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Sep 21, 2017 Sep 30, 2017 Rome, Assisi, Padre Pio, Lanciano $3299

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Our pilgrimage prices are all inclusive: transfers, tips, and airport taxes are all included. Travel insurance is not included but is available for purchase.

Price does not include the add-on fare from your local aiport. Use the trip calculator on the right to quickly determine the total price for departure from your local airport.

Itinerary: Rome, Assisi, Monte Cassino, Padre Pio, and Lanciano, Italy

 

Day 1

USA to Rome

On September 21, 2017 we will depart from the U.S. for our overnight flight to Rome. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board our flight.

Day 2-5

Rome

We will arrive in Rome the morning after we depart the U.S. where we will transfer by motorcoach to our hotel and then attend a private Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary Major celebrated by our Priest and Spiritual Director, Fr. Jess ty of Our Lady of Joy parish in Carefree, AZ.

During our stay in Rome, we will also attend a private Mass at the Basilica of St. John Lateran and visit the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Wall. We will also visit the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, as well as, participate in a private Scavi Tour (excavation site beneath St. Peter’s Basilica where St. Peter’s remains were discovered in recent years). We will also climb the Holy Stairs across from St. John Lateran and visit the Church of the True Cross to see the relics of the Passion brought to Rome by St. Helen. You will also have free time to visit the Coliseum, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, or any of the 700+ churches in Rome….. or you may choose to spend your free time grabbing a gelato and relaxing in one of the many piazzas to soak up the atmosphere in the Eternal City.

Breakfast will be provided each morning at our hotel. You will have an opportunity to grab a quick lunch from one of the many sidewalk cafes each day… and you are free to enjoy your favorite Italian restaurant each evening. You might discover that the people are so friendly and the food so enjoyable…. that you will have a hard time deciding which is your favorite.

Special invitation to the Diaconate Ordination at St Peter’s Basilica
On October 5th, we are invited to attend the Diaconate ordination of Phoenix seminarian, Vinhson Nguyen at St. Peter’s Basilica. Vinhson is originally from Resurrection Parish in Mesa and is currently attending the Pontifical North American College in Rome to complete his studies. He will return to Phoenix in June of 2018 to be ordained a priest. The next day, we will attend Vinhson’s Thanksgiving Mass…. his first as a newly ordained deacon.

 

Day 6

Assissi

During our stay in Rome, we will also take a day trip to Assisi where Fr. Jess will celebrate a private Mass at the Basilica of St. Francis and we will visit the tomb of St. Francis and participate in a guided tour of the Basilica…. then you can spend the remainder of the day enjoying the beauty and uniqueness of Assisi, including a visit to the tomb of St. Clare and the San Damiano Cross.

Day 7

Monte Cassino Abbey – Padre Pio

Today we will set out early for Monte Cassino Abbey where St. Benedict lived and founded the Benedictines. We will celebrate a private Mass here and then bless St. Benedict medals for each of us at the tombs of St. Benedict and his sister, St. Scholastica. We will continue on to San Giovanni Rotundo where we will visit the Shrine of Padre Pio. Here you will be able to view the incorrupt body of this great Saint. We will proceed to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 8

San Giovanni Rotundo – Cave of St Michael – Lanciano

After breakfast, we will celebrate a private Mass and then visit the English office to see a short film on the life of Padre Pio… and Fr. Jess will bless each of us with a glove worn by Padre Pio. From here we will travel 14 miles to visit the Cave of St Michael the Archangel. This is the only Catholic church in the world that has not been consecrated by a bishop as it was consecrated by St Michael himself. We will return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 9

Lanciano – Rome

After breakfast this morning we will depart for the sanctuary of the miracle in the Church of St Francisco in Lanciano. We will be able to view and pray before the bread and wine which changed to flesh and blood. We will celebrate Mass here and view a short film about the miracle. From here we will travel back to Rome where you can spend the remainder of the day on your own, visiting sites that you especially want to see and dining at the restaurant of your choice before departing Rome. We will overnight in Rome and leave for the USA the next morning.

Day 10

Rome – USA

 

Italy Travel Tips

When you arrive at the airport in Washington, D.C.…CHECK IN with the Magnificat guide at the gate before boarding the plane to Vienna. This is VERY IMPORTANT.

First Thing…

When you receive your airline tickets, check them for accuracy! Check them now! We check your tickets, but it’s very wise for you to check them also.

  1. Make sure your first, middle and last names match your passport.
  2. Check the dates, times and departure/return U.S. city for accuracy.
  3. Make a copy of your itinerary with flight information and leave it with your emergency contact(s) at home.
  4. Give your emergency contact the Magnificat Tours toll free number (877-333-9290). If anyone at home needs to reach you in case of an emergency, they can get a message to you by calling this number.

Passports / Visas

Make sure your passport is valid for six (6) months after your planned return to the United States.

  1. U.S. citizens need a valid U.S. passport that is valid for 6 months after your planned return date to the United States. If your passport will expire within 6 months of your return, obtain a new passport immediately.
  2. U.S. citizens do not require a visa.
  3. No shots or immunizations are required to travel to Italy.

Keep your passport with you at all times - do not leave it in your hotel room.

  1. You will need your passport when you check-in at your home airport and at entry points into each country.
  2. Carry your passport on your person at all times during the entire trip.
  3. Make several copies of your passport and keep one in each of your checked and carry-on bag.
  4. If you’re traveling with a companion, it’s a good idea to carry copies of each other’s passports.
  5. Leave a copy of your passport at home with your emergency contact.

Packing / Luggage / Checking Your Bags

When you check-in at your originating U.S. airport, check your bags all the way throught to Rome. Pack lightly. We highly recommend that you:

  1. Pack ONLY one carry-on bag with a change of clothing, undergarments, toiletries and medicines that you will keep with you on the plane. This becomes very important in the event that your checked baggage would be lost or temporarily delayed. Keep this carry-on bag small to avoid issues with the airline allowing you to carry it on some of the smaller airplanes. Your carry-on bag cannot exceed 18 lbs.
  2. Check ONLY one other bag with the remainder of your belongings. We highly recommend that you check only one other bag, because airline regulations abroad change frequently and it’s not uncommon for the airline to arbitrarily decide that you can only check one bag on your return flight (even though they might have allowed you to check two bags on the flight from the U.S. to Italy) or they may charge a large sum of money for a 2nd checked bag. Your checked bag cannot exceed 50 lbs.
  3. Remember that you will be responsible for carrying your own bags. So, again, pack lightly. Because we will be traveling portions of this trip by motorcoach and train, you will be glad that you packed lightly when it comes time to travel between cities. Accommodations in Europe are typically much smaller than we are accustomed to in the United States, so packing lightly also makes it much easier for you and your roommate(s) to move around in your room.
  4. You will be provided two luggage tags for easier identification of your bags. It’s not a bad idea to put other identifying marks on your personal luggage… many people tie brightly colored ribbons to their handles.
  5. A small backpack is also recommended and is much more practical than a purse. It will come in handy when traveling by plane or motor coach and when walking around Italy.

Pickpockets are a real problem in Italy. It is STRONGLY recommended that you wear a hidden money belt and/or a passport wallet around your neck and hidden beneath your clothing. Keep only small amounts of money available in your wallet, fanny pack or backpack. Keep most of your money hidden on your person at all times.

Money

Euros are the currency accepted throughout Europe. The airport in Vienna will only accept Euros or credit cards. Italy ONLY accepts Euros or credit cards (American Express, Visa and MC. Discover card is not accepted).

  1. At least one week prior to departure, contact your local bank to buy Euros. Allow at least a week because most branch banks do not keep Euros on hand and it will take them a few days to obtain them.
  2. It’s a good idea to travel with smaller currency amounts. Sometimes it’s difficult for the stores, restaurants and taxis to make change for large bills. We recommend nothing larger than 20 Euro or $20 bills.
  3. We highly recommend that you contact your credit card company and your bank before your departure to let them know that you will be out of the country and that you may exceed your normal spending patterns.
  4. Travelers Checks are NOT recommended. Most places in Europe refuse to handle travelers checks.
  5. Keep your passport, airline tickets and money on you at all times.

Clothing

Dress should be comfortable but appropriate for the many sacred places we will be visiting. Dress up clothing is not needed. Ideally, men and women should wear long pants. Women may prefer to wear skirts or dresses, but it’s not necessary. Jeans, slacks and nice jogging pants are acceptable. Tops should have sleeves and should not be revealing. If you’re not sure that what you want to wear is appropriate, err on the side of safety and wear something else.

The weather can be unpredictable. Dressing in layers is suggested. Typically, a short or ¾-sleeved shirt or blouse is adequate during the day. But you should have long sleeved shirts and a waterproof or water-resistant jacket for cooler or wetter days and evenings. If you tend to get cold easily, you may want to take a lightweight scarf and gloves. If you are traveling during the winter months, you will want to bring appropriate outer clothing.

Tennis shoes or walking shoes are a must. Break them in well in advance of the trip. You may want to take an inexpensive pair of flip flops for walking around your room or for use in the showers.

Weather

The temperatures below are averages. Lows and highs can both be exceeded. We recommend dressing in layers to be prepared for weather fluctuations.

Rome - Central Italy

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Low 39 40 43 47 54 61 66 67 62 56 46 42
High 55 56 59 63 71 77 83 83 79 71 62 57

Meals

Domestic flights typically do not serve meals. So make your own arrangements as you travel in the U.S.

Austrian Airlines provides nice meals on the flight to Vienna. Typically dinner is served shortly after we leave the U.S. and breakfast is served before we arrive in Vienna.

There are restaurants in the Vienna airport where you can treat yourself to something while we are laid over but the restaurants only accept Euros or credit cards.

It's always a good idea to travel with some type of snack, protein bar, etc.

What to Expect in Italy

When we arrive in Rome, you will be provided a pass that will be good for both the metro/subway and the city bus system (this pass is included in the price of the pilgrimage). We will be staying at a hotel very close to the metro/bus station (called the termini which is Italian for terminal). This is a very central location and makes it very easy to get around Rome. We typically use the metro/subway to travel everywhere while in Rome because it is very fast and efficient. Traveling by bus around Rome is more scenic, but the metro is much faster because it's underground and avoids the heavy Rome traffic. A trip that might take 5-10 minutes by metro/subway, could take 45 minutes by bus.

Each morning, we will eat breakfast and leave immediately to attend Holy Mass celebrated by Padre Carlos at one of the four major basilicas. At breakfast, we will let you know where Mass will be celebrated that day and which metro you need to take to get to the appropriate Basilica. After Mass, we will have seminarians available to escort us to nearby sights... or you can take off on your own to explore Rome. It is entirely up to you whether you wish to stay with the group with the seminarian or explore on your own. If you think you might want to explore on your own, start searching the internet or guide books to pick out your own "must see" spots. Because our hotel is so close to the termini station, it is very easy to catch the metro to return to the vicinity of the hotel.

You will be responsible for purchasing your own lunch and dinner each day. FYI, European waiters do not expect gratuities when you purchase a meal. You may leave a small tip, but 10-20% is not expected. At some restaurants there may be a charge to sit and eat rather than stand or take your food with you. Be aware that some restaurants charge extra to put a bread basket on the table. You can decline this when the waiter brings it and avoid this charge.

What to Bring

  • Clothing
  • Shoes (walking or athletic)
  • Socks
  • Jacket/coat - for cooler or rainy days
  • Toiletries including shampoo, soap, washcloths
  • Hairdryer
  • Camera with extra film, memory cards, batteries
  • Adapter AND converter for hairdryers, electric razors, cameras
  • Alarm clock
  • Umbrella
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, chapstick)
  • Flashlight
  • Journal and pen
  • Rosary, prayer books, Bible
  • Extra Ziploc bags come in very handy
  • Backpack and/or Fanny pack
  • Passport wallet - type that hangs around your neck under your clothing, or
  • Money belt - type that is worn under your clothing

Optional Items:

  • Light scarf and gloves
  • Neck pillow for flight and long bus rides
  • Snacks (breakfast bars, jerky, dried fruit, nuts, trail mix, candy)
  • If you plan on using your cell phone while abroad, check with your phone provider to see if you need a SIM card or you may need to purchase a disposable phone that can be used in Europe.