Treasures of Europe: La Salette to Rome

A 12-Day Fully Escorted Pilgrimage to France and Italy
With: Fr. Manny Gelido
October 1-12, 2018

Trip Itinerary:*


Day 1. Monday, October 1: Transatlantic flight to Lyon, France


Day 2. Tuesday, October 2: Lyon – La Salette

Upon arrival in Lyon, board your private motor-coach and drive to La Salette, where the Blessed Virgin Mary’s appearance in the mid-nineteenth century brought a warning to the world that was becoming increasingly secularized and turning away from a life centered in the Catholic spirit. There you will have time to pray and console Our Lady. Enjoy free time to visit the Basilica, the Valley of the Apparitions and a path that follows in the footsteps of the shepherd children, Maximin Giraud and Melanie Calvat. Dinner and overnight in La Salette. (D)


Day 3. Wednesday, October 3: La Salette – Turin

Today, enjoy a guided visit to La Salette shrine, the site where the Virgin Mary appeared in 1846 to Melanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud. A spring forever marks the spot where the Our Lady appeared. Visit the Valley of the Apparitions, where the children saw the vision and heard the message, and the Basilica built to honor the Virgin Mary. Afterwards, time for private devotions in this beautiful shrine in the French Alps. After lunch, depart towards Turin for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)


Day 4. Thursday, October 4: Turin

This morning, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Turin, a town of enormous grace and charm set against the dramatic scenery of the foothills of the Alps. Visit the Duomo, which houses the most venerated relic, the Holy Shroud. It was built in 1497-8 and was dedicated to St. John the Baptist. Afterwards, visit the Basilica of Our Lady Help of Christians to render homage to St. John Bosco, whose remains are housed here. It was originally part of the home for poor boys founded by the saint. The relics of St. Dominic Savio, pupil of St. John Bosco, and St. Maria Mazzarello, are also kept here. Free afternoon, with dinner on your own. (BB)


Day 5. Friday, October 5: Turin – Pisa – Florence

Travel to Pisa, to admire the 180-foot-high amazing Leaning Tower, which was intended to be a campanile for the Cathedral. It was designed to be vertical, and started to incline during its construction. Visit the Cathedral, as well as the Camposanto, considered one of the most beautiful cemeteries of the world. During the 4th crusade (1202-1204), Archbishop Ubaldo Lanfranchi had Pisan knights bring a cargo of soil from the hill of Golgotha back to this city, for the eminent people of Pisa to be buried in holy earth. Afterwards, continue to Florence for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)


Day 6. Saturday, October 6: Florence

Today, visit the Convent of San Marco which was founded in the 13th century and contains the great works of Fra Angelico. Cells and cloisters show the simplicity of the life of the Dominican monks. Also visit the famous Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore, Europe’s fourth largest church and the city’s most famous symbol. Admire its marble pavement and Brunelleschi’s large red dome. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure with dinner on your own. (BB)


Day 7. Sunday, October 7: Florence – Assisi

Upon arrival in Assisi, visit St. Mary of the Angels Basilica housing the Porziuncola Chapel, where St. Francis spent most of his life; the rose bush; and the cave where the saint retired for prayer. In the afternoon, visit the massive 13th-century Basilica of St. Francis, where his remains are kept. Then, visit the Church of St. Clare to venerate the saint’s relics. She was the foundress of the Order of Poor Clares and followed the teachings of St. Francis by living in poverty and humility. Dinner and overnight in Assisi. (BB, D)


Day 8. Monday, October 8: Assisi – San Giovanni Rotondo

This morning, depart for the town of San Giovanni Rotondo. Upon arrival, enjoy a sightseeing tour of sites related to St. Padre Pio. Visit the tomb of St. Padre Pio, tour the sanctuary, see the old church and the crucifix from which he received the stigmata in 1918. See the confessional where St. Padre Pio spent hours with a multitude of pilgrims. Dinner and overnight in San Giovanni Rotondo. (BB, D)


Day 9. Tuesday, October 9: San Giovanni Rotondo – Rome

Free morning in San Giovanni Rotondo for private devotions. Early in the afternoon, depart towards Rome for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)


Day 10. Wednesday, October 10: Rome

This morning head to the Vatican to attend the weekly Papal Audience. Afterwards, enjoy a walking tour of downtown Rome beginning with the Pantheon, the best-preserved monument of ancient Rome thanks to its transformation into a church in 609. Continue to the magnificent church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, one of the few Gothic structures in Italy, which houses the tomb of St. Catherine of Siena, patron saint of Italy. Visit St. Ignatius Church to venerate the relics of St. Aloysius Gonzaga and St. John Berchmans. Continue to the Trevi Fountain, Rome’s largest and most famous fountain; and the Spanish Steps, in the heart of the Piazza di Spagna. Tonight, dinner is on your own. (BB)


Day 11. Thursday, October 11: Rome

Today at the world-famous Vatican Museums, see the impressive collection of art and sculptures from centuries of Church history, including the Sistine Chapel. Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, constructed on the site of St. Peter’s tomb, and home to  a portion of the wood of the True Cross and part of the lance that pierced Christ’s side. Afterwards, visit St. John Lateran Basilica, the mother of all churches and the cathedral of the bishop of Rome, and the Scala Santa, containing the Holy Stairs that Christ ascended during His Passion in Pontius Pilate’s palace. Continue to the Basilica of Holy Cross in Jerusalem, founded by Constantine in 320 to house the relics of Christ’s Passion, brought back from the Holy Land by his mother, St. Helena. Finally, visit the Basilica of St. Mary Major, which houses two of Christianity’s greatest treasures: the manger from Bethlehem in which the Baby Jesus was laid, and a painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Salvation of the Roman people. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with music. Overnight in Rome. (BB, FD)


Day 12. Friday, October 12: Return to USA

Early this morning, transfer to Rome’s airport for your flight back to the USA. (BB)



Breakfast (B); Buffet Breakfast (BB); Lunch (L); Dinner (D); Farewell Dinner (FD)


 * In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.


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