Day 1: USA
Depart U.S. from New York area airport. Enjoy dinner served aboard overnight flight.
Day 2: USA/Rome
Depart USA for flight to Rome. Upon arrival in the “Eternal City” the group will be met by their tour guide and escorted to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B, D)
Day 3: Rome
The group will attend one of the highlights of the trip, the Papal Audience (if available). After the Audience enjoy a guided tour of the world famous Vatican Museums, featuring a visit to the Sistine Chapel, with is beautiful artwork by Michelangelo. Also enjoy a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica. Afternoon free for shopping or leisure activities. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B, D)
Day 4: Rome
Depart after breakfast for a highlight of the pilgrimage and visit sites associated with the life of St. Agnes. Visit the church of Sant'Agnese fuori le mura in Rome, built over the catacomb that housed Agnes' tomb. Agnes' bones are conserved beneath the high altar here. In Piazza Navona in the Church of Sant'Agnese in Agone, her skull is preserved in yet another chapel. The day will also include a trip down the Appian Way as well as a visit to one of the early Christian Catacombs. Dinner on your own and overnight in Rome. (B)
Day 5: Rome
After breakfast at the hotel enjoy a visit 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. In the afternoon 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. Dinner on your own and overnight in Rome. (B)
Day 6: Rome
Enjoy a day at leisure in Rome or take part in an OPTIONAL side trip will be offered to visit the town of St. Francis, Assisi. A tour will include visits to the Basilica of St. Francis (view the exquisite artwork of Giotto), the Convent of St. Clare, and the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. Afternoon free to explore Assisi. Return to Rome for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Day 7: Rome
FREE DAY IN ROME. Dinner and overnight in Rome. (B, D)
Day 8: Rome / U.S.
Depart Rome after breakfast for airport. Arrive U.S. same day. (B)
* Airfare: Round-trip airfare from New York area airport
* Accommodations: 8 days/ 6 nights in superior tourist class hotels (three star hotels)
* Meals: 6 continental breakfasts and 4 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 a professional tour escort.