Trip:

QCF-02917

Lead Guest:

Party of:

15

Date Range:

28 June - 06 July 2020

Duration:

9 days / 8 nights

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  • 28 June 2020 Arrival in Rome Meals: B,D
    • When you arrive in Rome, your tour escort will meet you at the airport and accompany you to your hotel.

      Rest of the day at leisure until welcome dinner in the evening.

      Overnight in Rome.

      Location: Italy,Lazio,Rome
      Accommodation: Hotel Della Conciliazione
      Classic Single
      Classic Double x7
  • 29 June 2020 Tour of Ancient Rome / Free Afternoon Meals: B,D
    • In the morning, transfer from your hotel to the Coliseum where you have a priority entrance slot booked.  In the company of a private guide, you will visit Rome's most famous monument, as well as the Imperial Forum and Palatine Hill.

      Afternoon at leisure.
      Location: Italy,Lazio,Rome
      Accommodation: Hotel Della Conciliazione
      Classic Single
      Classic Double x7
      Activity: Private Tour of Ancient Rome with hotel pick-up
  • 30 June 2020 The Vatican Museums & Necropolis Meals: B,L
    • We will request tickets for the Vatican Necropolis today and plan the day around the appointment if tickets are available.

      The day will be spent around the Vatican, with lunch together and a private tour of the most important collections of the museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica.

      Dinner at leisure.

      Location: Italy,Lazio,Rome
      Accommodation: Hotel Della Conciliazione
      Classic Single
      Classic Double x7
      Activity: 15:00 - Private tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with hotel pick-up
      Tours & Activites: Visit to the Vatican Necropolis
  • 01 July 2020 Papal Audience & Transfer to Assisi Meals: B,L
    • In the morning, have an early breakfast (or we can request a bagged breakfast to take with them), to get to St. Peter's Square in advance.  There is no assigned seating for the Papal Audience and the earlier you arrive (security opens at 7am), the closer you will be to the front - the Pope does move around the square so everyone can see him and the readings are broadcast on video screens so everyone can see and hear.

      Following the audience, you will have a couple of hours to yourselves, to relax and have lunch, before leaving Rome at around 2pm.  At about 5pm, you will arrive in Assisi.

      Dinner at the hotel.

      Overnight in Assisi.
      Location: Italy,Lazio,Rome
      Location 2: Assisi,Umbria,Italy
      Accommodation: Hotel Giotto Assisi
      Classic Single
      Classic Double x7
  • 02 July 2020 Tour of the Basilica of St. Francis & Free Afternoon Meals: B,D
    •  
      After breakfast this morning, you will meet your guide for a tour inside the beautiful Basilica of St. Francis.  Visible across the Umbrian countryside for miles, the basilica and its adjoining monastery, are incredible works of art in themselves, ornately decorated by some of the master painters of the 13th century.

      Construction of the church began following the canonization of the saint in 1228 and two years later, the mortal remains of St. Francis were laid to rest here.  The light Upper Church is decorated in colorful frescoes by Giotto and his school, showing scenes from the life of St. Francis.   The Lower Church, which houses the monumental tomb of the saint, contains frescoes by Cimabue, Pietro Lorenzetti, and Simone Martini.

      The tour is with an official Assisi guide.  An additional tour can be arranged with one of the friars or nuns, which looks at the spiritual significance of the artworks.  This cannot be paid for in advance and donations are accepted at the end.

      In the afternoon, there will be time to hike up to the Carceri Hermitage, situated 4km above the town on Mount Subasio (bring sturdy shoes).  Throughout his lifetime, St. Francis would come to a cave here to pray.  Over time he was joined by others who sought the tranquility of the mountain for contemplation.  Today the small community of Franciscans living here, happily welcome visitors who make the walk up from the town.

      Return to the hotel for dinner.

      Overnight in Assisi.

      Location: Italy,Umbria,Assisi
      Accommodation: Hotel Giotto Assisi
      Classic Single
      Classic Double x7
      Tours & Activites: Tour of the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi
  • 03 July 2020 Tour of Assisi Meals: B,L,D
    • Today you will visit the rest of the town and other places which play a role in the story of St. Francis: The Basilica of St. Clare, the first female follower of St. Francis and the founder of the Order of the Poor Clares; the town's cathedral which is dedicated to San Rufino where both saints were baptized and the church of San Daimano where St. Francis first heard the voice of God.

      Afternoon at your leisure.

      Dinner at the hotel.

      Location: Italy,Umbria,Assisi
      Accommodation: Hotel Giotto Assisi
      Classic Single
      Classic Double x7
      Tours & Activites: Tour of Assisi, including the Basilica of St. Clare
  • 04 July 2020 La Verna Sanctuary / Arrival in Florence Meals: B,D
    •  
      Today we will visit the La Verna Sanctuary where St. Francis received the Stigmata.  High up in the mountains, the sanctuary remains a place of pray and contemplation, surrounded by the woods on the beautiful Mount Penna.

      You will be free to move around the sanctuary at your leisure, to pray and to visit the Chapel of the Stigmata and the frescoed corridor that leads to it, built so that the friars can visit the chapel daily, whatever the weather.

      In the evening arrive in Florence.

      Location: Italy,Umbria,Assisi
      Location 2: Florence,Tuscany,Italy
      Accommodation: Hotel Plaza Lucchesi Florence
      Classic Double x7
  • 05 July 2020 Tour of Florence & the Accademia / Free Afternoon Meals: B,D
    • After breakfast, a guide will meet you at the hotel for a walking tour of Florence.  At a leisurely pace, visit some of the city's most famous sites, including Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo, ending at the Accademia where you will have tickets reserved to visit Michelangelo's David.

      Following the tour, you will have the rest of the day to have lunch on your own and explore the city some more, before your farewell dinner together in the evening.

      Overnight in Florence.



       
      Location: Italy,Tuscany,Florence
      Accommodation: Hotel Plaza Lucchesi Florence
      Classic Double x7
      Activity: Private Half Day tour of Florence
  • 06 July 2020 Departure from Florence Meals: B
    • Transfer from the airport in time for your flight home.

      Location: Italy,Tuscany,Florence