Day 1 Monday, 13 May
Check-in at airport for overnight flight to Rome.
Day 2 Tuesday, 14 May
Upon arrival in Rome you will meet our guide and transfer into Rome where will have lunch. After lunch we will celebrate the opening Mass of our pilgrimage in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the oldest of the four Papal basilicas in Rome and, time permitting, you will have the opportunity to climb the Holy Stairs. As you make your way to our hotel you will have a panoramic tour of Rome, enjoying views of the Roman Forum, Piazza Venezia and the impressive Victor Emmanuel Monument. You will check into the Domus Carmelitana in Rome where we will stay for two nights.
Todays meals included - Lunch & Evening meal.
Day 3 Wednesday, 15 May
This morning you will attend the Papal Audience in St. Peters Square and afterwards have a tour of the basilica where inside you will see Michelangelos delicate Piet statue, the canopy altar where the Pope celebrates Mass and the crypt of the Popes. You will continue onto the Vatican Museums which contain masterpieces of painting, sculpture and other works of art collected by the popes through the centuries. In the afternoon you will enjoy a guided tour of the impressive Colosseum which has become a symbol of Rome with its long history. Before returning to our hotel you will stop at the famous Trevi fountain, making sure to throw three coins, ensuring your return to the ancient city. Todays meals included - American Breakfast & Evening meal
Day 4 Thursday, 16 May
This morning you will depart Rome and travel to Montecassino. You will celebrate Mass in the famous abbey, home to the sacred relics of St. Benedict, the patron saint of Europe and founder of western monasticism. After free time for lunch you will continue onto the city of Naples where you will have a panoramic tour of the city before visiting the famous cathedral. The cathedral is perhaps best known for the fact that it houses a vial containing the blood of San Gennaro, once the Bishop of Naples and its patron saint. This is where the miracle of the blood is said to occur on certain days of the year. You will continue onto our hotel in Sorrento where you will stay for one night in the Hotel Central. Todays meals included - American Breakfast & Evening meal
Day 5 Friday, 17 May
This morning you will depart Sorrento and travel to the Shrine of St. Philomena. Many miracles were reported, and pilgrims still visit the shrine today. You will celebrate Mass and afterwards receive a blessing with the relic of St. Philomena. After lunch you will travel to San Giovanni Rotondo, home to St. Pio for over fifty years. You will check into the Hotel Colonne where you will stay for two nights. Todays meals included - American Breakfast & Evening meal
Day 6 Saturday,18 May
This morning you will celebrate Mass in the ancient church and afterwards visit the English office where you will receive a blessing with the glove and crucifix of the humble friar. In the afternoon you will visit the capuchin friary. You will see the cell where Padre Pio lived and died and afterwards have time for prayer in front of the crucifix before which Padre Pio received the Stigmata. Our tour will continue with a visit the Church of St. Pio of Pietrelcina where, after a visit to the upper church and time for prayer in the Adoration Chapel you will arrive at the crypt where we will have time for prayer before the mortal remains of this great saint of our time. Todays meals included - American Breakfast Lunch & Evening meal
Day 7 Sunday, 19 May
After breakfast we will depart San Giovanni Rotondo and travel to Lanciano, site of the first Eucharistic Miracle of the catholic church. We will celebrate Mass and afterwards venerate the relics. We will continue onto Manopello to visit the Basilica of the Holy Face. Here we will venerate the mysterious cloth believed to display the true image of Our Lords Face imprinted on the Veil of Veronica. After free time for lunch we will continue onto Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis and St. Clare. We will visit the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli and the chapel of the Porziuncola, birthplace of the Franciscan Order. Afterwards we will check into our hotel where we will stay for one night in the Dal Moro Gallery hotel. Todays meals included - American Breakfast & Evening meal
Day 8 Monday, 20 May
This morning we will celebrate Mass this morning at the Basilica of St. Clare, founder of the Order of the Poor Clares. We will walk through the town of Assisi, visiting the Basilica of St. Francis where we will have time for private prayer at the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi. We will continue onto the town of Loppiano, visiting the Sophia Institute and the Citadel with the shrine of Mary, Mother of God. We will continue onto Florence where we will stay for one night in Hotel Mulino di Firenze. Todays meals included - Breakfast & Evening meal
Day 9 Tuesday, 21 May
This morning we will visit the city of Florence and will understand more why it is often referred to as the Cradle of the Renaissance with its extraordinary art and architectural masterpieces. We will stroll through the narrow-cobbled streets with their elegant 15th and 16th century palaces and visit the Duomo, The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and will see the medieval candle-lit chapels and fresco decorated churches. We will drive to the medieval town of Siena. We will celebrate Mass at the Basilica of San Domenico. Founded by the Dominicans in 1125 as part of their friary, it is closely associated with St. Catherine of Siena and contains her head in a reliquary. After Mass we will have
time at leisure in Siena before continuing onto Rome where we will stay for two nights in the Sheraton Hotel, Fiumicino. Todays meals included - American Breakfast & Evening meal
Day 10 Wednesday, 22 May
This morning we will celebrate Mass at the Basilica of St. Agnese in Piazza Navona and afterwards take a tour of the ancient Catacombs under the city of Rome. The rest of the day will be at leisure for shopping and private sightseeing before returning together to our hotel for evening meal. Todays meals included - American Breakfast & Evening meal
Day 11 Thursday, 23 May
This morning we will check out of our hotel and transfer to Fiumicino airport for our flight to Dubrovnik, Croatia. On arrival in Croatia you will be met by our team of guides and transferred to the Old Town of Dubrovnik for Holy Mass. After Mass, we will take a guided tour of this speculator city. Dubrovniks tempestuous past dates all the way back to ancient times which has wrote a history filled with thrilling adventures, legends and battles. After lunch we will check in to your accommodation in Grand Hotel Park in the Lapad area. Following arrival and settling in, there will be some free time to explore. The hotel is attractively located in gardens of mature pines, cypress trees and oleander flowers. A short walk through the hotel gardens leads to the promenade with an excellent choice of restaurants, bars and cafes. The old city of Dubrovnik is 4 km away by public bus or taxi. Evening dinner in the hotel. Todays meals included - American Breakfast & Evening meal
Day 12 Friday, 24 May
After breakfast, we will be transferred to Medjugorje with a guided escort. Upon arrival in Medjugorje you will be taken to your accommodation in Hotel Woytilja. Following arrival and settling in, there will be an opening meeting and introduction at the shrine of Our Lady Queen of Peace. Hear a talk by one of the Medjugorje priests on the messages of Our Lady. Continue to the Statue of the Risen Lord for a prayer service. After Lunch meet with your guides at the statue of Our Lady to walk through the vineyards, to the Hill of Apparitions (Podbrdo). Listen to the story of the first days of the apparitions and then climb, in prayer, to the site of the first apparition. This evening, after dinner you may
take part in the evening ceremonies of Medjugorje. Todays meals included - American Breakfast & Evening meal
Day 13 Saturday, 25 May
Today we will climb up the Cross Mountain (Krizevac), where we will pray the Stations of the Cross as we make our way to the summit. We return for dinner, followed by the evening services at 6pm. After the evening services you are cordially invited to a free concert - An Evening of Prayer through Song - with David Parkes. Todays meals included - American Breakfast & Evening meal
Day 14 Sunday, 26 May
This morning we have an early Mass at 6am. After Mass the coaches will collect you from your houses and depart for the airport for your return flight. Our transfers always include our own guides who will take excellent care of you.
Todays meals included - American breakfast