10 Days

Shrines of Italy Pilgrimage

Group Leader: Michael Brown

Spiritual Director: Fr. David Trujillo

September 4 - 13, 2023

*Optional Post Tour to Florence, Padua & Venice

September 13 - 17, 2023  |  $1,573.00 (USD)

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Shrines of Italy Pilgrimage

Group Leader:
Michael Brown

Spiritual Director: Fr. David Trujillo

Sep 4 - 13, 2023

*Optional Post Tour to Florence, Padua & Venice  -  Sep 13 - 17, 2023  |  $1,573.00 (USD)

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Rome · Vatican City (Papal Audience with the Holy Father) Monte Cassino · San Giovanni Rotondo (St. Padre Pio) · Monte Sant'Angelo (St. Michael) · Lanciano (Eucharistic Miracle) · Loreto (Holy House) · Assisi (St. Francis) · Gubbio · La Verna

Step foot into the four Major Basilicas, stare out into the Square from the steps of St. Peter's Basilica, and having the opportunity to attend the Papal Audience with his successor. Walk in the life of St. Padre Pio, famous for saying "Prayer is the oxygen of the soul." Closing out your pilgrimage, triumphant, lost in prayer, and surrounded by God's love in the hometown of St. Francis of Assisi.



Michael Brown



Fr. David Trujillo


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Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Centrally located First Class Hotels: (or similar) in double occupancy
      ~ 3 nights: Le Meridien Visconti, Rome
      ~ 2 nights: Centro di Spiritualita St. Padre Pio, San Giovanni Rotondo
      ~ 3 nights: Giotto, Assisi
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine and mineral water with dinners
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees per itinerary
  • Tips to Hotel Staff and Restaurants
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach
  • Whisper Headsets
  • Professional local Catholic Guide
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Flight bag & Portfolio of all travel documents
Centrally located hotels or similar
hotel
Le Meridien Visconti
Rome
hotel
Centro di Spiritualita St. Padre Pio
San Giovanni Rotondo
hotel
Giotto
Assisi
Not included
  • Lunches, Tips to your guide & driver.
Optional
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Cancel For Any Reason Waiver

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Itinerary

Day 1 | Monday, September 4: Depart for Rome

Make your way to your local airport, where you will board your overnight flight(s). Your meals will be served on board.

Day 2 | Tuesday, September 5: Arrive in Rome

Welcome to Rome. Upon landing, claim your baggage and proceed to the arrival hall, where your tour guide and/or driver will greet you. Depending when you arrive, check-in at hotel might be after 12 noon, if early arrival, enjoy some free time or explore on your own. Later this afternoon, we will meet in the hotel lobby for a meet and greet with Michael, Lisa, your Priest and fellow pilgrims. Together depart for Mass. Following Mass, we will have a welcome dinner. After dinner, we will walk to St. Peter's Square for the Rosary (optional).

Day 3 | Wednesday, September 6: Rome: St. Peter's Basilica - Vatican Museum - Museum of Holy Souls in Purgatory

This morning, we will enjoy breakfast before making our way to St. Peter's Basilica. Built on the site where St. Peter, the first Pope and Bishop of Rome, was martyred. Next, we will visit the necropolis and view Michelangelo's Pieta. Continue to the Vatican Museums to view the most impressive of edifices, galleries, and awe-inspiring relics including the Tapestry Gallery, Raphael Rooms, Sistine Chapel and Michelangelo's restored mural of the Last Judgment. The final stop on your Vatican tour is the tomb of Saint John Paul II. After free time for lunch, we will make our way to the Museum of Holy Souls in Purgatory. Lastly, we will visit a local restaurant for dinner. Return to the hotel for overnight.

Day 4 | Thursday, September 7: Rome: Papal Audience - Trevi Fountain - Basilica of St. John the Lateran - Holy Stairs - Basilica of St. Mary Major

After breakfast, we start the day with the Papal Audience in St. Peters Square (pending papal schedule). Following the Audience, we will visit the Trevi Fountain, where we can enjoy some free time for lunch. This afternoon, visit the Basilica of St. John the Lateran, the oldest of the four major Basilicas in Rome. Next, we visit the Holy Stairs. We conclude our day with a Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary Major, dedicated to Our Blessed Mother. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 | Friday, September 8: Rome - Monte Cassino - San Giovanni Rotondo

Following breakfast, we will board our bus to Monte Cassino, the principal monastery of the Benedictine Order founded by Saint Benedict. Continue on to San Giovanni Rotondo, the hometown of Saint Padre Pio. Upon arrival in San Giovanni Rotondo, check-in, enjoy dinner in a restaurant, and overnight.

Day 6 | Saturday, September 9: San Giovanni Rotondo (View Incorrupt Body of St. Padre Pio) - Monte Sant' Angelo

This morning, after breakfast, we will visit the Old Church for Mass. After Mass, we will tour the sanctuary, where we will view the crucifix, in front of which St. Pio received the stigmata and visit the confessional from where St. Pio spent hours listening to confessions. Next, we will travel to the Grotto of St. Michael the Archangel. After some free time, we head back to San Giovanni Rotondo and have some prayer time before enjoying a delicious dinner and an overnight in San Giovanni Rotondo. After dinner, (9:00pm) we can attend the weekly candlelight procession at the Sanctuary of St. Pio. Return to your hotel for a restful overnight.

Day 7 | Sunday, September 10: San Giovanni Rotondo - Lanciano - Loreto - Assisi

After breakfast, we head to Lanciano. Upon arrival in Lanciano, celebrate Mass at the Church of St. Longinus. This church is the site of the Eucharistic Miracle that occurred in the eighth century. Have some free time to explore Lanciano before continuing to the Marian shrine of Loreto to visit the Holy House of Nazareth. Continue on to Assisi, the hometown of St. Francis. Upon arrival, enjoy dinner before retiring.

Day 8 | Monday, September 11: Assisi (St. Francis)

We will start today’s tour at the St. Francis Basilica, visit the tomb of St. Francis, and have the opportunity to view a series of frescoes depicting his life. We will then visit the Santuario Della Spogliazione where Blessed Carlo Acutis’ tomb is placed. Carlo is the first millennial to be declared Blessed. We will continue on a walking tour starting with the birthplace of St. Francis, and ending with a tour of the Church that honors St. Clare, the foundress of the Poor Clare Sisters. Enjoy some free time for lunch, prayer or shopping. After lunch, board the bus, which will take you outside of the walls of Assisi, to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 9 | Tuesday, September 12: Assisi - Gubbio - La Verna - Assisi

After breakfast, drive through the beautiful Umbrian mountains to Gubbio. Enjoy this medieval town with a visit to St. Francis Church to celebrate Mass. Following Mass visit Gubbio, which seems painted onto the hill. After lunch on your own, continue to La Verna, the place where St. Francis received the stigmata. Here we will be able to pray in the Chapel of the Stigmata, the Basilica, and the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels. Return to Assisi for dinner and your last overnight.

Day 10 | Wednesday, September 13: Return Home

After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, our group will leave by motor coach and transfer to the Rome Fiumicino airport for return flights home. Optional Post Tour to Florence and Venice

*206 Tours Disclaimer:
Occasionally local religious and national holidays, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of events or the missing of certain events/places. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of events and places to be visited.


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2023 Dates & Prices

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Options & Upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $899.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $2,200.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $4,400.00 (USD)


Post Tour to Florence, Padua & Venice

*All pricing is per person

Optional Post Tour to Florence and Padua - Double Occupancy $1,573.00 (USD)

SD090423 Optional Post Tour to Florence and Padua - Private, Single Room $2,138.00 (USD)




Optional Post Tour to Florence, Padua & Venice

September 13 - 17, 2023
$1,573.00 (USD) per person
  • Centrally located hotels: (or similar)
      ~ 2 nights: Machiavelli Palace, Florence
      ~ 2 nights: Biri, Padua
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine with dinners
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Assistance of Christian guide throughout
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary; Siena, Florence, Padua, Venice
  • Catholic Priest, Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)




Itinerary
Day 10 | Wednesday, September 13: Assisi - Siena - Florence

Breakfast, followed by a scenic drive to the Tuscan city of Siena. This medieval city is the birthplace of St. Catherine and St. Bernardine. Here, we will visit the Basilica and the shrine of St. Catherine. Enjoy our walking tour through the Siena including a visit to its Cathedral (Duomo di Siena). Conclude at one of Italy's finest squares, the Piazza Del Campo, where we will enjoy some free time for lunch and shopping. Continue on to Florence. Some of the most world-renowned artists are from Florence such as Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Donatello, and many others. For the remainder of the afternoon, we will have the opportunity to explore the streets of Florence at leisure. In the evening gather for dinner, followed by an overnight.

Day 11 | Thursday, September 14: Florence

In Florence, our day begins with breakfast, followed by a guided tour. The tour starts at the Church of the Holy Cross where many nobles are buried, such as Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli. Continue to walk by Piazza Signorina, Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, and Republic Square to the Santa Maria del Fiore. Next, a visit to L'Accademia, the well-known art gallery. At this gallery, we will view the work from artists such as Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Pontormo, and Michelangelo’s “David”. This afternoon, we will have time to explore Florence on our own. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 12 | Friday, September 15: Florence - Padua

Following breakfast, we will board our coach for our transfer to Padua. This Northern Italian city honors the "Patron Saint of Lost Things and Causes", St. Anthony. We will begin a tour of the city. The tour will conclude at the Basilica of St. Anthony, where we will have the opportunity to visit his tomb. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 13 | Saturday, September 16: Padua - Venice (Full Day Excursion)

Today, we will have early breakfast and then depart for the city of Venice. After Mass, enjoy a tour of the "city paved with water!" Our walking tour includes a visit to St. Mark's Square, the Golden Basilica of San Marco and the Bridge of Sigh. You will also have the chance to view the Doges' Palace (Duke's Palace), which served as the seat of the Government for the Republic of Venice for centuries. Return to Padua for dinner and overnight.

Day 14 | Sunday, September 17: Return Home

After an early breakfast and fond farewells, your group will leave by coach and transfer to the Rome Fiumicino airport for return flights home.

Would like to stop over in Europe?

Let us know at time of registration, we will reschedule your airline reservations pending availability at no additional fee (these options will be available to you when you register online). Let us know if you need assistance with pre or post stay at hotel. Simply Contact 206 Tours:  800-206-TOUR (8687)  or  sales@206tours.com

Options and upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $899.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $2,200.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $4,400.00 (USD)

Post Tour to Florence, Padua & Venice

*All pricing is per person

Optional Post Tour to Florence and Padua - Double Occupancy $1,573.00 (USD)

SD090423 Optional Post Tour to Florence and Padua - Private, Single Room $2,138.00 (USD)

Optional Post Tour to Florence, Padua & Venice

September 13 - 17, 2023
$1,573.00 (USD) per person
  • Centrally located hotels: (or similar)
      ~ 2 nights: Machiavelli Palace, Florence
      ~ 2 nights: Biri, Padua
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine with dinners
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Assistance of Christian guide throughout
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary; Siena, Florence, Padua, Venice
  • Catholic Priest available for Spiritual Direction and Mass Daily
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)

Iternary

Day 10 | Wednesday, September 13: Assisi - Siena - Florence

Breakfast, followed by a scenic drive to the Tuscan city of Siena. This medieval city is the birthplace of St. Catherine and St. Bernardine. Here, we will visit the Basilica and the shrine of St. Catherine. Enjoy our walking tour through the Siena including a visit to its Cathedral (Duomo di Siena). Conclude at one of Italy's finest squares, the Piazza Del Campo, where we will enjoy some free time for lunch and shopping. Continue on to Florence. Some of the most world-renowned artists are from Florence such as Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Donatello, and many others. For the remainder of the afternoon, we will have the opportunity to explore the streets of Florence at leisure. In the evening gather for dinner, followed by an overnight.

Day 11 | Thursday, September 14: Florence

In Florence, our day begins with breakfast, followed by a guided tour. The tour starts at the Church of the Holy Cross where many nobles are buried, such as Michelangelo, Galileo, and Machiavelli. Continue to walk by Piazza Signorina, Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, and Republic Square to the Santa Maria del Fiore. Next, a visit to L'Accademia, the well-known art gallery. At this gallery, we will view the work from artists such as Botticelli, Ghirlandaio, Pontormo, and Michelangelo’s “David”. This afternoon, we will have time to explore Florence on our own. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 12 | Friday, September 15: Florence - Padua

Following breakfast, we will board our coach for our transfer to Padua. This Northern Italian city honors the "Patron Saint of Lost Things and Causes", St. Anthony. We will begin a tour of the city. The tour will conclude at the Basilica of St. Anthony, where we will have the opportunity to visit his tomb. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 13 | Saturday, September 16: Padua - Venice (Full Day Excursion)

Today, we will have early breakfast and then depart for the city of Venice. After Mass, enjoy a tour of the "city paved with water!" Our walking tour includes a visit to St. Mark's Square, the Golden Basilica of San Marco and the Bridge of Sigh. You will also have the chance to view the Doges' Palace (Duke's Palace), which served as the seat of the Government for the Republic of Venice for centuries. Return to Padua for dinner and overnight.

Day 14 | Sunday, September 17: Return Home

After an early breakfast and fond farewells, your group will leave by coach and transfer to the Rome Fiumicino airport for return flights home.

Would like to stop over in Europe?

Let us know at time of registration, we will reschedule your airline reservations pending availability at no additional fee (these options will be available to you when you register online). Let us know if you need assistance with pre or post stay at hotel. Simply Contact 206 Tours:  800-206-TOUR (8687)  or  sales@206tours.com

About your trip

pilgrimage map
  • Rome (Pope Francis)
  • Monte Cassino
  • San Giovanni Rotondo (St. Padre Pio)
  • Monte Sant'Angelo (St. Michael)
  • Lanciano (Eucharistic Miracle)
  • Loreto (Holy House)
  • Assisi (St. Francis)
  • Gubbio
  • LaVerna
About Rome:

Rome has been one of history's most powerful and important cities, along with home to the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope, and the site of the Vatican City. First built in 337, St. Peter's Basilica lies over the tomb of St. Peter. Contained within is a vast array of the most beautiful artwork ever assembled, reflecting the immensity, beauty, vastness, majesty, glory and awesomeness of God.

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