January 16 - 25, 2024
Join Fr. Ryan Brady on a Pilgrimage to Italy
Join Fr. Ryan Brady on a tour of Italy this January! Explore the beautiful cities of Assisi, Bari, and Rome and walk in the footsteps of St. Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Italy and savor the traditional cuisine and wine! There are a limited number of spaces available, so click the button below to download the brochure and register using the book now button.
Round trip scheduled commercial economy air from Chicago, IL (ORD) to Rome, Italy (FCO) (including fuel surcharges and government imposed fees of $300 as of May 2023; final amount subject to change)
8 nights’ accommodations at 4-star Hotels and Religious House • 2 nights in Assisi | 2 nights in San Giovanni Rotondo | 4 nights in Rome
Continental breakfast daily
5 dinners, including a Welcome and Farewell Dinner
Luxury motor coach for airport transfers in Italy and specified sightseeing
Local, Catholic tour manager while in Italy
Local guides according to the itinerary
Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
Arrangements of daily Mass including donations in unique and historical churches (all locations are tentative and subject to confirmation)
Hotel & city taxes and porterage for 1 piece of luggage
Gratuities payable to tour managers, guides, and drivers
YOUR TOUR DOES NOT INCLUDE
Airport transfers in Italy for travelers not on group flights
Meals not specifically identified
Beverages with meals unless specified
Other personal expenses
Items not specifically mentioned above
EXCITING DETAILS TO COME!
“Tour is confirmed” Email — Sent upon minimum number of travelers met and no later than 90 days prior to departure
Hotel Information Email — Sent approximately 45 days prior to departure
Final Travel Document Mailing — Sent approximately 10 days prior to departure
DAY 1: TUESDAY JANUARY 16 • DEPART FOR ITALY
Depart Chicago for Rome, Italy via overnight flights.
DAY 2: WEDNESDAY JANUARY 17 • ARRIVAL IN ROME | ASSISI
Arrive in Rome and meet your Italian tour manager. Transfer by private motor coach to Assisi. Upon arrival, celebrate Mass at St. Mary of the Angels Basilica, and see the famous Porziuncola where the Franciscan order began. Check-in to the hotel with time to freshen up. Enjoy your first night in Italy with a special Welcome Dinner. Overnight in Assisi.
DAY 3: THURSDAY JANUARY 18 • ASSISI
This morning, take a guided tour of the Basilica of St. Francis and celebrate Mass. Continue with a walking tour of the City of Peace and visit the Church of St. Clare to see her tomb and the cross that spoke to St. Francis, leading him to a life of piety, the Cross of San Damiano. After lunch on your own, the remainder of the day is yours to explore and try the specialties of the region including olive oil, truffles, Norcia sausage and cheeses. Time permitting, visit the tomb of Blessed Carlo Acutis to learn about the sanctified life of this newly beatified millennial. Dinner on your own and overnight in Assisi.
DAY 4: FRIDAY JANUARY 19 • LORETO | LANCIANO | SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO
After breakfast, depart for San Giovanni Rotondo, with a stop in Loreto. Visit the Marian Shrine of Loreto and the Holy House of Nazareth. See the beautiful Madonna of Loreto where more than 50 popes have traveled on pilgrimage. Celebrate Mass. Continue to Lanciano, to see the 8th century Eucharistic Miracle. You can still see the bread and wine that is now preserved in the form of flesh and blood. Finally, arrive in San Giovanni Rotondo and check-in to hotel. Dinner and overnight in San Giovanni Rotondo.
DAY 5: SATURDAY JANUARY 20 • SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO | MONT SANT ANGELO
This morning, celebrate Mass at Santa Maria delle Grazie, the second most visited Catholic shrine in the world. Following Mass, tour the sanctuary, the old church, and the crucifix from which St. Padre Pio received the stigmata in 1918. Then, visit the tomb of Padre Pio at the new shrine where you will enjoy a guided tour of the shrine and other important surrounding sites. Stop for a visit to Mont Sant Angelo to pray at the Grotto of St. Michael the Archangel. Many Popes and Saints have prayed at this grotto seeking the protection of St. Michael. Dinner and overnight in San Giovanni Rotondo.
DAY 6: SUNDAY JANUARY 21 • BARI | ROME
This morning, breakfast and hotel check out before departing for Bari. Celebrate Mass at the Basilica of St. Nicholas and pray at the tomb of this beloved saint. Enjoy some free time to explore. Then, depart for the Eternal City of Rome and check-in to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Rome.
DAY 7: MONDAY JANUARY 22 • ST. PETER’S BASILICA | FREE AFTERNOON
This morning celebrate Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Take a guided tour of the magnificent Church and St. Peter’s Square. The remainder of the day is yours to visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, climb to the top of the cupola (St. Peter’s Dome), or take for a stroll on the Via Condotti to do some high-end window shopping on your own. This evening enjoy a leisurely walking tour to see the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. Dinner on your own and overnight in Rome.
DAY 8: TUESDAY JANUARY 23 • COLOSSEUM | MAJOR BASILICAS OF ROME
After breakfast, take a guided Ancient Rome tour that includes the inside of the Colosseum. Then, take a tour of Christian Rome and the other major Basilicas of Rome, St. Mary Major and St. John in Lateran, which is the Cathedral of Rome. End at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Wall, the newest of the major basilicas and resting place of the Apostle to the Gentiles, to celebrate Mass. The remainder of the evening is free to explore the Eternal City on your own. Overnight in Rome.
DAY 9: WEDNESDAY JANUARY 24 • PAPAL AUDIENCE | OUR LADY OF PEACE | FAREWELL DINNER
This morning attend the Papal Audience (pending the Holy Father’s final schedule). Continue to Our Lady of Peace, the Prelatic Church of Opus Dei, housing the mortal remains of St. Josemaría Escrivá and Blessed Álvaro del Portillo. Celebrate Mass. Enjoy a special Farewell Dinner together to conclude the pilgrimage. Overnight in Rome.
DAY 10: THURSDAY JANUARY 25 • DEPART ITALY
This morning check out of the hotel and depart for the Rome Airport for your flights to the USA.
Itinerary is tentative and subject to change; specified Masses pending confirmation
PRICES STARTING AT
$4,149* per person double occupancy
*THIS PRICE REFLECTS A $100 PER PERSON EARLY BOOKING SAVINGS FOR DEPOSITS RECEIVED BEFORE 7/16/23
A $110 PER PERSON CASH DISCOUNT FOR THOSE PAYING THE TOTAL COST OF THE TOUR BY CHECK
Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) travel protection is highly recommended.
PAYMENT & CANCELLATION TERMS:
Deposit: $500 per person due upon registration
Second Deposit: $1,250 additional due 150 days prior to departure (August 19, 2023)
Final Payment: Balance due on or before 75 days prior to departure (November 2, 2023)
All payments are non-refundable, and subject to CTS Terms and Conditions including the CTS Liability Release. All cancellations must be received in writing. Penalties will be determined according to postmark date, or date of the fax or email sent by the canceling passenger.
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