Bishop Roger Jupp and David Hudson led a pilgrimage in 2016 to the Holy Land and are joining together once again to make this trip to Italy, visiting both Assisi and Rome.
Assisi, a hill town in central Italy’s Umbria region, is the birthplace of St Francis, who founded his religious order of poor friars there in 1208. Rome, one of the most magnificent and interesting cities of the world, and once the centre of a powerful empire, displays nearly 3000 years of art, architecture and culture. As the Eternal City, with its tomb of the Apostle Peter, it has been a place of pilgrimage since the Middle Ages, and is the centre of Western Christianity.
Thank you for your interest in our pilgrimage.
We hope that our varied programme will encourage you to join us.
Day 1. Monday, 3rd September
ROME - ASSISI
Flight from Birmingham to Rome where we will be met and transferred to our Assisi hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2. Tuesday, 4th September
After breakfast we have a guided walking tour of Assisi, visiting the Basilica of St Francis, where Giotto’s well-known frescoes portraying the life of the saint can be seen, and the Basilica of St Clare, founder of the Poor Clares. In the afternoon we visit the Hermitage, the cave where Francis went to meditate, and San Damiano where he heard the voice of God whilst praying.
Dinner and overnight stay in Assisi.
Day 3. Wednesday, 5th September
After breakfast we visit the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Lower Assisi, built around the chapel Francis himself built, and the Transito Chapel where he later died. We then drive through the beautiful Umbrian countryside to La Verna for a guided tour of the monastery. On our return to Assisi we stop at Rivotorto Church, once an animal shed where Francis and his early companions sheltered.
Dinner and overnight stay in Assisi.
Day 4. Thursday, 6th September
The morning free in Assisi and then transfer by private coach to Rome.
Arrive at hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight.
Day 5. Friday, 7th September
We enjoy a morning guided tour of the Vatican City, St Peter’s Basilica, the largest of all Catholic Churches, with its amazing grand and elaborate interior, and Vatican Museum. Marvel at the Sistine Chapel, with Michelangelo’s masterpiece ceiling and Last Judgement. In the afternoon a guided tour visiting the Trevi Fountain, and the famous Spanish Steps loved by John Keats, in the bustling centre of the city.
Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Day 6. Saturday, 8th September
In the morning we reach the Basilica of St. Paul outside the Wall for the celebration for the Holy Eucharist. Then meet our guide for a tour of the Basilica. Then on to the site of early Christian Rome at the Appian Way, over which the Roman legions marched. In the afternoon there will be a visit to the Church of San Giovanni in Laterano and Santa Maria. Dinner in the hotel.
In the evening a possibility to enjoy a coach tour of Rome by night (Coliseum, Forums, Squares).
Overnight in Rome.
Day 7. Sunday, 9th September
A FREE day to relax and explore Rome. You may wish to re-visit places seen on previous days or explore new sites such as The Catacombs and the Pantheon.
Dinner and overnight in Rome.
DAY 8. Monday, 10th September
Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer to Rome airport for our return flight to Birmingham.
NB. The Eucharist will be celebrated at various sites where appropriate.
Itinerary subject to change.
Price £1535 per person
What the price includes
Not included in the price
You will need a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before you travel. It gives the holder rights to healthcare that becomes necessary during a temporary visit to EEA (European Economic Area) countries or Switzerland.
The EHIC replaced the E111 form in Jan 2006. The E111 form is no longer valid. More information can be found at www.ehic.org.uk
Please note that the cost of the tour may be subject to surcharges - please see the booking conditions. Currency exchange rates used £1 = € 1.1005 as published in the Financial Times on 14th August 2017.
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Worldwide Christian Travel 36 Coldharbour Road, Bristol, BS6 7NA UK
Tel: 0845 458 8308
Worldwide Christian Travel has been organising Christian holidays and tours, mainly to the Holy Land, for over 40 years. We cover all aspects of travel and are one of the most comprehensive Christian travel organisers in the country. Worldwide Christian Travel is a trading name of Hadler Tours Limited.
People of all ages are welcome, but, whatever your age, we must insist on a reasonable level of fitness. A number of sites involve rough walking.
Hadler Tours Limited is a member of ABTA with membership numbers 93522 & V2096. ABTA and ABTA Members help holidaymakers to get the most from their travel and assist them when things do not go according to plan. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. For further information about ABTA, the Code of Conduct and the arbitration scheme available to you if you have a complaint, contact ABTA, 68-71 Newman Street London W1T 3AH Tel: 020 7637 2444 or visit www.abta.com.
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Passports, Visas and Vaccinations
Travellers are responsible for ensuring that they have a valid passport for travel to the relevant countries and that it is valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. A visa is not required for British Passport holders visiting Israel. At the time this brochure went to press no vaccinations or inoculations are required for travel but you may wish to consult your own doctor for advice concerning this. If you have any queries regarding the above, we will be happy to help.
For the latest travel advice please visit www.fco.gov.uk, see BBC Ceefax page 470 onwards or call 0870 606 0290.
Further Information And Paying The Balance
Further information will be sent to you regarding any action that may be required approximately 10 weeks before departure. A final invoice will also be sent at this time and the balance for the tour must be paid at least 8 weeks before departure.
Full travel information, including details of meeting points, flight times, accommodation and travel information, will be sent to you approximately 2 weeks before departure. Normally, tickets are not issued but are handed to you at the airport or departure point by our representative who will be there to ensure that you depart without a hitch and to deal with any last minute difficulties.
It is compulsory to have travel insurance for your booking. Holiday Extras have a range of policies available at very competitive prices. You can obtain a quote online by clicking here or alternatively you can call 0871 360 2742 and quote ABTA number 93522.
Our normal procedure is to deal with tips on a group basis and these are included in the price. The tour leader will distribute them to the guide, driver and hotels on your behalf. Individual tipping is not recommended unless the circumstances are exceptional.
Room Check In and Check Out Times
The standard international practice is to let rooms from midday to midday. However times do vary. Check-in times are usually between 2pm and 3pm, check-out times between 11am and 12 noon on the day of departure. Therefore, if you check-in immediately after a night flight this would normally count as one night’s accommodation. Similarly if your return flight is at night you will normally be required to vacate your room at 12 noon prior to leaving for the airport. Day rooms are subject to availability/cost and should be arranged locally with the accommodation management.
Page published October 2017
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