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Treasures of Rome Extension

5 Day / 4 Night Rome Pilgrimage.

What better way to start or finish your faith journey than by planting yourself in the heart of the Eternal City and absorbing all the spiritual treasures that have been blessing pilgrims down through the centuries. Join this five-day classic extension after your Treasures of Italy Pilgrimage OR as part of the many Rome combinations.
 
Treasures of Rome

MEAL CODE: B: Breakfast   L: Lunch   D: Dinner
Day 1: ARRIVE ROME (D)
Welcome to Rome. Join with pilgrims this evening for a Welcome Dinner.

Day 2: ROME PILGRIMAGE – THE MAJOR BASILICAS (BD)
Celebrate this morning a spectacular Mass at St Peter’s Basilica before coming to the nearby Vatican Museums. Wander the spectacular chambers leading to the Sistine Chapel to view Michelangelo’s masterpieces, including the magnificent fresco of the Last Judgment. Continue through to the awe-inspiring St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world for an informative exploration. Our guided tour will feature among other highlights Michelangelo’s stunning Pieta, the tomb of Pope St John Paul II, the great Confessional and the Crypt containing the tombs of several Popes. In the afternoon, visit the impressive St Mary Major Basilica. Onwards to the Basilica of St John in Lateran (First Papal residence) and the adjacent Holy Stairs brought from Jerusalem to Rome in 326AD by St Helena (as a favourite of pilgrims, these steps may only be ascended on the knees). Visit the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme with its extraordinary collection of relics from the Holy Land.

Day 3: ROME PILGRIMAGE – SAINTS & MARTYRS (BD)
This morning we enter into the most visited attraction in Rome - the Colosseum. In 1749, Pope Benedict XIV declared the Colosseum a sacred site, as it was a place where early Christians had been martyred. View also the Circus Maximus and the Roman Forum. Journey this afternoon out to the majestic Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls. Originally consecrated in 324, the saint’s tomb is visible now under the Papal Altar. We will celebrate a wonderful Mass here as a special tribute to the Church’s greatest evangelist. Continue then to the ancient Catacombs for a memorable guided tour to marvel at these underground burial tunnels for Christians and Hebrews. Return to our hotel for some free time. We will then dine out at L’Eau Vive Restaurant – Meaning Living Water (from the Biblical scene of Jacobs Well). This fabulous French Restaurant is run by Carmelite Missionary Nuns who will actually sing the Ave Maria to us between courses!

Day 4: ROME PILGRIMAGE – PAPAL & PEOPLE CELEBRATIONS (BD)
Papal Events (Subject to the Pope’s presence in Rome) Wednesday: We will proceed to St Peter’s Square where the Holy Father is expected to host a General Audience to celebrate with pilgrims from around the world. OR Sunday: he will pray the Angelus with pilgrims in the square. Some free time will be afforded this afternoon to discover the sights of Rome. Strolling through the streets is like walking through the pages of a history book. Indulge in a gelato or enjoy a coffee while absorbing and admiring the history of this ancient city. Marvel at the Pantheon or visit the Church of St Ignatius with its amazing ceiling painted to look like a dome. This evening we will set out early to the lively Trastevere district and visit the lovely Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere. Stroll on to enjoy a wonderful Italian evening of food and traditional music at the infamous Da Meo Patacca restaurant as a fitting celebration finale to our Rome pilgrimage.

Day 5: DEPART ITALY (B)

pre-tour options
+ Treasures of Italy + Rome
+ Assisi + Rome
+ St Paul & the Early Church + Rome
+ Holy Land / Assisi + Rome

post tour options
+ Rome + Lourdes
+ Rome + Ireland
+ Rome + Medjugorje
+ Rome + France
+ Rome + Jordan / Holy Land
+ Rome + Eastern Europe
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