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Milan, Ravenna and Venice

Our journey includes some of the most awe-inspiring places in Northern Italy, all located in a compact area to ensure reduced journey times.

See Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper in Milan, along with the Byzantine mosaics in the western Roman empire capital of Ravenna. Padua, with its 800 year old university, is rich in art and architecture. St Anthony (A faithful follower of St Francis) is buried in the stunning basilica here. Venice is a gem, and those who have been always want to return.

Itinerary

  1. Travel To Milan

    We fly from London Gatwick to Milan. easyJet flight EZY8191 departs at 0900 and arrives in Milan at 1150. Time for a lunch stop before visiting the magnificent Duomo, the 3rd largest Cathedral in Christendom: a wonderful introduction to Milan.

    Two night stay at the centrally located Hotel Windsor, Milan on a half board basis.

  2. Milan

    Our day’s sightseeing includes the Santa Maria delle Grazie, home to Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper.   We celebrate our Eucharist at Chiesa Evangelica Battista di Milano Pinamonte and then visit the Pinacoteca di Brera with its impressive art collection. Most of the paintings were harvested from churches and monasteries suppressed by the Napoleonic regime. Free time to wander at leisure and perhaps visit some of Milan’s other museums and galleries.

  3. Ravenna

    We leave Milan to drive to beautiful Ravenna with its wealth of Byzantine mosaics. We stop en route for a lunch break in Bologna, home to the oldest university in Europe and a beautiful city renowned for its cuisine, with wonderful vaulted colonnades and porticoes. We arrive in Ravenna at around 5pm and check into our hotel.

    Two night stay at Ostello Galletti Abbiosi, in the heart of the historic area. Dinners will be taken at local restaurants.

  4. Ravenna

    We enjoy a walking tour of Ravenna, including visits to the mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the church of St Vitale, St Apollinare Nuovo and the Orthodox Baptistery. All these buildings are richly decorated with mosaics dating back to the Early Christian and Byzantine periods. We also include a visit to Sant’Apollinare beside the  ancient port of Classe.

  5. Padua

    This morning we celebrate the Eucharist in the guest house chapel. We then drive on to Padua where, after a break for lunch, we enjoy a walking tour and a visit to the Basilica of St Anthony (NB Eucharist possible for non Catholics in cloisters). 

    One night stay at Casa del Pellegrino, on a half board basis.

  6. Padua

    We depart after breakfast for the journey to Venice. We stop en route in the ancient university town of Padua where we visit the Oratorio di San Giorgio, the Batistero and the Scrovegni Chapel with its superb Giotto frescoes. For the last part of our journey to Venice, we transfer to vaporettos to make our way along the Grand Canal under the Rialto Bridge to Giardini, the nearest stop to our guest house.

    Three night stay at the Patronate Salesian Leone XIII religious guest house (bed and breakfast with evening meals at a nearby restaurants).

  7. Venice

    We visit St Mark’s Basilica and the Doge’s PalaceThe afternoon is free for shopping and to explore the wonders of this unique city at our leisure. Before dinner we will celebrate the Eucharist at our Guest House.

  8. Venice

    We take the vaporetto out to the small island of Torcello to visit Santa Maria Assunta, one of Venice’s most famous basilicas. We meet up for a farewell dinner in the evening.

  9. Home

    A free morning at leisure. We transfer across the water to the airport. Our return flight EZY8068 departs from Venice at 1615 and arrives back at London Gatwick at 1730.

Essential Information

The price you pay is inclusive

The only extras you need to budget for are lunches, drinks and shopping. We include gratuities to guide, driver and hotel staff.

Included

Flights, Hotel accommodation, Breakfast and dinner daily, Sightseeing programme, Entrance fees & guiding, Gratuities

Not included

Travel Insurance, Single Room supplement, lunches

Touring information

Days generally start at 9 and finish around 5 with dinner served around 7 or 7.30. Lunches are not included as we like to keep flexibility of each day’s timings, but our tour managers are expert at recommending options each day. Touring takes place by air-conditioned private coach, by vaporetto (water taxi) in venice, and on foot. All entrance fees are included.

Passports, visas and health

A visa is not required by British and EU passport holders, but please do check that your passport is not out of date. If you are holding a passport from a non-EU country let us know and we will check whether a visa is required. We recommend that you keep your passport in your hotel room and do not carry it on excursions. No inoculations are recommended.

Travel Insurance

The McCabe recommended insurance policy is designed for the older traveller. The premium for an Italian pilgrimage is £49. Travellers over 75 pay £74 and we also recommend that older travellers obtain a note from their doctor stating that they are fit to travel. Do feel free to shop around as there are many suitable insurance options including annual policies on the market. We do insist that all travellers take out medical insurance.

A key feature of our recommended policy is that there is no requirement to call a Medical Help Line as most pre-existing conditions are covered.

You can read the full policy wording here.

Airline

Flights are available from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Luton, Stansted and other airports. Please check the specific flights shown for your chosen departure.

Hotels

You can expect comfortable, clean accommodation during your stay and all rooms have private facilities. McCabe use a mix of religious guesthouse accommodation and locally graded three star hotels

Breakfast and dinner are served generally at your accommodation.

You can click on the hotel websites below:

Hotel Windsor, Milan

Ostello Galletti Abbiosi Guest House, Ravenna

Casa Del Pellegrino, Padua

Patronate Salesian Leone XIII Guest House, Venice

Cuisine

Breakfast: Italians are not great breakfast eaters with just croissants and coffee being the norm. We have asked that where possible this be supplemented at all of our guesthouses and hotels and you can expect to be offered in addition fruit juice, rolls, cheese and perhaps cereal together with coffee or tea. Dinner will normally consist of a pasta dish or soup followed by a meat course and desert. Italians don’t normally eat vegetables with a meat course but we have tried to emphasise that we do! Sometimes an “antipasti” course is offered or a salad bar to begin your meal. Coffee can be ordered at the table or at the bar and is not included at dinner. It is the Italian custom to drink bottled water at the table, which can be with or without gas. This is inexpensive as is house wine, which can be ordered in a small or large carafe; generally cheaper than buying by the bottle. Extras should generally be paid for in cash at the table and rounded up a little … say 5% or to the nearest round figure. It is not necessary or expected to tip more than this.

Practical information

Travelling Alone

Many of our passengers travel alone and object to expensive single room supplements. McCabe Pilgrimages will accept individual bookings on a 'guaranteed share' basis. We charge the basic price and accommodate you with a person of the same sex also requesting shared accommodation. If we do not find someone to share with you, you will be accommodated in a single room at only 50% of the usual single room supplement. For single travellers who do require single accommodation this should be requested when booking and, if available, the normal supplement will be payable.

The McCabe Educational Trust

For many, meeting the ‘Living Stones’ of The Land becomes a real highlight of their pilgrimage. The McCabe Educational Trust is an independent registered charity with the aim of helping inspiring people we meet on pilgrimage. On your pilgrimage you will meet some of these people. As ‘the haves’ encounter the ‘have nots’ the Trust has become a practical tool for one to help the other.

McCabe Pilgrimages invite all travellers to become partners in this work. A £15 voluntary donation to the Trust’s work is added to every pilgrim’s invoice and all money raised in this way is given in full to the projects the Trust supports. This scheme is voluntary and confidential with nobody put under any pressure to participate.

Full Financial Security

All money paid to McCabe is fully secure. Holidays including flights are covered by our ATOL license from the Civil Aviation Authority, and holidays without flights are protected by our membership of the ABTOT bonding scheme. If a pilgrimage is cancelled, for instance through lack of numbers or for political considerations, McCabe will promptly refund all monies paid.

AITO Quality Statement

McCabe Pilgrimages is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. The Association represents Britain’s leading independent tour operators and encourages high standards of quality and service. McCabe abides by the Association’s Code of Conduct and adheres to the AITO Quality Charter.

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