with Fr. Michael Gallagher, Professor Emeritus, Trinity University, Wash. DC
October 16-26, 2017
Travel to the Maltese Archipilego to commemorate the brief sojourn of St. Paul, the tireless apostle of Christ, following his captive shipwreck in 60 AD! From the Acts of the Apostles (XXVIII) we find the welcome given to St. Paul and his companions (as told by St. Luke): "And later we learned that the island was called Malta. And the people who lived there showed us great kindness, and they made a fire and called us all to warm ourselves... ". Take in the glorious sites of the Crusader island and the shrines dedicated to the Apostle, Malta's "Father of Christianity"!
Continue on to Southern Italy to spend three days on the beautiful Bay of Naples visiting the Isle of Capri, the cliffside town of Amalfi (Shrine of St. Andrew, brother of St. Peter) and the Neapolitan seaport of Naples, home of St. Giuseppe Moscati, the 20th C. "Holy Doctor of Naples!
The pilgrimage will culminate in the ancient city of Rome and the heart of the Catholic Church, where one can never see enough of! Staying in a lovely casa on the medieval Piazza Farnese, take in the most important religious and historical sites of the Eternal City with time to discover the city's many jewels at leisure!
Cost:$4695 from Washington IAD
Call for the cost from other cities of departure
R/T airfare from Washington Dulles
Land transportation by luxury motorcoach
All ferry rides as indicated on itinerary
All entrance fees where applicable
3 & 4* hotels with private bath
Breakfast & Dinner daily and three lunches
Guided touring as indicated on itinerary
Daily Holy Mass
Cost is based on double room occupancy
Add $495 for a single room
Suggested Gratuities: 80 Euros per person total and will be collected at the beginning of the trip
TO RESERVE A SEAT:
Fill out the small application form within the brochure and send with a $500 deposit to the address below.
Or call 1-800-334-5425 and we will be happy to send you one.
The Village Centre - P.O Box 509
Bangall, NY 12506
Day 1 - Afternoon flight departure on Lufthansa from Washington DC to Frankfurt and on to Malta.
Day 2 - Mid-day arrival in Malta, the main island of the Maltese archipelago at the heart of Mediterranean Sea, just south of Sicily. Transfer north to the seaside resort town of Sliema for check-in at Hotel Victoria for three nights. Enjoy a docudrama, "The Shipwreck", telling how St. Paul's unplanned three month stay on Malta in 60AD changed the course of the island's history to this day!
Day 3 - A day to discover Malta beginning in Valetta, its historical capital. Visit the Upper Barakka Gardens of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem. King Charles V of Spain gave Malta to this Crusading Order in 1530 and thereafter Valletta became their new military fortress. Below these gardens are underground tunnels housing the Lascaris War Rooms of WWII from where the British directed all their military operations. Walk along the Grand Harbour to the magnificent Co-Cathedral of St John with its formidable bastions and treasure trove of Carravagio's painting's. Then on to the main square of Queen Victoria, the Grandmaster's Palace and Manoel Theater, a Baroque masterpiece and one of the oldest theatres in Europe. A stop at the Church of Saint Paul's Shipwreck is next to venerate a relic, the block upon which Saint Paul is believed to have been beheaded. See the colordul fishing village of Marsaxlokk before traveling to Malta's Roman capital of Mdina. Tradition holds that it was here that St. Paul converted the governor Publius, who ultimately became the isle's first bishop. Visit the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Paul’s that was rebuilt after the 1693 earthquake.
Day 4 - A day excursion by ferry to the fascinating Island of Gozo. With its rugged landscape and spectacular coastline, Gozo is steeped in myth and is believed to be the legendary isle of Homer's Odyssey. Upon arrival visit the Marian Sanctuary of Ta’ Pinu, located in a valley between two quaint villages, and the Church of St. Paul commemorating the Apostle's shipwreck in Munxar. Enjoy free time on the colorful seaside promenade of Xlendi before traveling to Rabat to see the Grotto of St. Paul where it is said that the Apostle stayed for three months. Late afternoon return by ferry to Malta and on to our hotel.
Day 5 - Morning check-out and flight departure to Rome. Upon a mid-day arrival, transfer southeast to Hotel Aequa in Vico Equense, with exquisite views of the Bay of Naples, Sorento Peninsula and Mt. Vesuvius. Late afternoon arrival at Hotel Aequa and check-in for three nights.
Day 6 - A day excursion along the Amalfi coastal road famous for it's quaint villages and some of the world's most dramatic scenic contrasts of mountains, steep crags and lush forests. Our destination is the town of Amalfi to visit the Cathedral enclosing the tomb of St. Andrew, one of Jesus' closest disciples. Pass by legendary Positano before a late afternoon return to Vico Equense.
Day 7 - A day excursion by boat from Sorento to the Isle of Capri and the sparkling Blue Grotto. Arrive at the Port of Capri and take the "Funicolare" to Capri’s center for time at leisure near the Cathedral of San Stefano. Then set out on an island boat tour from the Marina Grande to visit the spectacular Grotto Azzura, a cavern of sparkling azure blue water! Late afternoon return to Sorento and on to Vico Equense.
Day 8 - Morning check-out and departure for Naples, one of Italy's oldest and most beautiful cities. Upon arrival set out on a tour beginning at Posillipo Hill and walking to the main piazza to see the Teatro di San Carlo (the oldest opera house in the world), the Shrine of St. Giuseppe Moscati, the "holy doctor of Naples" and the Cathedral of San Gennaro wherein the miracle of the 4th C. bishop and martyr has occurred yearly for the last six hundred years. On to Rome for an evening arrival at Casa di Santa Brigida on the elegant Piazza Farnese.
Day 9 - Morning at leisure giving time for you to visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, perhaps the most amazing treasure trove of Sacred Art in the world. In the afternoon we will set out on a tour of Ancient Rome to include a visit to the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the original Vatican, wherein is the altar on which St. Peter offered Mass. Next, visit the Scala Santa, the church that was built to enclose the staircase that Christ climbed to meet Pontius Pilate. Finally, visit the Basilica of St. Mary Major wherein is the crypt that contains the relics of the Infant Saviour's cradle. Pass by the ruins of the Roman Forum (the central area upon which ancient Rome developed) and the Coliseum before returning to the Casa Brigida.
Day 10 - Morning Papal Audience at St. Peter’s Square with Pope Francis, who meets weekly with pilgrims from all over the world. Afternoon at leisure in this Eternal City. Evening Farewell Dinner.
Day 11 - Morning departure for our return flight from Rome to Frankfurt and on to Washington D.C.