San Felipe Neri & Lourdes April 17 – 29, 2013

Pilgrimage Chaplain: Msgr. Mario D. Enriquez

Day 1      Wednesday April 17             Manila – Rome

Depart Manila on board Thai Airways.  Enjoy inflight entertainment

Day 2      Thursday   April 18              Rome                                     (D)

Upon arrival at the airport you will be welcomed by our local rep.  Proceed to Guided city tour which will show life and works of St. Felipe Neri:. He was the founder of the Santissima Trinita de’ Pellegrini e de’ Convalescenti. Felipe Neri settled down, with some companions, at the hospital of San Girolamo della Carità. Later on he instituted the Oratory. A few years later the Florentines requested that he leave San Girolamo, and to oversee their church in Rome, San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, then newly built. As the community grew, and its mission work extended, the need for a church entirely its own, and not subject to other claims, as were San Girolamo and San Giovanni, made itself felt, and the offer of the small parish church of Santa Maria in Vallicella. The building, however, was not large enough for their purpose, was pulled down, and a splendid church erected on the site. The new church was consecrated early in 1577, and the clergy of the new society at once resigned the charge of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini; but Neri himself did not leave San Girolamo until 1583, and then only by virtue of an injunction of the pope that he, as the superior, should reside at the chief house of his congregation. Dinner in local restaurant and overnight in Rome

Day 3      Friday 19 April                    Rome                                      (B/D)

After breakfast in the hotel.  Visit the Vatican for the holy mass.  On Wednesday the Pope does the mass himself. Please note that it is possible that he has other obligations and the mass will be cancelled! After the mass we start a guided Christian Rome tour, by private coach and with local professional guide, with a visit to the four great Basilicas± The Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, St. Mary Magiore, St. John Laterano and St. Peter´s Basilica. We will also visit the Scala Sancta, the very staircase of Pontius Pilate´s palace that Jesus ascended when he was sentenced to death.  Dinner then overnight in Rome.

Day 4      Saturday 20 April                 Rome – Cassino                    (B/D)

Leisure time in Rome.  Transfer to Cassino then dinner in hotel. Overnight in Cassino

Day 5      Sunday 21 April    Cassino – Assisi                    (B/D)

After breakfast visit Benedictine Abbey on own then transfer to Assisi.  Just before arriving in Assisi you will visit the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. In this basilica St. Francis consecrated St. Clare as the Bride of Christ. See the Transito Chapel where St. Francis died on Oct 3 1226, and the little courtyard with the rose bush into which St. Francis threw himself to overcome temptation.  After checking in time to admire the Basilica of St. Francis and visit the Church of St. Clare.   Dinner and overnight in Assisi

Day 6      Monday 22 April                   Assisi – Florence                  (B/D)

Breakfast in the hotel.  Private mass in the church Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli of Assisi.  Transfer to Florence.  Guided city tour in Florence See the Duomo and the famous sculptures on the bronze doors of the Baptistry which Michelangelo declared to be the “Gates of Paradise” Stroll over the Ponte Vecchio, known for gold jewelry.  Dinner in local restaurant and overnight in Florence

Day 7      Tuesday 23 April                  Pisa – Nice                             (B/D)

Transfer to Pisa.  Short stop in Pisa to take pictures of the tower of Pisa

Transfer to Nice.  Leisure time in Nice.  Dinner in hotel and overnight in Nice

Day 8      Wednesday 24 April             Nice – Lourdes                      (B/D)

Transfer to Lourdes.  After dinner join the Candlelight Procession where thousands of visitors pray the Rosary and sing hymns in honor of the Mother of God. Overnight Lourdes

Day 9      Thursday 25 April                                Lourdes                                  (B/D)

In the morning attend a video presentation telling the story of Lourdes.  Private mass will be celebrated at St Anne Chapel.  Together with a local guide walk in the footsteps of St. Bernadette.   See Boly Mill where St. Bernadette was born and the Cachot an abandoned prison where Bernadette’s impoverished family lived.  Join your prayers with those of pilgrims from around the world as you pray for the sick, drink water from the miraculous spring or submerge yourself in the healing baths.  Experience Christ’s love as you walk the life-sized Stations of the Cross overlooking the holy Grotto. Kneel in the chapel built on the very rock of the Grotto, in obedience of the request of the Immaculate Conception.

Day 10      Friday 26 April                    Lourdes  – Paris                    (B/D)

Morning transfer to train station, board train to Paris.  Mass will be celebrated at the Church of rue du Bac, Shrine of the Miraculous Medal. View the incorrupt body of St. Catherine Laboure whose guardian angel led her to the Chapel where the Blessed Virgin displayed a vision of the miraculous medal and later the green scapular. The Virgin promised bountiful graces for all who wore these.  Dinner in hotel and overnight in Paris

Day 11      Saturday 27 April               Paris                       (B/D)

Breakfast in the hotel.  The color and excitement of Paris comes to life during this guided city tour.  See the Champs- Elysees, Place de la Concorde, the Eiffel tower, Opera and see The magnificent Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame.  At the end of the tour walk up the steps or take the funicular to the Sacre Coeur a place of perpetual pilgrimage and located in the heart of the artists quarter.  From the gallery of the dome there is an incomparable panorama over the whole metropolitan area. Spend some leisure time in Paris.  Enjoy farewell dinner and overnight Paris

Day 12      Sunday 28 April  Departure Paris – Manila   (B)

Hotel Breakfast then free time till departure. Transfer to the airport for your flight back home.  Enjoy inflight entertainment and meals.

Day 13      Monday 29 April Manila

Arrive safely in Manila.  Back from a memorable San Felipe and Lourdes experience. HOME SWEET HOME

$2,698 per person on twin/triple

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Tour Inclusions

  • Roundtrip Airfare via THAI Airways
  • 3/4-Star Hotel Accommodations
  • Daily Breakfast & Dinner (Local & Chinese Meals)
  • San Felipe Neri’s works and footsteps
  • Vatican City and Museum, St Peter’s Basilica,  St Paul’s Basilica, St Mary Magiore and St John Laterano
  • Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps
  • Basilica of St Francis and St Clare of Assisi
  • Leaning tower of Pisa
  • At leisure in Nice
  • Candle light procession in Lourdes, Boly Mill and the Cachot
  • Stations of the Cross in Lourdes
  • Incorrupt body of Catherine Laboure
  • Entrance to the 2nd level of Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees,
  • Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, Invalides
  • Place de la Concorde & more
  • Pre- departure Merienda briefing
  • Local Guide During city tour / Tour Coordinator
  • Souvenir Travel Bag / Travel Kit
  • Personalized Luggage tags
  • Travel Insurance up to 60   years old


  • Schengen Visa fee (P5,000) subject to change
  • Phil. Travel Tax (P1620)
  • Airport terminal fee (P550)
  • Airline taxes – $570 subject to change
  • Lunch and beverages during meals
  • Tips to Guide / Driver $110/ pax

Visa Requirements

  • Signed visa Application Form
  • Passport Valid for 6 Months (Old & New)
  • 4 passport size pictures
  • Bank Certificate & bank statement
  • Income Tax Return (orig. /Photocopies)
  • Certificate of Employment with Leave of Absence & Salary Declaration
  • NSO copy of Marriage Contract / Birth Certificate
  • Affidavit of Consent if not traveling with Spouse

Add’l requirements if Self- Employed

  • Business Registration / Income Tax Return of Business
  • Annual Declaration of Income

Terms & Conditions

  • $300 non-refundable booking deposit
  • Full Cancellation charges if made 2 weeks before departure.
  • Full payment upon approval of the visa
  • Single Supplement: USD420
  • Travel Insurance for 61-69 y.o. – P500.00