Sorrento • Capri • Amalfi Coast • Pompeii • Rome • Assisi • Florence • Tuscany • Venice • Lake Como • Lugano • & more...
13 Days - Our prices include airfare from your hometown and exclusively 4 or 5 star hotels everywhere
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Trips in 2018 - $4,600.00
- A Catholic priest will be with the group to celebrate daily Mass.
- Round-trip airfare from your hometown connecting in a major city to fly overseas is included. If your city has a direct flight to your destination, we will guarantee a direct flight as long as it is available.
- Airport Taxes, Security Fees, and Fuel Surcharges!
- Exclusively 4 or 5 star hotels in downtown areas.
- All breakfasts and all dinners. Wine is included with all dinners.
- Transportation with luxury bus.
- All entrance fees to all the sites.
- All tips to everyone involved in the tour.
- The tour fees for our guides. Our tour guides are well educated, caring, and professional. Most of them have their PhD's in Church history, archeology, philosophy, languages, or Theology.
- Luggage handling. Please pack light, one piece of luggage and one carry-on.
- Dress casually throughout the whole trip. Shoulders and knees should be covered when visiting Basilicas or churches.
- We limit our group to a maximum of 24 passengers, unless the priest on the trip requests a larger group. Small groups with a 5 star service in 4/5 star hotels.
- If you are traveling alone and you allow us to find you a roommate, you don't pay the $900 single supplement. If you wish to have your own room and you are not open to rooming with another passenger, then the single supplement fee is $900.
- Taxi and wheelchair can be provided gratis for those passengers who cannot walk, with prior notice at registration. A traveling companion has to push the wheelchair throughout the trip.
- At the time of registration, as a part of the total balance, a non-refundable $1,500 ($500 deposit plus $1,000 airfare deposit) is due in the form of a credit card. For example, if your trip costs $3,700, when you sign up, you pay a $1,500 deposit, then your balance would be $2,200 and is due 4 months before departure date. If you sign up after the final payment due date or at the last minute, the entire cost of the trip is due at registration.
Trip Does Not Include
- Insurance ~ The total trip cost is non-refundable, we recommend trip insurance to protect your investment.
Day 1: You will depart from your hometown airport in the United States.
Day 2: Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by one of our local tour guides. We will stop for a visit in Pompeii on the way to Sorrento. Upon our arrival we will check-in at the hotel before going to dinner. Red and white wine will be included with our welcome dinner at a restaurant in the area near the hotel at 6:45 pm. We will stay overnight at our hotel in downtown Sorrento.
Day 3: Today’s destination, the Island of Capri, is a favorite for many people. You will have the opportunity to visit the extraordinary, beautiful Blue Grotto with its limestone bottom; as well as tour the island, go shopping, and go swimming. We will return to Sorrento in time for dinner at 6:45 pm at a restaurant in the area of the hotel. This will be our last night at our hotel in Sorrento.
Day 4: After breakfast we will check out of our hotel and leave Sorrento. We will have another day of travel, beginning with a drive along the great Amalfi Coast on the way to Rome.Upon our arrival in Rome, we will visit the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Wall where the body of St. Paul is buried. As amazing as it is, it is the second largest Basilica in Rome and one of the five largest in the world. After we leave the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the wall, we will stop and check into the hotel. In the afternoon we will be visiting St. Mary Major, the main Basilica dedicated to Mary in Rome. St. Mary Major is home to the remains of Jesus' manger, brought by St. Helen, the mother of Constantine, to the Eternal City of Rome; the tomb of Bernini (the Architect of St Peter's in the Vatican); the tomb of St. Jerome who translated the Bible from Greek to Latin as he lived next to the manger of Jesus in Bethlehem; and the oldest icon in the world of the Virgin Mary painted by St. Luke: the famous Salus Populi Romani. We will have dinner with red and white wine included and stay overnight in Rome.
Day 5: Today we will spend the day in Vatican City, the smallest country in the world. First, we will visit the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel (the Pope's private Chapel). After the museums we will enter the Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican. Since we arrange all of our tours in advance you will not have to stand in long lines to gain entrance. St. Peter's is the largest Basilica in the world and the building itself is great piece of art by Bernini, whose tomb you will remember seeing at St. Mary Major on Day 2. Vatican rules dictate that your shoulders and knees must be covered out of respect while in St. Peter’s Basilica, so make sure your wardrobe today includes long pants, capris, or skirts below the knee, and no sleeveless shirts or tank tops. Again, we will have dinner with red and white wine included and stay overnight in Rome.
Day 6: Today, enjoy the most well know symbol of the city of Rome: The Colosseum. Built in 80 A.D., it still stand as one of the greatest monuments in human history. This will be followed by a visit to the nearby Basilica of St. John Lateran; the first Basilica ever to be built in the Roman Empire after it became a Christian empire under Constantine. In the afternoon, we will have an amazing tour of the Catacombs where 500,000 people were buried. After the Catacombs enjoy a scenic ride back to Rome, and then eat a delicious Italian dinner together. There will be several courses of delectable Italian dishes, and, of course, red and white wine will be included. After dinner you may want to retire or talk a stroll around the area.
Day 7: We will be outside most of the day today so dress casually with comfortable walking shoes. This morning is the Audience with the Pope at 10:00 am. We will need to depart from the hotel early so we get as close as possible to the Pope. Following the General Audience there will be time for lunch in the area of the Vatican. We will spend the afternoon visiting the historical center of Rome. Our first stop will be the Spanish Steps. From there it is a short walk to Trevi Fountain; maybe you will throw a coin over your shoulder into the fountain and wish to return to Rome (as the legend says) and have time for shopping. This will be followed by a walk to the Pantheon, the oldest functional building in the world. Finally, we will end at the artistic place of Piazza Navona. This evening’s dinner will be at a local restaurant near Piazza Navona, and, as always, will include wine. This will be our last night at our hotel in Rome.
Day 8: This morning we will say good-bye to Rome as we head north toward the Tuscany region. We will break up the drive by stopping to visit the beautiful town of Assisi. There will be time to see the tombs of Sts. Francis and Clare, take a self-guided tour of the Basilica of St. Francis, and enjoy the peace and serenity as you wander the streets of Assisi. Make sure you have some lunch at one of the café’s, then we will continue on our way to Florence. Dinner tonight will include red and white wine served at a local restaurant in Tuscany on the way to our hotel in Florence.
Day 9: Today, dress casually and get ready to see everything Florence has to offer: museums, shopping, the Cathedral, and more. Our tour will include Ponte Vecchio; Piazza della Signoria; the Uffizzi; Michelangelo's masterpiece, The David; the Flea Market; the Duomo (Cathedral); and the Baptistery. The tour guide will be available to assist you, if you are interested in seeing even more sites. Our dinner in tonight will feature a Florentine influence, and will include wine. This will be our last night in Florence.
Day 10: We will need to get an early start this morning because we will go to Venice, also known as the Dominante city, the city of Masks, an amazing city built on water. We will begin with a visit to St. Mark's plaza. Today is open to your choices: you can choose to visit St. Mark’s Cathedral, go on a Gondola ride, or spend time shopping and visiting the beautiful streets and bridges of Venice. While the Gondola ride is optional, the tour guide will organize everything for you. Casual dress is appropriate for today but long pants are required if you intend to go inside St. Mark's. We will have dinner in Venice around the area of the hotel, of course, red and white wine will be included. We will spend the night in Venice.
Day 11: After breakfast we will check out of our hotel in Venice and enjoy a scenic ride to beautiful Como. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a lovely boat ride on Lake Como, then have a delightful dinner on the lake before returning to our hotel for the night.
Day 12: On this, our last day of touring, we will visit Switzerland and the capital of the Italian section, Lugano. You will get to a free day, morning and most of the afternoon in Switzerland. Then we will return to charming Lake Como, where you can choose what to do with your free time, before celebrating your last evening and dinner in Bella Italy.
Day 13: Today we will return home to the United States. We will need to get an early start to the airport in time for our departing flight.