Tour Detail

8 Day Lenten Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi with Deacon David Little

Itinerary

Day 1 - 12.03.2018 – Monday - Ariival in Rome

13:50 Upon arrival in Rome you will meet your driver who will transfer you to your hotel for check-in and accommodation. 15:30 The balance of the day is at leisure to rest or explore on your own. 19:30 Dinner at local restaurant TBA 21:00 Return at hotel for overnight

Day 2 - 13.03.2018 – Tuesday - Rome

07:30 Breakfast at hotel 08:30 Departure from hotel by coach 09:30 Today’s visit will start at the Catacombs of St Callixtus, one of the Catacombs of Rome on the Appian Way, most notable for containing the Crypt of the Popes which once contained the Tombs of several Popes from 2nd to 4th Century. 10:15 Meet your guide and continue the visit to Quo Vadis Chapel (important: please note that according to new municipality rules it’s not possible to go there by coach anymore and the group must walk for 1,2 km to go and 1,2 km back to reach them and in addition it closes suddenly and without notice sometimes. Please inform the group and let us know what they decide to do) Our next and last stop of the day will be the Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, one of the five major basilicas of Rome. Originally founded by Emperor Constantine in the 4th Century, the Basilica di San Paolo is the burial place of Saint Paul the Apostle. 14:00 End of guided tour and transfer to hotel for free lunch and free afternoon 19:30 Dinner at local restaurant TBA 21:00 Return at hotel for overnight

Day 3 - 14.03.2018 – Wednesday - Rome

06:00 Box breakfast from hotel 07:00 Departure from hotel by walking to St Peter’s Square 07:10 Arrival in St Peter’s Square for Papal Audience and free time for lunch 13:00 Meet your guide for a guided visit of Vatican Museums to include Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica. 17:00 End of guided tour and reminder of the afternoon at leisure 18:45 Make your way back to the hotel 19:30 Dinner at local restaurant TBA

Day 4 - 15.03.2018 – Thursday - Day Excursion to Assisi

07:00 Breakfast at hotel 08:00 Departure from hotel to Assisi 10:30 Approximate arrival in Assisi. 10:45 Meet your guide for a half day guided tour of the city. During the guided tour you will have the occasion to visit the grandiose and gorgeously embellished Basilica of St Francis, a memorial to a man who preached and lived a simple life of poverty, abstinence and renunciation of worldly goods in search of greater spirituality. You will also visit the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, the seventh largest Christian Church, containing the primitive Porziuncola, which is the beloved small church of St Francis. Optional: last visit of the day will be the Basilica of St Clare, which is dedicated to and contains the remains of Saint Clare of Assisi, a follower of St Francis and founderof the Order of Poor ladies known today as the Order of St Clare. 13:15 or 14:15 End of guided tour (depending on St Clare visit) and free time for lunch and independent visit of the town. 16:00 Departure from Assisi back to Rome 18:30 Approximate arrival at hotel 19:30 Dinner at local restaurant TBA 21:00 Return to accommodation for overnight

Day 5 - 16.03.2018 – Friday - Rome

07:30 Breakfast at hotel 08:30 Departure from hotel 09:30 Meet your guide for a full day guided tour. Your morning visit will include the St John Lateran Basilica which is the oldest among the 4 Papal Basilicas and also houses the cathedral of the Roman Pontiff. It has the title of ecumenical mother church of the Roman Catholic faith. Next you’ll move to the nearby Holy Stairs, one of the most important and renowned sanctuaries in the Roman Catholic Church. According to an ancient tradition, Saint Helena transported there the stairs from Pontius Pilate’s Palace in Jerusalem. Last stop of the morning will be the Patriarchal Basilica of St Mary Major which reigns as an authentic jewel of the Roman Churches. Its beautiful treasures are of inestimable value and represent the church’s role as the cradle of Christian artistic civilization in Rome. 12:30- 13:30 Free time for lunch 13:30 Meet your guide again and continue the tour with a visit of the spectacular remains of the Roman Empire, to include the Colosseum, considered to be the greatest symbol of Ancient’s Rome power and glory and the ruins of the Roman Forum which features the remains of magnificent temples, basilicas and triumphal arches that once formed the heart of the Empire. 16:30 End of guided tour and free afternoon to rest, shopping or continue exploring on your own. 18:30 Make your way back hotel 19:30 Dinner at local restaurant TBA

Day 6 - 17.03.2018 – Saturday - Rome

07:30 Breakfast at hotel 08:30 Free morning or afternoon, depending on guided tour of Baroque Rome Today you will enjoy a 3-hour guided tour of Rome. Meet your guide and start exploring Baroque Rome with the Pantheon, one of the grandest and best-preserved Roman monuments, make a walk in the Piazza Navona, the magnificent square designed in the 17th Century by Bernini, highlighted by one of Rome’s most spectacular fountains, the Four Rivers, and by the beautiful church of Sant’Agnese in Agone.You’ll also see the spectacular Trevi Fountain where it’s traditional to toss a coin into the fountain to ensure a safe return to Rome and spend time at the Piazza di Spagna, home of the famous Spanish Steps. 18:30 Departure by coach to Tanagra restaurant for farewell dinner to start at 19:00 21:15 End of the dinner and transfer back hotel 21:45 Arrival at hotel and overnight

Day 7 - 18.03.2018 – Sunday - Airport transfer

05:30 Box breakfast from hotel 05:40 am Departure from hotel to FCO airport 06:40 am Approximate arrival at the airport

Inclusions

INCLUDED:
• Round-trip from Albuquerque (includes fuel surcharge)

• 6 night accommodations at 4 star  Cicerone Hotel
• Breakfast and dinner daily
• Sightseeing as per itinerary
• Airport-hotel transfers
• Hotel taxes & baggage handling
• Touring by Private Air Conditioned Motorcoach
• Services of a Professional Tour Escort

• Masses

NOT INCLUDED:
• Gratuity (approximately $75)
• Meals not mentioned (lunches)
• Optional Insurance (recommended)
• Single Supplement - $500