Celebrating our 32nd Year Providing Superior Catholic Pilgrimages
Providing Superior Catholic Pilgrimages to Rome, Italy, Fatima, Lourdes, Medjugorje, Pope John Paul II, Steps of Paul, the Holy Land, World Youth Day, the Passion Play & more!
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The Quest Travel Group
Day 1: USA - Europe. Tour members depart for Padua/Venice. Dinner and breakfast are served in-flight.
Day 2: Padua/Venice. Late morning arrival at Marco Polo airport in Venice. We are met and transferred to our hotel in Padua for check in. This afternoon, we visit the Abbey where St. Anthony is buried. Anthony, the Saint of poor people, wanted to live side by side with the most humble and poor class of society, taking on as his own their sufferings and the contradictions in which the populace groaned, abandoned to the arrogance of the strong, unprotected from the violent. Anthony fought courageously to restore each man with his original image and resemblance to God, opening his heart to receive the Gospel of the Kingdom carried by the Savior.
"He brought brothers in discord together in peace; he gave freedom back to prisoners; he caused the restitution of that which had been robbed through usury or violence He liberated prostitutes from the obscene market, and thieves famous for misdeeds held back from laying their hands on the things of others."
Mass is celebrated in the Basilica of St. Anthony. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Venice. Breakfast before proceeding to Venice for a full day of excursion, by boat and on foot, in this fascinating town. First, a guided tour to visit the Doge’s Palace, the Basilica of St. Mark the Evangelist. Balance of the day at leisure for an optional “Gondola ride”, shopping or to discover the city on our own. Return at hotel in the late afternoon for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Pisa - Montecatini. After breakfast, we travel south and arrive at Pisa.
. . . and the time came when the people of Pisa wanted to write in marble the faith they had received from their fathers, to hand it down to their children.
This is how the "Piazza dei Miracoli" was born. The Baptistery, where the water, full of the Holy Spirit, becomes the mother of new life: It makes God’s children. The Cathedral, where the family gathers with other people, feeding on the Word and the Eucharist. The Tower, which reaches up to the sky with the magic of its impossible equilibrium and lets the calling Voice come down. The Cemetery, for the waiting to be freed of tears, to become a nostalgia full of hope. Four "miracles" on a green carpet: To walk in amazement in everyday life towards the miracle of love that the Father prepares for His children. Four miracles of stone that sing of the infinite Beauty and are an invitation to praise. Afterwards, we continue on to Montecatini for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Florence - Assisi. After breakfast, we board our motor coach and drive to Florence. Florence is regarded as the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and is one of the most beautiful and inspiring cities of the world with its rich artistic, historic and spiritual heritage. It is birthplace or chosen home of Dante, Boccaccio, Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Machiavelli, Michelangelo, Donatello & Galileo. This is a wonderful tour of the Cradle of Renaissance, allowing us to see many unforgettable sights such as the domed cathedral of the city, Santa Maria del Fiore, the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the bronze “Gate of Paradise" at St. John’s Baptistery. Afterwards, we continue on to Assisi for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 Assisi – Cascia - Loreto. After breakfast, we meet our local guide and begin with the Church of St. Clare which houses her incorrupt body. One of the chapels contains the crucifix that bowed its head and ordered St. Francis to “repair God’s Church.” Next, we visit the Basilica of St. Francis built in 1228 to house the Relics of the saint. The "upper" basilica houses beautiful Giotto’s frescoes of the life of St, Francis. Afterwards, we board our motor coach and head for Loreto. On the way, we stop in Cascia to visit the shrine of Santa Rita and here we celebrate Mass. We continue to our hotel in Loreto for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Loreto - San Giovanni Rotondo. We meet local guide after breakfast and visit the house of the Virgin Mary, which arrived from the Holy Land. This precious relic was brought to Italy after the fall of the kingdom of the Crusaders in the Holy Land. Recent studies of the stones, graffiti and other documents, purifying the tradition of legendary elements, confirm and certify the authenticity of the Holy House. The shrine of Loreto has been for centuries, and still is, one of the most important pilgrimages of the Catholic world. We then depart Loreto, around noon, and travel south to arrive in San Giovanni Rotondo in the afternoon. Check in at hotel and relax before we celebrate Mass on the Tomb of Saint Pio
O, Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible
Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: San Giovanni Rotondo - Pompei - Rome. Some time at leisure after breakfast, and then we visit the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie where Padre Pio lived and the modern Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church built in 2004 behind Santa Maria delle Grazie Church. Then, we leave San Giovanni Rotondo and travel north towards Rome. On the way, we stop in Pompeii to visit the The Marian Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary.
O good Mother, have pity on us, on our souls, on our families on our relatives on our friends, on our deceased, especially on our enemies, and on so many who call themselves Christian and yet offend the Heart of your loving Son. Today we implore pity for the misguided Nations, for all the world, so that it may return repentant to your heart.
Mercy on all, O Mother of Mercy!
Celebrate Mass and then continue on the highway and arrive in Rome for dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Day 9: Ancient Rome - Basilicas. We greet the new day in a city nicknamed Caput Mundi (Capital of the World) and The Eternal City. Not only because Rome has always been the hub of art, education, high culture and politics in the western world, but also it is a spiritual capital and a powerful center of pilgrimages. After breakfast, we walk through the very core of Roman antiquity. We tour Trajan’s market, Nero’s Golden House, Trajan’s Forum and Column, Arch of Constantine and the House of Knights of Rhodes. Next, we proceed to the Mamertine Prisons (where St Peter was held prisoner), the Roman Forum (the civic heart of the Roman Republic), the Coliseum. Afterwards, we board our bus for an afternoon tour of the major Basilicas of Rome. At the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the ceiling is said to be decorated with gold that Columbus brought back from the new world. This basilica, the largest in Rome dedicated to the Blessed Mother, is part of the day’s “Christian Rome” tour and has beautiful Biblical mosaics, a marble floor and bell tower and one of the oldest shrines (containing a relic from the manger of the infant Jesus) dedicated to the Blessed Virgin. We also visit the Basilica of St. John Lateran which is the oldest of the major basilicas and ranks first as the actual “parish church” of the Pope (Bishop of Rome). There, we learn about the Scala Sancta (Holy Stairs). Tradition has it that these steps, said to be the staircase leading once to the praetorium of Pilate at Jerusalem, are sanctified by the footsteps of Jesus Christ during his Passion. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Vatican Museums – Fountains and squares. We start the
day with a guided tour of the Vatican Museums which house what can be described
as the most important collections of art in the world. The history and awe
surrounding the galleries and all the treasures they contain will truly transfix
us. Highlights include The Tapestry Gallery, The Raphael Rooms, and The Sistine
Chapel where we will gaze on Michelangelo’s incredible masterpiece. We will also
enter St. Peter’s Basilica which has the largest interior of any Christian
church in the world and which has been described as the reason Rome is still the
center of the civilized world. Tradition and historical evidence hold that St.
Peter’s tomb is directly below the altar of this basilica, which American Ralph
Waldo Emerson described as an ornament of the earth… the sublime of the
beautiful. Next we will have the chance to marvel at Bernini’s beautiful bronze
canopy and Michelangelo’s Blessed Mother holding her crucified son, known as the
Pieta. Time permitting , we will visit the tomb of Pope John Paul II,
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