Pass through the Holy Doors during this Jubilee Year of Mercy, attend a Papal Audience, celebrate the diaconate ordination of Bryan Kuhr, plus daily Mass in amazing churches, and enjoy excellent meals.
September 27th – October 7th, 2016
Six nights in Rome and three nights in Assisi.
Who’s the priest?
Father Joshua Allen – chaplain of Georgia Tech.
- Roundtrip airfare from Atlanta;
- accommodations for nine nights in centrally located hotels;
- ground transportation;
- breakfast daily, plus seven additional meals;
- drinks with meals;
- entry fees and guided tours;
- all tips;
- and so much more.
Tuesday, September 27th
Delta 064 departs Atlanta at 6:42 p.m.
Wednesday, September 28th
Your flight arrives in Rome at 10:15 a.m. After some time to freshen up and have a quick lunch, we will begin our pilgrimage with Mass at Santa Pudenziana, a basilica that dates back to the second century and where a Eucharistic miracle occurred in the 17th century. Next we will visit Saint Paul Outside the Walls. We’ll go through the Holy Doors and visit the tomb of Saint Paul. Dinner and overnight in Rome. We are staying just across from the Vatican Museums at Hotel Alimandi Tunisi.
Thursday, September 29th
This morning we will attend the diaconate ordination of Atlanta seminarian Bryan Kuhr in Saint Peter’s Basilica. There will be a reception at the North American College following the ordination. Later today we will head over to the Ancient City and dig into our early Christian roots with a visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Overnight in Rome.
Friday, September 30th
This morning we will attend Deacon Bryan Kuhr’s Mass of thanksgiving. We’ll stroll through the historic city center to visit the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. Along the way, we’ll stop in many churches to visit Saint Catherine, Saint Ignatius, Saint Monica, Saint Philip Neri, and more. We’ll celebrate Mass at Santa Maria sopra Minerva. Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Saturday, October 1st
This morning we head to Umbria for three nights in Assisi. We will meet our local guide for a visit to Assisi’s churches of San Francesco, San Ruffino, Chiesa Nuova, and Santa Chiara. We will see the spot where Saint Francis and Saint Clare were baptized, the home where Saint Francis grew up, and the tomb of Saint Clare. Tonight we’ll have a huge Umbrian feast. Dinner and overnight in Assisi. We are staying just off the main piazza at Hotel Posta Panoramic.
Sunday, October 2nd
Today we’ll take a day trip into Tuscany. We will visit Florence for a tour of the Accademia to see Michelangelo’s David. We’ll walk through the city and visit the Duomo and Santa Croce. We’ll return to Assisi later this afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Assisi.
Monday, October 3rd
This morning our local guide will lead us to San Damiano, a quiet visit to the Hermitage, and a visit to the Porziuncola in Santa Maria degli Angeli.
After the tour we’ll day trip to Siena. We’ll first visit San Domenico, the church Saint Catherine attended, and also the church that houses the relic of her Holy Head. Then we will visit the home of Saint Catherine, where we will see the crucifix from which she received the stigmata. Next we will visit one of Italy’s greatest piazzas, Siena’s Il Campo before we walk over for a visit to the Duomo. Overnight in Assisi.
Tuesday, October 4th
This morning we’ll return to Rome. Once we get to Rome, we’ll visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. The tour will end inside Saint Peter’s basilica. We are staying just across from the Vatican Museums at Hotel Alimandi Tunisi. Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Wednesday, October 5th
We will begin this morning in Saint Peter’s Square with Pope Francis at the weekly General Audience. You’ll have some time for lunch after the Papal Blessing.
This afternoon we will visit the holy relics of the Passion of Christ at Santa Croce, take a prayerful ascent of the Scala Santa, and then pass through the Holy Doors and celebrate Mass at Rome’s Cathedral, Saint John Lateran. Overnight in Rome.
Thursday, October 6th
We’ll take a full day trip down the Mediterranean coast to the ancient city of Pompeii. We’ll walk the well preserved streets and get close to Mount Vesuvius. We will celebrate Mass in the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii before returning to Rome. Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Friday, October 7th
We’ll end our pilgrimage with Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica before heading to the airport. Delta 065 departs Rome at 12:15 p.m., arrives Atlanta at 5:30 p.m.
August 1st, 2016: Final payment is due. Photocopy of your Passport is due – picture page only – can be emailed. Any special dietary or medical requests is also due at this time.
$3,600 per person
$1,000 deposit secures your spot. Tour deposit is fully refundable for 14 days from the time you make your deposit.
Final payment of $2,600 is due August 1st, 2016. Final payment is nonrefundable.
Small group – space is limited!
This cost is for double occupancy. If you prefer to have your own single room, there is a single supplement of $800.
If you think there is any chance you may need to cancel, I recommend you purchase travel insurance.
Many people go through InsureMyTrip.com. A Cancel for Any Reason plan will let you, well, cancel for ‘most’ any reason. Most plans should allow for at least a 75% refund should you need to cancel at any time before departure. Please review all your options to be sure the plan you pick is best for you.
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 and the bus to your hotel room. We will not have porters on this trip, so keep that in mind when deciding how many pairs of shoes to bring! Here’s a post I wrote about packing.
You should be in good physical shape.
We will do a lot of walking, much of it outside. We will cover several miles on most days.
You must be flexible!
This is the 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!
Roundtrip airfare between Atlanta and Rome
September 27th, 2016
Delta 064 departs Atlanta at 6:42 p.m. and arrives Rome at 10:15 a.m. on September 28th.
October 7th, 2016
Delta 065 departs Rome at 12:15 p.m., arrives Atlanta at 5:30 p.m.
Breakfast daily plus 7 additional meals
As always, drinks are included with our group meals.
All group ground transportation
We’ll be traveling in a private motor coach.
Full time service of a tour director
Visiting new countries can be intimidating! That’s why you will have an experienced Catholic American tour director with you at all times.
Local guides, per itinerary
We will have a local guide for Assisi, Florence, Pompeii, the Vatican Museums, and the Colosseum.
No hidden costs
If we do it as a group, it’s included in the price! You are responsible only for the meals you have on your own, souvenirs you wish to buy, and anything you want to do in your free time. Tips, taxes, drinks with meals? Already included!
Once we receive your deposit, your tour price will not go up!
All tips for group meals, 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.
Plan your trip with your traveling companions before you leave! We set up private Facebook groups for each tour to give you a chance to meet before you meet!
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 free time for you to explore, shop and relax on your own.
Use the form below to sign up for this pilgrimage. If you have any questions, you can email or call 404.330.9913.
Terms and Conditions
What you are getting by signing up, how much walking you will be doing, what happens if something changes in the itinerary, making your final payment, how we can send you home if you misbehave… and more!
You’ll be able to pay by credit card or check. Payment info will be emailed to you once you sign up.