Join your fellow pilgrims on a journey to the heart of your Catholic faith in Assisi, San Giovanni Rotondo and Rome. Visit the churches of Rome central to your pilgrimage to the city as well as the Vatican. In San Giovanni Rotondo, explore churches and have an optional pilgrimage to Mount St. Angelo. In Assisi, visit the places central to the ministry of Saint Francis and Saint Claire. The tour starts at $3,298* from New York.
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount.
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- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Entrance and Program Fees
- First Class Hotels
- Guided Tours
- International Airfare from NY
Day 1 Nov. 6 – Depart USA
Day 2 Nov. 7 – Rome – Greccio Sanctuary (Mass) – Transfer to 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.
Day 3 Nov. 8 – 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 on 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.
Day 4 Nov. 9 – Assisi – (Mass) – San Giovanni Rotondo
After breakfast, celebrate Mass in Assisi before traveling to San Giovanni Rotondo. Check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 Nov. 10 – San Giovanni Rotondo – Padre Pio – Mount St. Angelo (Mass)
Visit the Padre Pío Pilgrimage Church, erected in 2004 and also walk the Way of the Cross on the forested hillside nearby. This afternoon you 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.
Day 6 Nov. 11 – San Giovanni Rotondo – On Own – St. Marie delle Grazie (Mass)
The entirety of today is at your disposal to explore San Giovanni Rotondo, on your own.
Day 7 Nov. 12 – San Giovanni Rotondo – Rome – Shrine of our Lady of Divine Love (Mass)
After breakfast say goodbye to San Giovanni Rotondo 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.
Day 8 Nov. 13 – Rome – Papal Audience in St. Peter’s Square – Tour St. Peter’s Basilica (Mass) – Basilica of St. Mary Major
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.
Day 9 Nov. 14 – Rome – Archbasilica of St. John Lateran (Mass) – Basilica of the Holy Cross – St. Paul Outside the Walls – San Sebastian Outside the Walls – Catacombs of St. Callixtus
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 on 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.”
Day 10 Nov. 15 – Return to USA
Transfer to the airport, and return home inspired and blessed.
Enhance Your Journey
Florence & Ravenna $1068
Nov. 15 - Travel to Tuscany - Visit the Village of Orvieto on your way to Montecatini Terme for dinner and overnight.
Nov. 16 - Florence - Academie, Uffizi Gallery, Cathedral, and center city. Celebrate Mass. Return to Montecatini Terme for
dinner and overnight.
Nov. 17 - Travel to and tour Ravenna. Celebrate Mass. Return to Montecatini Terme for dinner and overnight.
Nov. 18 - Travel to La Verna Sanctuary. Celebrate Mass. Return to Rome Airport hotel.
Nov. 19 - Return to USA
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