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11Days

World Meeting of Families & Rome


August 18 - 27, 2018


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Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Centrally located hotels: (or similar)
      ~ 6 nights | Aug 21 - 27: Gresham Hotel, Dublin
      ~ 3 nights | Aug 27 - 30: Michelangelo or Le Meridien Visconti, Rome
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine with dinners
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Assistance of a professional local guide(s)
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Catholic Priest available for Spiritual Direction
  • Registration for the World Meeting of Families
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
Centrally located hotels or similar
hotel
Gresham Hotel
Dublin

6 Nights

hotel
Michelangelo
Rome

3 Nights

Not included
  • Lunches, Tips to your guide & driver, Items of a personal nature.
Optional
Travel Insurance

Providing you coverage for both pre-existing conditions and those that may arise during your trip, including medical and dental emergencies, loss of luggage, trip delay, and so much more.

Supplemental Cancellation Protection

A Cancellation Waiver - allowing you to cancel your trip and receive a refund anytime - up until 24 hours prior to departure. The “Waiver” expires once you are within 24 hours of departure.

Itinerary

Day1
Monday - August 20, 2018 - Depart for Dublin

Depart from your hometown for your overnight flight(s) to Ireland. Meals will be served on board

Day2
Tuesday - August 21, 2018 - Arrive Dublin

Cead Mile Failte - Welcome to Ireland! Upon arrival into Dublin you will be greeted by your tour guide and driver. We will have a panoramic city tour on both sides of the River Liffey, where we pass by the General Post Office on the city's main streets, O'Connell Street, Custom House, and Phoenix Park, the largest city park in Europe. On the other side of the river are Georgian squares characterized by colorful doors, Grafton Street and Trinity College which is the oldest university in Ireland, founded in 1592 by Elizabeth I. Time permitting we visit the ancient library containing over 20,000 manuscripts, among which is the Book of Kells, a manuscript from the 9th century written by the monks at St. Colombo's monastery on the island of Iona. Today we will also visit St. Patrick's Anglican Cathedral, built in 1213. This Gothic Cathedral has a splendid interior, with some beautiful tombs and monuments. The ornate stained glass windows can be found in the Chancel. In the afternoon we will transfer to our hotel for an early dinner and overnight.
*Opening Ceremony at Croke Park

Day3
Wednesday - August 22, 2018 - 'Opening Ceremony' of the World Meeting of Families

Following breakfast, we will make our way to attend the first day of the Pastoral Congress for the World Meeting of Families. Over the next three days, there will be a series of major panels, workshops, keynote speakers, testimonies and activities. Each day, the Pastoral Congress will explore themes from The Joy of Love under a particular heading. After a full day, return to your hotel for dinner. You will have the evening free to spend at your own leisure.
*Attend the Pastoral Congress: Theme – The Family and Faith

Day4
Thursday - August 23, 2018 - World Meeting of Families

Following an early morning breakfast, we will make our way to the location for the second day of the Pastoral Congress. You will have free time to attend any, and all, events and lectures that are of interest to you! Return to the Hotel for dinner, and then have free time in the evening to go for a walk on your own.
*Attend the Pastoral Congress: Theme – The Family and Love

Day5
Friday - August 24, 2018 - World Meeting of Families

After breakfast, we will make our way to the location of the final day of Lectures and Events. You will have free time to attend any, and all, events and lectures that are of interest to you! Return to the Hotel for dinner, and then have free time in the evening to go for a walk on your own.
*Attend the Pastoral Congress: Theme – The Family and Hope

Day6
Saturday - August 25, 2018 - World Meeting of Families

Make your way to breakfast, and prepare to celebrate one of the most significant and beautiful events within every World Meeting of Families. Today will be a spent gathering with pilgrims around the world, and celebrating the gift of “family”. A cultural celebration will be taking place throughout the day, in the form of music, dance, song, and prayer. Stories will be given by families representing the five continents – along with many other activities. Dinner and overnight.
*Attend the Festival of Families

Day7
Sunday - August 26, 2018 - Closing Ceremony of the World Meeting of Families

Today is an early morning, which will start with breakfast, and then making our way on foot to the Closing Ceremony (location: TBD.) Starting with a Solemn Mass in thanksgiving to God, the Holy Trinity, and for the gift of family and for its sanctification. This Mass will mark the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families, along with the next Diocese to host the event in conjunction with the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life will be announced. This is expected to be a full day event. Return to the Hotel for your final dinner in Ireland, and a restful nights sleep.
*Schedule for Closing Ceremony – and – Solemn Eucharistic Celebration

Day8
Monday - August 27, 2018 - Dublin - Rome

This morning, you will have an early morning breakfast before you make your way to the Airport for your flight(s) to Rome. Welcome to Rome, also known as, "The Eternal City." Upon arrival at Rome airport, collect your luggage in the baggage claim area, and continue to the arrival's hall, where you will be greeted by a tour escort and/or driver. You will make your way to the bus and transfer to your hotel. Following check-in, you will have free time to unpack and relax, or explore Rome on your own. Your tour escort may suggest places to visit. Later in the afternoon, your group will meet in the hotel lobby for a "Meet and Greet" with your fellow pilgrims and depart for Mass. Following Mass, you will attend a welcome dinner. After dinner, you will have the opportunity to walk to St. Peter's Square as a group, for the Rosary (optional).

Day9
Tuesday - August 28, 2018 - St. Peter's Basilica - Vatican Museum - Trevi Fountain - Appian Way - Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls - Catacombs

This morning you will enjoy an early breakfast before making your way to the largest Christendom Church, St. Peter's Basilica. This Basilica was built on the site where St. Peter, the first Pope and Bishop of Rome, was martyred. Also, it was Our Holy Father, Pope Francis who was the first Pontiff to visit the necropolis since extensive archaeological excavations were conducted at the ancient site decades ago. It is here that you will view Michelangelo's Pieta. This stunning marble sculpture depicts the Virgin Mary holding Christ after His crucifixion, death, and removal off the cross before being placed in the tomb. Continue to proceed to the Vatican Museums. At the world-renowned museum, you will see the most impressive of edifices, galleries, and awe-inspiring relics. Additionally, you will observe the Tapestry Gallery, Raphael Rooms, Sistine Chapel, and Michelangelo's Masterpiece, the restored mural of the Last Judgment. The final stop on your Vatican tour is at the tomb of Saint John Paul II. Afterward, you will be transferred to the Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain), where you may enjoy some free time on your own for lunch. Continue on your short journey down the Appian Way, the earliest road of Ancient Rome. This road leads to the Domino Quo Vadis Chapel, the Baths of Caracalla, the Arch of Drusus, the Tomb of Cecilia Metella, and the catacombs of St. Callixtus. The day concludes with a visit to the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Originally founded by Emperor Constantine in the 4th Century, this Basilica is the burial places of Saint Paul the Apostle. We will make our way to a local restaurant for dinner. Following dinner, feel free to explore the streets of Rome, or return to the hotel for overnight.

Day10
Wednesday - August 29, 2018 - Papal Audience - Basilica of St. John the Lateran - Holy Steps - Basilica of St. Mary Major

After a nice breakfast at your hotel, your first sightseeing day in Rome starts! The tour begins with the Papal Audience in St. Peter's Square! The Audience is celebrated each Wednesday by His Holiness, Pope Francis (pending the papal schedule). Following the Audience, there will be free time for lunch, or shop, or mail a postcard from the Vatican Post Office. This afternoon you will visit the oldest of the four major basilicas in Rome, and the home to the relics of Peter and Paul, the Basilica of St. John the Lateran. This Basilica is where Pope Francis was installed as Bishop of Rome, and where he officiates as the Bishop of Rome. Next, we will cross the street to visit the Holy Staircase. Tradition states that this staircase is from Pontius Pilate's palace of Jerusalem during the time of Jesus. It is also said that this Staircase was brought to Rome by St. Helen in the 4th century. If time permits, you may climb the steps on your knees, in memory of Christ's agonizing Passion. To conclude your day, we will proceed to the Basilica of St. Mary Major. This Basilica contains a relic from the Manger of the Infant Jesus. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

*The Scala Santa is currently under restoration. Thus, the Vatican has displayed an image replicating the stairs in front of the entrance where you will walk in. There are several staircases just to the side of the Scala Santa that you may ascend on your knees. You will still be able to receive the same graces and indulgences by going up any of the alternative stairs.

Day11
Thursday - August 30, 2018 - Return Home

This morning, you will have an early morning breakfast before you make your way to the Airport for your return flights home.

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2018 Dates & Prices

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Options & Upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Private Room / Single Supplement Upon Request

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)

Special Clergy Discount

Discount is offered to ordained clergy in the Roman Catholic Church: deacons, priests, or bishops belonging to the diaconate, the presbyterate, or the episcopate, respectively as well, as Catholic Sisters.

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Would you like to arrive
earlier or stay later?

Let us know at the time of registration if you would like to arrive earlier, or stay later, than the scheduled tour dates, and pending availability, we will book your airline reservations accordingly, at no additional cost. Pre- and/or post-stays at the hotel will cost an additional fee. These options should be available to you when registering online, or simply contact us at: 800-206-TOUR (8687) or rok@206tours.com

Options and upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Private Room / Single Supplement Upon Request

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)

Special Clergy Discount

Discount is offered to ordained clergy in the Roman Catholic Church: deacons, priests, or bishops belonging to the diaconate, the presbyterate, or the episcopate, respectively as well, as Catholic Sisters.

contact us
Earn a Free Trip

For groups of 20 or more, you may choose your own departure and earn FREE trips.

contact us
Would you like to arrive
earlier or stay later?

Let us know at the time of registration if you would like to arrive earlier, or stay later, than the scheduled tour dates, and pending availability, we will book your airline reservations accordingly, at no additional cost. Pre- and/or post-stays at the hotel will cost an additional fee. These options should be available to you when registering online, or simply contact us at: 800-206-TOUR (8687) or sales@206tours.com

About your trip

pilgrimage map
  • Dublin
  • Rome
Ireland: In the Footsteps of St. Patrick

St. Patrick succeeded in bringing Catholicism to Ireland, and in time, the whole country converted from their pagan gods to the one true God. Although a small country, Ireland has played a large role in saving and bringing Christianity throughout the world. During the early Dark Ages, the Irish monasteries preserved Western writings while Europe remained in darkness. But as the Catholic country remained solidly Catholic, the Irish spread the faith to all corners of the world.

Know Before You Go

We promise to do all within our power to assist you with any questions or concerns you may have. Please feel free to contact us, please note should any problems arise during your trip you should first contact your local emergency contact in your destination country or the 206 Tours.

Read More