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Oct 07, 2022

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The Eternal City: Rome

Trip Length

07 Days

Current Weather

Trip Type

1-800-CATHOLIC

Trip Overview & Highlight

The Eternal City reflects the grandeur of Ancient Rome and the majesty of Christian Rome. Visit such sites as the Catacombs, Vatican City, four major Basilicas of the Catholic Church and Coliseum on this 7-day journey.

Highlights

  • Experience the vibrant history and culture of Rome
  • Tour “Imperial” Rome, including the Catacombs, the Appian Way, St. Peter in Chains, the Colosseum, and Circus Maximus
  • Visit the three major basilicas in Rome
  • Visit the Vatican City and attend a Papal Audience (if available), see the Sistine Chapel
  • Tour ancient Roman sites
  • Option for day trip to town of Assisi

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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

 

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: New York, NY

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

DAY 2: Rome

Upon arrival in Rome, we are met by our tour escort and transfer to our coach for a short panoramic tour of Eternal City in Rome. The balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant La Vecchia Conca for dinner. Overnight in Rome. (D)

DAY 3: Rome

After breakfast, meet your local guide and enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of “Imperial” Rome, including the Catacombs, the Appian Way, St. Peter in Chains, the Colosseum, and Circus Maximus. We also visit the three major basilicas in Rome including 1600 year old St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, Cathedral of the city of Rome and St. Paul Outside the Walls, built over the burial place of St. Paul. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Rome. (B, D)

DAY 4: Rome

After breakfast, meet Kelly ( escort ) at the lobby and depart for Vatican City, to attend a Papal Audience (subject for Pope’s availability ). In the afternoon, we visit the splendid Vatican Museums with their world-renowned art collections and the breathtaking Sistine Chapel, adorned with Michelangelo’s frescoes. We conclude our visit with a tour of the awe inspiring St. Peter’s Basilica, including time to pray at the tomb of Pope John Paul II. We have the remainder of the day to explore the wonders of Rome on our own. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight are in Rome. (B, D)

DAY 5: Rome

Today, meet your local guide Valentina at the lobby for your half-day tour exploring the wonders of ancient Rome. We begin with a view of Capitoline Hill , the Arch of Constantine and the Circus Maximus and visit the archeological area of the Roman Forum. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure for last-minute sightseeing or shopping. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Rome. (B, D)

DAY 6: Rome

Today we enjoy a Leisure Day ( Free Day ) to discover the beauty and inspiration that is Rome. OR take an optional tour to Assisi, the town of beloved St. Francis, is offered as well (with additional cost – please check the hotel concierge ). In Assisi we visit the Basilica of St. Francis, with its wonderful artwork by Giotto, the church of St. Clare, which houses her incorrupt body, the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Portiuncula Chapel, birthplace of the Franciscan Order. This evening meet Kelly for your evening dinner at a local restaurant, Tanagra Lungotevere Flaminio. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B, D)

DAY 7: New York, NY

After early breakfast, meet Kelly at the lobby at 8am for transfer to Rome’s Fiumicino Airport for our return flight, arriving 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 destination. Additionally, you’ll need an empty page for the entry stamp.

Visa

U.S. citizens must have a visa to enter Egypt. Renewable single-entry 30-day tourist visa can be obtained on arrival at Egyptian airports for a 25 USD fee. A multiple entry visa is also obtainable for 60 USD.

Currency & Exchange

Egypt’s official currency is the Egyptian pound (EGP). One Egyptian pound is made up of 100 piastres. The smallest denominations are 25 piastres and 50 piastres, both of which are available in coin or note form. Notes also come in the following denominations: 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200. Smaller notes are especially useful for tipping but are in increasingly short supply. Therefore, it’s a good idea to stockpile them when you can by drawing irregular amounts from ATMs or ensuring change by paying with larger bills in high-end establishments.


You will often see prices preceded by the abbreviation LE. This stands for livre égyptienne, the French translation of Egyptian pound. The currency is sometimes abbreviated as E£ or £E in online forums. The Egyptian Tourism Authority advises that travelers are not allowed to bring more than 5,000 EGP (approximately 320 USD) into the country in local currency. You can bring up to 10,000 USD or the equivalent in foreign currency and then swap it for Egyptian pounds at a currency exchange. Currency exchanges are found in all airports and many big hotels. Banks will also exchange foreign notes.


Sometimes the easiest and cheapest way to get cash is to withdraw it from a local ATM. ATMs are readily available in big cities like Cairo or Alexandria. If you’re headed to a more remote area, make sure to draw enough cash before you leave as you may struggle to find an ATM once you reach your destination. Only use ATMs in reputable areas and be wary of anyone trying to assist you.

Most ATMs will charge a small fee for using a foreign card so it makes sense to minimize costs by drawing larger amounts. Some ATMs have a EGP 2,000 limit, however; look for a Banque du Caire machine if you wish to draw more than that.Debit and credit cards from major foreign banks should be accepted throughout Egypt (Visa and Mastercard cards are typically a safe bet).

Phone & Internet Connectivity

Internet access in most of Egypt is cheap and easy, with even the smallest and most out-of-the-way villages sporting at least rudimentary Internet capacity. Internet cafes can be found throughout, and all four- and five-star facilities should provide Internet access, though they. May be at cost.

In Cairo, almost every cafe and quite a few fast-food outlets feature free wireless Internet, and those that don’t are usually within range of one that does. Additionally, in Luxor and Sharm el Sheikh, two major mobile service providers, Vodafone and Mobinil, are competing to provide Wi-Fi coverage throughout town.

If your laptop is not Wi-Fi equipped, there is cheap and good dial-up access throughout the country that you can access from your hotel room. Most hotels and Internet cafes will also let you plug into their network through the Ethernet port on your laptop.

Egypt’s country code is 020. All Egyptian phone numbers are pre-fixed by a city code. International calls are quite expensive, so use VOIP or app-based communications if you can.

If you have a 3G mobile phone with global roaming capability, your phone will work in Egypt, provided you are in an area covered by 3G service. You will be charged international roaming rates for calls and SMS messages, but the device’s data capabilities and internet connection will work at no additional charge. If you do decide to bring your 3G phone with you to Egypt, verify that you have global roaming capabilities with your provider (and that they extend to Egypt).

Electricity and Adapters

Egypt uses two pronged, rounded plugs with 220 volts. It’s a good idea to bring a couple of them should you need to recharge both your camera and phone simultaneously.

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:
As a general rule the tap water found in Turkey’s major cities such as Istanbul is safe to drink. Locals drink tap water although many foreigners moving in and out on short trips, not used to the taste of the water, prefer to drink bottled water. The tap water which tends to flow from the majority of Turkey’s taps has a rather heavy chlorine taste – which apart from being less favorable, actually indicates safe drinking water as it means the it has been adequately treated to make it safe to drink. Because of the chlorine taste, however, many ex-pats and travelers prefer to drink bottled water, while using tap water for cooking, washing etc. Of course, affordable high quality bottled water can be purchased throughout the country.

Timezone

Turkey is +3 hours UTC. You can find up-to-date time information here: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/

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