0922UA0 - Pilgrimage to Italy 10 days from Las Vegas

Airline Name Baggage Information
United Airlines http://bit.ly/yoafSS

Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $125 plus current fuel surcharges of $350 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
UA0922GS 09/22/2020 $4499.00
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Trip Details

Today we depart our home airport to connect with our overnight flight to Rome aboard a wide-bodied jet. We enjoy in-flight movies, dinner and breakfast while aloft.
We arrive in Milan and are greeted by our Tour Manager as we board our motor coach and begin our journey. Our first stop, the Duomo di Milano, one of the largest cathedrals in Italy and a gem of gothic architecture and magnificent stained-glass windows. While there we visit the crypt church and the tomb of St. Charles Borromeo, the first Archbishop of Milan and patron saint of seminarians. Following a break for lunch on our own, we continue to Santa Marie della Grazie, home of Leonardo di Vinci’s famous painting “The Last Supper”. We tour this magnificent church, as well as nearby Sforza Castle, a 15th century renaissance castle, which features numerous works of art and Michelangelo’s last work before his death. We conclude our day with hotel check-in before our “welcome” dinner and overnight in our hotel in Milan.
This morning we journey west to Turin, home of the Shroud of Turin, the famous burial cloth of Jesus Christ! While there we visit the Museum of the Shroud*, Turin Cathedral, as well as the Churches of San Carlos & Santa Cristina. Following a break for lunch on our own, we have an opportunity for afternoon Mass before our drive back to Milan for dinner and overnight in our hotel in Milan.*The shroud is only displayed for limited times during specific years, thus we can’t guarantee it will be on display during this pilgrimage.
This morning we journey east to Montichiari and the Cathedral of Montichiari, dedicated to the Lady of the Assumption, site of the apparitions of Rosa Mystica and home to the wooden statue of Mary Rosa Mystica, engraved on his knees by the artist Perathoner. The Virgin Mary descends the staircase strewn with roses, symbol of the graces She spread on the faithful. While there we celebrate Mass in hon or of Our Lady. Our next stop will be a visit of the hospital building where Peirina Gilli worked as a nurse, as well as the home where she spent the remainder of her life and her tomb. We break for lunch on our own before continuing our journey east to Venice, where we transfer to our hotel in the nearby Mestre area for dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Venice, the Queen of the Cities! The glories that are Venice have attracted Byron, Goethe, Wagner, Shakespeare and now - you! Following Mass in one of her beautiful churches, time is spent this morning walking the sights of Venice: the splendid piazza San Marco and the incredibly rich Byzantine Basilica of San Marco. We marvel at the intricate network of elegant squares lined with stately Renaissance villas and palaces. This afternoon, we are free for shopping, personal adventure or an optional romantic gondola ride through the inner canals of Venice on our own. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Today, after an early morning departure, we journey south to visit Loreto, the site of the Santa Casa or Holy House. Ancient tradition tells us angels carried the house of the Holy Family from Nazareth to Loreto as it was about to be destroyed by Holy Land invaders. While there we celebrate Mass and enjoy a break for lunch on our own before we continue southwards via the coastal highway to the Montesilvano Pescara area for dinner and overnight at our hotel on the shores of the Adriatic Sea.
This morning we visit and pray at Lanciano, the site of the oldest Eucharistic Miracle certified by the Church. After almost eight centuries the Body and the Blood still maintain all the characteristics of fresh human material. Following a stop for lunch on our own, we continue south to San Giovanni Rotondo where we celebrate Mass at the tomb of St. Padre Pio and visit the sanctuary. We transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
We depart early this morning for Subiaco. It was here that St. Benedict and his sister St. Scholastica retired at the end of the 5th Century and built five little monasteries. We visit the Monastery of St. Benedict, which dates from the 13th and 14th centuries. We visit the Sacred Cave where Benedict lived as a hermit for three years. The staircase holds the earliest portrait of St. Francis without his halo or stigmata. While here we celebrate Mass. We stop for lunch on our own before arriving to Rome. Rest of day at our leisure. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
This morning, we make our way to St. Peter's for an audience with Pope Francis (pending if he is in residence). After lunch on our own, we visit St. Paul’s Beyond the Walls. This huge, imposing Basilica, second only to St. Peter’s and one of the largest churches in the Christian world, contains an unusual gallery of papal portraits: 265 tablets portraying the popes of the past. We celebrate Mass here and return to our hotel. This evening we have a farewell dinner at typical roman restaurant. Overnight at our hotel.
This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to the U.S. arriving the same day with memories of a lifetime.