Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Highlights of Bella Italia - Updated Itinerary

Welcome to the Incantato blog for the 2011 JSerra HS Performance Tour to Italy! This is the updated itinerary and still a work in progress. Details are still subject to change as this journey becomes more and more your tour and to enhance the overall experience. Enjoy!

DAY 1 Friday, April 1, 2011
Overnight flight to Italy
SWISS flight LX41 leaves LOS ANGELES (LAX) at 7:25PM.

DAY 2 Saturday, April 2
Arrival & Welcome Dinner
Arrive in ZURICH (ZRH) at 3:45PM. Clear customs and immigration. Your luggage will be checked through. SWISS flight LX1680 leaves ZURICH (ZRH) at 5:45PM and arrives in FLORENCE (FLR) at 7:00PM.
Benvenuti in Bella Italy. After meeting your tour manager, Barbara Holl, transfer to your Florence hotel and enjoy a traditional Italian welcome dinner. The group will be staying in Hotel Leonardo da Vinci on the nights of April 2 and 3.

DAY 3 Sunday, April 3
Florence Visit - Mass & Concert
After breakfast this morning, enjoy a guided city tour including entrance to the Accademia Museum. Lunch at a local restaurant. Afternoon at leisure for exploring and shopping followed by mass participation at San Lorenzo Church and a joint concert with the La Canada High School Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Stop for ice cream on the way back to the hotel after dinner on your own.

DAY 4 Monday, April 4
Siena & Assisi High Mass
Visit Siena, where the choir will be the featured guests for mass at the Duomo. Then transfer to the hilltop town of Assisi and sing for a special High Mass at Saint Francis Basilica, led by Father Vincent. Transfer to Magliano Sabina for dinner at Hotel La Pergola and overnight. The travelers will stay at either Hotel Pergola or Hotel Sabina for the nights of April 4 and 5.

DAY 5 Tuesday, April 5
Orvieto Excursion or optional trip to Art Monastery & Concert
Depending on today's program, don't forget to pack your concert attire before leaving the hotel this morning. Transfer to Orvieto today for a guided city tour, including the magnificent Duomo. The group may also opt to travel to Labro this morning to visit the Art Monastery for a private tour, pizza-making workshop, lunch, and master classes before continuing to nearby Calvi dell'Umbria for a concert at the Parish Church. The concert is then followed by a special mayor's reception and an exchange with local youth.

DAY 6 Wednesday, April 6
To Rome - Papal Audience & Concert
Travel South to the Eternal city of Rome and attend the general Papal Audience followed by lunch on your own at Piazza Navonna and an afternoon at leisure. The group has the option to attend the La Canada High School Concert Choir and Chamber Singers concert this evening in Rome. The JSerra High School Chamber Choir will stay at the Hotel Casa Domitilla Roma from April 6 through 11.

DAY 7 Thursday, April 7
Rome in-depth
Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of “Ancient Rome” featuring the Coliseum, Roman Forum, and Domitilla Catacombs. Free time for lunch followed by exclusive JSerra activities with Father Vincent. Dinner in a local restaurant near Piazza Popolo.

DAY 8 Friday, April 8
Vatican City & High Mass

Meet your local guide this morning for a guided tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. The afternoon is at leisure to grab lunch on your own and tour the Vatican with Father Vincent before preparing for mass participation. Sing High Mass at
Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican at 5:00PM. Dinner this evening in a local restaurant.

DAY 9 Saturday, April 9
Sight-seeing & High Mass
Enjoy a day at leisure for sightseeing with Father Vincent. Incantato Tours suggests stopping in the nearby town of Castelgandolfo, where the Pope's summer residence is located. Lunch together with the San Marino Chamber Choir at Agriturismo Iachelli. Sing and participate in Mass at Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica at 6:00PM. Dinner on your own.

DAY 10 Sunday, April 10
La Dolce Vita Romana
Visit former JSerra teacher Mr. Andrew Young this morning at the Pontifical North American College in Rome where you will participate in Sunday Mass and enjoy brunch. The early afternoon is at leisure to explore and grab lunch before likely transferring to the Frascati Region for a special mayor's reception and highlight concert with the San Marino Chamber Choir. A farewell dinner with Roman specialties and live music concludes the tour.

DAY 11 Monday, April 11
Flight to USA
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Los Angeles.
SWISS flight LX1727 leaves ROME (FCO) at 9:35AM and arrives in ZURICH (ZRH) at 11:20AM. SWISS flight LX40 leaves ZURICH (ZRH) at 1:10PM. Arrive in LOS ANGELES (LAX) at 4:40PM.

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