Together we will attend the Canonization Mass of Mother Teresa with the Holy Father, pass through many Holy Doors during this Holy Year of Mercy, see a Eucharistic Miracle, visit the tombs of many Saints, celebrate Mass daily in amazing churches, and enjoy excellent meals throughout our pilgrimage.
To keep your cost low and give you maximum flexibility, this pilgrimage is being offered as a land-only package. We begin and end in Rome which gives you the freedom to arrive and depart at a time and date that works best for you. This also allows you to find the flights that work best for your schedule and budget.
August 29th – September 5th, 2016
Five nights in Rome and three nights in Assisi.
How many people?
Small group. Only 20 people!
Only $2,500 + air
- accommodations for 8 nights in centrally located hotels;
- ground transportation;
- breakfast daily, plus six additional meals;
- wine with meals;
- entry fees and guided tours;
- all tips;
- and so much more.
Does the cost include air?
No, this trip is land-only. But your airport transfers in Rome are covered. Simply send me your flight details and I’ll handle the rest.
May I extend my stay?
I would love for you to extend your stay and explore more of Italy! You can arrive early or depart late and I’ll help with as much, or as little, as you want.
How close will we get at the Canonization Mass?
High profile Papal events are no joke! I’ve been bringing groups to big papal events for 11 years. The beatification of John Paul II, the conclave that elected Pope Francis, the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis, the canonization of Saint John Paul II, plus many Easter and Christmas Masses, and I even went to every papal event for an entire year in 2014. Living in Rome, I still attend just about every papal event I can. Big events like this canonization are exciting and spiritually rewarding, but also can be difficult if you are not prepared. I will do all I can to get our group into the piazza for the Mass, but it may require an early morning (or overnight) on the streets. Even then, a spot in the piazza is not guaranteed. But, as you can see, I’ve been blessed with a pretty good track record.
Monday, August 29th
You’ll have time to arrive, check in, and freshen up. Our pilgrimage officially begins this afternoon at 3:00 p.m. as we head out to visit Rome’s churches most closely tied to the Passion of Christ. We’ll start with a visit to Rome’s 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. We’ll stroll through historic Rome this evening before dinner to see the Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona, and the Pantheon. Dinner and overnight in Rome. We are staying just across from the Vatican Museums at Hotel Alimandi Tunisi.
Tuesday, August 30th
We have an early morning Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica passing through the Holy Doors as we enter the Basilica. After Mass we will tour the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. You’ll have the remainder of the day free to explore Rome. Overnight in Rome.
Wednesday, August 31st
This morning we’ll head north to Umbria. We will first stop in Orvieto to visit and have Mass in the Cathedral that holds the corporal from the Eucharistic Miracle of Bolsena. After time for lunch and a little shopping in Orvieto, we will continue to Assisi. Dinner and overnight in Assisi. We are staying just off the main piazza at Hotel Umbra.
Thursday, September 1st
We’ll begin today with Mass at the tomb of Saint Francis. After Mass we will meet up with our local guide who will lead us through the basilica of San Francesco. Our tour will continue as we tour Santa Chiara, to visit the tomb of Saint Clare, San Ruffino, the cathedral of Assisi, and Chiesa Nuova, the home of Saint Francis. You will have the remainder of the day to pray, relax, and shop. We will meet up this evening for dinner. Tonight we will have a huge Umbrian feast. Dinner and overnight in Assisi.
Friday, September 2nd
This morning we will celebrate Mass in the 13th century church of Santo Stefano. From here we will meet our local guide and visit San Damiano, followed by a quiet visit to the Hermitage, high above Assisi. After working up an appetite, we’ll travel to a nearby winery for a tasting and light lunch. Overnight in Assisi.
Saturday, September 3rd
Today we return to Rome. As we leave Assisi, we will stop at the basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli to celebrate Mass in the Porziuncola. Once we get to Rome, we’ll stop at Saint Paul Outside the Walls to visit the tomb of Saint Paul. Overnight in Rome. This time we are staying even closer to the Vatican Museums at Hotel Alimandi Vaticano.
Sunday, September 4th
This morning we will celebrate the Canonization Mass of Mother Teresa with Pope Francis. After Mass we’ll go for a well deserved Italian pranzo. You’ll have the remainder of the afternoon free to recover and relax. Overnight in Rome.
Monday, September 5th
You’ll have the morning free to relax. This afternoon we will celebrate Mass at Saint Mary Major. We will pass through the Holy Doors and visit the church. Next we’ll dig into Ancient Rome with a visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill. Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Tuesday, September 6th
Departure from Rome. Airport transfers are already covered.
Your deposit reserves your spot. I expect this pilgrimage to sell out quickly
July 15th, 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.
$2,500 + air, 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 $1,500 is due on July 15th, 2016. Final payment is nonrefundable.
Small group! Space is extremely 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 $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!
Canonizations can be fun and difficult!
This is mentioned above, but it’s very important. I’ve been bringing groups to big papal events for 11 years. The beatification of John Paul II, the conclave that elected Pope Francis, the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis, the canonization of Saint John Paul II, plus many Easter and Christmas Masses, and I even went to every papal event for an entire year in 2014. Living in Rome, I still attend just about every papal event I can. Big events like this canonization are exciting and spiritually rewarding, but also can be difficult if you are not prepared. I will do all I can to get our group into the piazza for the Mass, but it may require an early morning (or overnight) on the streets. Even then, a spot in the piazza is not guaranteed. But, as you can see, I’ve been blessed with a pretty good track record.
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 efficient 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. The night before the canonization could mean sleeping outside.
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.
Airport transfers between FCO and Hotel Alimandi
Regardless of the time, or even day, you arrive or depart, I will arrange for your pick up from the Rome airport to bring you to the hotel in Rome and when you depart, from the hotel in Rome back to the airport.
Accommodations for 8 nights
Rome: Hotel Alimandi Tunisi
Assisi: Hotel Umbra
Rome: Hotel Alimandi Vaticano
Breakfast daily plus 6 additional meals
As always, water and unlimited wine is included with our group meals – no wine at breakfast!
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.