PARIS TO ROME / MUNICH TO ROME IN 2020
INCL. LOURDES, FRENCH RIVIERA,PADUA,VENICE,PADRE PIO,ROME / MUNICH ,OBERAMMERGAU,VIENNA INNSBRUCK
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.
– MUNICH TO ROME IN 2020
15 Days –Munich, Oberammergau, VIENNA, Innsbruck, Venice, Assisi,Rome
DAY 1 : DEPARTURE DAY (B,D)
Our journey begins as we depart on our trans-Atlantic flight to Munich. Dinner and breakfast served on board.
DAY 2: MUNICH (B,D)
Upon arrival in the Bavarian capital we will be met by our European tour manager . Our city drive includes Old Town, Marian Square , Old and New Town Hall with its Glockenspiel. Tonight we get to know each other better over a Stein of beer while listening to folk music in world-famous Hofbrauhaus.
Day 3 – CHURCH IN THE WIES – BAVARIAN CASTLES (B,D)
After breakfast we enjoy the ride through the scenic countryside of the Alps to the Church in the Wies, known for its splendid rococo interior. We continue to the magnificent Bavarian Castle, the fantasy-like creation by `crazy´ King Ludwig ll . Here we join a guided tour of Neuschwanstein Castle, after which the Disneyland Castle was modeled. In the afternoon we return to Munich via Marktl am Inn, hometown of Pope Benedict. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4 – OBERAMMERGAU (B,D)
Today we attend the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Plays, a thanksgiving by the villagers about Christ´s sufferings for having been spared of the plague which ravaged the town in 1633. Afterwards we have the opportunity to admire or purchase some of the wooden statues exhibiting the outstanding intricate woodcarving talents of its inhabitants. Dinner and overnight.
Day 5 – OBERAMMERGAU – SALZBURG – VIENNA (B,D)
After breakfast we depart Oberammergau enjoying the phenomenal view of the Bavarian and Austrian Alps on our way to Salzburg, hometown of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Our guided tour leads us through cobblestoned streets and the house where the musical genius was born. Afterwards we journey through the scenic Alpine region to Vienna, the opulent Austrian capital. We start with an orientation drive featuring the world-famous opera house (Staatsoper) dating back to the 17th century and St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Tonight you might want to take a stroll around the Prater, Vienna’s entertainment center or take a ride in a horse-drawn Fiaker.
Day 6 – VIENNA – INNSBRUCK (B,D)
This morning we enjoy a guided walking tour including the Hofburg Palace, once seat of the powerful Habsburg dynasty, and their Imperial Apartments and Treasury containing relics of the Holy Roman Empire. Afterwards you’ll have time to experience Vienna’s world-famous Kaffeehaus, or coffeehouses and sample some Sachertorte or other local specialty pastries.
In the afternoon we continue our journey through the Alps to Innsbruck, the Tyrolean capital for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 – INNSBRUCK – PADUA (B,D)
We start our morning sightseeing of Old Town Innsbruck with highlights of famous merchant houses, such as the Golden Roof (Goldenes Dachl), beautiful Baroque Helblinghaus, 16th-century Golden Eagle(Goldener Adler), an old inn once as popular with emperors as it was with writers like Goethe. Also worth visiting is the 57-meter-high Stadtturm, a watchtower built in the 14th century along with the adjoining Old Rathaus ,city hall. Other interesting landmarks include the Ottoburg, a residential tower built in 1494; the Deutschordenshaus (House of the Teutonic Order) built in 1532; and the Burgriesenhaus (Castle Giant’s House), built in 1490 for a court giant.
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.
Tour #400 — 15 Days
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