11 Days Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Italy

Our most popular pilgrimage! and no one knows better how to deliver a Catholic pilgrimage to Italy like Nativity Pilgrimage.  Visit the “Last Supper” painting by Leonardo da Vinci …Discover the romantic canals of Venice, the Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark … view the Renaissance treasures in Florence … visit Assisi, birthplace of St. Francis … Padua, Padre Pio and San Giovanni Rotondo. to one of the most powerful Eucharistic Miracle Sanctuaries in Lanciano from the 8th century….to the most lovable saint ever St. Francis of Assisi Enjoy four nights in Rome including visits to the four major basilicas and the highlight, a Papal Audience with Pope Francis.

Our pilgrimages to Italy will leave you with lifelong memories and a stronger tie to your faith. On a typical tour, you will experience the pageantry and excitement of an audience with the Holy Father at St. Peter’s Basilica.

On our pilgrimage we offer a complete itinerary that includes round-trip airfare, accommodation in first class hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, all transportation, daily Mass and all under excellent organizing, leadership and teaching from Nativity pilgrimage expert staff and Guides

Join Fr. George Aranha

Santa Teresa Catholic Church – San Jose, CA

April 25 – May 5, 2022

For more information:

1-844-400-9559

info@nativitypilgrimage.com

$4,049 Per Person

Round Air Trip from San Francisco, CA

YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:

• Round Trip Airfare. 

• All airport taxes & Fuel SURCHARGES! 

• First-class Hotels. 

• Transfers as per itinerary. 

• Breakfast and Dinner Daily. 

• Professional local Catholic guide(s). 

• Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itnerary. 

• Daily Masses. 

• The Group Protection Plan. 

YOUR TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE:

• Lunches.

• Optional Group Deluxe  Protection Plan (offering benefits for Trip Cancellation and more!).

• Tips for guide & driver

• Items of a personal nature.

INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR TRIP
  • Capital: Rome
  • Language: Italian
  • Population: 7.7 million
  • Time Zone: EST plus 6 hours
  • Currency: Euro (EUR)
  • Electricity: 220V. 50Hz
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MILAN – VERONA – PADOVA – VENICE – PISA – FLORENCE – ASSISI SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO – CAVE OF ST MICHAEL – ROME – VATICAN CITY

ITINERARY
Day
1

DEPART USA / MILAN

Today: Your pilgrimage begins today as you depart on your overnight flight to Milan. Meals and drinks

served aloft.

Day
2

ARRIVE MILAN

Today: We proceed to visit the Duomo, “the most magnificent Gothic building in Northern Italy”. Tour the Basilica di Sant’Ambrogio and visit the Tomb of St. Ambrose. We will travel to the Church Santa Maria delle Grazie and attend/celebrate Mass. Stop at Castel Sforzesco to see history and style combined with Milanese flair. Nearby is the famous La Scala Opera House with its ornate stage that glistens under crystal chandeliers. The rest of the day is free to visit the stores and browse the Forza boutiques. Stroll through the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele arcade with its luxury outlets to shop and also admire the chic goods on display.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
3

MILAN / VERONA / PADOVA

Today: Depart Milan for Verona. Celebrated by Shakespeare, who made it famous as the romantic setting for the moving tale of Romeo and Juliet, Verona is a splendid, ancient corner of the Veneto region, nestling between the river Adige and Lake Garda. Visit the Minor Basilica of San Zeno, Verona Cathedral. Continue to Padova, where we visit the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua and celebrate Mass.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel

Day
4

VENICE

Today: Venice is known as ‘The Queen of the Adriatic’. There is a total absence of wheeled transport which makes Venice the most charming and poetic city in the world. Our visit begins at the Basilica of St. Mark, adorned with golden mosaics and religious icon. It was built to honor the body of St. Mark brought from Alexandria in Egypt. After Mass, we see the Piazza di San Marco and the Palazzo Ducale (the palace of the Doge, the political leader of the Republic of Venice). The balance of our day is free to explore this exotic city. Optional, take a ride on a gondola.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
5

VENICE / PISA / FLORENCE

Today: We depart Padova to Pisa to visit the monuments of Pizza dei Miracoli > Duomo, Baptistery and Leaning tower. In the late afternoon, our motor coach proceeds to Florence, the “Jewel of the Renaissance’.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
6

FLORENCE / ASSISI

Today: We visit the Duomo–Santa Maria, the Baptistery of San Giovanni at the Academia where we marvel at Michelangelo’s David. We celebrate Mass at a frescoed chapel in the Franciscan Church of Santa Croce. We drive to Assisi for overnight.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
7

ASSISI / SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO

Today: We have our guide tour of Assisi, home to St. Francis of Assisi. We visit the Basilica housing the Saint’s tomb, and afterwards enjoy a guided tour of the Basilica and the town. After Mass, there is free time to explore and shop before leaving for San Giovanni Rotondo.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
8

SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO / CAVE OF ST. MICHAEL / ROME

Today: We celebrate Mass at the tomb of St. Padre Pio and take a tour of the sanctuary. We see the old church and the crucifix before which he received the stigmata in 1918. We see the confessional where Padre Pio directed people on their path. We stand and pray before St. Padre Pio’s incorrupt body. We have a stunning view of the Gargano Peninsula as we travel to the Grotto of St. Michael the Archangel. Saints, popes, and people from all over have come to this grotto looking for the protection and intercession of St. Michael. We then travel to Rome.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
9

ROME

Today: We begin our day by traveling to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the largest church in Rome dedicated to the Blessed Mother. It contains a relic from the manger. From here, we visit the Scala Sancta, the stairs Christ climbed to stand before Pontius Pilate. Those who wish may climb the stairs, as is the custom, on their knees. Nearby we visit the Basilica of St. John Lateran which was once the residents for popes. It is here that St. Francis persuaded Pope Innocent III to give permission to begin the Franciscan Order. We visit the Church of St. Paul Outside the Walls where the body of St. Paul is buried. It is the second largest Basilica in Rome and one of the five largest in the world. Break for lunch. In the afternoon, we drive along the Ancient Appian way to see the Church of Domine Quo Vadis, which is located the spot where tradition says Saint Peter had a vision of the risen Christ while fleeing persecution in Rome. He convinced Peter to turn around and face crucifixion himself in Rome. Christ gave him the courage to follow him to martyrdom, as foretold in the Gospels. Finally, we visit the Catacombs of St. Callixtus which are among the greatest and most important of Rome.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
10

ROME: VATICAN CITY

Today: In the morning, we begin by attending a papal audience with Pope Francis. After the audience, we visit the Vatican-Museums to see centuries of beautiful artwork and artifacts. See the artwork of Michelangelo such as the Pieta and then visit the Sistine Chapel. We will explore St. Peter’s Basilica in its entire splendor. It is built over St. Peter’s tomb. Visit the Tomb of St. John Paul II in St. Sebastian’s Chapel. Continue to tour the Coliseum.

Evening: Dinner and overnight accommodations will be at your hotel.

Day
11

ROME / USA

Today: This morning we will transfer to the airport to catch our return flight home.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

THE TOUR PRICE INCLUDES 

Air Transportation Economy classes and Round Trip airfares are based at the time of the reservation, Rates and Times are subject to change without notice. 

Airfares once issued ARE NON-REFUNDABLE, NON –TRANSFERABLE AND 

CAN’T BE USED TOWARDS FUTURE TRAVEL. 

Land Transportation. All land transportation as described in the itinerary will be by Deluxe Motor Coach, some may be equipped with WI-FI service. 

Hotels. First class Hotels (Hotel rooms are double occupancy (2 people per 

room with private bath). 

Porterage at the hotels. 

Single Room. There is an additional cost per person specified on registration form. Single rooms are limited and will be awarded on a first come first serve basis. 

Meal Plan. The meal plan offers 2 meals per day and consists of both breakfast and dinner. You are responsible for your lunch. 

Baggage. Nativity Pilgrimage limits all passengers to 1 piece of checked luggage and 1 carry-on. (All passengers should check with the airlines carriers for up to date baggage weight and dimensions). 

Airport Taxes, Fuel Surcharges and Security Fees. 

Daily Masses. 

Protection Plan during the trip. 

THE TOUR PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE 

Expenses for passports or any additional documents that may be required. Personal Articles Laundry, wines, liquors, mineral water, tea, coffee and other beverages, food that is not on the menus of your included meal package, and any additional luggage. Any sightseeing, other services, or personal items that are not specifically mentioned as being included in the itinerary. 

Tips. 

Lunch. 

Cancellation Protection Plan not included and is highly recommended at 

time of registration. 

BOOKING CONDITIONS 

A non-refundable deposit of $300.00 per person is required at time of booking. No reservation will be processed without a deposit. Final payment is due 90 days prior to your departure date. Registrations received late within 60 days of departure will require Payment In Full. No deposits will be accepted at this time. We do not accept payments by credit card for deposits. 

WE ACCEPT CASH, CHECKS, MONEY ORDERS AND MAJOR CREDIT CARDS. 

THERE IS AN EXTRA 3% CHARGE FOR CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS ON THE 

BALANCE. 

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY 

NO REFUNDS –UNLESS YOU PURCHASED A TRIP CANCELLATION PLAN. 

YOUR CANCELLATION NOTICE SHOULD BE IN WRITING, AND SUBMITTED TO OUR OFFICE. 

NATIVITY PILGRIMAGE IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR REFUNDING MONEY FOR ANY REASON. 

PROTECT YOUR TRIP: 

WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU PURCHASE ADDITIONAL TRIP CANCELLATION PROTECTION PLAN- GROUP DELUXE. 

A FORM IS AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE WITH MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PLAN AND THE COST. 

RESPONSIBILITY 

Nativity Pilgrimage, Inc. and their agents assume no liability or responsibility in regards to travel in any form for any injuries or loss of property, accidents, delays, changes in schedule or itinerary, incidental damages or any irregular circumstances. This would include but not limited to default or omission by any third party providing services or facilities related to and/or included in the tour or any part thereof. 

The IATA carriers, steamship firms and other transportation companies, whose services are featured in these tours, are not to be held responsible or accountable for any act, omission or event during the time the passengers are not on board their respective conveyance. The passage contract in use by these companies, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the companies and the purchaser of these tours and/or passengers and Nativity Pilgrimage, Inc. does not assume any liability or responsibility in connection therewith. They are not responsible for any losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, guarantees, or other causes. All such losses or expenses shall be borne by the passenger as tour rates provide for arrangements only for the time stated. The right is reserved to substitute hotels of similar quality to those specified in the itinerary. 

The right is reserved to cancel any tour prior to departure, in which later case a full refund will constitute full settlement to the passenger. 

No refund will be made for any used portion of the tour unless arrangements are made prior to departure from the United States. 

PRICES AND ITINERARIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.