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Italian Renaissance Tour 10 days & 9 nights

Join us on a pilgrimage to Italy, Germany and Austria, that will include the acclaimed Oberammergau Passion Play.

Day 1

Rome

Arrive in Rome, where we will transfer to our hotel. Spend afternoon at leisure in the “Eternal City”. Dinner and overnight in Rome.

Day 2

Rome

After breakfast and morning Mass, we will attend Papal Audience (if available). The afternoon will be spent with a tour of St Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museum and Library as well as the Sistine Chapel. Dinner and overnight in Rome.

Day 3

Rome

Enjoy a full day tour of Rome today. We will visit the Catacombs, Appian Way, Capitoline Hill, St Peter in Chains, Colosseum, and Circus Maximus. Afternoon visits to three major basilicas in Rome, St Mary Major, St John Lateran and St Paul Outside the Walls. Dinner and overnight in Rome.

Day 4

Rome / Assisi / Florence

Depart Rome after breakfast for scenic transfer by motor coach to Assisi, the town of beloved St. Francis. We will tour the important sites of the area including the beautiful Basilica of St Francis, the Church of St Clare, which houses her incorrupt body, and the Basilica of St Mary of the Angels. Continue to Florence for dinner and overnight.

Day 5

Florence / Padua

Orientation tour of the city of Florence includes visits to the Duomo, Santa Croce Church and a visit to the Academy Museum, to see the famous status of “David” by Michelangelo. We will have some time for shopping at the famous sidewalk vendors for the excellent leather goods, for which Florence is famous. Continue to Padua this afternoon with arrival in time for dinner at our hotel.

Day 8

Oberammergau

The highlight of our visit today takes place in this tiny hamlet. We will transfer from our lodgings to the outdoor theater to view this amazing presentation of the Passion of Christ as performed by the local villagers. Dinner and overnight in Oberammergau area.

Day 9

Oberammergau / Neuschwanstein / Lugano

Depart this morning for one of the most famous castles in the world – Neuschwanstein. Its fairy tale setting and architecture have made it a landmark of renown. After our tour of the castle we will continue to Lugano, a beautiful resort area of Switzerland, for overnight.

Day 10

Milan / Departure

Depart early this morning for Milan and our return flight home.

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