11 Days

Rome, Assisi, Sorrento
& Amalfi Coast Pilgrimage

Spiritual Director: Fr. Paul Colling

Spiritual Director: Fr. Tom Ludwig

October 11 – 21, 2024

*Optional Post Tour to Sicily: October 21 – 26, 2024 | $1,896.00 (USD)

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Rome, Assisi,
Sorrento & Amalfi Coast Pilgrimage

Spiritual Director:

Fr. Paul Colling

Spiritual Director:

Fr. Tom Ludwig

October 11 – 21, 2024

*Optional Post Tour to Sicily:

October 21 – 26, 2024 | $1,896.00 (USD)

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Fr. Paul Colling

Fr. Tom Ludwig

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Your trip includes

  • Round trip airfare from Omaha (OMA)
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Hotel accommodations: (or similar) in double occupancy
      ~ 3 nights: Oct 12 - 15: Giotto Hotel, Assisi, Italy
      ~ 3 nights: Oct 15 - 18: Starhotels Michelangelo, Rome, Italy
      ~ 3 nights: Oct 18 - 21: Hotel Michelangelo, Sorrento, Italy
  • Post Tour hotel accommodations:
      ~ 2 nights: Oct 21 - 23: Hotel Villa Diodoro, Taormina, Italy
      ~ 1 night: Oct 23 - 24: Hotel Costazzurra Museum & Spa, San Leone, Italy
      ~ 2 nights: Oct 24 - 26: Excelsior Palace Hotel, Taormina, Italy
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Breakfast and Dinner daily
  • Wine and mineral water with dinners
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Whispers
  • Assistance of a professional local Catholic Guide
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Catholic Priest, Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Flight bag & Portfolio of all travel documents
Centrally located hotels or similar
Giotto Hotel
Assisi, Italy
Starhotels Michelangelo
Rome, Italy
Hotel Michelangelo
Sorrento, Italy
Post Tour Hotels
Hotel Villa Diodoro
Taormina, Italy
Hotel Costazzurra Museum & Spa
San Leone, Italy
Excelsior Palace Hotel
Taormina, Italy
Not Included
  • Lunches and beverages not mentioned, Airline luggage fees and Tips to your guide & driver.
Optional
Travel Protection

Providing you coverage for situations that may arise during your trip, including medical and dental emergencies, loss of luggage, trip delay, and so much more.

Cancel For Any Reason Waiver

A Cancellation Waiver – allowing you to cancel your trip and receive a refund anytime – up until 48 hours prior to departure.

Itinerary

Day 1 | Friday, October 11: 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 | Saturday, October 12: Arrival in Rome and transfer to Assisi

Welcome to Rome, also known as, “The Eternal City”. Upon arrival at Rome airport, collect your luggage in the baggage claim area, and continue to the Arrivals Hall, where you will be greeted by a tour escort and/or driver. You will make your way to the bus and transfer to Assisi. Following check-in, you will have free time to unpack and relax or exploreAssisi on your own. Dinner and overnight in Assisi.

Day 3 | Sunday, October 13: Assisi

As you visit the birthplace of St. Francis, you will become captivated as the atmosphere has not changed since St. Francis began his ministry, in the early 13th-century. You will start your tour at the St. Francis Basilica, visit his tomb of St. Francis, and have the opportunity to view a series of frescoes depicting his life, along with a few of the saint’s possessions. Followed by a visit to the Santuario Della Spogliazione where Blessed Carlo Acutis’ tomb is placed. Carlo is the first millennial to be declared Blessedwho loved the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. From there, you will continue on a walking tour throughthis picturesque town, including the birthplace of St. Francis, and end with a tour of the Church that honors St. Clare, the foundress of the Poor Clare Sisters. This Saint followed the teachings of St. Francis very closely by also living a life of poverty and humility. Enjoy some free time on your own -you may take this time for additional prayer, shop in the many gift shops or enjoy a nice lunch. After lunch, you will board the bus, which will take you outside of the walls of Assisi, to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. This is where St. Francis spent most of life. This Basilica is made up of two structures, both of which you will visit. The first structure, is the “Porziuncola”, which iswhere St. Francis founded his order of the Friar Minor (Franciscans). The second, is the “Capella del Transito”, which is the place of St. Francis’ death. During your time here, you will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful Rose Garden where St. Francis and other friars lived, as well as the cave where the Saint retired to pray. Return to the hotel for dinner and an overnight.

Day 4 | Monday, October 14: Assisi - Gubbio - La Verna - Assisi

After breakfast, you will drive through the beautiful Umbrian mountains to Gubbio. Enjoy this medieval town with a visit of St. Francis Church, where you will be celebrating Mass. After Mass, visit a town that seems painted onto the hill, a succession of backdrops against which towers and houses stand out, all embraced by walls. The town had been freed by St. Francis from a terrible and fiercewolf who afflicted it. After lunch on your own, continue to La Verna, the place where St. Francis, over the years, had been seven times, the last time in 1224 where he received the stigmata. Here you will be able to pray in the Chapel of the Stigmata, theBasilica and the Chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels. You will also be able to admire the beautiful artworks of Andrea della Robbia. Return to Assisi for dinner and your last overnight.

Day 5 | Tuesday, October 15: Assisi – Rome

This morning after breakfast group will depart Assisi for Rome. On the way to Rome you will stop at the medieval town of Orvieto, a city situated on a cliff in the Umbria regionand known for its Duomo. Orvieto is considered one of the most architecturally important in Europe, for its Etruscan roots, and for the museums where one finds collections and displaysthat range over 2,500 years of history. During this tour, you will walk through Orvieto’s charming, narrow alleys, and small squares. Your tour will be a very memorable experience, perfect for reflecting over while you enjoy an Umbrian meal and a wine tasting in one of Orvietos fabulous wine cellars. After a wonderful afternoon, we will make our way to Rome for dinner and overnight.

Day 6 | Wednesday, October 16: Rome: Papal Audience - Trevi Fountain - Basilica of St. John the Lateran - Holy Stairs - Basilica of St. Mary Major

This morning we attend the Papal Audience in St. Peter’s Square or at the Audience Hall. The Audience is celebrated each Wednesday by His Holiness, Pope Francis (pending the papal schedule). Next Trevi Fountain area for some free time and lunch (on own). This afternoon, visit the oldest of the four major Basilicas in Rome, the Archbasilica of St. John the Lateran, the cathedral church and seat of the Bishop of Rome. Cross the street to the very steps that lead up to the praetorium of Pontius Pilate inJerusalem which Jesus climbed on His way to trial during his Passion. Holy Mass will be celebrated by our priest at the Basilica of St. Mary Major, dedicated to Our Blessed Mother. This Basilica contains a relic from the manger of the infant Jesus. Dinner and overnight.

Day 7 | Thursday, October 17: Rome: St. Peter's Basilica - Vatican Museum - Appian Way - Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls - Catacombs

Today we tour St. Peter’s Basilica, built on the site where St. Peter the Apostle was martyred. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to pray at the tomb of St. John Paul II and view Michelangelo’s Pieta sculpture. Next you will visit the Vatican Museum, where you can see the Tapestry Gallery, Raphael Rooms, and Sistine Chapel. After lunch, continue down the Appian Way, one of the earliest roads built in ancient Rome to the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls and the Catacombs. Dinner and overnight in Rome.

Day 8 | Friday, October 18: Rome - Montecassino - Saint Philomena Sanctuary, Mugnano - Sorrento

Following breakfast, you will board your bus to enjoy the scenic route to Montecassino. Passing through the Roman countrysideis known for its villas and vineyards. During the bus ride, your tour escort will share interesting information regarding the spiritual, historical, and cultural aspects of Italy. Montecassino, the principle monastery of the Benedictine Order, was founded by Saint Benedict around 530 A.D. Following the tour, there will be an opportunity to visit the gift shop, before we board the bus to Mugnano del Cardinale for a visit to the Shrine of Saint Philomena. When her remains were brought to the village church at Mugnano from Rome, graces, favors, and miracles began to occur among the village people. Miracles continued to occur year after year and in 1837, Philomena was elevated to Sainthood. Drive to Sorrento with its stunning panoramic views of the Bay of Naples, its picturesque narrow streets, parks, villa, and orange, lemon, and olive groves. Enjoy some time to relax before dinner and overnight.

Day 9 | Saturday, October 19: Sorrento - Amalfi Coast - Sorrento

Today you will tour the Amalfi Coast, widely considered one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world; deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site as an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape. You’ll follow the 34 miles of winding roads, making a quick stop to view the breathtaking panoramic view of Positano. Continue on through Praiano where you will drive by St. Gennaro Church, to Amalfi, one of the four maritime Republics of Italy, and view the beautiful Amalfi Cathedral consecrated to its patron, Saint Andrew. Some free time for lunch before your last stop on the Amalfi coast, Ravello. View its interesting Cathedral devoted to Saint Pantaleone, and the Villa Rufolo, a venue for many festivals throughout the year, and magnificent gardens. View the Gulf of Salerno and its beautiful coastline. Enjoy the landscape on your return to Sorrento, where you will enjoy dinner and overnight.

Day 10 | Sunday, October 20: Visit of the Pompeii Excavations, Our Lady of the Rosary Basilica

After breakfast, board your motor coach to Pompeii, the famous ancient city buried by the ashes of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. You will walk through one of the most important and interesting archeological museums in the world. This is a preserved site of excavated ruins of streets and homes that pilgrims can freely explore. Visit the Shrine of the Rosary of Pompei “La Madonna Del Rosario”, one of the most visited Catholic Shrines. The painting of “Our Lady of the Rosary” with its bronze gilt frame is presented to the pilgrims on the high altar. The venerated painting depicts the Virgin Mary and Child Jesus presenting the Rosary to Saint Dominic and Saint Catherine of Siena. Inside the shrine there are also two very important relics belonging to the Passion of Christ; a thorn from the Crown of Thorns and a small piece of the Holy Cross. Enjoy some time to relax before dinner and an overnight.

Day 11 | Monday, October 21: Sorrento – Naples Airport

Following breakfast transfer to Naples airport for return flights home with memories for a lifetime!

*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.


Optional Sicily Post Tour:

October 21 – 26, 2024

Anticipated Daily Itinerary:
Day 1 | Monday, October 21: Sorrento – Taormina, Sicily

We’ll depart Sorrento and transfer to the airport in Naples for our flight to Catania. Upon arrival, we’ll transfer to our hotel in Taormina (or vicinity). Dinner and overnight.

Day 2 | Tuesday, October 22: Taormina

This morning we’ll tour Taormina’s remarkably situated ancient Greek theater, which is still used today for open-air performances. Later you’ll be free to enjoy the sights, sounds and aromas of this beautiful cliffside old-world town. Later, we’ll enjoy a dinner together. Overnight Taormina or vicinity.

Day 3 | Wednesday, October 23: Taormina – Siracusa - Agrigento

We’ll depart Taormina and travel to Siracusa. We’ll visit this place which illustrates the ancient history of the Mediterranean and Europe. Its vast archeological site, on the edge of the modern city, is a rare treasure of temples, amphitheaters and an ancient castle. Located near the southeastern corner of Sicily on the Ionian coast, Siracusa is built on an ancient Greek settlement founded by Corin[1]thians in 734. We’ll continue on to Agrigento for dinner and overnight. (Our tour of Agrigento may occur this afternoon or tomorrow morning.)

Day 4 | Thursday, October 24: Agrigento – Menfi – Palermo

This morning we’ll enjoy the ruins of Agrigento, one of the richest of the Greek colonies and a thriving democracy 2,500 years ago. We’ll focus on Agrigento’s “Valley of the Temples” -the largest, best preserved collection of ancient Greek buildings outside of Greece itself. We’ll depart Agrigento and travel to Palermo. One the way we’ll make a stop in Menfi, located slightly back from the Sicilian coast.The landscape in this area is particularly breathtaking: large areas of grass and corn fields but also vineyards. Visit the ancient town and continue to Palermo for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 | Friday, October 25: Palermo Touring

After breakfast, spend a day exploring the best of Palermo. We’ll tour through Palermo’s colorful and bustling Ballaró streetmarket -all spiced with an evocative whiff of Africa. See the top attractions in the old town of the Sicilian capital of Palermo, including the Teatro Massimo, Cathedral, and Politeama Theater.

Day 6 | Saturday, October 26: Return Home

Following breakfast transfer to Palermo airport for return flights home with memories for a lifetime!

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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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Optional Sicily Post Tour:

October 21 – 26, 2024

Anticipated Daily Itinerary:
Day 1 | Monday, October 21: Sorrento – Taormina, Sicily

We’ll depart Sorrento and transfer to the airport in Naples for our flight to Catania. Upon arrival, we’ll transfer to our hotel in Taormina (or vicinity). Dinner and overnight.

Day 2 | Tuesday, October 22: Taormina

This morning we’ll tour Taormina’s remarkably situated ancient Greek theater, which is still used today for open-air performances. Later you’ll be free to enjoy the sights, sounds and aromas of this beautiful cliffside old-world town. Later, we’ll enjoy a dinner together. Overnight Taormina or vicinity.

Day 3 | Wednesday, October 23: Taormina – Siracusa - Agrigento

We’ll depart Taormina and travel to Siracusa. We’ll visit this place which illustrates the ancient history of the Mediterranean and Europe. Its vast archeological site, on the edge of the modern city, is a rare treasure of temples, amphitheaters and an ancient castle. Located near the southeastern corner of Sicily on the Ionian coast, Siracusa is built on an ancient Greek settlement founded by Corin[1]thians in 734. We’ll continue on to Agrigento for dinner and overnight. (Our tour of Agrigento may occur this afternoon or tomorrow morning.)

Day 4 | Thursday, October 24: Agrigento – Menfi – Palermo

This morning we’ll enjoy the ruins of Agrigento, one of the richest of the Greek colonies and a thriving democracy 2,500 years ago. We’ll focus on Agrigento’s “Valley of the Temples” -the largest, best preserved collection of ancient Greek buildings outside of Greece itself. We’ll depart Agrigento and travel to Palermo. One the way we’ll make a stop in Menfi, located slightly back from the Sicilian coast.The landscape in this area is particularly breathtaking: large areas of grass and corn fields but also vineyards. Visit the ancient town and continue to Palermo for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 | Friday, October 25: Palermo Touring

After breakfast, spend a day exploring the best of Palermo. We’ll tour through Palermo’s colorful and bustling Ballaró streetmarket -all spiced with an evocative whiff of Africa. See the top attractions in the old town of the Sicilian capital of Palermo, including the Teatro Massimo, Cathedral, and Politeama Theater.

Day 6 | Saturday, October 26: Return Home

Following breakfast transfer to Palermo airport for return flights home with memories for a lifetime!

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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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