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Malta & Rome:
Following St. Paul & St. Peter

Trip Length

09 Days

Current Weather

Trip Type

1-800-CATHOLIC

Trip Overview & Highlight

Follow in the footsteps of Saint Paul and Saint Peter on this 9-day journey through the rich Catholic history of Malta and Turkey where the early Christian Byzantine Empire sat.

See Valletta and Malta’s famed Three Cities, Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea, attending mass at the island nation’s important churches, exploring fishing villages, and witnessing Malta’s long and storied history first hand.

Continue on to Rome where a inspiring and illuminating tour of Catholic Rome and a potential Papal Audience awaits.

Highlights

  • 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

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What’s Included

  • International airfare from New York gateway
  • 8 nights hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Ground & Air Transportation
  • Sightseeing & Entrance fees
  • Professional English Speaking Tour Director throughout
  • Private motorcoach & driver
  • Porterage of 1 piece of luggage per person

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Prices & Dates

 

Date

Air & Land

Date

Land Only

Prices are based on double occupancy: all other room configurations are on request and cannot be guaranteed. We will accommodate triples/quads whenever possible. Please call for further details.

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Itinerary

DAY 1: NYC/Malta

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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Essential Information & Weather

 

Weather

The country of Italy has a mostly Mediterranean climate characterized by hot, dry summers and cold, rainy winters. But at nearly 840 miles in length north to south, Italy also has a variety of sub- and micro-climates where seasonal weather can differ greatly from national norms. Global climate change is affecting Italy’s weather, with more extreme weather events and overall warmer temperatures year-round.
In general travelers to Italy should plan on hot, sunny summers; mildly cold winters with a lot of rain and little snowfall; and fall and spring seasons that can range from sunny and pleasant to rainy and chilly.
In the heavily touristed area of Rome north to Florence and the rest of Tuscany, you’ll find four distinct seasons. Summers are dry and can be extremely hot, with daytime temperatures in the high 90s F and even exceeding 104 F. Winters in this section of Italy are generally wet and mild, with temperatures seldom dropping below 32 F.
While you may get some chilly, sunny days, overcast skies are more the norm.
In the eastern, mountainous regions of Abruzzo and Le Marche, summertime temperatures may be lower, and winters more severe, with regular snowfall.
For a real-time weather report: https://www.timeanddate.com/weather/italy

Packing List

The following suggested packing list is for a general week to ten-day trip in Italy. Please consider the season of travel and type of trip to adjust, as it gets quite hot in the summer and can get quite cold and wet in wintertime.

• 7-9 x underwear, socks,
• 2-3 x loose, lightweight trousers or skirts– one full length and one cropped pair would be ideal!
• 2-3 x shorts
• 2 x long, loose shirts
• 4-5 x t-shirts or tops
• 2-3 evening tops

• 1-2 x sandals or flip flops for warmer-weather walking
• 1-2 pairs of comfortable walking/running shoes
• 1 x pair of more formal shoes
• 1 rain/wind-proof jacket
• 2-3 sweaters or other colder-weather gear
• sunglasses
• sun hat
• toiletries
• 1 x day bag
• 1 x evening bag
• European adapter
• Phone, camera and any other electronics needed
• passport and travel docs
• insurance

Specific packing notes for the Vatican:
• Cover shoulders: avoid strapless tops, spaghetti straps tops and vests (both men and women)
• Avoid above the knee skirts and shorts (men and women)
• Avoid exposing excessive cleavage, a waist/belly or back
• Do not wear slogans or prints that may be perceived as offensive

Passports

Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least six months following your return from the Schengen area, and that you have at least two blank pages available for the entry stamp.

Visa

Visas are not required for stays less than 90 days.

Currency & Exchange

The currency of Italy is the Euro, which breaks into 100 cents. You will be able to exchange dollars for Euros in most hotels, as well as at banks and registered money exchanges. ATMs can be found throughout the country, and most major credit/debit cards can be used to withdraw cash.

Though most merchants prefer cash, credit and debit cards are accepted at most larger businesses — especially aimed at tourists. For purchases under 20 euros, you’ll likely need to use cash. Before traveling, try to ascertain what fees your credit card company or bank of choice might take for transactions, to avoid any unhappy surprises.

Tipping is not obligatory, but is appreciated. There is no standard for you to follow, but consider rounding up on restaurant bills, and adding a euro while paying for a taxi-ride. Please note that tips should be in cash.

Phone & Internet Connectivity

Broadband internet access is available in most cities, and some municipalities even offer free wifi in the touristic centers. Free wifi is also offered to customers in different cafes, restaurants and some hotels (hotels may charge for access). Internet connectivity on your mobile device is available throughout most of the country, but unless you have unlimited roaming, your bill may leave you a nasty surprise. If your mobile phone allows for it, and you are in need of constant connectivity, you can always purchase a local SIM card and a prepaid plan. This provides you with local phone number and internet access, allowing for your mobile phone to double as a modem through the mobile hotspot function.

Electricity and Adapters

In Italy the power plugs and sockets are of type F and L.
• Type F: also known as “”Schuko””. This socket also works with plug C and plug E.
• Type L: This type is of Italian origin. This socket also works with plug C.

Dress & Modesty Norms

Italy is chic, fashion-forward, and respectful of religion. You’ll spot locals dressing elegantly just to go on daily errands. This, of course, is not expected, but worth noting if you want to blend in. Additional tips for dress norms:
• Italy is a major center of European fashion. Italians are chic. Even people in small towns spend a great deal of money on their wardrobes and dress well at all times.
• Dress elegantly but conservatively.
• Jackets and ties are required in better restaurants.
• Old, torn, dirty clothing are seldom seen and not appreciated.
• Men and women dress conservatively and formally for business (men: suits and ties; women: dresses or suits). Women should wear feminine clothing.

A few notes on body language:
• Maintain eye contact while talking. Otherwise Italians might think you are hiding something.
• To beckon a waiter or waitress raise your index finger and make eye contact.
• Italians are known for using the most body language of all European nations.

Food & Water

Water: Thanks to the mountains, clean drinking water is abundant and relatively available across most regions. The processing and cleaning standards are as good as any in Europe. The main issue is the piping and storing, so be careful when drinking from the tap.

While out and about, cheap alternative to bottled water runs from public water fountains that can be found in all towns and villages. This water is free, safe and readily available from marked water posts everywhere. And it is safe for tourists to stop and take a drink or fill up their drinking bottles from these fountains instead of carrying bottled water around.

Timezone

Italy is +2 hours UTC. You can find up-to-date time information here: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/italy

At Regina Tours, we take pride in offering a complete tour experience, to enable pastors and parishioners to focus on the teachings of Jesus and the experience of their spiritual journey.   

This trip features guided travel to numerous holy sites and cultural experiences. 

It has an activity rating of low-moderate; travelers should be moderately physically fit and prepared for some activity each day.

Accommodations

We spend 6 nights in comfortable, modern hotels. Hotels are 4 star and are always clean, warm and welcoming.  

Guides

Our guides are hand selected experienced

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