Dr. Scott Hahn & Kimberly Hahn
Franciscan University of Steubenville & St. Paul Center
Spiritual Director Fr. Dennis Gang, T.O.R.
March 7 – 15, 2020
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare
- Airport Taxes and Fuel Surcharges
- First Class Hotel Centrally Located: (or similar)
- ~ March 8 – 15 / 7 nights: Hotel Le Meridien Visconti, Rome ★★★★
- Transfers as per itinerary
- ~ Breakfast daily at hotel
- ~ Three (3) Lunches at restaurants
- ~ Dinners at local restaurants, and at Hotel Le Meridien in Rome
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Assistance of a guide throughout
- Sightseeing and Admissions Fees
- Exclusive Lectures with Dr. Scott Hahn & Kimberly Hahn
- Luggage handling (at Hotel)
- Tips to Hotel Staff, Restaurants
- Catholic Priest (T.O.R.), Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Tips to your Guide & Driver
Day 1: Saturday – March 7th: Depart for Italy
Make your way to your local airport, where you will board your overnight flight(s) to Rome. Your meals are served on board.
Day 2: Sunday – March 8th: Arrive in Rome
Welcome to Rome, also know as “The Eternal City”! Upon arrival at Rome airport, make your way through Passport Control, collect your luggage in the baggage claim area, and continue to the Arrivals Hall where you will be greeted by a tour guide, and/or driver. You will then escort you to the bus and transfer you to your hotel. Following check-in, you will have some free time to unpack, relax, or perhaps even to explore Rome on your own. Your tour guide will be happy to suggest places to visit. Later in the afternoon, we will walk a few blocks to Church where we will celebrate our first Mass. Your group will then meet back at the hotel for a "Meet and Greet" and orientation with your fellow pilgrims. A “Welcome Dinner” will follow, and then a short lecture by Dr. Scott Hahn before you retire to your rooms for a restful nights sleep.
Day 3: Monday – March 9th: Rome: Appian Way – Catacombs - Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls – Basilica of St. Mary Major – Basilica of St. John the Lateran – Holy Steps
Wake up in one of the greatest centers of Western Civilization, and the first truly cosmopolitan city on earth! Rome is the spiritual capital for all Catholics around the world. Today is a day you will remember for years to come. This morning, after an early breakfast, you will make your way 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. Next, visit the Basilica of St. Paul Outside of the Walls. Originally founded by Emperor Constantine in the 4th Century, this Basilica is the burial place of Saint Paul the Apostle. From there, we will make our way to lunch, followed by a visit to the Basilica of St. Mary Major. This Basilica contains a relic from the Manger of the Infant Jesus, and is where we will celebrate Mass. Then continue to 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, you 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 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. Your evening concludes with dinner, followed by a lecture with Dr. Scott Hahn.
Day 4: Tuesday – March 10th: Rome – full day excursion to Assisi
Following breakfast, we will head north to the Umbrian countryside, passing the towns of Todi, Deruta, and Spoleto. During your drive, your tour escort will explain the spiritual, historical, and cultural overview of the region. Finally, we arrive in Assisi, the beautiful hometown of St. Francis & St. Clare, that is set on the foot of Mount Subasio. You will be captivated to see that the atmosphere has not changed much since St. Francis began his ministry in the early 13th-century. You will tour the Basilica of St. Francis, and visit his tomb, with the opportunity to view a series of frescoes depicting his life, along with a few of his possessions. From there, you will continue on a walking tour through this picturesque town, including the birthplace of St. Francis, and ending with at the Church of St. Clare, which honors the foundress of the Poor Clare Sisters. Saint Clare followed the teachings of St. Francis very closely by also living a life of poverty and humility. After lunch together, we will journey outside of the walls of Assisi by bus, to tour the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. This is where St. Francis spent most of life. Pray and reflect in the "Porziuncola", the very place where St. Francis founded his order of the Friar Minor (Franciscans), and, at the "Capella del Transito", which is the place of St. Francis' death. See the Rose Garden where St. Francis and other friars prayed. Return to your buses so that you can make your way back to Rome for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Wednesday – March 11th: Rome – Papal Audience – Free Afternoon
After a nice breakfast at your hotel, make your way to St. Peter's Square to attend the Papal Audience! The Audience is celebrated each Wednesday by His Holiness, Pope Francis (pending the Papal schedule). Following the Audience, we will make our way to Mass, and then you will have the remainder of the day to spend at your own leisure. Your guides will advise you of the time to be back at the Hotel to attend dinner, followed by a another lecture with Dr. Scott Hahn.
Day 6: Thursday – March 12th: Rome: St. Peter’s Basilica – Vatican Museum - Vatican Gardens
Today we will go 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. Here that you will view Michelangelo's stunning Pieta – this poignant marble sculpture depicts the Virgin Mary holding Christ after His crucifixion, death, and removal from the cross before being placed in the tomb. From there, we will be escorted around the walls and to the entrance of the Vatican Museum. As the doors open, you will have the opportunity to explore this world-renowned museum, and 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 through the gates and into the Vatican Gardens (pending confirmation). This impressive property is over 57 acres and includes a Renaissance layout scattered with fountains, statues, and buildings dating back to the sixth century. At one time, the gardens were orchards and vineyards, but Pope Nicholas III moved from the Basilica of St. John the Lateran, back to the Vatican. We will walk to an exact replica of the Grotto found in Lourdes – and with candles in hand, we will form a procession and walk through the Gardens. After which, you will have some free time to shop or walk back to the Hotel, and then make your way to a local restaurant for an early dinner. From there, we will conclude your evening with a lecture from Kimberly Hahn.
Day 7: Friday – March 13th Castel Gandolfo and Subiaco
Start the day with breakfast, and then we leave for Castel Gandolfo, also known as the Apostolic Palace and Papal Summer Residence. This Catholic complex is set on 135 acres, much larger than Vatican itself. Here we will see the Palace, made by Urban VIII in the 17th century, the Holy See’s treasures and the beautifully landscaped Barberini Gardens which have only been open to the public since 2016. Admire the views of Lake Albano, and relax over lunch by the Papal gardens. Castel Gandolfo raises much of its own food and delivers it daily to the Vatican - including milk from their own cows, chickens, vegetables and produce from olive trees that are centuries old. This afternoon journey of discovery continues to Subiaco, where we will see how the Benedictine monks lived. Subiaco is a small village surrounded by spectacular natural scenery. Visit the Monastery of Santa Scolastica, and the Monastery of San Benedetto. Make a short stop at Abbazia di Santa Scolastica ("Abbot at Santa Scolastica"), where the first book in Italy was printed. A visit to the Benedictine Herbalist is a must. Santa Scolastica is the last existing monastery where the ancient method of cultivation exists, which was began by San Benedetto. You can still buy natural products that the monks have treasured since the beginning of time. Enjoy dinner at local restaurant with great traditional "Lazio" dishes, and then return to Rome for an overnight.
Day 8: Saturday – March 14th: Rome: Ancient Rome Tour
Following breakfast, you will begin the morning with a tour of Ancient Rome, starting with the Roman Forum. A rectangular plaza surrounded by the ruins of several ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome. This was the center of Roman public life, where triumphal processions and elections took place, as well as public speeches, and criminal trials. Then make your way to Palatine Hill, the centermost of the famous “Seven Hills of Rome”. From there, visit the Coliseum, the historic epicenter for Gladiator matches. The games reached their peak between the 1st century and the 2nd century, but declined by the 5th century after the adoption of Christianity as the state church of the Roman Empire in 380 A.D. You will have the remainder of the day free to spend at leisure, to explore your own paths, to shop, stop for lunch, or just to sit in one of the outside cafes and watch the world go by. Return to your Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Sunday – March 15th: Time to say Arrivederci Roma! Return Flights Home
This morning, you will have an early breakfast, and then you will gather in the Hotel Lobby, and transfer to Rome airport for return flight(s) home. Our pilgrimage has come to an end, but rest assured that its blessings will last a lifetime and will bring us closer to Jesus and Mary.
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