Saints of Malta & Italy
Day 1 - Departure
Evening departure for Malta. Dinner and breakfast served on board.
Day 2 – Malta
Upon arrival in Malta, you will pay a short visit to the Hagar Qim Temples, reputed to be the oldest structures in the world. You will then be transferred by private motor coach to the Hotel San Antonio, located at St. Paul’s Bay, just steps from the beach. After check-in and relaxation, you will visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady at Mellieha where an icon of the Virgin Mary, painted by the Evangelist St. Luke, is housed. After dinner at the popular Ghadira Bay, you will return to the hotel for lodging.
Day 3 – The Silent City, Rabat, Mosta
Breakfast. Morning visits to the fortified Silent City of Mdina and the town of Rabat where St. Paul lived during his sojourn in Malta and where the ancient Catacombs of St. Agatha are located. You will also see the Rotunda Church in Mosta (a miraculous event took place there during World War II). After an afternoon at the hotel to relax or go to the beach, you will head to a local town to see its Festa and hear local bands parading and enjoy the fireworks. Return to the hotel for lodging. ( Nights without festas are free).
Day 4 – Visits to the South of the
Breakfast. Today you will visit the Three Cities of Senglea, Cospiqua and Vittoriosa, and admire the Grand Harbor where the famous Great Siege took place in 1565. Holy Mass will be celebrated at one of the Forts that were built by the Knights of Malta. You will then head to the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Sunday Market. Afternoon rest at hotel, beach time, or shopping. In the evening dinner and lodging.
Day 5 – Valletta – Capital City of Malta
Breakfast. Then, you will visit Valletta, the 2018 European Capital of Culture. A walking tour of the city - built by Grandmaster Jean de La Vallette in 1566 - will include a visit to the majestic Co-Cathedral of St. John, Patron Saint of the Knights of Malta and the Grandmaster’s Palace. In the afternoon, you will take an unforgettable boat-tour of the Grand Harbor and travel along the Maltese coast to St. Paul’s Bay. Return tour your hotel for dinner and lodging.
Day 6 – Malta – Rome
Breakfast. After Holy Mass at the Church of St. Paul (where the Apostle of the Gentiles was shipwrecked on his way to Rome), you will have time for souvenir shopping. Afterwards, you will head to the airport for a brief flight to Rome. Upon arrival in the Eternal City, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for dinner and lodging.
Day 7 – Rome – Vatican – Sistine Chapel
Breakfast. In the morning you will have a tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a panoramic tour of Rome. Dinner and lodging at your hotel.
Day 8 – Rome
Breakfast. Today your day will be completely free to relax, shop, or just seek out the charms of Rome. Lunch and dinner will be on your own. Lodging.
Day 9 – Catacombs - Assisi
Breakfast. In the morning, you will visit San Paolo alle Tre Fontane, the site where St. Paul was reputedly decapitated, as well as the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. In the afternoon, you will visit the Catacombs. Then, head for Assisi - the city of St. Francis - for dinner and lodging.
Day 10 – Assisi and Porzuincola
Breakfast. Morning Mass at the Basilica di San Francesco, walk the streets of the town of Saint Francis and visit the Basilica of Porzuincola, built on the site of site where St. Francis left this world. Dinner and lodging in Assisi.
Day 11 – Montepulciano – Siena
Breakfast. Today, you will cross into the Region of Tuscany and your first stop will be Montepulciano to visit the Benedictine Monastery near the picturesque town of Pienza. After lunch, hosted by the nuns, you will head to Siena, birthplace of the great Church reformer St. Catherine of Siena. After an evening walking tour of the Piazza del Campo (synonymous with the palio, the colorful horse-back races), you will have dinner and rest for the night.
Day 12 – Florence – Padua
Breakfast. After Mass at the Church of St. Catherine, you will head for Florence for a walking tour of the Renaissance City. Afterwards, on to the city of St. Anthony – Padua - for a walking tour and dinner and lodging.
Day 13 – Venice
After breakfast and Holy Mass at the Basilica of St. Anthony, you will head for Venice for a walking tour and ferryboat ride in the Canal. Return to Padua for dinner and overnight.
Day 14 – Departure
Breakfast. Transfer from Padua to Venice Airport for your return flight home.
For organizers wishing to just do The Saints of Italy, this program may be modified – Day 6 would be departure from the United States for Rome and Day 14 would be departure from Venice to the USA making this a 9 day/ 7 night Italy only program.
Your Saints of Malta and Italy Pilgrimage Includes:
Round trip airfare
Transfers in Europe on private deluxe air-conditioned motor coaches.
Hotel Accommodations - four nights in Malta, three in Rome, two in Assisi, one in Siena and two in Padua based on two people sharing a room – all rooms with private baths.
Breakfast and dinner daily plus one lunch.
Sightseeing as per itinerary
Locally licensed tour guides
Deluxe Air-conditioned motor coaches
All taxes and service charges