In the Steps of St. Anthony

In the Steps of St. Anthony

Purpose: Faith, Discovery, History
No. of days: 11 days - 10 nights
First & Last Cities: Lisbon, Rome
Other cities: Fatima, Coimbra, Venice, Camposanpiero, Padua, Bologna, Assisi, Rome, Vatican
Starting cost: On Request
Saint Anthony was born in Lisbon, Portugal, as Fernando Martins de Bulhōes on August 15, 1195 and died in Padua on June 13, 1231. The Portuguese still celebrate the date of his death with huge popular festivities in Lisbon and most of the cities in Portugal where he is known as Santo Antonio de Lisboa. Born from a rich family he was able to join the Franciscan Order in Lisbon, today St. Vincent Church, located on the northern part of old Lisbon, not far from the Tagus River. In 1767, The Portuguese dedicated a church in his name (Igreja de Santo Antonio) just next to St. Vincent. Attracted to the monastic life, he soon transferred to Santa Cruz Convent in Coimbra where he stayed until his trip to Morocco and accidental arrival in Sicily. HE, then, made his way north to Tuscany, to join other Franciscans, where he gained his reputation as an excellent preacher. Always trying to help the poor and the sick and led a life of dedication crossing northern Italy between La Vera and Camposampiero until his death in Padua.
Day 1: USA, Lisbon
Board your overnight flight to Lisbon. Entertainment, dinner and breakfast on board.
Day 2: Lisbon
Arrival at Lisbon airport and panoramic visit of the capital of Portugal. Lisbon is a city of pastel colors and cobblestone streets, of vistas and monuments. Start by promenading in one of the typical old quarters of Lisbon, Alfama, walking through its narrow streets with Arab influences. Visit of St. Antonio Church. Proceed to Belém quarter, where we can find many of the most important monuments of the city. Visit of the church of Jerónimos Monastery (cloisters not included) and the Belém Tower (exterior), both good examples of the 16th century’s Manueline style, and finally the Monument to the Discoveries. Private transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Lisbon. [D]

Day 3: Lisbon (Fatima, Coimbra)
Breakfast. Early departure towards Fátima, one of the most important Catholic shrines in the world. Every year, it welcomes millions of pilgrims from all over the world. Visit the holy places at the Shrine of Fatima, including the Basilica and the Chapel of the Apparitions (Capelinha). Some time for personal activities. Stop en route for lunch and continue to Coimbra, a charming university town, where we breathe in the atmosphere a mixture of students and the University itself. Visit Santa Cruz Church, where Sr. Anthony spent the early years of his priesthood. Return to Lisbon for dinner and overnight. [B/L/D]

Day 4: Lisbon, Venice
Morning at leisure (optional sightseeing). Transfer to the airport to board TAP flight to Venice arriving at 7:30 PM. Transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight. [B/D]

Day 5: Venice
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is different from any other because of its topography characterized by more than one hundred islands and a Grand Canal in a lagoon on the Adriatic coast of Italy. Venice has been the crossroads of cultures and civilizations that are the inspiration of magnificent palaces, ancient bridges, Gothic, Renaissance and Byzantine artworks. The gondolas, known in the entire world ad a romantic dimension to this city so special in so many ways. Your 2-hour walking tour will bring you to many of these artistic treasures and, especially, to Piazza San Marco with the Doge’s Palace and basilica and domes. Then, Climb aboard a traditional gondola for a romantic excursion through the city’s canals. Sit back and enjoy exploring the city as and look at its architectural treasures from the water! The rest of the day is free so you can enjoy the city on your own, do some shopping or relax at one of the cafes. Dinner and overnight in Venice. [B/D]
Day 6: Venice, Camposampiero, Padua
Leave your hotel towards the Church of San Donato, in the immediate vicinity of the Ponte degli Alpini. The church of San Donato in its interior preserves a small path that leads to the restored cell of the Saint and various testimonies of his presence in that place. Then, continue to the Antonian Sanctuaries of Camposampiero testimonies of the faith of the local populations. In Camposampiero Antonio spent the last weeks of his existence in prayer and contemplation. Here he had the joyful vision of the Child Jesus who received him in his loving arms. Here he celebrated the last holy masses and concluded his preaching apostolate. Visit the beautiful church of St. Peter before continuing to Padua, the last place of the Saint's earthly life. During the journey to Padua he stopped at Arcella, at sunset, saw the Lord welcoming his soul into heaven. The Basilica del Santo was built in Padua to welcome and preserve his holy mortal remains. Check-in at the hotel, dinner and overnight. [B/D]

Day 7: Padua, Bologna
Adjacent to the Basilica del Santo, a true treasure trove of art and devotion, you can visit the Oratory of San Giorgio, the Scuola del Santo, with frescoes by Titian, and the Museo Antoniano. The path passes in front of the Botanical Garden, founded in 1545 for the study of the Semplici (medicinal plants and the oldest in the world to maintain its original location. Cross Prato della Valle, the immense elliptical square that follows the shape of the ancient Roman theater, that stood on the site, embellished by the 78 statues of illustrious Paduans and with the Memmia Island in the center, crossed by four stone bridges. To the south-east you can admire the Basilica of Santa Giustina, guardian of the remains of the martyr, portrayed in the majestic Veronese altarpiece of St. Luke the Evangelist of San Prosdocimo which, according to tradition, was the first bishop of the Patavina diocese and its patron and many other saints and martyrs. After passing Prato della Valle, arrive at the church of Santa Croce which contains a canvas depicting St. Anthony of Padua, St. Francis of Paola and St. John of Nepomuk. Next to it, the Sanctuary of San Leopoldo Mandic. Here this humble and mild little friar carried out his silent but precious work of confessor and spiritual guide. Loved and revered in life, invoked as a saint after death, he was beatified by Pope Paul VI in 1976 and proclaimed Saint by Pope John Paul II on 16 October 1983. And today his tomb continues more than ever to be a place of pilgrimage. Late in the. Afternoon continue to Bologna for check-in, dinner and overnight at the hotel. [B/D]
Day 8: Bologna, Assisi
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Assisi where you’ll arrive in time for lunch. In the afternoon take a tour of the city of Saint Francis. In Assisi you will enjoy both the city with its history and the life and new spirituality of St. Francis shown in the Basilica of the Saint thanks to a new artistic expression by the greatest artists of the 13 and 14th century. A more interesting place is hard to find, explore the hidden Assisi unknown to mass tourism and experience the real Assisi. Check-in at the hotel, dinner and overnight. [B/D]
Day 9 - Assisi, Rome
Enjoy your breakfast at leisure and spend some time on your own exploring the city. In the afternoon, leave for Rome along the splendid Tiber Valley. Check-in at your hotel and overnight. [B]
Day 10 – Rome
After breakfast at your hotel you’ll be picked up for a half-day walking group excursion to the Coliseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill. The Coliseum, the most emblematic monument in Rome, originally known as the Flavian Amphitheater, is the well-known place of the gladiators’ games and the theme of many a movie. Close by is an important and unique collection of ruins of what was the heart of Imperial Rome: The Roman Forum and surrounding official buildings! In the same area is the most important elevation of Roman’s history: The Palatine Hill where, according to Roman mythology, the brothers Remus and Romulus, possibly sons of Hercules, were kept alive by a she-wolf and ended-up being the founders of Rome. In the afternoon enjoy a tour of the extraordinary Vatican Museums with floors of exhibitions, the impressive Sistine Chapel where Michelangelo painted sacral masterpieces, The Last Judgment probably being the best known, St. Peter’s Basilica and St. Peter’s Square with its colonnade designed and sculpted by Bernini in the 16th Century. Return to the hotel for overnight. [B]

Day 11 - Rome, USA
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Rome in time to reach the airport to board you flight back home. [B]
[B] = Breakfast | [D] = Dinner | [B/D] = Breakfast and Dinner | [B/L/D] = Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner






Tour includes
  • Circle trip airfare between the USA, Portugal and Italy
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Portugal and Italy
  • 9 nights’ accommodation:
    • Lisbon 2 nights
    • Venice 2 nights
    • Padua 1 night
    • Bologna 1 night
    • Assisi 1 night
    • Rome 2 nights
  • Meals
    • Breakfast daily
    • 1 lunch
    • 7 dinners
  • Sightseeing of Lisbon & Belem
  • Excursion to Fatima & Coimbra
  • Venice walking tour
  • Visit to Camposampiero
  • Tour of Padua with visits
  • Visit the Basilica of St. Francis
  • Walking tour of Rome
  • Visit to the Vatican
  • English-speaking tour guides in Portugal and Italy
  • Deluxe A/C motor-coaches in Portugal & Italy
  • Entrance fees to sites visited
  • All local taxes
Not included in tour
  • Airfare fees and taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips to guides or driver

Hotels in your Tour

Category Hotel Name Tripadvisor
Tourist Class
Lisbon BE Poet Baixa 5
Venice Cá Riza 5
Padua Hotel Al Prato 4.5
Bologna Il Canale. Hotel 4.5
Assisi Hotel il Palazzo 5
Rome Albergo del Senato 5
First Class
Lisbon Tesouro da Baixa by Shiadu 5
Venice Aqua B 5
Padua Le Camp Suite & Spa 4
Bologna Aemilia Hotel 4.5
Assisi Le Silve di Armenzano Natural Hotel 4.5
Rome Martis Palace Hotel 5
Lisbon Olissipo Lapa Palace 5
Venice Palazzo Venart 5
Padua Magestic Hotel Toscanelli 4
Bologna Grand Hotel Majestic 4.5
Assisi Castello di Petrata 4.5
Rome Elizabeth Unique Hotel 5
LOCATION: The location may be in the center of Rome or near the Vatican
MEAL PLAN: Normally we include daily breakfast and dinner for all groups. However, the meal plan may vary depending on the organizer's request
  • All hotels will be requested after discussion with the group Organizer

Tour Pricing

The price for the group will be quoted based on the number of passengers, season, hotel type and meal plan.

Group organizers always travel for free if the group has 15 or more paying passengers.

Inclusion of tour conductors must be considered at time of request.

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Tour Code: PT04LIS20XX

  • Lunches and dinners can be arranged for groups at top restaurants or any restaurant requested by you.
  • We can revise the itinerary to spend more time and provide more depth in those areas that you are interested on.
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