ROME - EUROPE PILGRIMAGE


Duration : 16 Days


 
Day 2

1. Rome

Today we visit the Vatican Museum and a large part of the Vatican city, one of the European micro states situated in the Vatican hill. Leaving the Piazza San Bernardo adorned by Moses' Fountain we will visit the Vatican galleries . There you will admire the modern entrance built for the Jubilee year 2000, the Galleries of the Chandeliers of the tapestries and the geographical maps, the Sobiesky Hall and the immaculate conception Hall. We will then stop to admire the Sistine Chapel, Seat of the conclave and the famous frescoes of Michelangelo. Passing through the Vatican museums we will arrive into the besilica of St.Peter. Then we proceed to Trevi Fountain . At Catacombs we celebrate Holy Mass and overnight stay at Rome.


2. Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums are the museums of the Vatican City and are located within the city's boundaries. They display works from the immense collection built up by the Popes throughout the centuries including some of the most renowned classical sculptures and most important masterpieces of Renaissance art in the world.



3. St. Peter's Basilica

The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican, or simply St. Peter's Basilica , is a Late Renaissance church located within Vatican City. Designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter's is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and remains one of the two largest churches in the world. While it is neither the mother church of the Catholic Church nor the Catholic Roman Rite cathedral of the Diocese of Rome, St. Peter's is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic shrines. It has been described as "holding a unique position in the Christian world" and as "the greatest of all churches of Christendom".



4. Catacombs

Catacombs are human-made subterranean passageways for religious practice. Any chamber used as a burial place is a catacomb, although the word is most commonly associated with the Roman Empire. Many are under cities and have been popularized by stories of their use as war refuges, smugglers' hideouts, or meeting places for cults.



5. Piazza San Bernardo

San Bernardo alle Terme is an abbatial church in Rome, Italy. The church was built in 1598 and was initially given to a French Cistercian group, the Feuillants, through the intercession of Caterina Sforza di Santafiora. Later, after the dissolution of the Feuillants during the French Revolution, the edifice and the annexed monastery were ceded to the Congregation of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, after whom the church is named.



6. Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope, in Vatican City. Originally known as the Cappella Magna, the chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored it between 1477 and 1480. Since that time, the chapel has served as a place of both religious and functionary papal activity. Today it is the site of the Papal conclave, the process by which a new pope is selected. The fame of the Sistine Chapel lies mainly in the frescos that decorate the interior, and most particularly the Sistine Chapel ceiling and The Last Judgment by Michelangelo.



7. Trevi Fountain

The Trevi Fountain is a fountain in the Trevi district in Rome, Italy, designed by Italian architect Nicola Salvi and completed by Pietro Bracci. Standing 26.3 metres high and 49.15 metres wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and one of the most famous fountains in the world. The fountain has appeared in several notable films, including Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita.



 
Day 3

1. Papel Audience - Assisi - Pisa

Today we have papal audience at St.Peter square. After that proceed to Assisi . There will be a guided tour of Assisi. Our sight seeing includes visit to the Church of St.Clare which houses her in-corrupt body, the chapel that contains the crucifix that bowed its head and ordered St.Francis to "repair God's Church. Afterwards we proceed to the Basilica of St.Francis. Before leaving Assisi we visit the church of Maria Degli Angeli, containing the famous porziuncola. Then we proceed to pisa to visit the leaning tower of Pisa. Dinner at Pisa and overnight stay at Pisa.


2. Papal Audience

Since the election of Pope Francis I, the number of people traveling from around the world to attend the Papal Audience has been rising significantly, sometimes to crowds of up to 100,000. Pope Francis has already earned a reputation for interacting with his audience more than any pope before him. Papal Audiences have become a spirited event – with gathered crowds encouraged to pray and sing along. Attending this energetic display of faith is a once-in-a-lifetime event not to be missed by any visitor to Rome.



3. St.Clare of Assisi

Saint Clare of Assisi (July 16, 1194 – August 11, 1253), born Chiara Offreduccio, is an Italian saint and one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi. She founded the Order of Poor Ladies, a monastic religious order for women in the Franciscan tradition, and wrote their Rule of Life—the first monastic rule known to have been written by a woman. Following her death, the order she founded was renamed in her honor as the Order of Saint Clare, commonly referred to today as the Poor Clares.



4. Basilica of St.Francis of Assisi

The Papal Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Order of Friars Minor—commonly known as the Franciscan Order—in Assisi, a town of Umbria region in central Italy, where St. Francis was born and died. The basilica is one of the most important places of Christian pilgrimage in Italy. With its accompanying friary, Sacro Convento, the basilica is a distinctive landmark to those approaching Assisi. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000.



5. Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa or simply the Tower of Pisa is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, known worldwide for its unintended tilt. It is situated behind the Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in Pisa's Cathedral Square after the Cathedral and the Baptistry. The tower's tilt began during construction, caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure's weight. The tilt increased in the decades before the structure was completed, and gradually increased until the structure was stabilized by efforts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.



6. Santa Maria degli Angeli (Assisi)

Santa Maria degli Angeli is a frazione of the comune of Assisi in the Province of Perugia, Umbria, central Italy. It stands at an elevation of 218 metres above sea level. The name of the city was used by the Spanish Franciscan missionaries as the name of Los Angeles, now one of the largest cities of the United States. It is home to the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, which includes the Porziuncola, the most sacred place of the Franciscan Order of the Roman Catholic Church. St. Francis of Assisi himself died here.



 
Day 4

1. Pisa - Padua - Venice

Today we will visit the shrine of St.Antony of Padua and celebrate Holy Mass (to be confirmed on arrival) there. After lunch you will be transferred to Venice Where you will board a ferry and transfer to Venice islands. The tour will start from St.Marks square. Walking tour of the area between Pizza San Marco and the Rialto Bridge, Passing through La Fenice Theatre, Scala del Bovolo and Ponte Realto. This day we stay at Venice.


2. Ferry to venice

We will board a ferry and transfer to Venetian islands from Padua.



3. Venice

Venice is one of the most interesting and lovely places in the world.Venice is a small city, extremely concentrated, every corner, monument, Church or museum contains a piece of history, a tale, a way to say or a tradition, not to be counted all the news and events that daily the city offers to citizens and visitors



4. Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua

The Pontifical Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica in Padua, northern Italy. Although the Basilica is visited as a place of pilgrimage by people from all over the world, it is not the titular cathedral of the city, a title belonging to the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Mary of Padua. The basilica is known locally as "il Santo". It is one of the eight international shrines recognized by the Holy See.



5. Rialto Bridge

The Rialto Bridge is one of the four bridges spanning the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. It is the oldest bridge across the canal, and was the dividing line for the districts of San Marco and San Polo.



 
Day 5

1. Venice - Milan - engelberg

This day we visit Milan. visit Dumo Cathedral, the biggest and greatest example of Gothic architecture in Italy. It is the forth largest cathedral in the world and hosts world's largest collection marble and statues.Lunch at restaurant. Then we proceed to Engelberg. Dinner at hotel and overnight stay at Engelberg.


2. Milan

Milan is the main industrial, commercial, and financial centre of Italy and a leading global city.[14] Its business district hosts the Borsa Italiana (Italy's main stock exchange) and the headquarters of the largest national banks and companies. The city is a major world fashion[15] and design[16] capital. Milan's museums, theatres and landmarks (including the Milan Cathedral, the fifth largest cathedral in the world, and Santa Maria delle Grazie, decorated with Leonardo da Vinci paintings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site) attracts over 6 million annual visitors. It hosts numerous cultural institutions and universities, with 185,000 enrolled students in 2011, i.e. 11 percent of the national total. The city is also well known for several international events and fairs, including Milan Fashion Week and the Milan Furniture Fair, the largest of its kind in the world. Milan is home to two of the world's major football teams, A.C. Milan and F.C. Internazionale Milano.



 
Day 6

1. Engelberg - Heppenheim

After breakfast we proceed to Mount Titles. The Titlis Rotair gondola rotates its way up towards the snow-covered summit of Titlis. The world's first revolving gondola, transports you from middle station at stand up to the mountain station at 3020 meters above sea-level. There will be Indian lunch. After lunch proceed to Heppenheim . ON the way we will visit the Rhine Falls at SChaffhausen. Dinner and stay at Heppenheim.


2. Titlis

Titlis is a mountain of the Uri Alps, located on the border between the cantons of Obwalden and Berne. At 3,238 metres above sea level, it is the highest summit of the range north of the Susten Pass, between the Bernese Oberland and Central Switzerland. It is mainly accessed from Engelberg (Obwalden) on the north side and is famous as the site of the world's first revolving cable car. The cable car system connects Engelberg to the summit of Klein Titlis (3,028 m) through the three stages of Gerschnialp (1,262 m), Trübsee (1,796 m) and Stand (2,428 m).



3. Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen

The Rhine Falls (Rheinfall in German) is the largest plain waterfall in Europe.[1] The falls are located on the High Rhine between the municipalities of Neuhausen am Rheinfall and Laufen-Uhwiesen, near the town of Schaffhausen in northern Switzerland, between the cantons of Schaffhausen and Zürich. They are 150 m (450 ft) wide and 23 m (75 ft) high. In the winter months, the average water flow is 250 m³/s, while in the summer, the average water flow is 700 m³/s. The highest flow ever measured was 1,250 m³/s in 1965; and the lowest, 95 m³/s in 1921. The falls cannot be climbed by fish, except by eels that are able to worm their way up over the rocks.



 
Day 7

1. Heppenheim - Cologne - Amsterdam

Today after breakfast we will go to Cologne. You can see Cologne Cathedral, Great St.Martin church, Shrine of the three kings and St.Andrews church. There will be Indian lunch at Cologne and you will drive to Amsterdam. Dinner and overnight stay at Amsterdam.


2. Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Cologne, Germany. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne, currently, since his 2014 transfer from Berlin, Rainer Maria Cardinal Woelki, and of the administration of the Archdiocese of Cologne. It is a renowned monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture and is a World Heritage Site. It is Germany's most visited landmark, attracting an average of 20,000 people a day.



3. Shrine of the Three Kings

The Shrine of the Three Kings is a reliquary said to contain the bones of the Biblical Magi, also known as the Three Kings or the Three Wise Men. The shrine is a large gilded and decorated triple sarcophagus placed above and behind the high altar of Cologne Cathedral. It is considered the high point of Mosan art and the largest reliquary in the western world.



 
Day 8

1. Amsterdam - Madurodam - brussels

Today we visit Amsterdam and you will visit Dam, Albert Cuyp market, Amsterdam wind mills, and Amsterdam canals. After that you will see Madurodam which is a miniature park. After lunch proceed to Brussels. Overnight stay at bressels.


2. Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the capital city and most populous city of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Its status as the Dutch capital is mandated by the Constitution of the Netherlands though it is not the seat of the Dutch government, which is The Hague. Amsterdam has a population of 825,080 within the city proper, 1,317,663 in the urban area and 1,590,520 in the metropolitan area. The city region has an approximate population of 2,431,000. The city is located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country, and is also North Holland's largest city. It comprises much of the northern part of the Randstad, one of the larger conurbations in Europe, with a population of approximately 7 million.



3. Amsterdam windmills

The Netherlands is synonymous for its windmills, clogs, tulips, canals, cheese markets… practically everything that you would expect to find in a charming and utterly picturesque country. But, whatever image you associate with the lowlands, the first thing likely to come to mind is the windmill (molen). Such is the importance of these living monuments that there is even a National Windmill Day (11 May), and on festive occasions or national holidays molens are decked out in flowers, garlands, figures of angels or the Dutch flag.



4. Albert Cuyp Market

The Albert Cuyp Market is a street market in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on the Albert Cuypstraat between Ferdinand Bolstraat and Van Woustraat, in the De Pijp area of the Oud-Zuid district of the city. The street and market are named for Albert Cuyp, a painter from the 17th century.



5. Madurodam

Madurodam is a miniature park and tourist attraction in the Scheveningen district of The Hague in the Netherlands. It is home to a range of 1:25 scale model replicas of famous Dutch landmarks, historical cities and large developments. The park was opened in 1952 and has been visited by tens of millions of visitors since. In 2012, Madurodam celebrated its 60th anniversary.



 
Day 9

1. Bressls - Paris

After breakfast proceed to a city tour of bressls where you will see Cathedral St. Michale and St. Gudula, Bressls town hall and Palace Royale. After lunch proceed to Paris and overnight at Paris.


2. Palais-Royal

The Palais-Royal originally called the Palais-Cardinal, is a palace located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. The screened entrance court faces the Place du Palais-Royal, opposite the Louvre. The larger inner courtyard, the Cour d'Honneur, has since 1986 contained Daniel Buren's site-specific art piece Les Deux Plateaux, known as Les Colonnes de Buren. In 1830 the Cour d'Honneur was enclosed to the north by what was probably the most famous of Paris's covered arcades, the Galerie d'Orléans. Demolished in the 1930s, its flanking rows of columns still stand between the Cour d'Honneur and the popular Palais-Royal Gardens.



3. Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula

The Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula is a Roman Catholic church in Brussels, Belgium. The church was given cathedral status in 1962 and has since been the co-cathedral of the Archdiocese of Mechelen-Brussels.



 
Day 10

1. Paris

Paris was founded in the 3rd century BC by a Celtic people called the Parisii, who gave the city its name. By the 12th century, Paris was the largest city in the western world, a prosperous trading centre, and the home of the University of Paris, one of the first in Europe.Paris is the home of the most-visited art museums in the world, the Louvre, as well as the Musée d'Orsay, noted for its collection of French Impressionist art, and the Musée National d'Art Moderne, a museum of modern and contemporary art. The notable architectural landmarks of Paris include the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris (12th century); Sainte-Chapelle (13th century); the Eiffel Tower (1889); and the Basilica of Sacré-Cœur on Montmartre (1914).



2. Notre-Dame Cathedral

Notre-Dame de Paris French for "Our Lady of Paris", also known as Notre-Dame Cathedral or simply Notre-Dame, is a historic Catholic cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in the fourth arrondissement of Paris, France. The cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture, and it is among the largest and most well-known church buildings in the world. The naturalism of its sculptures and stained glass are in contrast with earlier Romanesque architecture.



3. Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It was named after the engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World's Fair, it was initially criticized by some of France's leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognisable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world; 6.98 million people ascended it in 2011. The tower received its 250 millionth visitor in 2010.



 
Day 11

1. Our Lady of Fátima

Our Lady of Fátima is a title referring to the Virgin Mary, based on apparitions reported to be experienced by three shepherd children at Fátima. The three children were Lúcia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto.



 
Day 12

1. Our Lady of lourde

Our Lady of Lourdes is a venerated title of the Blessed Virgin Mary invoked by Roman Catholics in honor of the Marian apparitions said to have occurred on numerous occasions in 1858 in the vicinity of Lourdes, France. The first of these is the apparition of 11 February 1858, when Bernadette Soubirous, a 14-year-old peasant girl, admitted to her mother that a "lady" spoke to her in the cave of Massabielle (a mile from the town) while she was gathering firewood with her sister and a friend. Similar apparitions of the alleged "Lady" were reported on seventeen occasions that year, until the climax revelation of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception took place.



2. Rosary Basilica

The Basilica of our Lady of the Rosary is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica within the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in France. Its main theme is a celebration and depiction of the Rosary.



 
Day 13

1. Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida

The Royal Chapel of St. Anthony of La Florida is a Neoclassical chapel in central Madrid. The chapel is best known for its ceiling and dome frescoes by Goya. It is also his burial place.



2. Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

The Estadio Santiago Bernabéu is an all-seater football stadium in Madrid, Spain. It was inaugurated on 14 December 1947 and is owned by Real Madrid Club de Fútbol. It has a current capacity of 81,044 spectators.



 
Day 14

1. The Village of Adjustreel

Three Portuguese children, Lucia dos Santos, Jacinta Marto, and Francisco Marto, were young and without much education when they reported the apparition of Our Lady of Fátima in 1917.



 
Day 15

1. Fathima-lisbon- Cochin

After breakfast we will check out from the hotel proceed for mass then to Lisbon (Approx 1hr. 30minute) . Transfer to airport for the flight back home.


2. Cochin

Reaching Cochin air port. The flight timings will be given to in the final itinerary before we begin our pilgrimage


Genesis 12:1
Now the Lord said to Abram, "Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father's house, To the land which I will show you."