Pilgrimage Overview:

  • Pilgrimage Chaplain:

    Fr. Francis Gustilo, SDB

  • Departure Date:

    April 30, 2020

  • Countries:

    Turkey, Portugal, Spain and France

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip economy airfare via Turkish Airlines – Manila/Istanbul/Lisbon x Paris/Istanbul/Manila
  • Roundtrip domestic ticket Istanbul/Izmir/Istanbul
  • One-way 2nd Class TGV train ticket Lourdes-Paris
  • Roundtrip arrival and departure transfers
  • 4* hotel accommodation on twin sharing
  • Hotel city taxes (Barcelona, Lourdes, & Paris)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B-Breakfast; L-Lunch; D-Dinner)
  • Tours as specified in the itinerary with services of local guide
  • Transportation by deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
  • Daily private Masses
  • Services of a Pilgrimage Chaplain and Filipino Tour Escort all throughout the tour
  • Porterage of one (1) piece of luggage at hotels

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Venerated in many ways over time, the Blessed Mother is a constant presence for those of us in the Catholic faith. Visit the miraculous sites of her famous apparitions, remarkable churches built for her, as well as the homeland of some of the Saints in this prayerful journey. Join a 16-day Pilgrimage to the Marian Shrines of Turkey, Portugal, Spain and France with Fr. Francis Gustilo, SDB leaving on April 30, 2020.

Begin your pilgrimage in Meryamana, Kusadasi, Turkey to visit and celebrate Mass at the House of the Virgin Mary. The House of the Virgin Mary is believed to be the place where Our Blessed Mother spent her last years with St. John, to whom Jesus entrusted her to his care. Visit famous archaeological sites of Ephesus including the Temple of Artemis, considered as one of the 7 Wonders of Antiquity, the Library of Celsus, the Amphitheatre and others.

Head for the beautiful city of Istanbul in Turkey. Offering a wealth of historical and religious places to visit, Istanbul provides us with a glimpse of Turkey’s proud heritage. Visit the enchanting Sultan Ahmed Mosque, more commonly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. Not to be missed is the visit to Hagia Sophia, a great architectural beauty and an important monument both for Byzantine and for Ottoman Empires.

Leave Turkey for Portugal where you will celebrate Mass at the Church of St. Anthony de Padua in Lisbon. Proceed to Fatima, one of the most important Marian shrines in the world. The fame of this place is the result of the apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary to three shepherd children – Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta. Not to be missed is the evening Rosary and Candlelight procession.

Leave Portugal for Spain and head for medieval city of Avila, the birthplace of St. Teresa, one of the great mystics of the Roman Catholic Church. The Convent of St. Teresa is a 17th century convent built over the house where St. Teresa was born. It contains her relics, along with her friend St. John of the Cross, in a small museum.  Travel onwards to Zaragoza, famed for the grandiose Basilica -Cathedral of Our Lady of the Pillar, where Mass will be celebrated.

Next stop is Montserrat. The Basilica, next to the monastery, is home to the revered La Moreneta, or Black Virgin.  St. Ignatius of Loyola, made a pilgrimage to Montserrat after he decided to follow Christ, and it was soon after that he wrote his famous Spiritual Exercises. Here, you will have the chance to offer your petitions before the miraculous image of Our Lady of Montserrat. Depart for Barcelona, to visit the city’s most important sights.

Leave Spain for France and head for the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes. Lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees, the sanctuary is the site of an apparition of the Blessed Mother seen by the peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous, who was later canonized.

Cap off your pilgrimage in Paris, where you will visit and celebrate Mass at the Chapel of Our Lady of the Mirculous Medal in Rue de Bac. Here, our Blessed Mother appeared to St. Catherine Laboure and instructed her to have a medal made , and all who wear it will receive great graces.

See Jesus through the eyes of Mary. Join a 16-day Pilgrimage to the Marian Shrines of Turkey, Portugal, Spain and France with Fr. Francis Gustilo, SDB leaving on April 30, 2020. May this pilgrimage reaffirm your faith that the Blessed Mother is a true mother, who constantly watches over us, her children.

Things We Love

  • Celebrate Mass at the Basilica of St John in Ephesus, Turkey, which stands over the believed burial site of St. John, the apostle and evangelist.
  • Join a moving evening Rosary and Candlelight procession in Lourdes and Fatima where the “Ave Maria” is sung in unison in different languages.
  • Marvel at the cascading domes and six slender minarets of the Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque), one of Istanbul’s iconic sights and architectural wonders.
  • Pray for healing in Lourdes. Since 1858, there have been 70 miracles or cures verified by the Catholic Church.
  • Light a candle in every pilgrimage site for prayer requests of friends and families back home.

Things To Do

  • CRUISE.

    Take an enjoyable Bosphorus cruise in Istanbul and marvel at the unique experience of cruising between two continents, Asia and Europe.

  • BATHS.

    Find time to immerse yourself in the BATHS in Lourdes where water from a spring at the Grotto of Massabielle flows.

  • AWE.

    Be awed by the architectural works of world famous Antoni Gaudi  in Barcelona such as the imposing Sagrada Familia, the colourful Parc Guell and deviant Casa Batllo.

  • MAKE A WISH.

    An underground spring is located at the House of the Virgin Mary in Kusadasi, Turkey. According to local tradition, before tasting the water or dousing one’s hands, one must make a wish.

  • RECONCILE.

    Find the time to go to confession during the pilgrimage and be ready to experience the healing love of God through the sacrament.

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Why are our Pilgrimages different?

Spiritually focused journeys
Insightful pilgrimage chaplains
Quality accomodation
Expertly-crafted itineraries
Friendly and bonded groups
Senior citizen friendly

Testimonials

Dear Pilgrims' Center: My husband Aldo & I would like to praise & commend our Pilgrim Chaplain Fr. Dante Venus & our Tour Leader Bro. Monty for the very successful & memorable pilgrimage to Italy & the Holy Land we were very fortunate to join on March 26-April 8, 2018. It was very hectic to be sure, but still they managed our time very well that we were able to visit more places than was promised in the itinerary, and we are very appreciative of that. Likewise, the solemnity of the whole pilgrimage experience was still observed despite many of us in the group, myself included, often forgetting that we were pilgrims & not tourists 😉😉, taking photos, selfies, etc. instead of, or before focusing on what the local guide was explaining or on the scripture readings. I cannot fault us pilgrims on this because for many of us seniors, and I speak for my husband & I, that trip might be our first & last time to visit those places, so we made sure they were properly documented. Nonetheless, it was a truly spiritually uplifting & life-changing experience for us. We continue to thank our Lord for making that experience of a lifetime possible. Indeed, nothing is impossible for God! Thank you very much to Fr. Dante, Bro. Monty & to each of us pilgrims in the group for the prayers, love, care & concern shown to each other. Let us continue to pray for and with each other. It is my hope that we meet each other again soon, to strengthen our bonds of friendships. Most sincerely, Leclec Cabusora

Leclec Cabusora

My husband and I just came back from a wonderful trip to Israel - with Franciscan Fr Reu Galoy. Thank you Pilgrim Center for the arrangements. We are so happy and satisfied with all that you have done for us. Kudos to Yanyan and Monty from Pilgrim Center, and Fr Reu and Ronin for your caring services. It was a spiritual journey and we felt the abiding presence of the Lord all throughout. - Ann Arguelles Cortes

Ann Arguelles Cortes

Our pilgrimage was worth all the hardships (I was having leg pains). We had an excellent leader in the person of Adrian, two priests Fathers Val and Ron, who gave us very nice pieces of advice and homilies, and of course the members of the group who were all very nice. Looking forward to join another pilgrimage.

Emily Bautista

It was the most profound experience I had in my whole life....Walking with the Footsteps where Jesus walked made my life more grateful and humble....My faith become stronger as I express it...A growing faith is a sharing faith....TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!! SHALOM!

Carmen Nierra

Vir & I would like to express our gratitude for a wonderful pilgrimage we had from Sept 5-18. From checking-in last Sept 5 & all during the tour, we felt the care from a family. No words can ever describe how thankful we are. I almost cried last Sept 8, (my birthday) when we (2 of us have the same birthday) were given a surprise mini celebration when after our dinner, we were given a cake. I really felt the love of a family then. All these things made possible because of your capable coordinator Ms. Ging Igual. She's such a wonderful leader. Kudos to her. Rest assured that i will refer your company to all my friends who are planning to go on pilgrimage . Good day & may God always guide & protect all of you in the Pilgrims' Center/ Executive Resources, Inc. Cora Franca Pilgrim

Cora and Vir Franca

I am honored to be included in this pilgrimage. The Pilgrims' Center has very good itineraries worth remembering. No hours wasted. They took very good care of us in spite of our big number of 47 people. The daily mass and homilies of Fr. Manny Cruz held in different shrines and churches were very inspirational and transforming. Accommodations were nice most especially the one on top of the Mountain with an awesome view built in 1909. It's like travelling back in time. I definitely would want to do it again with Pilgrim Center.

Peter Joseph Mapua

The Pilgrims' Center always gives you the best. They let you feel like an Executive in terms of personal service & attention especially during pilgrimage. Their choices of pilgrimages and pilgrim chaplains are outstanding. You go back home very fulfilled and immersed...

Marlene Silvestre

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Visa Requirements

  • Passport with six (6) months validity from date of departure
  • Old Passports
  • One (1) Visa Application Forms
  • Two (2) pcs. passport-size pictures
  • Original Bank Certificate (both Pesos and/or US Dollars) – must include account type, current balance, account opening, and six (6) months average
  • Original or certified true copy of Bank Statement for the last (3) months
  • Affidavit of Support and Consent (signed and notarized by sponsor if financially incapable)
  • If married, copy of Authenticated Marriage Contract
  • Copy of hotel voucher (to be supplied by ERI)
  • Photocopy of International Credit Cards (if available)
  • Travel Insurance with minimum coverage of Php2.5 Million (valid for 30 days)

If employed:

  • Employment Certificate – must be in company’s letterhead and must include applicant’s position, date hired, compensation, and company’s address, telephone number, and email address
  • Certificate of Compensaiton 2316

If in business:

  • Original and Photocopy of Business Registration, DTI or SEC
  • Original and Photocopy of Latest Income Tax Return

Personal appearance by the applicant

Processing Time: 15 – 30 days

VISA FEE: Php 8,000 *

* Subject to changed without prior notice! 

Booking Conditions

1) A non-refundable US$ 500.00 deposit is required upon reservations together with a photocopy of a passport (valid for 6 months from date of departure), Pilgrim’s Profile, visa fee (if applicable); and insurance fee.

2) Full payment in U.S. dollars is required before ticketing but in no case shall it be later than one month before departure date.

3) The following cancellation charges will apply:
> 45 days before departure date – US$ 500.00
> 30 days before departure date – 50% of the Tour Cost
> 20 days prior to departure date – Full tour cost will be forfeited.
> US$300.00 Admin Fee for any visa denial

Terms and Conditions

BASIC TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE: Visa fees and documentation expenses, insurance, hospitalization and other medical expenses, tours and transportation during free periods, porterage of extra pieces of luggage in excess of maximum allocation, drinks and beverages taken during meals, items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, fax, room service, and other expenses not mentioned in the itinerary terms and conditions.

THE PILGRIMS’ CENTER – EXECUTIVE RESOURCES, INC. has arranged for the various tour services to be performed under the responsibility of various contractors. Executive Resources, Inc., its employees or its sub-agents therefore only act as agents for the contractors providing the various services described in the tour and accept no responsibility or liability in connection with losses or accidental expenses due to delays of schedule, overbooking, defaults or “force majeure.” All tours and arrangements are subject to the general conditions specified by each contractor. Tour itineraries and prices are subject to change without prior notice. When making a tour booking, the passenger acknowledges and accepts the foregoing conditions. When making a tour booking, the passenger acknowledges and accepts the foregoing conditions.

*** RATES AND ITINERARY ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE! ***

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