Conclave Pilgrimage to Rome

March 18 – 25, 2013

$2,880 from New York (Pending Availability!)  

Our price is based out of New York, you may depart from your local airport



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Conclave Pilgrimage to Rome!

Update – Feb 21st @ 6:38AM: Rev. Federico Lombardi (Vatican Spokesman) has announced – Pope Benedict XVI is considering changing the Vatican constitution to allow a vote for his successor to begin before March 15th.

On February 14th , 2013, Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world when he announced his intention of stepping down as Pope, effective February 28th. An announcement that has not been replicated in over 600 years. The existing rules state that the cardinals’ conclave are to begin between 15 to 20 days after the papal throne becomes vacant (Latin: Sede Vacante). However, because Pope Benedict XVI was leaving the papacy through resignation, as imposed to death, the Vatican has been exploring the possibility of selecting a new pope sooner than normally expected.

Did You Know?
On April 29th, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI did something that went largely unnoticed, but would turn out to be a significant hint of what was to come. He made a stop in Aquila, Italy, and visited the tomb of obscure medieval Pope named “St. Celestine V (1215 – 1296)”. After a brief prayer, he left his pallium, the symbol of his own episcopal authority as Bishop of Rome, on top of Celestine’s tomb!

Fifteen (15) months later, on July 4th , 2010, Pope Benedict XVI went out of his way for a second time, to visit and pray in the Cathedral of Sulmona. Located just outside of Rome, this Cathedral is home to the relics of Saint Celestine V. Few people took note, however, looking back, we may have been gaining a better understanding of what it meant. These actions were probably more than pious acts. More likely, they were profound and symbolic gestures of a very personal nature, which conveyed a message that a Pope can hardly deliver any other way.

What does this symbolize? In the year 1294, Fr. Pietro Angelerio, known by all as a devout and holy priest, was elected Pope, somewhat against his will, shortly before his 80th birthday. Like Saint Celestine V, Pope Benedict XVI was 78 years old when he was elected Pope in 2005. Just five months later, after issuing a formal decree allowing popes to resign (also known as: “Abdicate”, like other rulers), Pope Celestine V exercised that right. And now, 717 years later, Pope Benedict XVI has chosen to follow in the footsteps of this venerable model, and announce his resignation as Pope.




YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:

Round Trip Airfare
          Bullet Our price is based out of New York, you may depart from your local airport
          Bullet You may book without airfare: (land only option)

All airport taxes & fuel surcharges!
Accommodations for 6 nights at first class (4 star) Hotels (or similar)
      ~ 6 nights: Hotel Quirinale or Hotel Cicerone: Rome - Italy
Breakfast & Dinner Daily
Tour Escort as per itinerary
Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary including:
      ~ Christian Rome Tour, Vatican Museum, Catacombs, Assisi
Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
Rome City Tax
Assistance of a professional guide(s) throughout
Arrangements for Mass daily & spiritual activities
Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents


Not Included: Lunches. Travel Insurance optional at $160 (www.206tours.com/insurance), Tips to your guide & driver. Items of a personal nature.

 



Sample Day-by-Day Itinerary:

Day 1, March 18: Depart New York / Newark
Departure this evening for your overnight flights to Rome.

Day 2, March 19: Arrive Rome
Upon arrival, your escort will warmly greet you this morning and welcome you to Italy. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy a free afternoon for rest, relaxation, and exploration. Your tour escort can suggest walks or sights for you to enjoy. Dinner and overnight at your Hotel.

Day 3, March 20: Rome - Full Day Tour of Christian Rome
This morning we depart on our sightseeing tour which will offer insight into the most significant Catholic sites in Rome. We will have an opportunity to see the Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of the oldest shrines dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, which contains a relic from the Manger of the infant Jesus. We will see the Holy Stairs and visit the Basilica of St. John the Lateran, which was the residence of the popes prior to returning to Rome in 1377. We also explore St. Paul Outside the Walls, which houses the remains of St. Paul under its main altar. We will see the Appian Way, the oldest road from Roman times, as well as the famous Domino Quo Vadis Chapel, the ancient Baths of Caracalla, Arch of Drusus and the Tomb of Celilia Metella. Our day ends with a special visit to one of the catacombs, such as St. Callixtus, where the early Christians hid themselves to escape persecution for their devout faith. Time permitting we will also visit the Trevi Fountain to take part in the tradition of throwing 3 coins into the fountain in hopes of returning to Rome. After a day filled with faith and beauty we enjoy dinner before retiring for the night.

 

Day 4, March 21: Rome
Today, we continue exploring Rome, the greatest centers of Western Civilization. Vatican and St. Peters Basilica, the spiritual capital for all the Catholics around the world. Following Mass visit the Vatican Museums, a group of most impressive edifices with hundreds of galleries filled with art treasures. See awe-inspiring relics and works of art donated throughout centuries as tributes of faith. We'll cover The Tapestry Gallery, The Raphael Rooms and the most overwhelming Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo's Masterpiece, restored mural of the Last Judgment. Later, enter the largest church in Christendom St Peter's Basilica, built on the site where St Peter was martyred. Unsurpassed in beauty, a monument to the long history of the Catholic Church, to which pilgrims come from around the world, St Peter's is the grandest of the world's churches. Marvel Pieta and Bernini's amazing bronze canopy. We will also visit the grave of St. John Paul II located at the Vatican. Before dinner, we'll have some time at leisure, to explore your own paths, to shop, or just to sit in one of the outside cafes and watch the world go by. Dinner and overnight.

 

Day 5, March 22: FREE Day Rome (Breakfast only)
Following breakfast, this will be a Free day to spend at your own leisure. Dinner and overnight at your Hotel.

 

Day 6, March 23: FREE Day Rome (Breakfast only)
Following breakfast, this will be a Free day to spend at your own leisure. Dinner and overnight at your Hotel.

 

Day 7, March 24: FREE Day Rome (Breakfast only)
Following breakfast, this will be a Free day to spend at your own leisure. Dinner and overnight at your Hotel.

 

Day 8, March 25: Return to New York/Newark

Transfer to the airport for your return flights to New York.

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Conclave, The Sistine Chapel, Rome, Italy
 

College of Cardinals, The Vatican, Rome, Italy
     

 

 

 
 
 
 



St. Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy


His Holiness Pope Bbenedict XVI


The Sistine Chapel, The Vatican, Rome, Italy


Cardinal Edwin Frederick O'Brien (left)
Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan (right)


Michelangelo's Pieta, St. Peters Basilica, Rome


Papal Audience, The Vatican, Rome, Italy


The Holy Stairs, Rome, Italy

 
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