12 Day Italy & Portugal with Optional London Extension

Tour Detail

12 Day Italy & Portugal with Optional London Extension


Tour Highlights:

•Father Russo’s 30th anniversary while on pilgrimage, May 28, Day 3
• Mass at tomb of Pope St. John Paul II (Father Russo was ordained in St. Peter’s Basilica by Pope St. John Paul II)
• Mass Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, Borghese Chapel where Father Russo celebrated his fi rst Mass
• Visit the 4 major Basilicas
• Pray at the tomb of St. Paul
• Papal audience
• St. John Lateran-church of the Pope, Bishop of Rome
• Scala Sancta (stairs that Jesus climbed before crucifi xion)
• Travel along the Appian Way, once traveled by Sts. Peter and Paul (Quo Vadis, “Where are you going Lord?”)
• Tour the Scavi underneath the Basilica of St. Peter. Here lies the remain of the Apostle Peter. (Please note the requirements necessary to achieve this special visit.)
• Excursion to Nettuno—shrine of Santa Maria Goretti
• American Cemetery (subject to time availability)
• Assisi 2 nights
• Porziuncola where Saint Francis announced his vocation
• Transito, cell where St. Francis died
• Tomb of St. Francis
• Tomb of St. Clare
• Convent where St. Jacinta lived before death
• Baptismal Font of St. Anthony, site of his birth
• Santarem, place of Eucharistic Miracle
• Fatima
• Site of apparitions---homes of visionaries

Tis the season of anniversaries – 2017, the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions; 2018, the 100th anniversary of the founding of our Diocese of Lafayette; and 2019, the 70th anniversary of the founding of Our Lady of Fatima Church/School. On a more personal note, 2019 will also be the 30th anniversary of my ordination to the Sacred Priesthood. God has been so good to me these past 30 years. In wonderful assignments, He has placed people into my life who have marked it forever. And thus, to make next year all the more special, I desire to return to the spot where the journey began – to the tombs of both Peter and the man at whose hands I was ordained, Pope St. John Paul II. The Eternal City elicits many grace-fi lled memories for me, having studied there for three years. The environs (Assisi with St. Francis, Nettuno with St. Maria Goretti) are equally signifi cant. An added trip to Fatima, the spot where Our Lady gave the world her important message in 1917 – a message I have tried so hard to teach these past 12 years at Fatima Church here in Lafayette – can only deepen one's love for this apparition. And an extended trip to London, and the spots that highlight the life of St. Thomas More, will add meaning to the lives of students who go to our local Catholic High School under his patronage, and will allow me to invoke this Saint's powerful intercession in my role as School Chancellor. It's going to be a wonderful pilgrimage. It would be an honor to have you join me as I take a journey down memory lane and sing out for all that has unfolded these past 30 years, “Deo Gratias!”
Rev. Michael J. Russo

Early Booking Discount:

Enjoy a savings in the amount of $100.00 with deposit paid by August 28, 2018.
Savings will be credited on the fi nal invoice.

Day 1 Saturday, May 25 USA - Depart USA for Rome

Day 2 Sunday, May 26 ROME

Arrive Rome, start our pilgrimage with time at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, Mass, Piazza Navona, Pantheon. View the Coliseum. Hotel check in, dinner included, overnight Rome.

Day 3 Monday, May 27 ROME

Breakfast included. After an early Mass, visit some of the most important and awe-inspiring sites of Rome, including the tomb of Pope St. John Paul II, Sistine Chapel, Basilica of St. Peter. Visit St. John Lateran, Scala Sancta. Extraordinary tour of the Scavi beneath St. Peter Basilica which houses the authentic remains of St. Peter. SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY. Early reservations required for this event. Visitors must be at least 15 years of age. Visitors should not be claustrophobic. Dinner not included. Overnight Rome.

Day 4 Tuesday, May 28 ROME

Father Russo's 30th Anniversary of Ordination by Pope St. John Paul II Breakfast included. View North American College. Visit and Mass, Borghese Chapel, Santa Maria Maggiore, one of four Major Basilicas. Father Russo's fi rst Mass was celebrated in the Borghese Chapel. On to Nettuno, visit American Cemetery, lunch included. Mass or prayers tomb of Santa Maria Goretti. Visit home of Santa Maria Goretti. Dinner not included, overnight Rome.

Day 5 Wednesday, May 29 ROME

After an early breakfast proceed to the Piazza of Basilica of St. Peter for the Papal Audience. Afternoon travel to Assisi, place of one of the most beloved saints, Francis, the fi rst recorded Stigmatist. Visit Santa Maria degli Angeli built over the most important place for Franciscans, the Porziuncola where Francis announced his vocation and declared poverty. Here is the “Transito” Cell where he died. Mass Basilica of St. Francis. Crypt of St. Francis and companions. Subject to availability. Leisure or visit San Damiano church before hotel check in, upper Assisi. Dinner included, overnight Assisi.

Day 6 Thursday, May 30 ASSISI

The Lord bless thee and keep thee. May he show his face to thee and have mercy on thee. May he turn his countenance to thee and give thee peace. - St. Francis of Assisi Basilica of St. Francis, Basilica of St. Clare. Leisure. Option under own arrangement--Eremo del Carceri---hermitage of St. Francis. Here he began writing the “Canticle of the Creatures,” completed at San Damiano church. Leisure time to enjoy the sights, tastes and serenity of one of the world's most visited and loved towns, well known for culinary foods and excellent shopping. Dinner not included. Overnight Assisi.

Day 7 Friday, May 31 ROME

Early breakfast. Travel back to Rome—Appian Way, view Quo Vadis Chapel, St. Callixtus Catacombs. Trevi Fountain. Hotel check in, overnight Rome. Dinner included.

Day 8 Saturday, June 1 ROME

Early Mass, then day of leisure in Rome. Meet up for a farewell dinner. Overnight Rome.

Day 9 Sunday, June 2 FATIMA

Flight to Lisbon Mass at Convent Our Lady of Miracles/Poor Clare nuns (St. Jacinta lived here when she was ill.) Travel to Fatima, stopping in Santarem (subject to availability) Visit the Basilica, tombs, museum. Leisure: new church, confessions, holy hour. Dinner included. 9:00 p.m. procession. Overnight Fatima.

Day 10 Monday, June 3 FATIMA

Mass, site seeing, leisure, homes of visionaries, church of their baptism, candlelight procession at 9:00 P.M. Dinner not included. Overnight Fatima.

Day 11 Tuesday, June 4 LISBON

Travel to Lisbon—site seeing, Mass, overnight Lisbon (option: enjoy a typical fado music show under own arrangement). Assistance can be provided for reservations. Dinner included. Overnight Lisbon.

Day 12 Wednesday, June 5 USA

Wednesday departure to return home.

*Every effort will be put forth to include all itinerary site seeing. We are not responsible for traffi c or other delays and constraints that may interfere.

OPTIONAL LONDON EXTENSION with focus given to St. Thomas More

Day 12 Wednesday, June 5 LONDON

Depart for London, arrival London. A panorama tour leads us in the “Footsteps” of St. Thomas More. Visit House of Parliament (subject to availability) where the Saint and his father practiced law. See the spot where St. Thomas was tried for treason in 1535. Continue to his birthplace, Milk Street. Complete the day with a fun site, “The London Eye.” (Optional ride on this world-famous Ferris wheel and enjoy a spectacular view of the city. Must have signed parental consent for minors.) Hotel check in. Dinner included.

Day 13 Thursday, June 6 LONDON

After breakfast we begin site seeing of Westminster Abbey, place of many coronations and weddings. We expect to arrive for our “Royal” site seeing outside England's most famous residence, Buckingham Palace. Hopefully see the color guard ceremony and changing of the guards (subject to availability). Then stop at Lambeth Palace where St. Thomas More served as Archbishop. Here he was interrogated prior to imprisonment in the Tower of London. Afternoon allows time to visit St. Paul's Cathedral, wedding place of Princess Diana and Prince Charles. Continue to Chelsea Old Church. Complete the site seeing with Mass, Brompton Oratory, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. Dinner on your own. Overnight London.

Day 14 Friday, June 7 LONDON

Following breakfast, proceed for Mass and visit of Westminster Cathedral. On to Tower of London. See the dazzling Crown Jewels, guarded by the Beefeaters— if possible, tomb of St. Thomas More. Crypt inside St. Peter ad Vincula. This is the parish church of the Tower of London. Enjoy a lunch cruise on the River Thames. After, while enjoying the scenery along the route, listen to a well-presented commentary about the amazing history of London. Explore places for dinner on your own. Overnight London.

Day 15 Saturday, June 8 USA

After breakfast we will be transferred to Heathrow airport for a fl ight home.

Another custom pilgrimage designed by Fran Boudreaux, Regina Tours, according to the suggestions of Father Michael Russo.


Enjoy a savings in the amount of $100.00 with deposit paid by August 28, 2018.
Savings will be credited on the fi nal invoice.

• Roundtrip airfare from Lafayette, Louisiana (Subject to
airline availability) Arrangements can be made to
accommodate travelers from other states/cities
• Deluxe motor coach throughout for scheduled touring
• First class hotels • Pilgrim hotel in Rome
• Porters except Rome • Breakfast daily
• 1 lunch • 5 dinners
• Professional escort • Spiritual leader
• American escort • Daily Mass
• Custom Tour • Entrance Fees

•Transportation to and from your domestic airport
• Single room supplement - $400.00
• Optional comprehensive insurance - $209.00 (trip
cancellation due to illness or death in immediate family, health
insurance abroad while on the trip)
• Meals not mentioned in itinerary
• Gratuities - Pay 30 days before departure (A separate check in the
amount of $180.00, is to be paid directly to Fran Boudreaux, who, for your
convenience, will convert to euros and pay to ALL appropriate recipients.
• Services not mentioned such as laundry service, room service, etc.
• Passport fees (Passport must be valid 6 months after return date of trip)

For inquiries and to send payments:
Fran Boudreaux

8 Resplandor Loop • Hot Springs Village, Arkansas 71909
Cell 501-984-1519 • Email: frantrvl@sbcglobal.net
For brochures:
Angela Isaacs, Liason for Fran Boudreaux • aisaacs@olf.org
Lesha Theriot, Our Lady of Fatima church offi ce • 337-232-8945


Fr. Michael Russo - 12 Day Italy & Portugal
Fatima Superior Tourist Class Hotel
Lisbon Superior Tourist Class Hotel

2019 Dates & Prices

Dates Land Only Air & Land
$2498 $3995*


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