Paris + Versailles + Chartres + Orleans + Tours
Loire Valley + Bourges + Limoges + Taize
Cluny Abbey + Lyon + Arles + Avignon
An extensive, intensive Pilgrimage just waiting to happen!
All this is included:
* Roundtrip Air from the U. S., including taxes and fuel surcharges
* Price based on double occupancy, sharing a twin bedded room
* Buffet Breakfasts throughout, 6 dinners as listed in the itinerary
* Entrance Fees to all sites as per the itinerary
* Licensed English-speaking Tour Conductor throughout, licensed local guides
* Professional motor coach driver
* Private motor coach especially designed for sightseeing
* Tips to Wait People in restaurants, baggage handlers, & housekeeping
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur / Montmartre / Musee d’Orsay / Champs Elysees / Arc de Triomphe
Le Tour Eiffel / Cathedral of Notre Dame / Le Louvre Museum / Elegant Cruise on the River Seine
Shrine of the Miraculous Medal / Basilique Saint-Martin de Tours / Chateau Chenonceau
Parc Leonardo da Vinci / Bourges Cathedral Saint–Etienne / Limoges Enamel Museum
Abbey de Cluny / Popes’ Palace in Avignon / Walking Tour Sites of 10 of Van Gogh’s Masterpieces
Day 1 Round trip air from the U S. to Paris, France
Board wide body jet for the overseas flight to Charles de Galle International Airport in Paris. Inflight entertainment will be provided, and appropriate meals served.
Day 2 Arrive in Paris at Charles de Gaulle International Airport
Claim your baggage, clear Customs, and begin your journey! Drive to Montmartre, the highest point in the city, crowned by the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur. Set off on a walking tour of this neighborhood, a part of the Right Bank in the 18th Arrondissement. As you stroll lanes that were familiar to famous artists like Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Renoir, you will view scenes that inspired and influenced their great works. See the windmill that inspired Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s “Dance at Le moulin de la Galette.” Enjoy a lunch on your own at one of the cafes that dot the landscape, amid a host of artists painting in the plein air style. Visit La Basilique du Sacre Coeur, a major stopping point for tourists and Pilgrims. The Basilica towers over the city and offers a grand view of the surroundings. In the early evening, join your Tour Manager for a welcome drink and briefing on the wonderful journey that awaits you in France.
Overnight: Paris, overnight 1 of 2 Paris Meals: Morning snack in flight, Gala Welcome Dinner
Day 3 Paris City Tour: Champs Elysees / Eiffel Tower / Notre Dame / The Louvre / Seine Dinner Cruise
Drive along the impressive Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe, Concorde Square, and the iconic Eiffel Tower, symbol of Paris. On to the celebrated “Rive Gauche,” the vivacious Left Bank, where artists, philosophers and writers in a long-gone era flourished in the artistic community at Montparnasse. Visit the imposing Cathedral of Notre Dame, “Our Lady of Paris.” Notre Dame is the most popular monument in France, eclipsing even the Eiffel Tower. Drive past the Latin Quarter, home to many of France’s higher education establishments, such as the Sorbonne. Enjoy a visit to one of the most famous landmarks in Paris, the Louvre Museum. View some of the most famous art works of all time, highlighted by the Venus de Milo, the Winged Victory of Samothrace, and the museum’s greatest reputed masterpiece, Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. The day culminates with a delightful dinner cruise on the River Seine on Le Capitaine Fracasse. Meals: Breakfast, Seine Cruise Dinner Overnight 2 of 2 Paris
Day 4 Musee d’Orsay / Shrine of the Miraculous Medal / Versailles
Morning visit to Musee d'Orsay on the left bank of the Seine River. It is housed in the former Gare d'Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station that dates to 1900. It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cezanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. Celebrate Mass at the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal. View the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Laboure whose guardian angel led her to the chapel where the Blessed Virgin displayed a vision of the Miraculous medal and later the green scapular. Next we journey to the magnificent city of Versailles. The site began as Louis XII's hunting lodge before Louis XIV, the Sun King, expanded it, moving the court and government of France to Versailles in 1682. Each of the French kings who lived in Versailles added embellishments to make the Palace larger and even more luxurious, until the French Revolution. Visit the gorgeous and aromatic formal French gardens that took forty years to complete. Next, drive to Rouen for overnight. Overnight: Rouen, France 1 of 1 Meals: Breakfast
Day 5 Rouen Cathedral / Museum de Beaux Arts / Giverny / Chartres
Rouen, the historic capital of Normandy, was the scene of the martyrdom of Joan of Arc. Rouen is also the “Town with a Thousand Spires” and over the centuries different parts of the town blossomed with jewels of religious architecture. Notre-Dame Cathedral inspired Monet to paint his Cathedral series. It has been the epitome of the development of Gothic art, since the start of its construction in the 12th Century on the foundation of a 4th Century basilica. The cathedral contains the tombs of the Dukes of Normandy and the heart of Richard the Lionheart, King of England. Celebrate Mass in the Cathedral. Tour the Musee des Beaux-Arts of Rouen. The most famous artists are a part of an exceptional tour: Veronese Caravage, Rubens, Velazquez, Delacroix, Modigliani, etc. The museum contains France’s leading collection of impressionist paintings outside Paris with masterpieces of Monet, Sisley, Renoir, and Pissaro. After lunch you will transfer to Giverny, where you will tour Monet’s house and Lily Pad Lake, which inspired some of his finest pieces of art (including 8 paintings of the lake or lilies). Transfer from Giverny to Chartres. Overnight 1 of 1 Chartres Meals: Breakfast
Day 6 Chartres / Orleans / Tours
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres is one of the finest examples of French Gothic and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The present Cathedral was mainly constructed between 1194 and 1250 and was preceded by 5 churches which were built on the site, beginning in the 4th Century. Truly extraordinary is the immaculate state of preservation of the church. Most of the magnificent stained glass windows have survived intact. Since the 12th Century the cathedral has been an important destination for travelers, attracting large numbers of Christian pilgrims. Of special interest is the opportunity to view the famous relic, the Sancta Camisa, which tradition says is the tunic worn by the Virgin Mary at Christ’s birth. Celebrate Mass in the Cathedral. Then, transfer from Chartres to Orleans and enjoy lunch in the old City Square. Tour Orleans located on the Loire River; the U. S. city of New Orleans is named after Orleans, which was intimately associated with Joan of Arc. Walk from the city square and be amazed when you enter the serene, historic cathedral (Cathedrale Ste-Croix). Visit the Musee des Beaux-Arts d’Orleans, founded in 1797 and one of France’s oldest provincial museums. The museum owns about 2,000 paintings (Correggio, Carracci, Diego Velazquez, van Dycke, Delacroix, etc.) and 700 sculptures. Transfer to Tours. Overnight 1 of 2 Tours Meals: Breakfast
Day 7 Loire Valley
Visit the Basilique Saint-Martin (Basilica of St. Martin of Tours), a neo-Byzantine style church with relics and a shrine to St. Martin in the Crypt. Pay special attention to the walls of the Crypt which are carved with hundreds of votive prayers dedicated to the saint. Travel to the magnificent Chateau de Chenonceau. Also visit the Royal Chateau d'Amboise for a guided tour. The castle is most closely associated with King Francois I who introduced the Renaissance to France, and brought Leonardo da Vinci to his court. Da Vinci came to Chateau du Clos Luce in 1516 at the invitation of King Francois I while in exile. Take a leisurely walk through Parc Leonardo da Vinci, on the grounds surrounding Clos Luce. There are found large models of more of da Vinci's inventions: a tank which kids of all ages can make turn, an Archimedean screw and water wheel, etc. There are 18 interactive models in the park in total. The artist is buried in the chapel.
Overnight 2 of 2 Nights Tours Meals: Breakfast, Hotel Dinner
Day 8 Bourges / Limoges
Drive from Tours to Bourges for an orientation tour with a local guide. Proceed to Limoges. Celebrate Mass at Limoges Cathedral (“Cathedrale Saint-Etienne de Limoges”). The Cathedral is a national monument of France; construction began in 1273; noted for its famous “rood screen,” a common feature of late medieval church architecture. After lunch tour one of the main draws to the porcelain capital of France: the chance to check out its famous enamelware. The Musée National Adrien Dubouché has one of France's most outstanding ceramics collections, including 12,000 pieces from Limoges makers as well as Meissen, Royal Doulton, Royal Worcester and others. Later, stroll down the quaint and lovely Rue de la Boucherie and see the half-timbered houses that flank this individual and narrow street. Some contain some of the 80 butchers' stalls that would have been found there in the Middle Ages. Visit one of the houses where butchers lived. The Chapelle St Aurelien attests to the piousness of the butchers. Bought in 1475, they still maintain it today.
Overnight: Limoges, France 1 of 1 Nights Meals: Breakfast
Day 9 Lyon
Transfer to Lyon, the third largest city in France, capital of the Rhone-Alpes region, rich with religious and historical sites, first an important Roman capital and then a major Christian center. Tour of the Amphitheatre des Trois Gaules, constructed around 19BC, it could accommodate meetings of 20,000 people. In this amphitheater the first Christian martyrs of Lyon were thrown to the lions in 177 AD. The most famous martyr to suffer here was St. Blandine. Celebrate Mass in the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere. Standing atop Fourviere Hill, this basilica has an ornate interior to contrast its grave exterior. Tour the Basilica and then stroll around the original medieval city known as Vieux Lyon on the west bank of the Saone river. The buildings mainly date from the Renaissance period and the quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight 1 of 3, Lyon Meals: Breakfast, Hotel Dinner
Day 10 Lyon
Enjoy a day of sightseeing in France’s “second city.” Visit Lyon’s Parc de la Tete d’Or which boast 280 acres of grass and trees, cozying up to the Rhone River. Next, tour the Basilica of Notre-Dame. A young maiden, compared with Paris’ grande dame (built 1163- 1345), she sits prettily atop the city’s main hill and offers views down to the riverside streets below, and, on clear days, across to the snowcaps of the Alps. main hill and offers views down to the riverside streets below, and, on clear days, across to the snowcaps of the Alps.
Lyon is half way between sea and mountain, northern and southern Europe. It is at the foot of two hills and crossed by two water courses: the Rhone & Saone Rivers. Paris has been in many movies, but Lyon pretty much invented the movies. Its two most famous sons, Auguste and Louis Lumiere, are credited with creating the first film camera, the cinematograph, in 1892. Celebrate Mass in the Basilica of Notre-Dame. After lunch, resume sightseeing of Lyon with the Silk Weavers walking tour. The Croix-Rousse is the district where the Canuts or silkworkers lived. The famous Croix-Rousse Traboules were very important for them as well as their livelihood. History is everywhere on the bustling slopes of the Croix Rousse: here you will find the ruins of the Gallo-Roman amphitheater where the first Christians died as martyrs. There will be time for photo taking, and you will end up at a silk printing workshop which is interesting but with no hard sell to buy anything. You will see a stunning demonstration of the stunning craft of the silk weaver. Overnight 2 of 3, Lyon Meals: Breakfast
Day 11 Macon / Taize / Cluny
Drive through scenic Macon, built on the River Saone with buildings painted burnt sienna, buttermilk, and rose, giving it a distinctly Mediterranean feel. Above all, Macon is famous for its wine and the annual wine fair held each May. At the Cave de Charnay-Les-Macon, the cellar is open for tasting and sales. Drive to Taize in time to enjoy the midday sung prayer. You will immediately recognize many of the exquisite Taize chants, no doubt from your own church’s liturgies. After lunch, drive to Cluny where you will celebrate Mass in the famous Abbey. Tour the Abbey, one of the most influential forces in medieval Christian history. Founded in 910, the Abbey at Cluny was the center of a monastic reform movement that would spread throughout Europe. The Abbey of Cluny was notable for its strict adherence to the Rule of St. Benedict which caused Cluny to become acknowledged as the leader of western monasticism. See what remains of an important spiritual center during the Middle Ages and the seat of the greatest Medieval monastic Order in the West. Overnight 3 of 3, Lyon Meals: Breakfast, Restaurant Dinner
Day 12 Châteauneuf du Pape / Arles / Avignon
In Châteauneuf du Pape touring includes viewing the ruins of a medieval castle sit atop the village, dominating the landscape to the south and providing a 360 degree view of the Rhone Valley. It was built in the 14th Century for Pope John XXII as his summer residence, the second of the popes who resided in Avignon. The commune is famous for the production of red wine and virtually all the cultivatable land is planted with grapevines. With the departure of the popes, the castle became too big and too expensive to maintain and fell into disrepair. In the afternoon, drive to Arles where you will enjoy the famous walking tour: the hospital where Van Gogh was taken after he cut off a portion of his ear (he painted the interior courtyard of this former hospital), see the city and visit the stops where Van Gogh either visited or stopped to do a painting. Ten reproductions on easels depict actual places throughout Arles which Van Gogh painted: Starry Night Over the Rhone, Café Terrace on the Place du Forum, Arles at Night. Tour the Pinacoteque Art Museum, which houses several dozens of Van Gogh’s paintings. To Avignon for overnight 1 of 1 Meals: Breakfast
Day 13 Avignon
Avignon, known as the “City of the Popes,” is the perfect medieval town to visit. Your walk will take you by the Pont d'Avignon bridge from the 12th Century, the amazing view from the top of the rock “Rocher des Doms,” the main square called “clock square” with it elegant town hall and theater, the cobblestone shopping streets, the famous Popes' Palace where the popes lived in the 14th C, turning this small and modest town into the prestigious center of the world of that day; hear from your guide the story of the nine popes who lived there in splendor and luxury. Visit the Musee de l'Arles et de la Provence Antique. Visit the Cathedrale Notre-Dame des Doms d’Avignon, which is located next to the Palais des Papes. The most prominent feature of the cathedral is a gilded statue of the Virgin Mary atop the bell tower. The interior contains many works of art. The most famous of these is the mausoleum of Pope John XXII (died 1334). Celebrate Mass in the Cathedral. Drive about Avignon for sightseeing, including the Pont Saint-Benezet, also known as the Pont d’Avignon, the famous medieval bridge in Avignon. The bridge, spanning the Rhone between Villeneuve-les-Avignon and Avignon, was built between 1177 and 1185. This early bridge was destroyed forty years later during the Albigensian Crusade when Louis VIII of France laid siege to Avignon. The bridge was rebuilt with 22 stone arches. It was very costly to maintain as the arches tended to collapse when the Rhone flooded. Eventually in the middle of the 17th Century the bridge was abandoned. The bridge was the inspiration for the song “Sur le pont d’Avignon’ and is considered a landmark of the city. The bridge is popularly called “the truncated bridge.” This is a special photo op! Transfer to Nice for overnight. 1 of 1 Nights, Nice Meals: Breakfast, Gala Farewell Dinner Dinner
Day 14 Return Home
Transfer to the airport in Nice for flights home.
To Give God Thanks & Praise
October 1 - 13, 2014
$5773 for land services and roundtrip airfare from New York
A deposit of $500 by cash or check is required to register for the Pilgrimage
Pay your final balance of $5,273 by cash or check and receive a 5% discount ($263.65)
The Pilgrimage is over, and everyone is safely home. Many unforgettable moments remain as precious memories to bless the lives of the 53 participants.
All the following is included in the tour price
- Spiritual Director and Tour Host Fr. Jack Kurps, SCJ
- Director of Sacred Heart Southern Missions, Walls, Mississippi
- Accommodations in carefully chosen, excellent 4-Star Hotels
- 11 Breakfasts, 1 unique Tuscan "cooking class" lunch, and 10 dinners
- Services of a professional Tour Director & Licensed Motor Coach Driver
- Air conditioned, heated tour motorcoach, especially designed for sightseeing
- Tips to Guides, Drivers, and Hotel Personnel
- Trip Protection Insurance Policy by Travelex
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 -- United States to Rome, Italy
Thursday, October 2, 2014 -- Arrive At Rome's Fiumicino Airport
Clear Customs, claim your luggage, be greeted by your Gate1Traavel Tour Manager, and board your motor coach for a picturesque ride to Sorrento. Have lunch en route and check into your hotel in Sorrento this afternoon. Strikingly beautiful and picturesque, even by Italian standards, Sorrento is set along the sea, with stunning escarpments plunging into the Gulf of Naples. Take a walk to see firsthand why this town has long been beloved by poets and artists for generations. There may be time for "40 winks" before a prayer service led by Fr. Jack. Enjoy a "Welcome to Italy" gala dinner with a glass of nice local wine or a soft drink. Afterwards, your Tour Director will provide you with an informative and entertaining summary of what lies ahead.
Overnight 1 of 2, Sorrento, Italy Meals: Breakfast snack on your plane, Hotel Dinner
Friday, October 3, 2014 -- Sorrento / Pompeii
After a hearty breakfast, drive to Pompeii and tour the best preserved Roman City. On a fateful day in 79 BCE, the city was mostly destroyed and buried under 13 to 20 feet of ash and pumice during an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. The site was lost for 1500 years until its rediscovery in 1599. The objects that lay beneath the city have been well preserved for over 2,000 years because of the lack of air and moisture. During the excavation, plaster was used to fill in the voids between the ash layers that once held human bodies. This allows one to see the people who were frozen in time in the exact positions in which they died. See the Temples of Apollo and Jupiter, the Forum, a perfectly preserved Roman villa (the House of the Vettii), the Curia, the Basilica (a first Century palace of Justice), Baths of the Forum, “fast food stands,” and more.
Overnight 2 of 2, Sorrento, Italy Meals: Breakfast, Restaurant Dinner
Saturday, October 4, 2014 -- Sorrento to Rome
Today enjoy a drive along the world-famous Amalfi route and admire panoramic views of the enchanting towns along the Mediterranean coast. Pass the distinctive white Moorish homes of Positano on this legendary road to reach the coastal town of Amalfi, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy lunch on your own and afterwards, relax and savor the unforgettable "Highway of the Sun" through the fertile Roman countryside known as the Castelli Romani. Continue to Rome and check into your hotel.
Overnight: 1 of 4, Rome, Italy Meals: Breakfast, Hotel Dinner
Sunday, October 5, 2014 -- Ancient Rome / Basilica of St. Peter in Chains / Colosseum & Forum / Catacombs of St. Callixtus
Following breakfast, drive to the Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, where you will view the exquisite sculpture of Moses, by Michelangelo. The Basilica was first rebuilt on older foundations in 432 to house the relic of the chains that bound St. Peter when he was imprisoned in Jerusalem. Enjoy a tour of Ancient Rome, including the Colosseum and the Forum, marveling at Rome’s many impressive sights along the way. Traveling outside the city center, visit the Catacombs of Callixtus where early Christians buried their dead, which was in accordance with the laws of the time. Mass will be celebrated in a chapel within the Catacombs.
Overnight: 2 of 4 Rome, Italy Meals: Breakfast, Restaurant Dinner
Monday, October 6, 2014 — Vatican Museum / Basilica of St. Peter / San Clemente
This morning, visit Vatican City and the Basilica of St. Peter. The grandest of the world's churches, St. Peter's is unsurpassed in beauty. Be amazed at the exquisite “Pieta” by Michelangelo. Visit the tombs of St. Pope John Paul II and St. Pope John XXIII. In the Vatican Museum, you will view such historical treasures as the Sistine Chapel, featuring Michelangelo's restored frescoed ceiling and his altar painting of The Last Judgment. Explore the Basilica of San Clemente, once a pagan temple! Centuries of faith, art, and history wait to be discovered.
Overnight: 3 of 4 Rome, Italy Meals: Breakfast, Hotel Dinner
Tuesday, October 7 – Rome: Trevi Fountain / Pantheon / Piazza Navona / Spanish Steps
Admire the breathtaking grandeur of the Trevi Fountain and take the opportunity to toss in one, two, or three coins, each of which is supposed by tradition to bring a unique kind of good fortune. View the monumental Pantheon, now a Catholic Church and the best preserved of any Roman building. Admire the baroque Piazza Navona, which follows the shape of the ancient Roman Diocletian Stadium, with Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers and the Egyptian Obelisk. Enjoy a half day sightseeing tour that takes you to explore the grand piazzas of the Eternal City. Stand in awe in front of the majestic Spanish Steps, the longest and widest decorative steps in Europe, and with your local guide stroll through the most characteristic "piazzas and vias " of Rome.
Overnight: 4 of 4 Rome, Italy Meals: Breakfast, Restaurant Dinner
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 -- Papal Audience in Vatican City
This morning you will witness the Papal Audience and listen to Pope Francis deliver a heartwarming message to the assembled faithful (always subject to the Papal schedule). Your guide will explain the origin of the Papacy from the first Christians through Constantine's era and up to the current history of the Holy See. Sing with the worshippers, join the Pope in prayer, and absorb the deeply spiritual atmosphere of this unforgettable experience. The Audience ends at about noon, after which you will board your motor coach for a scenic drive to Florence, with a stop for lunch.
Overnight: 1 of 3 Florence, Italy Meals: Breakfast, Hotel Dinner
Thursday, October 9, 2014 -- Assisi
Travel to Assisi. Today's tour of Assisi begins with a visit to the 13th Century Basilica of St. Francis, an UNESCO World Heritage site. Originally erected atop land known as the “Hill of Hell,” owing to the many criminals executed there, the church has since been called “Paradise Hill,” for the mortal remains of St. Francis have been guarded there for centuries. The basilica is primarily composed of lower and upper sections, the former of which comprises a central nave with side chapels and exquisite frescoes known as the Maestro di San Francesco. Celebrate Mass. Return to Florence and be dazzled by the unforgettably beautiful views of Florence and the Arno Valley from the expansive overlook at Piazzale Michelangelo. Take many pictures!
Overnight: 2 of 3 Florence, Italy Meals: Breakfast, Hotel Dinner
Friday, October 10 -- Florence / Tuscany Cooking and Lunch / Accademia / Duomo
Morning Mass, followed by a visit to the St. Ambrogio Market situated in a large 1860's building on the piazza Ghiberti, surrounded by additional stalls outside. Here you will find the full array of fresh ingredients to create a real Italian table, from pasta to meat and fish—and of course lots of fresh vegetables. A chef will help you select the ingredients of your lunch. Continue to the countryside with the fresh ingredients. Arrive and enjoy a welcome drink of Fragolino at the restaurant. The chef-owner, will present the program of the morning and split the group into two parts which alternate in the following activities. Pasta in Tuscan Cuisine - The first cooking activity we will concentrate on is the main specialty of Italian and Tuscan cuisine, home made pasta (tagliatelle, tagliolini, tortelli with in--season fillings, pappardelle). Rural Tuscan Soup and starters - The cooking course of specialities from Tuscany will, of course, teach you how to prepare their delicious rural soups such as the tasty Ribollita or Pappa al pomodoro, using the precious Tuscan extra virgin olive oil and several special ingredients as Mediterranean vegetables. Discover the secret recipe of the famous Panzanella. Learn how to cook delicious sauces with wild boar, early vegetables and chiantigiana sauce! Prepare tasty starters, including Tuscan croutons and our tomato bruschetta and Lardo with cavolo nero bruschetta. At the end of the lessons, relax and enjoy tasting your lunch creations. This afternoon features a tour of Florence, including the Accademia, where Michelangelo's David is housed. See the Duomo (Cathedral of Florence) and Baptistery, view Ghiberti's famous Gates of Paradise, whose south door has quatrefoils and seated Virtues and scenes from the life of John the Baptist. Continue to view Signoria Square and Ponte Vecchio, known as the Old Bridge. Afterwards, visit Santa Croce Church and Square, where the remains of Michelangelo, Dante, and Machiavelli lie. Dinner will be on your own this evening after such a hearty lunch!
Overnight: 3 of 3 Florence, Italy Meals: Breakfast, Cooking Class & Lunch at a Tuscan Restaurant
Saturday, October 11 -- Florence to Padua to Venice
Drive to Padua for Mass at the Pontifical Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua, a place of pilgrimage visited by people from all over the world, one of the eight international Shrines recognized by the Holy See. Relics of St. Anthony are to be found in the ornate, Baroque Treasury Chapel. See the most famous and striking feature of the church, the bronze Madonna with Child by Donatello. Free time for lunch and shopping in the Old City, surrounding the Basilica. Leave for Venice, arriving late this afternoon. Check into your hotel in time for dinner.
Overnight: 1 of 2 Venice, Italy Meals: Breakfast, Hotel Dinner
Sunday, October 12 -- Venice
Board a boat for a pleasant and scenic ride to the Island of Murano and view a fascinating Venetian glass blowing demonstration. Afterwards there will be a chance to view many exquisite glass creations and even to shop for something that especially catches your eye. Returning to the Island of San Marco, enjoy a walking tour of romantic Venice, to include the Piazza San Marco, the Campanile, the façade of the Basilica of St. Mark, the Doges Palace, the Bridge of Sighs. Conclude the morning with a tour of the Basilica of St. Mark, followed by Mass in the Crypt (always subject to availability). Perhaps a beverage as you listen to a string quartet at one of the famous grand cafes lining San Marco Square. This evening experience the unforgettable pleasure of a Gondola ride through the canals of Venice with music by an accordionist and singer. Enjoy a gala Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant with a glass of wine or soft drink, coffee, & tea included.
Overnight: 2 of 2 Venice, Italy Meals: Breakfast, Restaurant Dinner
Monday, October 13 -- Venice to United States
Transfer to the Venice Marco Polo Airport for your flight homeward, arriving later today, due to the change in time zones.
Special Included Features of this Pilgrimage
Masses celebrated at some of the holiest sites of Christendom, Tips to Guide and Driver and to hotel personnel and luggage porters, to hotel personnel (reception desk, housekeeping, food and beverage manager), Travelex Travel Protection Insurance (www.gate1travel.com/insurance/travelex.aspx), “Meet and Greet” service upon arrival in Rome
Prices are based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. A few single room accommodations may be available at a single room supplement of $950 per person. Land only accommodations may be available at a cost of $4595 per person. Those opting for land only are welcome to use our transfer motor coach from the Rome airport providing their arrival time coincides with the group air schedule. Likewise, they may use our transfer motor coach from the Venice hotel to the Venice airport. Please read carefully the Terms and Conditions for this tour regarding these and many other matters of importance. Add-on flights from many cities are available for a surcharge.
Travel 'N' Tours, Inc., provides as a special service to our clients, $150,000 of accidental death and dismemberment flight insurance for the scheduled airline ticket that is a part of this Pilgrimage.
This Pilgrimage will be operated by
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Featuring Rome, Assisi, Florence, & Pisa
All rendezvoused on time and in fine fashion at Memphis International Airport.
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with a Bon Voyage Prayer!
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 United States to Rome Italy
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Arrive in the Eternal City, Rome!
Clear Customs and Immigration, Claim your luggage, and board your waiting motor coach for a transfer to your hotel in Rome. Before the Welcome Dinner, there will be an Orientation Talk with your Tour Director and a welcome drink. Dinner will be served in your hotel. Overnight 1 of 3 Nights in Rome
Day 3 Rome
This morning, enjoy a picturesque 15 minute drive to another country: Vatican City. Tour the Basilica of St. Peter. Renowned as the grandest of the world’s churches, St. Peter’s is unsurpassed in beauty. See and take pictures of the “Pieta,” one of Michelangelo’s three greatest sculptures. Michelangelo sculpted this unspeakably magnificent piece when he was only 24 years of age. This highly-finished marble sculpture depicts the body of Jesus in the arms of Mary after the Crucifixion and is considered to be among the most compelling of all works of art in the Western world. In the Vatican Museum, you will view such historical treasures as the Sistine Chapel, featuring Michelangelo’s restored frescoed ceiling, his altar painting of The Last Judgment, a host of ancient Greek sculptures, medieval tapestries, and Renaissance paintings. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of the Coloseum, the largest amphitheater built in the Roman Empire, and the Roman Forum, seeing some of Rome’s many impressive sights along the way. Visit the Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, the home of the statue of Michelangelo’s “Moses,” the second among his three greatest sculptures. Meals: Breakfast and Dinner. Overnight 2 of 3 Nights in Rome
Day 4: Rome
Visit the famous Trevi Fountain, the largest Baroque fountain in all of Rome and one of the most famous fountains in the world. It stands 86 feet high and 161 feet wide. A legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome. This was the theme of 1954’s Three Coins in the Fountain movie. Visit the Pantheon, commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus as a temple to all the gods of ancient Rome (126 AD). Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon’s dome is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome. It has been in continuous use since the 7th Century, used as a Catholic church dedicated to “St. Mary and the Martyrs,” and informally known as “Santa Maria della Rotonda.” Two kings of Italy are buried there, along with the painters Raphael and Annibale Caracci. Traveling outside the city center, visit the Catacombs of Callixtus where early Christians buried their dead, which was in accordance with the laws of the time. Among the greatest and most important of the Catacombs, tens of martyrs and almost half a million Christians were buried there. The founder of Christian archaeology, Giovanni Battista de Rossi (1822-1894), called them “catacombs par excellence.” The complex is a network of galleries stretching for nearly 12 miles, structured on five levels, and reaching a depth of 65 feet. Go out on the town tonight for a special treat while you enjoy dinner: singing by professional opera singers! Overnight 3 of 3 nights in Rome
Day 5 / Rome to Assisi to Florence
Following breakfast, board the motor coach for a scenic drive through the Italian countryside to the hillside village of Assisi. The birthplace of Saint Francis, Assisi is an ancient, stone-walled town clinging to the slopes of Mount Subasio. On arrival, tour the extraordinary 13th Century Basilica of Saint Francis, adorned with late medieval frescoes by the Italian painters Cimabue and Giotto, among others. The church is one of the most important Christian pilgrimage places in all of Italy, and the gentle saint of peace is interred in the Crypt underneath the church, which you will visit. Stroll the cobblestone lanes of the ancient town and enjoy free time for lunch at one of the many quaint cafes. There are numerous shops to browse, featuring handmade lace, painted ceramics, and local wood carvings. This afternoon, continue the journey from Assisi to Florence. Arriving at your hotel late this afternoon, enjoy time for a rest before dinner is served in the hotel dining room, Meals: breakfast and dinner. Overnight 1 of 2 nights, Florence
Day 6 / Florence
Today's morning tour of Florence begins with a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo's statue of the Boy David is housed. Now you will have seen all three of Michelangelo’s greatest sculptures! Walk to the imposing Duomo (cathedral), celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by the architect Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery's renowned "Gates of Paradise" bronze doors by the Renaissance artist Ghiberti. The panels on the doors required twenty-one years to complete and are considered one of the greatest creations of the Renaissance. Michelangelo remarked that the doors were so beautiful they would be fit for Paradise. However, the name of the panels, "Gates of Paradise," came from the fact that new converts to Christianity were brought to the Baptistery to be baptized. Continue to explore the open air art museum of Signoria Square ending at Ponte Vecchio, known as the "Old Bridge", lined with its gold and jewelry shops. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore and shop in this spectacular Renaissance city! Meals: breakfast and dinner (at a fine, local, Tuscany restaurant). Overnight 2 of 2 Nights Florence
Day 7 / Florence to Pisa to Fiumicino
This morning, travel through the stunning panorama of Tuscany to Pisa. Upon arrival in Pisa, view the famous Piazza del Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, the Baptistery, the Duomo (cathedral), and the Monumental Cemetery. The four monuments of this extraordinary piazza make for a unique architectural blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles. The tower (Torre di Pisa) is a freestanding bell tower of the Cathedral of Pisa. The tower's tilt began during construction, caused by an inadequate foundation. The tilt has been partially corrected by work done between 1990 and 2001. It is truly one of the architectural wonders of the world. Continue traveling along the Mediterranean seacoast toward Rome, making a lunch stop along the way. Late this afternoon, arrive at the charming seaside fishing town of Fiumicino, the seaport for the city of Rome. Check into your hotel and enjoy a stroll along the waterfront before dinner. Meals: breakfast and dinner. This evening, a gala farewell dinner will be served at the seafood restaurant, Ristorante Il Moro, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea (or similar). Overnight 1 of 1 Nights in Fiumicino
Day 8 / Rome to the United States
This morning, travel the short distance from your hotel to Rome’s Fiumicino International Airport to board your flight bound for the United States. Meals: breakfast and appropriate service in flight.
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Pause for One Moment In a very brief video, visit the Church of the Pater Noster (the "Our Father" or "Lord's Prayer) on the crest of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. There you find this much loved prayer written in over 60 languages on wall plaques. Hear the Lord's Prayer recited by the late Master Guide of Israel, Josef Gilboa, in the language Jesus himself spoke.
Everyone in our Agency is crazy about Hawaii: any island, any time! And one of our fondest memories of the Islands is the fantastic experiences we have all enjoyed at luaus on various islands. A luau provides hours of unrelenting fun and pleasure, as one "act" flows into the next--and the next. Naming one particular luau as best is virtually impossible, because luaus tend to have different flavors which appeal to different esthetic tastes. That said, the Luau at Paradise Cove is definitely among the top of the lot. The setting is idyllic. The staff knows how to treat guests in the traditional "Aloha" fashion. The grounds are immaculately kept. The performers are all top notch. The food is irresistable. The men performers are handsome; the women are exotically beautiful. Our video, filmed in 2011, provides a mere glimpse of the fun and fantasy of a great luau. Enjoy! And then, call our Agency and book your own adventure to Hawaii. You'll always be glad you did!
While the City of New Orleans is well known worldwide, not everyone knows of the excellent facilities at the Port of New Orleans. A significant amount of money has been spent in the past several years on renovating and enlarging and improving the Port, so that now it offers a smoothly efficient port of debarkation. There are currently 3 major cruise lines offering a variety of cruises from the Port: Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean, Bahamas, and Nassau. New Orleans itself is accessible to millions of people with a very easy to more demanding car trip. Particularly for a family with children, driving has become a more and more popular option to flying because of considerations of cost and hassle. Then, too, driving offers a great opportunity for overnighting in this one-of-a-kind, beautiful, funky, picturesque city: the French Quarter, the Riverwalk, hundreds of years of architecture and history, and culinary delights at every street corner! The accompanying video suggests some of the possibilities of cruising out of NOLA - New Orleans, LA.
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