Malta and Rome - Following St. Paul & St. Peter

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Malta and Rome - Following St. Paul & St. Peter



Early Booking Discount:
$100 discount with deposit 9 months prior to departure date
OR $50 discount with deposit 6 months prior to departure date.
 
  • Tour Valletta; Malta's 16th Century capital city
  • The Malta Experience
  • The magnificent baroque St. John´s Cathedral
  • Stroll the narrow streets of historic Vittoriosa
  • Tour the famous harbor via a fregatina, a typical small Maltese boat (weather permitting)
  • Sightseeing of Rabat and the silent city of Mdina
  • Comprehensive tour of Rome, including the St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Museum, St. John Lateran and much more
     

Day 1 - NYC/Malta

Today depart NYC area international airport for overnight flight to Malta. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.

Day 2 - Malta

We will be met at the Malta International Airport by our guide. If time permits, we will have a panoramic tour on the way to the hotel. Time to check in and rest before dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 3 - Valletta & the three Cities

After breakfast, we depart for a tour of Valletta, Malta's Sixteenth Century capital city. Visit to The Malta Experience provides a multi-vision presentation depicting 7,000 years of Maltese history. We continue to the Barraca Gardens, with their panoramic views of the Grand Harbor and the Three Cities. A highlight is our visit to the magnifi cent baroque St. John´s Cathedral whose precious works of art include Caravaggio's Beheading of Saint John the Baptist. We continue to Grand Masters Palace, today the residence of the President of Malta and the seat of Parliament. (Note: The state rooms can be visited if Parliament is not in session). After lunch on our own, we will drive to the Three Cities: Vittoriosa, Cospicua & Senglea. A walk through the narrow streets of Vittoriosa with its many historic buildings and churches, leads us to the church of St Lawrence. Next, we tour the famous harbor (weather permitting) in a typical small Maltese boat called fregatina. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 4 - Mdina/Rabat

After breakfast, we depart for Rabat, home for centuries of religious orders including Franciscans, Dominicans and Augustinians. We will attend Mass at the Church of St. Paul (1572) and visit St. Paul's Grotto beneath the church. According to tradition, St. Paul lived here during his stay in Malta, following his shipwreck in 60 AD (Acts 28). Rich in ancient and modern history, the nearby St. Paul's Catacombs will also be visited. Our next stop is the silent city of Mdina, whose quiet, narrow cobblestone streets are mostly free from vehicular traffi c. After Rosary prayers at the Cathedral of Mdina, we will have free time for lunch and individual sightseeing. On our way back to the hotel, we admire the impressive views from the Dingli Cliffs. (B,D)

Day 5 - Marsaxlokk and Prehistoric Temples

After breakfast, we visit the typical fishing village of Marsaxlokk, and continue on to the Neolithic temples of Hagar Qim and Mnjadra, UNESCO World Heritage Sites. After lunch on our own, we will drive to the Shrine of the Redeemer in Senglea for Mass. We continue with a guided tour through the cave of Ghar Dalam before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 6 - Villages and Shrines/Rome

After breakfast, we will visit the Sanctuary of the Nativity of Our Lady of Mellieha for Mass. According to tradition, St. Paul blessed this highly venerated sanctuary. The icon of our Lady, painted on the rock face, is said to be the work of St. Luke the Evangelist. We drive around the coast of Mellieha and admire the sandy beaches and typical Maltese scenery, stopping at the beautiful Mosta Dome, the third largest church dome in Europe. We continue to the airport for our flight to Rome. We arrive in Rome and are transferred to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 7 - Rome

After breakfast and morning Mass, we attend a Papal Audience (if available). The afternoon is spent touring St. Peter's Basilica, the Vatican Museum and Library, as well as the Sistine Chapel. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B,D)

Day 8 - Rome

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a tour of “Catholic” Rome. We visit the Catacombs, the Appian Way, and St. Peter in Chains. We also visit three major basilicas, including St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, and St. Paul Outside the Walls. After lunch on your own, we enjoy sightseeing of “Ancient” Rome” as we visit the Colosseum, Arch of Constantine, Circus Maximus, Palazzo Venezia, Forum, and Capitoline Hill. The balance of the day is at leisure for personal shopping, additional sightseeing, or relaxing. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B,D)

Day 9 - Rome/NYC

After breakfast, we drive to airport for our return flight to NYC area international airport. Arrive the same day. (B)

* (B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Inclusions

Included in package:
• Round-trip Airfare from NYC area gateway (includes fuel surcharges and taxes)
• 7 nights in superior tourist class hotels
• 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners
• Sightseeing as per itinerary
• Airport-hotel transfers
• Hotel taxes & baggage handling
• Touring by Private Air Conditioned Motorcoach
• Services of a Professional Tour Escort
• Daily Mass

Not included:
• Optional Insurance (recommended)
• Single Supplement
• Tips
• Meals not mentioned


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Malta and Rome - 9 Day St. Paul & St. Peter Journey

2019 Dates & Prices

Dates Land Only Air & Land
$3298 $4698*
$3198 $4398*

2020 Dates & Prices

Dates Land Only Air & Land
$3198 $4398*
$3298 $4698*
$3298 $4698*
$3198 $4398*

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