Ancient 4 Papal Basilicas of Rome Tour Description
Previously known as the Holy Doors Tour during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, with the closing of the Holy Doors, this tour is now the tour of the Four Ancient Papal Major Basilicas of Rome.
Despite the end of the Holy Year, many of the points that Pope Francis made in his opening Bull are still applicable. The Pope said that
“the practice of pilgrimage has a special place ... 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....May pilgrimage be an impetus to conversion: by crossing the threshold of the 4 Papal Basilicas, 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 pilgrims who visit the 4 Major Papal Basilicas of Rome in order to help and encourage the faithful to participate ever more deeply in the love of God.
Following in the steps of countless saints and pilgrims for centuries and millenia before you, we give you the chance to visit the official Four Papal Basilicas of Rome and dispose yourselves towards the receipt of the attached indulgences.
The Ancient 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 into each of these Papal Basilicas with an expert guide.
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 Four Papal Basilicas tour will have a duration of 6.5 - 7 hours and will begin at 9am. If however, pilgrims prefer to dispense with the Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel, then the tour will begin at 9am, and have a duration of 4.5 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 and experience a tour of the Basilica which includes visiting the chapel containing relics of the manger of Bethlehem and relics of saints and popes.
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. Here, 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.
This is truly a once in a lifetime experience for you to plug into the life of the Church and experiene what countless Catholics have experienced through the years. Pilgrims are advised to book quickly below to avoid disappointment. We book up quickly, so don't delay.