June 6-16, 2009 11 Days $2995 Land Only
A CHRISTIAN HERITAGE TOUR
An Unforgettable Christian Tour of Italy
Unwind on the spectacular Amalfi Coast, where sheer rocky cliffs drop dramatically into the bright blue sea and tiny villages cling to the rocks. Visit early Christian Rome and the ancient ruins of the Coliseum and the Forum. Travel through the peaceful Umbrian countryside and enjoy magnificent views of rolling Tuscan hills, olive groves, vineyards, and villages, as we discover church Reformers Girolamo Savonarola and St. Francis of Assisi. You'll have plenty of time to explore the birthplace of the Renaissance—the city of Florence. Take the time to marvel at Michelangelo's David and Brunelleschi's Dome. We'll finish our Italian adventure in the romantic setting of canals and bridges in the beautiful city of Venice. This is truly the best of Italy in eleven days!
Saturday, June 6, 2009 • Sorrento
Welcome to Italy! We are met upon arrival in Naples and transferred to our hotel in lovely Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast. With its pretty gardens, orange groves and sea vistas—it’s the perfect place to relax and recover from jet lag. The afternoon is yours to explore Sorrento. Join us for a welcome dinner tonight. (Sorrento–2 nights) D
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Amalfi Coast • Ravello • Positano • Sorrento
This morning we take a spectacular drive along the Amalfi Coast,
where sheer rocky cliffs drop dramatically into the bright blue sea and tiny villages cling to the rocks. We stop in the town of Ravello, perched high above the sea with beautiful views of the coast. Visit the magnificent gardens of Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone.
After lunch we drive to the stunning resort town of Positano. Take the rest of the afternoon to window shop and stroll the narrow lanes that lead down to the beach. We have dinner in Positano before returning to Sorrento. B/D
Monday, June 8, 2009 • Rome
Today we drive to Rome and meet our local guide for a full afternoon of touring Rome’s ancient sights. We start with the Coliseum and the Roman Forum. Later, tour the Mamertine Prison and see where many believe the Apostle Paul was imprisoned for preaching the gospel. Other highlights include St. Peter in Chains Church to see Michelangelo’s Moses and the Pantheon—Rome’s best preserved monument. This evening you may choose to join us for a beautiful flood lit walk through Rome’s great piazzas. (Rome, 2 nights) B/D
Tuesday, June 9, 2009 • Rome
Enjoy a free morning to discover what makes this city so special. After lunch we tour the Vatican Museum and visit the Sistine Chapel which was built in the 15th century as a private chapel for the popes. Later, we also visit St. Peter’s Basilica—the greatest church in Christendom. B
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 • Assisi
This morning our focus will be on early Christian Rome. We begin with San Giovanni in Laterno—the first Christian Church in the city. We also visit the Scala Santa—the holy stairs that Martin Luther, like so many pilgrims, climbed on his knees. It was during that visit that the seeds for the Reformation were planted as Luther began to question the rituals of the Catholic Church. We also tour the fourth century Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, the traditional sight of Paul’s tomb. Then travel the ancient Appian Way to the Catacombs of San Sebastian. This fascinating underground Christian cemetery contains precious samples of early Christian art. After lunch we head for the beautiful Umbrian town of Assisi where we have time to relax before dinner. B/D
Thursday, June 11, 2009 • Assisi • Florence
The Basilica Di San Francisco was built in honor of St. Francis. Around the year 1200, he countered the decadence of church government with a powerful message of non-materialism and dedication to God. Once inside, see why the basilica is one of the artistic and religious highlights of Europe. Enjoy a walking tour of Assisi and free time before a leisurely drive through the Chianti region brings us to the renaissance city of Florence—our home for the next three nights. (Florence-3 nights) B/D
Friday, June 12, 2009 • Lucca • San Gimignano • Florence
This morning we head for the beautiful town of Lucca. Surrounded by well preserved ramparts and layered with history, Lucca delights its visitors. It is said to be the first in Tuscany to accept Christianity and the gospel was spread here in 47AD by its bishop. You may decide to walk or bike the ramparts, which stretch for 2.5 miles around the city. We continue on to the visually stunning hill town of San Gimignano. We have time at leisure to shop and explore this town on our own. After dinner we head back to Florence. B
Saturday, June 13, 2009 • Florence
We begin today with a guided tour of one of the world’s most artistic cities. We see the famous Duomo and Giotto’s Tower. We also view the magnificent bronze doors of the Baptistery. Florence was home to Reformer Girolamo Savonarola. Learn about his fiery sermons against corrupt church leadership which led to his ex-communication and eventual martyrdom in 1498. Our tour includes the Museum of San Marco, the monastery where Savonarola lived, which helps illustrate his fascinating life story. We also visit the Accademia, where we see Michelangelo’s “David”. This afternoon is free to shop, visit other outstanding museums, or try some of the best gelato in all of Italy. B
Sunday, June 14, 2009 • Venice
This morning we attend church in Florence and enjoy fellowship with members of the congregation over lunch. Later we drive to the romantic city of Venice. This evening after dinner, listen to the dueling orchestras in St. Mark’s Square—a magical experience you’ll always remember. B/L/D
Monday, June 15, 2009 • Venice
Visit the most famous sights in Venice—St. Mark’s Basilica, which is built over the tomb of the evangelist Mark and the Doges Palace, the former seat of government and power in Venice. The afternoon is free to make your own Venetian memories. This evening we take a gondola ride through the charming canals and enjoy our final dinner together. B/D
Tuesday, June 16, 2009 • Return
After breakfast we say arrivederci to Italy and catch our individual flights back to the US or continue our travels in Europe. B
*Itinerary specifics subject to change
Tour Price: $2,995
Price based on 20 participants and double occupancy
Triples available but not advised
Your Tour Includes:
- Land transportation via private, deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
- Water Taxis and luggage transfers in Venice
- Accommodations (double-occupancy) in superior three-star and moderate four-star hotels
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- Services of a professional tour guide throughout tour
- Expert local guides for city tours and major attractions
- Admission to all activities listed on itinerary
- Luggage handling: one piece per person at hotels
- Trip journal
- All taxes and tips for services provided including end of tour gratuity for tour escort and driver
Your Tour Does Not Include:
- Airfare and related taxes and fees
- Meals not indicated on itinerary
- Beverages except with breakfast
- Items of a personal nature such as passport fees
(Passport must be valid for six months beyond return date.)
- Optional insurance for health (This insurance is available and recommended.)
A deposit of $500 per person is due with reservation. Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure date. An invoice will be sent out prior to final payment. Both the deposit and final payment may be made by personal check, money order, or credit card. However, credit card payments will incur an additional 3% surcharge.
Currency exchange rates fluctuate constantly. In the event of a significant drop in the value of the dollar, we reserve the right to add a currency surcharge to the price of the tour.
All cancellations must be in writing and date of postmark will determine the amount of refund due. Regardless of reason, cancellations are costly. If you cancel, all unrecoverable expenses from our suppliers will be charged, in addition to the following per person charges:
Time of deposit to 120 days before departure: $200
119-75 days before departure: forfeiture of deposit
74-60 days before departure: 25% of total package price
59-14 days before departure: 50% of total package price
13 days or less: 100% of the package price
There are no refunds for unused/missed days.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This tour requires the ability to walk and stand for at least two hours at a time during museum and walking tours.
On a Journeys of Faith Tour you'll stay in lovely superior three-star and moderate four-star hotels.
All custom tour groups choose their own hotel categories based on their group budget.
These are some examples of the type of accommodations we use. Each hotel is chosen for its quality,
amenities, and location. Whenever possible, we choose lovely European style hotels in town centers,
to make it easy for you to explore on your free time and so that you may experience travel as the
locals do. We believe traveling this way will greatly enrich your journey.
Please contact us by phone at 816.261.0258 or by email if you are interested in this tour. We look forward to hearing from you!