IN THE COMPANY OF ANGELS

A few days in Rome with the Sisters of the Order of St. Joseph of the Apparition overlooking the Vatican

Any visit to Italy engenders a feeling of wellbeing - the fine climate, the informal style of living, good food and additionally, the country's unique and ancient culture that is nowhere more in evidence than in Rome, once the heart of a vast Empire. However, there is also a spiritual side to the 'Eternal City', and what could be more appropriate than a short stay in a convent with the Sisters of the Order of St. Joseph of the Apparition, a quiet haven enviably located on a hill 15 minutes' walking distance from the Vatican City - indeed, overlooking St.Peter's Basilica itself.

Some time ago the Sisters decided to convert a section of their school into a guesthouse. The enterprise is a huge success given its low tariff and location. This is definitely not for disco addicts as it is a prerequisite that you adhere to the Sisters' 11pm curfew! The nuns can arrange dinner at a nearby monastery.

Our excursion programme with expert guides reveals the top sites of the Vatican and Rome. Each morning a private half-day walking tour commences with a bus ride or walk from your lodging and ends in town.

Key Features

Cultural Short Break
Jules Verne Sighseeing
No Single Supplement
Solo Group Departure
Local Expert Guides
Guaranteed Departure
Group Size: 2 - 30

 

Day 1 Fly from your chosen airport to Rome and transfer to your chosen accommodation for a four-night stay.

Day 2 This morning walking tour commences with a reserved visit of the Vatican Museum, covering the Pinecone and Octagonal courtyard, Candelabra gallery, with a unique collection of Greek, Hellenic and Roman sculptures, tapestry and maps galleries, the Immaculate Conception Chapel decorated with beautiful frescoes, Raphaels' Stanzas, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica revealing the Papal artistic and religious heritage. Afternoon free to continue exploring, returning in your own time. (B)

Day 3 Discover Ancient Rome starting with a reserved visit of the Colosseum, built by Vespasian, inaugurated by his son Titus and accomplished by Domitian. Continue to the Titus Arch, built in honour of the emperor Costantino the Great, visit the Roman Forum, Capitol Hill, Venice Square, the Column of Emperor Traiano and the ‘Mercati Traianei’. Afternoon free to continue exploring, returning in your own time. (B)

Day 4 Walk through Renaissance and Baroque Rome starting at the Spanish Steps. Continue to the Trevi Fountain, column of Marcus Aurelius, the Pantheon, built for the Emperor Augustus and finish at Navona Square, where built in to its centre is the fountain of Four Rivers. Afternoon free to continue exploring, returning in your own time. (B)

Day 5 Return flight to London. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner
 

Notes

Morning visits are on foot including some uneven surfaces and inclines.

2019

Wednesdays
per person in a twin room Casa per Ferie
British Airways from Gatwick

Date Price
January 30 £725
February 13 £745
February 27 £745
March 13 £775
April 3 £795
April 10 £795
May 8 £795
May 15 £795
May 22 £795
June 5 £775
September 4 £795
September 11 £795
September 18 £795
October 23 £745
October 30 £745
November 13 £745
December 4 £745
December 18 £745
No Single Supplement

(limited dates/availability)

Solo Group Departure

13 February & 4 December 2019

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
Casa per Ferie - including the extension 
(Single room shared facilities/limited availability)
Double for sole use £55 

SOLO GROUP DEPARTURES
February 13 & Dec 4 2019

Accommodation Upgrades

Starhotels Michelangelo - £195
(Apr-Jun/Sep/Oct £245)
Single supplement £425
(Jan/Feb/Nov/Dec £295)

Flight Options

British Airways Club Europe from £175
easyJet from Gatwick nil 
Ryanair from Stanstead nil

Extension Options

Extension - Rome
Casa per Ferie: £125
Double for sole use £25
Starhotels Michelangelo: £295
(Jan/Feb/Nov/Dec £195)
Single supplement £225
(Jan/Feb/Nov/Dec £145)

Privately Guided

Add £295 per person

Independent Arrival

Save £200
Arrival transfer add £35
Departure transfer add £35

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 4 nights' accommodation, breakfast daily, services of local guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.

Not Included
Travel insurance, optional excursions, tipping, any government and local tourist taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Notes
An accommodation tax is payable locally to the Rome authorities, currently per person per night €3.50 (Starhotels Michelangelo €6).

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