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Italy’s Pilgrim Trail 2019

Duration 12 days

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A place of pilgrimage, piety and miracles – your pilgrimage will take you to Padua, Assisi the home of St. Francis, San Giovanni Rotondo resting place of St. Pio. With your journey culminating in Papal Rome, a city of seven hills and home of the Catholic Church.

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DAY 1

Arrive Venice (2 Nights)
Welcome to Venice. After meeting with your Travel Director, you may wish to explore the city.
Hotel: Best Western Plus Quid
Meal: Dinner

DAY 2

Venice orientation and Free Time
Watch the Venetian craftsmen at work creating local specialities at a glassblowing workshop on Giudecca Island. Then cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in the heart of Venice. Admire the Bridge of Sighs, the ornate Doge’s Palace and visit the Byzantine Basilica of St. Mark. Spend time afterwards exploring the city or perhaps take a cruise across the lagoon to the island of Burano for a relaxing meal amidst the backdrop of brightly coloured houses.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 3

Venice – Padua – Florence (2 nights)
On arrival in Padua, our Local Specialist takes us to the Basilica of St. Anthony and shows us the tomb and relics of the patron saint of Lost and Found. After some free time for prayers, we cross the Apennine Mountains, arriving later in Florence.
Hotel: Best Western Plus
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 4

Florence Orientation and Free Time
There are few cities in the world with an artistic legacy equal to that of Florence. Your Local Specialist shares a superb commentary of the city’s history during your walking tour, which includes views of the Baptistery, see the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the impressive Piazza della Signoria. Experience a demonstration of fine leatherwork with time to explore on your own. Shop for high-quality leather and 18-carat gold jewellery for which Florence is renowned and don’t forget to try the gelato.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 5

Florence – Siena – Assisi (2 Nights)
Continue south to Siena, where we meet our Local Specialist for a walking tour of the city. Stroll through ancient cobbled streets to Piazza del Campo where the colourful Palio horse race takes place every year. Visit the Basilica of St. Dominic and learn about St. Catherine of Siena. Enjoy some free time before we continue to the mystical town of Assisi, built on the fertile slopes of Mount Subasio in Umbria, home to St. Francis and St. Clare. Relax at your hotel this evening.
Hotel: Frate Sole
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 6

Assisi Sightseeing
Your Local Specialist reveals a town that has changed little since the time of St. Francis, who was born here in 1182. We visit the Basilicas of St. Francis, St. Clare and St. Mary of the Angels and the Porziuncola. We then travel to the Carceri Hermitage where St. Francis came to pray and visit the Monastery of St. Damian. Later enjoy some free time in Assisi.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 7

Assisi – Loreto – Lanciano – San Giovanni Rotondo (2 Nights)
We visit the Loreto Sanctuary and the Holy House, one of the prominent Marian Shrines in the world. We continue to Lanciano, home of the Eucharistic Miracle, and visit the Church of 32St. Francis. Heading to San Giovanni Rotondo, home of St. Pio until his death.
Hotel: Vittoria
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 8

San Giovanni Rotondo and Monte Sant’ Angelo
After Mass this morning we join our Local Specialist this morning and visit the Santa Maria Della Grazie, the friary of Padre Pio which includes his confessional, cell and tomb. Later drive to see the shrine of Monte Sant’ Angelo, one of the worlds most celebrated shrines and where St. Michael the Archangel appeared in 490, 492 and 1656.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 9

San Giovanni Rotondo – Pietrelcina – Rome (3 nights)
We stop in Pietrelcina, birthplace of Padre Pio. Continuing onto Rome, where we enjoy dinner at our hotel.
Hotel: Erigife Palace
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 10

Rome – Papal Audience and Sightseeing
This morning attend the Papal Audience (subject to availability) for a chance to see the Pope and receive the Papal Blessing. Later we visit St. Paul Outside the Walls, one of Rome’s four major basilicas and also the burial site of St. Paul the Apostle, Next we visit St. John Lateran Basilica, built by Constantine the Great, and visit the Santa Scala (Holy Stairs) to see the 28 stairs which are traditionally ascended in a kneeling position with a prayer dedicated to Jesus Christ. Finally we visit St. Mary Major Basilica.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 11

Rome Sightseeing
Don’t miss the opportunity to join an Optional Experience to the famous Sistine Chapel and Vatican Museums. Later your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour starting with a visit to the Vatican City and the awe-inspiring St. Peter’s Basilica to view Michelangelo’s statue, the Pietà. Cross the Tiber to view the mighty Colosseum and see the ancient sites of Rome. This evening in Rome you might like to celebrate the end of your holiday in style.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 12

Depart Rome
Say goodbye to your companions after a memorable pilgrimage. Transfers to Rome Airport are available. Conditions apply.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Venice Visit a glassblowing workshop and St. Mark’s Basilica
  • Padua Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes a visit inside the Basilica of St. Anthony
  • Florence Sightseeing with your Local Specialist to see the Baptistry and Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
  • Siena Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes a visit to the Basilica of St. Dominic
  • Assisi Sightseeing with your Local Specialist includes visit to St. Mary of the Angels, Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare, Monastery of Damian and Caceri Hermitage
  • Loreto Visit the Sanctuary and Holy House
  • Lanciano Visit the Church of St. Francis
  • San Giovanni Rotondo Visit the Santa Maria della Grazie Church, Friary of Padre Pio, Padre Pio Pilgrimage church and the shrine at Monte Sant’Angelo on your sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist
  • Pietrelcina Visit the town where Padre Pio was born
  • Rome Attend Papal Audience (subject to availability. With your Local Specialist visit St. Paul Outside the Walls, St. John Lateran Basilica, Santa Scala, St. Mary Major Basilica, St. Peter’s Basilica.

Dining Highlights

  • 11 Buffet breakfasts
  • 5 Three-course dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Daily breakfast
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Variety of Optional Experiences
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
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Italy’s Pilgrim Trail 2019

A place of pilgrimage, piety and miracles – your pilgrimage will take you to Padua, Assisi the home of St. Francis, San Giovanni Rotondo resting place of St. Pio. With your journey culminating in Papal Rome, a city of seven hills and home of the Catholic Church.

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