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Cairo & Rome Pilgrimage Fr. Barder April 2024

Pilgrimage to Cairo, Egypt, and Rome, Italy

Fr. Luke Barder, OP Spiritual Director, Pastor of St. Dominic Church Denver










5 nights Cairo – 5 nights Rome

Day 1 – Sunday – April 16 Depart USA –


Day 2 – Monday – April 17 Arrive Cairo – Afternoon arrival, visit to Dominican Priory. Continue to Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 -Tuesday – April 18 Full Day – Excursion in Morning / Lecture / Evening Event

  • Morning: Mosque Visits: Ibn Tulun Mosque / Citadel of Cairo also known as the Citadel of Saladin (Mosque of Muhammed Ali)
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon: Guest Lecture
  • Evening: Dinner at Hotel / Rest

Day 4 – Wednesday – April 19 Full Day – Lecture in Morning / Excursion in Afternoon / Evening Event

  • Morning: Guest Lecture
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon: Manuscript Museum
  • Evening: Egyptian BBQ

Day 5 – Thursday – April 20 – End of Ramadan -Full Day – Excursion in the Morning

  • Morning Islamic Cairo, including a visit to Khan el-Khalili, the famous bazaar, and souq in the historic center of Cairo
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon: Guest Lecture
  • Tonight you’ll enjoy a performance of Whirling Dervishes.

Day 6 –Friday – April 21 – End of Ramadan Celebration Day – Full Day – Pyramids

  • All Day: Pyramids: Visit the Sphinx and Famous Pyramids at Giza, Dashur, and Sakkara.
  • This evening you will enjoy a boat ride on the Nile.


Day 7 – Saturday – April 22  This morning transfer to Cairo airport for the flight to Rome. Upon arrival, enjoy a panoramic tour of the city en route to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Rome.

Day 8 –Sunday – April 23 -Day 9 – Monday – April 24 – Morning –

  • Morning Begin with Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, built on the site where St. Peter, the first Pope and Bishop of Rome, was martyred. You will have time to pray at the Tomb of Pope John Paul II and see Michelangelo’s Pieta and Bernini’s bronze canopy.
  • 12noon – Pray the Angelus in St. Peters Square with the pope, followed by a Papal Blessing.
  • Lunch:
  • Afternoon: In the afternoon, travel along the Appian Way to the Chapel of Domine Quo Vadis, the Dominican church that marks the place where Peter encounters Jesus. See the stone with the imprints “of His holy feet” before continuing on to the catacombs of St. Callixtus.  Visit the Basilica of St. Paul, outside the walls, the burial place of Saint Paul the Apostle.   
  • Evening:

Day 9 – Monday – April 24 – Full Day

  • Morning: Begin with Mass and a visit to the Basilica of Santa Sabina, the Mother Church of the Dominicans, and the adjacent convent where St. Dominic and many other saints and popes resided over the centuries.
  • San Clemente
  • St. Peter in Chains
  • Evening / Night: From here, enjoy a walking tour visiting the Trevi Fountain and the Piazza Navona.

Day 10 – Tuesday – April 25

Morning: visit the Coliseum, followed by the Basilica of St. John the Lateran, which is also the Cathedral of Rome. Across the street, you will visit and have the opportunity to climb the Holy Stairs, the very steps Jesus stepped leading up to the praetorium of Pontius Pilate on His way to trial. Visit the Basilica of St. Mary Major, which is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and contains a relic from the Manger of the Infant Jesus.

Free time for Lunch

Afternoon: visit the  Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI)

  • Guest Lecture / Prayer Service / Wrap-Up with Sharing
  • Evening: Dinner at Hotel

Day 11 – Wednesday – April 26 – Begin with a Papal Audience in St Peter’s Square.

Afternoon: Free / Shopping / Etc. / Pack Up Dinner at the hotel.

Day 12 – Thursday – April 27

Return to the USA.

Price:    $4,245 per person, based on Double Occupancy including airfare from New York

              $4,593 per person, based on Double Occupancy including airfare from Denver

              Private Room available for a Single Supplement $795

              Price for Land Only (No flights) Arrangements $3,145 per person, based on Double Occupancy

The price includes:

  • Airfare from New York to Cairo, Cairo to Rome, and Rome to New York.
    • Add-on fares available from all other cities around the USA
  • 10 nights of hotel accommodation
    • 5 nights Cairo: Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis, or similar 4*
    • 5 nights Rome: Starhotel Michelangelo, or similar 4*
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner dinner daily in Cairo; Breakfast and Dinner Daily in Rome
  • Dinner Cruise in Cairo
  • Wine & mineral water are included with dinners
  • Porterage at hotels of 1 large suitcase per person
  • Transfers and tours aboard deluxe private motor-coach
  • Professional bilingual tour escorts in Cairo and in Rome
  • English-speaking local guides for tours in Cairo and Rome
  • All entrance fees and “Whisper sets” for the group during all tours
  • Daily Mass
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Vatican at night on Rome Pilgrimage



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