San Giovanni, Assisi and Tuscany Pilgrimage

From €945 per person
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  • Destination:
  • Depart Date:
    24 May 2020
  • Return Date:
    31 May 2020
  • Duration:
    7 Nights

Transport & Accommodation

  • Direct flight from Dublin to Naples with Aer Lingus
  • Transfer on arrival from the airport to your hotel in San Giovanni Rotondo with guide assistance
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in the Centro di Spiritualita hotel in San Giovanni Rotondo
  • Daily breakfast and evening meal served at hotel, lunch also served on day 2 and 3
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in the Frate Sole Hotel in Santa Maria degli Angeli, Lower Assisi
  • Daily breakfast and evening meal served at hotel
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in the Hotel Tettuccio in Montecatini Terme
  • Daily breakfast and evening meal served at hotel
  • Transfer from our hotel to Pisa airport for return flight
  • Direct flight from Pisa to Dublin with Aer Lingus
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach for all transfers and tours

Tours & Excursions

  • Visit the main sights in San Giovanni Rotondo including the Capuchin Friary, the English Office, the Way of the Cross and the old and new churches
  • Visit Monte Sant’Angelo where the Archangel Michael appeared in a cave in the fifth century
  • In the town of San Marco we visit St. Matthew’s Monastery
  • Visit to the site of the first Eucharistic Miracle in the town of Lanciano
  • Walking tour of Assisi visiting the main sights of the medieval city including the Basilica of St. Francis, the Basilica of St. Clare and the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels where the Porziuncola is housed
  • Visit to the Tuscan towns of Siena, Lucca and Montecatini Alto

Day 1: Sunday 24 May
Early departure from Dublin airport on our Aer Lingus flight to Naples. On arrival, we will be met by our Joe Walsh tours pilgrimage co-ordinator and transferred by private coach to San Giovanni Rotondo. On the way we will stop in Pietrelcina, the birthplace of Saint Pio. Continue on to San Giovanni, where we check into the Centro di Spiritualita hotel. We will stay here for three nights with breakfast and evening meal each day.

Day 2: Monday 25 May
Today we visit the Capuchin Friary, the cell where Saint Pio lived and died, the crucifix before which he received the stigmata. We visit the old and new churches and the tomb of St. Pio. We also visit the English Office, where we hear about the extraordinary life of Padre Pio.

Day 3: Tuesday 26 May
This morning we revisit the shrine. After lunch we travel to the nearby town of San Marco in Lamis and visit St. Matthew’s monastery. 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. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Wednesday 27 May
This morning we depart for Assisi. En route to Assisi we will visit Lanciano. Lanciano is where the first and greatest Eucharistic Miracle of the Catholic Church took place in the eighth century as a response to the priest’s doubt about the Real Presence in the Eucharistic. We continue on to Assisi, where we will check into Hotel Frate Sole in Santa Maria degli Angeli, Lower Assisi, and our base for the next two nights. We will have breakfast and evening meal each day at the hotel. This evening we visit the nearby Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels which houses the Porziuncola, the abandoned chapel that St. Francis restored. This was the chapel of St. Francis’s first community and is the cradle of the Franciscan order

Day 5: Thursday 28 May
Today we visit Upper Assisi. We have a walking tour of the main sights of the medieval town of Assisi. We visit the impressive thirteenth century Basilica of St. Francis, the mother church of the Franciscan order. Construction of the Basilica started a mere two years after the death of St. Francis. This was uncommon at the time but the enthusiasm of the people to create a permanent home for the body of the beloved Francis pushed them to complete the masterpiece of the lower church in just two years, an amazing feat for that era. We also visit the Basilica of St. Clare, foundress of the Order of the Poor Clares. St. Clare followed the teachings of St. Francis by living a life of poverty and humility. Clare died in 1253 and her incorrupt body is in the Basilica. The original San Damiano cross, the cross that Francis was praying before when he received his commission to rebuild the church, is also in this Basilica.

Day 6: Friday 29 May
This morning we will depart Assisi and continue to the town of Montecatini Terme in Tuscany, our final destination on our pilgrimage. On the way we will visit the beautiful city of Siena. Siena, birthplace to one of the most influential and popular saints in the church, St Catherine. Catherine’s writings were so influential that she was declared a Doctor of the church. Catherine was also instrumental in restoring the papacy from Avignon in France back to Rome. We continue to the Hotel Tettuccio where we will stay for 2 nights with breakfast and evening meal served each day.

Day 7: Saturday 30 May
Following breakfast we will visit the nearby, small Tuscan town of Lucca. Its famous walls enclose one of Italy’s finest medieval treasures. The centre is relatively unspoilt and is scattered with palazzo, towers and many splendid churches. We will visit the Augustinian church and also St. Frediano, which houses the tomb of the Irish Saint Finian. On the way back to Montecatini we will visit the beautiful, medieval hill top town of Montecatini Alto, where we will enjoy some free time to wander around this beautiful Tuscan town. We return to Montecatini Terme for our evening meal and overnight.

Day 8: Sunday 31 May
We depart for Pisa airport for our morning flight back to Dublin, arriving into Dublin at 12.15hrs.

  • Price per person sharing twin/double rooms with private facilities
  • Prices are inclusive of airline taxes and charges totalling €90 per person
  • Passengers are entitled to one piece of hand luggage (10kg per person) and one piece of checked in luggage (20kg per person) subject to airline’s conditions
  • Single rooms are on request at a supplement from €30 per night; sharing, if required, can be arranged
  • Full assistance of Joe Walsh Tours representative for the duration of the tour

Prices are subject to change and subject to availability at time of booking. 

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