12 Day Rome, Lourdes & Fatima

12 DAY EUROPEAN PILGRIMAGE TO
ROME, VATICAN, PADUA, ROSA MYSTICA, LOURDES,
PARIS & FATIMA
12 DAYS/ 10 NIGHTS. DEPARTURE –14th APRIL 2019
Celebrate Easter in Fatima and Holy Week in Lourdes - 2019
( 06 Day )

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Day 01

ITALY

14 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

15 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

16 APR

MEAL PLAN: BREAKFAST & DINNER


Breakfast at hotel.

Commence a half day 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

17 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

18 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

19 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 – FATIMA

20 APR

MEAL PLAN: BREAKFAST & DINNER


Checkout early morning (0200) hours proceed to Fatima with Breakfast box. (1,035 KM)

Transfer to hotel in Fatima for dinner and overnight.

DAY 08

FATIMA

21 APR

MEAL PLAN: BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER


Breakfast at hotel.

Half day tour of Fatima visiting important sights in Fatima

We will visit the Sanctuary of Fatima, Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, which holds the tombs of the nowdeceased children who witnessed the apparitions, the Chapel of Apparitions and the Basilica of the Holy Trinity.

Then proceed to Aljustrel in order to visit the Little Sheppard’s Houses and place of the Angel’s 2nd Apparition. We will also visit Valinhos, where the Virgin Mary appeared on 19th of August and Loca do Anjo – place of the Angel’s 1st and 3rd Apparitions.

The Apparition of Fatima – On 13 May 1917, three children were pasturing their little flock in the Cova da Iria, Parish of Fatima, town of Vila Nova de Ourem, today the diocese of Leira-Fatima. They were, Lucia de Jesus aged 10, and her cousins Francisco and JactiganaMarto aged 9 and 7.About midday, after praying
the Rosary, as was their custom, they were amusing themselves building a little house of stones scattered around the place where the Basilica now stands. Suddenly they saw brilliant light and thinking it to be lightning, they decided to go home. But as they went down the slope another flash lit up the place and they
saw on the top of a holmoak(where Chapel of Apparitions now stands), a “Lady more brilliant than the sun”, from whose hands hung a white rosary.

The Lady told the three little shepherds that it was necessary to pray much, and she invited them to return to the Cova da Iria during five consecutive months on the 13th day of June, July, September and October, the Lady appeared to them again and spoke to them in Cova da Iria. On the 19 August the apparition took
place at Valinhosabout 500 meters from Aljustrel, because on the 13th the children had been carried off by the local administrator to Vila Nova de Ourem.

At the last apparition, on the 13 October with about 70,000, people present, the Lady said to them that she was the “Lady of the Rosary”and that a chapel was to be built there in her honour. After the apparition all present witnessed the miracle promised to the three children in July and September; the sun, resembling a silver disc could be gazed at without difficulty and whirling on itself like a wheel of fire, it seemed about to fall upon the earth. Afterwards when Lucia was a religious sister of St Dorthy,Our Lady appeared to her again in Spain(10 December 1925, 15 February 1926, in the convent of Pontevedral, and on the night of 13/14 June 1929, in the convent of Tuy,requesting the devotion of the five first Saturday (to pray the rosary, meditate on the mysteries of the rosary, confess and receive Holy Communion, in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary).,and consecration of Russia to the same Immaculate Heart. This request had been announced by the apparition on 13 July 1917, in what is called “the secret of Fatima”.

After Lunch Visit St. Anthony’s Basilica in Lisbon (120 KM) Visit Santarem – Eucharistic Miracle (Optional) Church of the Holy Miracle is home to a 13th-century Eucharistic miracle. The shrine is among the most famous of its kind and is visited by thousands of pilgrims.

All meals provided at the hotel, Dinner and Overnight stay at hotel in Fatima

DAY 09

FATIMA

22 APR

MEAL PLAN: BREAKFAST, LUNCH & DINNER


Details of the Services in Fatima will be advised including Masses. Free time given to visit places of interest in Fatima and attend the church services. All meals provided at the hotel Dinner and Overnight stay at hotel in Fatima.

DAY 10

FATIMA / PARIS

23 APR

MEAL PLAN: BREAKFAST & DINNER


After Breakfast transfer to the airport. Arrival in Paris.

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.

Dinner and Overnight stay at hotel in Paris.

DAY 11

PARIS / COLOMBO

24 APR

MEAL PLAN: BREAKFAST


After Breakfast transfer to the Airport to take the flight to Colombo.

DAY 12

COLOMBO

25 APR


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 (Twin Sharing) Rs 410,000 Per Person
Child (2- 12 Years) Rs 420,000 Per Child

Promotional Price valid for 10 Seats only Rs. 375,000

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
  • Airport taxes in Sri Lanka and Portugal
  • 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 7, Day 10 / 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 200,000/- 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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