Grand Catholic Italy – Faith-Based Travel
About Vatican Museums, Vatican City State
Begin your Catholic tour in Rome with a welcome dinner at a local restaurant, attend the weekly general audience of the Pope (subject to availability), and enjoy guided visits to St. Paul outside the Walls, the Catacombs, St. John Lateran Basilica, the Holy Stairs, St. Mary Major Basilica, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum. Enter Umbria and stop in Cascia to visit the Major Basilica, the chapel that houses the tomb of St. Rita, and the Minor Basilica, home of the Eucharistic Miracle. Arrive in Assisi, where guided visits to the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare are included. Also included are visits to St. Mary of the Angels Basilica and the Portiuncola, where St. Francis founded the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor in 1209, as well as the Carceri Hermitage and the Monastery of St. Damian. An optional excursion to magnificent Spello is available. Continue to Tuscany and stop in Siena to visit the Sanctuary of St. Catherine and the Basilica of St. Dominic. Walk through the ancient narrow lanes of Siena to Piazza del Campo, theater of the biannual Palio, before continuing to Florence. Here, guided sightseeing includes a visit to Santa Maria Novella Basilica, Signoria Square, and the Santa Croce Basilica with Michelangelo’s tomb. Next is Pavia, where a guided visit of the Carthusian Certosa Monastery is included. Arrive in Milan, where your guided walking tour features a special visit to the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie to see Leonardo da Vinci’s world-famous The Last Supper. Stop in Padua to visit the Basilica of St. Anthony before arriving in Venice. Enter by private boat to meet your Local Guide; visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, lavish Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Enjoy a glassblower’s demonstration and in the evening, a farewell dinner with your traveling companions.
ROMEWelcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, papal audience (subject to availability); visit St. Paul Outside the Walls, the Catacombs, St. John Lateran Basilica, the Holy Stairs, St. Mary Major Basilica, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum, and the Roman ForumCASCIAVisit the Major and Minor BasilicasASSISIVisit the St. Mary of the Angels Basilica and the Portiuncola; celebrate Mass; guided walking tour, visit the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare, the Carceri Hermitage, and Monastery of St. DamianSIENA Visit the Piazza del Campo; guided walking tour, visit the Sanctuary of St. Catherine and the Basilica of St. DominicFLORENCEGuided walking tour, visit the Santa Maria Novella Basilica, Signoria Square, and Santa Croce BasilicaPAVIAGuided visit of the Certosa MonasteryMILANGuided walking tour, visit Santa Maria delle Grazie with Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last SupperPADUAGuided visit of St. Anthony’s BasilicaVENICEPrivate boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblowers’ demonstration; farewell dinner with wineHeadsets throughout the tour
ROME Albani (F)ASSISI Giotto (F)FLORENCE Hilton Garden Inn (F)MILAN Marriott (SF) or Mgallery Uptown Palace (F)VENICE Plaza (F) at Mestre
Full buffet breakfast (B); 5 three-course dinners (D), including a special welcome dinner in Rome, a special dinner in Milan, and a farewell dinner in Venice
NOTES:April 15 Departure–Good Friday in Assisi (April 18) and Easter Sunday in Florence (April 20)September 30 Departure–St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day in Assisi (October 4)
Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi; private boat ride in Venice