April 3-12, 2019 — 10-Day “In the Footsteps of Jesus” Tour of Israel
THIS TOUR IS NOW CLOSED. Next Israel tour will be in the Spring of 2021. Date to be announced soon! Tour Investment was $4145 per person from Miami, FL. Price included all flights, land transportation, professional guides, departure taxes, port fees, hotels, dinner & breakfast each day during land tour, all tips and gratuities, free professional digital photos of the tour, all entry fees as outlined below.
DAY 1 – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3: DEPART U.S.A. Tour members meet for our flight to Israel, the incomparable Land of the Bible. After dinner is served, sit back and relax, enjoying the on-board entertainment as you prepare for this exciting adventure of a lifetime, walking where Jesus walked.
DAY 2 – THURSDAY, APRIL 4: ARRIVE TEL AVIV We arrive in Tel Aviv where we are met by our agent who assists us through customs and security. We are then transferred to our motor coach, and time permitting, we will visit Jaffa, Serona Market, or Caesarea Maritime. Next, we drive to our hotel in Netanya for dinner and overnight by the beautiful Mediterranean Sea.
DAY 3 – FRIDAY, APRIL 5: CAESAREA, MEGIDDO, MT. CARMEL, DRUZE VILLAGE, NAZARETH, CANA, GALILEE Today we depart for the Galilee, visiting the following Biblical sites: Caesarea where Peter proclaimed the Good News to the Roman Centurion (Acts 10), Megiddo, and Mt. Carmel where Elijah prayed and God defeated 450 prophets of Baal with fire from heaven (1 Kings 18). Time permitting, we’ll stop at the Druze Village for a short lunch break (not included). From here we continue to Zippori and Nazareth (Luke 1 & 2), including a visit to “Nazareth Village” with detailed explanation of what it might have been like during the time of Jesus. We continue to Cana (John 2) where Jesus performed his first miracle at a wedding reception. Those interested can renew their marriage vows. Next, we arrive in Tiberias for dinner and overnight on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
DAY 4 – SATURDAY, APRIL 6: GALILEE, MT. OF BEATITUDES, CAPERNAUM, JESUS BOAT, BOAT RIDE ON SEA OF GALILEE, JORDAN RIVER There is nothing quite like watching a sunrise from our hotel on the Sea of Galilee in the morning. We begin our sightseeing with our first stop at the Mt. of Beatitudes (Matthew. 5-7), with time for reflection and worship. From here we make our way to Capernaum, Jesus’ base for His early ministry. We will visit the recently excavated “Jesus Boat” which is believed to have been built during the time of Jesus. We then board a present time replica wooden “Jesus Boat” for our Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee. Next, we stop for lunch, with the option of the special, traditional St. Peter’s Fish (not included). Afterwards, we see Gadara and then make our way to the Jordan River with the opportunity to step into that special river. Optional Baptism in the Jordan River will be available for those interested. We will have dinner and overnight in Tiberias.
DAY 5 – SUNDAY, APRIL 7: GOLAN HEIGHTS, TEL DAN, CAESAREA PHILIPPI, TABGHA, BEIT SHEAN, GALILEE After breakfast, we travel north for the Golan Heights to lookout over the area at an incredible sight. Then we visit Tel Dan and have a short hike/walk where we will see the gate of Jeroboam. Then we drive to Caesarea Philippi, where Peter made the good confession of Christ as “the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:13-16). Afterwards, we stop at Tabgha, the Church of Peter Primacy. Next, we visit Beit Shean, one of the best-preserved Decapolis Roman cities. In Beit Shean, the bodies of King Saul and his sons were hung from the city walls (1 Samuel 31:10-12) after they were defeated by the Philistines. We return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.
DAY 6 – MONDAY, APRIL 8: JERICHO, EIN GEDI, QUMRAN, MASADA, DEAD SEA – SWIM/FLOAT, JERUSALEM After our breakfast, we begin our day of sightseeing traveling south toward the Dead Sea. En-route we will make our first stop in Jericho (conditions permitting). Afterwards, we continue southward for a visit to Ein Gedi where David hid from King Saul. From here we make our way to Qumran and the settlement of the first century sect known as the Essenes, authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Following the road south along the western shore of the Dead Sea, we will visit Masada. Here we will ascend the wilderness mountain by way of the cable car to the fortress built by King Herod. Next, we survey the ruins of the fortifications, waterworks, synagogue, temples and palaces. Time permitting, we will make a special stop at the Dead Sea (the lowest spot on the earth) for a short swim/float. Please be sure you bring with you good water shoes, as the bottom surface can be rough on your feet. We leave the Dead Sea area for Jerusalem, an ascent of 4,000 feet in 13 miles. “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’ Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.” (Psalm 122:1-2 NASB). Dinner and overnight are in Jerusalem.
DAY 7 – TUESDAY, APRIL 9: MT. OF OLIVES, PALM SUNDAY ROAD, GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE, JEWISH QUARTER, TEMPLE MOUNT, SOUTHERN STEPS, BETHLEHEM After breakfast, we begin explorations with a drive to the beautiful Mt. of Olives to behold the breathtaking panorama of the Holy City. Our pilgrimage will proceed down the Old Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane with its ancient olive grove. There we will visit the Church of Agony, where tradition holds that Jesus prayed. We will enter Jerusalem through the Zion Gate, and walk to the holiest site in the whole Jewish world, the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) of Herod’s temple. Beyond the wall lies the 35-acre temple area purchased by King David (2 Samuel. 24:18-25). On this site now stands the El-Aksa Mosque, and the magnificent Dome of the Rock (the third holiest shrine in Islam). From the temple area, we make our way to St. Stephen’s Gate, to walk the Via Dolorosa, including St. Anne’s Crusader Church, Pools of Bethesda, the Sister of Zion Convent (to see the Pavement where Jesus stood as he was being tried by Pilate), Ecce Homo Arch, and the ancient Cardo. We continue to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Afterwards, a short walk takes us to the Southern Steps to stand on the original steps that Jesus walked on as he entered the Temple area. We conclude our sightseeing with a short drive and visit to Bethlehem. We will pass by Rachel’s tomb on the outskirts of Bethlehem, and visit the Church of the Nativity and view the Shepherd’s Field. We will have dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. After dinner, we make our way back to the Western Wall for a visit to the Rabbi’s Tunnel.
DAY 8 – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10: SHRINE OF THE BOOK, MODEL CITY, YAD VASHEM MEMORIAL, HEZEKIAH’S TUNNEL, ST. PETER GALLICANTU, GARDEN TOMB After breakfast we visit the Shrine of the Book Museum, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are displayed. You will be fascinated by the 1:50 scale model of Jerusalem as it would have appeared in Jesus’ time. From here we have a short drive to Yad Vashem Children’s Holocaust Memorial for a visit. Next, we drive to Hezekiah’s Tunnel (conditions permitting) for a visit. Be sure to bring good water shoes with you, as you will get wet walking through the tunnel. Also bring a flashlight if possible. From here we make our way to the Church of Agony at St. Peter Gallicantu. Afterwards, we visit Golgotha and the Garden Tomb for time of worship and communion. We overnight in Jerusalem.
DAY 9 – THURSDAY, APRIL 11: JERUSALEM After breakfast, we have time at leisure to pack, and then we will join together for our last day of sightseeing in Israel with stops at additional sites of interest in Jerusalem to be determined by our tour leader. Later in the day, we will have our Farewell Dinner together. Overnight is at our hotel in Jerusalem.
DAY 10 – FRIDAY, APRIL 12: ARRIVE U.S.A. This morning, we transfer to the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv for our return flight. We arrive back in the U.S.A. same day. At the close of an unforgettable tour, we bring with us lasting memories of the Old and New Testament, a renewal of our faith, and a greater understanding of the life and ministry of our Lord.
June 2-13, 2020 — 12-Day “Walk in the Footsteps of Radical Church Leaders” Tour of Germany and Switzerland plus Oberammergau Passion Play (see video)
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Tour Investment is $5792 per person from Ft. Myers, FL. Price includes all flights, deluxe motor coach land transportation, professional guides, departure taxes & fees, first class hotels, dinner & breakfast each day (and one lunch) during land tour, all tips and gratuities, free professional digital photos of the tour, all entry fees and excursions (including Passion Play, Rhine River Cruise, Swiss Alps Gondola Ride etc.) as outlined below. Brochure also has all the details. (Invite your friends! Additional departure cities are available upon request).
DAY 1 – TUESDAY, JUNE 2: DEPART U.S.A. FOR GERMANY Tour members meet for the fight to Germany. We are served meals according to fight schedule, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the on – board entertainment and prepare for this exciting adventure of a lifetime.
DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3: ARRIVE BERLIN, WITTENBERG Upon arrival in Berlin, we are welcomed by our tour guide. We board our coach and have a short drive through the German countryside to Wittenberg, which was the main workplace of Martin Luther from 1508. We visit Luther Hall, the Augustinian monastery where Luther lived as a monk and again later in 1525 as owner with his wife and family. Luther Hall is the largest museum of Reformation history in the world. We pass the Market Square and Town Hall. Then we tour All Saints’ Church, the famous site where Luther posted his 95 Theses on the Castle Church door, sparking the beginning of the Reformation. It is here that Luther is buried alongside his fellow reformer, Philipp Melanchthon. We tour St. Mary’s Church, where Luther did the majority of his preaching. Dinner and overnight are in Wittenberg.
DAY 3 – THURSDAY, JUNE 4: EISLEBEN, ERFURT After breakfast, we drive to Eisleben where Luther was born in 1483 and died in 1546. We visit St. Andrew’s Church, where Luther held his last four sermons, and we pass Luther’s Death House. A walk across the Market Square through the old town takes us to Luther’s Birth House and to the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, where he was baptized. Afterwards, we continue to Erfurt where we visit the Augustinian Monastery with its famous dome and stained – glass window choir. Luther, student of law, entered here in 1505 and took his vows as a monk in 1507. The city tour leads us through the cobblestone streets to view the Fish Market, the Town Hall and Krämer Bridge. We also visit the historical section to learn about St. Severus and St. Mary’s Cathedral. Dinner and overnight are in Erfurt.
DAY 4 – FRIDAY, JUNE 5: WARTBURG CASTLE, EISENACH After a tasty breakfast, we drive to Eisenach. As Luther said, “Almost all of my relatives live in Eisenach, and I’m known to them there and… well-respected; no other city knows me better.” The first stop takes us to the magnificent Wartburg Castle to tour the Palas (Great Hall), art exhibition, the Elisabeth Hallway and the room where Luther, disguised as “Junker Jörg” (Knight George), translated the New Testament into German. afterwards, we explore the city on a walking tour, highlighting St. George’s Cathedral where J.S. Bach was baptized, the Luther House where Luther lived as a student with the Cota family from 1498-1501, and where the Luther exhibition documenting his life and theology is located. We continue with a visit of the Bach House. Housed at this museum is an extensive collection of instruments from the 16th to 19th century and a permanent exhibition on the life and work of J.S. Bach. Here we enjoy a musical performance on historical instruments. Dinner and overnight are in Eisenach.
DAY 5 – SATURDAY, JUNE 6: RHINE RIVER CRUISE, MAINZ This morning we depart early to Rudesheim where we take a sightseeing cruise along the Rhine River to see the picturesque stretches of this majestic waterway, the Rhine Valley and the well – known Loreley. So, settle back on the boat and enjoy. afterwards we are picked up by our bus and continue to Mainz, the birthplace of printing. We tour the city passing all site marks and we visit the Gutenberg Museum where the evolution on of printing is documented. Here Gutenberg’s first Bible and the world’s tiniest Bible are on display. Johannes Gutenberg is considered to be the most important individual – contributor of the Second Millennium. Dinner and overnight are in Mainz.
DAY 6 – SUNDAY, JUNE 7: WORMS, ULM Following breakfast, we have a short drive to Worms. We tour St. Peter’s Cathedral, an exquisite example of Romanesque architecture. In 1521, Martin Luther was summoned here by Emperor Charles V to recant his teachings before the Diet of Worms. We also see where Luther made his famous “Here I Stand” declaraton. We visit the world’s largest memorial to the Reformation along with Europe’s oldest Jewish cemetery, the Holy Sands. Another Reformer named William Tyndale, finished his printing of the English Bible in Worms, escaping persecution in England. Next, we continue to Ulm, the birthplace of Albert Einstein. During our city tour, we see the astronomical clock at the city hall, the old Fisherman’s Quarters as well as the Ulm Minster, known as the church with the tallest steeple in the world. Dinner and overnight are in Ulm (or nearby).
DAY 7 – MONDAY, JUNE 8: AUGSBURG, DACHAU This morning we drive to Augsburg, one of Germany’s oldest towns, founded 15 B.C. It was here in 1518 at St. Anne’s Church that Luther met the papal legate, Cardinal Cajetan, who demanded that Luther submit to the pope. Augsburg was also the site of another Imperial Diet (in 1530) at which Protestants presented their confession, which up to that time was the foremost doctrinal statement of the Lutheran church. We pass the site where the Augsburg Confession was signed in 1530. In the town hall, the Peace of Augsburg was signed in 1555, ending for a time the religious wars in Germany between the Catholics and the Protestants. Then we continue our drive to the Dachau Concentration Camp. Here we visit the museum with its reconstructed barracks and crematorium where the Holocaust is documented. From here we make our way to Oberammergau for dinner and overnight. Have a look at the information about the Passion Play which you will find in your room.
DAY 8 – TUESDAY, JUNE 9: OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY Oberammergau is not only known for its Passion Play, but also for its woodcarving craft and for its colourful and attractive frescos known as Lüflmalereien. In the morning you can explore the lovely village, the museum, the parish church and visit a woodcarving workshop. Lunch will be served in a local restaurant (included). Then it is time to take your seat at the Passion Play Theater. The play starts at 2:30 pm. It is performed only by locals. All the actors, musicians, and singers as well as the backstage staff are inhabitants of Oberammergau. Between the different scenes of the life of Jesus Christ you can admire “living pictures” – scenes from the Bible are presented as still lifes by actual people. Afer 2.5 hours it is time for a break. Dinner is waiting for you in a restaurant. After dinner you have the opportunity to stroll around the village and to do some shopping. At 8:00 pm the second part of the play starts. It will last until approximately 11:00 pm. You return to your hotel by coach afer the play.
DAY 9 – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10: NEUSCHWANSTEIN, ZURICH After breakfast, we drive through picture book scenery of the Allgäu, moving on to Germany’s most visited castle: Neuschwanstein, perched high up on a mountain in the Alps. The shimmering white towers of the castle almost touching the clouds are instantly recognizable to many. Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle was inspired by Neuschwanstein. To visit it is to step inside a fairy tale. “Mad” King Ludwig II realized this architectural dream and it became world-famous. The majestic facade conceals an unbelievable splendor inside: very exquisite furniture, luxurious decor and masterly artistry. In the early afternoon, we cross the mountains at the German Swiss border and drive to Zurich. Dinner and overnight are in Zurich.
DAY 10 – THURSDAY, JUNE 11: ZURICH, LUCERNE In the morning, we tour the city. Zurich is definitely a combination of the old and the new. It is divided (as are many European cities) into the modern cosmopolitan district and the Altstadt (old city). Most of the time will be spent seeing the sites connected with Ulrich Zwingli. It was in Zurich where the Reformed branch of the Reformation got its start under his leadership beginning in 1520. We see his monument, the church where he was pastor (the Grossmunster), and the Guild Hall and Museum where we find artifacts and works of art associated with the Reformation. Zurich is also the origin of the Swiss Brethren Anabaptist Movement. It had its start in the home of Felix Manz in 1525, only a few blocks from Zwingli ‘s church, when Manz and others were re-baptized as adults by Conrad Grebel. The Anabaptists (re-baptizers), then became a target of Protestants and the Catholics for persecution and martyrdom, with over 3,000 dying in a “mini-holocaust” over the next decades. In the afternoon, we continue to Lucerne with its beautiful location on the shores of Lake Lucerne within sight of the mountains Pilatus and Rigi in the Swiss Alps. During our city tour, we visit the town’s landmark, the Chapel Bridge along with the water tower. The tower was built in 1300 as part of the city wall and used as an archive, treasury, prison and torture chamber. We see the Dying Lion of Lucerne – monument, which was carved out of natural rock in memory of the deaths of Swiss mercenaries at the Tuileries in 1792. Dinner and overnight are in Lucerne.
DAY 11 – FRIDAY, JUNE 12: EMMENTAL VALLEY, TRACHSELWALD CASTLE, TITLIS This day is dedicated to the beautiful nature of Switzerland. We start by touring the Emmental Valley, the homeland of the famous and oft-imitated “Swiss cheese” as Emmental is often called. The region and its famous cheese are named afer the Emme River. We get the chance to visit a showdairy and learn about the secrets of making cheese. Next, we visit Trachselwald Castle which was built-in the 12th and 13 th century and used in the 16th and 17th centuries as a prison and torture chamber for many Anabaptists before their trial in Bern. afterwards, we continue our tour to Engelberg where we start our Swiss Alps experience up to the Titlis mountain. Do not forget to bring warm clothes as temperatures will be around freezing temperatures. A gondola brings us all the way to the top and we are rewarded with a breathtaking panorama at more th an 3,000 meters with eternal snow and ice. We get the chance to visit a glacier cave and the brave ones can test their limits at the Titlis Cliff Walk– Europe’s highest suspension footbridge. Afer this exciting experience, we will make our way back to Lucerne for dinner and overnight.
2021 — 10-Day “In the Footsteps of Jesus” Tour of Israel
Exact dates and details will be available in early 2019.
Recent Past Tours
September 24 – October 6, 2018 — 13-Day “Walk in the Footsteps of Paul” Tour including Greece, a 3-Night Greek Isles Cruise plus a 3 Day Visit to Rome
Tour Investment was $5207 per person from Ft. Myers, FL. Price included all flights, Greek Cruise with 3 meals/day, land transportation, professional guides, departure taxes, port fees, hotels, dinner & breakfast each day during land tour, all tips and gratuities, free professional digital photos of the tour, all entry fees and excursions as outlined below. Brochure has all the details. (Additional departure cities were available upon request and we had travelers from FL, TX, OR, CA and WA. Email us and we will make sure you are on our list to get the details for future trips, likely in 2022).
DAY 1 – MONDAY, SEPT 24: DEPART U.S.A.
Embark upon your journey with an overnight flight to Athens. Prepare yourself for a life-changing experience and get some rest on the flight. Tomorrow you will be walking where the apostle Paul walked!
DAY 2 – TUESDAY, SEPT 25: ATHENS, THESSALONIKI
We arrive in Athens mid-afternoon and are met by our representative and given the tickets for our flight to Thessaloniki. This is the city where Paul was received by Jason. Paul was preaching the Word of God here until he was rushed out of the city. We transfer to our hotel for check-in and dinner.
DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY, SEPT 26: THESSALONIKI, PHILIPPI, KAVALA
In the morning we start with the landmarks of the city: the White Tower, the Walls of the Byzantine Acropolis, the Roman Arch of Galerius and the Rotonda. We visit two of the city’s oldest and most admired Christian churches, the Basilicas of St. Demetrius and St. Sophia (Divine Wisdom). We then follow the route of the Via Egnatia and visit, like Paul and his companions, the area of Amphipolis, to see the famous funerary Lion of Amphipolis. Then we travel onto Philippi. There, we visit the Baptistery of Lydia near the river, where Paul baptized her. Lydia was the first convert of Paul on European soil, followed by the jailer. We also visit the ruins of the Forum of Philippi, the Christian Basilicas, the “Prison of Paul” and the Theater. Then we drive to Kavala (Neapolis), Paul’s first step in bringing the Gospel to present-day Europe. A picturesque port, we view the Byzantine Castle and the Roman Aqueduct. We return to Thessaloniki for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4 – THURSDAY, SEPT 27: METEORA, ATHENS
This morning we see the world-famous Byzantine monasteries that are perched on summits of gray rock peaks of varied and beautiful shapes. Their history goes back to the 14th century when the monks sought refuge in the cliff-side caves, then fled higher to build the original wooden shelters, which were later transformed into monasteries. Afterwards we continue to Athens where we will have dinner and overnight.
DAY 5 – FRIDAY, SEPT 28: START OUR 3-NIGHT MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE
We sail this morning from Athens to the quaint isle of Mykonos, called the island of windmills. We arrive at Mykonos, where we disembark and have time to experience the waterfront lined with shops and cafes. We stroll the charming walkways through a maze of white-washed buildings before returning to the ship for dinner and evening activities. No excursions are included today, as we will visit the island at our leisure by foot.
DAY 6 – SATURDAY, SEPT 29: KUSADASI, PATMOS
In the morning we arrive in Kusadasi, Turkey. Excursion Included: A short drive takes us to Ephesus, where Paul spent three years during his ministry. The impressive remains of Ephesus include the Agora, the Theater, the Stadium, the Library of Celsus, the ruins of the Temple of Diana (one of the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World”) and many more. Later, we sail for the island of Patmos. Excursion Included: Here we visit the Monastery of St. John, on one of the island’s highest points. From there, we walk down to the Grotto of the Apocalypse, the site of the apocalyptic Revelations of St. John the Divine.
DAY 7 – SUNDAY, SEPT 30: HERAKLION, CRETE / SANTORINI
In the morning, we arrive at Heraklion, Crete and disembark. Excursion Included: We have a panoramic drive to Peza, the wine valley of Crete. We will pass by Crete’s beautiful mountainous countryside and vineyards, visiting a Botanical Garden and a traditional family-owned farm and winery where we will experience Cretin hospitality, traditional dance, and culture over a light meal of local foods and wines produced on-site. As to Biblical history on this island, Paul left Titus in Crete and gave instructions on appointing church leaders in the towns (Titus 1:5ff). In the afternoon, we cruise to the isle of Santorini and disembark. Excursion not included: Santorini is often referred to as the most breathtaking of all the Greek islands. The exquisite whitewashed villages, including the town of Fira, or Thira, cling to volcanic cliffs, accessible by cable-car, or mule. Optional guided excursions are available from the cruise line, but not recommended by the tour host.
DAY 8 – MONDAY, OCT 1: PIREAUS, CORINTH, ATHENS
We disembark the cruise this morning in Piraeus. Afterwards, we will continue our sightseeing with a visit to Ancient Corinth. This is the once-glorious city near the Isthmus, where Paul met Aquilla and Priscilla and spent a year and a half preaching the Word of God. We visit the Archaeological Museum, the Forum, the Temples and the famous Bema, where Paul stood before Gallio, accused by the Jews of Corinth. Then we drive to Cenchreae, the little harbor from which Paul sailed back to Asia, thus ending his second missionary journey. Here we admire the architectural wonders of ancient Athens, as we follow our guide to the world-renowned Acropolis, to see the Propylea, the Erechtheum and the Parthenon. We visit Mars Hill, where Paul delivered his speech on the “Unknown God.” Then we see the Agora, the ancient center of the economic and public life of the city, where Paul preached to the skeptical Athenians. During the bus tour, we also see Constitution Square with the House of Parliament and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Temple of Zeus, the Old Olympic Stadium and the Neoclassical Buildings of Athens. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Athens on your own. Dinner and overnight are in Athens.
DAY 9 – TUESDAY, OCT 2: DELPHI, ATHENS, FLY TO ROME
Today we will include a special visit to Delphi, this mountainous city which today is both an archaeological site and a modern town. For the ancient Greeks, Delphi was labeled the “omphalos” (navel) of the earth and it is here that the eternal flame burned in the Temple of Apollo. Delphi was the site of the Delphic oracle, the most important oracle in the classical Greek world. It was also here beginning in 586 B.C. that athletes from all over the Greek world competed in the Pythian Games, one of the precursors to the modern Olympics. On our way up to Delphi, we’ll have time to stop and enjoy the small scenic villages that cling to the mountainsides. Late afternoon transfer to Athens Airport for our flight to Rome. We are met in Rome by our tour escort and transferred to our hotel in time for our welcome dinner and overnight in Rome.
DAY 10 – WEDNESDAY, OCT 3: ROME, CATACOMBS, ST. JOHN LATERAN, BASILICA OF ST. PAUL, ST. PETER IN CHAINS
After breakfast we begin our sightseeing tour which includes a special visit to the Catacombs, where we explore tunnels and see the carvings on the walls from early Christians. From here we continue for a visit to St. John Lateran and visit the “Sacred Steps.” As a monk, Martin Luther climbed these steps on his knees, trying to merit forgiveness. Afterwards we make a special visit to St. Paul’s Church where tradition believes the Apostle Paul is buried. We conclude our day with a stop to see the Forum and St. Peter in Chains. Dinner and overnight are in Rome.
DAY 11 – THURSDAY, OCT 4: ROME, FLORENCE VIA TRAIN, RETURN TO ROME
After breakfast, we transfer to the train station for the one hour and twenty-minute train ride to Florence. We then meet our city guide who takes us on a walking tour of Florence. We include a special visit to Santa Maria del Fiore Cathedral and Academy of Fine Arts, also known as the Accademia. The Accademia has been home to Michelangelo’s David since 1873. We then return to the train station for our ride back to Rome. Dinner and overnight are back at our hotel in Rome.
DAY 12 – FRIDAY, OCT 5: VATICAN & SISTINE CHAPEL, COLOSSEUM, TREVI FOUNTAIN
After breakfast, our first visit today is to the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel, the celebrated Chapel of the Popes and the venue of the Conclaves for Papal elections. It is one of the most splendid masterpieces in the history of world art and is well-known around the world for its magnificent ceiling, beautifully decorated by Michelangelo. From here, our next stop is the Basilica of St. Peter, the largest church in the world, which overlooks the enormous Piazza San Pietro. Then we take a sightseeing tour of this eternal city. Driving through the main streets of Rome, we marvel at the monuments of this great capital. We visit the Colosseum, which symbolizes the eternity of the Roman civilization. We also visit the Piazza Venezia, dominated by the imposing monument to Vittorio Emanuel II. Before we return to our hotel, we stop near the Fontana di Trevi and follow tradition by tossing a coin into the fountain, promising to return to Rome. Dinner and overnight are in Rome.
DAY 13 – SATURDAY, OCT 6: DEPART ROME, ARRIVE U.S.A.
In the morning we transfer to Rome Airport for our return flight back to the U.S.A. We arrive home the same day.
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