07 Day Italy Pilgrimage

07 DAY EUROPEAN PILGRIMAGE TO ITALY
MORE DAYS & MORE PLACES
NEW ADDITION – BASILICA OF ST. RITA
ROME, VATICAN, SHRINE OF ST. PADRE PIO, LANCIANO, HOLY HOUSE
OF LORETO, ASSISI, SHRINE OF ST. PEREGRINE IN FORLI, ST
ANTHONY’S BASILICA PADUA & ROSA MYSTICA

07 DAYS/ 5 NIGHTS
DEPARTURE – 29TH MAY 2019
( 06 Day )

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29 MAY


Check in at Colombo Airport for departure to Rome.
You are about to take a wonderful spiritual journey. It is a spiritual experience that you will never forget. A life changing adventure that will impact you for the rest of your life. A soul stirring pilgrimage that will deepen your faith in Lord with the intercession of Mary our Dearest Mother! Our hope is that you will grow in the knowledge of God, be challenged in your continuing search for the truth of God and be encouraged in your faith.

Day 01

Rome

30 MAY


Arrival in Rome. Commence a full day tour of Rome & Vatican City.

Visit St. Peter’s Basilica. The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter is officially known as the Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano and commonly known as St. Peter’s Basilica, is located within the Vatican City.

It has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world, holding 60,000 people. It is the symbolic “Mother Church” of the Holy Catholic Church and is regarded as one of the holiest Christian sites. It can only be described as “the greatest of all churches of Christendom. It is the burial site of Saint Peter, who was the first Holy See and the first in line of the papal succession.

Visit the Basilica of St. John the Lateran. It is the oldest and ranks first among the four Papal Basilicas or major basilicas of Rome (having the cathedral of the Bishop of Rome) It claims the title of ecumenical mother church among Roman Catholics.

Then visit Holy Steps, The Scala Sancta (under renovations), according to the Christian tradition, the steps that led up to the praetorian of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem, which Jesus Christ stood on during his Passion on his way to trial. The stairs were, reputedly, brought to Rome by St. Helena in the 4th Century. For centuries, the Scala Santa has attracted Christian pilgrims who wished to honor the Passion of Jesus.

And proceed to the Basilica of the “Santa Croce” Holy Cross in Jerusalem According to tradition, the basilica was consecrated to house the Passion Relics brought to Rome from the Holy Land by St. Helena of Constantinople, mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine.

Transfer to hotel in Rome for overnight.

Day 02

ROME / PADRE PIO / LANCIANO

31 MAY

MEAL PLAN: BREAKFAST


After Breakfast commence a half day tour of Rome. Proceed to Shrine of Padre Pio, (376 KM)
Visit the Shrine of Padre Pio, St. Padre Pio, also known as Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, O.F.M. Cap., was a friar, priest, stigmatist, and mystic, now venerated as a saint of the Catholic Church. Francesco Forgione was born to Grazio Mario Forgione and Maria Giuseppa Di Nunzio on May 25, 1887, in Pietrelcina, a farming town in the southern Italian region of Campania.
Overnight close to to Lanciano (242KM)

Day 03

LANCIANO / ST. RITA / ASSISI

01 JUN

MEAL PLAN: BREAKFAST


Breakfast at Hotel. Visit the Church of the Eucharistic Miracle in Lanciano. For over Twelve Centuries Lanciano has Contained the first and greatest Eucharistic Miracle of the Catholic Church. This wondrous event took place in the 8th Century A.D. in the little church of St. Legontian, as a divine response to a Basillian monk’s doubt about Jesus’ real presence in the Eucharist.

During Holy Mass, after the two-fold consecration, the host was changed into live Flesh and the wine was changed into live Blood, which was coagulated into five globules, irregular and differing in shape and size. Proceed to visit the Basilica of St. Rita. (New Value Addition) (215 KM)

Basilica of Santa Rita da Cascia is situated in the green hills of Umbria, and is well known for its association with Santa Rita, one of the Church’s most dynamic Saints. Known as the “Saint of the Impossible”, St Rita was blessed with the Stigmata of Christ in the final years of her life. Rita had a hard and difficult life. She lived through just about all states of life any Christian woman can experience – from girlhood, through married life and widowhood, to the Religious Life of an enclosed Augustinian nun. Proceed to Assisi for overnight. (85 KM)

Day 04

ASSISI / LORETO / FORLI

02 JUN

MEAL PLAN: BREAKFAST


Assisi is one of the most interesting cities in Italy with much historical value. Upon arrival you will visit the Assisi Cathedral. This church has been a major church and has been important in the history of the Franciscan Order. In this church Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Clare and many of their original disciples were baptized

Proceed Loreto (140 KM) to visit the Sanctuary of Holy House of Loreto.

The Basilica della Santa Casa (Basilica of the Holy House) is a shrine of Marian pilgrimage in Loreto, Italy. The basilica is known for enshrining the house in which the Blessed Virgin Mary is believed to have lived. Pious devotees believe that the same house was flown over by Angelic beings from Jerusalem to
Tersatto (Trsat in Croatia) then to Recanati before arriving at the current site. Proceed to Forli for overnight (175KM)

Day 05

FORLI / PADUA

03 JUN

MEAL PLAN: BREAKFAST


Visit the Shrine of Saint Peregrine.
Saint Peregrine Laziosi is an Italian saint of the Servite Order (Friar Order Servants of Mary). He is the patron saint for persons suffering from cancer, AIDS, or other illness. His body rests in the Servite church of Forlì, the Basilica of Saint Pellegrino Laziosi. Pope Paul V declared him blessed in 1609 and Pope Benedict XIII canonized him in 1726. The liturgical feast of Saint Pellegrino/Peregrine is on May 1.
Then proceed to Padua (185KM)
Visit St. Anthony’s Basilica. The name of St. Anthony became celebrated throughout the world, and with it the name of Padua. The inhabitants of this city erected to his memory a magnificent church; whither his precious relics were transferred. When the vault in which for thirty years his sacred body had reposed was opened, the flesh was found reduced to dust but the tongue uninjured, fresh and of a lively red color. St. Bonaventure, beholding this wonder took the tongue in his hands and kissed it explaining “O Blessed Tongue that always praised the Lord, and made others bless Him, now it is evident what great merit thou
hast before God”. The fame of St Anthony’s miracles has never diminished, and even at the present day he is acknowledged as the greatest thaumaturgist of the times Overnight in Padua.

Day 06

ROSA MYSTICA / MILAN

04 JUN

MEAL PLAN: BREAKFAST


Breakfast at Hotel

Proceed to the shrine of Rosa Mystica (140 KM)

ROSA MYSTICA – The beginning of the Apparitions at Montichiari in 1947.

Mary appears as the “Rosa Mystica”. Montichiari with its suburb Fontanelle is a small town in Northern Italy, twenty kilometers from Brescia, the bishop’s town. It is situated in front of the Italian Alps in the fertile plain of the river Po. The name means in English, “Bright Mountains”. On a hill lies the old castle of St. Mary and the venerable Church of San Pancrazio.

The Story of “Rosa Mystica” began in 1947 where our dear Mother of Christ appeared to PierinaGilli a nurse by profession, in a room of the hospital she worked in. Our Lady, dressed in a beautiful violet dress and a white veil around her head was very sad, and her eyes were filled with tears and her breast was pierced by three big swords. During her Apparition the words uttered by Our Lady, “Prayer-Penitence-Expiation”. It is said that our Lady had made 7 Apparitions with Miraculous healings. Continue towards Milan (150 KM) for your flight to Colombo in the Evening.

Day 07

COLOMBO

05 JUNE


Arrival Colombo.

Important Notes

Due to weather conditions, traffic delays and flight movements we have the right to alter final program. The order of the Tour Itinerary is subject to change. The number of dates and all the sites will be visited.

Cost per person

Adult Rs 290,000 Per Person
Child under 12 years Rs 280,000 Per Person (Sharing Parent’s Room)
Single SupplementMinimum, of 25 passengers required to operate the tour

Promotional Price valid for 10 Seats only Rs. 260,000

Included on Tour

  • Cost of air passage economy class return international air fare
  • Accommodation twin sharing at 3 star hotels
  • Breakfast
  • Air conditioned coach with driver and Road Toll Fees
  • English speaking guide for tours on program
  • Airport transfers in all cities
  • Entrance fees to certain specified attractions in the program
  • Airport taxes in Sri Lanka and Italy

Not included:

  • Transport to / from Colombo Airport and meals during transits in the airports
  • Tips for the entire tour (Drivers, Guides Hotel staff and Airport representatives
  • Travel Insurance – Conditions Apply, Subject to conditions as per the Insurance Policy. It is compulsory to purchase the Travel Insurance from Qwest Destinations.
  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Visa Fee
  • personal expenses – laundry, telephone, etc
  • Excess baggage charges / Porter-rage in hotels
  • All what is not included

Important instructions

  • Rs 150,000/- deposit at the time of booking Balance payment before 2 months prior to departure
  • Due to exchange fluctuations payment deadlines must be strictly adhered.
  • For delayed payment, exchange fluctuations will apply and prices will be at the current exchange rates. This requirement will be strictly adhered due to violent exchange rate fluctuations.
  • Late payments subject to interest at 20 percent.
  • Itinerary is subject to change but the places will remain same. Any items not mentioned in the included pricing such as government taxes, will be additional if applied.

Entry Visas

We will assist and coordinate in the Documentation. Granting visas would be the sole Discretion, of the Embassy. Qwest cannot be held responsible for the decision of the Embassy.

Deviation

We are working on a group fare. Therefore you will be required to travel in/out together as a group. However, in the event you need to deviate from the group at the end of the tour and stay a longer period or travel to another destination additional cost will apply. All such deviations will be subject to availability of seats.

Cancellations (Promotional Rates)

In the event you cancel your tour following voluntary amounts will be applicable:

120 – 91 days prior to departure No charge
90 – 61 days prior to departure 25% Package Price
60 – 31 days prior to departure 75% Package Price
30 – 0 days prior to departure No refund

Insurance Policy

Prior to submission of Documents for Schengen Visa, the Embassy insists that an INSURANCE POLICY IS SUBMITTED WITH MINIMUM COVER OF EURO 35,000/-

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