Join Sister Jeannine Gramick, SL on a GLBT Friendly pilgrimage to the

“Spiritual Treasures of Northern Italy”


from March 20 - 27, 2011


Only $3,055 per person from Dulles Airport, Washington, DC

(includes all expenses, except insurance and personal items)



Round trip airfare from Washington Dulles to Pisa, Italy
bulet Airport taxes (up to $150) and fuel surcharges (up to $340)

bulet Tips to local guides, bus driver, and tour manager

bulet Daily breakfast and dinner
bulet First class hotel accommodations (double occupancy)
bulet Mass and spiritual activities
bulet Ground transportation via private motor coach
bulet Entrance fees to sites visited
bulet Airport-hotel transfers

bulet Baggage handling (one suitcase)
bulet Flight bag & portfolio of all travel document


Not Included: Lunches, dinner beverages. Travel insurance ($149-$229. See or Cancel for Any Reason Protection ($199. See Personal items.

**A portion of the cost will benefit New Ways Ministry. This pilgrimage is being coordinated through 206 Tours. See terms and conditions at

Sample Day-by-Day Itinerary:

Day 1 - Sunday March 20, 2011– WASHINGTON DC - PISA
Today we depart Washington’s Dulles airport on our overnight flight to Pisa. We are served complimentary beverages, in-flight movies, dinner, and breakfast.


Day 2 - Monday March 21, 2011– PISA - TUSCANY - FLORENCE
This morning we arrive in Pisa where we are met by our guide and private motor coach to explore this university city. We marvel at its amazing architectural structures and visit the famous Leaning Tower. Our ride through Tuscany brings us to our hotel in Florence. After dinner at the hotel, we gather for prayer and introductions of old and new friends.

Day 3 - Tuesday March 22, 2011 – FLORENCE
After Mass, we visit the Franciscan Basilica of Santa Croce, the burial place of Michelangelo, Galileo, and Macchiaveli. We have a walking tour through the Piazza della Signoria, pass the Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi, and Ponte Vecchio. We visit the Loggia dei Lanzi with the statues of “Perseus,” the “Rape of the Sabines,” and “Hercules. We continue through Republic Square to visit the 13th century Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with its magnificent Duomo, graced by Brunelleschi’s dome, the crowning glory of Florence. After lunch, we visit the Academy where we see Michelangelo’s famous “David.” Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4 - Wednesday March 23, 2011 - BOLOGNA - FLORENCE
After Mass, we drive to Bologna, the capital of the prosperous Emilia-Romagna region. We’ll see the Palazzo del Protesta, the Sala Borsa, Palazzo re Enzo, and the famous 16th century Fountain of Neptune. We'll view the Medieval Market and Loggia Dei Mercanti, Basilica of San Petronio, the Archiginnasio, the medieval Two Towers, and the complex of Santo Stefano. We stop at the 13th century Basilica of St. Dominic, with the sculptured tomb of St. Dominic, a Renaissance masterpiece, statues by Michelangelo, and famous arch by Niccolo da Bari. After lunch we return to Florence for a free afternoon for shopping or personal adventure. After dinner we gather to reflect on the pilgrimage.

Day 5 - Thursday March 24, 2011 - RAVENNA - PADUA
This morning, we travel to Ravenna, known as the mosaic city because of the 5th and 6th century mosaics adorning the walls of its Churches and monuments. From the 5th to the 8th centuries, Ravenna was the Western capital of the Roman Empire, the Byzantium of the West, and seat of the Ostrogothic king Theodoric in the early 6th century. We will visit the Basilica of St. Apollinare in Classe, the Basilica of San Vitale, and the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, filled with stunning mosaics. Following lunch and time to explore, we travel to Padua for dinner and overnight.

Day 6 - Friday March 25, 2011 – VENICE
Following Mass in one of Venice’s beautiful Churches, this morning’s walking tour takes us to the Piazza San Marco, the heart of Venetian life and called by Napoleon the drawing room of Europe. We visit the golden Byzantine Basilica of San Marco, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Doge’s Palace. This afternoon is free for shopping, exploring, lounging at a charming cafe, or a romantic gondola ride through the inner canals of Venice. After dinner at the Padua hotel, we gather for reflection on the pilgrimage.

Day 7 - Saturday March 26, 2011 - BERGAMO - MILAN
After Mass at the Basilica of St. Anthony where we can visit his tomb, we drive to Sotto Il Monte, the birthplace of Angelo Roncalli, who became Pope John XXIII. We will visit his home and the museum that was his summer residence while he was bishop and cardinal. Time permitting, we will visit the abbey of St. Egidio, a place dear to Pope John XXIII. We go on to Bergamo, nestled in the Alpine foothills. In the heart of Old Town, the Piazza Vecchia is terraced upon the original Venetian fortifications and dates to the fifth century. We see the Palazzo della Ragione (the town hall), the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, the Colleoni Chapel, and the Baptistery. We continue to Milan and gather after dinner at the hotel for some farewell remarks.

Day 8 - Sunday March 27, 2011 – MILAN - WASHINGTON, DC
We leave Milan to return home through Dulles airport in Washington, DC.

Additional Information & Travel Tips
What to Know Before You Go

Any questions? To register or contact Sister Jeannine Gramick, SL tel: 301-864-3604 or email: [email protected]

For more infotmation or to register please contact:  206 Tours
Team Gold tel: 800-206-TOUR (8687) or email: [email protected] with any questions

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Add-On Cities and Rates     


Single Supplement / Solo Traveler (Limited Availability) $345
Business Class Trans-Atlantic Upgrade (one-way) $1650
First Class available upon request
Children's discounts for children under 12 upon request

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