Franciscan University of Steubenville
& St. Paul Center present:
with Dr. Scott Hahn & Kimberly Hahn
Spiritual Director Fr. Joe Lehman, TOR
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, The Eternal City. Upon arrival at Rome airport, you will 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 be then escorted to the bus and transfered 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 there if you need any suggestions of places to visit. Later in the afternoon, we will walk few blocks to Church for our Mass. Your group will then meet back at the hotel for a "Meet and Greet" with your fellow pilgrims.
Welcome Dinner followed by orientation meeting and short lecture by Dr. Scott Hahn.
Day 3: Monday – March 9th: Rome: Appian Way – Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls – Catacombs – Basilica of St. Mary Major – Basilica of St. John the Lateran – Holy Steps
Wake up in the Eternal City, one of the greatest centers of Western Civilization and the first truly cosmopolitan city on earth! It is also the spiritual capital for all the Catholics around the world. Today is truly a day we will have in our minds for many years to come. This morning, you will enjoy an early breakfast before making 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. The day concludes with a visit to the Basilica of St. Paul, Outside of the Walls. Originally founded by Emperor Constantine in the 4th Century, this Basilica is the burial places 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 where we will celebrate Mass. Then continue on 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. Dinner and an overnight. Lecture by 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 towns of Todi, Deruta and Spoleto. During your drive, your tour escort will explain the spiritual, historical, and cultural overview of the region. Arrive Assisi, beautiful hometown of St. Francis and St. Clare, it 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. Tour will include St. Francis Basilica, where we will visit the 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, you will continue on a walking tour through this picturesque town, including the birthplace of St. Francis, and end 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. Lunch is included today. After lunch, tour will continue outside of the walls of Assisi, to 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, your first 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, 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 a lecture with Dr. Scott Hahn.
Dinner, and overnight.
Lecture by Dr. Scott Hahn
Day 6: Thursday – March 12th: Rome: St. Peter’s Basilica – Vatican Gardens - Vatican Museum
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. 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. From there, we will gather out front and will be escorted through the gates – and into the Vatican Gardens. Over an impressive 57 acres – this property 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 move 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. 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. Following dinner, we will proceed to Vatican City for an exclusive “Vatican by Night” Museum Tour. As the doors close to the public, we will have the opportunity to explore this museum in peace and quiet. In this 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. Dinner and overnight.
Lecture by Kimberly Hahn
Day 7: Friday – March 13th Castel Gandolfo and Subiaco
After breakfast we leave for Castel Gandolfo, 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 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 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, began by San Benedetto, and you may is still buy natural products that the monks have treasured since the beginning of time. Enjoy dinner at local tavern with great traditional "Lazio" dishes.
Day 8: Saturday – March 14th: Rome: Ancient Rome Tour
This morning we will tour Ancient Rome, starting with the Roman Forum. A rectangular plaza which is surrounded by the ruins of several ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome. It was here, the center of Roman public life, where triumphal processions and elections took place, as well as public speeches, and criminal trials. We will then make our way to Palatine Hill, the centermost of the famous “Seven Hills of Rome”. From there, we will visit the Coliseum, the 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. 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, rest assured that its blessings will last a lifetime and will bring us closer to Jesus and Mary.* Disclaimer: Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of places to be visited. Occasionally local religious holidays, national days, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of visits or the missing of certain visits.
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- In the very rare event that a tour is cancelled, you would get all your money back, which would most likely not be the case if you purchased it directly from the airline.
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