9th to 13th
and 15th August 2007 updated 15th July 2007
Days 1 - 4
DAY 1: MON 29JUL– ARRIVE BRUSSELS 10.30pm - night at hotel
Dominique will be meeting you there and sleep at the
same hotel so will be joining and supporting and guiding the group from the very
start. If Paul Sciascia or other people are arriving earlier they should be able
to make it to the hotel by themselves and let her know
by email asap when they arrive so she can come out
earlier to the hotel and meet them. she won't have
her car so won't be able to come and pick them up from
DAY 2: MON 30JUL–BRUSSELS – IEPER AREA
Leaving at 10 a.m. from the hotel. Visit through
Brussels with bus and lunch there as well as stroll around the Grand Place, near
Manneken Pis .
Leaving at 2.30 p.m. for Ghent (approx 35 min) and visit of the town, strolling
Arrival at Ieper and dinner there. According to Ellen that would be around 8 pm.
DAY 3: TUE 31JUL – IEPER AREA (MESEN) (Messines)
theme: La Basseville
9.30 a.m. Battlefield private ceremony with the family : all Maori rituals can
be performed and there will be full privacy for that (police protection as
11.00 Official ceremony at Mesen Memorial of the Missing Official Ceremony and
perhaps a little drink after
12.00 Lunch on battlefield venue
15.00 some explanation –history at same venue
after that free time - back to Ieper – Flanders Fields Museum for those who are
fit enough (jet lag will be playing up…!)
19.00 Dinner at choice (not included in the tour)
20.00 Last Post at the Menin Gate- walking distance from the hotel
DAY 4: WED 01 AUG IEPER AREA theme the third
Battle of Ieper = Battle of Passendale
9.30 a.m. start for Zonnebeke (Passendaele) from the hotel in Ieper.
Guided visit of the area, museum and Ypres with the bus, lunch WWI will be taken
there too. We'll follow the footsteps of the New Zealanders via Wieltje
St Jan's Graventafel, Bellevue spur, Passchendaele. It's very impressive and emotional
journey and the New Zealanders played a very important part in this battle.
Will also visit Tyne Cot Cemetery as it is a special place
to some in our group.
Short rest in Ieper if possible after that.
5 p.m Start for the Poporoake on battlefield and official ceremony in Warneton
in presence of the NZ Ambassador and the Bourgemestre of Warneton-Comines and
local RSA's and drinks afterwards (police protection while ceremony goes on as
Dinner at the hotel around 8 pm
Days 5 - 10
DAY 5: THU 02AUG – YPRES AREA – PARIS
We leave Belgium and head for France, on the way we will visit the LOCATION OF
THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME. The Battle of the Somme was one of the largest all out
offensive planned by the British against the German Army in WWI. Carry on to
Paris for the night. We can settle into our hotel and find a lovely French spot
to have Dinner. Evening is free. (B)
DAY 6: FRI 03AUG – PARIS
One full day to explore the city that's known throughout the world for its
fashions, art and museums, delicious food, and joie de vivre. Included
sightseeing with a local expert of many of the best-known Parisian sights: La
Sorbonne (University) , Arc de Triumphe, Opéra, Madeleine, the EIFFEL TOWER, the
Pyramid near the Louvre, the Invalides, and Champs Elysées. (Itinerary and
sights may be altered due to newly enforced traffic and parking regulations).
Optional excursions are also available to the Palace and Gardens of Versailles.
You may like to find a French Show and Dinner to fill in our last night in
France (B) (free time )
DAY 7: SAT 04AUG – PARIS – BERN
Fascinating, ever-changing scenery today. Views of Fontainebleau Forest, the
wine-growing area of Burgundy, then prosperous farms and tidy half-timbered
villages as you head through the Alpine heart of Switzerland to Bern. (B) (free
DAY 8: SUN 05AUG – BERN – GENOA
Admire the towering majesty of the Swiss Alps on the way over 2114 metres high
(6,935 foot) St. Gotthard Pass and on the way to Italian-speaking southern
Switzerland. Then cross the border and drive to Genoa. (B,D)
DAY 9: MON 06AUG- GENOA-
- 9:00 am : Your bus ought to drive you from your hotel to square Caricamento,
front of "Porto Antico"/Acuario;
- 9:30 am : By a hired non-stop open-top bus (perhaps two), "tour de la ville",
say a sight-seeing of the central town, with its important ancient buildings,
streets, monuments, architecture, places, etc.. Guide in English by headphone
- 10:30 am : Return to Caricamento square; then by your bus, going to a
Sanctuary on a nearby mountain colled LA GUARDIA ( the Guardian, where in the
ancient time it was possible to spot enemy ships and troops). It is a nice place
where you can have a lookout all around; and where we can have lunch in a good
restaurant (typical menu, with Italian pasta, fish, meat, etc.). I am sending
you by mail some depliants, including a map of Genoa, place La Guardia, and
things to be seen.
- 12:30 am : Enjoying meal alltogether.
- 2:00 pm : Visit to the Sanctuary, for those who like it.
- 3:00 pm : Return to PORTO ANTICO (Ancient Port), where you can enjoy some
additional visits, such as the "Bigo" a rotating lift allowing you to see Genoa
from high up; or the "Lanterna", the ancient lighthouse built in year 1543, with
its promenade and museum; etc., according to your wishes.
- 5:00 pm : anything we decide at the moment, like going to see some other
- 7:00 pm : Returning to the Hotel for Dinner. Some of us will be glad to join
DAY 10: TUE 07AUG – GENOA
- 10:00 am : Visit to the grave of Raffaella Sciascia, for those who like to
come (We suggest the morning for that visit).
- The rest of the day, at leisure, like to go and see some other suggested
Days 11 - 15
DAY 11: WED 08AUG – GENOA – FLORENCE – ASSISI
Travel south today to the walled city of Assisi, home of the mystical St.
Francis. Marvel at the remarkable treasures of the magnificent Basilica. On the
way visit the COMMONWEALTH FLORENCE WAR CEMETERY. (B)
Commonwealth Florence War Cemetery, On the Banks of the Arno: The Commonwealth
Florence War Cemetery is located outside Florence on the north bank of the Arno
River It is small, quiet and beautiful. You can actually hear the birds while
the traffic passes on the road outside the cemetery gates. Enjoy the quiet and
the beautiful view as you look all around the cemetery. This cemetery is the
burial place for 1,637 Commonwealth soldiers. We will visit the grave of our
Pene Whanau soldier, ki reira tangi, mihi ai.
DAY 12: THU 09AUG – ASSISI – PESCARA – ORTONA -CASTELFRENTANO-TRANI
We will leave Assisi to travel to Pescara, calling at Ortona to meet with our
Weigerts/Sciascia relatives who live there, the family of Giacinto. They will
host us for a small informal reception. Paolo Fulci and his family will join us
at this stop and travel on with us to Trani and Rome. We will then proceed to
the Val di Sangro Cemetery which is less then an hours drive from their home. We
will visit the other grave of our Pene Whanau soldier, ki reira tangi, mihi ai.
Sangro River War Cemetery: Lie’s in the Contrada
Sentinelle in the Commune of Torino di Sangro, Province of Chieti. The cemetery
contains 2,617 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.
From there we will travel to Castelfrentano for a reception at 3.30pm. Then
onto Trani for arriving late that night.(B.)
DAY 13: FRI 10AUG – TRANI
Breakfast at the hotel.
Your Group should preferably be split in advance into 4 sub-groups (ten persons
each). To each sub-group an English speaking guide will be provided by the
In the morning, visit of the city of Trani (50.000 inhabitants) including the
former house of Carlo Sciascia Sr. (1764-1809), Via del Cambio, 20; of Nicola
Sciascia (1792-1836), Vico della Rosa, 6; of Carlo Sciascia Jr. (Strada la
Giudea, 20) before he left Trani for Fiume in 1848.
Visit to the Swabian Castle built by Frederick II.
Return to the Hotel, lunch and rest.
4.30 p.m.: Departure from Trani to Bisceglie (10 Km). I presume you will have
your bus available during the entire trip.
Visit of Bisceglie and reception at the City Hall.
Refreshment offered by Bisceglie’s friends.
DAY 14: SAT 11AUG – TRANI
Breakfast at the Hotel
9 a.m.: departure by bus from Trani to Bari (50 Km)
Visit to the city of Bari (Basilica of San Nicola, Città vecchia and Lungomare
guided by Mrs. Adele Coronati and his husband, Mr. Rossignoli)
Visit to the Bartolomeo’s tomb (?)
12.30 p.m. Refreshment offered by Mrs. Adele Coronati and Mr. Rossignoli at the
Hotel Sheraton Nicolaus (27, Via Cardinale A. Ciasca - Bari).
2 p.m. return to the Trani Hotel and rest
3.30 p.m. departure by bus from Trani to Castel del Monte (30 Km)
Visit to the famous Castel del Monte built by king Frederick II (1240).
Return to Trani by bus
7.30 p.m.: Historical Representation - seen from a vantage point - of the
marriage in Trani of King Manfredi, son of King Frederick II, with Elena Comneno,
Princess of Epirus, in 1259.
Dinner at the Hotel
DAY 15: SUN 12AUG – TRANI
Breakfast at the hotel
Visit to the Cathedral of Trani and to the Baptistery, located in the crypt of
“Santa Maria della Scala” (downstairs the Cathedral of Trani) where all the
Sciascias of Trani were baptized.
11.30 a.m. Holy Mass in the Cathedral of Trani celebrated by the Archbishop of
Lunch and rest at the Hotel
5 p.m. Meeting organized by “Trani Nostra” at Palazzo Palmieri.
6 p.m. Ceremony in the “Aula Magna” of the City Hall (Palazzo Palmieri)
8 p.m. Farewell reception at the “Union Club” with the participation of the
Italian relatives from Bari and Caserta.
Days 16 - 19
DAY 16: MON 13AUG –TRANI – ROME
Breakfast at the Hotel
9 a.m.: departure from Trani to Rome by bus calling at Caserta on the way
A comfortable drive northwards this morning for arrival in Rome well in time to
enjoy the afternoon and evening. Paolo Fulci, a descendant of another brother,
Giacinto Sciascia lives here, he is a retired senior Italian diplomat. It is
here in Rome where we hope to organise an evening (if it hasn’t already
happened) where the descendants of the four families – Nicola, Giacinto,
Bartolomeo, Raffaella and now Margherita Sciascia may gather. We can expect
DAY 17: TUE 14AUG – ROME
This city is steeped in history, vibrantly alive and exciting and absolutely
unique. Included sightseeing with a local guide starts in St. Peter's Square,
followed by a visit to the Roman Forum and the mighty Colosseum. Then some more
time to do just as you please or to do some optional excursions. That evening we
will attend a cocktail reception at the home of Paolo and Claris Fulci at 34,
Via Bruxelles (Quartiere Parioli) (B,)
DAY 18: WED 15AUG – ROME
DAY 18: WED 15AUG – ROME
An opportunity for more sightseeing and to take in the magic of this romantic
city. We will attend a public audience with Pope Benedict XVI at 12.30pm
Wednesday, the 15th of August, which is the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary,
a major feast throughout the Catholic world — it is the patronal feast of the
Catholic Church in New Zealand. Furthermore, it is most probable that the papal
audience will take place in Castel Gandolfo, the summer residence of the Pope.
This evening we will attend a Farewell diner at the Circolo del Ministero degli
Esteri ( 42, Lungotevere dell” Acqua Acetosa ) at 7pm. The NZ
Ambassador-designate Laurie Markes has been invited to attend both receptions
and he has been invited to join us in Trani. (B.)
DAY 19 : THURS 16AUG- ROME
Free time most of this day. We will spend all day in this beautiful city before
being transferred to the airport for your home bound flight at 5.20pm (B)