclosed or undisclosed by the passenger to us. We reserves the right to terminate servicing any participant who in its opinion is prejudicing the harmony of the tour group, a burden to the group or for any reason by his/ her conduct hinders the successful operation of the tour. Payment of reservation fee/ total tour cost shall constitute to all the provisions in the tour booking, payment and cancellation policies and conditions of responsibilities stated herein.

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Day 1 / April 17: Arrival  Rome (D)
Arrival to Rome Fiumicino International Airport. Meet & Greet at the airport and proceed to coach. Board your coach for a half day guided tour to see the Vatican Museum to admire the frescoes of Michelangelo at the Sistine Chapel. You will also visit the St. Peter Square, destination of all Catholics coming from all over the world. Lunch on own arrangements. Arrival at your hotel and check in. Dinner and overnight

Day 2 / April 18: Rome (B,D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Board your coach for a full day guided tour to visit the Basilica San Paul Outside the Walls, the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterano, and the Holy Steps. Lunch on own arrangements and then continue your tour and visit The Classical Rome; you will see the Collosseum, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Dinner and overnight.
Day 3 / April 19: Rome / Montecassino / San Giovanni Rotondo (B,D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out of the hotel and board your coach for a long distance drive to Montecassino, the Abbey founded by St. benedict in the year 529 and built on top of a mountain. Arrival at Montecassino. The Benedictine rule of “Ora et Labora” meaning “Pray and Work” follows eight hours of prayer, eight hours of sleep and eight hours of manual work of spiritual reading or charity. It is written that one notorious monk disagreed with this rule and tried to poison St. Benedict. When St. Benedict made the sign of the cross, the chalice that contained the poison broke and the plot was discovered. In another mountain was the abbey where his twin sister St. Scholastica once led young women to the monastic life. Lunch on own arrangements. Board your coach to proceed to San Giovanni Rotondo. Dinner and overnight

Day 4 / April 20: San Giovanni Rotondo – Mont Sant’Angelo – San Giovanni Rotondo (B,D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Celebrate Holy Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Grace. Pay Homage to the exhumed incorrupt body of St. Rio of Pietrelcina. Padre Pio bore the five wounds of Jesus for 50 years. Throngs of people were drawn to his confessional. He brought peace of mind, consolation and serenity to thousands. He had the gifts of helaing, bilocaton and prophecy. His burial was attended by more than 100,000 people. People would line up at the church entrance for two hours to attend his masses. He died at the age of 81. Lunch on own arrangements. Board your coach to continue to the hilltop Sanctuary of St. Michael the Archangel or Monte Sant’Angelo, the oldest shrine in Western Europe dedicated to the Guardian Angel. Arrival at Mont Sant’Angelo. Archangels are spiritual beings of the highest rank created by God before the beginning of the world. They have no material body and are immortal. They are created and named for their mission. St. Michael’s mission is to fight the evil spirits who seek the ruin of souls. Tradition states that in this place St. Michael fought the demon and threw it to the deep abyss down the cliff and the demon was seen no more. The natural cave in the middle f this mountain is now a revered cathedral by the townsfolk. Board your coach to transfer back to your hotel in San Giovanni Rotondo. Dinner and overnight

Day 5 / April 21: San Giovanni Rotondo-Lanciano-Loreto-Assisi (B,D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out of the hotel and board your coach to transfer up the Adriatic coast to Lanciano. Arrival in Lanciano, where you will see the Eucharistic Miracle and celebrate Mass. Board your coach to continue your journey to Loreto. Arrival at Loreto and time to have lunch on own arrangements. Afterwards you will continue to the great Marian shrine of Loreto where you will visit the Holy House of Nazareth and the beautiful Madonna of Loreto. More than 50 popes have made a pilgrimage to the house transported by angels to this hill in central Italy in 1294. Tradition has it that this is the house in which Mary first prayed the Magnificat in which Jesus grew to manhood, and in which the Holy Family lived.

Day 6 / April 22: Assisi-Pisa (B,D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out of the hotel and depart for the most loved St. Francis. Commune in the Basilica, the hub of a religious order devoted to the ideals of humility, forgiveness, simplicity and love for all God’s creatures. Hear about monastic life and view priceless frescoes adorning the walls of the church. Nearby is the Church wherein lies the incorrupt body of St. Claire. Board your coach to continue the drive to Pisa. Arrival at the Piazza Duomo, for a photo stop of the breathtaking Leaning Tower of Pisa and time to enjoy lunch on own arrangements. Time to be spend and leisure / shopping. Board your coach to transfer to your hotel. Arrival at the hotel and check in.

Day 7 / April 23: Pisa – Monte Carlo - Nice (B,D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out of the hotel and board you coach. Today, you will drive to the exhilarating Monte Carlo of the Principality of Monaco. Arrival in Monaco where you will visit the Cathedral, burial place of Princess Grace and many other Monesgasque Royals. You will also have free time to enjoy lunch on own arrangements. Board your coach to continue your journey to Nice, a splendid city and home of the rich and famous. Dinner and overnight

Day 8 / April 24: Nice-Montpellier-Barcelona (B,D)
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast check out of the hotel and board your coach to transfer to Montpellier, a city in Southern France. Arrival at Montpellier, the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, as well as the Hérault department. You will have time to enjoy lunch on own arrangements before boarding your coach to transfer to Barcelona, the proud capital of Catalonia.

Day 9 / April 25: Barcelona-Montserrat-Barcelona (B,D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Meet your local guide and board the coach. You will go on a guided tour to Montserrat. After driving through the picturesque little villages you will arrive at the incomparable setting of the craggy  mountain of Montserrat, which rises majestically up from the plain to 1235 meters and has amazing views. Arrival at Montserrat to visit the Royal Basilica of Montserrat. The Royal Basilica of Montserrat has been one of Spain’s most important pilgrimage sites for hundreds of years, due to its famous 12th century Romanesque carving of the Virgen Moroneta, The Black Virgin. Lunch on own arrangements. In the afternoon you will board your coach to transfer back to Barcelona for a visit to the Sagrada Familia. Arrival in Barcelona to visit the Sagrada Familia, the large Roman Catholic church designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. You will also see Parc Guell, a garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of El Carmel. Board the coach to transfer back to hotel.

Day 10 / April 26: Barcelona-Zaragoza-Madrid (B,D)
Breakfast at the hotel.Check out of the hotel and board your coach for a long distance transfer to Zaragoza. Arrival in Zaragoza where you will bring a visit to the huge Basilica of the miraculous Nustra Senora del Pilar. Lunch on own arrangements in Zaragoza. Board your coach to transfer to Madrid. Check in at hotel for dinner and overnight

Day 11 / April 27: Madrid-Avila-Fatima (B,D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out of the hotel and board your coach for a long distance transfer to Fatima via Avila. Arrival in Avila, free time to walk around and enjoy early lunch on own arrangements. Board your coach to continue your journey to Fatima. Arriva in Fatima and check in at your hotel. Dinner and overnight

Day 12 / April 28: Fatima-Lisbon-Fatima (B,D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Board your coach to Lisbon to visit Geronimo Monastery and Belem Tower. Board your coach to drive back to Fatima. Lunch on own arrangements. Meet your local guide for a half day guided tour of Our Lady of Fatima Basilica, to visit the tombs of Francisco and Jacinta. Free time for your own private devotion. In the evening you can join the candlelight Procession. Dinner and overnight in Fatima

Day 13 / April 29: Fatima-Salamanca-Burgos (B,D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out of the hotel and board your coach for the long distance drive to the University City of Salamanca, know as European Capital of Culture including a city orientation showing you the Plaza Mayor. Arrival in Salamanca where you will have time to have lunch on own arrangements. Board your coach to continue your journey to Burgos, the home of “EL CID” and capital of Old Castille in the Middle Ages. It was once a seat of the government of the dictator Franco. Arrival at your hotel in Burgos, check in upon arrival. Dinner and overnight

Day 14 / April 30: Burgos-Loyola-Lourdes (B,D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out of the hotel and board your coach to depart for Loyola. Arrival at Loyola where you will be able to pray at the Basilica. It was in Loyola that Our Lady appeared to St. Ignatius renounced his portion of the family’s wealth, wrote the famous book of Spiritual Exercises and became the founder of the Jesuit Order. You will also celebrate Mass here. Lunch on own arrangements. Board your coach to continue your journey to Lourdes. Arrival at the hotel, check in and overnight

Day 15 / May 01: Lourdes (B,D)
Breakfast at the hotel.After breakfast continue for a Eucharistic Celebration. You may wish to bath in the miraculous water. You will be immensely inspired by the humble life of Saint Bernadette. Perhaps watch a movie or visit a museum on her life. Pray collectively the life-size Stations of the Cross in its most magnificent setting. You can also meditate at the Grotto for a closer communication with god. Group dinner at the hotel.   

Day 16 / May 02: Lourdes-Paris (B,D)
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out of the hotel and board your coach to bring you to the train station. Board the TGV train to Paris.Arrival in Paris where you will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal where you will be able to pray afterwards for the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Laboure. Visit the Catherdral of Notre Dame, one of the greatest Gothic churches in the world with its magnificent stained glass windows. Enjoy a cruise along the River Seine. Transfer to your hotel and check in. Group dinner at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.   

Day 17 / May 03: Departure Paris (B)
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out of the hotel and board your coach for a panoramic city tour. You will see the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysees and Place de Concorde, one of the most admired plazas in the world. You will also see the Eiffel tower. Lunch on own arrangements. Free time to enjoy until departure of your transfer to the Airport for your flight back home. Board your coach to transfer to Charles-de-Gaulle Airport Paris to board your flight back home

Day 18 / May 04: Arrival Manila
Home Sweet Home

 

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