Rome, Assisi, Lanciano & Manoppello Advent 2019!

03 December 2019 to 12 December 2019

Join us during Advent 2019 in Rome & Assisi! Full brochure, itinerary and pricing soon. In the meantime, contact Kendall for more info at 866.468.1420 or at kripley@ctscentral.net.

You will enjoy our extraordinary Catholic guide Liz Lev (and a great friend of Steve Ray’s). Watch this video to get a sense of her passion and knowledge as she explains the Sistine Chapel.

ITINERARY

Day 1 | Tuesday, December 3, 2019 | Depart USA

Depart USA on overnight flights to Rome, Italy.

Day 2 | Wednesday, December 4, 2019 | Arrive Rome | Assisi (D)

Arrive in Rome and meet your Italian tour manager. Transfer to Assisi. Celebrate Mass at St. Mary of the Angels (subject to confirmation depending on flight schedule). Welcome dinner hosted by Steve and Janet Ray. Overnight in Assisi.

Day 3 | Thursday, December 5, 2019 | Assisi (B|L)

Begin your day celebrating Mass at St. Francis Basilica at the tomb of St. Francis (pending confirmation) followed by a guided tour. Continue on a walking tour to the Basilica of St. Clare. This afternoon, attend a cooking class to learn about the food of this region. Following lunch, visit Eremo delle Carceri, the St. Francis Hermitage or spend your free time exploring and shopping in Assisi. Enjoy dinner own and overnight in Assisi.

Day 4 | Friday, December 6, 2019 | Assisi | Manopello | Lanciano (B|D)

After breakfast, depart Assisi for Manoppello, stopping en route for lunch on own. Upon arrival in Manoppello, see the Face Cloth of Jesus, also known as the Veil of Veronica. Celebrate Mass and take time for prayer before continuing this afternoon for Lanciano. Check in to your hotel upon arrival. Dinner and overnight in Lanciano.

Day 5 | Saturday, December 7, 2019 | Lanciano | Tivoli | Rome (B|D)

This morning in Lanciano, visit the Church of St. Francis and celebrate Mass. Learn about the miraculous Eucharistic Miracle that took place here and take time to view and pray in front of the miracle. After lunch on own in Lanciano, depart for Rome. Following hotel check-in, enjoy a group dinner at La Pilotta, one of Steve and Janet Ray’s favorite Italian restaurants. Overnight in Rome.

Day 6 | Sunday, December 8, 2019 | Immaculate Conception | Christian Rome (B|D)

This morning celebrate Mass and tour St. Peter in Chains. Continue to San Clemente, where the bones of Apostolic Fathers St. Ignatius of Antioch and St. Clement of Rome remain. Enjoy the guided tour of this Basilica and the unique lower level where you walk through 1st century Rome. Proceed to St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran, which is the Cathedral of Rome. This evening experience the exceptional flavors of Italy by attending a wine tasting with Steve and Janet’s good friends Dr. Elizabeth Lev and Thomas Williams. Overnight in Rome.

Day 7 | Monday, December 9, 2019 | Catacombs | Ancient Rome (B|L)

After breakfast, visit the Abbey of the Tre Fontane where St. Paul was beheaded, St. Paul Outside the Walls, and the tomb of St. Paul. Then visit the St. Sebastian Catacombs and see the 4th century Christian tombs that burrow underground on four levels. Celebrate Mass at St. Sebastian above the catacombs. Continue to Ristorante Cecilia Metella for a group lunch with a special presentation by Dr. Elizabeth Lev on the Sistine Chapel in preparation for tomorrow’s tour. This afternoon depart for a tour of Ancient Rome to explore the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. The late afternoon is free to explore on your own. Enjoy dinner on your own at a local restaurant and overnight in Rome.

Day 8 | Tuesday, December 10, 2019 | Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel Tour | St. Peter’s Basilica | Advent Markets (B)

Early departure to St. Peter’s Basilica to Celebrate Mass at the altar of St. John Paul II (pending confirmation). After Mass, enjoy a guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel. Here you will view some of the most inspiring works of art, including Michelangelo’s magnificent fresco of the Last Judgment. End with a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica. Lunch and remainder of day on own to explore the fantastic Advent Markets. The most notable markets are Campo de’ Fiori and the world famous Piazza Navona. Dinner on own and overnight in Rome.

Day 9 | Wednesday, December 11, 2019 | Papal Audience | Rome Tour (B|D)

Early morning departure to attend the Papal Audience (pending Pope Francis’ final schedule). After lunch on your own, depart for a walking tour of Rome’s highlights, including the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and the Pantheon. Celebrate Mass together before enjoying a celebratory farewell dinner (The Goose Restaurant). Overnight in Rome.

Day 10 | Thursday, December 12, 2019 | Return to USA

 

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*$0 Cash discount price per person (double occupancy)

*See brochure for complete details. Child discount available.

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Contact our Reservations Team at 866.468.1420 or kripley@ctscentral.net