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A Special Marian Pilgrimage

Covering the most important Marian pilgrim centers and Miracle sites of Faith

TOUR COST: BASED ON TWIN / DOUBLE / TRIPLE SHARING

USD$ 4,790.00

– strictly minimum 20 paying pax

– depart MANILA

USD$ 5,590.00

– strictly minimum 20 paying pax

– depart SYDNEY

Optional:

USD$ 980.00 – supplement for those who wants to take a single room

To add:

US$ 142.00 – Taxes on ticket – Out Manila

US$ 326.00 – Taxes on ticket – Out Sydney

US$ 170.00 – Mandatory tips

US$ 120.00 – Travel Insurance (optional & for 59y/o below) for Philippine passengers only, above 60 y/o subject to recalculation

Php 9,400.00 – Schengen visa fee with assistance for Philippine passports only

DEPARTURE DATES:

April 13 – May 1, 2020

May 4 – 22, 2020

September 7 – 25, 2020

October 5 – 23, 2020

NOTE:

Please note that triple rooms in Mexico only count with 2 double beds, meaning that 2 people must share one bed.

INCLUSIONS

  • Roundtrip economy class airfare on QATAR AIRWAYS
  • Roundtrip transfers
  • Hotel accommodations on guaranteed 4* hotels
  • Half board meals (breakfast and dinner)
  • Tours as specified in the itinerary
  • Motor coach by a deluxe air-conditioned bus
  • English speaking local guide
  • Porterage of one (1) piece of luggage
  • Services of a Filipino tour escort and Chaplain as required
  • Pre departure briefing w/ Ephesus travel bag and travel kit

EXCLUSIONS

  • Bottled water and drinks during meals
  • Lunch
  • Tours not specified in the itinerary

REQUIREMENTS:

(For Philippine passport holders)

  • Latest passport (6 months valid for the duration of the trip),
  • Old passport with copies of visas (if any);
  • Original Bank Certificate/Bank Statement & Passbook (both peso & dollar)
  • Duly filled up visa application form,
  • Business registration/ ITR of Business & Annual Declaration of Income (for businessmen),
  • Certificate of Employment with Leave of Absence and Salary & ITR (for employees) ,
  • NSO Copy of Marriage Contract and Affidavit of support and consent if not traveling with spouse,
  • For Single traveler, NSO copy of Birth Certificate
    In case of Student or child- school ID, Proof of Enrollment, Affidavit of Support from parents,
  • Photocopy of International credit cards,
  • 3 pieces passport size picture (white background),
  • Travel insurance

PAYMENT & CANCELLATION

  • A non-refundable deposit of USD$500.00 per person upon reservation must be given at least 6 months prior departure date;
  • Full payment due upon release of visas but should not be later than 2 MONTHS prior departure date;
  • Cancellation charge of fifty percent (50%) of tour cost if cancellation is done two (2) months before departure date; Full tour cost will be forfeited if cancellation is done 1 month before departure date.
  • Unused portion of the tour is non-refundable.

CONDITIONS / RESPONSIBILITIES

TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE documentation expenses, insurance, medical and hospitalization expenses, tours and transportation expenses during free periods, porterage of extra luggage, drinks and meals not specified in the itinerary. and such other personal nature like telephone calls, fax, laundry, room service and expenses not mentioned in the itinerary terms and conditions.

Ephesus Travel & Tours has arranged for the various tour services to be performed under the responsibility of various operators. Our company or its subagents therefore only acts as agents for the operators providing the various services described in this tour and assume no responsibility or liability that may occur out of or in connection with losses or unexpected expenses due to delays, overbooking, and defaults.

The tour itineraries and prices are subject to change without prior notice. Should the number of participants fall below the required number of paxs, we reserve the right to increase the tour cost or cancel/reschedule the tour.

The payment for a Reservation fee on the tour shall constitute acceptance and consent to all provisions in the tour conditions/responsibility published in this tour.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF VISA DOCUMENTS

(original and one set of photocopies in A4 sized paper)

for Philippine passport holders only – 6 Months prior each departure dates!

ITINERARY

DAY01/OCTOBER 5: MANILA/SYDNEY – ROME 
Depart Manila OR Sydney  via one of the best airlines and enjoy their flight services. Arrive the next day  in ROME.

 DAY 02/OCTOBER 6: ROME (D)

Arrive ROME and after airport formalities, meet our Tour Manager and have an orientation tour of this eternal city of Rome. We shall arrange for an arrival thanksgiving mass at the Church of St. Alphonsus Liguori or better known as Perpetual Help. Then transfer to our hotel to have some good rest after a long flight. Dinner and overnight.

 DAY03/OCTOBER 7: ROME (B, D)  

After breakfast, transfer straight to the Vatican Square for our PAPAL Audience. Gain blessings from our dear Pope Francis as he greets all nationalities present during the visit and bestow his blessings to all. Have lunch and free time to buy some souvenirs and religious articles around the area of the Vatican where you can get good deals. Continue visits to the Vatican museum and visit the underground tomb of the Popes and the newly restored Sistine Chapel with its magnificent frescoes depicting the “LAST JUDGEMENT” by Michael Angelo and the beautiful paintings of the masters Then we proceed to visit the important churches in the history starting at St. Peter’s Basilica where we can view the famous La Pieta of

Michel Angelo. Spend some time for private devotions. Back to hotel for dinner and overnight.

 DAY04/OCTOBER 8: ROME (B, D)

Today we continue visits  to the other major Basilicas starting with the Basilica of San Paul’s outside the Walls. Then on to the Basilica of Maria Maggiore, and end at San Giovanni Laterano (oldest church in Rome – Gift of St. Helena to the Pope) and the seat of the Bishop of Rome or Roman Pontiff. It is the highest ranking among the four major papal basilicas.. Lunch enroute and begin with our classical tour of Rome initially visiting  the Colosseum known for its gladiatorial combats and the Roman Forum. On to the amazing Trevi fountain, Via Venetto and Piazza de Venezia, the Pantheon and the Spanish steps. Rest of the day at leisure to give chance for own free time to enjoy the city and buy more souvenir items. Dinner and overnight.

 DAY 05/OCTOBER 9: ROME – SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO (B,D)

We leave the Eternal City to San Giovanni Rotondo, the small town closely associated with the life of Padre Pio. We will stop in Pietrelcina where Padre Pio was born and grew up.  Visit his tomb, cell and confessional, and the old church where he received the stigmata, as well as the Church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie, where we will have our Eucharistic celebration. Dinner and overnight. 

 DAY 06/OCTOBER 10: SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO – LANCIANO – ASSISI   (B,D)

The group departs for Assisi in the morning with a brief stop in Lanciano, where there was a Eucharistic Miracle of Jesus that took place. Then continue to Assisi. Our tour will include visits to the Basilica of St. Francis (view the exquisite artwork of Giotto), the Basilica of St. Clare, which to this day houses her incorrupt body, and the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Portiuncula Chapel, which houses the site of the beginning of the Franciscan order. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 07/OCTOBER 11: ASSISI – PISA – NICE (B,D)
This morning visit the Basilica Degli Angeli in the valley to see the Porziuncula (the chapel built by St. Francis with his hands) and the thornless rose bush which is also inside this church. We shall arrange for our Sunday mass in this church. Continue to Pisa as we ride d shuttle to Piazza Duomo, view and photo stop at the famous Leaning Tower, the Baptistry, and the Campanile.  Continue drive to Nice for dinner and overnight.

 DAY08/OCTOBER 12: NICE – BARCELONA (B,D)
Today, we travel across the Camargue, famous for its wild horses, bulls, and flamingos, a place also rich in reeds, flowers and rice fields. We pass by the famous perfume factory of Fragounard, where this city is known for. Continue on through Catalonia to Barcelona. Dinner and overnight

DAY 09/OCTOBER 13: BARCELONA – MONTSERRAT – BARCELONA (B,D)
After breakfast, start of our FULL  day tour with our ascend  to Montserrat to  visit the Royal Basilica and the Monastery which houses the famous Black Virgin, “Virgin Morenata”. Lunch enroute and drive back to Barcelona with our visit to SAGRADA FAMILIA, including its cathedral and cloister. Enjoy this beautiful and most ambitious church in history. Have some time for little souvenir shopping and drive back to hotel for dinner and overnight

DAY10/OCTOBER 14: BARCELONA – ZARAGOZA – MADRID (B,D)
Today, we begin with our excursion to Zaragoza. Crossing the Sierras of Zaragoza, see the remote homes of the Spanish village. Here, we will visit the Basilica Del Pilar, “Nuestra Senora del Pilar” where we can celebrate our novena mass. See the magnificent altar in this church, which was built on the site where according to local legend, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to the apostle St James the Great alongside the River Ebro. She was still living in Jerusalem at the time; this is her only reported apparition prior to her Assumption. The Virgin gave James a pillar and instructed him to build a church. As instructed, St James built a small chapel on the spot, making it the first church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Travel to Madrid where group shall have dinner and overnight.

DAY11/OCTOBER 15: MADRID – FATIMA (B,D)
Short orientation visit to Plaza Major and start long distance transfer to reach one of the world’s major pilgrimage centers, FATIMA. After dinner, you may opt to attend the nightly candle light procession. Dinner and overnight.

DAY12/OCTOBER 16: FATIMA (B,D)
Today, we visit the Shrine and Basilica of our Lady and celebrate our mass at the Chapel of Apparitions. On to the house of Francisco and Jacinta, two of the three shepherd children where our Lady appeared and gave her word of peace. In the afternoon, we can join the candlelight Procession and the rest of the day is free for private devotions… (B, D)

DAY 13/OCTOBER 17: FATIMA – SALAMANCA – BURGOS (B,D)

After breakfast, we’ll have our long distance drive to the University City of Salamanca known as European Capital of Culture, including city orientation showing us the Plaza Mayor. On to Burgos, the cradle of Castille and gothic capital of Spain where we shall have our dinner and overnight

DAY 14/OCTOBER 18: BURGOS – LOYOLA – LOURDES (B,D)

Depart for Loyola and visit the Sanctuary. Pray at the Basilica where our Lady appeared to St. Ignatius with the Christ child, the founder of the Jesuit order. We shall have our Sunday mass here. Then continue drive to this city towards the French border crossing the Pyrenees Mountains to another famous Marian pilgrim center, Lourdes

DAY15/OCTOBER 19: LOURDES (B,D)
Today we meet our guide to visit the Le Cachot, a tiny chamber , a former prison where St. Bernadette Soubirous & her family lived in the 1850s.  See the places of apparition of Our Lady to Bernadette. We spend  the whole day for private devotions, arranging our private mass, visiting the Monastery of Visitation. The sanctuaries and pools/holy baths are always open and religious ceremonies are held everyday: Masses, Blessing of the Sick, Stations of the Cross, and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Torch Rosary Procession every evening. Dinner and overnight.

DAY16/OCTOBER 20: LOURDES/PARIS (B,D)
Depart for Paris via the TGV Train. Upon arrival in this city of Romance, we visit the famous Eiffel Tower and view the restoration of Notre Dame Cathedral. See other highlights as well like the Champs Elysees, the Opera House, Concorde Square and The Arc De Triomphe. Cap the day as we visit and view the beautifully lighted SacreCoeur Church on Montmartre, inspired by the Sacred Heart Devotion which began in Paray – Le – Monial by St. Margaret – Mary. Dinner and overnight.

DAY 17/OCTOBER 21: PARIS – LISIEUX – PARIS (B,D)

This morning we depart to Lisieux. Enjoy an orientation tour of Lisieux with visits to the places associated with the life of St. Therese including the Great Basilica dedicated to her, the Carmelite Convent, the Buissonets (home of the Martin family), and other places of importance. Have our novena mass at the Basilica. Drive back to Paris for dinner and overnight.

DAY18/OCTOBER 22: PARIS DEPARTURE (B)
Begin the day with our visit to the Louvre Museum, where we can see magnificent works of art and the original painting of Mona Lisa. Proceed to Rue du Bac and have our final thanksgiving departure mass at the Chapel of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal where the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Laboure is still lying in state . Gain merciful blessings and healing as we pray to our dear saint. Whole afternoon free for some last minute shopping  until transfer to the airport for return flight to Manila or Sydney

DAY19/OCTOBER 23: ARRIVAL IN MANILA IN THE EVENING

DAY20/OCTOBER 24: ARRIVAL IN SYDNEY IN THE MORNING

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