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March 6 - 14, 2024
Italy

The Michigan Knights of Columbus State Chaplain's Lenten Pilgrimage

Join the Michigan Knights of Columbus and State Chaplain, Fr. Aidan Logan, on a special pilgrimage to Italy. Highlights include 7 nights in Rome, daily Mass in unique and historical churches with all the beauty of Italy on full display, and a day trip to the Pope's summer residence, Castel Gondolfo! The Eternal City awaits you with all its' history, culture and magnificent culinary experiences! Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

INCLUSIONS

• 7 nights’ accommodations at a 4-star hotel in Rome  

• Continental breakfast daily  

• 2 lunches  

• 3 dinners, including a special K of C 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 

• Hotel & city taxes and porterage for 1 piece of luggage  

• Gratuities payable to tour managers, guides, and drivers  

• Whisper sets


PILGRIMAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE 

• Airfare; this package is sold land only (Group Air Option available from Detroit) 

• Airport transfers 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 when the minimum number of travelers has been met and no later than 90 days prior to departure 

• Flight Information Email | Sent approximately 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

Itinerary

Pre-Night: Tuesday, March 5 - Detroit Meeting

If you’d like to arrive in Detroit a day early, an optional hotel near the airport is available. Long-term parking services can be arranged.


Day 1: Wednesday, March 6 - Depart for Italy

Pending flight schedule, celebrate a send-off Mass near the Detroit Airport with the Knights of Columbus. Then, transfer to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport for your overnight flight(s) to Rome, Italy.


Day 2: Thursday, March 7 - Arrive in Rome

Benvenuti a Roma! After baggage claim, meet your Italian Tour Manager in the Arrivals Hall. Board a private motorcoach and depart for the Vatican  neighborhood to check-in to your hotel. Celebrate a Welcome Mass at the Basilica of St. Lawrence Outside the Walls. Finally, enjoy a traditional Italian dinner hosted by the State Deputy! Return to your hotel for overnight.


Day 3: Friday, March 8 - Scavi | St. Peter's Basilica | Swiss Guards

Celebrate an early morning Station Church Mass at the Basilica of Saint Lawrence in Lucina. Return to the hotel for breakfast. The group will then take part in the Scavi tour - the ancient Roman excavations below the Basilica of St. Peter’s culminating at the tomb of St. Peter (pending  availability). Tour the beautiful St. Peter’s Basilica with Fr. Logan. Then, spend the afternoon around the Vatican enjoying lunch in the Borgo Pio area,  where many religious items can be purchased for the Papal blessing on Sunday. Finally, take a special tour of the Swiss Guard barracks and learn  about the oldest and smallest military unit in service to the Holy Father. The remainder of the evening is free for you to explore. Overnight in Rome.


Day 4: Saturday, March 9 - Day Trip to Castel Gandolfo

Celebrate an early morning Station Church Mass at the Church of Santa Susanna. Return to the hotel for breakfast before departing on a day trip  to explore the splendid papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo. Upon arrival, enjoy a beautiful lunch at Pagnanelli’s before touring through  the residence, Papal Gardens, and private Vatican Farm at Castel Gandolfo. Return to Rome for an evening on your own. Overnight in Rome.


Day 5: Sunday, March 10 -  Angelus with the Holy Father | PNAC

After Mass, join Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square to pray the Angelus and to receive a Papal Blessing. After lunch on your own, transfer by  motorcoach to the Pontifical North American College located on the Janiculum Hill. Meet with some of the American priests and seminarians  studying in Rome and join them for evening prayer in their Chapel. Enjoy a beautiful cityscape of Rome and the Vatican from their rooftop. Return to Vatican area for dinner and overnight.


Day 6: Monday, March 11 - St. John Lateran | Holy Stairs | St. Mary Major 

Celebrate an early morning Station Church Mass at the Basilica of Santi Quattro Coronati. Then, visit the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Cathedral  of Rome, as well as the Holy Stairs, which were brought to Rome by St. Helen. Finally, visit the first Basilica dedicated to the Blessed Mother, St.  Mary Major. Spend time in prayer before returning to your hotel for a free evening and overnight in Rome.


Day 7: Tuesday, March 12 - Walking Tour of Rome | Catacombs | After-Hours Vatican Museums

Celebrate an early morning Station Church Mass at the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Damaso. Then, take a walking tour of Rome to explore Piazza  Navona, the Pantheon, and the Trevi Fountain. This afternoon, enjoy a special lunch at Cecilia Metella. Continue onto St. Callixtus Catacombs,  which once contained the tombs of several popes from the 2nd to 4th centuries. This evening, experience a special after-hours tour of the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, where you will view some of the most inspiring works of art, including Michelangelo’s magnificent fresco of the  Last Judgment. Overnight in Rome.


Day 8: Wednesday, March 13 - St. Paul Outside the Walls | San Clemente | Ancient Rome

Celebrate an early morning Station Church Mass at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Wall, the resting place of the Apostle to the Gentiles. Then,  make a visit to the Basilica of San Clemente to see the three-levels of the Church, corresponding to a major era of Roman history. Continue on a walk  through Ancient Rome to view the Colosseum and Roman Forum with Fr. Logan. This evening, celebrate the conclusion of our pilgrimage with a  special farewell dinner hosted by the State Chaplain. Overnight in Rome


Day 9: Thursday, March 14 - Return to USA

Check out of the hotel and head to the Rome airport for your return flight to Michigan.


Itinerary is tentative and subject to change

PRICES STARTING AT

$2,999 - Price per person, double occupancy

*This price reflects a $100 per person Early Booking Discount for deposits received before March 17, 2024 and an $148 per person Check Discount for those paying the remaining balance by check after the initial deposit.


SINGLE SUPPLEMENT +$1,000 

ROUND TRIP AIRFARE FROM DETROIT, MI TO ROME +$1,200 

PRE-NIGHT AT WESTIN DETROIT +$150*

*Single Room +$272


TRAVEL PROTECTION: 

Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) travel protection is highly recommended. 


PAYMENT SCHEDULE AND CANCELLATION TERMS 

Deposit: $350 per person due upon registration

Second Deposit: $1,250 additional due 150 days prior to departure (11/8/23) 

Final Payment: Balance due on or before 90 days prior to departure (12/14/24) 


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 cancelling passenger


BY REGISTERING FOR THIS PILGRIMAGE YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO CORPORATE TRAVEL’S TERMS & CONDITIONS 


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