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Byzantine Heritage Trip

MAY 18-JUNE 1, 2020

A pilgrimage of the Byzantine traditions in Italy with visits to the tomb of Saint Nicholas, Italo-Albanian villages in both Calabria & Sicily. While in Rome we will visit the Byzantine Abbey in Grottaferrata. Conducted by Alfredo & Monsignor Romanos Russo of the Melkite Catholic Church

What’s included:
TRIP INCLUDES
• 14 Land Days touring in Italo-Byzantine sites in Rome, Calabria & Sicily in our private a/c bus
• Stay at 3* OR 4* hotels
• 13 Buffet breakfast in the hotels
• 3 Lunches
• 8 Dinners :set menu with choice
• Visit to various religious sites in Rome, Calabria and Sicily to attend Liturgy
• Visit to the abbey of San Nilo in Grottaferrata with a porchetta lunch after in Ariccia
• Flights from Rome to Bari & Palermo to Rome

14 Land Days in Rome, Calabria & Sicily visiting Italo-Albanian & Italo-Greek locations.

Conducted by myself & Monsignor R.Russo of the Melkite Catholic Church

COST PER PERSON;
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: $3995
Single supplement: $850
Group size: 40+

Itinerary

DAY 0: MONDAY MAY 18: UNITED FLIGHT NEWARK TO ROME

DAY 1: TUESDAY MAY 19: BARI/COSENZA/D
8:45AM: Land in Rome.
10:00AM: Option 1:Leave in bus for Bari to visit tomb of San Nicola: 6 h/438K
1:00AM: Stop at Autogrill for lunch
3:00PM: Visit to the Basilica of San Nicola
1:05PM:Option 2: Flight to Bari. Alitalia AZ1613 arrives at 2:10. Have lunch before flight
2:00PM: Option 2: Meet SAT bus. Visit to the Basilica of San Nicola
4:00PM-7:00PM: Trip from Bari to Cosenza: 3 h/265K
7:30PM. Dinner in Hotel

DAY 2: WED MAY 20: COSENZA/HOTEL ITALIANO B/D
7:00AM: Breakfast in hotel
8:30AM: Leave for visit to Rossano(Codex Purpureus) possible Santa Maria del Patire: 1h 30m/ 86K
7:00PM : Dinner at hotel

DAY 3: THURSDAY MAY 21: COSENZA/HOTEL ITALIANO :B/D ASCENSION
7:00AM: Breakfast in hotel
8:00AM; Bus for Lungro Ascension Thursday Liturgy at the Cathedral. 1h 30m/ 66K
Lungro to San Cosmo Albanese: 1h/50 K
6PM: Return to hotel /Dinner in hotel

DAY 4: FRIDAY MAY 22: CENTRALE PALACE B/D
7:00AM: Breakfast at Hotel
8:30AM: Bags on Bus leave for Cefalu: 5 hours 360 K
2:00PM: Arrive at Cefalu for afternoon visit & lunch.
Time to visit the Duomo, shop and explore the town
4;00PM: Leave Cefalu for hotel: 1h./69K
5:30PM: Arrive in Hotel near Piano Centro Maria Immacolata
7:30PM: Dinner in hotel

DAYS 5: SAT. MAY 23 : PALERMO: CENTRALE PALACE B/L
7:00AM: Breakfast in hotel: Driver’s day off.
Day Guided Visit in Palermo. Starting with a visit to the market Ballero’, then to the Duomo, finally visit to the Palatine Chapel in the Norman Palace.
1:00PM: Lunch of typical Sicilian “Street Foods”
7:00PM: Vespers at the Matorana
Dinner On your own.

DAY 6: SUNDAY MAY 24: PALERMO: CENTRALE PALACE B/D
7:00AM: Breakfast in hotel
8:00AM: Guided visit to the Golden Cathedral of Montreale 20M/10k
10:00 AM: Leave for Piana degli Albanesi for Divine Liturgy :35M/20K
After Liturgy enjoy a famous local cannoli & cappuccino & Lunch
2PM: Leave for Santa Cristina Gela: 7M/5K
7:30PM: Dinner in hotel

DAY 7: MONDAY. MAY 25: PALERMO: CENTRALE PALACE: B/
Breakfast in Hotel
Visit to the Italo-Albanian Town of Contessa Entellina: 2 H./85K
Dinner On your own.

DAY 8: TUES MAY 26: PALERMO: CENTRALE PALACE B/ D
Breakfast in Hotel
Day to explore some other Italo-Byzantine villages
From Palermo to Mezzojuso 1 H 39K
From Mezzojuso to Palazzo Adriana(Cinema Paradiso) 1H 9M/42K
Lunch at local/Dinner in Palermo

DAY 9: WED. MAY 27: ROME HOTEL MUSEUM B/ D
Breakfast in Hotel
8AM: Leave for Palermo airport check in for flight: 30M/35K
FLIGHT OPTIONS: 10:25-11:35 AZ1782
12:00PM-1:30 AZ 1784
Dinner at local

DAY 10: THURSDAY MAY 28: ROME HOTEL MUSEUM B/L
7:00am: Breakfast in Hotel FREE DAY IN ROME
Optional Visit to the Vatican Museums with lunch at Giulio
Dinner on your own

DAY 11: FRIDAY MAY 29: HOTEL ROME: B/D
7:00AM: Breakfast in hotel: NOTE: CHECK WITH SAVERIO FOR GUIDE & WHISPERS/BUS GIANFRANCO
1:00PM: Quick lunch followed by a walking tour of historic central Rome including the Pantheon & Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, San Luigi Francese, Piazza Navona
7:30PM: Gather in lobby to go for dinner

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DAY 14: SUNDAY:MAY 31:PENTECOST HOTEL ROME: B/L
7:00AM: Breakfast in hotel
9:00AM: Leave for Monastery of San Nilo in Grottoferrata for Liturgy; 45m/21K
11:00AM: Divine Liturgy
1:00PM: Leave for Ariccia for Porchetta lunch
Dinner on your own

DAY 00: MONDAY JUNE 1: FLIGHT UA 41 TO NEWARK
7:00AM: Leave for Fiumicino for flight to New York

DAY 12: SAT MAY 30: HOTEL ROME: B/D
FREE DAY
Meet at Greek College by the Spanish Steps for Vespers
7:30PM: Gala Dinner at Memmo with night walk thru Piazza Navona

NOT INCLUDED
• Round trip New York /Rome: Note, I might be able to include air for the group
• Beverages with meals
• Optional tours: Vatican Museum & Basilica tour: Price TBA
• Tips to driver, guides & escort

CONDUCTED BY ALFREDO DE BONIS
& ECONOMOS ROMANOS V. RUSSO

 

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