Day 1 Sunday Nov. 12 Depart USA
Depart the USA on overnight flights to Rome, Italy.
Day 2 Monday Nov. 13 Assisi (D)
Arrive in Rome, meet your Italian Escort, and depart by private motorcoach for Assisi. Enroute visit St. Mary of the Angels. Check into your hotel before the Welcome Dinner hosted by women of WINE. Overnight in Assisi.
Day 3 Tuesday Nov. 14 Norcia (CB|L)
This morning, depart for Norcia and upon arrival visit the Monastery of San Benedetto, built over the birthplace of the twin saints, St. Benedict and St. Scholastica. Celebrate Mass, then continue the visit to the nearby 12th Century Abbey of Sant’Eutizio. After lunch, take in the scenery of the hills that surrounded the saints in the time of their youth when their Christian formation was nurtured by the monastic tradition of the local monks. Time for prayer followed by a return to Assisi for dinner on your own and overnight.
Day 4 Wednesday Nov. 15 Assisi (CB|L)
Celebrate Mass today at the Basilica of St. Clare and see the relics of the saint and the cross that spoke to St. Francis. Then, enjoy guided visits today of St. Francis Basilica and San Rufino where St. Francis and St. Clare were both baptized. After lunch, enjoy some free time this afternoon to explore the charming hilltop city. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Assisi.
Day 5 Thursday Nov. 16 Siena (CB|L)
Early departure from Assisi to travel to Siena. Upon arrival, celebrate a private Mass at Saint Francis Basilica in Siena, site of the Eucharistic Miracle. After Mass, visit the Basilica of St. Domenico, site of the relic of St. Catherine of Siena. Also visit the famous Cathedral followed by a visit to the home of St. Catherine of Siena. Then depart Siena for a visit of the Abbey of Sant’Antimo, one of the most beautiful Romanesque churches in Italy. Then enjoy a lunch and winetasting in Montalcino indulging in the flavors of the region. Return to Assisi. Overnight in Assisi.
Day 6 Friday Nov. 17 Rome (CB|D)
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and depart for Rome. After lunch on your own in the Pantheon-area, enjoy a tour of Sant'Augostino, Maria Sopra Minerve and St. Agnes in Pizza Navona. Celebrate Mass and afterwards, check into your hotel. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Rome. (CB)
Day 7 Saturday Nov. 18 Papal Audience |Nettuno (CB) This morning, tour the Scavi beneath St. Peter's Basilica, which ends at the tomb of St. Peter (pending confirmation). This afternoon depart for an excursion to the town of Nettuno. Enjoy a seaside lunch and then see the Basilica of Our Lady of Graces and the tomb of St. Maria Goretti. Celebrate Mass then return back to Rome. Dinner on your own and overnight in Rome. (CB|L)
Day 8 Sunday, November 19, 2017 | Papal Angelus | Christian Rome
This morning celebrate Mass, and enjoy time on our own before attending the Papal Angelus with the Holy Father in St. Peter's Square (pending con rmation of the Holy Father’s schedule). After lunch on your own, depart for a sightseeing tour with a focus on Christian Rome. Visit St. Mary Major, one of the oldest shrines dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, which contains a relic from the manger of the infant Jesus. Then see the Basilica of St. John Lateran and the Holy Steps brought to Rome by St. Helen. Lastly, visit St. Paul Outside the Walls, which houses the remains of St. Paul under its main altar. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Rome. (CB)
Day 9 Monday, November 20, 2017 | Rome | Vatican Museums |Trastevere
This morning, celebrate Mass. Then visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, where you will view some of the most inspiring works of art, including Michelangelo's magnificent fresco of the Last Judgment. Tour St. Peter's and see Michelangelo's masterpiece, the Pieta. After lunch on your own, enjoy some free time before visiting Trastevere, where the group will visit the Church of St. Cecelia, followed by a group farewell dinner. Overnight in Rome. (CB|D)
Day 10 Tuesday, November 21, 2017 | Rome | USA
This morning transfer available to the Rome Airport (FCO) for return flights home. Passengers not on group airfare must schedule flights after 9:00 AM. (CB)