ROME & ITALIAN SHRINES

September 21 - 30, 2019

 
patrick-schneider-434143-unsplash.jpg
 

DAILY ITINERARY


DAY 1 - DEPART

September 21, 2019

Depart USA en route to Roma, Italy.

DAY 2 - ROME

September 22, 2019

Arrive Rome Airport, meet Tour Escort, board private bus and drive to the city centre we will enjoy a panoramic tour of Imperial Rome as we pass by the Colosseum  and the Forum. Break for lunch – We then visit the Basilica of Saint Paul Oustide the walls, which hosts the bones of the Apostle – Here we celebrate our welcome mass.  Check in at the hotel, dinner and overnight

DAY 3 - ROME

September 23, 2019

In the morning  we have a guided tour to visit the other two among the four major basilicas of. We begin our tour with Basilica of St Mary Major. The crypt is built to resemble the cave of the Nativity in Bethlehem and here there is a reliquary containing part of the Holy Crib in which our Lord Jesus Christ once After we visit Holy Stairs so named because they are the steps which led to the praetorium of the Roman Procurator Ponzio Pilato. From there we visit Basilica of St John in Lateran which houses a fragment of the table on which Jesus consumed his last supper. After break for lunch we enjoy a walking tour of the Baroque Squares including Trevi Fountain , Pantheon and Navona Square – We visit the Church of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, which hosts the tomb in marble where the remains of St. Catherine of Siena are preserved The tomb of the fifteenth century, restored between 1999 and 2000, represents in its upper part, the body of the Saint whose head rests on a cushion. Here we will Celebrate Mass - Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight

DAY 4 - ROME

September 24, 2019

In the morning we explore the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, followed by the Basilica of St Peter- Take advantage to purchase religious items to bring with you tomorrow and have them blessed by the Holy Father –This afternoon  we enjoy free time for shopping, then we return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 5 - PAPAL AUDIENCE - SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO

September 25, 2019

In the morning we explore the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, followed by the Basilica of St Peter- Take advantage to purchase religious items to bring with you tomorrow and have them blessed by the Holy Father –This afternoon  we enjoy free time for shopping, then we return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

DAY 6 - SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO - LANCIANO - ASSISI

September 26, 2019

This morning ,after breakfast, we check out and we visit the “Chiesa Nuova” and the Crypta which hosts the tomb of San Padre Pio  In the late morning, we depart to Lanciano. Upon arrival we celebrate Mass in the church of the Eucharistic miracle, the we continue towards north to reach Assisi. Check in at the hotel for dinner and overnight. 

DAY 7 - ASSISI - SIENA

September 27, 2019

After breakfast, we celebrate Mass, then we enjoy a tour including the Basilicas of St. Clare and St. Francis with the tomb of the beloved Saint. Free time for shopping and, then we drive towards north to the city of Siena, birthplace of St. Catherine, Virgin and Doctor of the Church.  Check in at the hotel, dinner and overnight.

DAY 8 - SIENA - PADUA

September 28, 2019

After breakfast we check out. Our first  visit is to the Church of San Dominic, where we celebrate Mass. We continue on a guided tour to see the well preserved medieval city centre of Siena. Break for lunch and shopping, the we drive towards Padua. Check in at the hotel, dinner and overnight.

DAY 9 - PADUA - VENICE

September 29, 2019

After breakfast, we depart our hotel by bus to reach the dock. From here, by private motorboat, we reach Venice in 30 minutes by sea. In the morning, there will be a guided tour to see the Doge’s Palace and the Basilica of St. Mark. Break for lunch. In the afternoon we will have free time in Venice, we then return to our bus and drive back to Padua where we stop to visit the Basilica of St. Antony, which houses the relict of the Saint. Celebrate Mass – Dinner and overnight .

DAY 10 - RETURN TO USA

September 30, 2019

Depart to Airport to catch a flight back to the USA.

ITINERARY IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT ANY PRIOR NOTICE.


WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Round Trip Airfare

  • Hotel Accomodations

  • Air Conditioned Motor Coach

  • English Speaking Guides

  • Breakfast and Dinner daily

  • Local taxes and baggage handling

  • Daily Mass

  • All entrance fees to sites

  • Porterage at hotels and airport

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel insurance

  • Lunch

  • Tips/gratuities

  • Single-room supplement

  • Visa fees for NON-US Citizens