Take an enlightening pilgrimage around the cities and attractions of Europe.
Day 1: MANILA - ROME
Depart Manila to Rome
Day 2: ROME - SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO
Upon arrival, after airport formalities, meet and greet, then board your bus for a long distance transfer to San Giovanni Rotondo. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: LANCIANO - ROME
After breakfast, visit the Shrine of St. Padre Pio at the Convent of Santa Maria della Grazie. Visit the Tomb and Crypt. Afterwards, proceed to Lanciano and visit San Francisco Church; site of the first Eucharistic Miracle. Transfer to Rome to Visit the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls.
Transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: ROME
Morning guided tour includes the Vatican to visit St. Peter's Basilica and Square and the Vatican Museum. Continue your sightseeing with the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Vittorio Emanuelle II Monument, Plazza Navona and toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain on the hope of returning to Rome.
Free time walk to the Spanish Steps and shop for luxurious branded goods.
Day 5: ROME - ASSISI - PISA
Stop in Assisi the hometown of Beloved St. Francis. See the Basilica of St. Francis and the Basilica of Santa Maria Deli Angeli. Continue on to Pisa to for a photo stop at the amazing Leaning Tower and
the nearby Cathedral. Afterward, Check in to your hotel.
Day 6: PISA - MONACO - NICE
We cross the border to France and stop at the Principality of Monaco. See the Annunciation Cathedral where Prince Rainer & Princess Grace are buried. See the Casino Monte Carlo, the Rock, Port Hercule and Larvotto Beach. Later, continue to Nice to see the Massena Square, Promenade des Anglais and the Place Garibaldi before dinner and check in"
Day 7: NICE - BARCELONA
Leave the French Riviera and cross over Spanish border on your way to Barcelona. Upon your arrival, Check in to your Hotel.
Day 8: BARCELONA
Morning guided visit to the Monstserrat Monastery to see the famous 12th century Romanesque carving of Virgen Moreneta, the Black Virgin. Afterwards, see the Plaza Espana, Plaza Real, Plaza Catalunya, Olympic Stadium, Christopher Columbus Monument, Arch of Triumph and the La Sagrada Familia Cathedral; Barcelona's most famous landmark and Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece.
Day 9: BARCELONA - LOURDES
After lunch, return to France on your way to major pilgrimage site in Europe-Lourdes. Check in to your hotel. Rest of the day is free.
Day 10: LOURDES
The day is free for private devotion. You may wish to go to the Sanctuary to visit the Underground Basilica, walk the Station of the Cross, take the Holy Bath, drink the water or wash your face in the Grotto, or participate in the veneration of the sick pilgrim. In the evening, join the emotive candlelight procession.
DAY 11: LOURDES - ZARAGOSA - BURGOS
Cross the Spanish border on your way to Zaragosa and see the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, considered the Patroness of the country and the Spanish Civil Guard. Afterwards, dinner then check in to your hotel in Burgos.
Day 12: BURGOS
Morning, visit the Burgos Gothic Cathedral. Afterwards, drive to Santiago de Compostela; a World Heritage City and on of the most important places in Catholicism, for dinner and overnight.
Day 13: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA
Today, your city tour of this historical city will take you to the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, Plaza del Obradoiro, Monasterio de San Martin Pinario, Convento de San Francisco, Fuente de Los Caballos and the Palacio de Raxol. Cross the border of Portugal and drive to Fatima another pilgrimage center. Dinner then check in your hotel.
Day 14: FATIMA - LISBON - FATIMA
Drive to the capital of Portugal, Lisbon-see the Tagus River, Marques de Pombal Square, Liberdade Avenue, pass by Belem Palace, official residence of the President of Portugal. Stop at Belem Tower; icon of the age of Discovery and the Monument of the Discoveries. Close by is Jeronimos Monastery,magnificent example of the Manueline style. See the Baixe, Praca do Comecio and the Suspension Bridge. Return to Fatima for some free time for private devotion. You may explore the Sanctuary and the Great White Basilica and maybe join the candlelight procession in the evening.
Day 15: FATIMA - AVILA - MADRID
After breakfast, cross the border to Spain and stop in Avila; completely encircled by 11th century walls and birthplace of St. Theresa of Avila and visit the Convent of St. Theresa and the Cathderal. Continue to the capital city, Madrid. Overnight and dinner at the hotel.
Day 16: MADRID
Morning, go on a half day city sightseeing tour of this beautiful city and see the Puerto del Sol, Gran Vla, Cibeles Fountain, Alcala Gate, Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Plaza de Espanya, Prado Museum. Visit to the Royal Palace, the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family. The rest of the day is free.
Day 17: MADRID - MANILA
After breakfast, the rest of the day is free until you transfer to airport for your flight back to Manila.
Day 18: ARRIVE MANILA
Arrive Manila from a very memorable and enjoyable trip.