SHRINES OF ITLAY

FIND INSPIRATION IN THE HEART OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC WORLD
Destinations:

United Kingdom & Europe

$2,997.00 per person, twin share (Member)

$3,089.00 per person, twin share (Non Member)

Includes

  • Services of a Professional Tour Manager
  • Expert local guides with religious knowledge
  • Well located hotels
  • Breakfast daily and many dinners as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing and admission fees
  • Hotel to hotel porterage
  • Gratuities are included

Itinerary Details

Day 1

Overnight flight from Australia Travel on an inspirational journey to some of the most fascinating religious sites and relics in the world

Day 2

Rome Your tour opens in Rome. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a special welcome dinner at a popular local restaurant featuring regional delicacies and fine Italian wines (D) Colombus Hotel, Rome

Day 3

Rome - Assisi Travel north to Assisi. Join a local expert for a fascinating tour of Assisi. Begin at the Church of St Clare, dedicated to St Clare, the founder of the Order of Poor Clares, who followed the teaching of St Francis by living a life of poverty and humility. Kneel before the crucifix from which Jesus spoke to St Francis, asking him to rebuild his church. Pause to reflect at the Chapel of the Porziumcola, the rose bush, and the cave where the saint prayed. Then we make our way to the huge 13th century Basilica of St Francis where you can see many of St Francis' possessions and a series of frescoes depicting his life. Celebrate Mass before setting out for St Mary of the Angels Basilica, where St Francis spent most of his life. (B,D) Grand Hotel Dei Congressi

Day 4

Assisi - Optional Florence Excursion Enjoy a full day at leisure to independently explore historic Assisi. Or, if you prefer, join a full day optional excursion to Florence, the 'Renaissance City' where a local expert provides a leisurely paced walking tour featuring the Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore - one of the largest in the Christian World. You also view the Palazzo Vecchio, the Ponte Vecchio and ivsit the Church of Santa Croce. Enjoy several hours at leisure in Florence before returning to Assisi. (B) Grand Hotel Dei Congressi

Day 5

Assisi - Loreto - San Giovanni Rotondo Travel across the Apennine Mountains toward the Adriatic Coast to the Marian Shrine of Loreto. Discover the Holy House of Nazareth and the beautiful Madonna of Loreto where more than 50 Popes have made a pilgrimage. You will celebrate Mass before continuing your journey to San Giovanni Rotondo, home of Padre Pio. (B,D) Hotel Parco delle Rose

Day 6

San Giovanni Rotondo - Monte Sant'Angelo - San Giovanni Rotondo Begin your day with a special visit to Monte Sant'Angelo. Take in the breathtaking views of the Gargano Peninsula and explore one of the most celebrated shrines of early Christianity - the Grotto of St Michael the Archangel. Many Popes and saints have knelt and prayed at this grotto, seeking the protection of Saint Michael. Later, return to San Giovanni Rotondo and celebrate Mass in the sanctuary of Padre Pio. This is followed by a tour of the sanctuary, including the old church and the crucifix from which he received the stigmata in 1918, as well as Padre Pio's tomb. Then, visit the new church dedicated in 2004 to Saint Pio of Pietrelcina. You will also see the confessional where Padre Pio spent many hours directing pilgrims on their journey toward God. (B,D) Hotel Parco delle Rose

Day 7

San Giovanni Rotondo - Abbey of Santissima Trinita - Campania Journey through the picturesque landscape of the regions of Apulia and Campania to Cava de Tirreni. Be introduced to the Benedictine Abbey of Santissima Trinita, founded in the 11th century by a local saint. After a guided visit to the abbey, you will have the option of celebrating Mass. (B,D) Hotel Scapolatiello, Cava de Tireni

Day 8

Campania - Madonna del Rosario - Abbey of Montecassino - Rome Continue your travels to the town of Pompeii where you will visit the Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary, one of the most famous shrines of Christianity. Later, travel to Monte4cassino to discover the renowned abbey founded by St Benedict in the 6th century A.D. This sacred place houses the relics of St Benedict and his sister, Saint Scholastica. Montecassino also became famous during the battles that took place here during WWII, when the abbey was bombed and destroyed. Your day ends in Rome. (B) Columbus Hotel, Rome

Day 9

Rome - Papal Audience - Vatican Museum This morning, attend the weekly papal audience at Vatican City to receive the blessing given by his Holiness, Pope Francis. Later, visit the Vatican Musuem where you will view such historical treasures as the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's restored mural of the Last Judgement. Then its on to the breakthtaking St Peter's Basillica, built on the site where St Peter was martyred. Known as the grandest of the world's churches, St Peter's is unsurpassed in beauty. (B) Columbus Hotel, Rome

Day 10

Rome - Christian Rome City Tour Begin your day at the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls; the remains of St Paul are located under its main alter. You'll celebrate Mass here before making your way to the catacombs, where early Christians fearing persecution hid and buried their dead. Continue on to visit the other major Roman basilicas, St Mary Major and St John in Lateran, former residences of the Popes prior to their return to Rome in 1377. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of a memorable pilgrimage to Italy. (B,D) Columbus Hotel, Rome

Day 11

Rome Your tour comes to a close in Rome today (B)

Prices based on 11 October 2017 departure. International airfares are additional. Book your airfares with Collette Tours and receive complimentary airport limo transfers in Australia (conditions apply) and airport transfers in Italy. The tour activity level is Level 3 which includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected. Return airport transfers in Italy can be purchased separately for an additional $120 per person. Alternate hotels may be used.