The Vatican

Your Trip Includes:

† Round Trip Airfare
          *Our price is based out of Los Angeles, you may depart from your local airport
† All Airport Taxes, Security Fees, and Fuel Surcharges
† 7 nights Rome, Oct 18-25, Hotel Tiberio or similar
† Assistance of a professional guide throughout
† Transfers as per itinerary by air-conditioned motor coach
† Meals:
~ Breakfast Daily
~ Lunch in Assisi
~ Dinners: 3 at your hotel, 4 at local restaurant including wine
† Sightseeing and admission fees as per itinerary
† Headsets for included sightseeing
† Papal Audience with the Holy Father (based on availability)
† Mass daily & Spiritual activities
† Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
† Rome City Tax
† Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents

Not Included:
Meals not mentioned, Travel Insurance, Extended Cancellation Protection Plan, Tips & gratuities to hotels, Guide, Driver & Restaurants.

Sample Day-by-Day Itinerary:

Day 1 | Thur, Oct 17, Depart USA - Italy
Depart for your overnight flights to Rome. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
 
Day 2 | Fri, Oct 18, Arrival in Rome – Visit to Vatican Museum & St. Peter’s

Your flight will land in Italy where you will be warmly greeted by your tour escort outside of baggage claim. Afterwards enjoy the magnificent Vatican Museums, with its hundreds of galleries showcasing art and relics donated as tributes of faith throughout the centuries. This guided tour will include the Tapestry Gallery, the Gallery of Maps, Raphael Rooms, Braccio Nuovo, and the breathtaking Sistine Chapel to see Michelangelo's masterpiece- a full wall fresco of The Last Judgment. The tour will culminate with entering St. Peter's Basilica, built on the site where St. Peter was martyred. Catholic pilgrims travel from around the world to visit St. Peter’s Basilica and it is the most majestic of the world's churches. We will also visit the tomb of Pope John Paul II at the Vatican grottoes. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
 
Day 3 | Sat, Oct 19, Full Day of touring Christian Rome
Following breakfast, we will depart for a sightseeing tour entitled "Christian Rome" which includes: the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the most important and the oldest church dedicated to Our Lady. St. Mary Major contains a relic from the manger of the infant Jesus. Next, the Basilica of St. John the Lateran, the Pope’s cathedral church where relics of both Peter and Paul remain under the main altar. It was here that Pope Francis was formally installed one year ago as Bishop of Rome. Next we cross the street to see the Holy Staircase which is believed to be a staircase from Pilate’s palace in Jerusalem and brought to Rome by St. Helen in the 4th century. Time permitting we may climb the steps on our knees in memory of Christ’s Passion. Stop for lunch, and then we will continue on to visit St Paul. Outside the Walls, here we celebrate Mass. Continue our tour via 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. We will conclude the day by visiting the famous, Trevi Fountain. Built in the 15th Century to mark the ending destination of the Aqua Virgo (a manmade channel erected in 19 B.C. to bring fresh water to Roman bathhouses.) The water comes from the Salone Springs, eight miles outside of the city. Legend has it, by tossing a coin into the fountain, it will guarantee a return trip to Rome. Dinner and overnight.

Day 4 | Sun, Oct 20, Canonization Ceremony of Blessed Pope John Paul II

You will be transferred to Vatican City for the Canonization Ceremony. According to hotel location, transfer may not be required. Your tour escort will oversee arrangements. Dinner and overnight in Rome.
 
Day 5 | Mon, Oct 21, Rome – Montecassino – Naples - Pompeii
Following breakfast, we will head south and cross through the Roman countryside with its villas and vineyards. During your drive, your tour escort will explain the spiritual, historical, and cultural overview of Italy, which will help to orient you to this beautiful country. We stop at Montecassino, a beautiful town founded by Saint Benedict in 529. We'll later visit Naples, and we'll cross the valley of Mount Vesuvius, arriving at Pompeii. We'll visit the excavations on foot with a local guide and see this ancient city. You'll see some of what has been discovered in the more than 1700 years since Pompeii was covered by ashes during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. In its ruins, we can imagine the everyday life of this age. Return to Rome for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 6 | Tue, Oct 22, Excursion to Assisi
Following breakfast, we will take a day excursion to Assisi. Enjoy a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis containing the miraculous consecrated hosts that remained intact since 1730, Here we will celebrate Mass before visiting the Basilica of St. Clare to see the saint's incorrupt body. St. Clare was the foundress of the Order of Poor Clares and followed the teachings of St Francis by living a life of poverty and humility. Continue to the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, built to enclose the tiny Church of the Porziuncola, St. Francis' first retreat and place of prayer where he consecrated Clare as the Bride of Christ. For the remainder of the day, explore Assisi on your own before returning to Rome.
 
Day 7 | Wed, Oct 23, Papal Audience
Wake up in Rome, the Eternal City and spiritual capital for Catholics worldwide. This morning we will be honored by traveling to Vatican City for the Papal Audience given by His Holiness Pope Francis I (pending papal schedule).
 
Day 8 | Thur, Oct 24, Mass at the Vatican (Afternoon Optional Excursions)
Following breakfast, we begin our day by celebrating Mass at the Vatican. Following Mass, you will have the duration of the day to explore all the beauty and glory that Rome has to offer on your own. You may want to take this opportunity to participate in one of the optional day excursions. For our last evening in Rome, the group will enjoy a farewell dinner at La Carovana. Optional Excursions: $70 Monte Cassino -OR- $85 Tivoli & its Villas
 
Day 9 | Fri, Oct 25, Depart Rome - USA
After breakfast, bid farewell to Rome with memories that will last a lifetime. We will be transferred to Rome Airport for our flights home.

Any Questions? To register or for more information, please contact Ron at (714)746-4199 or Claudia at (714)414-2038 or Email Us at ronhallertravel@gmail.com or claudiatravelholyland@gmail.com
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