From St Peter to Pope Francis

Travelling to Rome. Avaliable for groups throughout the year (minimum 6 people)
 
ITINERARY
 
DAY ONE: MONDAY
London Gatwick - Rome
Scheduled flight from London or a regional airport to Rome. Transfer to our accomodation for a four-night stay. Dinner in a local restaurant. We travel to St Peter's Square for our first view of the Vatican. 
 
DAY TWO: TUESDAY
St Peter's - St Paul Outside the Walls - Catacombs
This morning visit St Peter's Square for a tour of the basilica including the Pieta, the crypt, which contains the tombs of several popes and the tomb of the late Pope John Paul II. After time for lunch at choice, we visit the Basilica of St Paul Without the Walls, built over the site of the saint's martyrdom, then go on to one of the catacombs, burial place for the early Christians. In the late afternoon we return to our accomodation. Dinner will be in a local restaurant. 
 
DAY THREE: 
Papal Audience - St John Lateran - Saint Mary Major
This morning we take our seats in St Peter's Square for the weekly Generaly Papal audience (if His Holiness, Pope Francis, is in Rome at the time). After lunch (included today) our coach and guide take us to three of the churches that all pilgrims to Rome must see. We visit the Basilica of Saint Mary Major. From here we visit the nearby church of S. Pressede (St Praxedes), which is an early Christian foundation with some of the finest apse mosaics in Rome. We continue to the cathedral of Rome: St John Lateran, and afterwards cross the road to see the Scala Santa - the steps brought back from Jerusalem by Empress Helena in the 4th century and said to be those ascended by Christ on his way to Calvary. Dinner will be at our own choice tonight. 
 
DAY FOUR: THURSDAY
Rome - UK
The morning will be at leisure. There will be an optional visit to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel (£19 extra cost). This afternoon we transfer to the airport for our return flight to the UK. 
 
This tour involves a substantial amount of walking, some of which will be over irregular surfaces such as cobblestones and badly-maintained walking areas. If everyday walking is something you find difficult, this tour may be unsuitable for you.
 
 
This itinerary is a guide and subject to change. 
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Travel Insurance: £25.50

Single Room Supplement: £75

£599

4
days
Avaliable for groups throughout the year (minimum 6 people)
Price Includes:
Return scheduled flights: London - Rome. UK and Italy airport departure taxes. Three-nights accomodation in shared twin-bedded rooms with private facilities. Meal plan: 3 continental breakfasts. 1 lunch and 2 dinners. Coach transfers from Rome Airport to the acomodation and return, and touring within Rome. Tickets for the Papal Audience. Entrance fees to all churches and sites as listed in the Itinerary. Pax Travel Italian-speaking tour manager to accompany the group whilst in Italy. ATOL and ABTA financial protection. 
 
Price Extras:
Travel insurance at £25.50. Single room supplement of £75 for the 3 nights. 2 lunches, 1 dinner and drinks. Supplement for flights from regional aiports (please contact Pax Travel for prices). Fuel surcharges if passed on by the airline. UK transfers. Gratuities to hotel staff and coach drivers. City tax (if applicable). 
 
Terms of Payment:
You can confirm your place on the tour by completing a booking form and returning it to Pax Travel Ltd with a deposit of £180 (with the insurance premium if necessary). 
 
Religious denomination and worship:
All christian denominations welcome.