What's Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • First Class Hotels
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • Guided Tours
  • International Airfare from NY
  • Administrative Fee
  • Select Meals on Itinerary

Additional Baggage and Optional fees may apply.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 October 8 – Depart the USA

Depart USA

Day 2 October 9 – Rome / Greccio / Assisi

Arrive in Rome. En route to Assisi, stop in Greccio to visit the Sanctuary. Set within the rock like an eagle’s nest, the Greccio hermitage is an extraordinary fusion of architecture and nature. The Sanctuary is famous because Saint Francis of Assisi chose it as the backdrop for one of the highest moments in his life: the creation of the Creche on Christmas Eve, 1223. (D)

Day 3 October 10 – Assisi

Today you will visit the lower city. Visit the Church and Convent of St. Damiano where in 1205, saint Francis received his calling to "Rebuild My Church". Saint Clare later led her Order of the Poor Ladies from here, until her death in 1253. The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels stands at the foot of the hill of Assisi over the Porziuncola - Saint Francis' Church given to him by the Benedictine monks. You’ll travel to and celebrate Mass at 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 your guided pilgrimage of the town’s highlights featuring the Basilica of St. Clare, where you can kneel before the famous crucifix from which Jesus spoke to St Francis. (B,D)

Day 4 October 11 – Assisi / Lanciano / San Giovanni Rotondo

After breakfast, journey to Lanciano where a priest was doubtful about the Real Presence. During his celebration of Mass, the host turned to flesh and the wine into blood. Visit the shrine of the Eucharistic Miracle. Travel the rest of the way to San Giovanni Rotondo. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 5 October 12 – San Giovanni Rotondo / Padre Pio / Mount St. Angelo

Visit the Padre Pío Pilgrimage Church, erected in 2004 and walk the Way of the Cross on the forested hillside nearby. Visit the Sanctuary of Saint Mary our Lady of Grace to visit St. Padre Pio’s crypt. This afternoon we will have an optional pilgrimage to Mount St. Angelo. The Sanctuary of Mount St. Angelo was built in the 13th Century by Charles of Anjou. The archangel Michael appeared here in 490, 492, and 1656 consecrating the shrine and sacred cave. You'll have time for reflection and prayer, before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 6 October 13 – San Giovanni Rotondo / Pietralcina / Montecasino / Nettuno

Bid farewell to San Giovanni Rotondo and travel to Pietrelcina. Visit the house where St. Padre Pio grew up and the chapel where he received the stigmata on September 7, 1910. Continue to Montecasino and visit the Benedictine Abbey where St. Benedict and his sister Scholastica are buried. Finish the day in Nettuno and check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 7 October 14 – Nettuno / Rome

After breakfast say goodbye to Nettuno and travel to the eternal city, Rome. History is woven through the streets and neighborhoods of Rome as in no other city. Upon arrival stop at Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love. Here a pilgrim pursued by dogs appealed to Our Lady and she intervened for his safety. Pilgrims began to frequent the site and a chapel was built here in 1745. (B,D)

Day 8 October 15 – Rome

This morning we will make our way to St. Peter’s Square to attend the Papal Audience, led by His Holiness, Pope Francis. (Papal Audience: Is scheduled to take place every Wednesday, pending the schedule of Pope Francis). Following the audience, you will experience the glory of Christian Rome when you visit the Vatican, home to one of the greatest museums in the world. And, of course, you’ll enter St. Peter’s Basilica and the Sistine Chapel, where you’ll view Michelangelo’s frescoes which have been restored to their full, colorful glory. (B,D)

Day 9 October 16 – Rome

After breakfast begin your day with a visit to the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran. Six Popes are entombed here. View the extraordinary collection of relics at the Basilica of the Holy Cross, as well as a full-size replica of the Shroud of Turin. Next on to the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls. The present structure stands over the place where Constantine built the first church over Saint Paul’s grave. The church features a portrait of every Pope that has served the church, with the face of Pope Francis I illuminated as the present pontiff. San Sebastian Outside the Walls is another magnificent church, built over the Catacombs of Saint Sebastian. The remains of Peter and Paul were temporarily protected here during the Valerian Persecution of 258. Step beneath the surface into the Catacombs of Callixtus, built along the Appian Way. Here 16 Popes from the 2nd through 4th Centuries were interred, though they have been removed to various churches over the centuries. Continue to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major (Maria Maggiore). This is the largest Marian church in Rome. Its construction began after the Council of Ephesus, in the year 431, proclaimed that Mary was the Mother of God." (B,D)

Day 10 October 17 – Return to the USA

Return to USA

Departure Dates

  1. Wednesday, October 8, 2025
    From $4598
Tour: XI25 Code: P