7 Day Pilgrimage to Rome The Eternal City with Fr. John Retar

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7 Day Pilgrimage to Rome The Eternal City with Fr. John Retar

Some Highlights Include:
  • 5 nights at same hotel (no packing and unpacking)
  • Vatican City, Papal Audience (if available) and Mass at the Vatican
  • Tour the Vatican Museums, Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel
  •  Tour St. Peter's Basilica, St. Mary Major, St. John in Lateran, St. Paul Outside the Wall
  • Tour of Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis (Optional)
  • Rome sightseeing tour to include the Coliseum and The Forum
  • Ample leisure time to explore Rome on your own



We depart on our international flight to Rome. Dinner and breakfast are served on board.


Upon arrival in Rome, in “the Eternal City” we are met by our tour escort and transfer to our hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure to rest or explore on our own. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (D)


After breakfast we depart for Vatican City, where we gather with pilgrims from around the world to attend a Papal Audience (if available). In the afternoon, we visit the Vatican Museums, home to one of the world's greatest art collections, and Michelangelo's breathtaking Sistine Chapel followed by a tour of St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in Christendom, built over his tomb. We have the remainder of the day to the sample Rome's many delights on our own. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B, D)


Today is a sightseeing tour entitled “Christian Rome” which includes the three major basilicas of Rome: the Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of the oldest shrines dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, a shrine that contains a relic from the manger of the infant Jesus; The Basilica of St John in Lateran, the former residence of the popes prior to their return to Rome in 1377; the Holy Stairs, which is believed to be a staircase from Pilate's palace in Jerusalem that Jesus climbed when he was condemned to death, brought to Rome by St. Helena in the 4th century. Time permitting we may climb these stairs on our knees in memory of Christ's Passion; Continue on to the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Wall built over his tomb. Next is the Appian Way -- the oldest road from Roman times--plus the famous Domino Quo Vadis Chapel; see the ancient Baths of Caracalla, Arch of Drusus; Tomb of Celilia Metella, and the Catacombs of St Callixtus where the early Christians hid themselves to escape persecution. Dinner. Overnight (B/D)


Today we enjoy a leisure day to discover on our own the beauty and wonders of Rome. Or take an optional tour to Assisi, the town of beloved gentle St. Francis (at additional cost). We arrive in the Valley of Assisi where we visit the Basilica of St Mary of the Angels where St. Francis spent most of his life. Here we visit the Chapel, Portiuncola, the rose bush, and the cave where he retired for prayer. We travel up to the quaint hilltop, birthplace of St Francis that still retains something of the atmosphere of the early 1200s, the period when St Francis began his ministry. We visit St. Francis's huge 13th-century Basilica built over his crypt containing many of the saint's possessions and a series of frescoes depicting his life. Continue on to the Church of St Clare to see the saint's incorrupt body. The foundress of the Order of Poor Clares followed the teachings of St Francis by living a life of poverty and humility. We may kneel before the San Damiano Cross from which Jesus spoke to St Francis, asking him to rebuild His church. There will be some leisure time to stroll the narrow streets and take in the awesome view of the valley below. Here we truly can see why St. Francis was the Patron Saint of birds, animals and the environment. Return to Rome. Dinner and overnight. (B/D)


Today is a half day of sightseeing to visit the Coliseum, built in 72 AD, where the gladiators met in mortal combat. Next is the Forum, the political and economical center of Rome during the Republic. It emerged as such in the 7th century and maintained that position well into the Imperial Period: The balance of the day is at leisure to explore Rome on our own. Toss a coin into Trevi Fountain, take pictures at the Spanish Steps or visit the Piazza Navona one of the loveliest places in Rome for shopping or eating. Dinner and overnight (B,D)


Following breakfast we transfer to Rome's Airport for our flight home, arriving the same day, taking with us memories and blessings to last a life time (B)

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



Included in the price:
• Roundtrip airfare (including taxes and fuel charges)
• Breakfast and Dinner daily
• Transfers to and from international airports
• Services of Professional Tour Guides
• Sightseeing as per itinerary
• Transport by Private Air Conditioned Motor coach
• Entrance handling at hotels & airports (1 bag per person)

Not Included:
• Meals not mentioned (lunches)
• Travel insurance-$312 (recommended)
• Tipping- guides, drivers
• Single supplement- $500

Tim Smith • 440-396-8987
Fern Ciraolo • Regina Tours
1-800-CATHOLIC ext. 232 or 212-594-8787 ext. 232
Email: fciraolo@groupist.com



2019 Dates & Prices

Dates Land Only Air & Land
$1398 $2698*


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