Pilgrimage begins with an overnight flight to Rome! (Bring a good book, your rosary, and prayer intentions.) Refreshments and meals served on the flight.
Welcome to Rome! After gathering our bags we will enjoy a "get yourself acquainted" bus tour of the Eternal City. Arriving to our hotel we will have some time to unpack and freshen up for our pilgrimage welcome dinner in the evening. Overnight in Rome.
After breakfast, we’re off to Saint Peter’s Square for the Papal general audience with Pope Francis (subject to the Pope’s schedule). Following a short lunch break, we’ll tour the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica.
Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Following breakfast, we will visit the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, the Church of St. Mary Major, as well as the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran where we’ll have an opportunity to prayerfully climb the Lateran Steps. In the afternoon we will get a personal tour of the Pontifical North American College where we will enjoy what is universally known as the best view in all of Rome. Dinner and Overnight in Rome
Following breakfast we'll visit Saint Cecilia’s Basilica, the Basilica of St. Bartholomew, and the Museum of the Holy Souls in Purgatory. After a delicious scoop of Italian gelato at the Piazza Navona, we’ll make our way to visit Caravaggio's The Calling of Matthew, the Church of Saint Maria sopra Minerve where we'll view and pray amongst the tomb of St. Catherine of Siena. We’ll continue onto the Pantheon,and the Church of the Gesù, the mother church of the Jesuit Order. Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Following breakfast, we travel back in time with a historic tour of Ancient Rome. Making our way along centuries-old cobblestone streets lined with Rome’s stately stone pines, we arrive at the triumphal Arch of Constantine. We continue with a tour of the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum––the open grounds now surrounded by the ruins of the ancient government buildings at the center of Ancient Rome. Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Following breakfast, we transfer by private motor coach to the hilltop village of Assisi, the birthplace of Saint Francis of Assisi and UNESCO world heritage site known for its magnificent medieval architecture. Upon arriving, Jon will take you up to the most beautiful view of the city (to take it all in). After our hotel check-in, we'll gather for prayer and dinner. Overnight in Assisi.
Following breakfast, we will gather for our guided tour of Assisi. We will visit the Basilica of Saint Clare, pray before the San Domiano cross (the very cross that Christ spoke to St. Francis through asking Francis to rebuild his Church). We will continue to the Basilica of Saint Francis, we will be guided through the meaning of the many frescoes depicting his saintly life. We will then have an opportunity to descend to the lower crypt where we will pray before the tomb of St. Francis. We will continue to the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels, home of the Chapel Portiuncola. Dinner and overnight in Assisi.
“All roads lead to Rome” (and so does our pilgrimage). We say farewell to Assisi as we arrive back into the Eternal City. On our return, we’ll visit the ancient Catacombs of Rome where Mass will be celebrated in an underground chapel. Dinner on your own this evening and overnight in Rome.
After we enjoy breakfast, we’re off to the Basilica of Saint Peter in Chains where we’ll have the opportunity to view the chains that held St. Peter while he was in the Mamertine prison in Rome. After some time for prayer, we’ll visit the Church of Saint Alphonsus Ligouri, home of the original icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. We will then make our way to visit the Saint Gregorio al Cielo Convent, the Roman Mother House of the missionaries of charity. It is here where Saint Teresa of Calcutta resided when she visited her sisters in Rome. Dinner and overnight in Rome.
With a renewed sense of pilgrimage, and an invigorated love of our Catholic faith and her saints, we say farewell to our new friends, and board our return flight home.
Roundtrip airfare from Des Moines (or your local airport)
One checked-bag & one carry-on
Deluxe motorcoach transportation
4-star hotel accommodations
Tour manager and local tour guides for itinerary sites
Whisper headsets with tours
Breakfast & dinners (on itinerary)
Wine with dinners
Sightseeing & admission fees as per itinerary
Daily Mass and opportunities for Confession
Airport taxes & fuel surcharges
Luggage assistance at hotels
24/7 Travel Emergency Support
Tips for hotel staff and restaurants