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ITINERARY

Meals as indicated: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner.

DAY 1, TUESDAY, APRIL 16TH - DEPART CANADA: Overnight flight to Europe. (D)

DAY 2, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17TH - LOURDES, FRANCE: Arrive Munich, Germany. Depart Munich. Arrive Toulouse, France. Andre of Transport Biggore will meet you at the Toulouse Airport where you will be transferred via motor coach to the Hotel St Georges in Lourdes, France. (B/D)

LOURDES APRIL 17TH - 22ND (5 NIGHTS). HOTEL: HOTEL ST GEORGES.

DAY 3, THURSDAY, APRIL 18TH - LOURDES, FRANCE: After a leisurely breakfast your day starts with a guided tour of the main streets of Lourdes including a stop at the indoor market. Have lunch at one of the many restaurants near the Grotto of Massabielle. Next, we will ride on the Little Train to the foot of the local mountain then board the Funiculare and ascend the mountain. Views from atop are spectacular. Perhaps take the short cave tour before returning to the village for free time before dinner and then a visit to the Grotto. There is also an optional Holy Thursday Service in the evening. (B/D)

LOURDES APRIL 17TH - 22ND (5 NIGHTS). HOTEL: HOTEL ST GEORGES.

DAY 4, FRIDAY, APRIL 19TH - LOURDES, FRANCE: This morning we will walk to the outdoor market. You will then have free time to explore and shop. There are also many museums that we can suggest for you to visit. At 2 p.m. we will meet at the hotel then walk over to the Underground Church for the Good Friday Service. After supper tonight, you have a free evening. (B/D)

LOURDES APRIL 17TH - 22ND (5 NIGHTS). HOTEL: HOTEL ST GEORGES.

DAY 5, SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH - LOURDES, FRANCE: Today we take a guided visit to the Basilica and the first church built at the Grotto before participating in The Way of the Cross. After lunch, we will watch the movie “Bernadette” starring Sydney Penny at the local movie theatre. You will have free time before dinner. This evening we will attend the Easter Vigil at the Basilica of St Pius X. (B/D)

LOURDES APRIL 17TH - 22ND (5 NIGHTS). HOTEL: HOTEL ST GEORGES.

DAY 6, SUNDAY, APRIL 21ST - LOURDES, FRANCE: This morning we will visit the Cachot, the temporary home of St Bernadette’s family then tour the fortress of the Lord of Lourdes. We will also visit the Maison Maternelle of St Bernadette, their family home before the economy forced a move to the Cachot. After lunch we board a bus for the short drive to the Grotte de Betharram, the most magnificent cave tour you will ever experience. After dinner, we will go to the Grotto of Masabielle for one last visit and witness the candlelight Rosary procession. (B/D)

LOURDES APRIL 17TH - 22ND (5 NIGHTS). HOTEL: HOTEL ST GEORGES.

DAY 7, MONDAY, APRIL 22ND - VIVIERS, FRANCE: Early this morning you will board the motor coach for your 350-mile scenic journey across southern France. We will lunch at the old walled city of Carcassonne. There will be ample time to visit this ancient city and to also enjoy some delicious French crepes. Later this afternoon the journey across southern France continues to the Conference Centre in Viviers which is just 15 minutes north of Bourg St Andeol. You will stay in Viviers the next 3 nights. From Viviers, you will start your days exploring the region. (B/D)

VIVIERS APRIL 22ND - 25TH (3 NIGHTS). HOTEL: MAISON DIOCESAINE CHARLES DE FOUCAULD LE GRAND SEMINAIRE.

DAY 8, TUESDAY, APRIL 23RD - VIVIERS, FRANCE: A wonderful day awaits you as you journey to Thueyts and Montpezat, Mother Rivier country. You will see the same mountain that she used to travel over where the scenery is spectacular! (B/L/D)

VIVIERS APRIL 22ND - 25TH (3 NIGHTS). HOTEL: MAISON DIOCESAINE CHARLES DE FOUCAULD LE GRAND SEMINAIRE.

DAY 9, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24TH - VIVIERS, FRANCE: This morning you will visit an open air market at Bourg where you will have an opportunity to make some good purchases. Lunch will be taken in Bourg St Andeol. The afternoon will be filled with a tour of the house that Mother Rivier built and the Visitation Monastery she acquired after the French Revolution. (B/L/D)

VIVIERS APRIL 22ND - 25TH (3 NIGHTS). HOTEL: MAISON DIOCESAINE CHARLES DE FOUCAULD LE GRAND SEMINAIRE.

DAY 10, THURSDAY, APRIL 25TH - DEPART FRANCE - ITALY SIGHTSEEING - MONACO - GENOA: Your stay in France ends. We are met by our Trafalgar Travel Director in Viviers and motor coach our way to the principality of Monaco. Here we see the casinos, the Royal Palace of the Grimaldi Family and the Cathedral where the late Princess Grace and Prince Ranier were married. Later, we cross into Italy and Columbus’s birthplace, Genoa. In the evening, we enjoy a welcome drink and dinner. (B/WD)

GENOA APRIL 25TH - 26TH (1 NIGHT). HOTEL: TBA.

DAY 11, FRIDAY, APRIL 26TH - GENOA - PISA - FLORENCE: This morning we travel south to Pisa where we see the Leaning Tower and the Square of Miracles. We then visit San Gimignano in Tuscany which is also known as “Little Manhattan” due to its many towers. Later we arrive in the cradle of the Renaissance, Florence for our 2-night stay. (BB/D)

FLORENCE APRIL 26TH - 28TH (2 NIGHTS). HOTEL: TBA.

DAY 12, SATURDAY, APRIL 27TH - FLORENCE SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME: Today with our local specialist we view the magnificent Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, Santa Croce Basilica, the Piazza della Signoria and visit the Academia with the chance to see ‘David’. The rest of the day is free to explore the city further or perhaps, shop for some gold or leather works. (BB/D)

FLORENCE APRIL 26TH - 28TH (2 NIGHTS). HOTEL: TBA.

DAY 13, SUNDAY, APRIL 28TH - FLORENCE - ASSISI - SORRENTO: Today we make our way through Perugia and to hilltop Assisi. Here, our local Specialist takes us inside St Francis Basilica and view the Saint’s tomb. Later, we visit St Mary of the Angels Church, built on the site where St Francis died in 1226. Today, we will also visit San Damiano the first monastery of the Order of St Clare. Later we make our way down to Sorrento for our overnight stay. (BB/HD)

SORRENTO APRIL 28TH - 29TH (1 NIGHT). HOTEL: TBA.

DAY 14, MONDAY, APRIL 29TH - SORRENTO - POMPEII - ROME: This morning on our orientation tour we see the Corso Italia and the Piazza Tasso before we leave Sorrento for Pompeii. Here with our Local Specialist, we visit the excavations of the town buried by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD. Later, we visit the Montecassino War cemetery and ascend the mountain visiting the Abbey of Montecassino with its spectacular views. We end our day with our arrival in the capital city Rome for our 4-night stay. (BB/D)

ROME APRIL 29TH - MAY 3RD (4 NIGHTS). HOTEL: TBA.

DAY 15, TUESDAY, APRIL 30TH - ROME SIGHTSEEING: This morning with a Local Specialist, we visit the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel to marvel at Michelangelo’s painted ceiling before visiting St Peter’s Basilica and later, St Paul’s Basilica Outside the Walls. Afterwards, we see the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain with an opportunity to throw in a coin to ensure a safe return. (BB/D)

ROME APRIL 29TH - MAY 3RD (4 NIGHTS). HOTEL: TBA.

DAY 16, WEDNESDAY, MAY 1ST - ROME SIGHTSEEING: This morning, with a Local Specialist, we visit Ancient Rome to see Circus Maximus, Constantine’s Arch, the Forum, and visit the mighty Colosseum. Later, we make our way to the ancient Catacombs where the persecution of early Christians took place. The rest of the day is free to explore the eternal city further. (BB/D)

ROME APRIL 29TH - MAY 3RD (4 NIGHTS). HOTEL: TBA.

DAY 17, THURSDAY, MAY 2ND - ROME CASTEL GAN DOLFO EXCURSION: Today we make our way outside of the city to Castel Gan Dolfo, the Pope’s summer residence and vacation retreat. We enjoy a guided visit to the interior and the gardens before visiting the sister house (site to be arranged by the group leader) before making our way back to Rome. Tonight, we enjoy a traditional Roman Evening and Dinner at a local venue to celebrate our journey. (BB/L/FD)

ROME APRIL 29TH - MAY 3RD (4 NIGHTS). HOTEL: TBA.

DAY 18, FRIDAY, MAY 3RD - DEPART ROME FOR CANADA: This morning we bid farewell to our Tour Director in Italy as we are transferred to the airport for our return flight to Canada. (BB/L)

***Itinerary subject to change.***


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