DAY 1: Monday 20th May
Early departure from London Gatwick Airport, at approximately 06:35 hrs.
We will be arriving in Rome at 10:05am with the full day ahead of us.
Our Joe Walsh Tours representative will meet the group on arrival. We will have some time to freshen up and get a coffee while we wait for fellow passengers arriving from Dublin (waiting time approx. 25-30 minutes).
We will then be transferred by private coach to Santa Maria Maggiore for lunch (at your own expense) in one of the many local cafes’, or Bistrots suggested from our experienced tour guide.
After lunch, we will enjoy a walking tour of the area and Mass before heading to the Hotel Cardinal St Peter, situated between the green of Villa Doria Pamphili, only a few minutes from the Vatican
Museums and St. Peter's Basilica, where we will be staying for the next 4 nights . Time to check in, dinner and overnight.
DAY 2: Tuesday 21st May
After breakfast we will be picked up from the hotel and start our walking tour of Rome, admiring and learning about the city's most famous landmarks: the Colosseum, Roman Forums, Piazza Venezia, the iconic Trevi Fountain, followed by the former Roman temple Pantheon and Piazza Navona, one of the most beautiful squares in Rome.
Time for Mass and to head back to the hotel for dinner.
DAY 3: Wednesday 22nd May
After breakfast today we will spend the morning participating in the Papal Audience. Pilgrims and visitors will have the chance to see the Pope and receive the Papal blessings or Apostolic blessings from the successor of the Apostle Peter during their visit. The Audience with the Pope consists of small teachings and readings mainly in Italian but also in English.
Afer lunch, our tour continues with visits to two of the major Papal basilicas in Rome: the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls and St John in the Lateran.
Back to the hotel for dinner.
DAY 4: Thursday 23rd May
After breakfast will have a busy morning enjoying a guided tour of St Peter Basilica and Square and the chance to visit the Vatican Museums (optional and tickets to be booked individually).
The Basilica is one of the holiest sites of Christianity and Catholic Tradition, it is traditionally the burial site of its titular, St. Peter, who was the head of the twelve Apostles of Jesus and, according to tradition, the first Bishop of Antioch and later the first Bishop of Rome, rendering him the first Pope.
Time for lunch and free afternoon for shopping.
Mass and dinner back in the hotel for dinner.
DAY 5: Friday 24th May
Enjoy the last day of this pilgrimage to Rome.
After a good breakfast and check out we will be picked up at 11:30am and travel to Piazza della Repubblica for lunch and free time.
Between 14:00 and 15:00 we will visit the Irish College, where we will attend Mass. The Pontifical Irish College is a Catholic seminary in Rome for the training and education of priests. It serves as a residence for clerical students from all over the world. At 16:30hrs our last pick up to go back to the airport for our evening flight back.
For passengers traveling back to London there will be plenty of time to get food at the airport.