European Pilgrimage Tour

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $2,499
  • Length: 12 days
  • Operator: YMT Vacations
  • 800-922-9000
    Destinations: Europe, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Paris, Lisbon
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Tour Description

This amazing European tour is your ticket to a wonderful spiritual journey! Your tour begins in Rome, Italy, the “Eternal City,” with a tour of famous religious landmarks like the Vatican. Included with this visit is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be an invitation-only audience of Pope Benedict the XVI*. While you continue your adventures in Rome, you will also get an opportunity to celebrate a private Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, take tours of the Sistine Chapel, and see the Colosseum. Next, visit Fatima, Portugal for a private Mass at the Basilica of Fatima as well as a chance stroll along the waterfront of the picturesque fishing town of Nazare. Afterwards, you’ll see the Old and New Cathedrals in beautiful Salamanca before transferring to France’s well-known pilgrim destination, Lourdes. Then, you’ll take an exciting ride on the high-speed TVG train to Paris, the “City of Lights,” which offers you the opportunity to see the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum.

*Audience with Pope Benedict XVI will be held unless unforeseen scheduling conflicts with the Vatican arise.

  • Visit Rome with Papal Audience
  • Participate in private masses with YMT’s Catholic Chaplain at religious sites throughout the journey
  • Pilgrimage to Lourdes with Mass at the Grotto
  • Behold Fatima’s Shrine of Our Lady
  • Tour the Cathedrals of Salamanca
  • Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Paris with the Louvre Muesum
  • Celebrate mass at Sacre Coeur in Paris

*Audience with Pope Benedict XVI will be held unless unforeseen scheduling conflicts with the Vatican arise.

Itinerary

Day 1

(Monday) - Depart for Rome

Let the excitement build on your overnight flight to begin your tour adventure.

Day 2

(Tuesday) - Arrive in Rome, Italy

After arriving in Rome, YMT guests who have purchased their airline tickets from YMT Vacations, please meet your YMT representative outside baggage claim after you have cleared customs for meet and greet services and the transfers to hotel. In the evening, all guests will enjoy an included dinner before your overnight stay in Rome. (D)

Overnight: Interhotel Italia (or similar accommodations)

Day 3

(Wednesday) - Audience with Pope Benedict XVI, tour of the Vatican and Rome’s Religious Highlights

After having an included breakfast, you’ll head off on an all-day tour of the Vatican. First on your list will be a once in a lifetime experience - an invitation-only audience with Pope Benedict XVI!* Afterwards, enjoy lunch at your leisure and continue to the first major Basilica built in Rome, the Basilica San Giovanni in Laterano. This Basilica is dedicated to John the Baptist and is also the bishop of Rome’s cathedral, giving it the alternate name of the “Cathedral of Rome and of the World.” Opposite the Basilica San Giovanni in Laterano you’ll find the Scala Santa, or Holy Steps. These 28 steps are traditionally known as the staircase that Christ ascended to be tried by Pontius Pilate, brought to Rome in the early 4th century by Emperor Constantine’s mother, a notorious collector of relics. Next, you’ll walk to the Trevi Fountain before ending your day-long tour and enjoying an included dinner. (B, D)

Overnight: Interhotel Italia (or similar accommodations)

Day 4

(Thursday) - City Tour of Rome, Italy

Once finished with your included breakfast, you’ll set out on a full-day sightseeing tour of Rome. You’ll pay a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica, built on the location of St. Peter’s crucifixion and burial. St. Peter’s Basilica’s architectural and spiritual influence will be an unforgettably inspirational place for you to celebrate your included private Mass - truly an unforgettable and inspirational experience! In addition, you will explore the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, bedecked from floor to ceiling in breathtaking Biblical frescoes painted by Michelangelo. Beginning your sightseeing highlight list, you’ll visit Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore. Home to many beautiful treasures, intricate mosaics, and priceless art pieces, the Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore will be an inspiring location to visit. Next, you’ll visit Basilica San Paul Outside the Walls, a site chosen in the early 4th century to venerate the apostle St. Paul that has been adorned with various embellishments and reconstructions from its establishment up until the late 1800s. You’ll also get a view of the Colosseum, a perfect photo opportunity to add to your collection for this trip. Once finished with your sightseeing tour of Rome, you’ll enjoy an included dinner. (B, D)

Overnight: Interhotel Italia (or similar accommodations)

Day 5

(Friday) - Fly to Lisbon, Portugal and Transfer to Fatima, Portugal

You’ll start the day with an included breakfast, then transfer to your flight to Lisbon, Portugal. Once you land in Lisbon, you will transfer to Fatima, Portugal for an afternoon tour that includes a visit to the Lady of Fatima Church and Shrine area and a private Mass at the Basilica of Fatima. Best known for the series of apparition sightings in 1917, Fatima’s Shrine of Our Lady draws many visitors hoping to also see the Virgin Mary and is a remarkable point of interest. Additionally, the Basilica of Fatima, which houses the tombstones of the three young individuals who witnessed the apparitions, is in an awe-inspiring place to partake in your included private mass. Once finished with the tour in the afternoon, you’ll enjoy an included dinner in Fatima. (B, D)

Overnight: Santa Maria Hotel (or similar accommodations)

Day 6

(Saturday) - Fatima, Portugal

Enjoy your included breakfast to jump-start your day, then participate in your private Mass at Apariciones Chapel of Fatima, constructed on the site where the three visionaries witnessed the apparitions monthly between May and October of 1917. Afterwards, you’ll tour to the open-air Batalha monastery, Mosteiro de Santa Maria da Vitoria, adorned with spectacular Gothic architecture, exquisite stained-glass windows, and sculptures of many saints and other important religious figures. You’ll be off to Nazare to enjoy some leisure time for lunch (on your own) and a stroll along the waterfront of this picturesque fishing town before heading back to Fatima for an afternoon at your leisure. At night, enjoy an included dinner in Fatima. (B, D)

Overnight: Santa Maria Hotel (or similar accommodations)

Day 7

(Sunday) - Valladolid, Spain via Salamanca, Spain

After your included breakfast, you’ll travel to one of the most beautiful stops on the tour, Salamanca, for a visit to the Old Cathedral and New Cathedral. The Old Cathedral, whose construction began in 1140 and spanned over a century, offers a hybrid architectural design of Romanesque and Gothic features. It was in the 1513 that King Ferdinand decided that a bigger, more spectacular cathedral be built; over two centuries of construction on the New Cathedral has left this amazing building with a unique blend of Gothic, Renaissance, and Barogue architecture. After an included Mass, you’ll continue on your way to Valladolid for your included dinner. (B, D)

Overnight: Olid Melia Hotel (or similar accommodations)

Day 8

(Monday) - Lourdes, France via Burgos, Spain

Once you have your included breakfast, you will travel to Burgos, home to the third-largest cathedral in Spain. A magnificent Gothic-style, the Burgos Cathedral took over three centuries to complete after King Ferdinand III and Mauricio ordered its construction, including a construction hiatus of almost 200 years. Once your included Mass is finished, you’ll enjoy a scenic travel afternoon as you transfer to Lourdes for an included dinner. (B, D)

Overnight: Astoria Vatican Hotel (or similar accommodations)

Day 9

(Tuesday) - Lourdes, France

Your day will being with your included breakfast, then you’ll depart on a half-day tour of Lourdes. In the year 1858, Lourdes became an important pilgrim destination when a young girl, Bernadette Soubirous, witnessed an apparition of the Virgin Mary as she was collecting firewood. Over a five month period, 18 visions in total appeared to Bernadette, many of them selecting the precise spot where a chapel was to be built. In 1933, Bernadette was canonized a saint. During your tour, you’ll visit the home where St. Bernadette and her family lived during the time that she (as a young girl) witness the visions of the Virgin Mary. Afterwards, you’ll celebrate Mass at the Grotto of Lourdes, a previously unknown location revealed by the Virgin Mary to St. Bernadette in a vision. Once your tour of Lourdes is completed, you will have the afternoon at your leisure. On your own, you may decide to join in the daily procession to the Grotto of Lourdes, or partake in a sacred bath. At night, enjoy an included dinner in Lourdes. (B, D)

Overnight: Astoria Vatican Hotel (or similar accommodations)

Day 10

(Wednesday) - Paris, France via the TVG Train

After you enjoy your included breakfast, you will transfer to Paris via the exciting high-speed TGV train (coach class). Once in Paris, you’ll take an afternoon tour to orient you to the amazing “City of Lights.” Hop aboard the Montmartre Funiculaire (cable car) in order to pay a visit to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, or Sacre Coeur. This impressive structure is located on the highest point in Montmartre, offers a spectacular view of Paris, and is home to a religious relic that is believed by some to be Christ’s Sacred Heart. After celebrating in a Mass, you will have your included dinner in Paris. (B, D)

Overnight: Hotel Mercure la Defense (or similar accommodations)

Day 11

(Thursday) - Paris, France

Once finished with your included breakfast, you’ll be off on a full-day tour of Paris. To begin, you’ll visit the world-famous Louvre Museum. A dominating structure in central Paris since the 12th century, the building has transformed from its original design as a royal fortress to an impressive and influential institution: the Louvre’s 60,000 square meters of permanent exhibition space is filled with over 35,000 works of art. After plenty of time to explore the Louvre, your tour will continue with a photo stop at the Eiffel Tower. Included is a stop at the Shrine of the Miraculous Medal where, in 1830, three apparitions of the Virgin Mary appeared to a young nun (who, in 1947, was canonized and became St. Catherine). In these visions, the Virgin Mary gave specific instructions for designing what would become the Medal of Immaculate Conception, or “Miraculous Medal.” Before leaving the site, you will participate in a private Mass at the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. (B, D)

Overnight: Hotel Mercure la Defense (or similar accommodations)

Day 12

(Friday) - Depart for Home

After finishing your included breakfast, you-re on your way to the airport to begin your trip home. (B)

**Hotels in Rome and Paris may be located in outer or suburban city areas.

Departures

Pricing Information

April 29, 2012

From $2,499.00 per person double occupancy.

From $600.00 single room supplement.

May 13, 2012

From $2,499.00 per person double occupancy.

From $600.00 single room supplement.

June 10, 2012

From $2,499.00 per person double occupancy.

From $600.00 single room supplement.

July 8, 2012

From $2,499.00 per person double occupancy.

From $600.00 single room supplement.

August 5, 2012

From $2,499.00 per person double occupancy.

From $600.00 single room supplement.

September 2, 2012

From $2,499.00 per person double occupancy.

From $600.00 single room supplement.

September 16, 2012

From $2,499.00 per person double occupancy.

From $600.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • Fourteen nights of accommodations are based on twin/double occupancy in moderate, clean, comfortable hotels.
  • All entrance fees for sightseeing and special events as listed in itinerary.
  • Baggage handling to and from your hotel room throughout your tour for one piece of checked baggage per person.
  • Service accompanied throughout by a professionally trained tour guide. They are knowledgeable on the history and country by providing you a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip memorable experience.
  • Ten breakfasts and ten dinners as listed in itinerary.

Potions of this tour may require walking longer distances on cobblestone streets and uneven pavement.

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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