Peregrine Prime (8 days & 7 nights): While this is the shortest of all itineraries, you will be more than satisfied in having enjoyed and learned from an immersive and thorough experience of the Eternal City, which is Rome. You will feel, smell, taste, touch, and traverse all of those names, places, and things with which you already may be familiar from the Roman Forum and Coliseum to the Vatican and Sistine Chapel, from Piazza Navona to Pasta all’Amatriciana, and from gelato to the evening passeggiata. The beginner and veteran visitor alike will understand Rome’s real significance for human civilization and will be capable of communicating that forever after to others.

What We Provide:

  • Private car service transfer for all airport and train station arrivals to and departures from Rome.
  • All transportation via door-to-door private car service and never public transportation during the entire itinerary.
  • Three daily meals including beverages at breakfast, lunch, and dinner at carefully selected restaurants with the highest attention to the quality of authentic local cuisine and proper hygiene.
  • Comfortable accommodation in 4-Star hotel residences in the heart of Rome including Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, T.V., standard hotel amenities, elevators, noise-proof rooms, and safe-deposit boxes in addition to daily room-cleaning and sanitization services.
  • All major local Rome sites including among many others: the Baths of Caracalla, Circus Maximus, Coliseum, Roman Forum, Catacombs, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, Rome’s historical city center, Rome’s major basilicas, Trastevere, the Vatican Gardens, and Saint Peter’s Basilica, Dome, and Tomb.
  • One separate day trip to Castel Gandolfo.
  • Experienced, passionate, and personable native or near-native English speaking local licensed guides with Ph.D. and M.A. degrees and qualified experts in several disciplines.
  • All tickets, early online booking fees and reservations, and whisperers for all venues and site visits.
  • 24/7 full-time on-call staff ready to assist you with any and every concern, question, and emergency-situation that may arise during the entire Journey.
  • Free pre- and post-Journey planning and assistance.
  • An interdisciplinary educational experience and Journey that will transform you.

What You Provide:

  • All personal expenses incurred for shopping, transportation, external excursions, and any meals and beverages not included in the published itinerary.
  • Punctuality for all meeting points and times as per the published itinerary.
  • Attention to indications and directions from your guides and staff and adherence to regulations during all site visits as per the published itinerary.
  • Alerting us to any concerns and difficulties that may occur at any time before and during the itinerary including allergies, dietary and other health issues, and phobias (acrophobia, claustrophobia, etc.).
  • Your own airfare. Your flight itinerary must guarantee that you arrive in Rome on Sunday morning no later than 10:00 AM local time here (CET). The time of your return departure flight from Rome must be no earlier than 12:00 Noon local time (CET) on the following Sunday. The airport code for Rome is FCO (Fiumicino – Leonardo da Vinci International Airport). We are at your service to assist you in this process.
  • Your own personal travel insurance, which serves to protect you from needless financial loss due to health issues, last-minute cancellations, lost luggage, etc. and is cheaper to purchase on your own based on personal needs. Three recommended providers are: Travelex Insurance, (800) 228-9792; CSA Travel Protection, (800) 348-9505; and Travel Guard, (800) 826-1300.
  • Payment methods and options for this itinerary package are only in €Euro either through bank account wire-transfer (IBAN) or credit card (MasterCard/Visa).
  • An open mind, heart, and spirit to engage and learn from and about a new culture, life experience, and Journey of exploration and discovery in many ways that you never may have anticipated.

Itinerary:

 

Sunday: Benvenuti e Benarrivati a Roma!

We will meet you directly at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) or Termini Train Station upon your morning arrival for private car service transfer. We will check you in to your hotel residence following lunch on the Janiculum Hill overlooking the entire city of Rome. We will stroll through and explore Rome’s oldest and liveliest neighborhood, Trastevere, following lunch. Our first day ends with a reception dinner to acquaint ourselves with one other and your new home in the Eternal City. Free Time following dinner to explore and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Monday: Ancient Roman Foundations

We will transfer via private car service following breakfast to the heart of ancient Rome for a visit of the Circus Maximus, the Baths of Caracalla, the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill. We will enjoy a picnic lunch with traditional Roman panini beneath Rome’s most ancient monuments and echoes of the past. We will continue to peel back Rome’s ancient layers with a visit of Saint Clement’s Basilica and ancient Roman homes on the Coelian Hill. Private car service will transfer us back to our hotel residence with just enough time to freshen up for dinner. Free Time following dinner to explore and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Tuesday: Architecture, Aesthetics, and Propaganda

Today we will walk and explore the historical city center’s most famous landmarks following breakfast. Our morning stroll will shed light on communicating ideas through architecture and civic spaces from Rome’s ancient Jewish and Christian roots through the rise of the Papacy and Roman Catholic Church. A picnic lunch at one of Rome’s best pizza by-the-slice eateries will complement our visit of Campo de’ Fiori, the Theater of Pompey, Largo Argentina, the Theater of Marcellus, the Jewish Ghetto, and the churches of the Gesù and Saint Mary’s sopra Minerva. Our exploration will include, also, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the churches of Saint Louis of the French and St. Ignatius, the Trevi Fountain, the Via dei Condotti luxury shopping district (Bulgari, Gucci, Prada, etc.), the “Spanish Steps”, and the “Bone Church”. Private car service will return us to our hotel residence with just enough time to freshen up for dinner. Free Time following dinner to explore and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Wednesday: In the Shoes of the Pilgrim

We will transfer via private car service following breakfast for a visit of Rome’s three papal archbasilicas of St. Paul’s outside the Walls, St. Mary Major, and St. John Lateran. Our visits will illuminate how the ancient Roman Empire became the Roman Catholic Church through art and architecture. We will then after lunch visit the best-preserved 2nd century Catacombs in all of Rome, the 4th century Mausoleum of Constance, daughter of Rome’s first Christian emperor, Constantine, and the 7th century church of Saint Agnes “Outside the Walls” and Rome’s first medieval church. Private car service will return us to our hotel residence with just enough time to freshen up for dinner. Free Time following dinner to explore and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Thursday: In the Shoes of the Fisherman

We will transfer via private car service following breakfast for a top to bottom visit of the world’s smallest country, Vatican City State. The morning will find us marveling the world’s largest Christian temple and tallest dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in addition to exploring the excavations beneath of an ancient Roman necropolis and the tomb of Simon Peter (a.k.a. the “Scavi”). We will lunch at a nearby eatery and, then, follow in the footsteps of the trinity of the Italian Renaissance with a visit of the world’s oldest and largest collection of art, the Vatican Museums. Masterpieces by unknown ancient Romans and the polymath Leonardo da Vinci, palatial rooms painted a fresco by Raffaello, and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel forever after will remain with you. Private car service will return us to our hotel residence with just enough time to freshen up for dinner. Free Time following dinner to explore and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Friday: Vatican Gardens and Rome-ing Around

We will transfer via private car service following breakfast for a visit of the Vatican Gardens with spectacular views of St. Peter’s Basilica and beautiful landscapes decorated with botanical varieties from all over the world. We will break for lunch following a visit of an ancient Roman necropolis and shopping the Vatican Museums. The rest of the day is free for you to explore and revisit Rome on your own until dinner. Optional shopping visits are available at no extra cost for those interested particularly in mosaics and luxury goods. Free Time following dinner to explore and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Saturday: Castel Gandolfo: Home Away from Home

We will transfer via private car service following breakfast along the “queen of Roman roads”, the Via Apia, for a visit of the Apostolic Palace and Papal Gardens at Castel Gandolfo, Julius Caesar’s ancestral home and the Popes’ lakeside summer residence since the 17th century. Private car service will return us to our hotel residence following a picnic lunch with local panini a porchetta and enough time to freshen up for our farewell dinner. Remember to pack! Free Time following dinner to explore and return to our hotel residence on your own. Gelato!

Sunday: Bentrovati ed Arrivederci a Roma!

We will accompany you via private car service following breakfast and check-out from our hotel residence to Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO) or Termini Train Station. We will miss you and will be waiting here for your next Journey with us.

Dates and Prices:

 

This 8 days & 7 nights Peregrine Prime Journey begins with your arrival in Rome on Sunday morning and departure from Rome the following Sunday morning. This Journey runs all year round based on booking availabilities for groups of 6-24 participants (PAX). This is the only of our Journeys that allows for slightly larger groups. Prices range from €3,900 to €6,300 per participant based on group numbers:

€6,300.00 per person (6-10 PAX)

€5,700.00 per person (12 PAX)

€5,200.00 per person (14 PAX)

€4,800.00 per person (16 PAX)

€4,500.00 per person (18 PAX)

€4,300.00 per person (20 PAX)

€4,100.00 per person (22 PAX)

€3,900.00 per person (24 PAX)