New ideas for Malta & Italy

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Pilgrimage to Malta & Rome
‘In the Footseps of St Paul’

Day 1 –Arrival Malta
Group arrives Malta. Welcome by our representative and transfer group to Hotel Check In and Assistance by our Representative. Dinner at Hotel Overnight

Day 2 Full Day Tour to Valletta, Naxxar & Burmarad
Breakfast at hotel 09.00 hrs – Depart hotel accompanied by a licensed English-speaking guide and proceed to Valletta. The French Grand Master of the Order of St. John, Jean, built Valletta, the European city of Culture for 2018 Parisot de La Valette. Within its limited boundaries is reflected some of Malta’s rich heritage of archaeology, history, art and culture. In Valletta the group will visit the following sites: Upper Barracca Gardens – Offers breathtaking views of the Grand Harbour and the 3 cities St. John’s Co-Cathedral – Completed in 1578, the conventional church of the Knights of St. John, view its interior of Baroque architecture and sculptor and the Caravaggio Painting St. Paul’s Shipwreck Church – One of the oldest churches in Valletta, built to commemorate St. Paul’s shipwreck on the island. The church has two very important religious relics – a wrist bone of St. Paul and a piece of the column on which He was beheaded. Some time at leisure

In the afternoon the group will proceed to Birkirkara to see St Paul of the Valley Church – St. Paul’s’ days of preaching on the island are also commemorated by a small church built in 1538 known as San Pawl Tal Wied, said to mark where the
Apostle stopped to preach to the people. The group will also have the opportunity to watch the show “The Shipwreck” – which is a 35 minute docudrama about the
Encounter of St Paul the Apostle and the island of Malta. From here the group will proceed to visit St. Paul’s Shipwreck Chapel & St. Paul’s’ Statue in Naxxar. The church and the statue are situated on the limits of Naxxar in the locality of San Pawl

Ta Targa. An interesting legend narrates that this was one of the spots where St. Paul preached to the Maltese and that the sermons from here were instantly heard from
the island of Gozo. From here the group will visit San Pawl Milqi Chapel. It is here that St. Paul converted Publius to Christianity after his father was healed from fever and dysentery. 17.00 hrs – Return to hotel Dinner at Hotel Overnight

Day 3 –Full Day Tour to Mellieha & Gozo
Breakfast at hotel 08.00 hrs – Group departs hotel in an air conditioned coach accompanied by a licensed English speaking guide and proceeds to Mellieha to visit the Sanctuary of our Lady. This is the island’s oldest sanctuary dedicated to our Lady. It is believed in the sanctuary’s grotto, lays a painting of the Virgin Mary, work of St. Luke the Evangelist who accompanied the ferry crossing to the Island of Gozo.
In Gozo the group will proceed to Munxar to visit St. Pauls’ Shipwreck Parish Church
Proceed to Victoria – Gozo’s Capital city. Victoria also features a citadel and suburb, located inland. The citadel hill, which dominates the town, was occupied by the Arabs and later enlarged by the Normans. The Knights of St. John formed the present town. The citadel commands views of the whole island. Some time at leisure.

In the afternoon the group will proceed to Marsalforn where one can see the church dedicated to St. Paul. Marsalforn is a seaside village, renowned for the saltpans. A legend holds that three months after his shipwreck in Malta, St. Paul left
the island from the tiny port just beneath the church, Claimed to be the closest port of the Maltese Islands to Pozzallo in Sicily Afterwards transfer to hotel
Dinner at Hotel & Overnight

Day 4 –Full Day Tour to St. Paul’s Island, Rabat & Mdina
Breakfast at hotel. 09.00 hrs – Board coach accompanied by a licensed English-speaking guide for a fill day tour. Proceed to St. Paul’s Bay to visit the area of Tal- Ghazzenin- Traditionally the rock and reefs in this area are those upon which St. Paul’s ship was struck aground during the tempest of that fateful night. One will see also Ghajn Rasul, meaning Apostle’s spring where according to legend, the apostle made the water come forth to provide for his thirsty survivors. Afterwards visit the church called The Miracle of the Viper Chapel, This is believed to be the site where a bonfire was lit to keep the stranded survivors warm after the wreck, and where St. Paul was bitten and remained unaffected by a venomous snake. Afterwards transfer by “luzzu” (Maltese fishing boat) to St. Paul’s islands and vice versa. – St. Paul was shipwrecked on
these islands. In the afternoon drive to Rabat. Visit St. Paul’s Church and St. Paul’s Grotto – The original church of St. Paul. Adjacent to the church is the grotto where the apostle Paul found shelter after he was shipwrecked on the islands in AD 60
Visit also St. Paul’s Catacombs – an underground Christian burial place dating back to the 4th and 5th century. Some time at leisure

Proceed on foot towards Mdina. Walk through the medieval city and visit St. Paul’s Metropolitan Cathedral – rebuilt following the earthquake of 1693, the interior of this magnificent Cathedral deserves full attention. Proceed towards the Bastions – Enjoy the magnificent views from the Silent Cities defence bastions. 17.00 hrs – Return to hotel Dinner at Hotel & Overnight

Day 5 –Departure –Malta – Italy
Breakfast at hotel Check Out. Group departs hotel accompanied by our representative and proceeds to Malta International Airport Take easyJet flight from Malta to Rome (FCO) – dinner & overnight Rome (Transfers required in evening)

Day 6 – Papal Audience
In the morning Papal Audience In the afternoon Vatican Museums and St Peter’s Basilica with guide
Dinner and overnight Rome.

Day 7 – City Tour Rome
Full day guided sightseeing with local guide visiting Subiaco in Lazio, Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna, Pantheon, Piazza Navona. Dinner and overnight Rome

Day 8 – – Rome region
Full day touring with local guide, visiting Santa Maria Maggiore, San Giovanni in Laterano, San Paolo Furi le Mura, Catacums & San Sebastiano. Dinner and overnight Rome.

Day 9 – Home
Take flight from Rome to UK


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