09 Day Rome & Lourdes

09 DAY EUROPEAN PILGRIMAGE TO
ROME, VATICAN, PADUA, ROSA MYSTICA, LOURDES,
NEVERS & PARIS. 09 DAYS/ 7 NIGHTS
DEPARTURE –22ND APRIL 2019.

( 06 Day )

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Day 01

ITALY

22 APR


Check in at Colombo Airport for departure to Italy in the morning.

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.

Arrival in Italy in the evening. Transfer to Hotel for overnight.

Day 02

ROSA MYSTICA – PADUA

23 APR

MEAL PLAN: BREAKFAST & DINNER


After Breakfast Proceed to the shrine of Rosa Mystica.

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.

After proceed to Padua (140 km). Lunch en route. (Not Included)
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.

Dinner and overnight in Rome. (490 KM)

Day 03

ROME

24 APR

MEAL PLAN: BREAKFAST & DINNER


Breakfast at hotel.

Commence a tour of Rome. 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 (Under renovations), The Scala Sancta, 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 dinner and overnight.

Dinner and Overnight in Rome.

Day 04

ROME – LOURDES

25 AUG

MEAL PLAN: BREAKFAST & DINNER


After Breakfast Proceed to take flight to France. Arrive in Lourdes in the night for overnight & Dinner.

The story of Lourdes.
Lourdes is one of the important shrines in Europe.
Why do they come? They come because Lourdes is a different place.

  • A place where Christians can freely express their faith.
  • A place where the sick and people of disability have priority.
  • A place of prayer, of service and fraternity between people
  • A place that children and young people say is “Super”
  • A place where a person can be open to God.

It is a place that people keep returning to.

The story of Lourdes began in 1858 when the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Salubrious. Since then the number of pilgrims has increased each year. It is a place of spirituality that helps people to live in our world today.
The story of Lourdes is written each day by the pilgrims who come here, it is a living story. After 150 years people still come to give thanks.

This year we will give thanks for graces received, we will discern God’s will as we embark into the third millennium. Tour to most important places of interest in Lourdes will be arranged.

Day 05

LOURDES

26 APR

MEAL PLAN: BREAKFAST, LUNCH& DINNER


Attend all church activities in Lourdes including baths. Make sure to take part in the Candlelight Procession.
Lunch, dinner at allocated times. Overnight in Lourdes.

Day 06

LOURDES

27 APR

MEAL PLAN: BREAKFAST, LUNCH& DINNER


Yet another Day of prayers and religious activities in Lourdes. Details of Services in Lourdes will be advised
including Mass at Grotto.

DAY 07

LOURDES – NEVERS – PARIS

28 APR

MEAL PLAN: BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER


Checkout early morning (0200) hours proceed to Nevers with Breakfast box. (750 KM)

Visit St. St. Gillard’s Convent where the uncorrupted body of St. Bernadette lies.

Time to learn about the life of St. Bernadette. When the Mother Superior of the St. Gillard’s Convent announced to her novices that Bernadette would soon be entering the Convent of St. Gildard,she did not hide her joy at seeing “the eyes which had perceived Our Lady.” We taste some of this delight when we see Bernadette in her shrine. Her eyes are closed but she is there! Intact, that face upon which was reflected the marvelous light of the virginal mystery, the Immaculate Conception. Intact, those lips which conversed with the Virgin Mary. Intact,  those hands which guided by the hands of Aquero, painfully scratched the soil of Massabielle and opened for us the miraculous spring of Penance. Intact and present, this heart so tender and so strong which beats for the love
of Jesus and his Mother and their account for all sinners in the world. Intact, as if she had just gone to sleep, and awaits only the angle’s call to rise to her feet. God did not want her to escape totally from our human wretchedness, nor leave her brothers and sisters for whom she gave her life. She is still among us – A. Ravier S.J. Transfer to hotel in Paris (250 KM) for dinner and overnight.

DAY 08

PARIS – COLOMBO

29 APR

MEAL PLAN: BREAKFAST


Commence a 03 hour tour of one of the most fascinating cities in EUROPE – Paris with English speaking guide and visit the chapel of our lady of the Miraculous Medal. A pilgrimage site visited by many. In this chapel, the Blessed Virgin appeared to Saint Catherine Labouré, a Seminary Sister (novice) in the Daughters of Charity in 1830, in order to offer the world a medal.

Thereafter transfer to the airport to take the flight to Colombo.

DAY 09

COLOMBO

30 APR


END OF THE TOUR

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 315,000 Per Person
Child (2- 12 Years) $ 305 Per Person

Promotional Price valid for 10 Seats only Rs. 310,000.

Included on Tour

  • Cost of air passage economy class return international air fare
  • Accommodation twin sharing at 3 star hotels
  • Breakfast, lunch and Dinner as per the Itinerary.
  • 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
  • Tips for the entire tour (Drivers, Guides Hotel staff and Airport representatives
  • Travel Insurance – Up to Age 60 years only / * Conditions Apply, Subject to conditions as per the Insurance Policy. It is compulsory to purchase the Travel Insurance from Qwest Destinations.

Not included:

  • Transport to / from Colombo Airport and meals during transits in the airports
  • Lunch on Day 02, Day 3, Day 4, Day 8 / Dinner on Day 01. Beverages during meals
  • 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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