Pilgrimage to Padua and Lake Garda

  • 23 June 2022
  • 7 Nights
  • 1075 Per Person
  • Dublin
  • Italy

Join us on this fantastic week-long pilgrimage to Padua, Lake Garda and Venice in the North of Italy, visiting spectacular shrines and exploring places of magnificent beauty.

The tour starts in Padua, where we will spend three nights. Padua or Padova, is one of Italy’s prettiest cities and the place where Saint Anthony lived for most of his life. The 13th century Basilica of St Anthony was built in his honour for pilgrims to visit the Saint’s tomb and place their prayers and petitions.

From Padua, we will travel to Venice to explore this truly extraordinary city built over nearly 200 islands. We will explore Saint Mark’s Square with the Doges Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica, Piazza San Marco and the city’s famous canals with the option to take a gondola ride.

On our way to Lake Garda, we will visit the Sanctuary of Madonna della Corona, a breathtaking shrine perched on the cliffs of Monte Baldo.

We will spend four nights in the town of Torbole in Lake Garda, where the group will have time to relax by the lake, take a trip to Verona or a tour of the lake.

Our team of pilgrimage and travel experts has prepared a full itinerary, led by the Spiritual Director and our knowledgeable guides and representatives, to make this a memorable experience for pilgrims.

Pilgrimage to Padua and Lake Garda

Join us on this fantastic week-long pilgrimage to Padua, Lake Garda and Venice in the North of Italy, visiting spectacular shrines and exploring places of magnificent beauty.

The tour starts in Padua, where we will spend three nights. Padua or Padova, is one of Italy’s prettiest cities and the place where Saint Anthony lived for most of his life. The 13th century Basilica of St Anthony was built in his honour for pilgrims to visit the Saint’s tomb and place their prayers and petitions.

From Padua, we will travel to Venice to explore this truly extraordinary city built over nearly 200 islands. We will explore Saint Mark’s Square with the Doges Palace and Saint Mark’s Basilica, Piazza San Marco and the city’s famous canals with the option to take a gondola ride.

On our way to Lake Garda, we will visit the Sanctuary of Madonna della Corona, a breathtaking shrine perched on the cliffs of Monte Baldo.

We will spend four nights in the town of Torbole in Lake Garda, where the group will have time to relax by the lake, take a trip to Verona or a tour of the lake.

Our team of pilgrimage and travel experts has prepared a full itinerary, led by the Spiritual Director and our knowledgeable guides and representatives, to make this a memorable experience for pilgrims.

Itinerary

• Direct flight Dublin => Milan
• Coach transfers and tours by private coach
• 3 nights in Padua, Casa de Pellegrino Hotel
• 4 nights in Torbole, Lake Garda, Hotel Piccolo Mondo
• Breakfast & dinner each day.
• Direct flight Venice => Dublin
• Check-in assistance at airports
• 1 x 20kg check-in bag & 1 x small cabin bag

DAY 1
We depart from Dublin Airport for our flight to Milan. On arrival we will be met by our Joe Walsh Tours guide. Coach transfer to Padua where we check into Casa de Pellegrino Hotel where we will stay for three nights with breakfast and dinner each day.

Padua is one of the prettiest cities in Europe, probably most famous for its Franciscan monk, St. Anthony. Born in Lisbon in 1195, Anthony became a hermit and lived in seclusion and contemplation until 1222 when he gave an improvised sermon. Anthony continued to preach to the crowds and people were astonished by his great gift of preaching the gospels and teaching of the Catholic faith. Anthony worked himself to death at the age of only thirty-six years. Due to the abundance of miracles after his death he was recognised immediately as a saint and canonised less than a year later.

DAY 2
This morning we walk to the nearby Basilica of St. Anthony, built in 1200 in his honour. Many pilgrims write their prayers and petitions and place them on St. Anthony’s tomb in the Basilica. During our stay in Padua, we will see the Prato della Valle and its famous market. The Prato della Valle, the largest square in Italy and one of the largest in Europe, is an elliptical square surrounded by a small canal and is particularly beautiful by night. We visit the Basilica di Santa Giustina overlooking the Prato. This beautiful Basilica, with its side chapels and frescoes, houses the tombs of several saints as well as the relics of St. Luke the Evangelist and St. Mathias, also known as the Twelfth Apostle.

DAY 3
Today there is an option to visit Venice (payable locally). Venice, a fascinating and unique city, was built on one hundred and seventeen islands. This great maritime republic was the richest city in the world in the fifteenth century. We can witness the results of this wealth at St. Mark’s Square with the Doges Palace and St. Mark’s Basilica. St. Mark’s Basilica is unique for both its wealth of history and its magnificent façade and interior. There will be free time to take in the splendours of this beautiful city, from Piazza San Marco to the Grand Canal, which is crossed by the famous bridge of Sighs and the Rialto Bridge. There will be time to stroll along the narrow streets to admire the Murano glass and Venetian carnival masks. There is also the option to take a gondola ride up to the famous Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge.

DAY 4
Today we depart for Lake Garda. On the way we will visit the Sanctuary of Madonna della Corona. The shrine is one of the most inspiring places of prayer in the world with its breathtaking position on the cliffs of Monte Baldo. We continue by coach to Torbole on Lake Garda and check into our hotel the 4 star Piccolo Mondo, where we will stay for the next three nights with breakfast and evening meal each day.

DAY 5
Breakfast will be served in the hotel. Today will be a free day for shopping or more sightseeing of your choice. You could take a trip to nearby Verona or just relax by the lake. Evening meal will be served in the hotel.

DAY 6
Breakfast will be served in the hotel. Today we will have an optional boat tour on Lake Garda visiting some of the beautiful towns around the lake (payable locally). Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 7
Breakfast will be served in the hotel. Today will be a free day for shopping or more sightseeing of your choice. Evening meal will be served in the hotel.

DAY 8
Breakfast will be served in the hotel. We will then be transferred to Venice airport for our return flight to Dublin.*Pease note, this is a sample itinerary and may be subject to change.

• Prices per person based on a minimum of two adults sharing twin/double rooms with private facilities
• Airport taxes and charges applicable at the time of booking are included in the price
• Luggage allowance included per person and subject to airline’s conditions
• Payment terms: deposit €250 deposit per person and balances 12 weeks prior to departure
• Single rooms on request subject to supplement
• Passengers must comply with health and safety protocols in place at the time of travel

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