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In the Footsteps of St Peter and St Paul – Early Christianity in Rome

‘After I have been to Jerusalem, I must also see Rome’

(Paul, Acts 19:21).

Christianity came to Rome in the 40s AD and its diffusion was supported by Peter and Paul who were martyred there under the Roman emperor Nero. According to the Acts of Apostles, Paul arrived in Rome via the Appian way, it is believed that both Peter and Paul were incarcerated in the Mamertine prison before being executed on the same day: St Peter being crucified upside down and St Paul being beheaded.  The place of St Paul’s martyrdom was called then Acquae Salviae, “the Abbey of the Three Fountains” and the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls was built over the saint’s tomb.

This inspiring pilgrimage follows in the footsteps of St Peter and St Paul, visiting sites associated with the Apostles, and discovering the earliest places of worship and martyrdom, as well as the early catacombs. Moreover, in occasion of the Jubilee year, this comprehensive programme offers the opportunity to take part in this great celebration of faith and walk through the Holy Doors of the four papal basilicas in Rome. We invite you to join us on this pilgrimage which promises to be a spiritually enriching experience.

Itinerary

  1. Fly to Rome

    Fly from Gatwick to Rome with easyJet. Flight EZY8325 to Rome Fiumicino departs at 09:00 and arrives at 12:30. On arrival we will be met by our tour manager and transfer to our accommodation. Six-night stay at the four-star Hotel Cardinal St Peter.

  2. ST PAUL: THE MARMETIME PRISON

    This morning walk past the Coliseum and the Roman Forum to appreciate the grandeur and immense scale of ancient Rome, we continue to the Mamertine Prison, an ancient prison featuring a dungeon where prisoners were lowered and held for short periods before their executions. It is believed that Paul and Peter were both incarcerated prior to the crucifixion.  We then join the congregation at the Anglican Centre for Eucharist followed by lunch. This afternoon we continue to the medieval quarter of central Rome to discover sites such as Piazza Navona and the Pantheon. We also hope to visit the Church of San Paolo alla Regola where, according to tradition, Paul lived while waiting for his trial.

  3. ST PABBEY OF THE THREE FOUNTAINS AND THE BASILICA

    Drive to the Abbazia delle Tre Fontane (Three Fountains Abbey) where the martyrdom of St Paul occurred in 67 AD.

    The Abbey takes its name from the three fountains that, according to tradition, appeared where the head of the apostle hit the ground. Lunch at own cost. We continue to the Basilica of St-Paul-Outside-the-Walls, built over the saint’s tomb, before returning to our accommodation.

  4. ST PETER: THE BASILICA AND THE VATICAN

    This morning we pass through the Holy Door of the Basilica of St Peter and have a guided tour including the Michelangelo’s Pieta, the artwork of Bernini and the tombs of several popes, including St John Paul II. Lunch at own cost. This afternoon is free to wander at your leisure and visit other places of interest. You may wish to take the opportunity to visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.

  5. THE HOLY DOORS IN ROME: ST MARY MAJOR AND ST JOHN LATERAN

    This morning we transfer by coach to two of the Major Basilicas: St Mary Major and the Cathedral of Rome – St John Lateran. We cross the road here to see the Scala Santa – the steps brought back by Empress Helena from Jerusalem in the fourth century and said to be those ascended by Christ on his way to Pilate. Time to purchase lunch at own cost. Afternoon walk to the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain.

  6. THE APPIAN WAY AND THE CATACOMBS

    We travel along the Appian Way, the route Peter and Paul would have taken entering Rome, to visit the Catacombs of St Callixtus where we celebrate Eucharist. The catacombs were originally the burial chambers of early Christians. Lunch at own cost and the rest of the day is at leisure.

  7. Homeward Bound

    We depart for Rome Fiumicino Airport after breakfast. Our return EZY8326 flight departs Rome at 13:15 and arrives London Gatwick at 14:55.

    Please note the itinerary may be subject to change due to local conditions and flights can also be subject to alteration but are correct at the time of printing.

     

    There will be some walking on this pilgrimage, these historic sights are best explored on foot. Please call the McCabe office for advice if you are at all concerned.

Essential Information

The price you pay 

The cost is £2,155 per person.

The price is per person based on sharing a double or twin room with ensuite bathroom.

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

Included

Flights, 23kg baggage allowance, hotel accommodation, breakfast and dinner daily, sightseeing programme, guides, all entrance fees are included as well as gratuities; these will be disbursed locally to those that help us on our journey.

The tour is on a half board basis with continental breakfast and evening meal being served at our accommodation. One lunch at the Anglican center is also included.

Touring is by air-conditioned coach and we will be accompanied by our Italian tour manager who will look after the formalities of hotel check-ins, etc.

Not included

Travel Insurance, Single Room supplement, lunches

Touring information

Days generally start at 9am and finish around 5pm with dinner served around 7 or 7.30pm. Lunches are generally 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. 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

This is essential. We require all travellers to have adequate cancellation and medical coverage for their journey. We recommend the policy with Holiday Extras who offer a comprehensive policy as well as yearly policies that also cover short UK overnight stays. See the back cover for details.

Airline

Flights are with easyJet from London Gatwick. 23kg of checked luggage is included plus one small piece of hand luggage.

Hotels

We stay at the four-star Cardinal Hotel St Peter, situated between the beautiful Villa Doria Pamphili and the Vatican City.

You can click on the hotel websites below:

Cardinal Hotel St Peter

Breakfast: Italians are not great breakfast eaters with just croissants and coffee being the norm.  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.  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

Single rooms: a limited number of single rooms are available at a supplementary cost of £385.  For single travellers who do require single accommodation this should be requested when making a booking and, if a single room is available, the supplement will be payable.

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 £20 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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