Tour MED1Medjugorje, Rome and South Italy 14 days
Depart for Rome
Take your overnight flight. Your meals will be served on board.
Rome Airport – Assisi Santa Maria degli Angeli
Arrive at the Da Vinci Airport in Rome. After passport control, meet your Tour Manager and board the private motor coach for a two hours trip that will take you, through the Umbrian countryside, to the outside walls of Assisi, to see the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, the one which gave the name to the famous American city of Los Angeles. This is where St. Francis spent most of his life. During your time here, you will have the opportunity to celebrate your private Mass and visit the “Porziuncola”, which is where St. Francis founded his order of the Friar Minor (Franciscans), the “Transit Chapel”, which is the place of St. Francis’ death and the beautiful Rose Garden where St. Francis retired to pray. Dinner and overnight in Assisi.
Enjoy an early breakfast, followed by a full day to discover the hometown of St. Francis, the “Patron Saint of Animals and the Environment.” You will become captured by the atmosphere which didn’t changed since St. Francis began his ministry, in the early 13th-century. We will start our day with an early Mass in one of the many chapels in the St. Francis Basilica, then, with the help of a local guide, we’ll discover all the details of this famous church, visiting the tomb of St. Francis, and view a series of outstanding frescoes made by Giotto in the 13th century, depicting the life of the Saint. From there, we move to the church of St. Clare, the foundress of the Poor Clare Sisters. This Saint followed the teachings of St. Francis very closely by living a life of poverty and humility. In the afternoon, you can join the optional tour to the jewel of St. Damiano church, the first monastery of the Order of St. Clare where she spent most of her life or enjoy some free time on your own. Dinner and overnight in Assisi.
Assisi – Loreto – Ancona pier
After breakfast we take our private Van to reach an unforgettable spot in the Umbrian countryside, the Eremo delle Carceri, a hermitage complex located 791 meters above sea level in a steep forest four kilometers above Assisi. In the 13th century, Saint Francis would often come to this place to pray and contemplate. Lunch. Then we follow the Adriatic coast to the great Marian shrine of Loreto to visit the Holy House of Nazareth and the beautiful Sanctuary Madonna of Loreto. More than 50 popes have made a pilgrimage to the house which, according to faith, was transported by angels to this hill in central Italy in 1294. According to tradition, this is the house in which Mary prayed the Magnificat, in which Jesus grew to manhood, and in which the Holy Family lived. Mass at the Shrine in Loreto. Late afternoon we move to Ancona Pier to embark our night Ferry to Split in Croatia. Dinner and overnight on the Ferry.
Split – Medjugorje
Breakfast on board. Disembark in Split pier. Transfer by motorcoach to Medjugorje. Arrival. Time to begin with religious activities (with official guide of the Shrine). In the evening we can participate to the Candlelight Procession. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Breakfast. Full day dedicated to religious activities (with official guide of the Shrine). We will climb Podbrdo or Apparition Hill, where on June 24th, 1981 Our Lady with a baby in her arms appeared to 6 young parishioners and keeps appearing and delivering us her messages. It will be possible to ascend the Mount Krizevac (Cross Mountain) and meet the Visioners (if available). Dinner and overnight in hotel.
Medjugorje / Mostar / Split pier
Breakfast. Early Mass. To follow, transfer by motorcoach to the nearby city of Mostar to visit its historical center before moving to the Split pier to take the ferry boat to Ancona. Dinner and overnight on board.
Ancona – Lanciano – S. Giovanni Rotondo
Breakfast on board. Disembark at Ancona pier. We drive south to Lanciano, to see the eighth-century Eucharistic Miracle in the little Church of Lagontial. After expressing doubts about Christ’s true presence in the consecrated host, a monk saw the host in his hands changing into flesh and wine changing into blood. Mass. After lunch we proceed to San Giovanni Rotondo. Dinner and overnight.
S. G. Rotondo – Monte Sant’Angelo – S. G. Rotondo
Early Mass to the old church where the Saint used to confess people. Today you will visit the tomb of Padre Pio, today conserved in a beautiful gloden “cripta” , tour the sanctuary and see the crucifix from which he received the stigmata in 1918. You will see the confessional where Padre Pio spent innumerable hours with a multitude of pilgrims. In late morning, we move to the nearby town of St. Angel Mount, for a visit to the stunning Grotto of Michael the Archangel. Six different popes, St Francis and other saints have knelt in prayer at this grotto, seeking the protection of St Michael. A panoramic view of the ocean and the surrounding countryside awaits you at this most celebrated shrine of early Christianity, a shrine consecrated by St Michael himself in 490. Return to San Giovanni for free time and reflection. Overnight.
S. Giovanni Rotondo – Montecassino – Rome
After breakfast, we drive north to Monte Cassino to see the Monastery founded by St Benedict in 529, fully rebuilt after World War II. In this lovely Abbey, sat atop a hill overlooking the village of Cassino, you’ll celebrate your Mass. Lunch on the way to Rome. Dinner and overnight.
We’ll start our day with an early Mass in St. Peter Basilica, the biggest church in the world which was built on the site where St. Peter, the first Pope and Bishop of Rome, was martyred. It is here that you will view Michelangelo’s Pietà (Piety). This stunning marble sculpture depicts the Virgin Mary holding Christ after His crucifixion, dead, and removed off the cross before being placed in the tomb. Our morning will be dedicated to the visit of the famous Vatican Museums, seen every year by millions people, an ensemble of different museums mixing ancient Roman arts with Renaissance tapestries and frescoes, including the awesome Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo. Free lunch. In the afternoon visit to the famous Catacombs of St. Callixtus, underground cemeteries where the early Christians used to be buried, and where 16 popes and many martyrs were buried. Then we go to the second largest in the city, St. Paul outside the Walls, which houses the remains of St. Paul under its main altar, where all the portraits of the Popes may be seen, from St. Peter to Pope Francis. Back to hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning we depart for a “Christian Rome tour” which includes: the Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of the oldest shrines dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, a shrine that contains a relic from the manger of the infant Jesus, with our daily Mass; then the Basilica of St. John in Lateran, the Roman Cathedral, the former residence of the popes prior to their return to Rome in 1377; the Holy Stairs, the ones brought to Rome by St. Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine, from the city of Jerusalem, along with fragments of the Holy Cross of Jesus that we’ll see in the nearby St. Cross in Jerusalem church. Free time. Dinner and overnight.
This is the day we’ll meet His Holiness Pope Francis in His weekly Audience in St. Peter, with the chance to take Him a picture right in front of us! Free time and lunch. Later, a City Tour on our motor coach before reaching a nearby picturesque restaurant offering typical lovely folk Italian music awaiting us to sing along the singers “Arrivederci Roma” Overnight in Rome.
This morning you will be accompanied by your Tour Manager to the airport and assisted with check in formality to board the flight home
Important note : Departure dates are subject to change in accordance to the Ancona/Split/Ancona Ferry schedule
YOUR TRIP INCLUDES
First Class hotels
– 2 nights hotel Assisi
– 2 nights hotel Medjugorje
– 2 nights in Ferry Boat twin cabin w/toilets
– 2 nights hotel S. Giovanni Rotondo
– 4 nights hotel Rome
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Breakfast and Dinner daily
- Water and soft drinks with dinners
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- 24 hrs Assistance of professional English speaking Tour Manager, from arrival to departure
- Professional English speaking local guides
- Sightseeing and admission fees as per itinerary
- Daily Mass & Spiritual activities
- Porterage of one piece of luggage per person at hotels
- Any personal expenses
- Tips for guides, driver, porters, waiters, etc. ($ 140 cash will be collected by Tour Manager on arrival )
We strongly suggest purchasing an optional travel insurance plan which can provide a number of benefits including coverage for Trip Cancellation / Interruption and Medical Emergencies.( AXA, Travelex, Allianz, etc ). Be sure to check with your health insurance provider as many US medical coverage plans may not cover you outside of the country.