* Europe – Catholic pilgrimage through France & Italy
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D1 Paris (20 km)
D2 Paris (20 km)
Guided tour of the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (mass may be attended), and the ‘Ile de la Cité’, home to the capital’s famous Notre-Dame Cathedral. Lunch at your leisure then free time to explore the historic and colourful Montmartre district and the imposing Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Dinner and overnight.
D3 Paris – Nevers – Paray le Monial (370 km)
Leave for Nevers, to visit the reliquary where the body of Bernadette Soubirous is preserved in the St Gildard Convent. The eldest daughter of a miller from Lourdes whose family fortunes declined with the arrival of steam power, Bernadette is best known for her 18 visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1858. Lunch at your leisure then continue to Paray le Monial. Guided tour of the Basilica and cloister, continuing through Paray and visiting the Chapel of the Apparitions, Chapel of Claude la Colombière, the Renaissance style Town Hall and the Saint Nicholas Tower. Dinner and overnight in Paray le Monial.
D4 Paray le Monial – Ars – Lyon (150 km)
Destination Ars to visit the Shrine of St. John Vianney, beloved parish-priest of Ars and patron saint of parish priests. Lunch at your leisure then depart for Lyon and a guided tour of this ancient capital of Gaul taking in the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière dominating the hill and district of the same name, the heart of the city or ‘presqu’île’ between the two rivers, picturesque old Lyon with its narrow streets, inner courtyards, and ‘traboules’ or corridors linking two streets through a building. Dinner and overnight in Lyon.
D5 Lyon – Avignon – Aix (320 km)
Set off for Avignon. Guided walking tour in the historic centre of Avignon, onetime seat of the Papacy dominated by its imposing Papal Palace. Free time for lunch before heading for Aix en Provence where you visit the city centre by tourist train, visiting the cours Mirabeau with its fountains and mansion houses and the bustling rue d’Italie, narrow side streets and numerous squares ad churches (mass may be attended at the Cathedral in Aix). Dinner and overnight in Aix.
D6 Aix – Nice – Monaco (210 km)
Make for Nice and a guided tour taking in the seafront Promenade des Anglais lined with palm trees, luxury hotels and Casinos, and the narrow and colourful streets of the Italianate old town. Lunch at your leisure. A visit to the Chagall Museum, which groups in one place his most important biblical works, is optional. Move on then to Monaco and a tour of the Principality’s Place d’Armes or central square, port Hercules harbour, old town and Casino square. Dinner and overnight in the region of Menton.
D7 Menton – Lucca – Florence (380 km)
Journey into Italy and Lucca where you are free to lunch on arrival. Then a guided tour of Lucca stopping at St. Martin’s Cathedral with its Carrara marble chapel shrine from 1484 housing the Holy Face or Volto Santo of Lucca. This 13th century Byzantine style wooden crucifix drew many pilgrims in the Middle Ages who believed it to be the work of one of Christ’s disciples, Saint Nicodemus. Continue to Montecatini-Terme. Dinner and overnight in the Florence region.
D8 Florence – Padua (280 km)
Leave for Florence where your guided tour takes in highlights including the Il Duomo Cathedral and square, the Baptistery and famous bronze “Gates of Paradise” doors, the Santa Croce Basilica and the Town Hall or Palazzo Vecchio. Free time to enjoy lunch at your leisure before setting off for Padua. Dinner and overnight in the Padua region.
D9 Padua – Venice (110 km)
In Padua sights on your guided tour include St. Anthony’s Basilica with its mix of Romanesque, Byzantine and Gothic elements, the Palazzo Zabarella, the Piazza Antenor and the Scrovegni Chapel which houses Giotto’s masterful frescoe cycle. Continue to Venice and take the waterbus or vaporetto, from Tronchetto to St. Mark’s Square. Lunch at your leisure then free time to visit St Mark’s Basilica, Bell Tower and the Doge’s Palace. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
D10 Padua – Assisi (370 km)
Direction Assisi and visit the Basilica of Santa Maria dei Angeli (St Mary of the Angels). Free time to lunch then a guided tour of Assisi, hometown of Saint Francis and Saint Claire, visiting the lower and upper churches of the Basilica of Saint Francis, their wonderful frescoes, the crypt, the Basilica of Santa Chiara, the Church of San Damiano, and the mediaeval city with its narrow streets. Mass may be attended at the Basilica. Dinner and overnight in Assisi.
D11 Assisi – Rome (180 km)
Continue to Rome. Your sightseeing tour passes the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine, the Palatine Hill, the Forum, the Capitoline Hill, the National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II, and the Quirinal Palace – home to the Italian President. Lunch at your leisure then a guided tour of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, and across from it the Church of Saint Praxedes. Finally visit the Basilica of St John Lateran, cathedral of the Bishop of Rome. Dinner then overnight in Rome.
D12 Rome and the Vatican Museums (20 km)
A day given over to the Vatican. Your guided tour starts at St Peter’s Square and Basilica, continuing to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel. Lunch. Then continue along the Via della Conciliazione to the Castel Sant’Angelo, commissioned by the Roman Emperor Hadrian as a Mausoleum for himself and later used as a fortress and castle by the Popes. Take the Ponte Sant Angelo bridge, renowned for the ten Baroque statues of Angels, then the Corsi Vittorio Emanuele II to the square of Campo dei Fiori and the Piazza Farnese, home to one of the city’s most beautiful buildings, the Palazzo Farnese, seat of the French Embassy. En route to the Pantheon, behind Piazza Navona, stop to admire the Caravaggio paintings in the Church of St Louis of the French. End the day with a visit to the Pantheon. Dinner and overnight in Rome.
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Guided Tours: Paris (2x3h), Paray-Monial (1h), Lyon (2h), Avignon (1h30), Nice (1h30), Lucca (1h30), Florence (3h), Padua (1h30), Assisi (3h), Rome (3x3h) Entrance Fees: Espace Bernadette Soubirous-Nevers (reliquary), Vatican Museums Seine River Cruise by bateau mouche (1h)
Tourist Train in Aix Return journey by vaporetto Tronchetto-Piazza San Marco
Single room (12 nights)
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