Marion Shrines, Rome, and Athens September 19 - October 05, 2022 from Salt Lake City, UT (SLC) with Father Javier Virgen

Marion Shrines, Rome, and Athens September 19 - October 05, 2022 from Salt Lake City, UT (SLC) with Father Javier Virgen

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Day 1: the USA - LISBON

Depart for our overnight flight to Lisbon, Portugal. We are served dinner and breakfast aloft.

Day 2: LISBON- SANTAREM - FATIMA.

Upon arrival, visit various holy sites in Lisbon:  St. Jerome Monastery, Tower of Belem, Christ of Lisbon, Alfama Quarters, Cathedral, Saint Anthony’s birthplace, Rossio square.   At the end of the visits Depart to Santarem (Venerate the Eucharistic Miracle).  Arrive in Fatima for the Rosary. Dinner and Candlelight Procession. (D)

Day 3: FATIMA

After Breakfast. Visit Adjustrel and Os Valinhos birthplaces of Francisco, Jacinta, and Lucia to whom the Virgin appeared for the first time on May 13th, 1917. Via Crucis in Os Valinhos, up to Loca do Cabeco, place of the 4th appearance of Our Lady. This afternoon is dedicated to visiting the Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. Visit The Museum of the Shrine where is conserved the crown with the bullet that wounded John Paul II. In the evening we join the Rosary and candlelight procession. Dinner and overnight at our hotel. (B, D)

Day 4: FATIMA-COIMBRA-BRAGA-SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

After Breakfast, we transfer to Oporto. Stop to Coimbra to visit the monastery of St Teresa where sister Lucia Lived. Arrival in Braga and visit of the sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte. Lunch. In the afternoon transfer to Santiago de Compostela with a stop in Valenca do Minho and Tui, to admire the magnificent Cathedral. Arrival in Santiago de Compostela, dinner, and overnight. (B, D)

Day 5: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Breakfast in Hotel. Morning city walking tour, visiting the Cathedral with the Tomb of St. James the Apostle, the Museum, and the Church of Santa Maria del Sar. Holy Mass at 12 with the Botafumeiro (giant thurible/incense burner). Lunch. In the afternoon excursion to Cabo Finisterre, Passing through the amazing town of Carnota and Muros.  Visit the church of Finisterre and the Sanctuary of the Virgin de la Barca. Return to Santiago for dinner and overnight (B, D)

Day 6: SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA-Garabandal (or Santander) - Covadonga

Breakfast in Hotel. Today we will run by bus part of the overworld famous Camino (walk) to Santiago the Compostela. As you motor through the scenic countryside of Cantabria, Spain, enjoy the lush green mountains before arriving at the hamlet of Garabandal. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 7: Garabandal

After breakfast, start your day visiting Garabandal. Little has changed in this rural town since June 18, 1961, when four children had an apparition first of an Angel, sent to prepare the children for a visit from the Virgin. From July 2, 1961, sporadically until Nov 13, 1965, the Blessed Virgin visited them, speaking, guiding, and confiding secrets of future events. The children reported a promised future miracle at the grove of pine trees on a bluff overlooking the village of Garabandal. It will be on the feast day of a little-known martyr of the Eucharist and coincide with an event in the Church. In the afternoon, travel to Santo Toribio de Liebana Monastery. The monastery was founded prior to the 6th Century. According to tradition, the Monastery venerates the largest piece of the Lignum Crucis discovered in Jerusalem by Saint Helena of Constantinople and brought from the Church of the Holy Sepulcher by Saint Turibius of Astorga. The left arm of the True Cross is kept on a gilded silver reliquary. The monastery was initially dedicated to St. Martin of Tours, but its name was changed in the 12th Century. On April 16, 1961, the Franciscan friars, custodians of the Holy Places, were entrusted with the relic's safekeeping and with the promotion of the devotion to the Holy Cross. You will return to Garabandal for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 8: Garabandal/LOURDES

After breakfast transfer to Lourdes.  During this long trip, we will make several stops in Burgos to admire the beauty of the country. San Sebastian for time for Lunch. Arrival in Lourdes in the evening. Dinner and overnight Lourdes. (B, D)

Day 9: LOURDES.

After breakfast, we begin with a visit to the Grotto. Concelebrated Mass at the Grotto. Our walking tour takes us to Boly Mill (the birthplace of St. Bernadette), the Cachot (the former jail, where she lived during the apparitions), and the local parish church. Rosary and candlelight procession. Dinner and overnight.  (B, D)

Day 10: LOURDES

Breakfast in Hotel. Mass and free time for personal devotions to Our Lady of Lourdes including, for those who wish, the legendary, healing waters of the miraculous Lourdes spring.  Rosary and candlelight procession. Dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 11: LOURDES/Rome

After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, your group will leave by motorcoach and transfer to the Toulouse, Pau, or Lourdes airport for our flight to Rome. Dinner and overnight (B, D)

Day 12 Rome

Breakfast in the hotel than a guided tour of the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran. Six Popes are entombed here. Continue your pilgrim journey to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major (Maria Maggiore). In the afternoon guided visit to the center of Rome where we can admire Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, the church of St Agostino where is conserved the Michelangelo famous painting “The Pilgrim’s Virgins”, The Church of San Luigi dei Francesi where we can admire the other famous Caravaggio Paint “The Conversion of St Matthew”. We will end with Fontana di Trevi and The Spanish Steps. Dinner and overnight in hotel. (B, D)

Day 13 Rome

After Breakfast, we will transfer to St Peter Square for the Audience with the pop. At the end, free time for lunch and then visit the Vatican Museum, The Sistine Chapel, and St Peter’s Cathedral.  Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel between 1508 and 1512 and later painted The Last Judgment between 1535 and 1541 for Popes Clement VII and Paul III. The primary function of the chapel is the Papal Conclave, providing the place where the College of Cardinals of the church gathers to elect a new Pope. Then walk-through Saint Peter’s Basilica, the present structure completed in 1590 was built over the Byzantine and Middle Ages structures that marked the tomb of Saint Peter. There are more than 100 tombs within the basilica, including most recently.

Saint John Paul II.  Farewell Dinner and overnight in hotel.  (B, D)

Day 14 Rome/Greece
After our breakfast, we transfer to the airport for assistance in Check-in and depart for Greece. Arrival at Athens Airport, meet and greet service and transfer to your hotel Free afternoon at leisure Athens by night tour Dep. 20.15 - Ret. Midnight Your evening begins with a pleasant walk through the narrow picturesque streets of Plaka, the old city, will bring you to a Typical Greek Tavern where you will enjoy your dinner following a floor show with live music and Greek Folk Dances in traditional costumes, Overnight at hotel.. (B,D)
 
Day 15 Athens
Athens Half Day City Tour with New Acropolis Museum Dep. 08.45 - Ret. 13.30
This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides take you to see the center of the city, Constitution Square (Syntagma), the House of Parliament, the Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, and the National Library. Driving down Herod Atticus Street, you will see the Evzones in their authentic uniform and the Presidential Palace. On your way to the Acropolis, you will see the Hadrian’s Arch, visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus and you will make a short stop at the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in 1896. On the Acropolis visit the architectural masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion, and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts the order in the mind”, the Parthenon. You complete the visit to the Acropolis Museum. Sounion Half Day Afternoon Tour Dep. 14.30 - Ret. 18.30 approximately Visit the Temple of Poseidon. Drive along the coastal road, passing the wonderful beaches of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni & Varkiza to the most Southern point of Attica, Cape Sounion, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon stand. On the way, you have a splendid view of the Saronic Gulf and the little islands offshore. After visiting the Temple of Poseidon, you have time to walk at leisure on the rocky promontory of Sounion, overnight at the hotel. (B,D)
 
Day 16 Athens/Cruise
Day cruise to 3 islands with lunch on board Dep. 08.00 - Ret. 19.45 approximately You will pick up from the hotel and will be transferred to Piraeus Port for your embarkation to the cruise boat. You will enjoy a cruise to the Saronic Islands of Poros, Hydra, and Aegina including Lunch on board and a Greek Show. At 08.30 depart Hydra, where we arrive at 11.45. Here you have free time for a walk or a swim. At 13.30 embarkation and sail for Aegina pass through Poros and seashore of Peloponnese. Lunch will be served during the voyage. At 15.30 we arrive at Aegina where you have time for a swim. Optional excursion, by bus, to the fine preserved Temple of Afea Athena. At 18.00 embarkations for the return voyage to Piraeus port. Arrive in Piraeus, late in the afternoon and transfer to your hotel. (B,D)
 
DAY 17 Departure
Breakfast and check out – Drive to the airport and embark on our flight home. (B)

 

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Trip Date: September 19 - October 05, 2022
Departure City: Salt Lake City, UT (SLC)
Package Price: $5390.00

The package price includes the following:

  1. Round trip international airline tickets
  2. Tickets Toulouse/Rome/Sarajevo/Rome
  3. All taxes, fees, and surcharges
  4. Hotels on Half board Basis: 12 nights (open buffet breakfast, open buffet dinner)
  5. Air-conditioned bus in Israel
  6. Farewell dinner
  7. Spanish speaking guide
  8. Entrance fees
  9. Meeting and assistance at Arrival at Airport s
  10. Porterage is Included in all hotels.
  11. Whispers devise during the whole trip
  12. Mass Daily
  13. Porterage at airport

The package Price Does not include the following:     

  1. Lunches
  2. Gratuities for guide/driver
  3. Personal expenses
  4. Travel Insurance
  5. Anything not mentioned above