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Spiritual Highlights of Italy – Faith-Based Travel (5300) - 2014 / 2015

9 Day Tour from Rome to Rome


Spiritual Highlights of Italy – Faith-Based Travel
Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Rome
Enjoy the beautiful architecture in Rome
Visit the ancient Roman Forum
The Colosseum, Rome
Visit the world famous Roman Forum
Visit the Roman Forum, where Roman legions marched in triumph
The Vatican City in Italy
Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy
The Roman Forum, where Roman legions marched in triumph
Assisi, the Basilica of San Franceso
TOUR FOR 8+ PEOPLE

Vacation Overview

Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers in Rome, then travel to Florence, “Cradle of the Renaissance,” for a guided walking tour. Visit the Santa Croce Basilica with Michelangelo’s tomb and the Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore. An optional excursion to the Uffizi Gallery is available. Next is Siena, where you will attend Mass at St. Catherine’s Sanctuary, then a walking tour with your Local Guide. On to Assisi, home of mystical St. Francis. Attend early morning Mass in the Lower Basilica, then enjoy a guided visit of the Basilica of St. Francis. Also visit the Church of St. Clare and the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli and the Cappella del Transito, where the Saint died in 1226. Return to Rome and attend the Papal Audience (subject to availability). Guided sightseeing includes visits to St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, and the Roman Forum and Colosseum. An optional visit to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel is available. Attend Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran, with a guided visit of this magnificent church. Also visit the papal sanctuary of the Holy Stairs, St. Paul Outside the Walls, and the burial place of St. Paul the Apostle.

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Headsets throughout the tour

Scenic Highlights:
Tuscany and Umbria

Mass/Religious Service:
Siena, Assisi, Rome (papal audience on Wednesday, subject to availability)

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Rome, Florence, Siena, Assisi; services of a professional Tour Director while touring


Day 1Arrive in Rome, Italy

Welcome to Italy! Check into your hotel, then the rest of the day is free to explore this ancient capital. This afternoon, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2Rome–Florence

This morning, vistas of the Italian countryside form the backdrop of your journey. Arrive in Florence, the “Cradle of the Renaissance.” An included walking tour with a Local Guide features a visit to the Santa Croce Basilica, known for its Florentine artwork and the tomb of Michelangelo. Also enjoy a visit to the impressive Basilica of Santa Maria del Fiore with its distinctive dome. Later, join the optional excursion to the Uffizi Gallery. (B,D)

Day 3Florence–Siena–Assisi

Today, enjoy landscapes of rolling hills, austere rows of cypress trees, terraced vineyards, olive groves, and rural villages on the way to Siena, Tuscany’s most beloved and inviting city. Attend Mass at St. Catherine's Sanctuary, then meet with a Local Guide who will show you more of Siena's treasures, such as the Duomo and St. Dominic's Basilica. In the late afternoon, reach Assisi, home of mystical St. Francis. (B,D)

Day 4Assisi

Enclosed by ramparts and little changed since the Middle Ages, Assisi sprawls prettily across the slopes of Monte Subasio and retains its medieval character. After attending early morning Mass in the Lower Basilica, meet your Local Guide to visit the Basilica of St. Francis, famous for its paintings by Giotto, which date back to the 1300s. Also on the agenda: a visit to the Church of St. Clare, founder of the Order of Poor Clares. Later, why not join the optional excursion to see the ancient towns of Norcia and Cascia? (B,D)

Day 5Assisi–Rome

Before leaving Assisi this morning, visit the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, situated at the foot of the hills of Assisi and protecting the Porziuncola, where St. Francis is said to have founded the first group of the Order of the Minor Friars in 1209. See the Cappella del Transito (Chapel of the Transit), where the saint died in 1226. Enjoy a comfortable drive back to Rome, with time to enjoy most of the afternoon and evening. (B)

Day 6Rome

Today, attend the papal audience (subject to availability). Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, or join an optional excursion. (B)

Day 7Rome

Rome, the “Eternal City,” is a city steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting, and absolutely unique! Included sightseeing with a Local Guide starts with St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, followed by an included visit to the Roman Forum and the iconic Colosseum. An optional visit to the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel is available. (B,D)

Day 8Rome

Attend Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran, then join your Local Guide for the included visit. Built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century, this magnificent piece of architecture was the first of the four major churches constructed in Rome. Next, visit the papal sanctuary of the Scala Santa (Holy Stairs), transported from Jerusalem to Rome around 326 AD by St. Helena, Emperor Constantine’s mother. Officially, these 28 marble steps are ascended in a kneeling position with a prayer recital dedicated to Jesus Christ. Later, visit St. Paul Outside the Walls and the burial place of St. Paul the Apostle. Consider joining the optional excursion to the Catacombs, which were used as places of refuge for the celebration of the Eucharist. (B)

Day 9Rome

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

Transportation:
Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Rome if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach.


ROME Parco Tirreno (F)
FLORENCE Nil (F)
ASSISI Dei Priori (ST)

Buffet breakfasts, 4 dinners


With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

GIUSEPPE MOZZONI

Years of Experience: 8 years

There's sage travel advice that "When in Rome, do as the Romans do!" That's my goal...to help every traveler experience Italy through an Italian perspective. We'll get to the heart and soul of each town-the sights, sounds, and flavors that make each place so unique. You'll definitely come away with a better understanding of why we say, "Italians do it better!"

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