A TRIBUTE TO MOTHER TERESA
Few are aware of the incredible treasures India holds for Christians. Who knew that the Apostle Thomas arrived in Southern India in 50 A.D. starting his missionary efforts and that it was here that he was martyred in 78 A.D.? The Cathedral in Madras holds his relics, one of our main destinations on our spiritual journey through India. Who knew that St. Francis Xavier arrived in a town called Goa, established by the Portuguese in 1542 and that it is here that he is buried? His body can be viewed in the Cathedral of Bom Jesus. This and much more is in store for us as we depart on our fantastic journey to unknown lands.
DAY 1: DEPARTURE DAY
Our incredible journey begins as we board our trans-atlantic flight to Goa. Dinner and breakfast served aboard.
Day 2: GOA (B,D)
Upon arrival at the Goa airport you will be greeted by your local tour guide . You will be transferred to your hotel for check-in. Tonight you`ll enjoy a special dinner to get acquainted.
DAY 3: GOA (B,D)
Our sightseeing this morning includes one of the highlights of our tour, the Basilica of Bom Jesus, where we view the body of St. Francis Xavier. Born in Spain in 1506, Francisco Xavier met Ignatius Loyola in Paris, took a vow to convert infidels, and joined the Society of Jesus. The Portuguese King dom Joao lll sent Xavier to the new colony Goa. He arrived in 1542 and made Goa his base for five voyages to the Far East. After his death in 1552 on Sancian Island, his body was returned to Goa . St. Francis was canonized in 1662. Across the square we visit the grand Cathedral of St. Catherine and the Church of St. Francis of Assisi. We finish our day with a stop at Our Lady of Rosary Church. Here St. Francis preached at evening mass. We continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4: GOA – MARGAO (B,D)
Today we visit some of Goa’s most famous temples, precious to Hindus. We start with Sri Mangesh Temple displaying an elephant on wheels; next we stop at Sri Lakshmi Narashimha Devashtan Temple, probably Goa’s most beautiful and finish with Sri Shantadurga Temple, Goa’s most popular , always crowded with people buying flowers. After lunch we motor to Margao where we visit the splendid Menezes Mansion, some parts of which dating back three centuries. You can admire the antique furniture and the spectacular ballroom. We end our day with a stop at Margao’s famous spice market. Time for shopping. Dinner and overnight at our resort.
Day 5: GOA – COCHIN (B)
Free morning to relax at our beautiful beach front resort. Late afternoon transfer to our overnight train to Cochin.
Day 6: COCHIN (B,D)
Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Afternoon visits include St. Francis Church, dedicated to the memorial to Vasco da Gama who died here on Christmas Day in 1524, the Dutch Palace, and Pardesi Synagogue. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7: KERALA – HOUSEBOAT (B,D)
Today we enjoy a boat ride down the Kerala backwaters. You can watch the locals going about their lives as they have been doing for centuries. Overnight on board.
Day 8: COCHIN – CHENNAI (B,D)
Afternoon transfer to the airport for our flight to Chennai, formerly Madras. Upon arrival transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 9: CHENNAI ( B,D)
We start our sightseeing of this fascinating city with a visit of St. Thomas Cathedral where his relics are kept. It is believed that he came to India in 52 A.D. and was killed in 78 A.D. The site is equal in importance to St. Peter’s in Rome and St. James in Santiago de Compostela. Next we proceed to St. Thomas Mount, believed to be the site where the Apostle was stoned to death. You can view the stone cross carved by St. Thomas himself and the painting of Madonna and Child by St. Luke. We continue north to fort St. George and St. Mary`s Church, Chennai’s oldest. The remainder of the afternoon free for shopping.
Day 10: CHENNAI – CALCUTTA (B,D)
Transfer to the airport for our flight to Calcutta. Upon arrival transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 11: CALCUTTA (B,D)
Mother Teresa made Calcutta famous when she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1979. Born in Albania, she joined the Sisters of Loreto and was sent to Darjeeling where she took her vows in 1931. Trying to help the poor and dying in Calcutta, she founded the Missionaries of Charity. We visit the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Loreto where she started out and enjoy a tour conducted by the principal. Later we visit St. Paul`s Cathedral dating back to the British Empire’s days and end our day with a visit to Victoria`s Memorial. Time for shopping around new Market.
DAY 12 : CALCUTTA – DELHI – AGRA(B,D)
Morning transfer to the airport for our flight to Delhi. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide and transferred to Agra (approx. 4 hr. drive). Dinner and overnight.
DAY13: AGRA – JAIPUR(B,D)
After breakfast we visit one of the most iconic monuments in the world –the Taj Mahal, originally built as a mausoleum for the second wife of Moslem Emperor Shah Jehan as a symbol of his love. Afterwards we proceed to the impressive ,red sandstone Agra Fort located at scenic bank of the River Yamuna. Next we continue to Jaipur for dinner and overnight.
DAY 14: JAIPUR –DELHI (B,D)
We start our day with a visit of Amber Fort, built in the 17th century, situated on a hill side with a spectacular view of the valley below. After a tour of the fascinating palace , we don´t want to miss the opportunity to enjoy a ride on an elephant´s back.
Afterwards we explore Jaipur´s Pink City Palace, constructed of pink sandstone ,thus giving the city its world-famous name. There you can admire rare manuscripts, paintings, and treasures.Return to Delhi for dinner and overnight.
DAY 15 : RETURN
Time to say good-bye for our return flight home.
Tour #900 — 15 Days
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- St. Thomas Mount
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