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GRAND CATHOLIC ITALY - 2017

Tour Code - TV 10 days - ROME to PADUA $3519 AUD

Begin your vacation in Rome with a welcome dinner at a local restaurant, and enjoy guided visits to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum; attend the weekly Papal Audience (subject to availability) and visit St. Paul outside the Walls, the Catacombs, St. John Lateran Basilica, the Holy Stairs, and St. Mary Major Basilica. Enter Umbria and stop in Cascia to visit the Basilica that houses the tomb of St. Rita, and the Lower Basilica, home of the Eucharistic Miracle. Arrive in Assisi, where guided visits to the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare are included, and where you can celebrate Mass. Also included are visits to St. Mary of the Angels Basilica, and the Porziuncola, 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 Basilica of St. Dominic, and the Sanctuary and House of St. Catherine with a local expert, followed by a walk through the ancient narrow lanes of Siena to Piazza del Campo, before continuing to Florence. Here, start with Mass at the Santa Maria Novella Basilica, followed by a guided walking tour with visits to the Academy of Fine Arts to see Michelangelo’s David, Signoria Square, and the Santa Croce Basilica with Michelangelo’s tomb. Next is Padua, where a guided visit of the Basilica of St. Anthony is included. From Padua, a full-day excursion to Venice features a private boat ride, and guided sightseeing including a visit to Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs, plus St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, where you can attend Mass. Back in Padua, enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel with your traveling companions.

Standard Features

Destinations

  • ROME
    Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Square and Basilica, the Colosseum, and see the Roman Forum; Papal Audience (subject to availability); visit St. Paul Outside the Walls, the Catacombs, St. John Lateran Basilica, the Holy Stairs, St. Mary Major Basilica.
  • CASCIA
    Visit the Basilicas and attend Mass.
  • ASSISI
    Visit St. Mary of the Angels Basilica and the Porziuncola; celebrate Mass; guided walking tour, visit the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare, the Carceri Hermitage, and the Monastery of St. Damian.
  • SIENA
    Guided walking tour, visit the Basilica of St. Dominic, the Sanctuary of St. Catherine & House, and Piazza del Campo.
  • FLORENCE
    Celebrate Mass at Santa Maria Novella Basilica; guided walking tour, visit the Academy of Fine Arts to see Michelangelo's David, Signoria Square, and Santa Croce Basilica.
  • PADUA
    Guided visit of St. Anthony's Basilica; farewell dinner.
  • VENICE
    Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit Doges' Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, and St. Mark's Square & Basilica.
  • TRANSPORTATION
    Motorcoach; private boat ride in Venice.
  • HEADSETS
    Throughout your tour.
  • FREE WI-FI
    Available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
  • INSIDE VISITS and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
  • MYACCOUNT
    Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions. Visit our website for details and conditions.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
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Full buffet breakfast (B) daily
4 three-course dinners (D) with wine, including a special welcome dinner in Rome, and a farewell dinner in Padua.

Day by Day

  1. ARRIVE IN ROME, ITALY.
    Welcome to Rome! At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director, then enjoy this evening's welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (D)

  2. ROME.
    Your spiritual journey begins with a major highlight: a guided visit of the VATICAN MUSEUMS and the SISTINE CHAPEL, world famous for Michelangelo's ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment. Continue to monumental ST. PETER'S SQUARE and BASILICA. Cross the Tiber River and visit the COLOSSEUM, the largest amphitheatre ever built; and see the Roman Forum, site of military processions, elections, trials, and the overall centre of Roman public life for centuries. (B)

  3. ROME.
    This morning, attend the PAPAL AUDIENCE (subject to availability) for the chance to see the Pope and receive the Papal Blessing. Later, visit ST. PAUL OUTSIDE THE WALLS, one of Rome's four major Papal basilicas, and explore the mysterious ancient CATACOMBS that run under the city. During the persecutions, the catacombs were used as places of refuge for the celebration of the Eucharist. Next, visit ST. JOHN LATERAN BASILICA and the HOLY STAIRS, which were brought from Jerusalem to Rome around 326 AD by St. Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. Officially, pilgrims may only ascend these 28 white marble steps on their knees. Then, visit the hallowed halls of ST. MARY MAJOR BASILICA, another of Rome's four major Papal basilicas. (B)

  4. ROME-CASCIA-ASSISI.
    Depart Rome today and head north into Umbria for a stop in Cascia to explore the life of St. Rita, known as the "Saint of the Impossible." Visit the BASILICA, see the tomb with the saint's incorrupt body, and attend Mass. Also visit the lower basilica, home of the Eucharistic Miracle, which is commemorated each year with the Feast of Corpus Christi. Continue to hilltop Assisi, home of St. Francis and St. Clare. Here, visit ST. MARY OF THE ANGELS BASILICA, where St. Francis consecrated St. Clare as the "Bride of Christ," and the PORZIUNCOLA, where he founded the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor in 1209. (B,D)

  5. ASSISI.
    Attend Mass this morning, followed by a guided walking tour of Assisi. Visit the BASILICAS OF ST. FRANCIS and ST. CLARE, and see the crucifix that spoke to St. Francis. A short trip by minibus takes you to the CARCERI HERMITAGE, a peaceful oasis in the woods of Mount Subasio where St. Francis came to pray. Finally, visit the MONASTERY OF ST. DAMIAN, a Franciscan shrine built on the spot where St. Francis heard the voice of Christ, and where he wrote the Canticle of the Creatures. The convent founded by St. Clare is still intact, and is where she died in 1253. This afternoon, you may wish to join an optional excursion to magnificent medieval Spello. (B)

  6. ASSISI-SIENA-FLORENCE.
    Leave Assisi and enter Tuscany. In Siena, meet your Local Guide and learn all about St. Catherine as you visit the BASILICA OF ST. DOMINIC, the SANCTUARY, and the HOUSE. Then, enjoy a walk through the ancient narrow lanes and visit beautiful PIAZZA DEL CAMPO. Afternoon arrival in Florence, "Cradle of the Renaissance." (B,D)

  7. FLORENCE.
    This morning, attend Mass at SANTA MARIA NOVELLA, the city's first great basilica. Then, embark on a guided walking tour that visits the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo's David. Admire the magnificent Duomo, Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry's heavy bronze "Gate of Paradise," and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. Then visit SANTA CROCE BASILICA with the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Rossini, and others. (B)

  8. FLORENCE-PADUA.
    Travel through the Apennine Mountains to arrive in the flat Po area. In Padua, a guided visit of the BASILICA OF ST. ANTHONY shows you the tomb and reliquaries of this miracle-working saint and patron of lost and stolen articles. (B)

  9. PADUA. EXCURSION TO VENICE.
    A short drive brings you to Venice. Enter the city in style by PRIVATE BOAT and see the sights with your Local Guide. Visit lavish DOGES' PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS, ST. MARK'S SQUARE and its BASILICA, where you may wish to attend Mass. Time at leisure or take an optional gondola ride. Return to Padua and join your travelling companions for a farewell dinner with wine. (B,D)

  10. PADUA.
    Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning (the nearest airport is Venice). (B)

Prev Year Available 2017 Tours Next Year
Start Date End Date Twin Share Single Hotels Excursions Availability
11 Sep 2017 20 Sep 2017 $3569 AUD $4054 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
25 Sep 2017 04 Oct 2017 $3539 AUD $4024 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Book Now Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
Start Date End Date Twin Share Single Hotels Excursions Availability
09 Oct 2017 18 Oct 2017 $3519 AUD $4004 AUD View Hotels View Excursions Please Call Tour departure is guaranteed to operate
Pre/Post City Start Date End Date Single Price
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Twin Price
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Triple Price
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PRE ROME 29 Dec 2017 02 Jan 2018 $279 AUD $200 AUD $181 AUD
PRE ROME 27 Nov 2017 28 Dec 2017 $202 AUD $132 AUD $115 AUD
PRE ROME 01 Nov 2017 26 Nov 2017 $219 AUD $144 AUD $136 AUD
PRE ROME 04 Sep 2017 31 Oct 2017 $279 AUD $200 AUD $181 AUD
PRE ROME 01 Jul 2017 03 Sep 2017 $219 AUD $144 AUD $136 AUD
PRE ROME 01 May 2017 30 Jun 2017 $279 AUD $200 AUD $181 AUD
PRE ROME 01 Apr 2017 30 Apr 2017 $275 AUD $195 AUD $177 AUD
POST PADUA 01 Nov 2017 31 Mar 2018 $105 AUD $72 AUD $71 AUD
POST PADUA 01 Sep 2017 31 Oct 2017 $115 AUD $83 AUD $81 AUD
POST PADUA 01 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 $105 AUD $72 AUD $71 AUD
POST PADUA 01 Apr 2017 30 Jun 2017 $115 AUD $83 AUD $81 AUD
Charge Type Name Price
OPTIONAL Gratuity $103 AUD

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