Day 1: USA
Start your journey at JFK or Newark Airport. Meals will be served aboard overnight on an Alitalia flight.
Day 2: Milan
Arrive in the morning in Milan where the group will be met by their tour guide and transported by deluxe motorcoach to the hotel. Enjoy an afternoon panoramic sightseeing tour of Milan. See the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and the magnificent Duomo. Dinner and overnight in Milan. (D)
Day 3: Milan / Lombardy region
After breakfast depart for a visit to the birthplace of St. Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursuline order. She was born in Desenzano del Garda in the Lombardy region of Italy in 1474. Visit her house. Visit also to Brescia to see where her body was interred in the Church of St. Afra. The original church was bombed during World War II but rebuilt and is now referred to as the Mercian Centre. Return to Milan for dinner on your own and overnight. (B)
Day 4: Milan / Assisi
Depart Milan after breakfast for Assisi. Dinner and overnight in Assisi. (B, D)
Day 5: Assisi/ Rome
After breakfast enjoy a guided tour of the town of St. Francis. Included will be visits to the Basilica of St. Francis (view the exquisite artwork of Giotto), Convent of St. Clare, and Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels with Portiuncula chapel. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B, D)
Day 6: Rome
After breakfast enjoy a tour of Rome and from the motorcoach view some of the sites related to Ancient Rome including the Forum, the Arch of Constantine and Capitoline Hill. Visit the Colosseum, and also see the Pantheon, the world famous Spanish Steps, and one of Rome’s great landmarks, the Trevi Fountain. A highlight of the tour will be visits to three of the four major basilicas of Rome including St. John Lateran, St. Paul Outside the Walls and St. Mary Major (the fourth basilica being St. Peter’s Basilica). Visit also to the Church of St. Peter in Chains and see the famous artwork of Da Vinci. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B, D)
Day 7: Rome
In the morning enjoy a guided tour of St. Peter’s Basilica where St. Angela Merici was canonized in 1807 (including a visit to the statue of St. Angela Merici located in the basilica) as well as a tour of the world famous Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel. In the afternoon visit the Appian Way as well as one of the major Catacombs where the early Christians sought refuge. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B, D)
Day 8: Rome / USA
Depart after breakfast from Rome. Arrive USA same day. (B)
* Airfare: Roundtrip from JFK or Newark Airport
* Accommodations: 8 days / 6 nights in superior tourist class hotels (3 star hotels)
* Meals: 6 breakfasts and 5 dinners
* Sightseeing: As indicated in the itinerary.
* Also Included: Daily Mass, Airport-hotel transfers, hotel tips & taxes, baggage handling, Touring by private air-conditioned motorcoach, services of professional pilgrimage escort.