Catholic Shrines of Italy Tour - BHT0008

Italy Catholic Sanctuaries and Shrines

The most popular pilgrimage tour to Italy 
visits the most significant and spiritually inspiring Catholic shrines and sanctuaries. We will start exploring Italy from Rome and the Vatican. On this 13 days tour, which ends in Milan, we will "meet with "dozens" of saints, explore abbeys and convents, pray at the eucharistic miracle sanctuary, visit places Archangel Michael appeared at, and St. Anthony preached!

We are sure the list of places is inspiring enough for you to join us or take your group or parish on tour to the Shrines of Italy!

Who we meet and learn about on this pilgrimage, St. John Paul II, St. BenedictSt. Padre Pio, St. Francis, St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Anthony, St. Claire, St. Marc, St. Ambrosius, St. Catherine....and many more! 

 

                                   Rome * Montecassino * San Giovanni Rotondo * Lanciano * Monte San't Angelo 

                                                             Loreto * Assisi * Siena * Venice * Padua * Milan                                                                           

 

 


 

Day 1 DEPARTURE (always Monday)

Depart from your gateway airport/city, an intercontinental flight to Europe, and your final destination is Rome, Italy.
 

Day 2 ARRIVAL TO ROME

We will arrive at the Rome airport; you will meet with Blue Heart Travel tour escort, and your Christian tour of Rome can begin. First, on our schedule, today is the Holy Mass at St. Mary Major basilica and a visit to St. John Lateran Cathedral. This is the Cathedral of Rome and was a Papal residence from the 5C until the papacy departed to Avignon in France. Today we will also see the nearby Holy Staircase (Scala Sancta) actual stairs that Jesus Christ walked on the day he went to Pilate. We will end our day at the hotel, have dinner, and overnight.

 

Day 3 AUDIENCE AT ST. PETER'S & VATICAN MUSEUMS

Today we have an early breakfast to be on time for the general audience with Pope Francis at St. Peter's Square. Following is a visit to the Vatican Museums, where we will see art masterpieces of Michelangelo, Bernini… We will walk through the Gallery of the Geographical map, the Sistine Chapel with the magnificent fresco of The Last Judgment, and many more halls and rooms filled with Christian paintings, sculptures, tapestry, and art from the Greeks & Romans until modern times. On the same day is our visit to the heart of the Vatican State, St. Peter's Basilica, and underground burial stones with the tomb of St. Peter and Pope John Paul II's tomb chapel and end at the Square. After some free time in the late afternoon for shopping, we end our day in our hotel with dinner.

 

Day 4 ROME HISTORICAL

Today we will tour Rome and first go to the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls and then the Domitilla Catacombs. As the second part of our today's tour, we will be sightseeing, walking from the ColiseumImperial forums (Caesar, Augustus, and Trajan), via Piazza Venezia, with King Victor Emanuel II monument, Piazza di Spagna, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona - truly the best of Rome!. Our entire day will, for sure, be inspirational and educational. Return to our hotel for the third overnight in Rome.

 

Day 5 ROME - Abbey of MONTECASSINO - SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO 

After breakfast, we leave Rome. After about 3 hours of driving, we are at Montecassino, a magnificent Benedictine abbey on the top of the mountain. This monastery was founded and built by St. Benedict (patron saint of Europe) around 529 on the remains of a Roman fortification. After the visit, we continue to San Giovanni Rotondo, to the church of Our Lady of Grace with the tomb of St. Pio. Dinner, and overnight in San Giovanni Rotondo.

 

Day 6 SAINT PADRE PIO - MONTE SAN'T ANGELO  & Michael Archangel 

After breakfast, we will spend the morning in the sanctuary of St. Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo, walk to the church of Our Lady of Grace, celebrate the mass, and visit St. Pio's tomb. After sightseeing at the Shrine of St. Padre Pio, we are on the way to Monte Sant´ Angelo to visit the Grotto, where Michael Archangel had appeared on a few occasions in the period from the 5th to 17th century. Return to our hotel, dinner, and overnight in San Giovanni Rotondo.

 

Day 7 SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO - LANCIANO - LORETO

This morning we will leave Saint Pio, and head northwest, to Lanciano, to the great Eucharistic Shrine from the 8th century. Time for prayer in the church before the relic above the main altar. Lunch break, and we will continue to Loreto. Loreto is a beautiful little town where a church dedicated to Saint Mary was there already in the 14th century. Legend says that the House of the Holy Family was miraculously transferred from Nazareth, while probably some parts were brought here by the crusaders.
"The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary, and She Conceived of the Holy Spirit" - words that in Loreto in the House of the Holy Family touch us even more profoundly. On the ruins of the house, one can see the actual place of the event. Tonight we will stay in Loreto for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 8 LORETO - ASSISI, ST. FRANCIS AND ST. CLAIRE

After the visit and Holy Mass in the Basilica of Loreto, sometime after the lunch break, we will drive to the Assisi to the Town of Peace, an encounter with St. Francis and St. Claire. Group will have free time to visit the crypt of the St. Francis tomb, see the reliquary, frescoes made by Giotto and Cimabue, an early part of the evening is free until dinner in our hotel.

 

Day 9 ASSISI

This morning we will continue exploring and learning about St. Francis and his life. Our guided tour will start at the church of Santa Chiara to see The Cross that spoke to St. Francis and pray his prayer before the same Crucifix. We will learn more about St. Claire, the founder of Poor Claire’s, and see her incorrupt body. We will go down to the "Porziuncola," one of three restored churches by young Francis that nowadays is embraced by the basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. Today private Holy Mass for the group is in the Basilica of St. Francis. Dinner and overnight are at our hotel in Assisi.

 

Day 10 ASSISI - SIENA, ST. CATHERINE - PADUA

Today we leave Assisi for Padua via Siena. We will walk through the lively city of Siena, the birthplace of St. Catherine, Virgin, and Doctor of the Church; we will stroll through the streets from the church hosting the relics of St. Catherine to the Piazza del Campo! In Padua, we will arrive in the late afternoon and visit St. Anthony's Basilica if time permits. Tonight we are in Padua for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 11 VENICE

Today is the entire day excursion to Venice. The short water taxi "sails" to the city, and we start with the Holy Mass in the Cathedral of St. Marc. Sightseeing will include St. Marc Square with the basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, and a walk to the Grand Canal & Rialto Bridge. After a two-hour tour, we will have some free time for shopping, starting from the Rialto Bridge with hundreds of souvenir shops and restaurants. The beauty of Venice is ours for the entire afternoon. We will return to Padua in the early evening, have dinner, and overnight at our hotel in Padua or the area.

 

Day 12 PADUA - MILAN

After the morning Holy Mass in the basilica of St. Anthony of Padua and a city tour of about 2 hours, we will go to Milan, the city of St. Ambrose. Here we will visit the Sforza palace seat of the Dukes of Milan, Il Duomo or Cathedral of Milan, 357 feet high church with 3600 statues of different dimensions, the Cathedral that was built in 1386. On our walk through the center, passing by the famous Opera House "Scala." In the late afternoon, some free time for shopping. Our farewell dinner is in one of the typical Italian restaurants near "Il Duomo" Cathedral and "Galleria Vittorio Emanuele." Hotel in Milan, our last overnight in Italy!

 

Day 13 MILAN - USA, FLIGHT HOME

After breakfast, transfer to Milan International airport, flight back home – arrival the same day.

 


 

DATES & RATES for 2023 & 2024 - based on a minimum of 25 people in a group:

 

May 8 - 20, 2023:
Land and Air..........New York JFK, Philadelphia PHL............................US$ 3790.00
Land and Air..........Los Angeles, LAX, Houston......................................US$ 3860.00
Land and Air..........Miami, Orlando........................................................US$ 3790.00
Land only................................................................................................US$ 2470,00

 

July 10 - 22, 2023:
Land and Air..........New York JFK, Philadelphia PHL............................US$ 3840.00
Land and Air..........Los Angeles, LAX, Houston......................................US$ 3960.00
Land and Air..........Miami, Orlando........................................................US$ 3890.00
Land only................................................................................................US$ 2380,00

 

October 9 - 21, 2023:
Land and Air..........New York JFK, Philadelphia PHL............................US$ 3730.00
Land and Air..........Los Angeles, LAX, Houston......................................US$ 3790.00
Land and Air..........Miami, Orlando........................................................US$ 3740.00
Land only................................................................................................US$ 2490,00

 

April 12 - 24, 2024:
Land and Air..........New York JFK, Philadelphia PHL............................US$ 3650.00
Land and Air..........Los Angeles, LAX, Houston......................................US$ 3720.00
Land and Air..........Miami, Orlando........................................................US$ 3670.00
Land only................................................................................................US$ 2390,00

 

June 17 - 29, 2024:

Land and Air..........New York JFK, Philadelphia PHL............................US$ 3790.00
Land and Air..........Los Angeles, LAX, Houston......................................US$ 3890.00
Land and Air..........Miami, Orlando........................................................US$ 3840.00
Land only................................................................................................US$ 2490,00

 

September 23 - October 5, 2024:

Land and Air..........New York JFK, Philadelphia PHL............................US$ 3590.00
Land and Air..........Los Angeles, LAX, Houston......................................US$ 3690.00
Land and Air..........Miami, Orlando........................................................US$ 3590.00
Land only................................................................................................US$ 2540,00

 

Prices are informative and will be confirmed only once the airline reservation is made in the client's name!



INCLUDES:

  • Airline tickets and airport taxes from your departure city - SUBJECT TO CHANGE BY THE AIRLINES
  • 11 nights in 4* first-class hotels 
  • Dinner and breakfast daily, drinks included
  • Escort guide from Rome to Milan
  • Local English-speaking guides in Rome, Montecassino Abbey, Assisi, Siena, Padua, Loreto, Venice & Milan
  • High-class tourist coach from Rome to Milan
  • Water taxi for the excursion to Venice
  • Entrance fees to :
    • Vatican Museums
    • Catacombs
    • Basilica St. Francis & St. Peter's Basilica in Rome
  • Headsets, whispers for all city tours and visits, the whole trip
  • Farewell dinner in Milan, Italian cuisine 3 courses, prosecco & wine or soft drinks included
  • Daily Holy Mass with the priest with the group
  • Tickets for the General Audience with Pope Francis (no costs involved) 

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Lunch daily
  • Tips for guides, drivers, and hotel staff
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa costs for passports that require a Schengen visa
  • Porterage of luggage in/out hotel
  • Travel insurance - strongly recommended (Insurance quote available here)  
     


GROUP RATES AVAILABLE  - CUSTOM-MADE TOUR
ENGLISH or SPANISH SPEAKING TOUR GUIDES

TRAVEL FREE WITH YOUR GROUP ALREADY FROM 15 PILGRIMS
FIRST-CLASS OR BUDGET & CONVENT TYPE HOTELS
PRIVATE HOLY MASS DAILY  ARRANGED FOR YOUR GROUP


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