Italy Pilgrimage Tour- ITP
Italy is one of our favourite destinations - discover this land of faith and explore the amazing scenery, culture, food and wines. We have a diverse range of Italian itineraries and invite you to join one, or if you have more time - combined as we’ve arranged the itineraries with each as a module linking to create a unique Italian holiday.
From Rome to St Francis’s Assisi, then south, our amazing tour includes Pompeii, Ravello, the village “pearls” of the Amalfi Coast, famous for hand painted ceramics, lemoncello, Sorrento the picturesque fishing port of Positano. We also visit two major sites of significance to New Zealand in World War 2 and a garden in a medieval village.
You also have the opportunity to visit the Isle of Capri, and an optional extension to the fabulous island of Sicily to visit Palermo, the medieval village of Erice, Trapani nature reserve, salt pans, the amazing Valley of the Temples, ancient Modica, Syracuse and the beautiful hilltop village of Taomina.
14 DAY ITINERARY
Tour commences 02 September 2018 in Rome, and concludes in Rome
Day 1 Sunday: - Assisi
We arrive at Fiumicino Airport and transfer to Assisi and our hotel. After time to refresh we have optional Mass at St Francis Basilica. Following this we return to our hotel for a welcome dinner (included). D
Day 2 Monday: Assisi
Today we tour the home of the Saint that inspired our Holy Father. We visit the tomb of St Francis and explore the hilltop village that still retains much of the atmosphere of the early 1200s when St Francis began his ministry. It was in St Mary of the Angels Basilica that St Francis spent most of his life. We visit the Chapel, Portiuncola, the rose bush, and the cave where the saint retired for prayer, plus the medieval village streets on the way to the Church of St. Clare - foundress of the Order of Poor Clares. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.B,D
Day 3 Tuesday: Assisi, Rome
Free morning before we depart Assisi for Rome. Welcome to Rome, one of the most magnificent and interesting cities in the world, also known as the “Eternal City”. Dinner and overnight Rome. B,D
Day 4 Wednesday: Rome: Papal Audience, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Novona, St. John the Lateran, St. Mary Major
We go to St. Peter’s Square to attend the Papal Audience this morning. Following the audience, we will make our way to the famous 15c Trevi Fountain. This afternoon visit the Basilica of St. John the Lateran with relics of both Peter and Paul under the main altar. Continue to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the most important and the oldest dedicated to Our Lady. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.B
Day 5 Thursday: Vatican Museum, Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, Catacombs
Optional Mass in St Peter's Basilica, built on the site where St Peter was martyred. See the Pieta and Bernini's amazing bronze canopy then visit the Vatican Museums and Michelangelo's Masterpiece in the overwhelming Sistine Chapel. Visit the tomb of St. John Paul II and then continue on to visit St Pauls Outside the Walls, via the Appian Way -- the oldest Roman road from Roman times, the ancient Baths of Caracalla, Arch of Drusus, Tomb of Celilia Metella, and the catacombs of St Callixtus where early Christians hid.B
Day 6 Friday: Rome
Free day to explore Rome at your leisure.B
Day 7 Saturday: Ninfa Gardens - Monte Cassino
Morning departure from Rome with our first stop at the abandoned medieval village of Ninfa – now a beautiful garden. After a lunch stop we continue to the town of Cassino and Monte Cassino - famous for the storming of the Abbey by New Zealand and other Allied troops in WW2. At Cassino we visit the Commonwealth War Graves site of the final resting place for many of our solders.B
Day 8 Sunday: Sorrento, Pompei
Today we visit Sorrento and historic Pompei. Due to its healthy climate and pleasant scenery, Pompeii was a holiday resort for rich Romans but was destroyed when Vesuvius erupted. Overnight Naples. B
Day 9 Monday: Amalfi – Ravello - Positano
The 13 villages of the Amalfi Coast are collectively known as pearls – each has its own character, history and culture. Our first stop is Ravello, a gorgeous little town with spectacular views and fabulous villas. Next to Amalfi with its tightly packed hillside houses, dominated by beautiful of St Andrews Cathedral. Then to the fishing village of Positano. Overnight Sorrento. B
Day 10 Tuesday: Capri
Free day or optional visit of Capri or free time in Sorrento. Overnight Sorrento. B
Day 11 Wednesday: San Giovanni Rotondo
Today we head east to the Adriatic coast area near the Gargano Peninsula to Padre Pio’s town, San Giovanni Rotondo, our base for the following two nights. Dinner & overnight. B,D
Day 12 Thursday:San Giovanni Rotondo - Monte Sant’ Angel
After Mass we tour the sanctuary, see the old church and the crucifix from which St Padre Pio received the stigmata in 1918. Enjoy breath-taking views of the Gargano Peninsula and a visit the Grotto of Michael the Archangel. Six popes, St Francis and at least four other saints have prayed at this grotto. We then explore the village before returning to San Giovanni Rotondo for overnight.B
Day 13 Friday: San Giovanni Rotondo, Castel Frentano, Rome
After breakfast we make our way to Castel Frentano liberated by NZ troops in WW2 – our last stop on the tour before we arrive at our Rome FCO hotel for our farewell dinner (included).B,D
Day 14 Saturday: Rome FCO Airport.
The tour concludes after breakfast.B
OPTIONAL 7 DAY EXTENSION TO SICILY (email for more info on extension tour)
- Breakfast and other meals as per the final itinerary. B = Continental breakfast, D = Welcome, Farewell and other Dinners as per final itinerary.
- Accommodation in twin share rooms.
- Entrance fees and Sightseeing as per the itinerary
English speaking local guides.
- Specified group arrival and departure transfers.
- $8,997 per person share twin. Single supplement $2,488.