"You have nothing to worry about. The LORD is taking care of you on this journey" (Judges 18:6)
MARIAN PILGRIMAGE TO MOTHERLAND OF CHRISTIANITY EUROPE WITH PAPAL AUDIENCE
ITALY (Rome – Padua – Turin – Assisi – Lanciano – SGVN), FRANCE (Lourdes), PORTUGAL (Fatima), SPAIN (Santiago),
VATICAN CITY (Papal Audience), CZECH REPUBLIC (Prague), BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA (Medjugorje),
HUNGARY (Budapest), SLOVAKIA – POLAND (Krakow, Czestochowa), CROATIA (Zagreb)
Below are the places to be visited and more.....
All Inclusive Cost: ₹ 2,30,000/-
19 September 2019
Please book early to ensure the availability of the seats (Subject to availability).
Airfare, Stay on Twin Sharing, Visa, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, All Entries - Transfers - Taxes, Guides & Tips.
Please book early to ensure the availability of the seats (Subject to availability).
Following are certain points that we request our Pilgrims to note and observe.
- If you are taking any types of medicine then carry sufficient quantity with you. These might be very expensive abroad and availability not certain.
- Please bring with you sports shoes, casual sportswear and a small umbrella for comfort in walking and travelling.
- Also bring necessary woolens as the weather can be very unpredictable and might turn cold at times.
- Do not forget to carry with you universal adapters for charging your mobile phones and cameras as the sockets in other countries are not the same as in India.
- Kindly note that Rotation System will be used in seating arrangement on the Bus.
- Every person will have to give the entire Tour/Pilgrimage amount in advance to confirm the reservation.
- No credit or refund will be given for any missed/unused services of the tour including the meals due to any reason.
- The Tour Operator has full right to modified, vary, amend or cancel any condition, tour itinerary, hotel, places etc,
if circumstances so warrant, without prior intimation and no credit or refund will be given for the same.
- No refund would be given in case of delay or postponed tours due to any force majeure or otherwise, including nature calamity, riots, political uncertainty, terrorist attack, changes in rules by any government, air lines or other general
strikes etc... calamities or any other unforeseen calamities.
- Change of date would not be allowed. No refund would be given in case of any Domestic or International Sector
in case such air tickets are non refundable.
- The Tour Operator has no control over issue of Visa and in case of refusal of Visa by the concerned government / authority, no refund will be given In case any tourist decided to cancel tour for unforeseen circumstances,
refund will be given after deducting cancellation charges, as under:
Number of days prior to departure Cancellation charges % on total tour price 46 - 31 Days 25% Non Refundable on the tour cost paid. 30 - 15 Days 50% Non Refundable on the tour cost paid. 14 - 8 Days 75% Non Refundable on the tour cost paid. 7 Days 100% Non Refundable on the tour cost paid. No Show 100% Non Refundable on the tour cost paid. IN ANY OTHER CASE INR 20,000 NON REFUNDABLE.
We believe that you may be familiar with our name as for many years we have been organizing Pilgrimages to Holy Land and The Motherland of Christianity - Europe. Our humble pursuit in the service of Christianity and our Christian brethren has been rewarded by the Blessings of our Holy Mother and Her Son our Lord JESUS CHRIST. Today we have a large number of satisfied Pilgrims who will testify that we are true to our motto of maximum sightseeing, personalized attention and pocket friendly.
Sheer profit making is not the guiding factor in our endeavors and our costs are probably the lowest and we don't compromise on quality and comfort. We provide extensive Holy Sites visits and look after our Pilgrims with personal care and attention. We maintain transparency and clarity in our ads and fulfill the promises. We make with total sincerity.
Our whole Pilgrimage enterprise is based on the faith we have in the benediction of our HOLY MOTHER. We have a long list of Rev Fathers and Rev Sisters who have prayed with and for our Pilgrims in past Pilgrimages. They are always praying for us, for all our visits to the lands of our Holy Mother and our Lord Jesus. So come with faith in the heart and a prayer on the lips to experience the divine benevolence on our Pilgrimage, We welcome you.
DAY 1: ARRIVE INTO PRAGUE.
Upon Arrival into Prague after completing the Immigration process then to hotel, stay overnight at Prague.
DAY 2: PRAGUE - KRAKOW (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner).
After breakfast followed by the Prague city tour, The Infant Jesus Shrine, the charming statue of the Child Jesus, displayed for people to venerate in the church of Our Lady of Victory in the Lesser Town district of Prague, receives visitors from all over the world every day. People come here to pray for help, healing, or peace; some come in trust expecting the birth of a child; and many return to give thanks. The sweet face of the Child Jesus attracts visitors through its beauty. The right hand of the child is raised in blessing, while his left hand holds a sphere surmounted by a cross – the whole of our universe rests in his hands and then we continue the city tour of Prague, The Old Town, Powder Tower, The Powder Tower is a one of the original medieval gates to the Old Town built by Matej Rejsek in the Gothic style in 1475. In the 18th century, it served as a gunpowder depot, giving it its current name. The Astronomical clock with special mechanisms and dials to display astronomical information Astronomical clock, Old Town Square, Tyn church and St.Nicholas church and then to Krakow, stay overnight.
DAY 3: IN AND AROUND KRAKOW – CZESTOCHOWA – JASNA GORA. (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After Breakfast departure to Czestochowa Jasna Gora Sanctuary It is the holiest place of Poland and one of the world’s most important destinations for Pilgrims. The Jasna Góra in Częstochowa – the Pauline cloister with the most venerated image in Poland of the Black Madonna. The Sanctuary was built in the 14th century and from the beginning it houses the image, that according to the tradition was painted by St. Lucas on the tabletop from the house of the Holy Family. Our Lady of Czestochowa (Black Madonna) is believed to be the Queen and the Protector of Poland. Every year several million pilgrims – commoners as well as celebrities – come here to pray before the miraculous picture of Our Lady of Czestochowa. The faithful has believed for ages that St. Luke the Evangelist himself painted the divine icon on a tabletop from the Holy Family’s house. Over the last half-millennium great number of them had their prayers heard and, grateful, left innumerable votive offerings displayed in the sanctuary. Chapel with Miraculous Painting of the Black Madonna, The Basilica, and The Bell Tower that contains one or more bells or that is designed to hold bells, even if it has none. In the European tradition, such a tower most commonly serves as part of a church and contains church bells. Modern bell towers often contain carillons. The bell is rung to signify the time, to call people to worship, for special events such as weddings and funerals, or historically to sound a civil defense or fire alarm. Knight’s Hall, followed by the city tour of Krakow, hotel and Stay overnight.
DAY 4: KRAKOW – WADOWICE - KRAKOW. (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After Breakfast we will proceed to Wadowice – town where John Paul II spent his childhood. In his family home, where he was born and spent 18 years of his life, there is a Museum dedicated to John Paul II. It shows the whole life of the Pope and different objects collected by this institution that belonged to Karol Wojtyła and his family. Next to the Popes house is the church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary where the Pope was baptised. The baptismal basin is presents there until today. Next is the UNESCO listed world heritage site of the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Sanctuary and a place of pilgrimage for many Catholics. Afternoon we visit Shrine of the Divine Mercy The Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Krakow, Poland is a Roman Catholic basilica dedicated to the Divine Mercy devotion, as the resting place of Saint Faustina Kowalska, canonized on April 30, 2000. In March 1981, while praying at the tomb of St. Faustina at the church, Maureen Digan of Massachusetts reported a healing. Digan had suffered from lymphedema for decades, and had undergone 10 operations, including a leg amputation. Digan reported that while praying at Faustina’s tomb she heard a voice saying “ask for my help and I will help you” and her constant pain stopped, and then to the Old Town in Krakow. Krakow is the former capital of Poland during the walking tour we will see the area of The Old Town so the oldest medieval part of Krakow, the Royal complex situated on a big hill called Wawel. The complex consists of the Royal Castle built in the 16th century by Italian architects and is one of the most beautiful renaissance palaces in Europe. Next to the Castle is the Cathedral – the church of Krakow archbishops and polish Kings. In this church all polish monarchs were crowned and buried, additionally the most important polish national heroes. After visiting the Hill we will go along the oldest medieval streets in Krakow to see Archbishops Palace, where the polish Pope resided, when he was the Archbishop and where he met with the believers during his stays in Krakow already as a Pope. The symbol of these meetings is a famous Pope’s Window of the Palace, from which he greeted all people waiting for him in front of the building. Next we will go to see the oldest polish university established in the 14th century, where the polish Pope studied. We will see this building and also the oldest ones from the medieval times. Finally we will proceed to the Market Square, which is the heart of the medieval city of Krakow, the biggest Square in Europe which is over 750 years old and was one of the biggest trade centre’s in Europe. By the Square is the famous St. Mary’s Church, one of the most beautiful in Poland with the biggest medieval altar in Europe and the famous trumpeter playing a symbolic tune every hour from one of the church towers etc, back to hotel and Stay overnight.
DAY 5: KRAKOW - BUDAPEST (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast we transfer to Budapest, upon arrival we visit the Heroes Square and City Park followed by the short city tour of Budapest. We will pass by the famous Opera House on the magnificent Andrassy Avenue and take an inside visit at St. Stephen Basilica. The Basilica is surrounded with some nice souvenir shops. We continue our trip with the Citadel panoramic view stop on the top of Gellert Mountain followed by the historical Buda Castle, on the Castle Hill. It was founded in the 13th century after the Mongol invasion. The historical castle and palace complex served as the main seat of the Hungarian kings for centuries. Today the Castle, often referred to as the Royal Palace (Budavári Palota), is the home to a number of cultural institutions, including the National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum, then to hotel, stay overnight.
DAY 6: BUDAPEST - MEDJUGORJE (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After Breakfast free at Leisure, afternoon we transfer to MEDJUGORJE en-route enjoy the breathtaking beautiful surroundings on the journey becomes more serene and meaningful, Upon arrival to MEDJUGORJE, hotel, and Stay overnight.
DAY 7: IN AND AROUND MEDJUGORJE. (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
Full day activities in Medjugorje. Rising before it is light, those who wish may climb Mount Krizevac – the Hill of the Cross- treading the stony path and following the Way of the Cross to the summit, where you arrive as dawn breaks. This is an unforgettable experience reflecting the difficulties of our life’s journey culminating in our arrival at the foot of the cross bathed in the light of the Resurrection and rest of the day at Medjugorje, stay overnight.
DAY 8: IN AND AROUND MEDJUGORJE. (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast we visit the St. James Parish Church of Medjugorje, consecrated in 1969, is the focus of worship and prayer for both the local parish and visiting pilgrims. A marble statue of the Queen of Peace, which became a symbol of the Medjugorje Shrine, was erected in 1987 at the square in front of the church. The Adoration Chapel was built in 1992 as a place for private prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The Shrine also includes various prayer areas, a meeting hall for pilgrims, a cemetery, a gift shop, a first aid station, and an information booth and then we will climb to the hill of Crnica above the hamlet of Podbrdo – known as the Hill of the Apparitions. We will also visit and pray at “Blue Cross”, which is a very special place at the base of Apparition Hill where the visionaries would meet in the early days of the apparitions to avoid the Communist police. In the afternoon you can visit the Cenacolo Community, a drugs rehabilitation centre for young people, which uses prayer, fasting and physical work to heal young people from their addictions. You will hear an inspiring personal witness by one of the addicts. Evening back to Church followed by the Rosary and Holy Mass. Stay overnight.
DAY 9: MEDJUGORJE – ZAGREB (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast we transfer to Zagreb, followed by the city tour of Zagreb includes visit to the historic center of Zagreb, KAPTOL with the Cathedral and the central market DOLAC. Then, passing through the TKALČIĆEVA STREET with charming little cafes in the 18th century surrounding we will cross a little street called the BLOODY BRIDGE and continue uphill towards the medieval STONE GATE with the sanctuary dedicated to St. Mary. After passing the Stone gate we arrive to GRADEC, another medieval center of Zagreb and we will make a stop at ST. MARK’S SQUARE with the famous ST. MARK’S CHURCH with multicolored tiled roof, the best known sign of Zagreb. This square is also a home of the Parliament and the Government of Republic of Croatia. This medieval part of the tour we will finish near the TOWER LOTRŠĆAK, the 13th century tower that still watches over Zagreb and the near-by cable-car USPINJAČA. From the hill we will take one of the numerous wooden 19th century stairs to the Square of ban Josip Jelačić, main square and the heart of Zagreb then transfer and Stay overnight.
DAY 10: ZAGREB - ROME.
After Breakfast we transfer to Rome en-route enjoy the breathtaking beautiful surroundings on the journey becomes more serene and meaningful, Upon arrival to Rome, and Stay overnight.
DAY 11: IN AND AROUND ROME. (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast we begin our day with a visit to The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, or church of Santa Maria Maggiore, is a Papal major basilica and the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome, Italy, from which size it receives the appellation “major” The Patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major reigns as an authentic jewel in the crown of Roman churches. Its beautiful treasures are of inestimable value and represent the Church’s role as the cradle of Christian artistic civilization in Rome and then we continue to the Papal Basilica of St John Lateran, Arch Basilica of St John Lateran (San Giovanni in Laterano) the basilica of Saint John Lateran was built under pope Melchiade (311-314), it’s the most ancient church in the world. Due to the fact that the pope is also the bishop of Rome, Saint John in Lateran – being seat of the bishop’s residence – is also Rome’s Cathedral. The original plan had already five aisles. The ancient church was residence of the popes until the coming back from the exile in Avignone (1377), when it was moved to the Vatican. It was pillage-stock of the Visigoths (410), the Vandals (455); the earthquake in 896 caused the central aisle roof to collapse (rebuilt under pope Sergio III in 904-911).It is here that St Francis persuaded Pope Innocent III to give permission to begin the Franciscan Order the night before the Pope had seen a man in a dream and the man was supporting the tottering building of St John Lateran. The next day when Francis appeared before Pope Innocent, His Holiness recognized the face from the dream and consented to Francis’ request and then we will drive by the Forum and see the Coliseum (only view) and then to the This afternoon we visit the Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, housing the Tomb of St Paul the Apostle, affectionately known as the Apostle of the Gentiles, followed by the visit to Church of St Peter in Chains, featuring Michelangelo’s famous statue of Moses and we proceed to Trevi Fountain, Piazza and evening we visit the Catacombs inside and visit to the tomb of St. Ignatius back to hotel, stay overnight at Rome.
DAY 12: IN AND AROUND ROME. (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast proceed to Vatican City for Papal Audience followed by Vatican City tour you will be visiting Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Gallery of the Tapestries. Upon arrival at the Vatican Walls we will enter inside the Vatican Museums taking the beautiful Spiral staircase and continuing through the Gallery of the Tapestries and the Gallery of the Geographical Maps before arriving in the famous Sistine Chapel with its magnificent fresco of the Last Judgment by Michelangelo then visit St Peters Basilica and St Peter’s Square, back to hotel. Dinner, stay overnight at Rome.
DAY 13: ROME – LANCIANO – SAN GIOVANNO ROTONDO. (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast we proceed for Lanciano, site of the Miracle of the Holy Eucharistic. The church of the Eucharistic Miracle is located in the center of the town Lanciano is a small, medieval town, nestled in from the coast of the Adriatic Sea in Italy, halfway between San Giovanni Rotondo and Loreto. But what is the center of the town today was the outskirts of the town back in the Eighth Century, when the Eucharistic Miracle occurred. At the time, it was called the Church of St. Legontian and St. Domitian and was under the custody of the Basilian Monks of the Greek Orthodox Rite.This was prior to the Great Schism of 1054. Everything about Lanciano smacks of the Eucharistic Miracle. Even the name of the town was changed from Anxanum (in ancient times) to Lanciano, meaning “The Lance”. Tradition has it that the centurion Longinus, who thrust the Lance into the side of Jesus, striking Him in the Tip of His Heart from which He shed blood and water, (in the Gospel account of the Crucifixion (Mk 15:29)) was from this town. After seeing the events which followed the piercing of Jesus’ heart, the darkening of the sun and the earthquake, he believed that Christ was the Savior. A more physical sign, however, was that Longinus had had poor eyesight and after having touched his eyes with the water and blood from the side of Jesus, his eyesight was restored. What a perfect parallel the actions of the Centurion were to the Eucharistic Miracle. He touched the Heart of Jesus, was healed and converted. He gave up the Army, went to Cappadocia and was martyred for the faith. He is known now as Saint Longinus. His feast day is celebrated on March 15 and then we proceed to San Giovanni Rotondo, The Shrine of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo, stay overnight at San Giovanni Rotondo.
DAY 14: SAN GIOVANNO ROTONDO – ASSISI. (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After Breakfast visit The Shrine of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo, is the second-most visited Catholic shrine in the world. It centers around the tomb of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, a Capuchin friar, priest and mystic known for his devotion to God, supernatural gifts and the stigmata. He died in 1968 and was declared a saint in 2002. The shrine centers around Padre Pio’s tomb, which is inside the Church of Our Lady of Grace (Santa Maria delle Grazie). You can also see his cell, his confessional and the crucifix from which he received the stigmata and afternoon transfer to 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 hotel and stay overnight Assisi.
DAY 15: ASSISI – PADUA. (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast transfer to Padova, the city of St Anthony where we will be visiting the Basilica of St Anthony of Padova Saint Anthony of Padova, patron saint of lost and stolen articles, was a powerful Franciscan preacher and teacher. He’s typically portrayed holding the child Jesus-or a lily-or a book-or all three-in his arms. Many people give alms to St. Anthony Bread in thanksgiving to God for blessings received through the prayers of St. Anthony. St. Anthony of Padova’s life is what every Christian’s life is meant to be; a steady courage to face the ups and downs of life, the call to love and forgive, to be concerned for the needs of others, to deal with crisis great and small and to have our feet solidly on the ground of total trusting love and dependence on God. Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padova is a large red-brick building with numerous bulbous domes, set to the southeast of the core of Padua. The Basilica has some fantastic murals and mosaics about his life and the center piece is his tomb and stay overnight at Padova.
DAY 16: PADUA - TURIN - GRENOBLE (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After Breakfast we transfer to Turin and 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 we visit the St Don Boasco Church In Turin and then Grenoble and stayovernight.
DAY 17: GRENOBLE - LOURDES (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After Breakfast we transfer to Lourdes, evening upon arrival, Dinner and then evening join the memorable rosary and Candle light Procession, back to hotel and stay overnight.
DAY18: IN AND AROUND LOURDES. (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast followed by the walking tour of Lourdes, the small Pyrenees village of Lourdes and its imposing basilica that attracts millions of Pilgrims annually. This is the site where, in 1858, a young peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous, had several appearances of Virgin Mary. Also we visit Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine and the St. Bernadette’s Birth place and family home. 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 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 and evening join the memorable rosary and Candle light Procession, back to hotel and stay overnight at Lourdes.
DAY 19: LOURDES - SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELLA. (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast we depart to Azpeitia to visit the birthplace of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. Here, we’ll see the 17th Century Basilica dedicated to St Ignatius. Behind the sanctuary is the family home of St. Ignatius, which we’ll visit during our stop. The most venerated place in this building is the room where Ignatius at age 30, was brought following his serious wounding at the Battle of Pamplona. After visit transfer to Santiago de Compostella . Upon arrival Check-in at the hotel stay overnight at Santiago de Compostella.
DAY 20: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELLA – FATIMA. (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast proceed to visit Cathedral of St. James, one of the finest examples of architecture in all of Europe. Pilgrims have the opportunity to climb the stairs behind the altar to visit the crypt where the relics of St. James are preserved, touch the central pillar (Portico de La Gloria), view the botafumeiro and admire the wealth of medieval art inside the Cathedral, before visiting the cloister museum. Enjoy a walk through the beautiful streets of Santiago de Compostella, the city of the apostle, full of historical buildings and other attraction and transfer to Fatima Ponferrada, Check-in at the hotel, after dinner Join evening’s memorable rosary and Candle light Procession, back to hotel and stay overnight at Fatima.
DAY 21: IN AND AROUND FATIMA. (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast walking Pilgrimage in Fatima, Six times from 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 as older basilica was constructed here in 1928 and millions of pilgrims visit this each year. Fatima is one of the most visited holy places by 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 Jacintas 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, Afternoon we visit the birth place of St. Anthony in Lisbon with a short city tour of Lisbon and back to Fatima and after dinner join evening’s memorable rosary and Candle light Procession, back to hotel and stay overnight at Fatima.
DAY 22: FATIMA – LISBON AIRPORT. (Breakfast – Lunch & Dinner Onboard the flight)
After breakfast, transfer to Lisbon to board the flight back home.