- All Inclusive Pricing
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- International Airfare
- Entrance and Program Fees
- Live Audio Headsets
- Guided Tours
- Deluxe Hotels
- Overseas Transfers
Day 1 Depart USA
Your Italian adventure begins as you depart on your international flight.
Day 2 Arrive in Rome – Orvieto
On arrival at Rome airport you will be met and transferred north by coach through the stunning countryside. Pope Nicholas IV laid the cornerstone for the Cathedral of Orvieto in 1290, dedicating it to the Assumption of the Virgin. Orvieto served as a Papal residence through the Middle Ages. Here the Feast of Corpus Christi is celebrated, marching from the Duomo. Continue on to your Tuscan Village hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Florence
The elegant city of Florence is nestled between a line of hills and the banks of the Arno River. Among the wealth of masterpieces to be found in Florence, you’ll see the Piazza della Signoria with its Neptune Fountain and Vecchio Palace, the Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral which houses Michelangelo’s unfinished Pietá, the Baptistry which features Ghiberti’s famous Gates of Paradise and the Academy where you can view some of Michelangelo’s finished and unfinished work, including the awe‐inspiring David. We’ll take in the Uffizi Museum. Here works from Da Vinci, Botticelli, Giotto, Titian, Michelangelo and Raphael are on display. Return to your Tuscan Village hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 Montecatini and Winery Visit
Today is yours to wander and explore the town of Montecatini Terme, a Tuscan village known for its thermal spas and fashionable restaurants. This afternoon, travel to the Fattoria Il Poggio Winery. Enjoy a tour of the farm, and then dinner combined with a wine tasting. Return to your Tuscan Village hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 Assisi
This morning travel to Assisi. Walk its cobblestone streets and sense the tangible spirit of St Francis preserved within the walls of this holy town. You will visit the lower city. The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels stands at the foot of the hill of Assisi over the Porziuncola ‐ Saint Francis' Church given him by the Benedictine monks. The Church and Convent of St. Damiano is where in 1205, saint Francis received his calling to "Rebuild My Church". Saint Claire will later lead her Order of the Poor Ladies from here until her death in 1253. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 Assisi
After breakfast you’ll walk to the Papal Basilica of St Francis, the mother church of the Franciscan Order and burial place of St Francis. This Basilica which was begun in 1228 is built on the side of a hill and comprises an Upper and Lower church. These are decorated with numerous frescoes by late medieval painters including Giotto. Continue on your guided pilgrimage of the town’s highlights featuring the Basilica of St. Clare, the famous crucifix from which Jesus spoke to St Francis. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Assisi before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 Greccio and Rome
After breakfast you’ll begin your journey to Rome. You’ll stop in Greccio to visit the Sanctuary set within the rock. The hermitage is an extraordinary fusion of architecture and nature and is famous as Saint Francis of Assisi chose it for the backdrop of the first recreation of the Bethlehem Nativity in Christianity on Christmas Eve, 1223. Upon your arrival to Rome, enjoy a visit to the Forum and the Colosseum, once the heart of ancient Rome and a place of martyrdom for the early saints. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 Christian Rome
Enjoy a guided tour of the Vatican’s Museums and Sistine Chapel. Built by connecting portions of the old Papal residence with newer structures, the museum houses a world renowned collection of art and antiquities. Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel between 1508 and 1512, and later painted The Last Judgment between 1535 and 1541 for Popes Clement VII and Paul III. The primary function of the chapel is the Papal Conclave, providing the place where the College of Cardinals of the church gathers to select a new Pope. Then walk through St. Peter’s Basilica. The present structure completed in 1590 was built over the Byzantine and Middle Ages structures that marked the tomb of Saint Peter. There are more than 100 tombs within the basilica, including most recently Saint John Paul II. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 9 Rome
You’ll explore the romance of Rome as you stop at the famous Trevi Fountain. Legend says those who toss a coin into the fountain will one day return to Rome to toss another into the waters of Trevi. Finish the day at the Pantheon, built by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus (27 BC to 14 AD). Emperor Hadrian rebuilt it around 126 AD. The building was given to Pope Boniface IV who converted it into a church ‐ Saint Mary and the Martyrs (Santa Maria Rotunda). Enjoy the afternoon on your own to explore and shop in Rome. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 10 Return to USA
Return to USA
November 1, 2019From $4198