XMAS in ROME
Important Information: please note, that the pope will not hold any public ceremony for Christmas this year 2020
Itinerary (subject to change):
Departure from Wiesbaden, Hainerberg, Washington Str. corner J.F. Kennedy Str., bus stop (near new PX), 06:00 am. Departure from Autohof Ramstein, Shell Gasstation (€ 5/day parking fee), 05:45 am. From Kaiserslautern Daennerplatz P&R (opposite Kleber Kaserne), 06:00 am. From Böblingen Panzerkaserne, PX parking lot, 08:30 am. To begin the journey in the morning makes everything so much more enjoyable. Every hour brings you further south. The towering peaks of the alps will offer you some of Europe’s finest scenery. Early evening we will arrive in Pisa, check into our comfortable hotel and stay the night.
After breakfast and check out we will have a guided tour of the Piazza Dei Miracoli with the leaning tower, the 11th Century Cathedral and the Baptistery. Afterwards we are heading to Rome. Hotel check-in and time to relax and refresh before having a festive Christmas dinner (appr. € 35).
Merry Christmas! After breakfast, we are off to St Peter’s Basilica for the Christmas Mass, followed by the official Papal Blessing out on St Peter’s Square. It is broadcast around the world - and being there is a memory to cherish forever! In the afternoon, our city sightseeing tour will include magnificent sights: the Coliseum, where gladiators fought for their lives; the Forum, once the center of the Roman Empire; the Pantheon, a temple to all gods; and of course the Trevi Fountain (don’t forget to toss a coin).
Day free or join us on our optional tour to Pompeii. The 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius with the enormous rain of ashes brought the city’s live to a sudden end. Excavations that continue now over 250 years brought back to light the most precious document of the ancient world. You spend the morning on a guided tour featuring the highlights of this ancient city. Around noon we take the Sorrentina, a panoramic drive disclosing spectacular views over the Bay of Naples. Lunch and shopping time (inlaid wood) at the Peninsula of Sorrento, a renowned spa and a famed resort town located on the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Evening return to Rome.
This morning you can join our optional tour to the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica, highlighting a priceless collection of artworks. After lunch we drive north to Florence. Tonight you may attend a Tuscan Gala Dinner – a perfect way to top your stay in Italy (appr. €45).
Breakfast and hotel check out. Our brief walking tour of Florence highlights the Ponte Vecchio, the Dome of St. Mary with Brunelleschi’s Cupola, Giotto’s celebrated Bell Tower and the Baptistery with the Porta dell Paradiso. Passing by Signoria Square, we proceed to the Franciscan St. Croce Church, burial ground of many of the geniuses of the Renaissance age. Afterwards free time for shopping (Florentine leather and gold). Early afternoon, we depart for Germany where we arrive at midnight.