Rome & Holy See
Rome & Vatican City
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|Itinerary at a Glance
Rome & Holy See
|Highlights||Papal Audience, Vatican City, 4 Major Basilicas of Rome, Sunday Mass at St. Peter's Square|
Immerse yourself in the wonders of Christian Rome, from the awe-inspiring St. Peter’s Basilica and Sistine Chapel to the four major ancient basilicas; there you can find the manger baby Jesus was laid in following his birth and the marble Holy Stairs he climbed to stand trial before Pontius Pilate. This tour also offers a unique opportunity to attend both Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Square and an audience with the Pope (subject to Holy Father's schedule). You will have plenty of free time to explore Rome at your own pace as well. If you ever wanted to get under the skin of this captivating city, at a price that offers exceptional value for money, this is your chance!
Day 2: Rome. Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City! After going through customs, transfer to your centrally located hotel for check-in. Take some time to rest from your journey and then spend the rest of the day getting acquainted with this marvelous city on your own. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers for a delicious Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant. (D)
Day 3: Rome. Today you have an unforgettable opportunity to attend a Sunday Mass at St. Peter's Square. (You will need to get to St. Peter's Square on your own—directions and instructions will be available at your hotel.) Afterwards, discover the beauty of Rome on your own. There are some 900 Roman Catholic churches in Rome, each one holding an invaluable piece of Christian heritage. Make time to visit one or two of them. Breakfast provided.
Day 4: Rome, Christian Rome Tour. Today is dedicated to some of Rome’s oldest and most significant churches: View the manger baby Jesus was laid in following his birth at St. Mary Major, one of Rome’s four ancient major basilicas. Admire Michelangelo’s powerful and astonishing statue of Moses at St. Peter in Chains, where you will also find the chains that are believed to have bound St. Peter when he was held captive in the Mamertine Prison. Walk up the marble Holy Stairs, climbed by Jesus Christ to stand trial before Pontius Pilate, at St. John Lateran, which is ranked above all other churches in the Catholic Church, including St. Peter’s Basilica. Visit Apostle Paul's tomb at St. Paul Outside the Walls (please note that the sarcophagus is only partially visible below the main altar). The day ends with a stop at one of the nearby catacombs. Then enjoy some traditional Roman cuisine on your own at one of the many nearby restaurants. Breakfast provided.
Day 5: Rome & Vatican Museums. This morning you find out why St. Peter’s Basilica has been called the “the greatest of all churches of Christendom” on a close-up tour of the religious and architectural landmark. Then explore the religious and artistic treasures of the Vatican Museums. No matter how often you’ve seen it or heard it described, the exquisite Sistine Chapel will take your breath away with its lifelike frescoes and spectacular ceiling painted by Michelangelo. The rest of the day is at leisure. Don’t be afraid to wander—you are sure to find a gem, whether it be a gelateria or a hidden church—around the corner. Breakfast provided.
Day 6: Rome, Papal Audience. Start the day with a once-in-a-lifetime experience by joining pilgrims from all over the world for a Papal Audience and receiving a Papal Blessing. Consider exploring the ruins of the Roman Forum and Colosseum, enjoying the street performers at the Piazza Navona, throwing a coin in the Fontana di Trevi for good luck, or admiring the masterpieces on display at the Villa Borghese. Breakfast provided.
Day 7: Rome/USA. Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Breakfast provided.