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Grand Catholic Pilgrimage of Italy

April 8-19, 2013


Mother Angelica
Mother Angelica
Fr. Mark Mary, MFVA of EWTN
Spiritual Leader
 

Highlights of this pilgrimage include:

Mass will be offered daily

Deluxe motor coach with air conditioning

English speaking guide throughout

Headsets throughout the tour

ROME - Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul Outside the Walls, the Catacombs, St. John Lateran Basilica, the Holy Stairs, St. Mary Major Basilica, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Square and Basilica, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum; Papal audience (subject to availability)

CASCIA - Visit the Major and Minor Basilicas

ASSISI - Visit the St. Mary of the Angels Basilica and the Portiuncola; guided walking tour, visit the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare, the Carceri Hermitage and Monastery of St. Damian

SIENA - Guided walking tour, visit the Basilica of St. Dominic, the Sanctuary of St. Catherine, and Piazza del Campo

FLORENCE - Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo's David, the cathedral, Signoria Square, and Santa Croce Square

PADUA - Guided visit of St. Anthony's Basilica

VENICE - Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark's Square and Basilica, Doges' Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblowers' demonstration; farewell dinner

All admission charges included

The following extra tours have been added and costs have been included in quoted price...

Tivoili & The Foutains
Villa De'Este & Hadrian's Villa
Rome Orientatinal Tour
Assisi Magnificent Spello with Dinner
Florence Tuscan Dinner
Gondola Serenade
All transfers via deluxe motor coach

Hotels
ROME Cicerroni, ASSISI Giotto, FLORENCE Hilton Garden Inn, VENICE Plaza at Mestre l journey.

Pope John Paul II

EWTN Grand Catholic Tour - Italy
And fund raiser for the Franciscan Friary at EWTN

Day 1 - April 8, 2013
Depart USA


Enjoy your overnight transatlantic flight and an in-flight dinner & breakfast from your home city.

Day 2 - April 9, 2013
Arrive in Rome, Italy


Time to rest or to start exploring the "Eternal City." At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director, then enjoy this evening's welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (Dinner)

Day 3 - April 10, 2013
Rome


Attend the weekly general audience of the Pope (subject to availability). This afternoon, visit ST. PAUL OUTSIDE THE WALLS and the CATACOMBS. During the persecutions, the catacombs were used as places of refuge for the celebration of the Eucharist. Next, visit ST. JOHN LATERAN BASILICA, the HOLY STAIRS, which were brought from Jerusalem to Rome around 326 AD by St. Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. As a favorite of pilgrims everywhere, these 28 white marble steps may only be ascended on the knees. Then, visit the impressive ST. MARY MAJOR BASILICA. (Breakfast - Dinner)

Day 4 - April 11, 2013
Rome


This morning, enjoy a guided visit of the VATICAN MUSEUMS and the SISTINE CHAPEL, world famous for Michelangelo's ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment. Continue to monumental ST. PETER'S SQUARE and BASILICA. Cross the Tiber River and visit the COLOSSEUM, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World®, and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. (Breakfast - Dinner)

Day 5 - April 12, 2013
Rome–Cascia–Assisi


Enter Umbria and stop in the town of Cascia to explore the life of St. Rita, known as the "Saint of the Impossible." Visit the MAJOR BASILICA, the chapel that houses the tomb of St. Rita, and the MINOR BASILICA, home of the Eucharistic Miracle, which is commemorated each year with the Feast of Corpus Christi. Arrive at the hilltop village of Assisi, home of St. Francis and St. Clare. Here, visit ST. MARY OF THE ANGELS BASILICA, where St. Francis consecrated St. Clare as the "Bride of Christ," and the PORTIUNCOLA, where he founded the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor in 1209. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 6 - April 13, 2013
Assisi


Celebrate Mass this morning followed by a guided walking tour of Assisi. Visit the BASILICAS OF ST. FRANCIS and ST. CLARE, and see the crucifix that spoke to St. Francis. A short trip by minibus will take you to the CARCERI HERMITAGE, where St. Francis came to meditate and pray, an oasis of peace and tranquillity in the midst of the woods of Mount Subasio. Finally, visit the MONASTERY OF ST. DAMIAN, a Franciscan shrine built on the spot where St. Francis heard the voice of Christ, and where he wrote the Canticle of the Creatures. The convent founded by St. Clare is still intact; here she died in 1253. This afternoon you may wish to join an optional excursion to magnificent Spello. (Breakfast - Dinner)

Day 7 - April 14, 2013
At Leisure in Assisi


Attend Mass this morning and enjoy a full day at leisure to relax or to further explore the city. Optional excursions are available. (Breakfast - Dinner)

Day 8 - April 15, 2013
Assisi–Siena–Florence


Leave Assisi and enter Tuscany. Stop in Siena and visit the BASILICA OF ST. DOMINIC and the SANCTUARY OF ST. CATHERINE. Enjoy a walk with a local expert through the ancient narrow lanes to beautiful PIAZZA DEL CAMPO, theater of the biannual Palio, Siena's spectacular medieval-style horse race. In the afternoon, continue to Florence, "Cradle of the Renaissance." (Breakfast - Dinner)

Day 9 - April 16, 2013
Florence


Follow your Local Guide to the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo's celebrated David and the magnificent CATHEDRAL. Admire Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry's heavy bronze "Gate of Paradise," and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. End your walking tour in SANTA CROCE SQUARE and admire its splendid basilica. (Breakfast - Dinner)

Day 10 - April 17, 2013
Florence–Padua–Venice


Depart for Padua and meet your Local Guide. Visit the BASILICA OF ST. ANTHONY to see the tomb and reliquaries of this miracle-working saint and patron of lost and stolen articles, and attend Mass. Journey on to Venice, one of the world's most romantic cities. Tonight is your chance to sample one of Venice's fine restaurants. (Breakfast - Dinner)

Day 11 - April 18, 2013
Venice


This morning, enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT and start sightseeing with your Local Guide. Visit ST. MARK'S SQUARE and its BASILICA, lavish DOGES' PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch skilled GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. The afternoon is at leisure. You may wish to join a gondola serenade or attend Mass at the Basilica. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with wine. (Breakfast - Farewell Dinner)

Day 12 - April 19, 2013
Venice


Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Pope John Paul II

We would like to personally invite you to join us on this most exciting Grand Catholic Tour of Italy. You will have the option to fly with Fr. Mark out of Atlanta, Georgia on April 8, 2013 or from your home city. Please call Dan Schmier for flight arrangements...855-391-3942. We will return out of Venice, Italy on April 19, 2013. As you can tell from our itinerary, we will enjoy everything Italy has to offer and especially it's rich Catholic heritage. We have customized this tour with many extras. 2 meals a day (every day), extra tours to several beautiful places and daily Mass. This pilgrimage promises to be a life changing event.

We are very excited to have as our spiritual leader Fr. Mark Mary, MFVA from EWTN. Fr. Mark will be with us throughout the entire pilgrimage. And remember, a portion of everyone's cost is donated to the Friary to support the EWTN priests and brothers.

We have secured space for 44 guests and we know the space will sell quickly. If you do plan to attend, please sign up via my website at www.PapaDanTravel.com or call my office (toll free) at 855-391-3942. I will be happy to help you. Remember, when the seats are sold out - the seats are sold out!

The cost quoted is for land and transfers only. Air arrangements are extra.

If you would like to extend your stay in Europe, I would be happy to make arrangements. Maybe a tour to Medjugorje, Fatima, Lourdes or The Holy Land....our tour company will be happy to make arrangements. Please call me for a quote.

I would be happy to email/mail or fax this information to anyone who would be interested in this amazing pilgrimage. Simply call my office and request the packet for the EWTN Grand Catholic Pilgrimage 2013 or refer your friends and family to my website at www.PapaDanTravel.com.

Just an $800.00 per-person deposit* holds your space and remember, a valid passport is required.

With our association to Travel Planners International all reservations are fully backed with...

The Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC)
Cruise Line International Associated (CLIA)
American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA)
International Association of Travel Agent Network (IATAN)

We take very seriously our commitment to excellence in the travel industry.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely,
Dan Schmier
Mr. Daniel J. Schmier
Travel Agent

After a deposit of $800 per person is received. $450 per person is nonrefundable in case of cancellation..

Pope John Paul II

 
EWTN Grand Catholic Pilgrimage 2013
 
Travel Dates:
Depart Atlanta, Georgia - Monday, April 8, 2013
Arrive Atlanta, Georgia - Friday, April 19, 2013
 
Tour Company:
Globus Tours
 
Costs:
Double Occupancy
$3599 per person

Single Occupancy
$4199 per person

Triple Occupancy
$3541 per person

All prices include round trip transfers, all transfers, hotels,
admissions and site-seeing as outlined in our itinerary,
and government taxes.

...3rd must be in same room and subject to price
change until deposited.
 
Pre/Post Packages:
I will be happy to arrange pre and post packages if you would like to spend more time in Italy or connect you into another pilgrimage in another part of the Europe. Please call for arrangements - toll free 855-391-3942.
 
Air Arrangements
If you would like to purchase your own air or us frequent flyer miles, please give my office a call so I can make
arrangements for the transfers for you.
 
Citizenship
A valid US Passport is required!
Please check the expiration date of your passport. It is recommended that it does not expire until 9 months after your planned travel date. This means, it need to be valid until December 2013.
 
Travel Insurance
Insurance is highly recommended. Please call for a quote.
 
Smoking
Our motor coach will be non-smoking.
 
Private Group
Please be aware that this is a private group. Only those individuals who book directly with "Papa Dan Travel" will be on our motor coach.
 
Transfers
Round trip transfers are included.
 
Good Cheer
We have all been on motor coach trips where there has been one or two grumpy people. Those people, at times, have the ability to bring the rest of the group down. If an aircraft, running 45 minutes late, upsets you - there is a good chance this is not the pilgrimage for you. Our tour company is "tops" at what they do but, even with excellent planning, things happen and we need to be flexible.
We are looking for people of "good cheer."
 
Payments
A partially refundable $800.00 (per person) deposit holds your space, and is due upon booking. $450 of your initial is nonrefundable.

2nd payment of $800.00 (per person), is due on October 1, 2012.

FINAL PAYMENT is due on or before January 10, 2013. Please note...your personal payment plans are welcome! On January 10, 2013, cancellation penalties will apply. Please see your brochure or website for cancellation costs.
 
Forms of Payment
Cash, check, money order, and all major credit cards.

 


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