DAY 1: ARRIVE SALERNO
Early departure from Dublin airport on the 06:20 – 10.35 flight to Naples. On arrival, we will be met by our Joe Walsh tours pilgrimage coordinator and transferred by private coach to our Hotel in Salerno. Time to check in and have lunch at the Scapolatiello Hotel, where we will stay for the next two nights with breakfast and dinner included each day. After lunch we will visit and have mass in S.Filomena. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.
DAY 2: POMPEI & CAVA DEI TIRRENI
After breakfast and just a short journey from Salerno today we will have a fully guided visit of the ancient city of Pompei (entrance fee not included), and we will have Mass in the shrine of our Lady the Rosary. Time for lunch. In the afternoon we will visit the Benedictine Abbey in Cava dei Tirreni.
Back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 3: SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO & PIETRELCINA
Today after breakfast and check out we will make our way to San Giovanni Rotondo. Before arriving to the city of Padre Pio we will stop and visit the famous Pietrelcina, the birthplace of Saint Pio, and have a walking tour of Piana Romana.
We visit St. Pio’s family home and the church of St. Anna where Padre Pio was baptised and received his First Holy Communion. Time to check in to the Parco delle Rose Hotel where we will be staying for the next 4 nights on a Full Board basis.
DAY 4: SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO & PADRE PIO
Today we will spend the full day in San Giovanni. After the morning Mass, visit to the English office where we hear about the extraordinary life of Padre Pio and the Capuchin Friary, the cell where Saint Pio lived and died, the crucifix before which he received the stigmata. One of the most beautiful shrines to see in San Giovanni Rotondo, the Old Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie or Our Lady of Grace, a small church where Padre Pio lived, heard confessions, prayed, and received the stigmata in 1918. Time to go back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 5: SAN MARCO IN LAMIS, ST MATTHEW'S MONASTERY & MONTE SANT ANGELO
This morning we travel to the nearby town of San Marco in Lamis and visit St. Matthew’s monastery. After lunch we then continue to Monte Sant Angelo the shrine in the cave where the Archangel Michael appeared in the fifth century. A long list of Saints and Popes have visited this cave to pray to the Archangel, among them St. Francis of Assisi, St Pio and St John Paul II. Mass and return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 6: SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO
This is our last day in San Giovanni. After breakfast we will visit the Station of the Cross, we will have mass and free rest of the day.
DAY 7: FLIGHT BACK HOME
Today we will have an early departure. Breakfast will be at 6.30am. Time to check out and make our way back to Naples for our flight home.