Suzanne Aubert, Marist, France and Italy Pilgrimage Tour - SAP18

Number of Days: 22
Destination: Europe
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  • We invite you to join Merrilyn George and Fr Chris Friel as they retrace the origins of our own Suzanne Aubert (Sister Mary Joseph) - and explore Italy and France on an amazing and unique journey of faith. Includes all the highlights of France and Italy plus the Marist Story, home of Suzanne Aubert and the amazing “Set Apart” quilt exhibition.

    Our tour commences Sunday 22 April 2018 and is escorted by Fr Chris Friel - an experienced tour host. He has taken many Pilgrimage Tours and has a wealth of information to share with you on tour and is your tour chaplain while away. We also have local guides for specialist insights on places we visit and special events organized just for our group.

    Everything is looked after for you on tour and post tour so why not extend your time away.

  • Suzanne Aubert, Marist, France and Italy pilgrimage tour


    22 April 2018

    Day 1: Sunday - Arrive Paris
    Welcome to Paris. On arrival we have an orientation tour of Paris including views over the city. 2 nights’ accommodation Paris. Welcome dinner included tonight.
    Dinner Included
    Day 2: Monday – Explore Paris
    Your free day to explore Paris at your own pace – suggestions include Sacre Coeur, Montmartre, a Seine cruise or a visit to the Louvre.
    Breakfast Included
    Day 3: Tuesday - Versailles, Giverny, Caen.
    Depart Paris for the Palace of Versailles and then to beautiful Monet’s Garden of Giverny. The garden was in inspiration for many of his paintings. Visit the Japanese waterlily garden and cottage gardens around his home. On to Caen, our base for 2 nights.
    Breakfast & Dinner Included
    Day 4: Wednesday - Honfleur, Lisieux, Bayeux Tapestry,
    Today visit the picturesque Hon Fleur fishing village, one of Normandy’s most appealing harbours. Then to Lisieux devoted now to St Therese and Bayeux to view the famous tapestry depicting William the Conquerors invasion of England – dating from 1077.
    Breakfast Included
    Day 5: Thursday - Mont St Michel, Chartres.
    Today we explore picturesque Mont St Michel situated on an island on the Normand /Brittany coast and now connected by a causeway. It’s one of the most enchanting sights in France. A Benedictine monastery in the 12th and 13th C and a place of pilgrimages to honour St Michel. Visit the hilltop Abbey. Then to Chatres to visit the cathedral, begun in 1020 and an engineering marvel of it’s time. Check out beautiful stained glass windows (1210–40) including the “Tree of Jesse” tracing Christs geneology and the 13 C Ladyrinth on the nave floor. Early pilgrims followed the route on their knees. 2 nights Amboise.
    Breakfast Included
    Day 6: Friday - Chaumont Sur Loire, Chenonceaux Chateaux.
    Every year the beautiful and innovative gardens of chateau Chaumont-sur-Loire play host to the annual Festival des Jardins, a garden festival with up to 30 themed gardens and the biggest garden show in France.
    Breakfast Included
    Day 7: Saturday - Nevers, Paray de Moial, Lyon
    Depart Amboise for Nevers then on to Paray de Moial enroute to Lyon. Arrive Lyon to honour Suzanne Aubert who died in 1926. Accommodation 5 nights Lyon.
    Breakfast Included
    Day 8: Sunday – Lyon
    Morning Mass followed by opening of quilt exhibition and visits to sites associated with Marist missionaries.
    Breakfast Included
    Day 9: Monday – Lyon
    This morning we have a tour of Lyon (situated on the Rhone and Saone Rivers) including the funicular and Basilica Notre Dame de Fourviere, 15c Roman Theatres and Lyons version of the Eiffel tower – the Tour Metallique erected in 1893.
    Breakfast Included
    Day 10: Tuesday - Saint-Symphorien-de-Lay, Ars Sur Formans
    Day trip to the home towns of Suzanne Aubert and of St John Vianney.
    Breakfast Included
    Day 11: Wednesday - Lyon
    Free day.
    Breakfast Included
    Day 12: Thursday - Lyon, Stresa
    Late morning departure for the Italian Lakes. On arrival Stresa we check in to the hotel and the balance of the afternoon is free. 2 nights Stresa.
    Breakfast & Dinner Included
    Day 13: Friday - Italian Lakes
    This morning explore the beautiful palace and garden islands of Isola Bella and Isola Madre. Return to Stresa overlooking Lago Maggiore.
    Breakfast Included
    Day 14: Saturday - Stresa, Florence
    Depart Stresa this morning for Florence. On arrival we have a walking tour to view the famous Baptistery, Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and statue of David. 1 night Florence.
    Breakfast Included
    Day 15: Sunday – Florence, Siena, Assisi
    After breakfast we will head south to Siena, the home of the famous Palio horse race and birthplace of St’s Catherine (one of the two patron Saints of Italy along with St. Francis of Assisi) and Bernardine (known as the “Apostle of Italy”). Siena is one of Italy’s loveliest medieval cities. Here we will stroll the Piazza Del Campo, one of Italy’s finest squares and visit the Cathedral and the Basilica of St. Francis, containing the miraculous consecrated hosts that remained intact since 1730. View the incorrupt head of St. Catherine at the Basilica of St. Dominic. Continue to Assisi the hometown of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment, and founder of the Franciscan Order. 2 nights Assisi.
    Breakfast & Dinner Included
    Day 16: Monday - Assisi
    Today we spend a full day touring the home of the Saint that inspired our Holy Father, who chose his name in admiration of the Saint of Nature and Servant to the Poor. Known for being a humble man himself, Pope Francis spent most of his life denying the luxuries of life, preferring to live in simplicity and humility. Following breakfast visit the tomb of St Francis and explore his quaint hilltop village and birthplace. In the huge 13c Basilica are many of the saint's possessions and a series of frescoes depicting his life. In St Mary of the Angels Basilica (where St Francis spent a lot of his life) we visit the Chapel, Portiuncola, the rose bush, and the cave where the saint retired for prayer. You will have time to shop or eat lunch at an outdoor cafe with a view of an ancient Roman temple, we go to the Church of St. Clare to view her relics. She founded of the Order of Poor Clares followed the teachings of St Francis by living a life of poverty and humility.
    Breakfast & Dinner Included
    Day 17: Tuesday – Assisi, Rome
    Depart Assisi after breakfast for Rome, one of the most magnificent and interesting cities in the world, also known as the “Eternal City” This evening you may walk to St. Peter’s Square for Rosary (optional). Accommodation 5 nights Rome.
    Breakfast Included
    Day 18: Wednesday – Papal Audience, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Novona, St John the Lateran, St Mary Major, The Holy Steps
    Following breakfast, we will make our way to St. Peter’s Square to attend the Papal Audience, led by His Holiness, Pope Francis. (Papal Audience: Is scheduled to take place every Wednesday). Following the audience, we make our way to the Trevi Fountain built in the 15 C to mark the ending destination of the Aqua Virgo – a manmade channel erected in 19 B.C, or Piazza Novona with its Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi “Fountain of the Four Rivers”. Later we visit the Basilica of St. John the Lateran, the Pope’s cathedral church with relics of both Peter and Paul under the main altar. It was here that Pope Francis was formally installed as Bishop of Rome. Next cross the street to the Holy Staircase - believed to be a staircase from Pilate’s palace in Jerusalem and brought to Rome by St. Helen in the 4 C. Continue to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the most important and the oldest church dedicated to Our Lady. It contains a relic from the manger of the infant Jesus.
    Breakfast Included
    Day 19: Thursday – Rome
    Free day to explore Rome.
    Breakfast Included
    Day 20: Friday - Vatican Museum, St. Pauls Outside the Walls, Catacombs
    Morning visit to the largest church in Christendom, St Peter's Basilica, built on the site where St Peter was martyred. Marvel at the Pieta and Bernini's amazing bronze canopy. We then visit of the Vatican Museums with galleries filled with art treasures. See awe-inspiring relics, and works of art donated as tributes of faith. See the The Tapestry Gallery, The Raphael Rooms and the amazing Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo's masterpiece. We will also visit the tomb of St. John Paul II located at the Vatican. We will then continue on to visit St Pauls Outside the Walls, the Appian Way (the oldest road from Roman times) and the catacombs where early Christians were buried or hid to escape persecution.
    Breakfast Included
    Day 21: Saturday - Vatican – Scarvi
    Pope Francis visited the Scarvi to see the tomb of St. Peter, following his elevation, for a visit of devotion that lasted 45 minutes. He is the first Pontiff to visit the necropolis since extensive archaeological excavations were conducted at the ancient site decades ago. We will visit this as well subject to availability as access is strictly limited. Farewell dinner (included) tonight.
    Breakfast & Dinner Included
    Day 22: Sunday - Depart Rome
    Optional morning mass at St Peters. Transfer to FCO International Airport, or continue on optional extension below.
    Breakfast Included


  • Suzanne Aubert, Marist, France and Italy Pilgrimage Tour - SAP18

    Paris to Rome

  • Tour Includes...

    • Transfers as per itinerary
    • 3+ star hotel accommodation
    • Breakfast daily and Dinner as per itinerary
    • Transportation by air-conditioned coach
    • Assistance of guides
    • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
    • Mass and Spiritual activities as per itinerary  

    Not included:

    • Other meals and drinks
    • Travel Insurance 
    • Gratuities for your guide & driver. 
    • Items of a personal nature.
    • Items not specifically stated as included in the final itinerary.

  • Available Dates

    • 11980

    Ref: SAP18

    22-Apr-2018 13-May-2018

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