CHARMING EUROPE

PARIS TO ROME

INCL. LOURDES, FRENCH RIVIERA,PADUA,VENICE,PADRE PIO,ROME

Itinerary

Day 1 – Departure Day

Overnight flight to Paris. Dinner and breakfast served inflight.

Day 2 – Paris (B,D)

Upon arrival in the French capital you`ll be greeted by your Go Ever Happy-Tours guide . Transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 – Paris (B,D)

This morning we celebrate Mass at the Miraculous Medal Shrine, containing the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Laboure and the remains of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac, founders of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.  Afterwards our city drive highlights Champs d `Elysees, the l`Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower.  We conclude with a visit of Notre Dame Cathedral.   Dinner and overnight.

Day 4 – Paris – Lourdes (B,D)

After breakfast we depart on the TGV, the world`s fastest train, to Lourdes.  Along the way we enjoy the ride through the picturesque Bordeaux wine region and charming chateaux country.  Upon arrival transfer to our hotel.  Tonight we join pilgrims the world over in a candlelight procession along Esplanade.

Day 5 – Lourdes (B,L,D)

After a special  Mass( if possible at the Grotto) a guided walk takes us to the Basilica of the Rosary, the Upper Basilica dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, the Basilica of St. Pius X, the world`s largest underground church, and the home of St. Bernadette. After lunch you might want to take the opportunity to visit the Baths, where 68 true miracles happened defying all medical explanations.  Dinner and overnight.

Day 6 – Lourdes – French Riviera – Monaco(B,D)

Today we enjoy a beautiful day driving along the Mediterranean coast via Carcasonne, Marseilles, and Cannes to Menton, close to the city-state of Monaco. Along the Corniche we stop at the Fragonard Perfume Factory where you have the opportunity to get a tour of the factory and to shop for authentic perfumes and soaps from the Provence.  Dinner and overnight.

Day 7 – Menton – Padua( B,D)

Our day starts out with a visit of beautiful Monte Carlo and its opulent Palace, once the home of Princess Grace Kelly. Later we cross into Italy motoring through the scenic Piedmont wine region and the fertile Po Valley to Padua, home of St. Anthony. Dinner and overnight.

Day 8 – Venice (B)

Mass at the exquisite Basilica of St. Anthony, the Chapel containing his tomb and the high altar adorned with bronze panels by Donatello depicting his miracles. Then we are off to dream-like Venice. A guided walk features St. Mark`s Square and Basilica,  Rialto Bridge and the elaborate Doge`s Palace with its Bridge of Sighs leading to the dungeons.  You have the remainder of the day to live your dream in this high-spirited city . Maybe enjoy a gondola ride?  Return to Padua in the evening for overnight.

Day 9 – Venice – Florence – Assisi(B,D)

We motor past Bologna to Florence, the splendid capital of Tuscany.  A guided walk illuminates Florence`s riches of Renaissance spirit: the marble cathedral, Giotto`s Bell Tower, the Baptistry with Ghiberti`s `Doors of Paradise`, Santa Croce Church and the famed Ponte Vecchio spanning the Arno River.  Afterwards we continue through the Chianti wine region and past spectacular hilltop towns of Umbria to Assisi for dinner and overnight.

Day 10 – Assisi (B,D)

After Mass at the crypt of St. Francis we explore the huge Basilica above. Next we visit the Church of St.Clare where her remains can be viewed. In lower Assisi we visit St. Mary of the Angels Basilica. Inside we enter the Porziuncola and view the thornless rosebush and the cave where St. Francis retired for prayer.  Dinner and overnight.

Day 11– Assisi –Loreto – Lanciano – Padre Pio (B,D)

After breakfast we head east past the spectacular mountain scenery of the Apeninnes to Loreto.  At the `Holy House of Nazareth` we learn about the history of the Shrine of Our Lady of Loreto . Then we are on to Lanciano for devotions at the 8-th century Eucharistic Miracle. Afterwards we continue along the Adriatic coastline to San Giovanni Rotondo, hometown of Saint Padre Pio for dinner and overnight.

Day 12 –  San Giovanni Rotondo – Rome (B,D)

We have Mass at Padre Pio`s Church and learn about the life of the saint and the events that have taken place here.  Next we cross the Italian peninsula for the `Eternal City`, Rome.  Dinner and overnight.

Day 13 – Rome ( B,D)

This morning we visit humongous St. Peter`s Basilica and attend the Papal Audience with the Holy Father( if held). Afterwards we explore the Vatican Museum and Michelangelo`s celebrated `Last Judgment` in the Sistine Chapel.

Day 14 – Rome ( B,D)

This morning we tour Rome`s major basilicas: St. John Lateran and the Holy Stairs, St. Maria Maggiore and St. Paul `s Outside the Walls. Later we drive along the ancient Appian Way to the Catacombs where the early Christians buried their dead.  The remainder of the day you may wish to explore Imperial Rome – the Forum and the Colosseum, and toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain.  Tonight we enjoy a special fare-well dinner at a typical Roman Trattoria.

Day 15 – Return Flight or Sicily Extension.

Tour #400 — 15 Days

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  • Paris
  • Lourdes
  • French Riviera
  • Padua
  • Venice
  • Florence
  • Assisi
  • Padre Pio
  • Rome

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