Together we will pass through the Holy Doors during this Holy Year of Mercy, attend the Angelus with Pope Francis, see a Eucharistic Miracle, visit the tombs of many Saints, celebrate Mass daily in amazing churches, and enjoy excellent meals throughout our pilgrimage.
September 7th – September 16th, 2016
Three nights in Assisi, three nights in Rome and two nights in Venice.
- accommodations for 8 nights in centrally located hotels;
- Airfare from Washington Dulles to Rome, and Venice to Dulles;
- ground transportation;
- breakfast daily, plus five additional meals;
- wine with meals;
- entry fees and guided tours;
- all tips;
- and so much more.
Does the cost include air?
Yes. The group is flying from Washington Dulles to Rome, and then returning to Dulles from Venice.
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.
Wednesday, September 7th
United flight 42 departs IAD at 5:20 p.m.
Thursday, September 8th
Your flight arrives FCO at 8:10 a.m. We’ll straight into 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.
Friday, September 9th
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.
Saturday, September 10th
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, then into the valley to visit the basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli and the Porziuncola. After working up an appetite, we’ll travel to a nearby winery for a tasting and light lunch. Overnight in Assisi.
Sunday, September 11th
We’ll head to Rome early this morning to arrive in time for the Angelus with Pope Francis. After praying with the Holy Father, we’ll go across town for lunch. We’ll then visit the church of Tre Fontante to see the spot where Saint Paul was martyred.
Next we’ll visit Saint Paul Outside the Walls to see the tomb of Saint Paul and celebrate Mass. After Mass we’ll spot by Saint Mary Major.
Monday, September 12th
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, the Sistine Chapel, and make a special visit to the Vatican Gardens. You’ll have the remainder of the day free to explore Rome. Overnight in Rome.
Tuesday, September 13th
This afternoon we’ll head out to visit Rome’s churches most closely tied to the Passion of Christ. We’ll start with Mass at 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.
Wednesday, September 14th
This morning we’ll depart Rome by high speed train to Venice. Once we arrive, we’ll meet up with our local guide to tour the basilica of Saint Mark, Doge’s Palace, and a few of the quiet side streets and canals. Overnight in Venice.
Thursday, September 15th
Today you are completely free to enjoy this unique city. We’ll meet up this evening for Mass and dinner. Dinner and overnight in Venice.
Friday, September 16th
Departure from Venice. United flight 169 departs VCE at 10:55 a.m. and arrives EWR at 2:25 p.m. United flight 4948 departs EWR at 4:40 p.m. and arrives IAD at 6:20 p.m.
Your deposit reserves your spot. I expect this pilgrimage to sell out quickly
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.
$3,900 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 $2,900 is due on August 1st, 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!
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.
Accommodations for 8 nights
We are staying 3 nights in Assisi, 3 nights in Rome, and 2 nights in Venice.
Breakfast daily plus 5 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.