0317LH5 - Rome & Northern Italy Pilgrimage 10 days from El Paso

Trip Flyer
Airline Name Baggage Information
Lufthansa http://bit.ly/yUhPx7

Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $151 plus current fuel surcharges of $402 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
LH0317KM 03/17/2025 $5599.00
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 aloft.
We arrive in Rome this afternoon where we are met by our tour manager, and we continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning, we make our way to St. Peter's for an audience with Pope Francis if he is in residence. After lunch on our own we tour Rome’s sites, passing the Roman Fora, the Arch of Constantine, the Coliseum. We then proceed to St. Paul’s Beyond the Walls and pass through the 1st set of “Holy Doors”. 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. We conclude our day at one of the Catacombs, burial place of early Christians where we view the 2nd and 3rd century fresco paintings. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Following morning Mass at St. Peter's, we pass through the 2nd of the “Holy Doors” during our Holy Year Pilgrimage. We spend this morning seeing the treasures of the Vatican Museum. We marvel at Michelangelo's restored frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Continue to St. Peter's Basilica to view the “Pieta”. This afternoon we visit two of Rome’s major basilicas, St. John Lateran and St. Mary Major passing through the 3rd and 4th of the “Holy Doors”. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
After breakfast we continue to Assisi where we begin at the Basilica of St. Francesco with Mass. After our visit at the basilica and the tomb of St. Francis we begin our walking tour of the village. Included, is a visit to the Church of St. Clare to view the crucifix that spoke to St. Francis. Now for a special treat. We will visit Assisi’s Sanctuary of the Renunciation, a part of the Church of St. Mary Major. There we view the remains of Blessed Carlo Acutis, the first millennial to be beatified dressed in jeans and tennis shoes through a viewing glass on his tomb. We then proceed to the hilltop village of Assisi for dinner and overnight at our hotel.
This morning we travel from Assisi to Padua, burial place of San Antonio de Padua. On our journey, we make a stop in Bologna where we Celebrate Mass at the Tomb of St. Dominic before visiting St. Catherine of Bologna. After her death in 1463, St. Catherine of Bologna appeared to one of the nuns, requesting that her body be placed in the chapel, sitting upright. More than five hundred years later, her body remains incorrupt in the shrine of Corpus Domini. We continue to Padua, arriving at our hotel for dinner and overnight.
We start today with a sightseeing tour of the city, including a visit the university of Padua and the Basilica of Santa Giustina, the Patron Saint of Padua. The rest of the day is devoted to San Antonio de Pauda. We visit the Basilica of St. Anthony, where we will have the opportunity to visit his tomb and celebrate Mass. There will be time for prayer and meditation and will recite the Rosary together. Rest of day at our leisure. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Padua.
Following breakfast we drive to medieval old town of Verona, known for the location of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” We visit the tiny 14th century balcony overlooking a courtyard which is said to be “Juliet’s Home.” We walk the Piazza delle Erbe where we find the Torre dei Lamberti bell tower. We visit Verona Cathedral and celebrate Mass and view “The Assumption of the Virgin”, painted in the 16th century by Titian. You will have some free time to stroll, relax or shop before returning to Padua for dinner and overnight.
Venice, the Queen of the Cities! The glories that are Venice have attracted Byron, Goethe, Wagner, Shakespeare and now - you! We arrive in Venice and take a water taxi to St. Mark’s Square and 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. The rest of the day is free for shopping, personal adventure, or an optional romantic gondola ride through the inner canals of Venice. In the late afternoon we return to our hotel in Padua for dinner and overnight.
Following breakfast, we travel to the airport where we board our flight to return to the USA, where we return with memories of a lifetime where we formed a bond with our fellow pilgrims.