Tour Type : Pilgrim & Leisure Tours
Rome - Vatican - Padre Pio - Lanciano - Cascia - Assisi - Padua - Venice - Rosa Mystica - Milan - Lucerne - Engelberg - Interlaken Mount Titlis - Jungfraujoch
Departure from Detroit. Overnight onboard.
Arrive at Rome International Airport.
After Emigration and Customs formalities, meet our representative. Lunch at Restaurant. Transfer to Hotel. Check in.
After Lunch proceed on a city tour of Rome. Visit the main 4 churches . Visit St. John Lateran, one of the major Basilicas, the ‘Scala Sancta’ (Holy Stairs) located across the street where you may climb the same steps on which Our Lord climbed on the way to see Pontius Pilate. Then walk down the park to ‘Santa Croce in Gerusalemme’(Holy Cross of Jerusalem) where incredible relics can be found (fragments of the Holy Cross, one Nail, part of the inscription INRI, two thorns from the Crown of Thorns, fragments of the pillar of the scourging and of the rock of the Holy Sepulcher). We bow these beautiful relics, including the Holy Stairs. Visit Santa Maria Maggiore - another Papal church which has a beautiful 5th century Biblical mosaics. The marble floor, bell tower, and mosaics on the triumphal arch and in the loggia are medieval. The spectacular ceiling is said to be decorated with gold that Columbus brought back from the new world. The fourth patriarchal or papal Church of Rome is Saint Paul Outside the Walls , two kilometres from the San Paolo Gate along Ostiense . It also holds many art treasures and relics including the chains believed to have been used on Paul when he was under arrest. Dinner at Restaurant. Overnight stay at hotel. (Lunch & Dinner)
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed to Visit the Vatican Museum and the world famous ‘Sistine Chapel’– a pure source of inspiration for art lovers. It is also famous for its architecture and the paintings of Michelangelo and Bernini. Visit St. Peter’s Square. Lunch at Restaurant. Proceed on Rome city tour. Visit Trevi Fountain, Collossium (outside view), and monument of Victor Emanuel II. Overnight stay at hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
Breakfast at Hotel. (till 11 a.m. in Rome to complete sightseeing). Proceed to San Giovanni (380 km.) in southern Italy to visit the Shrine of Padre Pio , the second-most visited Catholic shrine in the world. Lunch at Restaurant Enroute. It centers on the tomb of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, a Capuchin friar, priest and mystic known for his devotion to God, care for the sick, and supernatural gifts. He died in 1968 and was declared a saint in 2002. Padre Pio’s tomb inside the Church of Our Lady of Grace (Santa Maria delle Grazie). Here you can see his cell, his confessional, the crucifix from which he received the stigmata, and nearly everything he owned or touched, carefully preserved and labeled. Santa Maria delle Grazie (Our Lady of Grace) is a new church built during Padre Pio's lifetime (1956-59) to accommodate the many pilgrims and worshippers attracted to San Giovanni Rotondo. The east wall bears a splendid mosaic. Behind Santa Maria delle Grazie is the Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church, completed in 2004 and considered a notable example of modern architecture. Designed by the Genoan architect Renzo Piano, it can accommodate 6,500 people seated at worship and 30,000 people standing outside. The shrine also includes a modern Way of the Cross (Via Crucis) on the forested hillside above Santa Maria delle Grazie. The Via Crucis monumentale began construction in 1968 (one day before Padre Pio's death) and completed in 1981. Made of granite with bronze and marble sculptures. It was designed by Sicilian sculptor Francesco Messina. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Breakfast in Hotel. Proceed to Lanciano, a religious destination is related to Eucharistic Miracle that has taken place there. As a matter of fact, in 700 A.D. a monk had doubt about the real presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist during the Celebration. When he was pronouncing the Words of Consecration, the bread became flesh and the wine blood. These relics are saved in the Saint Francesco’s Church. Their authenticity is granted by many examinations made by experts. Beside Saint Francesco’s church, Lanciano offers other important religious places to visit like Santa Maria del Ponte’s Cathedral or Santa Maria Maggiore. Lanciano lies in Abruzzo, a wonderful Italian region that offers great chances to enjoy its naturalistic treasures too like Gran Sasso Mountains or the National Park of Abruzzo, its pastoral traditions, its medieval villages. Lunch at Restaurant. Proceed to Cascia. Visit the church and body of St. Rita, which has remained incorrupt over the centuries, venerated today in the shrine at Cascia, which bears her name. Many people visit her tomb each year. Check into Hotel. Dinner and Overnight stay at hotel.
After breakfast Proceed to Assisi. Assisi is the land of St. Francis and St. Clare. Visit the ‘Porziuncula’ (the first Franciscan house), the place of his death and the thorn-less rose garden. Visit the Basilica of St. Francis, including the tombs of St. Francis and his disciples. The Lower and Upper Basilicas are filled with world famous frescoes that depict the lives of Jesus and St. Francis, as well as other saints. Take a relaxed rosary walk with the Tour Director, visiting other important sights such as the remains of St. Clare and the famous Cross of San Damiano. Lunch at Restaurant. Proceed to Padua. Arrive and check in hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner).
Continental Breakfast in Hotel. Visit the famous basilica of St. Anthony in Padua. The original St. Anthony of Padua Church was built in 1725 by the local Italian community of Istanbul, but was later demolished and replaced with the current building which was constructed on the same location. The current St. Anthony of Padua was built between 1906 and 1912 in the Venetian Neo-Gothic style. Proceed to the pier and board a private boat to the heart of the traditional city of Venice – The St. Mark’s Square. Visit St. Mark’s Basilica. Also visit Murano glass showroom. Lunch at Restaurant. Proceed to Monti Chiari, it was in the spring of 1947 that the Blessed Mother started appearing to nurse Pierina Gilli. She introduced herself as the Mystical Rose and requested that an hour of grace should be kept at noon on December 8th in all the Catholic Churches in the world. Pierina noticed that the Blessed Mother's heart was pierced by three swords: the first sword meaning the unworthy celebration of Holy Mass and Communion unworthily received; the second sword meaning being unfaithful to, and giving up, the vocation as a priest or a religious; and the third sword meaning betrayal of the faith. She appeared a total of eleven times and asked for prayer, sacrifice and penance, and that the 13th day of each month be celebrated as a Marian Day, and that July 13th be celebrated each year in honor of the Rosa Mystica . Drive to Milan. Check into hotel. Dinner & Overnight stay at hotel. (Breakfast /Lunch /Dinner)
Breakfast at hotel. Visit Dumo Cathedral. An orientation tour of Milan. Lunch at Restaurant. Proceed to Switzerland. Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a landlocked country at the confluence of Western , Central and Southern Europe . It is a federal republic composed of 26 cantons , with federal authorities based in Bern . Switzerland is bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. It is geographically divided among the Swiss Plateau , the Alps and the Jura , spanning a total area of 41,285 km (15,940 sq mi) and land area of 39,997 km (15,443 sq mi). Although the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population of approximately 8.5 million is concentrated mostly on the plateau, where the largest cities and economic centers are, among them Zürich , Geneva , Basel and Lausanne . Arrive and check in hotel. Dinner and overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed to Mt Titlis. Our cable car ride includes the world’s first rotating cable car, the Rotair – to the top of Mt. Titlis at 3,020 meters. Do not forget to visit the “Cliff Walk” a suspension bridge along the cliff of Mt. Titlis. Lunch at Mount Titlis. Later enjoy the scenic beauty of Engelberg. Next, we proceed for an orientation tour of Lucerne: See the Lion Monument and Kapellbrucke (Chappel Bridge) with some free time to shop for famous Swiss watches, knives, and chocolates. Back to hotel. Dinner and overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Breakfast at hotel. Proceed to visit Jungfraujoch - Top of Europe, for a memorable encounter with snow and ice, a high–point of your tour! Take a cogwheel train from Lauterbrunnen / Grindelwald Grund to a height of 3,454 meters to Europe’s highest railway station – a world of eternal ice and snow. Visit Ice Palace. Visit the Sphinx observatory deck to view the longest glacier in the Alps. Lunch at Restaurant. Later, visit Interlaken, one of Switzerland’s best-known health and pleasure resorts. Later, visit Interlaken, one of Switzerland’s best-known health and pleasure resorts. Back to hotel. Dinner and overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to airport. Depart with the sweet memories of our Pilgrim & leisure tour of Italy and Switzerland.
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