Italy & Medjugorje Pilgrimage

This pilgrimage tour will take us to the foundation of our Church, to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome...to the first priest with stigmata St. Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo...to one of the most powerful Eucharistic Miracle Sanctuaries in Lanciano from the 8th century....to the most lovable saint ever St. Francis of Assisi......and at the end to Medjugorje to pray with and to Virgin Mary, Gospa, Queen of Peace!

                                      
                        Rome - San Giovanni Rotondo - Monte San't Angelo - Lanciano - Assisi - Medjugorje
 



Day 1 - DEPARTURE 
Your pilgrimage starts with the overnight intercontinental flight to Italy, to Rome. Meals are served on board the plane.

 

Day 2 - ARRIVAL TO ROME
Arrival at the Rome airport, transfer before starts your Christian Tour of Rome this afternoon. First on your schedule today is the Holy Mass at St. Mary Major Basilica (or any other church we visit today). Then visit the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Cathedral of Rome and was the Papal residence from the 5th Century until the papacy departed to Avignon in France. Across the street, we will visit the Holy Staircase (Scala Sancta) actual stairs that Jesus walked on the day he went to Pilate. Today on Sunday we will try to attend the Angelus with Pope Francis at St. Peter’s Square! We will end our day at our hotel with dinner and first night in Rome.

- First day in Rome, depends on the flight schedule and on the time of the arrival to Rome - 

 

Day 3 - VATICAN, ST. PETER'S & GENERAL AUDIENCE WITH POPE FRANCIS
Today we are up early for General Audience with Pope Francis at St. Peter's Square! After Audience on to the Vatican Museums for visit! Here we will see art masterpieces of painters, sculptors of unknown masters but also of famous Michelangelo, Bernini...from antiquity to Renaissance.... The visit will include walk through Geographical maps Gallery until the Sistine Chapel with the magnificent fresco of The Last Judgment and many more halls and rooms filled with Christian art, history and inheritance of all civilization. Today is also our visit to the heart of Vatican State, St. Peter's Basilica, and underground burial stones with the tomb of St. Peter, and Square dedicated to same Saint. After some free time in the late afternoon for shopping we end our day at our hotel with dinner.

 

Day 4 - ROME HISTORICAL  - SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO 
Our entire morning will be inspirational and educational. Today we will continue our tour by bus sightseeing of Rome and its sites like Piazza Venezia, with King Victor Emmanuel II Monument, passing by the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Imperial Forums (Caesar, Augustus, Trajan), Circus Maximus.… As part of our today's tour, we will go to the Basilica St. Paul Outside the Walls and our tour in Rome finishes with a visit to the Domitilla Catacombs. We will then leave Rome and will be on time for dinner in San Giovanni Rotondo. Hotel near the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace with the tomb of the St. Pio.

 

Day 5 – SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO – MONTE SANT'ANGELO
After Mass and sightseeing at the Shrine of St. Padre Pio you are on your way to Monte Sant´ Angelo. Here we will visit the Grotto where Michael the Archangel had appeared on a few different occasions from the 5th to 17th century. This is an ancient pilgrimage destination visited by many, among them Bishop Karol Wojtyla; Padre Pio loved coming here…..After the visit and lunch break here we will return to the Our Lady of Grace - Sanctuary of St. Padre Pio, free time until dinner, our second overnight in SGR.

 

Day 6 – SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO – LANCIANO – ASSISI 
After the breakfast we will leave SGR and will be heading northwest along the "Autostrada Adriatica," our goal today is Assisi, but before Assisi short stop at Lanciano. The place of one of the greatest Eucharistic Miracles, in the 8th century during Holy Mass the wine turned into blood and the host into flesh. You will spend some time in the church where the relic is exposed and then continue to Assisi. Tonight we are at our hotel in Assisi

 

Day 7 – ASSISI – FIUMICINO ROME AIRPORT – MEDJUGORJE
This early morning after good night rest and breakfast we will have a sightseeing tour of Assisi, the city of Peace, St. Francis and St. Claire. Group will be learning about St. Francis and his life. Your walking guided tour will start at the church of Santa Chiara to see The Cross that spoke to St. Francis and pray his prayer before same Crucifix. Group will learn more about St. Claire the founder of Poor Clair’s and see her incorrupt body. Visit will also include the crypt with the tomb of St. Francis, in the basilica dedicated to the saint. Our tour of the City of Peace will end with "Porziuncola" one of three restored churches of young Francis that nowadays is inside the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. At about noon we are on the way to Rome airport. Same day later in the afternoon flight to Split or Dubrovnik in Croatia and transfer to Medjugorje. Dinner and overnight in Medjugorje near the St. James church and the Shrine of Our Lady Queen of Peace.

 

Day 8, 9, 10, 11 – MEDJUGORJE
On your first morning in Medjugorje after the breakfast you will meet with your local English-speaking guide who will give you an introduction, a little walk from your hotel to the Church St. James just before English language mass at 10:00 am. You will have a chance to participate in many activities during your stay in Medjugorje. With thousands of pilgrims from all over the world you will celebrate daily mass at St. James church. Visiting Bijakovici village, all 6 visionaries come from it, you will go up the Apparition hill, Podbrdo place where Our Lady first appeared. Guide will schedule visits when possible to one or more visionaries, maybe Ivan, Marija, Vicka, Jakov or Mirjana. Each evening at 5:00 pm (at 6:00 pm during summer) you and thousands of other pilgrims will pray The Rosary. All three Mysteries are prayed during the evening program. In Our Lady’s messages it was repeated many times how important is to come to mass where “we meet Jesus alive”. Messages of Prayer of the Rosary, Holy Mass and Confession are the center of the evening program in St. James church. The apparition takes place at 5:40 pm or 6:40 daylight savings time, and even today according to the words of three visionaries apparition takes place every day to Vicka, Ivan and Marija. Mirjana, Jakov and Ivanka are the three visionaries who don’t have daily apparitions but once a year. Pilgrims can attend after evening mass (in Croatian language) on Thursdays and Saturdays Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and on Fridays Veneration of the Cross in the Church. After the Mass, there is the Blessing of the Sick and blessing of the religious items, souvenirs you have with you. Among other activities you will have a chance to climb the “Cross mountain”, Krizevac as local people know it, visit the “Blue Cross”, another place of the apparition of Our Lady.
Each pilgrim will have time for private devotions, lunches, shopping, or simply enjoying your own “Freedom of the Prayer” with the Rosary in your hands!

 

Day 12 MEDJUGORJE - USA
This morning after early breakfast group will leave for Split Airport, flight back home, arrival same day.
 



RATES & DATES:

March 13 - 24, 2017 (rate is based on minimum 25 pilgrims in the group):
Land only..................................................................US$  1690.00
Land and Air from New York................................US$  2990.00
Land and Air from Los Angeles, Miami..............US$  2990.00
Single room supplement.......................................US$    350.00
 

June 12 - 23, 2017 (rate is based on minimum 25 pilgrims in the group): 
Land only..................................................................US$ 1850.00
Land and air from New York................................US$ 3390.00
Land and Air from Los Angeles,Miami...............US$ 3590.00
Single room supplement......................................US$    390.00
 

September 11 - 22, 2017 (rate is based on minimum 25 pilgrims in the group):
Land only..................................................................US$ 1850.00
Land and Air from New York................................US$ 3345.00
Land and Air from Los Angeles...........................US$ 3490.00
Single room supplement.......................................US$   390.00
 

October 16 - 27, 2017 (rate is based on minimum 25 pilgrims in the group):
Land only..................................................................US$ 1850.00
Land and Air from New York................................US$ 3190.00
Land and Air from Los Angeles...........................US$ 3290.00
Single room supplement.......................................US$   330.00
 

December 4 - 15, 2017 (rate is based on minimum 25 pilgrims in the group):
Land only..................................................................US$ 1690.00
Land and Air from Miami,Atlanta........................US$ 2990.00
Land and Air from Los Angeles...........................US$ 2990.00
Single room supplement.......................................US$   320.00
 


 

INCLUSIVE:

  • Airfares USA  – Rome – Split – USA, airport taxes included - SUBJECT TO CHANGE BY THE AIRLINE
  • 13 nights in superior tourist class 3* and first class 4* hotels
  • * 2 nights Rome - 3*  "Domus Carmelitana Hotel" or similar 
  • * 2 nights San Giovanni Rotondo -  4* Hotel "Gran Paradiso" or "Centro di Spiritualita Padre Pio"
  • * 1 night Assisi - 4* Hotel Roseo or similar
  • * 5 nights Medjugorje  - Family run 3* hotels "Pero Sego", "Sulic" , "Dubrovnik" or similar 
  • Daily breakfast and dinner drinks included
  • Escort guide from Rome until Medjugorje
  • Local guides in Rome, San Giovanni Rotondo, Assisi, Medjugorje
  • High-class air-conditioned tourist coach
  • Entrance fees:
    • Vatican Museums
    • Catacombs
  • Headsets (whispers) Vatican Museums & St. Peter's Basilica, St. Paul basilica, St. Francis basilica
  • Daily mass with priest in the group
     

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Travel insurance - recommended
  • Daily lunch as a third meal, visa costs, souvenirs
  • Tips for guides and drivers 
     


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Italy & Medjugorje Pilgrimage