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OCT 23- NOV 1, 2014 (10 DAYS, 8 NIGHTS)
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SUNDAY MASS AT ST. PETERS
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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS- ROME, THE VATICAN,
MASS AT ST. PETERS, FLORENCE, VENICE,
PISA, TUSCANY, SIENA, SAN GIMIGNANO, PADUA, CINQUE TERRE, THE TUSCAN HILLS,
OCT 23 – FLY TO ROME Enjoy
your overnight flight to Rome, from Chicago or your gateway city.
OCT 24 –
ARRIVE ROME AND ORIENTATIONWe arrive in Rome, “The Eternal City” about 3pm, claim our bags and partake in an afternoon city
tou. We check into our hotel in the late afternoon, enjoy a siesta, freshen up and then enjoy dinner.
OCT 25 - VATICAN MUSEUM AND MONUMENTAL ROMEAfter a hearty breakfast, we will
cross the Tiber River and visit the Vatican Museum and its Sistine Chapel home of Michelangelo’s painted ceiling. We
will visit St. Peters the most famous and largest church in the entire world, view “The Pieta” and explore the
Crypt, resting place of the Popes. After a morning at the Vatican we will enjoy a light lunch (on your own). About 2PM we
will board our coach for a leisurely tour of monumental Rome. Included will be a visit to the Coliseum
and The Roman Forum, well over 2000 years old. We will make stops at the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps. You will have time
to throw three coins over your shoulder into the Trevi Fountain. We return to our hotel for a siesta about
6PM. Dinner follows at 8PM at our hotel.Overnight-
OCT 26 – MASS AT THE VATICAN AND ASSISIToday will probably be the highlight of our trip to Italy and one of the
highlights of your life. We will all attend Mass at St. Peters and receive communion. After Mass we will
all assemble in St.Peters Square and wait for the Holy Father to wave to us from his apartment window. We will then board
our coach for Assisi, home of St. Francis. We will enjoy lunch en route arriving at Assisi 2-3PM.
On arrival we will walk this ancient hilltop walled city where St Francis lived and visit the Basilica of St. Francis.
About 5PM we depart for our hotel about 30 minutes away in Perugia. Dinner follows at
OCT 27– THE TUSCAN
COUNTRYSIDE, SAN GIMIGNANO AND SIENA
We depart for Siena after breakfast. On arrival we
will walk these medieval streets until we come upon one of the most famous squares in Italy…. “The Piazza Del
Campo”. Yes, the square is not really a square but a large semi circle. You will
remember this “square” from numerous pictures where the famous horse race is held twice a year. We
will have time to shop and sit at a café, drink some espresso and sambucca and do what the Italians do best,
“Nada”. Yes, they do know how to “relax”. Time
permitting we will visit the 12th century cathedral of Siena. On departure from Siena
we will traverse the beautiful Tuscan countryside on our way to San Gimignano. Unlike
other hilltop walled towns, San “Gimi” is unique. It is the only hilltop town with more than
a dozen “towers”. We will have time to shop and walk the old streets of this medieval town
overlooking the Tuscan countryside with its vineyards and farmlands. We depart for Montecatini in the late
afternoon. Dinner follows at our hotel in Montecatini . Overnight- Montecatini.
28 – DAY TRIP TO FLORENCE
We arrive in the City of the Renaissance (The rebirth of
the Arts and Sciences) about 9AM for a morning tour of one of the most famous cities in all the world. Our first visit will
be the “Academy” to view Michelangelo’s sculpture of “The David”.
We won’t have to wait in line for two hours either as we are ushered through the groups only door. Our next stop
is a short stroll over to the Cathedral of Florence known as the Duomo. You can’t miss this one.
Like St. Peters it is large and magnificent and constructed of green, white and pink marble. Emerging from the Duomo
it’s only a short stroll to the Ponte Vechio Bridge and the old market. Plenty of places here to have lunch. We
depart back to Monticatini about 2PM. On arrival, about 3PM we will have time to freshen up. Afterwards
you might want to take it easy at the hotel and enjoy the countryside view from your balcony or join us for a visit to “Montecatini
Alto”. It’s only a two-block walk over to the “1898 Funicular” which takes
us to the top of this quaint hillside town. Once at the top you will find cafes and you will be able to
once again do “Nada”. We return to our hotel about 6PM for a short siesta. Dinner follows at
8PM. Overnight- Montecatini.
OCT 29 – THE CINQUE TERRE
We depart for the Cinque Terre about 8AM. This has got to be one of the most exciting days
of your tour of Italy. The Cinque Terre are five towns that are built into the hillside of mountains overlooking the Mediterranean.
About 130 years ago they were inaccessible to the masses until the Italian government blasted tunnels through rock
and created the rail link to Genoa. We will board the train at La Speza for an 8-minute ride to the first
town known as Riomaggiore. We will have ample time for photo ops on arrival. Its then only a 20-minute
walk to the next town. We will pay our fee (included, It’s a National Park) and stroll the “Via dell’Amore”
(path of the Lovers) as it hugs the Cliffside high above the sea to town number two, Manarola. On arrival
we will have time for a gelatti or a café. We depart the train back to La Speza (about 10 minutes)
where our coach is waiting to take us to lunch. After lunch we shall return to Montecatini via Pisa to
view its famous “Leaning Tower”. We arrive back at our hotel about 6PM. Dinner
follows at 8PM. Overnight – Montecatini.
OCT 30- EN ROUTE
TO VENICE, WINE TASTING, PADUA
We depart Montecatini for Venice. Our first stop at
about 11AM will be at the Vineyards of Lamincana for wine tasting. There will be able time to purchase
wine and walk in the vineyards, as the grapes will just be starting to grow. In the later afternoon we will proceed to Padua
to view St. Anthony’s Basilica. Then it’s only about a 40-minute drive to Venice where we shall arrive late in
the afternoon. After check in to our hotel just outside Venice there will be time to freshen up and have a siesta.
Dinner follows at our hotel. Overnight- Venice Mestre.
OCT 31 -
WALKING TOUR OF VENICE
After our breakfast we will begin our Venice day trip. We will walk across
the street from our hotel and board the five-minute train to Venice. On arrival we will have a walking
tour (there are no roads in Venice) of this City that was built in a lagoon to protect it from invaders over 1000 years ago.
Once Venice was the “Capitol of the World”. Here, ferry boats (Vaporettos) replace buses
and sleek motorboats replace taxis. We will visit the churches and squares and work our way over to the
Rialto Bridge for shopping. Our next stop will be short walk over to St. Marks Square where you may enjoy
a light lunch. Afterwards we will visit the Cathedral and time permitting we will watertaxi
over to the “lido” for a “stroll” and do “nada” or perhaps visit one of the other lagoon
islands. We will board a Vaporetto for a return trip to the Stazione for the five-minute ride back to our hotel.
Dinner follows at our hotel. Overnight- Venice Mestre.
1 - FLY BACK TO AMERICA
breakfast, we will be transferred to Maro Polo (Venice) airport for our flight back to Chicago or your gateway city.
*PRICE IS $3495 PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
SINGLE PRICE IS $3895 AND TRIPLE IS $3,395.
THERE IS AN AIR DEDUCT OF $900
OUR ITALY TOUR INCLUDES:
Rome orientation tour upon arrival
- Tour of the Vatican Museum and its Sistine Chapel
of Saint Peter’s including the “Pieta”
- The Rome
- Entrance to the Coliseum
Entrance to the Roman Forum
A visit to Assisi and the Cathedral of St. Francis
- A visit to Siena and its famous Piazza
- A visit
San Gimignano the hilltop town of towers
A tour of the Tuscan countryside in route to San “Gimi”
- The day trip to Florence
Entrance to the Academy to see The David
- Entrance to the Duomo
A visit to the Ponte Vecchio bridge
- A visit to Montecatini Alto via Funicular
- The train
ride to Rio Maggiore and return
Entrance fee of the “Via Dell’ Amore “
- A stroll through Manarola
A visit to Pisa to see its Leaning Tower
- Wine tasting in a Padua winery
- A visit
to St. Anthony’s Cathedral in Padua
A walking tour of Venice
Visits to the Rialto bridge and St. Mark’s Square
BREAKFAST AND DINNER EACH DAY,
SOME MEALS INCLUDE WINE, FULL HOTEL PORTERAGE OF YOUR BAGS.
IS ALL INCLUSIVE OF TAXES, SURCHARGES, ETC. AIRPORT TRANFERS IN ROME AND VENICE ARE ALSO INCLUDED. ONLY EXTRAS
ARE GRATUITIES TO DRIVER AND TOUR DIRECTORS AND PERSONAL ITEMS SUCH AS SOUVENIRS, PHONE CALLS, SNACKS, ETC.