Pligrimage to Marian Shrines on 23 September 2017, 16 Days

ITALY/ VATICAN/ MEDJUGORJE/ SWITZERLAND/ FRANCE / SPAIN / PORTUGAL ON 23 SEPTEMBER 2017, 16 DAYS

Highlights & Places to be visited:

LISBON / FATIMA/ AVILA/ MADRID/ ZARAGOZA /LOURDES/ LORETO/ PARIS I ENGELBERG/ MONTHICHIARI/ PADUA/ ANCONA/ SPLIT/ MEDJUGORJE/ ASSISI/ ROME/ VATICAN/ PAPEL ADUENCE/ST.SEBASTIAN CATACOMB/ ROTONDO/ LANCIANO.

Day 1: 23 Sep 2017: Cochin – Dubai-Rome
Assemble at Cochin airport 0730am, Depart from Cochin to Dubai at 1030am on EK 0531& arrive Dubai and connect EK 95 to Rome at 0910 and arrive Rome at 2025hrs.On arrival meet our driver and proceed for Dinner and overnight in Rome.

Day 2: 24 Sep 2017: Rome& Vatican
After the breakfast at the Hotelproceed to Visit Vatican Museum, Cistein Chapel and St. Peters Basilica and finish it with Angelus Blessing of Pope Francis at 12noon and then Lunch. Post Lunchproceeds to Visit St. Sebastian Catacombs, orientation Tour in Vatican, Coliseum, Holy steps, Lateran Basilica, Mary major Basilica Visit. Holy Cross of Jerusalem, Local Dinner in Rome and overnight stay in Rome.

Day 3: 25 Sep 2017: Rome – Rodondo–Lanciano
After the breakfast at the hotelVisit Tre Fontana Visit, St Paul at the Three Fountains is a church dedicated to St Paul the Apostle, at the presumed site of his martyrdom in Rome. In Latin it is known as Sancti Pauli ad Aquas Salvias (St Paul at AquaeSalviae). Legend relates that, when St Paul was decapitated, his head bounced three times and fountains miraculously sprang up at each place where it touched the ground. However, the springs, called the AquaeSalviae. Then after proceed to visit Padre Pio the greatest saint in last century, visit the incorrupt body of Saint.San Giovanni Rotondo (176 –kms -03:30_hrs). The Shrine of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo, southern Italy, is the second-most visited Catholic shrine in theworld. It centers on the tomb of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, a Capuchin friar, priest and mystic known for his devotion to God, care forthe sick and supernatural gifts. He died in 1968 and was declared a saint in 2002. Padre Pio is admired for his fervent love of Christ and the Virgin Mary and is known as the great mystic of modern times. He is reported to have experienced a wide variety of supernatural abilities and miraculous events including: thereading of souls; prophecy;
bilocation(being in two places at once);the odor of sanctity; discernmentof spirits;Living on very little sleep; miraculous healings; personal visitsfrom Jesus and Mary;and dailyCommunication with his guardian angel an then proceed and Dinner & overnight in Lanciano.

Day 4: 26 Sep 2017: Lanciano– Assisi – Loreto - Ancona
After the breakfasts at the hotel proceed to Lanciano, which is an Ancient Anxanum, the city of the Frentanese, has contained for over twelve centuries the first and greatest Eucharistic Miracle of the Catholic Church. This wondrous Event took place inthe 8th century A.D. in the little Church of St. Legontian, as a divine response to a Basilian monk's doubt about Jesus' Real Presence in the Eucharist. During Holy Mass, after theTwo-fold consecration, the host was changed into live Flesh and the wine was changed into live Blood, which coagulated into five globules, irregular and differing in shape and size. The Host-Flesh, as can be very distinctly observed today, has the same dimensions as the large host used today in the Latin Church; it is light brown and appears rose-colored. Visit the Chapel of Eucharistic Miracle in Lanciano and Proceed toAssisi. Lunch in Assisi
AssisiVisit inside San Francesco Basilicavisit to Cathedral of San Ruffino included 15 minutes walking distance from coach drop off point and then visit to Santa Maria DegliAngeli Church, including theThorn less Rose bush and Porziuncola chapel which are inside the church. Entrance to San Damiano monastery is included if time permit, Lunch and proceed to Loreto to visit the house of Holy Family, The basilica is known for enshrining the house in which the Blessed Virgin Mary is believed to have lived and then move to Ancona to board your Ferry to Split. Dinner and Overnight stay on board.

Day 5: 27 Sep 2017: Split - Medjugorje
After breakfast on board, proceed to visit the mount of apparition. Medjugorje is a town located in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina, around 25 km (16 miles ) southwest of Mostar and close to the border of Croatia. The town is part of the municipality of Citluk. Since 1981, it has become a popular site of religious pilgrimage due to reports of apparitions of the Virgin Mary to six local Catholics. Check in Hotel. Lunch at Restaurant. Proceed to visit the church .The name Medjugorje literally means "between mountains". At an altitude of 200 m (660 ft) above sea level it has a mild Mediterranean climate. The town consists of an ethnically homogeneous Croat population of over 4,000. The Roman Catholicparish (local administrative and religious area) consists of five neighbouring villages: Medjugorje, Bijakovici ,Vionica, Miletina and Surmanci . Dinner and Overnight in Medjugori.

Day 6: 28Sep 2017: Medjugorje – Crickvenica
After the breakfast at the hotel, last minutes prayer activities at the church, Lunch at the hotel, then after proceed to Crikvenica is the largest settlement on the coast of the Vinodol coastal area, Croatia, and developed on the site of Roman era settlement and military base called Ad Turres. Population 6,860, total municipality population 11,122 with 90% Croats.Dinner and Overnight in Crickvenica.

Day 7: 29Sep 2017: Crickvenica - Padua – Montechiari - Bergamo
After the breakfast, proceed to Padua (290km),visit the Basilica of St. Antony of Padua to venerate the incorrupt body of St. Antony of Padua, known as even matchmaker of young couple. After Lunch, then proceed to Montichiari. In the Spring of means: the unworthy celebration of Holy Mass and Communion unworthy received; the 1947, whilst praying in the chapel of the local hospital in Montichiari, nurse PierinaGilliin Her eyes. Pierina noticed that Her heart was pierced by three swords; The first sword had an unforgettable Experience. Mary, the Mother of God, appeared to her in a wonderful vision and magnificent light, as the exalted Lady, dressed in mauve, very sad and with tears meaning of the second sword is: being unfaithful to, and giving up, the vocation as a priest or a religious; and the third sword means: betrayal of the Faith. Our Lady asked for Prayer, Sacrifice, and Penance. Then proceed to Padua to venerate the incorrupt body of St. Antony of Padua, known as even matchmaker of young couple. Later Proceed to Bergamo. Dinner and Overnight stay.

Day 8: 30Sep 2017: Bergamo –Engelberg- Mount Titlis (290km)
After the breakfast at the hotel proceed to Engelberg, the land of snow and cheese, the land of natural beauty, glaciers, green meadow, mountains covered with snow, Chocolates, Cheese and much more. After lunch at Trubseerestaurant, get ready for unforgettable journey of cable car ride at Engel berg - Titlis, which is 13500 feet high. Later check-in hotel and dinner and Overnight stay in Engelberg.
 
Day 09: 01 Oct 2017: Engelberg – Lucern – Paris (667km)
After the Breakfast Proceed to visit Lucerne(35 km), the Romantic city in Switzewrland for buying souvenirs and proceed for a long distance journey to Paris: If Time permits we visitEiffel Tower 2nd level, Dinner at hotel and overnight stay in Paris.

Day 10: 02 Oct 2017: Paris
After the breakfast, visit or see TO LES INVALIDES INCLUDING, Notra Dam Church and Miraculous medal church & Tomb of Vincent de Paul. Lunch/ Dinner at the hotel or restaurant. Overnight in Paris.

Day 11: 03 Oct 2017: Paris – Lourdes (829km)
After Breakfast proceeds to Lourdes by TGV,Visit to grottes de l'apparition (also called grottemassabielle) included; Visit to the baths (or healing waters).Attend mass, view of Eucharistic Procession and blessing of the sick included. Evening attend Candle light procession (01 hr duration) starting from the grotto. Dinner at hotel menu: 4 course menu.

Day 12: 04 Oct 2017: Lourdes – Zaragoza - Madrid
After the breakfast at the hotel, free time in Lourdes for prayers and after lunch at the hotel proceed to Zaragoza and visit the basilica of Our Lady of Pillar. Our Lady of the Pillar is the name given to the Blessed Virgin Mary in connection with an ancient Spanish tradition that she appeared to the Apostle James the Greater as he was praying by the banks of the Ebro at Zaragoza. Mary is often depicted carrying the Christ Child on her arms resting above a pillar, sometimes carried by angelic cherubs.Dinner and overnight at Zaragoza.

Day 13: 05 Oct 2017: Madrid – Avila - Fatima
After the breakfast,proceed then proceed to Madrid and view of Plaza Espana. And view of Royal Palace and then transfer to Avila. Visit to Santa Theresa convent (museum not included).Entrance to Santo Tomas Monastery, and Dinner and Overnight inFatima.

Day 14: 06 Oct 2017: Fatima - Lisbon
After breakfast Proceed to Fatima.According to the Catholic Church, the Virgin Mary appeared at Fatima, Portugal numerous times in 1917 to three little shepherds named Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. Since the Roman Catholic Church has endorsed and fully accepted these visions as being from God and they have in turn affected hundreds of millions of people over the years by their messages these are very important Marian apparitions. The Bible commands Christians to test all things, which includes visions: Visit to Basilica of Our Lady, visit to house of Francisco and Jacinta. Then visit to chapel of apparitions.After Lunch proceed to Lisbon Dinner and overnight stay in Lisbon

Day 15: 07 Oct 2017: Lisbon - Dubai
After the breakfast the hotels check-out the room and proceed for our last stage of our Pilgrimage to visitJeronimosMonastry(Belem) including view of the Tomb of Vasco Da Gama and the cloisters. Visit St. Antony’s Cathedral(Santo Antonio birth place) (better known as Saint Anthony of Padua), revered as a matchmaker, protector of young brides, and patron of the lost and found, and was actually born in Lisbon, on the site of this church, later proceed to airport to catch our onward flight to Dubai on EK 192 at 1415 and which reach in Dubai at 01:10hrs.

Day 16: 8 Oct 2017: Dubai – Cochin
Connect EK 530 at 0320hrs and reach in Cochin at 0900hrs which beautiful memories.

Tour Cost: Rs 2,17,500/-
(Based on Minimum 40 payingpax travel together)

Cost Includes:
•    Accommodation as per Itinerary in 3/4star hotel on twin sharing basis for 14 nights 15 days.
•    8 countries included
•    Return confirmed Air ticket on Emirates on economy class from Cochin.
•    Multiple entries Schengen Visa fees.
•    Overseas Mediclaim insurance
•    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
•    Sightseeing and monument entry fee as per Itinerary
•    All transfers as per the itinerary.
•    English speaking guide as per the itinerary
•    All prevailing Taxes
•    Cap / Tag /  Ticket Jacket
•    Tips to the guides and drivers
•    Italian hotel taxes.
•    Convenient Carry Bag
•    Convenient Cap
•    Service of Malayalam & European Language Tour director service from India.
•    GST @ 4.5%

TERMS & CONDITIONS:
•    The above cost is based on minimum 45pax travelling together (Including free place). Surcharges may apply for less no. of pax.
•    The tour will be operated subject to min. 45paying passengers (including free place). In the event that group size is less, you will be given an option of travelling another departure date.
•    Booking Deposit Fees: Rs.50000.00 per person
•    Cancellation Policy- 30days & above- Full refund
                                    29-15 days- 50% Refund
                                    14-0 days- 0% Refund
•    Surcharges apply for any trade fair/special event in city.
•    Child age ? 2-9 years. Above 9 years is considered as an adult.
•    We reserve the right to use alternative accommodation, sightseeing tours and transfer of equal or higher standard.

•    No refunds either in part or full will be made for any unused services in above package like ground transportation, meals, accommodation, sightseeing tours.
•    Visa Fees not refundable at any circumstance.
•    Visa granting is the sole discretion of the Visa officer at the respective consulate.Applicants should go for the personal interview at Italian consulate at their own cost, if they are called for the personal interview.
•    Payment for the tour must be made as per the invoice, payment terms & conditions.
•    No deviation is not permitted from the group, whatsoever.

Cancellation Policy.
•    45- 22 days prior to commencement of services: 20% of the total price.
•    21- 15 days prior to commencement of service: 50 % of the total tour price.
•    14 – On departure day and later: 100% of total tour price.

VISA PROCESSING:
Visa Processing Requires 15 working days, how ever since this is a group departure we would require all documents one month prior to departure.

Documents Required
•    Valid Passport with a minimum validity of 6 months
•    3 Photographs ( As per the specification from Italian Consulate )
        (35x45mm, White Background, Up to Neck)
•    Last 3 yrs Income tax certificates
•    Last 6 months bank statement with sufficient balance
•    Fixed Deposit if any
•    Company leave letter, if Employed
•    Salary Slips if employed
•    Request letter for the visa.
•    NOC from parents if kids participates the tour with their parents.
•    NOC from husband with passport copy if wife travel along.