Day 1 USA/Italy Friday April 25, 2014
Depart for our overnight flight to Rome. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
Day 2 Rome Saturday April 26, 2014
Upon arrival in Rome, we are met by our tour escort who will be with us throughout our Italy pilgrimage. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure and join us for a welcome dinner.
Day 3 Rome Sunday April 27, 2014
Early morning departure for Vatican City to attend the Canonization of Pope John Paul II
and Pope John XXIII. A box breakfast will be provided to take to the Square.
PLEASE NOTE: It is recommended to carry water, food, if possible a folding stool, hat for the sun and warm clothes for the night.
Later afternoon at leisure
Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Day 4 Rome Monday April 28, 2014
This morning we explore the wonders of “Ancient Rome”. This panoramic tour offers you to view Capitoline Hill and the Colosseum, an architectural wonder completed in 80AD. We continue this panoramic tour to view the Arch of Constantine, Circus Maximus, and the Roman Forum . Visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, with Michelangelo's breathtaking frescoes. Conclude our Vatican City tour with a visit to to the St. Peter's Basilica. Continue to Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. At 3:30 we will celebrate Mass at Basilica Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Day 5 Rome Tuesday April 29, 2014
Consider a full day of leisure to enjoy Rome or join us for an optional tour to Assisi. Pope Francis selected his “name” after Saint Francis who lived in Assisi during the 12th century. Enjoy a walking tour to include St. Francis Basilica and the the Church of St. Clare. Continue to visit St. Mary of the Angels before our early evening return to Rome. For those staying in Rome today, 9am Mass at the Church of San Giuseppe.
Day 6 Rome Wednesday April 30, 2014
After breakfast we depart for Vatican City to attend a Papal Audience (if available). Sightseeing this afternoon of the the “Eternal City” will include visiting major basilicas of Rome including St. Mary Major, dedicate to Our Lady, St. John Lateran, the Cathedral of Rome, and St. Paul Outside the Walls, built over the burial place of St. Paul. We will also visit the Holy Stairs. 6pm Mass at San Pietro in Vincoli (St Peter in the Chains). Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Day 7 USA Thursday May 1, 2014
Following breakfast we transfer to Rome's Fiumicino Airport for our return flight, arriving the same day.