Rome for the New Year - 10 Days Spiritual Pilgrimage to Italy from Atlanta - Dec. 28 - Jan 6, 2019

Rome for the New Year - 10 Days Spiritual Pilgrimage to Italy from Atlanta - Dec. 28 - Jan 6, 2019

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Rome for the New Year - 10 Days Spiritual Pilgrimage to Italy from Atlanta - Dec. 28 - Jan 6, 2019

Day 1: Friday 12/28/2018 Departure
Depart Atlanta on flight DL 64 operated by Delta Airlines at 6:03pm for your overnight flight to Rome. Meals will be served on board.

Day 2: Saturday 12/29/2018 Arrive Rome
Arrive in Rome at 9:40am, meet your guide, and transfer to Ostia approximately 40 minutes towards the sea, to visit the site of Ostia Antica the perfectly preserved harbor city of Ancient Rome, considered by many to rival Pompeii as an archeological wonder. We will explore the well-preserved excavations and step back in time into Roman antiquity. Ostia was a cosmopolitan city, which is reflected with the various temples dedicated to Mitra (Persian) Cibele (Turkish), Iside (Egyptian) and even a synagogue. Not better place to understand that Rome was the right place for Christianity to start being a worldwide religion. Break for lunch, continue to Rome, Check into hotel for some personal time. That evening, our Retreat, and celebrate the Sunday Vigil mass, Dinner and overnight

Day 3: Sunday 12/30/2018 Rome - Imperial Rome / Appian Way / Catacombs / St Paul Outside the Walls
After breakfast enjoy a walking tour of some of the greatest sites of Rome: St. Peter in Chains, the Roman Forum (inside) and Colosseum, (inside)
Break for lunch. This afternoon, take the bus and drive passing by the Circus Maximus, continue to the Appian Way, visit the Domino Quo Vadis chapel, visit the Catacombs and reach the Basilica of St Paul Outside the walls, another of the great churches of Rome, where after the tour, we take time for prayer, sharing and reflection and celebrate Mass. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight .

Day 4: Monday 12/31/2018 Vatican City, Basilicas of Rome - New Year’s Eve in St. Peter's
We spend the day at the Vatican starting with a morning visit to the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and the Basilica of St Peter the break for lunch. This afternoon, tour the Capuchin Crypt, and the world-famous Borghese Gallery. Time permitting, we will also visit the Baths of Diocletian-Church of St. Mary of the Angels. Pending final confirmation, we will join Pope Francis at 6:00pm for his New Year’s Eve TE DEUM, then go to our restaurant for our New Year’s Eve celebration and then step back into St. Peter’s Square to be amazed at one of the greatest New Year’s Eve fireworks pageants in the world!

Day 5: Tuesday 1/1/2019 Rome St. John Lateran / Spanish Steps / Trevi Fountain
After a good breakfast, we will depart for St. Peter’s Basilica for the 10:00am Papal Mass celebration (pending final confirmation) of Mary Holy Mother of God. Afterward we will tour St. Susanna Church, Church of St. Maria della Victoria which contains not only the masterpiece of Gian Lorenzo Bernini: the Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, but also the incorrupt body of St. Victoria. We will then we visit Rome’s Cathedral and the seat of the Bishop of Rome, the ancient Church of St. John Lateran, Holy Stairs, the magnificent Church of St. Mary Major the Angels, break for lunch at a local restaurant (included). Our afternoon walking tour includes the reknown Spanish Steps, world famous Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Gesu Church, Church St. Ignatius, and Navona Square. We take time for prayer, sharing and reflection before returning to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Wednesday 1/2/2019 Assisi
This morning we check out and drive for 3 hours to reach Assisi. Upon arrival we visit the beautiful basilica of St. Mary of the Angels,
Break for lunch. In the afternoon we continue our guided tour to visit San Damiano, then one of the great Churches of Christianity, the Basilica of St. Francis. Afterward, we visit the San Damiano Crucifix located in the Basilica of St. Clare, Cathedral of St Rufino, Church of St. Stefano. Check it at our hotel, take time for prayer, sharing and reflection and celebrate mass before dinner and overnight

Day 7: Thursday 1/3/2019 Assisi, afternoon depart for Florence
Retreat in the morning: Reflections on Francis and Clare-theology and community. Depart for Florence after lunch.
Upon arrival in Florence, we meet the guide and visit the Accademia Gallery home to Michelangelo’s magnificent sculpture of David. Check in to our hotel, dinner and overnight

Day 8: Friday 1/4/2019 Florence
After breakfast, we continue our walking tour of Florence, to visit one of the great art galleries in the world: the Uffizi Gallery containing works of Rembrant, da Vinci and Michelangelo, then on to one of the most magnificent Catholic Churches in all Europe, the Duomo & Duomo Museum, Climb the Duomo Dome, visit the Baptistery, Santa Croce Church, Church of St. Mary Novella, San Miniato Church, Enjoy some free time for shopping. We take time for prayer, sharing and reflection and mass, before dinner and overnight

Day 9: Saturday 1/5/2019 Florence / Rome
After breakfast we check out. Enjoy some extra time in Florence to visit the Medici Chapels. Free time at Ponte Vecchio. After a break for lunch, we depart to Rome where spend our final pray and reflection time, Celebrate the Vigil Mass, then to the hotel for dinner.

Day 10: Sunday 1/6/2019 Depart Rome / Arrive Atlanta
Depart Rome on flight KL1602 operated by KLM at 12:45pm and head home. We will arrive on KL621 on the same day at 8:25pm.

Note: While we do our very best at making sure all items listed in your itinerary are included, there are times when conditions beyond our control affect your program/itinerary, including but not limited to air carrier changes, delays, weather, political climate, time constraints, or changes by your tour leader and tour guide.

 

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Trip Date: Dec. 28 - Jan 6, 2019

Departure City: Atlanta, GA (other cities available)
Price: $3590.00

Package price includes the following:

  • Round trip economy class tickets
  • Transportation as per program
  • English speaking professional tour escort throughout
  • Accommodation at above suggested hotels or similar on American hot buffet breakfast basis for a total of 8 nights
  • Porterage
  • Local city tax
  • 7 hotel dinners and 1 Restaurant New Year's dinner
  • Local guides as per program: Ostia Antica per half day + Rome x 3 full days + Assisi x 1 full day and Florence x 2 Half days and 1 full day
  • Entrance fees: Ostia Antica, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Catacombs, Vatican Museums, Borghese Gallery, Crypta of Cappuccini in Rome + Basilica of St Francis in Assisi + Accademia Gallery, Uffizi Gallery, Medici Chapels, Santa Croce, Baptistery of St John, Duomo's Musuem and Dome in Florence
  • Listening devices per tour, the same set from arrival till departure
  • private taxi to San Damiano and back to Assisi
  • 1 glass of wine with dinner

Package price does not include the following:

  • Lunches
  • Beverages with meals
  • Tips for tour escorts, guides and driver
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses