Italy 2011


Wed 13 Jul 11  Depart on United Airlines Flight 966 from DULLES Airport Washington DC. Dinner and movie.

Thur 14 Jul 11   Arrive in Rome Fumicino Airport and be greeted by our Italian Escort. Depart on our deluxe bus for Assisi, stopping along the way for lunch. In the Basilica of Santa Maria dei Angeli Father will celebrate Mass and you’ll have time to visit where St Francis spent most of his life and where he died. Visit the Chapel, Portiuncola, the rose bush, and the cave where the saint retired for prayer. Check into hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Fri 15 Jul 11  After breakfast, we go to the Basilica of Saint Francis where Father will celebrate Mass. Pray at Tomb of the Saint and then have a special tour of the lower and upper churches with its many frescoes. Continue through the town to visit the places made special by Saint Francis and on to the Basilica of Saint Clare. Pray before the cross which spoke to Saint Francis and visit the Tomb of Saint Clare. You’ll have a free afternoon before returning to the hotel for dinner and overnight

Sat 16 Jul 11  After breakfast, depart for the eastern side of Italy, stopping at Loretto to pray at the Holy House of Mary before continuing on to Lanciano to venerate the oldest Eucharistic Miracle known. Father will celebrate Mass and you’ll have time for personal prayer before checking into our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Sun 17 Jul 11   After breakfast, we continue southeast to San Giovanni Rotundo. We’ll tour the sanctuary, see the old church and the crucifix from which he received the stigmata in 1918. You will see the confessional where Saint Padre Pio spent innumerable hours with a multitude of pilgrims, directing them on their journey toward God.
In the afternoon, we drive to the Cargano Peninsula and visit to the Grotto of Michael the Archangel. Six different popes, St Francis and at least four other saints have knelt in prayer at this grotto, seeking the protection of St Michael. This shrine of early Christianity, was consecrated by St Michael himself in 490. Father will celebrate Mass and then we’ll check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Mon 18 Jul 11  After breakfast, depart for Nettuno to visit La Cascina Antica (the place of Saint Maria Goretti’s martyrdorn) and then Father will celebrate Mass in the Sanctuary of Saint Maria Goretti, the youngest officially recognized Roman Catholic Saint, before we check into hotel for dinner and overnight.

Tues 19 Jul 11   After breakfast, depart for Rome, stopping for lunch along the way and arriving at the Catacombs of Saint Callistus where Father will celebrate Mass after our tour. Continue to the hotel to check in. Dinner and overnight in Rome.

Wed 20 Jul 11    After breakfast, we go to St Mary Major to venerate the Holy Crib and see this magnificent basilica where the miracle of the snow happened. After lunch, we continue to Saint John Lateran where Father will celebrate Mass before we have a tour.
Have time to visit the Santa Scala(Holy Stairs) and visit the Sacred Chapel to see the Icon of Our Lord. Visit to Saint Paul’s Outside the Walls and pray at the Saint’s Tomb. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Thur 21 Jul 11    Father will celebrate Mass in the Crypt of Saint Peter’s Basilica. Afterwards, have time to walk through the basilica at your own pace. After a lunch break, a special Walking Tour takes us across the Tiber to see and learn about Piazza Navonne, the Pantheon, Piazza Venezia, Capitoline Hill, the Forum and the Colosseum. Take our coach back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Fri 22 Jul 11    ENJOY A FREE DAY IN ROME!

Sat 23 Jul 11    Time to depart on United Airlines 967 for home with many memories to Give Thanks and Remember.

*Please note that any part of this itinerary can be changed or rearranged due to local circumstances and/or weather.

PRICE: $3,250.00**

*Round trip Deluxe bus transportation from Washington Dunes Airport on United Airlines.
*Airline taxes and fuel surcharges**
*All transfers and assistance with arrival an departure
*Deluxe bus transportation as required
*Hotel accommodations in double and triple rooms using pilgrim hotels with private baths
*Half board (Breakfast and dinner) daily
*Services of English speaking local guides
*Service of a Certified Tour Manager from the USA
*All entrance fees as shown on the itinerary
*Daily Mass and Spiritual direction
*All service charges

*A Tip fund of $100 per person collected with balance.
Covers all tips including hotels, dining rooms, porters, driver and guide.
*Expenses of a personal nature
*Meals not mentioned. Drinks with dinner.
*Single Supplement of $450.00 when no roommate (Note: limited # singles)

IMPORTANT NOTE: **Sometimes AIRLINE TAXES AND FUEL SURCHARGES may change and cause an increase OR decrease in the rate. You will be notified of these changes with final invoice.

A deposit of $500.00 is required to confirm you space.
This is applied to the total price of the pilgrimage and your balance is to be paid in full no later than April 15, 2011.

A copy of the face page of your passport must be submitted with your final payment.

Cancellation MUST be made in writing and refunds are subject to the following charges:
· More than 90 days prior to departure-$100 pp.
· Between 60-90 days prior to departure: 25% of tour
· Between 45-59 days prior to departure: 50% of tour
· Between 31-44 days prior to departure: 75% of tour
· Less than 30 days to departure: 100%
Travel insurance is available. Please call for information. 1-800-7-THANKS