Afternoon departure from Ottawa via Toronto to Madrid.
Madrid - Toledo
Late morning arrival in Madrid. Transfer to our hotel, some time for rest, Mass, dinner and overnight.
Madrid - Toledo
Morning sightseeing tour of Madrid takes us to Puerta del Sol, Plaza Espana with its monument to Cervantes, Celebes fountain, elegant Calla Alcala and Paseo Castellana. We also see the Royal Palace and visit recently completed cathedral. In the afternoon excursion to Toledo, the ancient capital of Castille. We visit the old city, Moorish bridge and spectacular 13th century Cathedral, where we celebrate Mass.
Burgos - Lourdes
After breakfast we travel to Lourdes in France. En route we stop in Burgos for a short visit of its old city and magnificent Gothic cathedral. Upon arrival in Lourdes Mass, dinner, procession with candles and overnight.
Full day in Lourdes. Time to visit the Grotto and the Basilicas. We will have Mass and The Way of The Cross, time for individual prayer and bath, dinner and overnight.
Carcassonne - Avignon
After breakfast we travel through the splendid vineyards of Languedoc-Roussillon to Avignon. En route we stop in a mediaeval fortified city of Carcassonne. Dinner and overnight in Avignon.
Avignon - La Salette
This morning we visit the old city of Avignon with its exceptional complex of monuments listed by UNESCO as World Heritage sites. Continue to La Salette for dinner and overnight.
La Salette - Turin
After breakfast we visit the Shrine Our Lady of La Salette where we celebrate Mass. Continue to Turin in Italy for dinner and overnight.
Full day in Turin. The walking city tour includes Piazza San Carlo, Piazza Castello, Vio Po, Royal Palace and Monte dei Cappuccini. Afternoon we visit St. John the Baptist Cathedral, where the Shroud of Turin is located. Mass, dinner and overnight.
Milan - Einsiedeln
Today we travel to Einsiedeln in Switzerland. En route we stop in Milan where we visit imposing 14th century Duomo (Cathedral) and Corso Vittorio Emanuelle II. Dinner and overnight in Einsiedeln.
Einsiedeln - Lucerne
After breakfast we visit the mediaeval Shrine of Our Lady of Hermits. Later we travel to Lucerne where our sightseeing tour takes us to Lion Monument by B. Thorvaldsen, the Cathedral of St. Leodegar and the Kapellbrucke, old bridge originally built in 1333. Some free time for leisure before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Neuschwannstein - Fussen
This morning we travel to Fussen in Germany. En route we visit Neuschwanstein to see the fairy-tale castle of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Mass, dinner and overnight.
Oberammergau Passion Play
This morning we travel to Oberammergau to participate in the Passion Play performed every 10 years in this small town. This wonderful spectacle of pageantry takes place outdoors where the sky and mountains are the back drop, world renown for the costumes and music presentation, performed by more than 2,000 citizens. Dinner and overnight in special accommodation in Oberammergau or its surroundings
Return to Canada
After breakfast we are transferred to the airport in Munich for a flight back to Ottawa via Toronto. Afternoon arrival.
PILGRIMAGE TO SPAIN, FRANCE, ITALY, SWITZERLAND & GERMANY
What is the deadline for registration?
There is no deadline. We accept registration on a “first-come-first serve” basis. There is always a limited number of spaces available and as soon as we sell them – the group is completed. To avoid disappointment please register as soon as you decide.
When is the final payment?
Usually it is 60 days before departure, but there are some exceptions for non-standard tours. Your invoice will indicate clearly when your payments are due.
What happens with my deposit when you cancel a group?
In a very unlike situation when we have to cancel a group for reasons out of our control, your deposit is protected and fully refundable. When you cancel on your own please make sure that your non-refundable deposit is protected by your own insurance.
Can I request a specific seat on a flight?
For the group reservations the airlines don't give us an option of selecting specific seats. When your ticket is issued your seat is guaranteed, but usually not printed on the e-ticket. However, you can always check-in online 24 hours before departure and change your seat based on availability.
Tell me which hotels we will be staying?
We always book best, first-class hotels. We frequently check them for best quality. Hotels are confirmed about two months before departure and we will give you all details in the final itinerary
I'm traveling alone & don't have a roommate. What should I do?
Please register ASAP. We will take a note of your request and will try to match you with another passenger willing to share. Other options are single room (with a supplement) or forming a triple room if you know another two people willing to share.
I have several food allergies. Can I request a special menu?
Please let us know about your food restrictions. We will order special meals for your flights, if available. All breakfasts and some dinners at the destinations are buffets, so you can select food by yourself. The restaurants at the destinations will do their best to offer you individual alternate to standard set menus for the group. You will need to communicate your needs through tour leaders.
What is eTA? Does it apply to me?
If you are Canadian or US citizen – no need to worry. It applies to citizens of other countries. They will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Be prepared: Apply for an eTA before you book your flight to Canada. Most applicants get approved within minutes. However, some applications can take several days to process so don’t wait until the last minute. Apply and get help at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start-int.asp
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