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Franciscan Pilgrimage

Organised by Pukekohe Travel in conjunction with MIR Pilgrimages

Organised by Pukekohe Travel in conjunction with MIR Pilgrimages - Escorted by Patricia Parsons

Your travel itinerary

Monday 15 April

Auckland – Dubai

Evening departure from Auckland on Emirates Airlines.

Tuesday 16 April


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Arrive Dubai early morning and transfer to your city centre hotel.

Wednesday 17 April

Wednesday 17 Dubai – Rome – Florence

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Early departure for the airport for your flight to Rome, arriving early afternoon. After clearing immigration, travel by coach through the countryside to the Tuscan capital of Florence.

Thursday 18 April


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After breakfast enjoy a full day walking tour of the city. Highlights include Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral, Ponte Vecchio and Santa Croce Basilica.

Friday 19 April

Florence – Mt La Verna – Cortona

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Travel from Florence for a special visit to Mt La Verna Sanctuary before continuing to Cortona with time to visit the monastery built by Francis of Assisi and the Church of St Margaret.

Saturday 20 April

Cortona – Perugia – Gubbio – Assisi

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The highlight of Cortona include La Celle, the Church of Santa Margherita, Lago Trasimeno and the Church of San Francesco. Continue to Gubbio for a walking tour which includes the Church of San Francesco, La Vittorina and the Abbey of Vallingegno.
Travel to the city of Perugia (where St Francis was imprisoned) for a walking tour of the historic centre, the Oratory of San Bernardino and the Cathedral of St Lawrence.
Visit the San Francesco Church in Gubbio before arriving in Assisi.

Sunday 21 April


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The hilltop town of Assisi was the birthplace of St Francis, one of Italy’s patron saints in 1181. The half-day guided walking tour includes a special visit to the magnificent two-level Basilica of St Francis with its 13th Century frescoes.

This popular pilgrim destination was partially destroyed by the severe earthquake of 1997.

Monday 22 April

Assisi – Foligno – Spoleto – Assisi

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We begin our day with a guided tour of Foligno including the Monastery of Sant’ Annathe, Church of San Francesco and Piazza della Repubblica. Continue to the city of Spoleto where highlights are Monteluco and the Cathedral of Spoleto.

Tuesday 23 April

Assisi – Todi – Assisi

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Half day guided tour of the Umbrian hilltop town of Todi where highlights include the Church of San Fortunato, Palazzo del Capitano and SS.Annunziata Cathedral. Return to Assisi.

Wednesday 24 April

Assisi – Narni – Viterbo

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Begin with a guided tour to see Nani Lo Speco di San Francesco, one of the most important sanctuaries of the Franciscans, the Cathedral and on to Viterbo for the Family House of St Rose

Thursday 25 April

Viterbo – Greccio - Rome

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Visit the city of Viterbo before visiting the Sanctuary in Greccio where San Francesco made the first commemoration in 1223. Continue on to Rome for a three-night stay.

Friday 26 April


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Full day guided tour including a special visit to the ‘Scavi’ – the crypts under the Vatican where a very limited number of visitors are permitted a day. Other options the Sistine Chapel and various Vatican Museums.        

Saturday 27 April


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The full-day guided tour of the city includes the Basilicas of Santa Maria Maggiore and San Giovanni, the Cathedral of Rome and the Holy Staircase.

Sunday 28 April

Rome – Dubai

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Morning free before transferring to the airport for flight to Dubai.

Monday 29 April

Arrive Dubai early morning. Change planes for your flight home.

Tuesday 30 April


Arrive Auckland mid-morning


  • Return Emirates economy air flights Auckland – Dubai – Rome
  • All transfers as specified
  • Coach travel as specified
  • Dubai Airport accommodation
  • Entrance fees as specified
  • Meals as specified
  • Priest travelling on tour
  • Patricia Parsons as tour escort


Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle Supplement
   $8,499              +$349                       
Business Class Upgrade +$6,542
Early Booking Discount ( 01-12-2018 ) $100

*This is a cash or cheque price. Credit cards will incur a 2% fee
*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment


  • Travel Insurance (please ask us for a quote)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Items not specified
  • Airport and airline taxes (approx. NZD175)

Booking Conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit of $750 per person will secure a place on this trip
  • Full payment is due no later than 22 February 2019

Cancellations and Refunds

  • From the date of booking until 22 February 2019– loss of deposit
  • After 22 February 2019 - no refund

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is essential. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.

Your Guide – Patricia Parsons

Patricia Parsons began leading faith-based pilgrimages to European holy sites and shrines in 2002.
After experiencing pilgrimage several times herself, Patricia was inspired to create New Zealand-led pilgrimages for others wanting to experience a completely different alternative to normal tourist trails.
She escorted the 2018 pilgrimage through Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and Galilee and Jordan.
As you travel, you develop an understanding of biblical history through the millenniums and how it is all interwoven to the present day.

Health and Fitness

A good standard of health is required, with the ability to walk on uneven surfaces and stand for long periods is necessary


May is the dry season in this part of the world, averaging less than 5 days in the month. Temperatures – Italy in April 20˚c - 10˚c

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* Itinerary subject to change