Gulf Pine Catholic - 11 Day Italian Renaissance & Oberammergau with Fr. Conway

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Gulf Pine Catholic - 11 Day Italian Renaissance & Oberammergau with Fr. Conway



Early Booking Discount:
The above prices include a $100.00 discount applicable for passengers who make a
deposit of $500.00 per person by December 7, 2021.

Highlights Include:

  • Vatican City and Papal Audience (if available)
  • Tour St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Museum & Library, Sistine Chapel 
  • Visit the Colosseum, St. John in Lateran and St. Paul outside the wall and catacombs
  • Sightseeing in Assisi and Florence, including visit to Duomo and "David"
  • A stop in Innsbruck is sure to be a highlight nestled amidst the breathtaking Alps  
  • Be enchanted with the village of Oberammergau
  • Enjoy the Passion of Crist Play

Day 1: Sept 7 - DEPART NEW ORLEANS

Today we meet at our international airport for our flights to Munich. Dinner and Breakfast will be served onboard.

Day 2: Sept 8 - MUNICH/OBERAMMERGAU

Arrive in Munich where we will be met by our Special Tour Escort and drive to the town of Oberammergau to our hotel for check in. Remainder of day at your leisure to relax and stroll this historical tiny Hamlet on your own. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (D)

Day 3: Sept 9 - OBERAMMERGAU

After breakfast we will attend a Morning Mass in Memory of September 11th. We will then transfer to the outdoor theater to experience the last week of Christ’s life in this amazing presentation of the Passion of Christ as performed by the local villagers every 10 years since 1634. Return to hotel for Dinner and overnight (B, D)

Day 4: Sept 10 - OBERAMMERGAU

Breakfast at the hotel then you will have the reset of the day at leisure to reflect on the memorable experience of yesterday's Passion Play and explore this serene village of Bavaria. Return to the hotel for Dinner (B, D)

Day 5: Sept 11- INNSBRUCK/BOLZANO

After breakfast we depart for Italy. Enroute we will enjoy a brief stop in Innsbruck, where the scenery is magnificent, surrounded by the towering Alps, and an old city charm prevails. View the famous Goldenes Dachl, “Golden Roof,” built in the 15th Century for Emperor Maximilian's wedding, the Triumphal Arch and the City Tower. Visit St. Jakob's Cathedral, a point of pilgrimage since the 16th Century. Then on to Bolzano, located in a lovely valley with vineyards set in the Italian Alps. Check into hotel. Dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 6: Sept 12 - BOLZANO/VENICE/PADUA

This morning, after breakfast we board our bus and continue our tour going South to Venice to visit the famous landmarks, including St. Mark's Square, the largest square in the city, San Marco's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, the Campanile, and the famous Clock Tower. Balance of the day at your leisure to have lunch on your own and take time for a gondola ride on your own before arriving in Padua to check into our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 7: Sept 13 - PADUA/FLORENCE

After Breakfast, we visit the Basilica dedicated to St. Anthony, the Patron Saint of Lost Things and Causes, buried there. We will visit his tomb, venerate his incorruptible tongue, his relics, and his clothing, which are displayed in a room reserved for numerous reliquaries. The interior is richly decorated with frescoes, among which its greatest art treasures are the Donatello bronzes at the Main Altar. Then on to the Cappella degli Scrovegni (Arena Chapel) to view the well-preserved Giotto frescoes of more than 35 Biblical scenes. We will celebrate Mass in Padua before continuing South into the Region of Tuscany and its Capital, the beautiful City of Florence. Upon arrival there we have an Orientation tour. Florence is “The Renaissance City”. We will visit the Duomo, Santa Croce Church, where many nobles are buried, and the Academy Museum, to see the famous statue of “David” by Michelangelo. Then shop at the sidewalk vendors for the excellent leather goods, for which Florence is famous. Dinner and overnight at our hotel. (B, D)

Day 8: Sept 14 – FLORENCE – ASSISI - ROME

Breakfast at the hotel and travel to Assisi the town of beloved St. Francis. We will tour important sites that follow the Saint's life, including the beautiful 13th century Basilica built over his crypt. Other important sites include the Church of St. Clare, which houses her incorrupt body, the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, built over the Porziuncola, the start of the Franciscan Order, the thornless rose bush and the cave where the Saint retired for prayer. Continue on to Rome, check into our hotel in time to have dinner in the Eternal City. Overnight hotel (B, D)

Day 9: Sept 15 - ROME

After breakfast, transfer to the Vatican museum. Your visit to the Vatican, and its glorious art treasures, will be a highlight of your stay in Rome. View the vast collection of art and antiquities in the Vatican Museums. Your guide will lead you to the Sistine Chapel through a portion of these treasures such as the Candelabra Gallery where you can admire the Greek - Roman art, the Tapestries with the most extraordinary Flemish works and the Map Gallery with exceptional geographical details. Visit the Sistine Chapel, where Michelangelo's ceiling fresco depicting the history of the creation and the Last Judgement overlooks Italian art masterpieces. Visit St. Peter's Basilica, surrounding the world's largest church. While Bernini designed most of works found in the church, Michelangelo's Pietà is also housed here; St. Peter's Square. Free time for lunch on your own then meet and continue our guided tour of the Basilicas, St. Mary Magior, St. John in Lateran and St. Paul outside the wall and catacombs. Dinner at hotel and overnight in Rome. (B, D)

Day 10: Sept 16 - ROME

After Breakfast and morning Mass, we transfer to Vatican City to attend the Papal Audience (if available). Free time for lunch on your own, after which we will visit The Colosseum. You can walk through the fountains and squares of Rome, where you can admire The Spanish Steps where a fountain by Bernini and the stairway on which the Trinità dei Monti church stands contributes to create a refined and elegant atmosphere, the Trevi Fountain, one of the most famous fountains in the world, a jewel of water and stone, the triumph of baroque aesthetics. Throw a coin in it, to be ensured a return to Rome. The Column of Marcus Aurelius, the Palazzo di Montecitorio, designed by Bernini, the Pantheon (visit inside) built as a temple dedicated to all past, present and future deities, converted into a Christian Basilica called Santa Maria della Rotonda or Santa Maria ad Martyres, Palazzo Madama seat of the senate, and Piazza Navona, the most elegant and the most joyous Roman square, built on the ashes of the Stadium of Domitian. You can admire the beautiful fountains of the four rivers and the church of Sant'Agnese in Agone. The square is still today a meeting point for Romans and tourists, who stay in the many outdoor cafes that surround it. Transfer back to the Hotel to prepare for our “Special Farewell Dinner” in a local restaurant. Overnight Rome. (B, D)

Day 11: Sept 17 – ROME/USA - DEPARTURE

Breakfast and transfer to the airport for our flight home, arrive the same day. We take back with us unforgettable memories and Blessings to last a lifetime. (B)

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

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Inclusions

Included in the price:
• Round-trip airfare from New Orleans, LA (including fuel surcharge & taxes)
• 9 nights’ accommodations in 3 & 4 star hotels
• Breakfast and dinner daily
• Deluxe Motor Coach transportation
• Touring as indicated in the itinerary
• Hotel taxes
• Professional Tour Escort
• Local English speaking guides as needed
• All entrance fees per attached itinerary
• Tickets to the Passion Play
• Headsets for tours

Not Included:
• Gratuities approximately $150.00 pp for local guides, driver, escort, restaurants and porters
• Meals not mentioned in itinerary
• Single Supplement $600.00
• Optional travel insurance

Contact Info:
Angelica Villegas - Regina Tours

1-800-CATHOLIC ext. 250 • avillegas@groupist.com
Terrance Dickson - Editor, Gulf Pine Catholic
Catholic Diocese of Biloxi
228-702-2126 • tdickson@biloxidiocese.org
Christina Bongolan - Worldwide Discount Travel Club
305-937-7422 • cbongolan@worldwidediscounttravelclub.com

 


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Gulf Pine Catholic: Fr. Tommy Conway - 11 Day Rome - Assisi - Florence with Oberammergau
Bolzano Superior Tourist Class Hotel
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2022 Dates & Prices

Dates Land Only Air & Land
$3698 $5498*

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