Glorious Italy

with Oberammergau 2020

Duration
15
Departure
30 June 2020
Price from
7,999

OVERVIEW

Tread up the stone steps and down the grand boulevards of Italy’s capitals – the pavement café culture, enchanting Renaissance frescoes and incredible feats of classic architecture are all must-see highlights of this leisurely jaunt through the cities of Rome, Assisi and Venice. Explore the centuries-old Rialto food market, admire the embrace of Bologna’s Kissing Towers and enjoy 3 glorious nights in a Tuscan Villa. Continue through to Austria and onto Oberammergau to experience the once in a decade Passion Play. An experience not to be missed.

Lisa is the Director of both Selah and Mission Travel and has enjoyed 30+ years in the travel industry. She has led several groups to Europe, Asia and Africa over the years and is considered a warm, fun and engaging host.

Lisa worships at City on a Hill in Melbourne East and was part of the core team to plant a church in the Eastern suburbs in 2017.

She loves God, food, wine and travel. She leaves 3 children at home!

ITINERARY

You’re in for a bellissimo journey to the spectacular capitals of Italy and a Bavarian village that kept its 17th-century covenant
with God. On arrival in Rome, transfer from the airport to your hotel. Spend the day at leisure before joining your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner and orientation drive.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Palatino Rome or similar

Included Meals:

D
We embark on an included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist at the Vatican Museums this morning. Here, we’ll ‘Dive into Culture’ and pay tribute to the great men whose astonishing works were said to have been inspired by the divine. See the Bramante staircase, the magnificent frescoed ceiling painted by Michelangelo in the serene Sistine Chapel and his sorrowful Pietà during our visit to St. Peter’s Basilica. We tread in the footsteps of gladiators, slaves, merchants and royalty, crossing the Tiber River into Imperial Rome to visit the ancient Colosseum, the largest amphitheatre in the Roman Empire. Enjoy the afternoon to discover the Eternal City or relax at a pavement café.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Palatino Rome or similar

Included Meals:

B
The narrow lanes and expansive piazze of Rome are yours to explore today. Ask your Travel Director for tips on what to see and do, or consider an Optional Experience delving into the tragic history of Pompeii.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Palatino Rome or similar

Included Meals:

B
Enjoy some free time before we continue to the mystical town of Assisi, built on the fertile slopes of Mount Subasio in Umbria, home to St. Francis and St. Clare. Relax at your hotel this evening.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Assisi or similar

Included Meals:

B
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Your Local Specialist reveals a town that has changed little since the time of St. Francis, who was born here in 1182. We visit the Basilicas of St. Francis, St. Clare and St. Mary of the Angels and the Porziuncola. We then travel to the Carceri Hermitage where St. Francis came to pray and visit the Monastery of St. Damian. Later enjoy some free time in Assisi.

Hotel: Grand Hotel Assisi or similar

Included Meals:

B
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast (or attend a local church service) before continuing our journey through the scenic Tuscan countryside to La Verna Sanctuary, where you cans enjoy the quiet and peaceful surrounding. Continue onto the spa-resort of Montecatini Terme in Tuscany, your home for the next 3 nights.

Hotel: Villa San Paolo Hotel San Gimignano or similar

Included Meals:

B
Spend the morning learning about the city’s artistic heritage during a walking tour with a Local Specialist. View the multi coloured Duomo and visit Piazza della Signoria and the Ponte Vecchio, one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Visit a fruit and vegetable market in Florence, where you meet a Local Specialist and gain an insight into Italian cuisine from a professional chef. Here you will participate in purchases of the fresh produce for your cooking lesson. Take your produce to the restaurant and spend time together preparing your delicious luncheon with a glass of wine! After enjoying a relaxing and memorable lunch return to your Tuscan villa for the night. Your evening is free to do as you please.

Hotel: Villa San Paolo Hotel San Gimignano or similar

Included Meals:

B
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A sea of pastel pinks, yellows and blues cling dramatically to the Ligurian cliffs in the charming Cinque Terre (Five Lands) UNESCO World Heritage Site which we will have an opportunity to explore today on our included excursion.

Join a Local Specialist and travel by train to experience unforgettable old-world charm in a picturesque fishing village that have enchanted visitors who have made the winding journey to this hidden treasure over centuries.

Hotel: Villa San Paolo Hotel San Gimignano or similar

Included Meals:

B
D
We journey to Bologna - known for the delicious spaghetti sauce that bears its name. Your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist includes views of the Kissing Towers which lean towards each other, seemingly poised to embrace. Visit FICO Eataly World, a food lovers paradise.

Hotel: Flyon Hotel Bologna or similar

Included Meals:

B
It’s off to the romantic island city of Venice with its rich cultural and artistic heritage. Savour the iconic and unexpected highlights of Venice as you cruise by private launch to St. Mark’s Square to admire the Bridge of Sighs, Palladian churches, Customs House, St. Mark’s Basilica and the ornate Doge’s Palace. ‘Dive into Culture’ and delve into the delicate Venetian art of glassblowing on Giudecca Island before dining tonight at your hotel.

Hotel: Amadeus Hotel Venice or similar

Included Meals:

B
D
Sites made famous in poetry, song and prose are explored today during a leisurely stroll from our hotel along the canals to the famous Rialto Bridge where we will join a guided Small Group Sightseeing walking tour, which will bring all the flavours of Italy to life at a centuries-old food market. Amble through the narrow calle of Venice and admire the beautiful architecture, walking over the Rialto Bridge before spending the rest of the day to visit the sights of your choice.

Hotel: Amadeus Hotel Venice or similar

Included Meals:

B
Spend time at leisure gliding along Venice’s enchanting canals in a gondola or wander through the city’s labyrinthine lanes, over bridges and into quiet campi.

Hotel: Amadeus Hotel Venice or similar

Included Meals:

B
This morning say arrivederci to Italy as you cross the Brenner Pass into the Austrian Tirol. Stop in Innsbruck and see the Golden Roof, enjoy free time before checking into your hotel.

Hotel: Grauer Bar Hotel Innsbruck or similar

Included Meals:

B
After a leisurely start to your day, explore Innsbruck on your terms or discover the city’s ties to the Winter Olympic Games. Later, travel to the Bavarian town of Oberammergau where tomorrow devout villagers will perform their once-in-a-decade Passion Play. This evening dine at your hotel.

Hotel: 4 star B Category Hotel, Oberammergau

Included Meals:

B
D
Witness a Trafalgar Highlight and display of enduring faith - a performance that gives thanks to God’s grace every ten years since 1634, when the villagers of Oberammergau pleaded to God to spare them from the ravages of
the plague. Take your premium seats for this poignant performance depicting the life and death of Jesus Christ. Dine at a local restaurant this evening, before returning to your seat for the captivating second half of this performance as night falls.

Hotel: 4 star B Category Hotel, Oberammergau

Included Meals:

B
D
Travel to Munich, capital of Bavaria. Your day begins with an orientation tour of this exciting city. See the Marienplatz, featuring the Glockenspiel clock and the Town Hall. This evening, we’ll soak up the atmosphere with a stein of beer and Farewell Dinner at one of the beer halls, for which Bavaria is world-renowned.

Hotel: Sheraton Westpark Hotel Munich or similar

Included Meals:

B
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Say ‘Auf Wiedersehen’ to your Travel Director as your memorable European holiday comes to an end. Transfers to Munich Airport are included.

Included Meals:

B

Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey
  • CITY TOUR in Rome, Assisi, Florence, Cinque Terre, Bologna and Venice
  • CRUISE by private launch to St. Mark’s Square in Venice
  • SEE the ancient sites of Rome
  • Tickets for the 2020 Passion Play in Oberammergau
  • VIEW Santa Croce Basilica and the Duomo in Florence and the Byzantine St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice
  • VISIT St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and the Colosseum in Rome, Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, La Verna Sanctuary and Rialto Food Market

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TOUR INCLUDES

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Travel with
like-minded people

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Christian
Tour Leaders

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Option of land
only package

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Option of upgrading
to single room

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Meals

7

Sights and entry
fees listed

OUR PRICING

Pricing

Category Description Twin PP Single
Tour price 7,999 9,598

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