$3,800 (plus air)
Priest: Father Arnel Barrameda
We start in the heart of Tuscany with three nights in Florence. Then into Umbria with three nights in Assisi. Finally, we head to Rome for four nights just outside the Vatican
Is this pilgrimage trip for you?
You need to be flexible.
This pilgrimage is not for grumpy people or those unable to be joyfully flexible. Italy is completely back to normal, but Italy is Italy so we need to be up for anything.
So if you are easy-going and excited to travel, even with some uncertainties mixed in, this could be the trip for you!
If this pilgrimage doesn’t work for you, no worries, I’ve been doing this for nearly 19 years and plan to do many, many more.
You should be in good physical shape.
We will do a lot of walking, much of it outside, and much of it on uneven ground. We can walk up to 5 miles per day. Please do consider this before signing up.
You need to be able to carry your own luggage.
You are responsible for your luggage. We don’t not have porters and the two story hotel we use in Rome does not have an elevator. I will provide a thorough packing list to help you pack lightly and efficiently.
You’ll get the full itinerary closer to departure, but…
We begin with three nights in Florence. Our hotel is centrally located, making all sightseeing, shopping, and tours easily accessible. In Florence we will visit the Accademia, Santa Croce, the Duomo, and a few other off-the-beaten path places. We have some special surprises planned along the way.
Then we travel into Umbria to Assisi. We will be staying three nights at Hotel Umbra, just off the main piazza. We will have a local guide take us on tour of the shrines, including San Damiano, the Hermitage, and the Porziuncola. We will visit the nearby town of Montefalco to tour a winery and have lunch on an Umbrian family farm.
We will stop in Orvieto as we head to Rome. Here we’ll have Mass in the Cathedral, below the Corporal from the Eucharistic Miracle of Bolsena, you’ll also have a chance to sample the local wine, Orvieto Classico.
In Rome, we will visit many of Rome’s best churches, visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, and dine in my favorite restaurants.
Of course Mass will be celebrated daily in some of the most beautiful churches in Italy.
$3,800 per person – ground only.
$1,000 deposit secures your spot.
Final payment of $2,800 is due May 19th, 2023.
The cost is per person, in double occupancy, meaning two people to a room.
I match singles with other traveling singles (of the same sex) and that always works out great. If you are uncomfortable sharing a room with a stranger, you can request a single room for an additional $800. Single rooms are limited.
Included in the price
Accommodations for 10 nights
3 nights in Florence
3 nights in Assisi
4 nights in Rome
Breakfast daily plus 8 additional meals in some of my favorite restaurants, never hotels!
Drinks, including unlimited wine, is included in all our lunches and dinners.
Lunch at an Umbrian winery
Airport transfers between our Rome hotel and FCO.
All group ground transportation
We’ll be traveling in a private motor coach.
Full time service of a tour director
I’ll be with you at all times.
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.
Once I 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.
Entry fees and tours
All entry fees and tours to our included group activities.
Plan your trip with your traveling companions before you leave! I’ll 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.
You should arrive in Florence no later than June 3rd, we will begin at 3 PM on June 3rd. If you want to arrive early, contact the hotel directly and let them know you are with The Catholic Traveler.
You should depart no earlier than June 13th, our last group activity will be a dinner June 12th and you’ll have the hotel room for the night. If you want to stay longer, contact the hotel directly and let them know you are with The Catholic Traveler.
Most airlines are offering free changes should anything happen to the trip. Most airlines are not offering refunds, but rather a credit.
Your transfer to Florence
We begin in Florence. You can either fly into the local airport in Florence (FLR), which will require a connection in Europe. Or you can fly into Rome (FCO) and take the high speed train straight to Florence from the airport. I am available to help with any logistics.
No Hassle Cancellations
No other tour or pilgrimage company offers this level of free cancellation coverage.
If you need to cancel for any reason at all, up to 60 days before the start of the trip, you will be refunded 100% of the cost of the pilgrimage.
If you need to cancel for any reason at all within 60 days of departure, you’ll get everything back minus the deposit.
If for any reason I need to cancel or postpone the trip, you will be refunded 100% of the cost of the pilgrimage.
In all cases, you are responsible for working with the airline to get credit or refunds for changed or cancelled flights.
Trip insurance is a wise investment in case something comes up while you are in Italy. If you think there is any chance you may need to cancel, I recommend you purchase travel insurance. 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. I have a friend who specializes in trip insurance, you can contact him directly, but you are under no obligation to use him and I don’t get any sort of kick backs, so shop around and find what is best for you.
Click the button to sign up for this pilgrimage. If you have any questions, email me at email@example.com.