Major Basilicas - 7 Day Rome Pilgrimage

Catholic Pilgrimage to Rome. Includes Tours of 4 Papal Basilicas, Mass, Confession, Tickets. No Hidden Costs.


What Are The Features of This Rome Jubilee of Mercy Pilgrimage Package?

In answer to the call of the Holy Father for the faithful to participate fully in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Eternal City Tours are keen to offer this Catholic pilgrimage package to assist pilgrims in engaging more deeply with the spirit and activities of the Jubilee.

This core Mercy Jubilee 7 day pilgrimage package therefore consists of:

  • Daily Mass & Confession - A priest and chapel can be provided by Eternal City Tours if your group is not travelling with a priest. We also pay the priests' stipend on your behalf.

  • Daily Reflections on the Works of Mercy - Pilgrims will be presented with a series of reflections on the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy to help you attempt to integrate and interiorise them in your lives

  • Involvement in works of mercy with San Eugenio Community - the San Eugenio Community regularly carry out all manner of Works of Mercy and pilgrims will be given the opportunity to work alongside them

  • Attendance at Papal Audience - pilgrims will attend the weekly audience of the Pope with all tickets and costs included as part of your package

  • Entrance of Holy Doors of the 4 Rome Papal Basilicas for Indulgences - Pilgrims will be taken to the open Holy Doors of the 4 Papal Basilicas of Rome with entrance carrying with it indulgences. The 4 Papal Basilicas of Rome are the 1. Basilica of St Peter, 2. Basilica of St Paul, 3. Basilica of St Mary Major (Maria Maggiore) and 4. The Archbasilica of St John Lateran which is the Cathedral of Rome. Pilgrims will also be given an in depth 2-3 hour guided tour of the Basilica as part of their package

  • Possible to book Accommodation - although Accommodation is optional, this can be included for your group if you wish Eternal City to arrange it for you. Clicking on the link will bring up information on this accommodation option

  • Possible to book food - for those who wish us to provide all meals whilst you are on pilgrimage, you can select this option during the booking process

  • Transport around Rome included - Transport to the basilicas, and places of interest are included in the pilgrimage package, as are all taxes and ticket costs.


7 Day Pilgrimage Itinerary

  1. DAY 1: Arrive in Rome
    • When you arrive in Rome you will be met by your Eternal City Tours Pilgrimage Director who will check you into your accommodation.
    • The group will be given time to settle in and will be distributed Pilgrimage Itineraries and ECT Rome Maps complete with meeting points, tips and recommendations for Cafés Restaurants and Shopping.
    • Pilgrimage group leaders will be loaned ECT Mobile phones for the duration of the pilgrimage in Rome.
    • There will then be an orientation tour followed by evening Mass at the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, Reflections and Dinner.
  2. DAY 2: City Tour
    • After morning mass at the church of Santissima Trinita Dei Monti the Mother Church of the Society of the Sacred Heart above the Spanish steps we take a stroll through the history and art of Rome.
    • First, you will learn about the romantics poets that took their inspiration seated upon the Spanish steps and toss your coins into the world renowned Trevi Fountain, then you will read the visual history of battle and victory portrayed on the ancient column of Trajan, and see the place where once lived the great Michelangelo.
    • You’ll see where Mussolini declared war on the Allied Nations and where the most famous of history's dictators, Julius Caesar, fell at the hands of Brutus and the Liberators.
    • You will experience the most glorious feat of architecture in all the world - the Pantheon - and stroll through an ancient stadium transformed into a baroque square in Piazza Navona.
    • Finishing off you’ll be brought to Campo De' Fiori which was once a market for flowers and square for public execution but is today the center of Roman night life and some the finest Italian cuisine in Rome, where you can eat, drink and bask in the wonder that is Rome.
    • Lunch
    • Your group will be Free all afternoon so feel free to revisit your favorite places, shop for gifts or do some of our additional Tours.
    • Dinner
  3. DAY 3: Wednesday Papal History and Audience
    • The day starts with Mass and Reflections at Saint Peters Basilica followed by an Italian Breakfast during which one of our History Lecturers from Eternal City Education will give a brief hour and a half lecture on the History of the Papacy.
    • There you will learn about the origins of Papal Authority, Apostolic Succession and the early Christian writings that attest to it.
    • You will learn about some of the most influential Popes in History and perhaps get some answers to some long held questions.
    • What do Catholics believe about the Pope? What were Councils? How did the Pope preside over the Councils? What is Papal Infallibility? And finally with our free tickets we head over to the Papal Audience. Where Pope Francis will preside over a reading from scripture given in multiple languages and give a brief homily.
    • Lunch
    • Group will be Free all afternoon so feel free to revisit your favorite places, shop for gifts or do some of our additional Tours.
    • Dinner
  4. DAY 4: Mary & The Saints
    • Rome is a city blessed with over 900 hundred churches and each is a treasure of art and architecture unto themselves. On this day following morning mass and breakfast we will explore theology and history behind honoring Mary and the Saints and learn how the art and architecture expressed such piety.
    • Our tour begins at the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri located near Termini train station and build into the Roman ruins of the baths of Diocletian. There you will see not only the architectural talents but the faith of the third order Franciscan artist Michelangelo Buonaroti.
    • From there we make our way to Church of Santa Maria della Victoria holding the then controversial and powerful baroque statue of the Ecstasy of Teresa by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Only steps away we then enter the Church of Saint Susanna at the Baths of Diocletian built over the site of a house church dating back to the 3rd century AD.
    • We then make our way to the Church of San Andrea della Frate near the house of Bernini it holds two original angelic statues once set on the Angels Bridge of Rome. On we go to the Church of San Lorenzo in Lucina named for the 3rd century Deacon and Martyr.
    • We continue on to The Church of San Silvestro in Capite originally built in the 8th century to house relics brought from the catacombs among which still held in the church are the fragments of the head of John the Baptist.
    • And lastly we make our way the Church of the Twelve Holy Apostles built to celebrate a defeat of the Ostrogoths in the Byzantine attempt of Justinian to recapture the west. Originally dedicated to the Apostles James the younger and Philip whose relics were brought from the catacombs to the church in the 9th century.
    • Lunch
    • Group will be Free all afternoon so feel free to revisit your favorite places, shop for gifts or do some of our additional Tours.
    • Dinner
  5. DAY 5: Passion of Christ
    • When the Roman Empire embraced the faith it once persecuted, it exploded into a frenzy of observance for the history and truth of the Christian faith manifest in the literary, the artistic and the relics of the early Christian church. Many of these were then brought to the then capital of the world - Rome.
    • On this day expect to have an intimate encounter with the physical objects which fostered the love of He who is true man true God and did live suffer and die for the sake of all men.
    • We begin our day with Mass and Reflections at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore one of the oldest Churches dedicated to Theotokos (Mother of God) in Rome containing, beneath its center altar, wood from the manger in which our Lord Jesus Christ once lay. The church adorned by every époque of Italian art history even holds the body of the devout baroque artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
    • We then walk over to the Basilica of San Prassede built in the 8th century it holds some of the finest examples of medieval Christian art and holds a fragment of the pillar upon which Christ was flogged.
    • Only a few yards away we then enter the church of San Alfonso Ligouri to see the beautiful 15th century Byzantine icon “Our Lady of Perpetual Help / Succour” also known as the Virgin of the Passion or Theotokos of the Passion.
    • After we visit the Church of the Holy Stairs brought from Jerusalem and so named because they are the steps which led to the praetorium of the then Roman procurator - Pontius Pilot. Since our Lord Jesus did descend those very steps in condemnation, all pilgrims ascend them on their knees. From there we visit the Cathedral of Rome, the Basilica of Saint John Lateran and finally enter a Church built by the mother of Constantine - St Helena. The church built over spread earth brought with relics from Jerusalem was her personal chapel holding to this day relics of the Passion of Christ including those of the Holy Sepulcher, the Cave of Bethlehem, a Nail of The Crucifixion, a Thorn of The Crown and a small walnut board reading Jesus the Nazarene king of the Jews.
    • Lunch
    • Group will be Free all afternoon so feel free to revisit your favorite places, shop for gifts or do some of our additional Tours.
    • Dinner
  6. DAY 6: Rome Baroque Churches
    • An architect’s delight and a must for any complete visit to Rome. The Baroque Churches walk takes you to some of the most beautiful Churches in Rome that are so often left off your average tour itinerary. Learn the language of Baroque architecture crafted in the minds of men such as the great baroque artist of Francesco Borromini, Giacomo della Porta, Carlo Moderna, Pietro de Cortona and more. Learn how stone was used to raise men’s minds and spirits to the contemplation of the Divine.
    • The day begins with morning mass at Santa Spirito in Sassia followed by a short walk over to the Ponte San Angelo, as we cross the bridge and marvel at the 10 angelic statues designed by Bernini there you will learn the ideal behind still drama of stone and how this was transfigured into Baroque architecture.
    • We then make our way to the church of San Giovanni de Fiorentine a work of great Baroque genius in its own right and the resting place of the great Francesco Borromini. From there we visit two magnificent churches design by Borromini Santa Maria in Varicella as known as Chiesa Nuova, & Saint Agnese in Agona, and learn how the Counter Reformation was fought not just in words but in art.
    • Onward to the Dominican Order’s church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva located near the Pantheon. It is one of Rome’s few examples of gothic architecture aggrandized in the Baroque by the religious Order whilst they held in there nearby halls the trial of Galileo Galilei.
    • Finally we walk over to the two most architecturally influential Jesuit Churches in the world. The first is dedicated to the Spanish knight and founder of the Jesuit order San Ignazio Loyola and the second the mother church of the Jesuit order Chiesa del Santissimo Nome di Gesù.
    • Lunch
    • Group will be Free all afternoon so feel free to revisit your favorite places, shop for gifts or do some of our additional Tours.
    • Farewell Dinner
  7. DAY 7: Departure from the Eternal City
    • Hotel Check Out and Transport to Rome's airports
  • Some evenings the group will have the opportunity to aid Rome’s Religious Communities in performing various works of mercy.
  • Pilgrimage Itinerary order may vary depending on date of arrival and the scheduling of Papal events
  • There are 4 afternoon opportunities to do some of our add-on tours

All possible add-ons available with group discounts include: Vatican Tour, Crypts & Catacombs Tour, Peter & Paul Tour, Coliseum & Ancient Rome Tour, Italian Food and Wine Tour, Trastevere and Jewish Ghetto Tour, Italian Wine Tour, Borghese Gallery Tour, Caravaggio Tour, or VIP Painting & Cooking Lessons.



On the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary on the 8th December 2015, Pope Francis formally opened the Holy Doors of the Basilica of St Peter to mark 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).

"14. 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 his 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..."
Misericordiae Vultus 14.



What is a Jubilee Year?

The Jubilee Year is an ancient Jewish custom that the Christians continued as the New Covenant people. In Jewish history, Ez 23:10-11 (21:1-6) and Deut 15:1-18 record the designation of a Sabbatical Year - a rest on the land every 7 years and a dedication to the Lord to sanctify it - much like the Sabbath on the seventh day of a week. However, in Leviticus 25:8-17, this was taken further such that every "seven weeks of seven years, seven times seven years" ie 49 years shall pass and then on the 50th year the Jews would "hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants; it shall be a jubilee for you, when each of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his family. A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be to you...". The Jubilee Year was therefore the 50th year - the consecrated year of holiness for the people and family of God.

The name "Jubilee" derives its etymological meaning from the curved horn of the ram (Jobhel) which the Jews sounded to announce the beginning of the holy year on the 10th day of the month of Tishri, on the day of 'Kippur'. This was the day of the public expiation of all the sins of the Jewish people. It was a type of testimony to the conversion after receiving God's pardon. Whoever received the remission of sins from God was obliged, at least, to forgive the sins of his/her fellow believers. Otherwise the repentance was not true. The Jubilee Year put to the test such a capacity in conversion. "Jobhel" also meant "remission" because it implied the content of the Jubilee Year.

In the latin christian writers, the term "Jubilee" was derived from the verb "jubilare" because it indicated the feast, the joy of remission, the pardon of a liberty recovered.



What Are Indulgences and Their Conditions?

It is fitting therefore, that our 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.

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches:

"An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints."

"An indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin."

Indulgences may be applied to the living or the dead.

The punishments of sin

1472 To understand this doctrine and practice of the Church, it is necessary to understand that sin has a double consequence. Grave sin deprives us of communion with God and therefore makes us incapable of eternal life, the privation of which is called the "eternal punishment" of sin. On the other hand every sin, even venial, entails an unhealthy attachment to creatures, which must be purified either here on earth, or after death in the state called Purgatory. This purification frees one from what is called the "temporal punishment" of sin. These two punishments must not be conceived of as a kind of vengeance inflicted by God from without, but as following from the very nature of sin. A conversion which proceeds from a fervent charity can attain the complete purification of the sinner in such a way that no punishment would remain.

1473 The forgiveness of sin and restoration of communion with God entail the remission of the eternal punishment of sin, but temporal punishment of sin remains. While patiently bearing sufferings and trials of all kinds and, when the day comes, serenely facing death, the Christian must strive to accept this temporal punishment of sin as a grace. He should strive by works of mercy and charity, as well as by prayer and the various practices of penance, to put off completely the "old man" and to put on the "new man."/p>

The conditions necessary to receive a max of one indulgence per day are:

  • have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin;
  • have sacramentally confessed their sins;
  • receive the Holy Eucharist (it is certainly better to receive it while participating in Holy Mass, but for the indulgence only Holy Communion is required); and
  • pray for the intentions of the Pope.

It is appropriate, but not necessary, that the sacramental Confession and especially Holy Communion and the prayer for the Pope's intentions take place on the same day that the indulgenced work is performed; but it is sufficient that these sacred rites and prayers be carried out within several days (about 20) before or after the indulgenced act. Prayer for the Pope's intentions is left to the choice of the faithful, but an Our Father and a Hail Mary are suggested. One sacramental Confession suffices for several plenary indulgences, but a separate Holy Communion and a separate prayer for the Holy Father's intentions are required for each plenary indulgence. Indulgences can always be applied either to oneself or to the souls of the deceased, but they cannot be applied to other persons living on earth.



What Does the Church Teach About Mercy?

Spreading God’s mercy is central to the mission of the Catholic Church. The Church calls on us to reach out to the broken in body and spirit.

The Corporal Works of Mercy
  • Feeding the hungry
  • Sheltering the homeless
  • Clothing the naked
  • Visiting the sick
  • Ransoming the captive / Visiting the imprisoned
  • Giving drink to the thirsty
  • Burying the dead
The Spiritual Works of Mercy
  • Converting sinners
  • Instructing the uninformed
  • Advising the doubtful
  • Comforting the sorrowful
  • Bearing wrongs patiently
  • Forgiving injuries
  • Praying for the living and dead



Accommodation Option

Pictures of our accommodation can be found in the Gallery tab.

Subject to availability, our Accommodation includes:

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Laundry Service
Laundry Service

Public Computer
Public Computer
Public Printer
Public Printer

Iron and Board
Hair Dryer

Money Exchange
Money Exchange

Room Fan
Room Fan
Free Wi-Fi
Free Wi-Fi

Room Phone
Room Phone
First Aid Service

Outdoor Grounds
Outdoor Grounds
TV Room
Common TV/DVD Room

Private Showers
Private Showers
Private Lockers
Private Lockers


What is Not Included in this Jubilee Year Pilgrimage?

  • Forgiveness of Sin and Entrance to Heaven!
  • Accommodation in Rome UNLESS you choose this option during the booking process
  • If you choose the option of Accommodation, then this is subject to availability. Obviously, the earlier you book, the more chance that accommodation will be available. If however, accommodation is not available, the price relating to this option will be completely refunded to you.
  • Meals UNLESS you choose this option during the booking process.
  • Flights to/from Rome
  • Transport to/from your arrival/departure destination UNLESS you choose this option during the booking process
  • Guided Tour of the Vatican & Sistine Chapel - this is an extra that can be arranged however


Pilgrims can also book accommodation for their group as an optional add-on.



Our prices for adults for this 7 day Jubilee Year pilgrimage in Rome range from:



We are also offering massive discounts for children with prices from:



Pilgrims are also able to include meals with their pilgrimage in order to commune as a group.



Highlights of this tour include:

  • Daily Mass & Confession
  • Daily Reflections on the Works of Mercy
  • Involvement in works of mercy with San Eugenio Community
  • Attendance at Papal Audience
  • Entrance of Holy Doors of 4 Papal Basilicas for Indulgences
  • Possible to book accommodation
  • Possible to book food
  • Transport around Rome included

Start Times

18:00 with Holy Mass


7 days


Meeting Point

Either at the airport or a place to be arranged

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