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Catholic Holy Sites

Holy Sites – Rome, Assisi, Florence, Milan, Turin, Padua and Venice – 11 Days

With its rich Catholic history, Italy is an ideal destination for a religious pilgrimage.  In this itinerary, we have included the most popular holy sites at an active pace.  Many modifications are possible if you wish to see additional religious attractions or travel at a slower pace.  We customize your trip individually to you.

Day 1 – ROME – Arrive in Rome.  Your private driver will meet you at the airport for transfer to your hotel.  Afternoon at leisure.  This evening enjoy a special welcome dinner.  Overnight accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.

Day 2 – ROME – Start early today for an exclusive small group tour of the Vatican, beginning an hour before opening hours.  Tour includes the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. (Papal audience will be arranged during your time in Rome based on the Pope’s schedule during your trip.) Spend your afternoon at leisure in Rome, or another tour or experience can be arranged as you desire.  Overnight accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.

Day 3 – ROME – Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your hotel before a day of guided sightseeing in Rome.  We arrange for your guide to show you top Roman sights, based on your individual preferences – the Colosseum, the Spanish Steps and Trevi fountain, the catacombs, and more. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a top restaurant in Rome.  Overnight accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.  

Day 4 – ASSISI & SIENA – Meet your private driver and guide early for a full day transfer to Florence with stops in both Assisi and Siena to see the Basilica of St. Francis and the Church of St. Dominic.  Your driver will also recommend a stop for lunch along the way.  Overnight accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.

Day 5 – FLORENCE – After breakfast at your hotel, meet with your guide for an exclusive small group walking tour of Florence.  Tour will include a visit to the city’s famous Duomo as well as other main attractions such as Michaelangelo’s David, the Uffizi Gallery, Baptistery Doors and more.  Overnight accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.

Day 6- PISA & LUCCA – Meet your private driver and guide early for a full day transfer to Milan with a stop in Pisa and Lucca.  You will stop in Lucca to visit the town’s famous Duomo before continuing to Pisa where you can visit the Leaning Tower as well as the Cathedral and Baptistery.  Your driver will suggest a stop for lunch along the way.  Overnight accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.

Day 7 – MILAN – After breakfast, meet your guide for an exclusive small group tour of Milan, which includes the city’s Duomo and a viewing of The Last Supper.  Enjoy an afternoon of shopping in Milan’s fashion district.  Overnight accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.

Day 8 – TURIN – This morning, take the train from Milan to Turin for a day of exploring.  At your request, you may also upgrade to a private driver/guide for the day.  Meet your guide in Turin for a day of touring Turin’s religious sites, including the Church of St John the Baptist and the Holy Shroud.  Return to Milan by train at the time of your choosing.  Overnight accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.

Day 9 – PADUA – After breakfast at your hotel, you depart Milan for Venice with a visit to Padua en route.  You may choose to take the train, or we can arrange for a private driver/guide.  Meet your guide in Padua for a tour of this scenic city, including the Basilica of St. Anthony and the Scrovegni Chapel.  Continue on to Venice and enjoy an evening private gondola ride before a canal-side dinner.  Overnight accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.

Day 10 – VENICE – This morning embark on an excursion to the islands of Burano and Murano.  Later in the day, we arrange for small group tour of Doge’s Palace and a special, after hours visit to St. Mark’s Basilica.  Enjoy a special farewell dinner.  Overnight accommodations in the hotel class of your choice.

Day 11 – VENICE – A guide will meet you at your hotel for private transfer to the Venice airport for your return flight to the USA.

There are many modifications available to this tour for travelers desiring a slower travel pace.  We will also ensure logistics are covered for attendance of regular Sunday mass during your trip.

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"Annie is wonderful! From start to finish, she helped make our 10 year wedding anniversary trip unforgettable. She booked us a suite at an amazing resort. It was just what we were looking for. Our initial flight down to Florida was cancelled, so at 5:30 am that morning I found myself emailing her for assistance and reassurance. Even that early in the morning she was there for us. We definitely plan on using Annie in the future and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for assistance with their travel planning."

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