10 Day Pilgrimage to Rome, the Vatican City and Assisi
This special 10 day tour takes you to the heart of Italy’s Christian cities and features Rome, Vatican City and the magical city of Assisi, which is rich in churches, monasteries and shrines dedicated to the noble St Francis. As a part of this pilgrimage to Italy you can discover and admire culturally important sights, including the fascinating catacombs and crypts near Rome, the Sistine Chapel and St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican City, and Assisi’s glorious Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi, which is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Order of Friars Minor. With pre-arranged tours, accommodation and private transfers, this is the perfect pilgrimage tour of Italy to deepen your faith and enhance your spirituality.
- Private airport transfers to/from your hotel
- VIP Christian tour of Rome, featuring the Basilicas of Santa Maria Maggiore and Saint John in Lateran, Ancient Appian Way and special access to Rome’s underground catacombs
- Tour of the Passetto in Rome, which was historically used as an escape route for popes in danger
- Special guided tour of the Vatican, with the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica and the museums
- Papal Audience at the Vatican (Wednesdays only) or (during the summer) a day trip to Castelgandolfo for a Papal Blessing
- Walking tour of Assisi, featuring the Basilica of San Francesco, the “Pax et bonum” tiles, and the 3rd century BC Roman walls and city gate
Trip Information at a Glance
Places visited: Rome (6 nights), Assisi (3 nights)
Note that this itinerary is flexible, meaning you can change the number of nights and locations visited to suit your needs.
Departure dates and prices: Dates are flexible and customizable for private departures, allowing you to choose your preferred departure date. Prices start from $5799 per person, and vary with the season and star of accommodation.
Best for… Pilgrimage / Religious sights / Culture / History
Rome: For many years pilgrims have visited Rome to discover the spiritual and artistic beauty of the city’s famous basilicas, churches and monasteries, which have been developed over the centuries and enriched by the genius of so many artists with thanks to the Christian faith. Here you can deepen your spirituality on a Christian tour of Rome, which takes you to the glorious Basilicas of Santa Maria Maggiore and Saint John in Lateran, as well as Ancient Appian Way. As a rare treat, you will also be granted special access to Rome’s underground catacombs, which served as an ancient hiding place for Christians under persecution. You will also have the opportunity to discover the secrets of the Passetto in Rome, which is the corridor at the top of the old Vatican wall between St Peter’s Basilica and the Castel Sant’Angelo – it was historically used as an escape route for popes in danger, including Pope Alexander VI and Pope Clement VII, and gives you fascinating insight into the Christian heritage of Rome.
Vatican City: The capital of Italy surrounds the Vatican City, which is the smallest state in the world and the official residence of the Pope. During your stay in Rome you can discover this site of extreme religious significance and explore its exquisite museums, which are a sanctuary to priceless masterpieces and rare artefacts from throughout history. You will also be treated to a special tour of the Sistine Chapel – a building like no other on Earth that you will have time to embrace and savor. You will also enjoy a tour of St Peter’s Basilica with an expert guide and, on a separate day, you can embrace the once-in-a-lifetime experience of a Papal audience. Alternatively, during the summer months, you can visit the Pope at his summer residence in Castelgandolfo, where you will be given a Papal Blessing in the main square. This special and unmissable part of your religious vacation in Italy will be sure to deepen your faith and enhance your spirituality in a way like no other experience.
Assisi: The city of Assisi is perfectly nestled at the foot of Mount Subasio and is the birthplace of the noble St Francis, who dedicated his life to preaching the message of peace and forgiveness around the globe. He had a profound impact on Christian belief and his legacy is evident in every corner of Assisi. Here you can discover the story of St Francis on an in-depth walking tour that features iconic sights, such as the Basilica di San Francesco, the “Pax et bonum” tiles, the 3rd century BC Roman walls and Roman city gate, and Basilica di Santa Chiara. As an optional excursion, you can extend your vacation or alter the number of nights in Rome to enjoy a 5 night self-guided walking pilgrimage from Rieti Cathedral to Santa Maria della Foresta. This spiritual option allows you to discover some of the main landmarks that featured in Saint Francis’ story, including the Holy Valley and Rieti, and includes a “pilgrim’s passport”, which you can have stamped at the sanctuaries along the route as a wonderful memory of your important journey. If you would like to find out more about this special option, please contact one of our knowledgeable team members at (347)-594-5500 or click here to send us an inquiry.
As specialists in tailor-made vacations, we have the unique ability to customize our multi-city tours to suit our clients’ needs. If you want to amend the number of nights in any destination or change the itinerary or activities, that’s no problem! Please call our friendly team members at (347)-594-5500 or click here to send us an inquiry and start your pilgrimage to Italy today.