One of my most requested itineraries, sure to sell out quickly! Two of Catholicism’s most important sites, Rome and Lourdes.
We’ll attend the diaconate ordination for the seminarians studying at the Pontifical North American College, two Papal Audiences, visit the Sistine Chapel at night, spend three beautiful nights in Lourdes, have excellent meals, and daily Mass in some of the most amazing churches.
September 25th – October 7th, 2017
Eight nights in Rome and three nights in Lourdes
- roundtrip airfare from Cedar Rapids, Iowa;
- roundtrip airfare from Lourdes to Rome
- accommodations for 11 nights in centrally located hotels;
- ground transportation;
- breakfast daily, plus 7 additional meals including some of Rome’s best restaurants;
- wine with meals;
- entry fees and guided tours;
- all tips;
- and so much more.
Does the cost include air?
Yes! The priest is based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. But you can connect with the group from any US city, just contact me for info.
Can I book my own flights?
Of course! Since the pilgrimage begins and ends in Rome, it’s easy to book your own flights. Ground only cost is $2,800.
Monday, September 25th
Your overnight flight to Rome.
Tuesday, September 26th
Once you land, you’ll have time to check in, freshen up, and have lunch. This afternoon we’ll visit the church of Tre Fontane, where Saint Paul was martyred, then we’ll visit his tomb at Saint Paul Outside the Walls. Dinner and overnight in Rome. We are staying just across the street from the Vatican Museums at Hotel Alimandi Vaticano.
Wednesday, September 27th
We’ll begin this morning with the Papal Audience in Saint Peter’s Square. This afternoon we’ll take a walking tour through the historic center of Rome 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. Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Thursday, September 28th
This morning we’ll attend the diaconate ordination of Mr. Scott Foley and Mr. John Lamansky at Saint Peter’s Basilica. We’ll then go to the reception at the North American College. You’ll have the evening free. Overnight in Rome.
Friday, September 29th
This morning we’ll attend the Mass of Thanksgiving for the newly ordained deacons. This evening we’ll tour the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel during the extraordinary night opening. Overnight in Rome.
Saturday, September 30th – Monday, October 2nd
We’ll take a quick flight to Lourdes, France. We’ll ease into France in this most holy place located in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains. Here you’ll have a chance to bathe in the healing baths, drink from the miraculous spring, and pray the Stations of the Cross. We’ll also participate in the candlelight procession. You’ll have plenty of time free for prayer and reflection. For the next three nights we are staying just outside the Shrine at Grand Hotel Moderne.
Tuesday, October 3rd
Today we return to Rome. We are staying just across the street from the Vatican Museums at Hotel Alimandi Vaticano.
Wednesday, October 4th
This morning we’ll have another opportunity to see the Holy Father at the General Audience. After the audience, we’ll head outside the walls of Rome for a great lunch. We’ll stop at Saint Mary Major for a visit and to celebrate Mass. We’ll also visit Rome’s first cathedral and a church that holds the relic of the scourging pillar. Then we’ll head to dinner. Lunch and overnight in Rome.
Thursday, October 5th
We’ll celebrate Mass this morning in Saint Peter’s Basilica. You’ll have plenty of time to explore on your own, pray, or climb the dome.
This afternoon we’ll dig into Ancient Rome with a visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Overnight in Rome.
Friday, October 6th
You’ll have the morning free. This afternoon we will visit Rome’s churches most closely tied to the Passion of Christ. We’ll start with a visit to the Cathedral, Saint John Lateran, then we’ll make a prayerful ascent up the Scala Santa, the stairs Jesus climbed when he was condemned to death, next we will visit the holy relics of the Passion at Santa Croce. Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Saturday, October 7th
Your flight home. You’ll depart Rome this morning and arrive in Cedar Rapids this evening.
Your deposit reserves your spot. This is a long requested itinerary, and I expect it to fill quickly.
July 1st, 2017: 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.
$4,200 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 $3,200 is due July 1st, 2017. Final payment is nonrefundable.
Small group! Space is limited!
This cost is for double occupancy. Traveling alone? No problem! You’ll have a chance to ‘meet’ the other solo travelers before the trip and pick a roommate. This usually works out well. If you really prefer to have your own single room, there is a single supplement of $900.
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!
Pre and post trip planning
If you are planning to arrive a few days early or stay a few days after the tour ends, I’ll help you with your itinerary.
The group flights are from Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Rome, Italy. We will also be flying from Rome to Lourdes. It’s all included in the price.
Breakfast daily plus 8 additional meals
As always, water and unlimited wine is 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 (me!) with you at all times.
Local guides, per itinerary
We will have a local guides join us periodically throughout the pilgrimage.
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.