8 Days

Matthew Leonard

Italy Pilgrimage

Starting at $3,699 per person with Airfare

$2,499 per person without airfare

(Land Only option)

March 18 - 25, 2019

*Optional Post Tour to Florence & Venice   |   March 25 - 29, 2019

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Rome (Pope Francis) · Orvieto · Assisi (St. Francis) · Gubbio · LaVerna

Step foot into the four Major Basilicas, stare out into the Square from the steps of St. Peter's Basilica, and having the opportunity to attend the Papal Audience with his successor, Pope Francis. Closing out your pilgrimage, triumphant, lost in prayer, and surrounded by God's love in the hometown of St. Francis of Assisi.


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Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Centrally located hotels: (or similar)
      ~ 3 nights: March 19 - 22: Hotel Conciliazione, Rome
      ~ 3 nights: March 22 - 25: Hotel Giotto, Assisi
  • Optional Post Tour to Florence & Venice
      ~ 2 nights: March 25 - 27: Machiavelli Palace, Florence
      ~ 2 nights: March 27 - 29: Hotel Biri, Padua
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine and mineral water with dinners
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Wireless headsets where needed
  • Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide(s)
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Three (3) Lectures by Matthew Leonard (Rome and Assisi)
  • Mass daily & spiritual activities
  • Tips to hotel staff, restaurants, luggage handlers
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
Centrally located hotels or similar
hotel
Hotel Conciliazione
Rome

3 Nights

hotel
Hotel Giotto
Assisi

3 Nights

Not included
  • Lunches, Tips to Guide & Driver
Optional
Travel Insurance

Providing you coverage, both Pre-Existing Conditions and throughout your trip. From Medical and Dental Emergencies, Loss of Luggage, Trip Delay, and so much more.

Supplemental Cancellation Protection

A Cancellation Waiver - allowing you to cancel your trip and receive a refund anytime - up until 24 hours prior to departure. The “Waiver” expires once you are within 24 hours of departure.

Itinerary

Day1
Monday - March 18 - Depart for Rome

Make your way to your local airport, where you will board your overnight flight(s). Your meals will be served on board.

Day2
Tuesday - March 19 - Arrive to Rome

Welcome to Rome, also known as, "The Eternal City." Upon arrival at Rome airport, collect your luggage in the baggage claim area, and continue to the arrival's hall, where you will be greeted by a tour escort and/or driver. You will make your way to the bus and transfer to your hotel. Following check-in, you will have free time to unpack and relax, or explore Rome on your own. Your tour escort may suggest places to visit. Later in the afternoon, your group will meet in the hotel lobby for a "Meet and Greet" with your fellow pilgrims and depart for Mass. Following Mass, you will attend a welcome dinner. After dinner, you will have the opportunity to walk to St. Peter's Square as a group, for the Rosary (optional).

Day3
Wednesday - March 20 - Rome: Papal Audience - Trevi Fountain / Piazza Navona - Basilica of St. John the Lateran and St. Mary Major - Holy Steps

This morning you will enjoy an early breakfast before making your way to the largest Christendom Church, St. Peter's Basilica. This Basilica was built on the site where St. Peter, the first Pope and Bishop of Rome, was martyred. Also, it was Our Holy Father, Pope Francis who was the first Pontiff to visit the necropolis since extensive archaeological excavations were conducted at the ancient site decades ago. It is here that you will view Michelangelo's Pieta. This stunning marble sculpture depicts the Virgin Mary holding Christ after His crucifixion, death, and removal off the cross before being placed in the tomb. Continue to proceed to the Vatican Museums. At the world-renowned museum, you will see the most impressive of edifices, galleries, and awe-inspiring relics. Additionally, you will observe the Tapestry Gallery, Raphael Rooms, Sistine Chapel, and Michelangelo's Masterpiece, the restored mural of the Last Judgment. The final stop on your Vatican tour is at the tomb of Saint John Paul II. Afterward, you will be transferred to the Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain), where you may enjoy some free time on your own for lunch. Continue on your short journey down the Appian Way, the earliest road of Ancient Rome. This road leads to the Domino Quo Vadis Chapel, the Baths of Caracalla, the Arch of Drusus, the Tomb of Cecilia Metella, and the catacombs of St. Callixtus. The day concludes with a visit to the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Originally founded by Emperor Constantine in the 4th Century, this Basilica is the burial places of Saint Paul the Apostle. We will make our way to a local restaurant for dinner. Following dinner, feel free to explore the streets of Rome, or return to the hotel for overnight.

Day4
Thursday - March 21 - Rome: Vatican Museum - Appian Way - Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls - Catacombs

After a nice breakfast at your hotel, your sightseeing day in Rome starts! The tour begins with the Papal Audience in St. Peter's Square! The Audience is celebrated each Wednesday by His Holiness, Pope Francis (pending the papal schedule). Following the Audience, there will be free time for lunch, or shop, or mail a postcard from the Vatican Post Office. This afternoon you will visit the oldest of the four major basilicas in Rome, and the home to the relics of Peter and Paul, the Basilica of St. John the Lateran. This Basilica is where Pope Francis was installed as Bishop of Rome, and where he officiates as the Bishop of Rome. Next, we will cross the street to visit the Holy Staircase. Tradition states that this staircase is from Pontius Pilate's palace of Jerusalem during the time of Jesus. It is also said that this Staircase was brought to Rome by St. Helen in the 4th century. If time permits, you may climb the steps on your knees, in memory of Christ's agonizing Passion. To conclude your day, we will proceed to the Basilica of St. Mary Major. This Basilica contains a relic from the Manger of the Infant Jesus. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

*The Scala Santa is currently under restoration. Thus, the Vatican has displayed an image replicating the stairs in front of the entrance where you will walk in. There are several staircases just to the side of the Scala Santa that you may ascend on your knees. You will still be able to receive the same graces and indulgences by going up any of the alternative stairs.

Day5
Day 5 - Friday - March 22 - Rome - Orvieto - Assisi

Following breakfast, you will board your bus to enjoy the scenic route to Orvieto. Arrive in Orvieto, a city known for its Duomo and considered one of the most architecturally important in Europe, for its Etruscan roots, and for the museums where one finds collections and displays that range over 2,500 years of history. During this tour you will walk through Orvieto's charming, narrow alleys, and small squares. Your tour will be a very memorable experience, perfect for reflecting over while you enjoy an Umbrian meal or a glass of Orvieto Classico wine (lunch on own.) Continue on to Assisi, the hometown of St. Francis. Upon arrival in Assisi, you will enjoy dinner, before retiring to your room for a restful night's sleep.

Day6
Saturday - March 23 - Assisi (The Life of a Saint, that inspired a Holy Father)

Enjoy an early breakfast, followed by a full day of touring the hometown of St. Francis. St. Francis is the "Patron Saint of Animals and the Environment." Additionally, he is responsible for founding the Franciscan Order, and the inspiration for our Holy Father, Pope Francis. He chose his name in admiration of the Saint of Nature, and Servant to the Poor. Known for being a humble man himself, Pope Francis spent most of his life denying the luxuries of life. He preferred to live in simplicity and humility, while giving up all other worldly possessions, just as St. Francis did. As we visit the birthplace of St. Francis, you will become captivated as the atmosphere has not changed since St. Francis began his ministry, in the early 13th-century. We will start our tour at the St. Francis Basilica, visit his tomb of St. Francis, and have the opportunity to view a series of frescoes depicting his life, along with a few of the saint's possessions. From there, we will continue on a walking tour through this picturesque town, including the birthplace of St. Francis, and ending with a tour of the Church that honors St. Clare, the foundress of the Poor Clare Sisters. This Saint followed the teachings of St. Francis very closely by also living a life of poverty and humility. Enjoy some free time on your own - you may take this time for additional prayer, shop in the many gift shops or enjoy a nice lunch. After lunch, we will board the bus, which will take us outside of the walls of Assisi, to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. This is where St. Francis spent most of life. This Basilica is made up of two structures, both of which you will visit. The first structure, is the "Porziuncola", which is where St. Francis founded his order of the Friar Minor (Franciscans). The second, is the "Capella del Transito", which is the place of St. Francis' death. During your time here, you will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful Rose Garden where St. Francis and other friars lived, as well as the cave where the Saint retired to pray. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day7
Sunday - March 24 - Assisi - Gubbio - LaVerna - Assisi

After breakfast, we will drive through the beautiful Umbrian mountains to Gubbio. Enjoy this medieval town with a visit of St. Francis Church, were we will be celebrating Mass. After Mass we will visit a town that seems painted onto the hill, a succession of backdrops against which towers and houses stand out, all embraced by walls. The town has been freed by St. Francis from a terrible and fierce wolf who afflicted it. After lunch, on your own, we will continue to La Verna, this is the place where St. Francis, over the years, has been seven times and the last time in 1224 where he received the stigmata. Here you will be able to pray in the Chapel of the Stigmata, the Basilica and the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels. You will also be able to admire the beautiful artworks of Andrea della Robbia. Return to Assisi for dinner and overnight.

Day8
Monday - March 25 - Assisi - Return Home

After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, transfer to Rome Fiumicino airport for return flights home.

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2019 Dates & Prices

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Mar 18Monday
Mar 25, 2019Monday
Mar 19Tuesday
Mar 25, 2019Monday
Options & Upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $419.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)

Post Tour to Florence & Venice

*All pricing is per person

Post Tour to Florence & Venice $1,499.00 (USD)

Post Tour to Florence & Venice - Private Room $499.00 (USD)


Rome Pre Stay

*All pricing is per person - per person

Rome Overnight Hotel & Breakfast (Per Night) $180.00 (USD)

Rome Single Room - Overnight Hotel & Breakfast (Per Night) $297.00 (USD)

Rome Arrival Transfer (Per Person) $49.00 (USD)

Rome Post Stay

*All pricing is per person - per person

Rome Overnight Hotel & Breakfast (Per Night) $180.00 (USD)

Rome- Single Room- Overnight Hotel & Breakfast (Per Night) $297.00 (USD)

Rome- Departure Transfer (Per Person) $98.00 (USD)

Padua Post Stay

*All pricing is per person - per person

Padua Overnight Hotel & Breakfast (Per Night) $199.00 (USD)

Padua- Single Room Overnight Hotel & Breakfast (Per Night) $215.00 (USD)

Padua Departure Transfer (Per Person) $75.00 (USD)

Optional Post-Tour to Florence & Venice:

March 25 - 29, 2018
$1,499 Per Person   |   Private Room: $499
  • Centrally located Hotels: (or similar)
      ~ 2 nights: Mar 25 - 27: Machiavelli Palace, Florence
      ~ 2 nights: Mar 27 - 29: Hotel Biri, Padua
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine with dinners
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Wireless headsets where needed
  • Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide(s)
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Mass daily & spiritual activities

Itinerary
Day8
Monday - March 25 - Assisi - Florence

Breakfast, followed by a scenic drive to Florence. Upon arrival in Florence, you will notice immediately that it is the land for art lovers. Some of the most world renowned artists are from Florence such as, Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Donatello, and many others. Remainder of the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to explore the streets of Florence at leisure on your own. In the evening gather for dinner, followed by an overnight.

Day9
Tuesday - March 26 - Florence

In Florence, your day begins with breakfast, followed by a guided tour. The tour starts at the Church of the Holy Cross, the Santa Croce, where many nobles are buried, such as Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli. Continue to walk by Piazza Signorina, Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, and Republic Square to the Santa Maria del Fiore. This Cathedral is an iconic piece of architecture of the city of Florence. It was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in the 13th century. Followed by a visit to L'Accademia, the well-known art gallery. At this gallery, you will have the opportunity to view the work from artists such as Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Pontormo and the ever famous sculpture by Michelangelo, David. This afternoon you will have time to explore Florence on your own. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day10
Wednesday - March 27 - Florence - Padua

Following breakfast at your hotel, board the motor coach for your transfer to Padua. This Northern Italy city honors the "Patron Saint of Lost Things and Causes", St. Anthony. You will begin a sightseeing tour of the city, including a view of one of the oldest Universities in Italy, the University of Padua, as well as the Basilica of Santa Giustina, the "Patron Saint of Padua." The tour will conclude at the Basilica of St. Anthony, where you will have the opportunity to visit his tomb. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day11
Thursday - March 28 - Padua - Venice (Full Day Excursion)

Today, you will have early breakfast. Board your bus to depart to the magical city of Venice. After Mass enjoy a tour of the "City paved with Water!" Your walking tour includes a visit to St. Mark's Square, the largest square in the city and the site of many government buildings; the Golden Basilica of San Marco, known for the great mosaics that depict the Old and New Testament of the Bible; and the Bridge of Sigh, a bridge that will bring eternal love to those who drift below it. You will also have the chance to view the Doges' Palace (Duke's Palace), which served as the seat of the Government for the Republic of Venice for centuries. Return to Padua for dinner and overnight.

Day12
Friday - March 29 - Return Home

After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, transfer to Venice airport for return flights home.

Would like to stop over in Europe?

Let us know at time of registration, we will reschedule your airline reservations pending availability at no additional fee (these options will be available to you when you register online). Let us know if you need assistance with pre or post stay at hotel. Simply Contact 206 Tours:  800-206-TOUR (8687)  or  sales@206tours.com

Options and upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $419.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)

Rome Pre Stay

*All pricing is per person - per person

Rome Overnight Hotel & Breakfast (Per Night) $180.00 (USD)

Rome Single Room - Overnight Hotel & Breakfast (Per Night) $297.00 (USD)

Rome Arrival Transfer (Per Person) $49.00 (USD)

Rome Post Stay

*All pricing is per person - per person

Rome Overnight Hotel & Breakfast (Per Night) $180.00 (USD)

Rome- Single Room- Overnight Hotel & Breakfast (Per Night) $297.00 (USD)

Rome- Departure Transfer (Per Person) $98.00 (USD)

Padua Post Stay

*All pricing is per person - per person

Padua Overnight Hotel & Breakfast (Per Night) $199.00 (USD)

Padua- Single Room Overnight Hotel & Breakfast (Per Night) $215.00 (USD)

Padua Departure Transfer (Per Person) $75.00 (USD)

Post Tour to Florence & Venice

*All pricing is per person

Post Tour to Florence & Venice $1,499.00 (USD)

Post Tour to Florence & Venice - Private Room $499.00 (USD)

Optional Post-Tour to Florence and Venice

April 25 - 29, 2018
$1,499 Per Person   |   Private Room: $499
  • Centrally located Hotels: (or similar)
      ~ 2 nights: Mar 25 - 27: Machiavelli Palace, Florence
      ~ 2 nights: Mar 27 - 29: Hotel Biri, Padua
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine with dinners
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Wireless headsets where needed
  • Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide(s)
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities

Iternary

Day8
Monday - March 25 - Assisi - Florence

Breakfast, followed by a scenic drive to Florence. Upon arrival in Florence, you will notice immediately that it is the land for art lovers. Some of the most world renowned artists are from Florence such as, Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Donatello, and many others. Remainder of the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to explore the streets of Florence at leisure on your own. In the evening gather for dinner, followed by an overnight.

Day9
Tuesday - March 26 - Florence

In Florence, your day begins with breakfast, followed by a guided tour. The tour starts at the Church of the Holy Cross, the Santa Croce, where many nobles are buried, such as Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli. Continue to walk by Piazza Signorina, Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, and Republic Square to the Santa Maria del Fiore. This Cathedral is an iconic piece of architecture of the city of Florence. It was designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in the 13th century. Followed by a visit to L'Accademia, the well-known art gallery. At this gallery, you will have the opportunity to view the work from artists such as Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Pontormo and the ever famous sculpture by Michelangelo, David. This afternoon you will have time to explore Florence on your own. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day10
Wednesday - March 27 - Florence - Padua:

Following breakfast at your hotel, board the motor coach for your transfer to Padua. This Northern Italy city honors the "Patron Saint of Lost Things and Causes", St. Anthony. You will begin a sightseeing tour of the city, including a view of one of the oldest Universities in Italy, the University of Padua, as well as the Basilica of Santa Giustina, the "Patron Saint of Padua." The tour will conclude at the Basilica of St. Anthony, where you will have the opportunity to visit his tomb. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day11
Thursday - March 28 - Padua - Venice (Full Day Excursion)

Today, you will have early breakfast. Board your bus to depart to the magical city of Venice. After Mass enjoy a tour of the "City paved with Water!" Your walking tour includes a visit to St. Mark's Square, the largest square in the city and the site of many government buildings; the Golden Basilica of San Marco, known for the great mosaics that depict the Old and New Testament of the Bible; and the Bridge of Sigh, a bridge that will bring eternal love to those who drift below it. You will also have the chance to view the Doges' Palace (Duke's Palace), which served as the seat of the Government for the Republic of Venice for centuries. Return to Padua for dinner and overnight.

Day12
Friday - March 29 - Return Home

After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, transfer to Venice airport for return flights home.

Would like to stop over in Europe?

Let us know at time of registration, we will reschedule your airline reservations pending availability at no additional fee (these options will be available to you when you register online). Let us know if you need assistance with pre or post stay at hotel. Simply Contact 206 Tours:  800-206-TOUR (8687)  or  sales@206tours.com

About your trip

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  • Rome (Pope Francis)
  • Orvieto
  • Assisi (St. Francis)
  • Gubbio
  • LaVerna
About Rome:

Rome has been one of history's most powerful and important cities, along with home to the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope, and the site of the Vatican City. First built in 337, St. Peter's Basilica lies over the tomb of St. Peter. Contained within is a vast array of the most beautiful artwork ever assembled, reflecting the immensity, beauty, vastness, majesty, glory and awesomeness of God.

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