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Rome and Assisi

We devote a day each to ancient classical Rome, the early Christian church and the Vatican. Highlights include the Coliseum and Arch of Titus, the catacombs and St Peter’s Basilica. Driving time for the hundred miles to Assisi is about three hours and we break the journey with a visit to the hilltop town of Orvieto.

The bustle of Rome is contrasted with the peace of Assisi, where visits include the Basilica of St Francis, the church of St Clare, Santa Maria degli Angeli and other pilgrimage sites around the town. Highlights include a Eucharist in the Catacombs and a ‘Rome by night’ tour to see the floodlit monuments.

Itinerary

  1. Fly to Rome

    easyJet departs Gatwick at 1310 arriving Rome at 1650. Four night stay in Rome at the Pace Elvesia hotel.

  2. Classical Rome

    We visit the heart of the Roman empire, including visits to the Coliseum, Via Sacra, the Roman Forum and the Arch of Titus. Eucharist and lunch at the Anglican centre. Continue past the baths of Trajan to the Pantheon.

  3. The early Christians

    We travel along the Appian Way and celebrate the Eucharist in the Catacombs. Continue to the Basilica of St Paul Outside The Walls. After a lunch break we visit the Basilica and Baptistery of St John Lateran.

  4. Vatican City

    Visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican museum and Sistine Chapel. Free afternoon.

  5. Orvieto

    Drive to Orvieto and visit its Gothic cathedral. After a lunch break continue to Assisi. Visit the church of Santa

    Maria degli Angeli. Three night stay in Assisi at the centrally situated San Giuseppe Guest House.

  6. Assisi

    Eucharist in the Basilica of St Francis, where we view the Giotto frescoes. Other visits include the Basilica of St Clare and the monastic complex of St Damian. After a break for lunch we drive up to St Francis’ hermitage.

  7. Assisi

    Morning worship with the Anglican church and free day to pursue individual interests with our guide’s help.

  8. Homeward Bound

    Depending on flight times, there may be time for extra visits today. easyJet flight departs Rome at 1835 arriving Gatwick at 2015.

Essential Information

The price you pay is inclusive

The only extras you need to budget for are lunches, drinks and shopping. We include gratuities to guide, driver and hotel staff.

2018 Price: £1,525, Single Supplement: £195, Travel Insurance Premium:  £49/£74

Included

Flights, Hotel accommodation, Breakfast and dinner daily, Sightseeing programme, Entrance fees & guiding, Gratuities

Not included

Travel Insurance, Single Room supplement, lunches

Touring information

Days generally start at 9 and finish around 5 with dinner served around 7 or 7.30. Lunches are not included as we like to keep flexibility of each day’s timings, but our tour managers are expert at recommending options each day. You will have your own air-conditioned coach, except for the day visiting Classical Rome when walking is necessary as coaches are not allowed to enter this area during the day. All entrance fees are included.

Passports, visas and health

A visa is not required by British and EU passport holders, but please do check that your passport is not out of date. If you are holding a passport from a non-EU country let us know and we will check whether a visa is required. We recommend that you keep your passport in your hotel room and do not carry it on excursions. No inoculations are recommended.

Travel Insurance

The McCabe recommended insurance policy is designed for the older traveller. The premium for an Italian pilgrimage is £49. Travellers over 75 pay £74 and we also recommend that older travellers obtain a note from their doctor stating that they are fit to travel. Do feel free to shop around as there are many suitable insurance options including annual policies on the market. We do insist that all travellers take out medical insurance.

A key feature of our recommended policy is that there is no requirement to call a Medical Help Line as most pre-existing conditions are covered.

You can read the full policy wording here.

Airline

Flights are available from Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, Birmingham, Edinburgh and other airports. Please check the specific flights shown for your chosen departure. We recommend a Monday start date, which gives a Sunday in Assisi but any departure day is possible

Hotels

You can expect comfortable, clean accommodation during your stay and all rooms have private facilities. McCabe use a mix of religious guesthouse accommodation and locally graded three star hotels

Breakfast and dinner are served generally at your accommodation.

You can click on the hotel websites below:

Pace Elvesia Hotel, Rome

San Giuseppe Guest House, Assisi

Cuisine

Breakfast: Italians are not great breakfast eaters with just croissants and coffee being the norm. We have asked that where possible this be supplemented at all of our guesthouses and hotels and you can expect to be offered in addition fruit juice, rolls, cheese and perhaps cereal together with coffee or tea. Dinner will normally consist of a pasta dish or soup followed by a meat course and desert. Italians don’t normally eat vegetables with a meat course but we have tried to emphasise that we do! Sometimes an “antipasti” course is offered or a salad bar to begin your meal. Coffee can be ordered at the table or at the bar and is not included at dinner. It is the Italian custom to drink bottled water at the table, which can be with or without gas. This is inexpensive as is house wine, which can be ordered in a small or large carafe; generally cheaper than buying by the bottle. Extras should generally be paid for in cash at the table and rounded up a little … say 5% or to the nearest round figure. It is not necessary or expected to tip more than this.

Practical information

Travelling Alone

Many of our passengers travel alone and object to expensive single room supplements. McCabe Pilgrimages will accept individual bookings on a 'guaranteed share' basis. We charge the basic price and accommodate you with a person of the same sex also requesting shared accommodation. If we do not find someone to share with you, you will be accommodated in a single room at only 50% of the usual single room supplement. For single travellers who do require single accommodation this should be requested when booking and, if available, the normal supplement will be payable.

The McCabe Educational Trust

For many, meeting the ‘Living Stones’ of The Land becomes a real highlight of their pilgrimage. The McCabe Educational Trust is an independent registered charity with the aim of helping inspiring people we meet on pilgrimage. On your pilgrimage you will meet some of these people. As ‘the haves’ encounter the ‘have nots’ the Trust has become a practical tool for one to help the other.

McCabe Pilgrimages invite all travellers to become partners in this work. A £15 voluntary donation to the Trust’s work is added to every pilgrim’s invoice and all money raised in this way is given in full to the projects the Trust supports. This scheme is voluntary and confidential with nobody put under any pressure to participate.

Full Financial Security

All money paid to McCabe is fully secure. Holidays including flights are covered by our ATOL license from the Civil Aviation Authority, and holidays without flights are protected by our membership of the ABTOT bonding scheme. If a pilgrimage is cancelled, for instance through lack of numbers or for political considerations, McCabe will promptly refund all monies paid.

AITO Quality Statement

McCabe Pilgrimages is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. The Association represents Britain’s leading independent tour operators and encourages high standards of quality and service. McCabe abides by the Association’s Code of Conduct and adheres to the AITO Quality Charter.

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