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October 8 - 17, 2024

Wine and Shrine Women’s Pilgrimage to Italy

Join this journey of faith and discovery with Teresa Tomeo and Kelly Wahlquist on a women's Catholic pilgrimage through Northern Italy. Some highlights include a boat tour on the waters of Lake Como, a visit to the cliff-top Sanctuary of the Madonna della Corona, a stop to learn about St. Anthony in Padua, and time in Venice to experience its unique charm. You will enjoy delightful group lunches, wine tastings, and authentic Italian dinners with other women sharing Catholic faith and values. This is an annual event that you won’t want to miss!

Trip Code: 86763 | Group Code: 5387


•Eight nights’ accommodations at four-star hotels • Two nights in or near Lecco | Three nights in Desenzano | Three nights in Venice

•Continental breakfast daily

•One lunch

•Two wine tastings

•Five dinners with wine, including a welcome and farewell dinner

•Luxury motor coach

•Local, Catholic tour manager while in Italy

•Local guides

•Sightseeing and entrance fees

•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 escort, guides, and drivers


•Airfare; this package is sold land only

•Airport transfers

•Tour manager from the USA

•Meals unless specifically identified

•Beverages with meals unless specified

•Other personal expenses

•Items not specifically mentioned above


• “Tour is Confirmed” Email | Sent when the minimum number of travelers has been 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, October 8 - Arrive in Milan

Depart on overnight flights to Milan, Italy.

Day 2: Wednesday, October 9 - Milan

Arrive in the vibrant city of Milan, where you will be met by your Italian tour manager, who will take you on a brief walking tour to see iconic landmarks such as the Duomo, Opera House, and the Galleria. After a leisurely lunch on your own, check into your hotel before joining the group for a delightful dinner. Overnight in or near Lecco.

Day 3: Thursday, October 10 - Varenna | Lake Como | Bellagio

After a morning Mass, embark on a scenic drive to Varenna, where a picturesque boat tour awaits on the enchanting Lake Como, with a stop in Bellagio for shopping. After lunch at your leisure, set sail once again for Varenna, concluding the day with a wine tasting experience at the renowned Castello Divezio. Enjoy the evening at leisure in Lecco. Overnight in or near Lecco.

Day 4: Friday, October 11 - Desenzano

Embark on a journey to Desenzano, with a stop in Lombardy, the hometown of St. Frances Cabrini. Conclude the day with a memorable group dinner along the picturesque Lake Garda, before an overnight in Desenzano.

Day 5: Saturday, October 12 -  Desenzano

Depart for the awe-inspiring Sanctuary of the Madonna della Corona, nestled in the mountains. Experience Mass at the sanctuary, followed by leisurely time to stroll through the monastery or say the Stations of the Cross lining the mountainside. Enjoy the evening at leisure in Desenzano.

Day 6: Sunday, October 13 - Sirmione | Verona

After Mass, experience the charm of Sirmione with a brief walking tour before embarking on a tour of Verona, exploring Juliet’s house, ancient ruins, and colosseum. After lunch on your own, with time for a leisurely stroll and shopping, return to Desenzano for a delightful cooking class and group dinner. Overnight in Desenzano.

Day 7: Monday, October 14 - Venice

Embark on a journey to Venice, “The Floating City,” with a stop in Padua for Mass and a walking tour highlighting the places associated with St. Anthony. Continue to Venice for your hotel check-in and group dinner, immersing yourself in the unique charm of this iconic city. Overnight in Venice.

Day 8: Tuesday, October 15 - Venice

Celebrate Mass, followed by exploration of Venice’s main sights on a guided walking tour. Immerse yourself in the city’s romance with an optional gondola ride or a similar Grand Canal experience. Savor the culinary delights of Venice with time on your own for lunch and dinner. Overnight in Venice.

Day 9: Wednesday, October 16 - Venice

The day begins with Mass, followed by leisurely free time to shop and explore the unique charm of the city. Gather for a Cicchetti and Wine Experience with dinner along the picturesque Grand Canal, creating lasting memories during your final night in Venice.

Day 10: Thursday, October 17 - Depart Venice

Transfer to the airport for return flights back to the USA.

Itinerary is tentative and subject to change


$4,999 - Price per person, double occupancy

*This price reflects a $250 per person Early Booking Discount for deposits received before 3/5/2024 and an $150 per person Check Discount for those paying the remaining balance by check after the initial deposit.



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


Deposit: $500 per person due upon registration

Second Deposit: $1,250 additional due 150 days prior to departure (5/29/2024) 

Final Payment: Balance due on or before 90 days prior to departure (7/29/2024) 

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



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