Church of the Holy Ghost Pilgrimage to Italy
and the Diaconate Ordination of Nick Fleming

At a glance

rome

When?
September 25 – October 4, 2014

Where?
Assisi, Siena and Rome

How much?
$3,600.

What’s included?
Airfare, accommodations, transportation, seven amazing meals and more!

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Itinerary

September 25, 2014: Up in the air
Your overnight flight from BOS – FCO.

September 26, 2014: Assisi
We’ll take a private coach straight to Assisi from the airport.

We are staying at Hotel Umbra for two nights. This hotel is right in the city center, just off Piazza del Comune.

Mass today at San Ruffino.

We’ll take a leisurely stroll through Assisi and visit San Damiano, San Ruffino, Santa Chiara and Santa Maria sopra Minerva.

This evening we’ll have a traditional Umbrian dinner.

September 27, 2014: Assisi
This morning we’ll celebrate Mass at the tomb of Saint Francis and tour the basilica.

You’ll have some time this afternoon for prayer, rest and shopping.

This evening we’ll have another excellent traditional Umbrian dinner.

September 28, 2014: Siena
Travel by coach to Siena, stopping at Santa Maria degli Angeli on the way out for Mass and to visit the Porziuncola, one of the churches Saint Francis restored.

In Siena we will be staying just beside Saint Catherine’s parish church and a short walk to Piazza del Campo.

We’ll visit the basilica of Saint Francis to view the Eucharistic Miracle of 1730 and visit Saint Catherine’s home.

Tonight we’ll have an amazing dinner under the main square.

September 29, 2014: Siena
This morning we’ll have Mass at San Domenico, the parish church of Saint Catherine.

For here we’ll walk over to the Duomo for a tour.

You’ll have the remainder of the day free to explore this beautiful city.

Dinner on your own.

September 30 – October 3, 2014: Rome

On October 2nd, our seminarian, Nick Fleming, will be ordained by His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl in Saint Peter’s Basilica. We will attend the ordination and then on October 3rd, we will attend a Mass of thanksgiving where our new deacon will preach.

We are going to see a lot during our time in Rome.

We’ll be staying just outside the Vatican Museums.

Of course we’ll visit up the popular sites such as the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and the Pantheon.

But we’ll dig even deeper into Rome with the Scavi Tour, visits to the Catacombs, Saint Mary Major, Saint John Lateran, Saint Paul Outside the Walls, Scala Santa (the stairs Jesus climbed when he was condemned to death), Santa Croce (the church that houses the relics from the Passion), Santa Maria della Vittoria, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill, Santa Maria sopra Minerva, Gesù, Sant’Ignazio, Sant’Agostino, Saint Lawrence Outside the Walls, Castel Sant’Angelo and more!

We’ll enjoy an evening floodlit tour of Rome with visits to Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, and the Spanish Steps.

Into art? Well see see masterpieces by Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Leonardo, Caravaggio, Bernini and more.

We’ll attend an audience with the Holy Father.

Along the way, we’ll visit many saints, including…

Saint Peter, Saint Paul, Saint Ignatius, Saint Francis Xavier, Saint Catherine, Saint Monica, Saint Agnes, Saint Cecilia, Saint Lawrence, Saint Stephen and more!

Each night you’ll be treated to the best food in Rome.

October 4, 2014: Up in the air
Your flight home. :(

Price

$3,600 (scroll down to see all that’s included)
$1,000 deposit secures your spot.
Final payment of $2,600 due July 25, 2014.

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Small group! Space is limited!

Traveling alone? No problem! You’ll have a chance to ‘meet’ the other solo travelers before the trip and pick a roommate. This has always worked out well.

Understanding and Comparing Tour Prices

Tour prices can be very deceiving, making it difficult to compare. Here’s a short list to consider when comparing prices:

  • Often times when your airfare is included, the fuel and departure taxes are not. This can add an additional $400 to the advertised price. We always include all fuel and taxes in our advertised price!
  • Where is your hotel located? Outside of town? If it’s not in the heart of the city, factor in transportation cost for free time activities! Not only does this add to the cost of the trip, but it also costs you valuable time! Our groups always stay in convenient, centrally located hotels!
  • Where are you eating? Most tour companies stick to the hotel dining room. Did you really go to Italy to eat at a hotel? Our groups always dine in local, family owned restaurants!
  • Are drinks included? Not usually! And all you can drink wine at a three hour dinner can really add up! Our group meals always include unlimited water and wine!
  • Are tips included? Most of the time, travelers are expected to provide daily tips for meals, drivers, guides and hotel staff. That’s fun to keep up with! The Catholic Traveler always includes all tips in the advertised price!

Is this tour for you?

Please review the following before committing to this trip!

You must be able to carry your own luggage. You are responsible for your luggage and getting it from the plane to the bus to your hotel room. We do not have porters! Keep this in mind when trying to decide how many pairs of shoes to bring!

You should be in good physical shape. We will do a lot of walking, much of it outside. Some days we may cover two to three miles at a decent pace.

You must be flexible! This is Italy, things may close without notice, a protest could spring up without warning. But, it’s not all negative, great things come up unexpectedly as well. Being flexible is the key for happy travels!

Included

Roundtrip airfare between Boston (BOS) and Rome (FCO)

Accommodations for 8 nights
In Assisi we are staying at Hotel Umbra.

In Siena we are staying at Hotel Chiusarelli.

In Rome we are staying at Hearth Hotel.

“The hotels Mountain booked us in were wonderful. The staff in each hotel spoke English, were warm, personable and very helpful. The hotels were clean and centrally located to area.” – Dee H.

Breakfast daily plus 7 additional meals
Who travels to Italy to eat at a hotel? All our meals are in authentic Italian restaurants. Unlimited Water and wine is included with each meal.

All group ground transportation
We’ll be traveling by private motor coach and sometimes by foot. It’s all covered.

Full time service of a guide
Visiting new countries can be intimidating! That’s why you will have an experienced American guide with you at all times.

“If Jack Bauer was a Catholic tour guide, he’d be Mountain.” – John S.

Local guides per itinerary
Some places command the knowledge of a scholar. That is why we employ professional local guides for the Vatican Museums, Ancient Rome, Catacombs and the Scavi Tour.

“Our guides were excellent, great people, personalities, kept us on time so we did not miss a thing, well informed providing us with a wealth of information.” – Barbara B.

No hidden costs
If we do it as a group, it’s included in the price! You are responsible only for a few meals you have on your own any souvenirs you wish to buy and anything you want to do in your free time. Tips, taxes, drinks? Already included!

Guaranteed cost
Once we receive your deposit, your tour price will not go up, even if the Euro increases!

All tips for group meals, local guides and drivers
Would you believe that many tour companies require you to tip as you go? Not only does that add to the advertised sticker price of a tour, it’s also a huge hassle to you! No need to worry about that here. Tips are already included and we take care of that behind the scenes.

Entry fees and tours
All entry fees and tours to our included group activities.

“The price was very affordable for everything that was provided. Just the flight alone cost more than the whole tour. The meals provided were EXCELLENT. The tours were well worth the admission fees and the churches that we visited were priceless.”
- Rena V.

Social planning
Plan your trip with your traveling companions before you leave! We set up private Facebook groups for each tour. If you don’t already know everyone on the trip, this gives you a chance to meet before you meet!

“The Facebook group has been a really fun part of preparing for our trip. I’ve been able to really get to know my fellow pilgrims, sharing our lives (and fun stories!) through our various interactions on the group. I’ve been able to meet 5 fellow pilgrims in person because we became friends on the Facebook page – this would not have happened if Mountain didn’t set it up for us. It’s actually made me more excited for the trip!”
- Sarah V.

You time
We have a lot planned, but time on your own is important. We take our time in churches to give you the opportunity for prayer and reflection. We also include some free time for you to explore, shop and relax on your own.

“Mountain was also very helpful during the “free time” of the trip. He gave us great recommendations on food and places to see. He has been to these places so many times that he had an answer to almost any question we threw at him. – Sarah D.

Questions?

Please call 404.717.2460 or email The Catholic Traveler to discuss!

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