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Price Fr. €1350
3 Nights Padua /4 Nights Lake Garda
0 8T H – 1 5T H J U L Y , 2 0 2 0
DIRECT FLIGHT EX CORK AIRPORT
Spiritual Director: Canon Martin O'Driscoll
|Departure Date:||08 Jul 2020 - 15 Jul 2020|
PADUA: An ancient walled city situated between Verona and Venice, Padua is the oldest city in Northern Italy. It is a beautiful old university town with an illustrious past. Pilgrims come here from all over the world to venerate St. Anthony, the Franciscan hermit who was born in Lisbon but died in Padua, and to visit the magnificent Basilica that holds his tomb and relics.
TORBOLE: is an ideal destination whether you want an active holiday or just a quiet place to relax and take in the scenery. The town has impressive old buildings, well-kept beaches, mountains and walking trails. Enjoying a privileged location between the north-west slopes of Mount Baldo and the mouth of the Sarca River. Torbole is connected with Riva by a picturesque walk along the lake shore. It has a wide promenade, quaint shops and lovely open-air cafés and restaurants and it offers easy access to other lakeside resorts such as Limone or Malcesine, using the public ferryboat.
Day 1: Wednesday 8 July
We depart from Cork airport at 16.20hrs for our flight to Verona, arriving at 19.55hrs. On arrrival we will be
met by our guide. Coach transfer to Padua where we check into Casa de Pellegrino Hotel
where we will stay for three nights with breakfast each day. Dinner will also be served on Thursday and
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: Thursday 9 July
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: Friday 10 July
Today we visit Venice. 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 (payable locally).
Day 4: Saturday 11 July
Today we depart for Lake Garda. Before we hit the road we will visit the Capuchin church which houses the
tomb of St Leopold Mandic. Leopold had many physical limitations however he was much sought after as a
confessor by people from all walks of life. He spent ten to twelve hours a day in the confessional and Pope
John Paul II called him a model for all confessors when he canonised him in 1983. We continue by coach to
Lake Garda. En route we will visit the medieval city of Verona. In Verona we will see its amazing Roman
Amphitheatre and also the romantic balcony of Juliet Capuletti, immortalised by Shakespeare in ‘’Romeo and
Juliet’’. Continue to hotel on Lake Garda, where we will stay for the next four nights with breakfast and
evening meal each day.
Day 5 – Day 7: Sunday 12 – Tuesday 14 July
Breakfast will be served each morning in the hotel. While in Lake Garda we will have time to relax, visit the
towns around the lake and also do some shopping. Optional boat tour is also possible visiting some of the
beautiful towns around the lake (payable locally). Evening meal will be served each evening at the hotel.
Day 8: Wednesday 15 July
Breakfast will be served in the hotel. We will then be transferred to Verona airport for our return flight to Cork
departing at 14.05hrs arriving back into Cork at 15.55rs.
BASIC COST PER PERSON: €1350.00
COST INCLUDES: -
Scheduled flight ex Cork to Verona on the services of Volotea.
Check in bag per person.
3 Nights accommodation in Padua & 4 Nights accommodation in Torbole Lake Garda sharing twin bedded rooms on a half board basis i.e. Dinner, bed and breakfast.
Excursion to Venice.
Guided tour of Padua.
Visit to Verona en route to Lake Garda.
Representative of Premier Travel for duration.
Single room supplement: €210.00. Please note single rooms are scarce and are on a first come, first served basis. -
Boat tour of Lake Garda: €20.00
Verona Opera – price to be advised.
3 nights’ accommodation in the Casa del Pellegrino Hotel in Padua
4 nights’ accommodation in 4 star hotel on Lake Garda