Day 1: Arrive in Valletta, Malta
Upon arrival at the airport, your guide and driver will wait for you to take you to your hotel. After you settle in, you will have free time to explore on your own—dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 2: Tour Valletta and St. Paul Bay, St. Paul Grotto.
You drive to St. Paul Bay, the location of the shipwreck along the route said to be taken by Paul, where he preached, where he baptized the first Christians in Malta, to the place where he rested. Paul stayed for several months in the town of Rabat, here we will visit the St. Paul's Grotto, the actual location where it is known to have stayed.
Day 3: Morning flight from Malta to Catania
Drive to Syracuse, the famous town that Paul visited. At some point around the year 59, he visited Syracuse, where he preached - probably in the place where the paleo-Christian Church of Saint John was built. Whatever was said was expressed in Greek, the vernacular of Roman Sicily (where Latin was a second language). It is possible that a few Jews came to hear Paul talk, as there was a Jewish community at Syracuse. There was no subsequent "Letter of Paul to the Syracusans." However, there is no doubt that it was Paul who brought Christianity to Sicily, even though his stay in Syracuse lasted only three days before he departed for Reggio Calabria, Pozzuoli (near Naples) and then Rome. You continue to Reggio Calabria-Magna Grecia to see the places Paul lived. Dinner and overnight in Reggio Calabria
Day 4: Naples & Pompeii
Visit Pompei, the end of the pagan world! Discover some of the world's most fascinating ruins, including the famous death casts, view Vesuvius and see Naples, the port of Pozzuoli where Paul docked. Afternoon returns to Naples for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Naples to Rome & Tour
Depart 7.30 from Naples, you will be by 11 am into Rome. Your touring will start at the Legendary Coloseum famous as the place of spectacle and death. You will also see the Roman Forum, which was a place where Romans would meet to discuss politics and religion as well as to shop. Circus Maximus also shows the glory of Imperial Rome, being a chariot racing stadium that could accommodate 150,000 spectators! Visit Mamertina jail where Paul was in chains together with Peter. Walk through the Roman Forum to Pantheon and Piazza Navona, the place of all artists! You will undoubtedly go through Trevi Fountain and famous Spanish Steps before ending our touring day. Dinner and overnight
Rome, despite its imperial glory, is also a significant religious city for Christianity. Today you will be visiting the Vatican Museum, home to many historical and artistic masterpieces. Enter the Sistine Chapel and admire Michelangelo's Frescoes wrapping all the walls around you. Conclude your tour with a visit to St. Peters Basilica where you will find "Pieta" the only work of Michelangelo actually signed by him.; afternoon visit the Catacombs "home" of first Christians, and you will end our day at the inspiring location of Tre Fontane the place where Paul was beheaded; dinner and overnight
Day 7: Rome to Florence via Sienna & San Giminiano
Drive towards Tuscany; visit Siena, a city in central Italy's Tuscany region, is distinguished by its medieval brick buildings. The fan-shaped central square, Piazza del Campo, is the site of the Palazzo Pubblico, the Gothic town hall, and Torre del Mangia, a slender 14th-century tower with sweeping views from its distinctive white crown. Stop at San Giminiano, the most picturesque of Tuscany, and continue to Florence; dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Morning Tour of Florence and Afternoon in Pisa
Tour Florence Morning tour through the times of Renaissance! We begin the day with a visit to the Galleria dell Accademia. This gallery houses paintings by Florentine artists spanning 13th to 16th centuries, but its main draw is Michelangelo's David, carved from a single block of marble when the artist was only 29. After our visit here, we see the Duomo, with its pink, white, and green marble façade, and Brunelleschi's famous dome. You will have some time to stop at the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), the famous 14th-century bridge, lined with gold and silversmiths. In the afternoon you will drive to Pisa to see the famous leaning Tower. Dinner and overnight
Day 9: Florence to Venice through Ravena
This morning you are leaving Florence towards Venice. Along the way, you will stop in Ravenna to visit the fantastic Mosaics and the Churches that house them. Then you will continue to Venice! Dinner and overnight.
This morning you take the sea bus towards the San Marco square at the hear of this breathtaking floating city. You will enjoy an orientation tour viewing St. Mark's Square, Bridge of Sights, Dodges Palace and the Byzantine Basilica.; free time for you to enjoy a gondola ride! Dinner and overnight
Day 11: Flight from Venice back home