Join EO Catholic for 7 days in Rome with the Rome and Cardinal Newman tour! Departing on October 10, 2019 with prices starting at $3,148* from New York City.
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount.
- All Inclusive Pricing
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Entrance and Program Fees
- First Class Hotels
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Guided Tours
- International Airfare from NY
- Learning Opportunities
- Study Guide
Day 1 October 10 - Depart from USA
Depart on your international overnight flight.
Day 2 October 11 - Arrive in Rome - Forum and Colosseum/Pantheon/Trevi Fountain
Your guide will greet you at the airport and escort you to your motorcoach to begin your touring of Rome. You’ll explore the Forum and the Colosseum, once the heart of ancient Rome and a place of martyrdom for the early saints. Enter the Pantheon, built by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus (27 BC to 14 AD). Emperor Hadrian rebuilt it around 126 AD. The building was given to Pope Boniface IV who converted it into a church - Saint Mary and the Martyrs (Santa Maria Rotunda). See the romance of Rome as you stop at the famous Trevi Fountain. Legend says those who toss a coin into the fountain will one day return to Rome to toss another into the waters of Trevi. Check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 October 12 - Rome - Vatican Museum/St. Peter's Basilica
Enjoy a guided tour of the Vatican’s Museums and Sistine Chapel. Built by connecting portions of the old Papal residence with newer structures, the museum houses a world renowned collection of art and antiquities. Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel between 1508 and 1512, and later painted The Last Judgment between 1535 and 1541 for Popes Clement VII and Paul III. The primary function of the chapel is the Papal Conclave, providing the place where the College of Cardinals of the church gathers to select a new Pope. Then walk through St. Peter’s Basilica and celebrate Mass here. The present structure completed in 1590 was built over the Byzantine and Middle Ages structures that marked the tomb of Saint Peter. Enjoy time on own after the touring.
Day 4 October 13 - Rome - St. Peter's Square - Canonization Ceremony - Rest of Day Free
Today the Canonization ceremony for Cardinal John Newman will take place in the Vatican Complex. Take part in this historic event, and then enjoy the rest of your day free.
Day 5 October 14 - Rome - Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran/Holy Staircase/Basilica of Saint Lawrence Outside the Walls/Basilica of Saint Mary Major
Begin your afternoon with a visit to the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran. Six Popes are entombed here. Next door is the Holy Staircase (Scala Santa), brought from Pilate’s Palace in Jerusalem by Saint Helena in the 4th Century. Climbing the stairs on your knees is a devotion that many pilgrims perform, and a plenary indulgence is granted for completing this feat. Next is the Basilica of Saint Lawrence Outside the Walls (San Lorenzo). Saint Lawrence was one of the first seven deacons of Rome, martyred in 258. The Church is built next to catacombs that lead down to his grave. The relics of Saints Justin Martyr and Stephen are also enshrined here. Continue on your pilgrim journey 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 431 proclaimed that Mary was the Mother of God. Saint Jerome, translator of the Bible into the Latin Vulgate, is buried here.
Day 6 October 15 - Rome - Basilica of Saint Paul Outsife the Walls/Catacombs of Callixtus/San Sebastian Outside the Walls/Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem/Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love
This morning, begin your day at 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. 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. San Sebastian Outside the Walls is another of the seven Pilgrimage churches, built over the Catacombs of Saint Sebastian. The remains of Peter and Paul were temporarily protected here during the Valerian Persecution of 258. Our seventh and final pilgrimage stop is the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem. Saint Helena brought Passion relics here, and the floor was covered with soil from Jerusalem. Relics here include the index finger of Thomas that touched the wounds of Christ after His resurrection, and a piece of the Good Thief’s Cross. Those who want to complete the seven church pilgrimage as declared by Saint John Paul II in 2000 can continue on to one more 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 7 October 16 - Rome - Free Day in Rome or optional Pompeii day trip
Today is yours to enjoy on your own in Rome, or take an optional Pompeii Day Trip. Note that if the Pope is in residence, the Papal Audience is performed Wednesday mornings in St. Peter’s Square. The Optional Pompeii Day Trip ($ Additional) You will visit the spectacular ruins in Pompeii which were covered by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The city remained buried and undiscovered for almost 1500 years until excavation began in 1748. These excavations continue today and provide insight into life during the Roman Empire. Continue to the Rome area for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 October 17 - Return to USA
Transfer to the airport for your return flights.
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