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Shrines of Italy (Itinerary B)

11-day escorted tour with Collette

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Collette Tour Itinerary
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Rome, Italy.

Day 2 Rome, Italy - Tour Begins
Your tour begins in Rome. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner at a popular local restaurant featuring regional delicacies and fine Italian wines. (D)

Day 3 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 Museum** where you will view such historical treasures as the Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo’s restored mural of the Last Judgment. Then it’s on to the breathtaking St. Peter’s Basilica, 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)

Day 4 Christian Rome City Tour
Begin your day at the Basilica St. Paul Outside the Walls, which contains the remains of St. Paul located under its main altar. You’ll celebrate Mass 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, the former residence of the popes prior to their return to Rome in 1377. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of a memorable pilgrimage to Italy. (B)

Day 5 Rome - Abbey of Montecassino - Madonna del Rosario - Campania
This morning you travel to Montecassino to visit 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 World War II, when the abbey was bombed and destroyed. Later, your travels continue to the town of Pompeii where you will visit the Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary, one of the most famous shrines of Christianity. Finish your day in Campania. (B,D)

Day 6 Abbey of Santissima Trinita - San Giovanni Rotondo
Begin your morning with a special visit to the Benedictine Abbey of Santissima Trinita in Cava de Tirreni, founded in the 11th century by a local saint. After a guided visit to the abbey, you will have the option of celebrating mass. Your travels continue southeast through the picturesque landscape of the regions of Campania and Apulia to San Giovanni Rotondo, home of Padre Pio. (B,D)

Day 7 San Giovanni Rotondo - Monte Sant’Angelo - San Giovanni Rotondo
Begin your day with a special visit to Monte Sant’Angelo. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Gargano Peninsula and visit 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)

Day 8 San Giovanni Rotondo - Loreto - Assisi
Travel the Adriatic Coast to the Marian shrine of Loreto. Visit 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 crossing the Apennine Mountains en route to Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis. (B,D)

Day 9 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, and the Baptistery doors. You also view the Palazzo Vecchio and the Ponte Vecchio. Enjoy several hours at leisure in Florence before returning to Assisi. (B)

Day 10 Assisi - Rome
Begin your morning with a special visit to St. Mary of the Angels Basilica, where St. Francis spent most of his life. Enjoy a visit to the Chapel of the Porziuncola, the rose bush, and the cave where the saint prayed. Later, visit the Church of St. Clare, who founded the Order of Poor Clares and followed the teachings of St. Francis by living a life of poverty and humility. You will also be able to see and kneel before the crucifix from which Jesus spoke to St. Francis, asking him to rebuild his church. A local expert will provide an interesting tour of Assisi highlighting the huge 13th-century basilica where you can see many of St. Francis’ possessions and a series of frescoes depicting his life. Celebrate Mass in the Basilica of St. Francis before departing for Rome. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating the end of a memorable pilgrimage to Italy. (B,D)

Day 11 Rome - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today in Rome. (B)
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Tour Highlights
  • Spend time at the renowned Abbey of Montecassino, founded by St. Benedict.
  • Admire the Holy House of Nazareth in the Madonna of Loreto Basilica.
  • Enjoy regional wines with every included dinner.
  • Experience the benefits of personal audio headsets, designed for better communication between you and your guides throughout your tour.
  • In Pompeii, visit the Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary.
  • Stroll through the catacombs where early Christians hid and buried their dead.
All This Included
Join us on an inspirational journey through the rolling hills and lively cities of beautiful Italy. Attend the weekly papal audience and receive the blessing given by His Holiness, Pope Francis. Discover the incomparable splendor of the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. Spend time at the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, the beloved saint’s hometown. Stay two nights in San Giovanni Rotondo, and pray in the church dedicated to St. Pio of Pietrelcina – “Padre Pio.” Reflect at the Grotto of Michael the Archangel, on the rugged Gargano Peninsula. Discover the Abbeys of Santissima Trinita and Montecassino. In the town of Pompeii, have time at the Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary, one of the most famous shrines of Christianity.
  • 15 meals
  • Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip
  • Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours
  • Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees"
  • Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life
  • Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour
  • Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway)
Accommodations on this Tour
Rome: Columbus Hotel 
Cava de Tirreni: Hotel Scapolatiello
San Giovanni Rotondo: Hotel Parco delle Rose 
Assisi: Grand Hotel Dei Congressi Assisi 
Rome: Columbus Hotel 
Pre and Post Add-ons
Post Night Hotel:
  • Cardinal Hotel St. Peter
  • Hotel Columbus
Notes
  • This tour 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.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package, at the price quoted.


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