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Day 1 September 18 – Departure
Make your way to your hometown airport, where you will board your overnight flight(s) to Europe. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
Day 2 September 19 – Rome
Arrive in Rome and meet your Italian tour manager. Transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight. (D)
Day 3 September 20 – Rome
This morning, celebrate Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, followed by a tour. Then tour the Vatican Museums, ending with a visit to the Sistine Chapel, where you will view some of the most inspiring works of art, including Michelangelo’s magnificent fresco of the Last Judgment. Afternoon is at your leisure. Dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Day 4 September 21 – Rome/Tivoli/Rome
After breakfast, enjoy a day away from the hustle of the city. Enjoy a day trip out of Rome to discover the wonderful Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este. Both sights are UNESCO heritage sites. Hadrian’s Villa was built as a retreat out of Rome for Roman Emperor Hadrian during the second and third decades of the 2nd century AD. With the help of your guide, you will step back in time and explore the archaeological ruins of Hadrian’s Villa with its wide complex of temples, statues, theaters, thermal baths and much more. From Hadrian’s Villa, you will continue your journey by coach to reach the surroundings of Villa d’Este. After your lunch break (on your own), learn the intriguing Renaissance history as you visit the romantic Villa d’Este, a former Benedictine convent. With the help of your guide, wander through the villa’s stunning gardens, marvel before its impressive waterfalls, pools and fountains, such as the wonderful Fountain of Neptune. Return to Rome for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Day 5 September 22 – Rome/Assisi
After breakfast, depart for Assisi, the hometown of St. Francis. Upon arriving, celebrate Mass at St. Francis Basilica, see the crypt where he is buried followed by time for prayer and a tour. Take a walking city tour to see the art and architecture of this Umbrian town. Visit the Church of St. Clare to see her tomb and the San Damiano Cross, and church of San Rufino, where St. Francis and St. Clare were baptized. Dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Day 6 September 23 – Assisi/Florence
After breakfast, depart for Florence, the Cradle of Renaissance. Stop in Santa Maria degli Angeli upon arrival to see the Porziuncola of St. Francis. Continue to Florence.
Day 7 September 24 – Florence/Lucca/Florence
Following our breakfast, we depart on a morning excursion to Lucca, a city whose Roman origins are still evident today through the dynamic grid pattern of its streets. Our guided tour of the city highlights the eleventh-century Duomo, the church of San Michele in Foro, Piazza del Mercato, & the Torre dei Guinigi. Return to Florence for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Day 8 September 25 – Florence/Siena/Florence
After breakfast, depart for the Tuscan city of Siena. This medieval city is the birthplace of St. Catherine “Doctor of the Church,” and the Apostle of Italy, St. Bernardine. Visit the Basilica of St. Catherine (which is also known as the Basilica of St. Domenico). St. Catherine passed a large part of her life inside the walls of this Basilica. It is here you will also view the incorrupt head of St. Catherine. After, visit the Shrine of St. Catherine, which occupies the site of her family home. Enjoy your walking tour through the Siena, including a visit to its Cathedral (Duomo di Siena). Conclude at one of Italy’s finest squares, the Piazza Del Campo, where you will be given free time to spend at your own leisure. There are a number of restaurants surrounding the square to have lunch as well as shops for gifts and souvenirs. Return to Florence for dinner and overnight. (B, D).
Day 9 September 26 – Florence/Orvieto/Rome
After breakfast, we will make our way to Orvieto, a city situated on a cliff in the Umbria region. Arrive in Orvieto, a city known for its Duomo and considered one of the most architecturally important in Europe, for its Etruscan roots, and for the museums where one finds collections and displays that range over 2,500 years of history. During this tour, you will walk through Orvieto’s charming, narrow alleys, and small squares. Continue to Rome for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Day 10 September 27 – Departure
After breakfast, we are transferred to the airport for our departure flight back to the U.S.A. (B)
Enhance Your Journey
Amalfi Coast extension
September 27 - October 1, 2023
September 27 – Travel to Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s summer residence. The Romans also preferred this area in the summer to get out of the heat. Enjoy the incredible beauty of this region as your bus travels to Sorrento. You will be in awe of the dramatic cliff-top drive that leads to your hotel. During your three night stay, you’ll have time to discover the colorful ambiance of this delightful town and enjoy the view of Mt. Vesuvius.
September 28 – The Amalfi Coast is considered to be one of Italy’s finest! You will be enchanted by the rich hues of the blue green sea, the tiny mystical islands and the pastel colored cottages gathered around tiny harbors! Have your camera ready to capture one breathtaking view after another! Snap a photo of the famous village of Positano, which has graced a thousand postcards and charmed at least three generations of travelers. Visit the town of Amalfi, a must for every visitor! A glorious maritime republic from the 9th to 12th centuries, the town is also famous as the place where the compass was invented and boasts a splendid Duomo in Arab-Norman style. Time permitting, you’ll stop at the village of Vietri Sul Mar, home of Amalfi Coast ceramic factories, which produce the colorful tiles that decorate every church tower in the area.
September 29 – Enjoy a boat ride to the lovely Isle of Capri, which has enticed visitors for thousands of years. Today, you will have the opportunity to savor it’s beauty and be captivated with the fabulous views and elegant shops. September 30 – You will visit the spectacular ruins in Pompeii, which were covered by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. The city remained buried and undiscovered for almost 1,500 years until excavation began in 1748. These excavations continue today and provide insight into life during the Roman Empire. Continue to the Rome area for dinner and overnight.
October 1 – Return to the USA with wonderful memories to share!
Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.
Monday, September 18, 2023From $4298*