VIP Price: On our VIP tour, based on a group size of 10, our all inclusive Adult Price is €65.
On the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on 8th December 2015, our Holy Father Pope Francis formally opened the Holy Doors of the Basilica of St. Peter and in so doing marked the beginning of the Holy Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Announced back in April 2015 in the Papal Bull Misericordiae Vultus, the emphasis of this special Jubilee Year is the Mercy of God the Father - Merciful Like The Father (Luke 6:36).
Within that Papal Announcement, Pope Francis said that:
"the practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is a 'viator', a pilgrim travelling along the road, making their way to the desired destination. Similarly, to reach the Holy Door in Rome or in any other place in the world, everyone, each according to his or her ability, will have to make a pilgrimage. This will be a sign that mercy is also a goal to reach and requires dedication and sacrifice. May pilgrimage be an impetus to conversion: by crossing the threshold of the Holy Door, we will find the strength to embrace God’s mercy and dedicate ourselves to being merciful with others as the Father has been with us..."
It is fitting therefore, that our Holy Mother the Church, has always attached indulgences to Jubilee Years to share the richness of God’s Mercy and encourage the faithful to participate ever more deeply in the love of God. Pilgrims will be able to enter through the Holy Doors of the Four Papal Basilicas of Rome and dispose themselves towards the receipt of the attached indulgences. The Four Papal Basilicas of Rome are the Basilica of St. Peter, the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, the Basilica of St. Mary Major and the Arch-Basilica of St. John Lateran.
Pilgrims booked with us on this tour will have the chance to enter through the Holy Doors of each of these Papal Basilicas. Our tour begins at the Vatican with the Basilica of St. Peter. As this is also the location of the magnificent Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, we offer pilgrims an additional add-on to visit these wonders before the Basilica of St. Peter. If pilgrims choose this option, then the total Holy Door tour will have a duration of 6.5-7 hours and will begin at 8:45 am. If however, pilgrims prefer to dispense with the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel, then the tour will begin at 11:30 am, and have a duration of 4 hours.
Once you have entered through the Holy Doors of St. Peters, our expert Catholic guide will give you a tour of the interior of the Basilica including Michelangelo's Pietà, the relics and altars of the major saints of the Catholic Church and the history involved.
After the Basilica of St. Peter, pilgrims are then transported by air conditioned mini van to the Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls where the remains of the great Apostle of the Gentiles, St. Paul, lies to this day. Entering through the Holy Doors, pilgrims will again be given a short tour of the Basilica.
From there, the group is once again transported by minivan to the ancient Basilica of St. Mary Major (Santa Maria Maggiore) to once more enter through the doors and experience a tour of the Basilica which includes visiting the chapel containing relics of the manger of Bethlehem.
After this thrilling experience, we once again board the minivan to be taken up the road to the Arch-Basilica of St. John Lateran (San Giovanni) - the Cathedral of Rome. Entering through the Holy Doors, the group once more receives a detailed tour of the interior and its history.
The Four Papal Basilicas now completed, we don't stop there however! The group will continue on to the Holy Stairs - the steps that Christ was judged by Pilate upon that were transported by the mother of Constantine, St. Helena, from Jerusalem to Rome in the 4th Century. Continuing this link to the Passion of Christ, we then journey on a little further to the Basilica of the Holy Cross (Santa Croce) which contains the actual relics of the Christ's Passion including fragments of the True Cross, a nail from the crucifixion and one of the thorns from the Crown of Thorns. Pilgrims will have journeyed back through the grandeur of the Church and Early Christianity back to the point where it all began - the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.
This is truly a once in a lifetime experience given the timely fixing of the Holy Jubilee Year of Mercy and pilgrims are advised to book quickly below to avoid disappointment. We book up quickly, so don't delay.
Highlights of this tour include:
• Vatican Museums (optional)
• Sistine Chapel (optional)
• Papal Basilica of St. Peter
• Papal Basilica of St. Paul
• Papal Basilica of St. Mary Major
• Papal Basilica of St. John Lateran
• Basilica of the Holy Cross containing relics of the Passion of Christ