Tour Detail

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

Itinerary

DAY 1: 10 March USA/Italy (Sat)

Depart from Albuquerque on a fl ight to Rome Fumicino Airport in Italy. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.

Day 2: 11 March 2018 Rome (Sun)

Upon arrival in Rome, in “the Eternal City” we are met by our tour escort and transfer to our hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure to rest or explore on our own. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (D)

Day 3: 12 March 2018 Rome (Mon)

Early breakfast and depart from hotel to visit the Catacombs of St Callixtus at 09:30 with inner local guide. The Catacomb(s) of Callixtus (also known as the Cemetery of Callixtus) is 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 the 2nd to 4th centuries. 10:15 pick up with your guide to continue the visit to Quo Vadis Chapel, Appian way and San Paolo outside the wall. Domine Quo Vadis means, “Lord, Where are you going?” which is supposedly what St. Peter asked on this spot, where he was told to go to Rome to face his crucifi xion. When they fi nish renovating the church, you can once again see Jesus' footprints inside (the originals are now in the San Sebastiano church). Our last stop will be the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, one of the fi ve 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. It features a fascinating array of historical, religious and artistic sights to explore. 14:00 end of guided tour and transfer to hotel for lunch on your own and free afternoon to explore at your leisure. (B,D)

Day 4: 13 March 2018 Rome (Tues)

We'll meet our guide at 09:30 and start with St. John Lateran Basilica which is the the oldest among the 4 Papal Basilicas and the oldest in the West and also houses the cathedra of the Roman Pontiff. It has the title of ecumenical mother church or the Roman Catholic faithful. Next we'll move to the Holy Stairs nearby. There is no pilgrim who has come to Rome without desiring to visit the Pontifi cal Sanctuary of the Holy Stairs. It is one of the most important and renowned sanctuaries in the Roman Catholic Church. Situated near the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, the Sanctuary houses the Sancta Sanctorum, recognized as the fi rst private Papal chapel.The sanctuary gets its name from the 28 marble steps of the Holy Stairs.According to an ancient Christian tradition, Saint Helena (†335), the mother of Constantine, had the stairs transported from Pontius Pilate's palace in Jerusalem to Rome. It is believed that Jesus climbed these stairs several times the day he was sentenced to death, thus, they are known as the “Scala Pilati” or “Scala Sancta”.Last stop of the morning will be the Patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major which reigns as an authentic jewel in the crown of 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 end of guided tour and free time for lunch at your own expenses.We'll meet again our guide at 13:30 to continue the sightseeing with a tour through the spectacular remains of the Roman Empire, to include the Colosseum, considered to be the greatest symbol of Ancient Rome's power and glory and the ruins of the Roman Forum, which features the remains of magnifi cent temples, basilicas, and triumphal arches that once formed the heart of the Empire. Guided tour to end at 16:30. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B, D)

Day 5: 14 March 2018 Rome (Wed)

After breakfast we depart for Vatican City, where we gather with pilgrims from around the world to attend a Papal Audience (if available). In the afternoon, we visit the Vatican Museums, home to one of the world's greatest art collections, and Michelangelo's breathtaking Sistine Chapel followed by a tour of St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in Christendom, built over his tomb. We have the remainder of the day to the sample Rome's many delights on our own. (B,D)

Day 6: 15 March 2018 Excursion: Assisi/Rome (Thurs)

After breakfast depart for a day excursion to Assisi.10:45 pick up with your guide for visiting the birthplace city of both Saint Francis, the patron saint of Italy , and Saint Claire. We'll visit the grandiose, gorgeously embellished Basilica of St. Francis, erected between 1257 and 1265, is a rather incongruous memorial to a man who preached and lived a simple life of poverty, abstinence, and renunciation of worldly goods in search of greater spirituality. But the bi-level basilica is one of the world's focal points of both high art and intense spirituality.We'll also visit the Basilica of St Mary of the Angels, the seventh largest Christian church, that contains the primitive Porziuncola, which is the beloved small church of St Francis and the Cappella del Transito called for a building that was able to accomodate the faithful. 13:15 end of the visit (please note that if they want to include St Clare too, the guided tour will end at 13:45. Free lunch at group's own expenses and free time in the afternoon. Optional: Last visit of the day is the Basilica of Saint Clare, which is dedicated to and contains the remains of Sait Clare of Assisi, a followe of St Francis and and founder of the Order of Pool Ladies known today as the Order or Saint Clare. The Basilica of St. Clare of Assisi, realized with the typical pink stone extracted from the quarry of the Subasio mountain, contains precious frescos dating back to the period from the XIIth to the XIVth century. In the chapel on the right, along the unique nave of St. Clare of Assisi, fi nishing in transept and polygonal apse, you can admire the Crucifi x which, according to tradition, would have invited St. Francesco in the church of St. Damiano in order to “reset up the Church”. (B,D)

Day 7: 16 March 2018 Rome (Fri)

During our last day in Rome we'll enjoy a full day guided visit of 2 Papal Basilicas, the famous Holy Stairs, to end with the Ancient Rome. We will attend the Papal Angelus in Piazza San Pietro (subject to confi rmation). After your free lunch we'll enjoy a guided tour of Baroque Rome. We'll meet our guide at 14:30 and visit the Pantheon, one of the grandest and best-preserved Roman monuments, make a walk in the Piazza Navona, the magnifi cent 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, we'll also see the spectacular Trevi Fountain where it is 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. Guided tour to end at 17:30 at additional cost. The rest of our afternoon will be free for some relax or free time and we'll meet again to enjoy our Farewell dinner at the Restaurant Tanagra with live music entertainment (tenors). (B,D)

Day 8: March 17 Rome/USA (Sat)

Today our tour comes to an end as our driver and Tour Manager accompany us to the airport for our fl ight home. Arrive the same day.

* (B,D) = Breakfast, Dinner

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