Begin your vacation in Rome with a welcome dinner at a local restaurant, and enjoy guided visits to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Also attend the weekly Papal Audience (subject to availability) and visit St. Paul Outside the Walls, the Catacombs, St. John Lateran Basilica, the Holy Stairs, and St. Mary Major Basilica. Enter Umbria and stop in Cascia to visit the basilica that houses the tomb of St. Rita, and the Lower Basilica, home of the Eucharistic Miracle. Arrive in Assisi, where guided visits to the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare are included, and where you can celebrate Mass. Also included are visits to St. Mary of the Angels Basilica, and the Porziuncola, where St. Francis founded the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor in 1209, as well as the Carceri Hermitage and the Monastery of St. Damian. An optional excursion to ancient Spello is available. Continue to Tuscany and stop in Siena to visit the Basilica of St. Dominic with a local expert, the Sanctuary and House of St. Catherine, and Siena to Piazza del Campo before continuing to Florence. Here, start with Mass at the Santa Maria Novella Basilica, followed by a guided walking tour with visits to the Academy of Fine Arts to see Michelangelo’s David, Signoria Square, and the Santa Croce Basilica with Michelangelo’s tomb. Next is Padua, where a guided visit of the Basilica of St. Anthony is included. From Padua, a full-day excursion to Venice features a private boat ride, and guided sightseeing including a visit to Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs, plus St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, where you can attend Mass. Back in Padua, enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel with your travel companions.
ROME Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum; Papal Audience (subject to availability); visit St. Paul Outside the Walls, the Catacombs, St. John Lateran Basilica, the Holy Stairs, St. Mary Major BasilicaCASCIA Visit the Basilica and attend Mass ASSISI Visit St. Mary of the Angels Basilica and the Porziuncola; celebrate Mass; guided walking tour, visit the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare, the Carceri Hermitage, and the Monastery of St. DamianSIENA Guided walking tour, visit the Basilica of St. Dominic, the Sanctuary of St. Catherine & House, and Piazza del CampoFLORENCE Celebrate Mass at Santa Maria Novella Basilica; guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo’s David, Signoria Square, and Santa Croce BasilicaPADUA Guided visit of St. Anthony’s Basilica; farewell dinnerVENICE Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit Doges’ Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, and St. Mark’s Square & BasilicaHeadsets throughout the tour
Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine, including a special welcome dinner in Rome, and a farewell dinner in Padua
NOTES:This tour involves a lot of walking.Departure June 6 – Feast day of St. Anthony of Padua (June 13) in Padua
Motorcoach; private boat ride in Venice. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.