- All Inclusive Pricing
- First Class Hotels
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Entrance and Program Fees
- Live Audio Headsets
- Guided Tours
- International Airfare from NY
- Learning Opportunities
- Overseas Airport Transfers
- Study Guide
- Visas (U.S. Citizens)
- Guided Sightseeing with Top Guides
Day 1 Depart USA
Your Italian adventure begins as you depart the USA on your international flight.
Day 2 Arrive in Rome – Ancient City Tour
On arrival in Rome, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your bus for a panoramic tour of the city. Enjoy a visit to the Forum and the Colosseum, once the heart of ancient Rome and a place of martyrdom for the early saints. You’ll explore the romance of Rome as you stop at the famous Trevi Fountain. Legend says those who toss a coin into the fountain will one day return to Rome to toss another into the waters of Trevi. Check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Rome
Enjoy the opportunity to join in prayer with Pope Francis and receive his greeting, blessing and prayers in St. Peter’s Square. Then walk through St. Peter’s Basilica and celebrate Mass. The present structure completed in 1590 was built over the Byzantine and Middle Ages structures that marked the tomb of Saint Peter. There are more than 100 tombs within the basilica, including most recently Saint John Paul II. Begin your afternoon with a visit to the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran. Six Popes are entombed here. Next door is the Holy Staircase (Scala Santa), brought from Pilate’s Palace in Jerusalem by Saint Helena in the 4th Century. Climbing the stairs on your knees is a devotion that many pilgrims perform, and a plenary indulgence is granted for completing this feat. Next is the Basilica of Saint Lawrence Outside the Walls (San Lorenzo). Saint Lawrence was one of the first seven deacons of Rome, martyred in 258. The Church is built next to catacombs that lead down to his grave. The relics of Saints Justin Martyr and Stephen are also enshrined here. Continue on your pilgrim journey to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major (Maria Maggiore). This is the largest Marian church in Rome. Its construction began after the Council of Ephesus proclaimed that Mary was the Mother of God, in 431 AD. Saint Jerome, translator of the Bible into the Latin Vulgate, is buried here. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 Pilgrimage in Rome
This morning, begin your final day of pilgrimage at the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls. The present structure stands over the place where Constantine built the first church over Saint Paul’s grave. The church features a portrait of every Pope that has served the church, with the face of Pope Francis I illuminated as the present pontiff. Step beneath the surface into the Catacombs of Callixtus, built along the Appian Way. Here 16 Popes from the 2nd through 4th Centuries were interred, though they have been removed to various churches over the centuries. San Sebastian Outside the Walls is another of the seven Pilgrimage churches, built over the Catacombs of Saint Sebastian. The remains of Peter and Paul were temporarily protected here during the Valerian Persecution of 258. Our seventh and final pilgrimage stop is the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem. Saint Helena brought Passion relics here, and the floor was covered with soil from Jerusalem. Relics here include the index finger of Thomas that touched the wounds of Christ after His resurrection, and a piece of the Good Thief’s Cross. Those who want to complete the seven church pilgrimage as declared by Saint John Paul II in 2000 can continue on to one more stop at Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love. Here a pilgrim, pursued by dogs, appealed to Our Lady and she intervened for his safety. Pilgrims began the frequent the site and a chapel was built here in 1745. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 Flight to Lisbon / Santarem / Fatima
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lisbon. Your Guide will greet you at the airport and escort you to your bus for the journey to Santarem. Here the Church of St. Stephen was the site of a Holy Miracle in the 12th Century. The crystal pyx can be seen at the renamed Church of the Holy Miracle. Continue on to Fatima where you will check into your hotel and then celebrate Mass in one of the chapels at the Sanctuary of Fatima complex. There is an opportunity to participate in the candlelight processional while in Fatima.
Day 6 Fatima
Today you will celebrate Mass and then visit the Basilica where the three children (Lucia lived to adulthood) are interred. You will then journey to the countryside, where Mary appeared to Francisco and Jacinta Marto, and their cousin Lucia dos Santos from May 13, 1917 every month until on the 13th until August 19th, when she appeared at Valinhos. You will see their homes nearby, where Francisco died (Jacinta died in a Lisbon hospital) in 1919 and 1920. Return to Fatima for time to pray and contemplate the meaning of the Holy Site.
Day 7 Sunday in Fatima
Today is yours to pray, meditate and participate in the services and sites of Fatima.
Day 8 Return to USA
Transfer to the airport for your return flights home.
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