CHRISTIAN TOUR of ITALY
We offer tours that take in the history and heritage of several denominations, including Lutheran, Presbyterian, Baptist and Methodist. If you don’t find a tour to your liking, we will create one just for you. If you should choose for us to customize your itinerary, we will do all the research for your tour so you can be sure every detail is properly handled.
Rome • Assisi • Florence • Verona • Pisa • Venice
HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR TOUR
- Roundtrip airfare from New York or a city of your choice from the list below
- First Class Hotels, Full Buffet Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe, air-conditioned Motor coaches
- Visits to Sites as mentioned below
- Comprehensive Sightseeing per the Itinerary
- Professional Tour Manager
- Gratuities to Guide, Driver and Restaurant staff
- Airport taxes & airline fuel surcharges
Christian Tour of Italy Daily Itinerary:
DAY 1 — Depart USA
Depart USA on an overnight flight to Rome, Italy.
DAY 2 — Arrive Rome
We arrive at the Rome airport and transfer our lodging for the next three nights. This afternoon we will take an afternoon tour of the Catacombs where thousands of Christians were buried in a remarkable tiered series of galleries.
DAY 3 — Forum, Mamertine, Coliseum, Ostia Antica
We begin our walking tour at the ancient Roman Forum, where our guide will divulge its secrets. We will visit the Arch of Titus that commemorated the sack of Jerusalem by Titus in AD 70. We will view the Mamertine Prison exterior, where tradition says the Apostle Paul was imprisoned. The Roman church would say that Peter was imprisoned here as well, but there is no imperial evidence that Peter was ever in Rome. Next, we visit the Coliseum, where thousands of people and animals perished during gladiatorial games. The Coliseum first opened in AD 80 and within 100 days of its opening, 5000 wild beasts perished here. The slaughter of both humans and animals continued for three more centuries. Historians believe the Coliseum could hold between 40,000 and 80,000 people depending on how close the seating was. The floor has recently had a plank placed over the middle making it accessible for people to walk over the labyrinth of brick cells, ramps, and elevators used to transport animals and gladiators into the arena. Hear the stories of the games that have fascinated people for hundreds of years. We conclude our day at the ruins of Ostia Antica, which provides an excellent example of city life in classical times and the Ostian Gate, today called the Gate of St. Paul.
“Friendship Tours takes the “foreign” out of overseas travel. Whenever we travel with Friendship Tours we feel right at home because where ever we go their staff has taken care of every detail to ensure our needs are met.”
DAY 4 — Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s, Scala Santa, Abbey of Three Fountains, St. Paul Outside the Wall
After breakfast you will begin a full day of site seeing. First visit Vatican City where you will see the Basilica at St. Peter, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums with stunning works of art at every turn. After some free time for lunch, you will stop at The Abbey of the Three Fountains, the traditional site of Paul’s martyrdom and the ancient street that he walked on. Next, visit the 4th century Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, the site of Paul’s tomb, and the Scala Santa, where Martin Luther made his stand against the practice of indulgences. This fascinating museum houses the Steps from Pilot’s Judgment Hall in Jerusalem brought to Rome by Helena, the mother of Constantine. Additional sights include the Arches of Constantine and Titus, Circus Maximus and the beautiful marble monument called the Wedding Cake.
DAY 5 — Frescoes, Assisi, Florence
After breakfast you will say “Arrivederci Roma” and board your coach and travel through scenic Umbria to the ancient walled hillside village of Assisi. After lunch on your own, you will enjoy a guided tour of this beautiful, medieval town, which will include the Basilica San Francesco, decorated with some of the most renowned frescoes in the world. The stories of the sacrificial life of St. Francis will be an encouragement to us all. Our home for the next two evenings is in the beautiful city of Florence, the heart of charming Tuscany.
DAY 6 — Beautiful Florence, Michelangelo’s David
You will spend the morning enjoying a guided tour of Florence, one of the world’s greatest artistic capitals, which will include the Piazza della Signoria, Duomo, Baptistery and a visit to the Academia Galley, home of Michelangelo’s David. A stop will also be made on the hillside overlook across the river from Florence where we will enjoy a panoramic view of the beautiful red-tiled roof cityscape. This afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy shopping, visiting more galleries or strolling on the famous Pont Vecchio, the old bridge that spans the Arno River. Remember that Florence leather shops are the best in the world and bargains on excellent quality goods are abundant. It may be the time to purchase those special Christmas gifts.
DAY 7 — Pisa & Verona
The sightseeing this morning includes a tour of Pisa where you will visit the Baptistery, Duomo and the famous leaning tower in the Piazza dei Miracoli. This afternoon we stop in romantic Verona, medieval setting of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, with a walk through the historic center/shopping district to see the famed balcony of Juliet. Our lodging for the next two evenings will be in Venice Mestre.
DAY 8 — Charming Venice
Start the morning sightseeing in style as your guide takes you by private boat along the Giudecca canal to meet your resident expert. Highlights of your walking tour are St. Mark’s Square and the Byzantine splendor of St. Mark’s Basilica, lavish Doges’ Palace and the Bridge of Sighs. Afterwards enjoy Venice at your own pace, or join an optional gondola ride through the picturesque canl system, visit the many charming shops and take photos galore.
DAY 9 — Venice USA
This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight home.
Our rates below are all inclusive and include a 20% bundle savings. All passengers pay for are their lunches & souvenirs. There are no hidden charges!
*East – New York, Philadelphia, Newark, Boston, Washington D.C.
*Central – Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Charlotte, Chicago
*West – Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego
Request Free Information
Please fill out the form below and one of our travel experts will follow up with you with additional information about our travel packages and answer any questions you may have.
CUSTOMIZE YOUR TOUR FROM YOUR GATEWAY CITY
If you have a group of 20 or more we will create a custom tour for you with an itinerary of your choosing including your own private motor coach. We will price your tour from your gateway city. Then we will print a custom brochure personalized to your group. We will offer our suggestions to complement your ideas in order to achieve the best possible program for your group. We are happy to design any program you like. Flexibility is part of our service to you.
Book your tour now
Questions to consider when selecting your Tour Company
RESEARCH IS KEY TO SELECTING THE RIGHT COMPANY
Please read this carefully before you sign up with any tour company
What is the Tour Company’s main focus?
Several vacation tour companies have attempted to make inroads into the Christian
Pilgrimage market. Friendship Tours only specializes in Christian pilgrimages. We do not sell vacation packages to other countries. Christian Pilgrimages is all we do and we do it well!
What knowledge does the company have about their guides?
The owners of Friendship Tours personally screen and select all of our guides. We choose guides who are flexible and responsive to the needs of our group leaders. Our guides are well informed with a broad base of knowledge in both the Old and New Testament. Our guides make us successful and this is why our group leaders re-book year after year with us.
How long has the company been around?
After 9/11 several companies avoided refunding churches the tour payments and closed shop only to re-open under a different name. Friendship Tours has been in business since 1982 and has refunded all travelers their money. Every client was cared for after 9/11. This level of service and trust is important in the ever-changing world we live in.
Are the company owners Christian?
Friendship Tours is a Christian Company. We consider our work to be the work of God on behalf of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We understand Christian Pilgrimage and we make every effort to help you in planning a meaningful, memorable and faithful experience.
What financial protection does the company offer?
Friendship Tours carries high limits of liability insurance that protects the churches that work with us. We adhere to all US government over sight with regard to Financial regulations. We have strict company policies prohibiting the commingling of client deposits. This is a critical component of our integrity. During difficult times some companies will use customer deposits to survive and run out of funds to service their group commitments. Friendship Tours is a member of the Better Business Bureau with an “A” rating. Friendship Tours has the best buying power due to our long-standing professional relations with all international airlines offering us the lowest airfares with the best connections. Our buying power for ground services is reflected in the prices we are able to offer. Very few
Companies are able to do what we do. How do we do it? Very simple. As a wholesale Tour Operator, we work on large volume of passengers and pass the savings on to our clients. This is our mission. This is a ministry entrusted to us by God. At every turn we will seek to be faithful to you and our mission. Our
Tagline says it all. “We build lasting relations. One client at a time.”
Christian Group Tours of Italy
If you’re considering Christian tours of Italy for your next vacation, it’s time to book Friendship Tours’ latest excursion, Enchanting Italy!
The world is open to travelers again. The Italian culture is known to be a welcoming one, and business owners as well as local citizens are eager to embrace visitors from all over the world once more.
Our all-inclusive tours of Italy are just that. We provide the transportation, meals, guides, and experiences, and you bring your eagerness to explore some of the most important sites in the history of Christianity.
Traveling with our Christian-guides tours of Italy will enhance your personal experience and deepen your faith as you visit some of the most beautiful places on earth.
Christian Group Tours of Italy
Italy is beloved for its importance to Catholicism. The Vatican has been considered to be the seat of the Catholic Church since the fourth century when the basilica was constructed over St. Peter’s grave in Rome. Since that time, Vatican City has developed into one of the most popular pilgrimage sites for Christians from all walks of life.
Faithful Catholics aren’t the only Christians interested in learning more about the Roman Empire’s influence on the spread of Christianity. The Roman government once considered this fledgling faith as little more than a superstition that posed a threat to traditional Roman life.
However, it was faithful Christians who spread the word about the religion of Christ, and by AD 250, more than 25,000 Christians were known to live in Rome and the surrounding areas.
Today, Italy welcomes the faithful from all sectors. Catholics, Protestants, Methodists, Muslims, Buddhists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Hindus, Jews, and more live and work together among the shadows of ancient ruins and modern buildings alike.
At Friendship Tours, our goal is to enrich the lives of other Christians by offering affordable travel options to places that will inspire their souls. When you choose Friendship Tours, you become part of our travel family. All of our tours are designed with your enrichment and comfort in mind.
For more than 40 years, the Friendship Tours team has worked to establish partnerships with vendors all across Italy so that we can provide our customers with a worry-free travel experience that exceeds their expectations.
Whether you want to visit Italy to enhance your personal spiritual journey or to enjoy Christian-based travel with your family or a church group, the team at Friendship Tours does everything we can to make the process of travel planning easy and affordable.
To fulfill our mission of giving back, we offer one free trip for every five paying travelers. It is our pleasure to extend the gift of travel to a family member, parishioner, or ministry staff who could not otherwise join you in this experience.
What to Expect from Our All-Inclusive Italy Group Tours
Members of our Italy group tours enjoy all-inclusive pricing with no surprise charges. You will stay in upscale accommodations and enjoy entertaining tours led by our vetted and well-informed guides. To provide you with the best experience, all of our guides have a broad base of biblical knowledge and historical expertise.
We offer tours designed to explore the history of several different Christian denominations, including Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, and Lutheran. We will also be happy to create a tour that is customized to your preferences.
Let us know your interests, and we will do all the research necessary to make sure you experience the trip of a lifetime.
Food, Lodging, and Transportation
The least you should expect from all-inclusive travel is to cover basic necessities, such as food, lodging, and transportation. At Friendship Tours, we provide the basics and so much more.
Our guests stay in 4-star hotels and enjoy a hearty breakfast and delicious dinner every day of travel. We find our guests prefer the flexibility of having lunch on their own.
Each hotel in our network is closely inspected to ensure it meets our standards for cleanliness, friendly service, comfort, and amenities. Your travel price includes gratuities for restaurant staff at group meals as well as gratuities for your guide and driver.
All transportation needed for the excursions listed in the daily itinerary, as well as any attached fees and taxes, are also included in the advertised cost. Some of these excursions include:
- An afternoon tour of the Roman Catacombs
- A walking tour of the Roman Forum and Coliseum
- A tour of Vatican City and the Sistine Chapel
- A visit to Academia Galleria in Florence
- Sightseeing in Pisa, including the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa
- A walking tour of St. Mark’s Square in Venice
This is only a portion of the planned activities included in your travel package. You will also have ample time to explore each city on your own for shopping or to simply enjoy an afternoon cappuccino as you reflect on all you have seen and done.
Meet Our Expert Guides
We take the time to personally vet and interview every guide we employ for our Italy group tours. Not only are our guides knowledgeable about the locations they are visiting, but they also have a deep understanding of Italy’s modern and historical importance in the world of Christianity.
If you have traveled on one of our Christian tours of Italy in the past, don’t be surprised to find your guide is a familiar face. Knowledgeable, friendly guides who love God and truly care about guest experience are among our company’s greatest assets. We strive to build long-term relationships that benefit everyone involved.
What Is Included in Your 10-Day Itinerary?
Your tour of Italy will begin when you depart from one of our designated major airports and arrive in Rome, Italy. Friendship Tours will pick you up at the Rome airport and transfer you to the hotel where you will stay for the next three nights.
From Rome, your group will board your luxury coach and travel to Umbria to the village of Assisi. After a full day of sightseeing, you’ll travel to nearby Florence in the heart of Tuscany. Day six will find you strolling through the iconic Piazza della Signoria and over the Pont Vecchio Bridge for shopping and sightseeing.
Next up is a sightseeing morning in Pisa and an afternoon in Verona, followed by spending the next two evenings at the beautiful Venice Mestra Hotel.
Transportation to the airport for your flight home on day nine is included in your travel package.
All airfare to and from designated airports, transportation, guide and driver fees, lodging, taxes, fees and gratuities, and two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) are included in the package price. You will need extra money for any shopping and personal expenses, including daily lunches.
Friendship Tours has been providing Christian tours of Italy since 1982. We consider our work to be in praise of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Building our business on this rock means we make every effort to ensure our guests have a meaningful, memorable experience that honors their religious beliefs and practices.
Book One of Our Italy Group Tours Today
Are you ready to experience one of our faith-based tours of Italy? We can make your dream come true at an affordable price.
Our tours are perfect for the single traveler who enjoys some privacy but also loves sharing new experiences with other Christians. They are also excellent for couples, families, and church groups who want to extend their fellowship through travel.
Our travel partners are eager to help you plan and book the trip of a lifetime — or one of many. We offer a range of tours, including cruises, pilgrimages, and clergy trips all at competitive prices. To learn more about our Christian travel options, including tours of Italy, Israel, Turkey, Greece, and Jordan, contact us today.