Join us for the sacred journey of a lifetime!
March 16 - 24, 2013 | Led by tour host Sarah Yeomans
This tour has been cancelled.
“Benvenuti in Italia! Welcome to Italy—a country as famous for its history, archaeology and art as it is for its dolce vita. Both a sacred and historical place, Italy bears witness to the unparalled Roman Empire, the splendor of the Italian Renaissance and the oldest Christian establishment in the world. Wonderful food, delightful people and each landscape more beautiful than the last are just a few more reasons why Italy is one of the most popular destinations the world over. We will be delighted to share this enchanting country with you, and hope that you’ll join us for the journey of a lifetime.”
|Price per person, Land (based on double occupancy):||$2,790|
|Price per person, Land & Air (based on double occupancy and round-trip airfare from New York JFK):||$4,490|
|Single Room Supplement:||$450|
Day 1 | March 16 Saturday
Depart New York
Day 2 | March 17 Sunday
Welcome to Rome, the Eternal City. You will be met at the airport and then transferred by private coach to the hotel. After settling in, we will set off on an orientation walk through the Centro Storico—the historical center—order to be introduced to the famous monuments and piazzas that make Rome the most magnificent of Italian cities. Almost 3,000 years of history have transpired in this magical city, and it waits to receive you with all the vibrancy and beauty that is so unique to Rome. Ancient Romans referred to Rome as Caput Mundi—the head of the world. As the center of the Roman Republic and then the Empire, Rome witnessed 1,000 years of one of the greatest civilizations in the world before becoming the seat of what is now the Catholic Church. Evidence of the glory of ancient Rome and the Italian Renaissance can be seen throughout the historical center, and these and many other treasures are ours to explore before a welcome dinner to celebrate the beginning of a wonderful trip. Overnight in Rome.
Day 3 | March 18 Monday
Our morning begins with a visit to one of the most important museums in the world. Legally its own country, Vatican City is the head and administrative center of the Catholic Church. One of the most extensive museum collections in the world, the museum is also home to the Sistine Chapel, where the legendary Michelangelo created one of his most famous masterpieces. After the museums we will visit St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church ever built. It’s soaring dome engineered by Michelangelo, the artist’s famous Pieta sculpture and countless other artistic wonders make St. Peter’s church one of the most awe-inspiring buildings in the world. Following lunch we will head over to the Basilica of San Clemente, a church whose multiple subterranean levels attest to 2,000 years of the neighborhood’s history. We will wrap up our day with a tour of a site that features some subterranean ancient Roman homes with a very special and sacred history. Overnight in Rome.
Day 4 | March 19 Tuesday
Today we will begin with visits to some of the city’s most beautiful and interesting churches, including the 1,800-year old Pantheon. We’ll also see the atmospheric Sant’Ignazio di Loyola with its famous trompe l’oeil ceiling as well as Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, the only gothic church in Rome and the seat of the Dominican order where the famous trial of Galileo took place—and where a very special, little-known Michelangelo sculpture resides. Our afternoon will entail an exploration of the famous Colosseum—the largest ancient amphitheater in the world and the site of countless gladiator games—as well as the Roman forum, the administrative capital of the Empire and the site of some of the most famous speeches in history by the likes of Julius Caesar, Mark Anthony and Cicero. As we leave the forum we will pay a visit to the site of the Mamertine prison, where according to tradition St. Peter was incarcerated before his execution in 64 A.D. Overnight in Rome.
Day 5 | March 20 Wednesday
This morning, those that would like to will have the opportunity to participate in the Papal audience in magnificent St. Peters’ Square, designed by the legendary 17th-century sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini. A very special tour of the ancient necropolis beneath the Basilica of St. Peter’s—the site of St. Peter’s tomb - will follow the audience. In the afternoon, we’ll journey a short distance outside the city center to visit one of the most unique catacomb complexes in the city: the Catacombs of St. Priscilla, which feature the earliest known depiction of the Virgin Mary. Overnight in Rome.
Day 6 | March 21 Thursday
This morning we will bid “arrivederci” to Rome as we depart by private coach for Pompeii, the site of one of history’s most dramatic disasters and one of archaeology’s most enlightening and evocative excavations. In 79 A.D., a powerful eruption of Mt. Vesuvius completely buried the ancient Roman port cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Centuries later, what was an unmitigated disaster for the ancient inhabitants of these cities created an almost perfect snapshot of life in ancient Rome at the end of the 1st century. The remarkable state of preservation of both cities is a wonder for both modern visitors and archaeologists alike, and walking through these ancient streets is an astonishing, visceral experience that no history enthusiast should miss. Overnight in Sorrento.
Day 7 | March 22 Friday
Today we will visit Pompeii’s sister city Herculaneum, which shared Pompeii’s fate during the catastrophic volcanic eruption. Completely buried by rock and ash during the 79 A.D. eruption, the site of Herculaneum allows us to continue our extraordinary journey through 1st century Rome. An afternoon visit to the Archaeological Museum of Naples reveals the most remarkable and beautiful artifacts from decades of excavations at Pompeii and Herculaneum, as well as the extraordinary Farnese collection of ancient statuary recovered from the baths of Caracalla in Rome. Overnight in Sorrento.
Day 8 | March 23 Saturday
On our final full day will see us on a voyage to the beautiful island of Capri, just off the coast of Sorrento. This idyllic jewel in the Mediterranean is home to the famous Carthusian monastery, where the resident monks have been manufacturing perfumes and candles for centuries using the abundant flowers that are so characteristic of Capri. The famous Blue Grotto and the 1st century remains of a lavish villa built for the Roman emperor Tiberius are just a few of the lovely and fascinating sites of this charming island. Late this afternoon, we leave for Rome to prepare for our departure. Overnight in Rome.
Day 9 | March 24 Sunday
Arrivederci Italia! You will be transferred by private coach to the airport in Rome, where you will depart for the U.S., arriving the same day. Come back soon!
Note: We reserve the right to alter or modify the itinerary if it is deemed necessary by the guide. Local conditions or scheduling concerns may cause us to vary the details slightly.
Sarah Yeomans is an archaeologist, Director of Educational Programs at the Biblical Archaeology Society and a faculty member at West Virginia University. She spent six years living, teaching and researching in Italy, and is a certified archaeological speleologist with the city of Rome.
Included Tour Features
- 5 nights at 4 star hotel in city center Rome
- 2 nights at 4 star hotel on Sorrento coast
- Daily open buffet breakfasts at the hotels
- All dinners (7 Dinners)
- Private bus for all transfers Rome Airport - hotel and return; Sorrento, hotel - Rome, hotel;
- Private bus full day at disposal on March 18, 19, 20, 21, 22;
- Private minibus on Capri island;
- Return ticket for hydrofoil Sorrento / Capri;
- English speaking assistant at the airport at arrival;
- City taxes.
- Entrance fees for all museums and sites
- Tips to drivers and guides
- Public transport to / from Sorrento port
- Travel Insurance and all other services not listed above
- Items of a strictly personal nature, such as alcohol, souvenirs, etc.
15-20 days prior to departure:
You will receive all the travel documents, including airline tickets.
- 60-46 days prior to departure: No penalty
- 45-15 days prior to departure: 10%
- 14-7 days prior to departure: 25%
- 6-1 days prior to departure: 50%
- After tour departure: No refund
Air Cancellation Policy: We will be liable to airlines’ standard rates and rules.
Travel Insurance: Travel insurance may be purchased as a separate package. Travel Insurance agreement is contracted directly between the traveller and the insurance company.
Terms and Conditions
Flight times are subject to change without advance notice. BAS/Tutku Tours are not responsible for changes and delays in airline schedules and cannot reimburse passengers for expenses resulting from airline delays. Because airlines often change flight times and dates at the last minute, BAS/Tutku Tours strongly recommend the purchase of domestic tickets, which can be changed without heavy fees and penalties. If airline changes flight schedules, BAS/Tutku Tours reserve the right to lengthen or shorten the itinerary accordingly, and whenever possible, you will be notified in writing. If airline changes necessitate an extra overnight, you will be charged (per night) the full cost of the hotel room.
Passport Requirements: A valid passport, good for at least 6 additional months from date of return is required of all tour members.
Air Transportation: Round-trip flights, group economy class, scheduled from New York JFK to Istanbul. Your tickets are usually finalized and written a minimum of 45 days prior to departure in order to guarantee the fare. Once your group ticket has been written, it cannot be rewritten or refunded to the passenger by the airlines. Air transportation will be jet economy class aboard carriers which may utilize non-refundable, non-transferable tickets to/from your destination for groups flying together for the entire itinerary. Any fare increases or surcharges will be paid by the passenger. Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS) and Tutku Tours cannot be responsible for any such increases.
Luggage: Restricted in size and shape by your airline. You may contact them if you need.
Insurance: We highly recommend that applicants purchase trip cancellation insurance to protect your investment in the event of illness or accident. Information will be provided upon deposit.
Tour deviations: All deviations from or additions to the tour may be subject to a handling and processing fee plus any out-of-pocket charges (i.e., telex, hotel cancellation charges, messenger or other fees involved).
Notice: Dates, schedules, program details and costs, although given in good faith and based on information available at the time of publication of the brochure, are subject to change and revision. In the event of such an omission or substitution, no liability will be granted by BAS/Tutku Tours. All itineraries are subject to change. Prices quoted for this tour are based on a minimum group size of 15 participants.
Responsibility: The Biblical Archaeology Society (BAS), Tutku Tours and/or their agents, affiliates, assignees and cooperative agents act only as agents for the passenger with respect to transportation, hotels and automobile contractors. They exercise every care possible but cannot be held responsible for personal injury in connection with the service of any hotel, ship, airplane, train, automobile, horse, donkey, carriage or other conveyance used in carrying out the tours, nor are they responsible for delay, accident, sickness, loss of personal property, strikes, armed conflict, additional expenses due to weather, disruption of advertised schedules, refusal of visas or other causes beyond their control. Further, the operation of vehicles used in their tour is the full responsibility of the companies and individuals engaged in the conveying of passengers; said companies or individuals are governed by the laws of the country of operations, and recourse for any mishap must be filed locally. Unforeseen conditions may necessitate tour changes and the right is reserved to make such changes or withdraw the tour as deemed advisable. The right is also reserved to refuse to accept or retain any passengers on any tour at any time for any reason. Cooperating airlines and steamship companies are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board; the limit of their liability is that of a common carrier, and the passage contract in use by such carriers, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between companies and the purchaser of this tour and/or passenger. Acceptance of the services of BAS/Tutku Tours, by all agents and/or travelers constitutes acceptance by them of all the above terms and conditions. The program conditions become a binding contract when your signed enrollment form and deposit payment are received and accepted by Biblical Archaeology Society, Travel/Study Department.
The program conditions become a binding contract when your signed enrollment form and deposit payment are received and accepted by Biblical Archaeology Society, Travel/Study Department.
For more information contact:The Biblical Archaeology Society
4710 41st St. NW
Washington, D. C. 20016
1-800-221-4644 ext.216 or 202-364-3300 x 216