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How Great Thou Arts

A Pilgrimage to Italy

October 11 - October 20, 2021

About

Experiencing truth, beauty, and goodness is at the heart of understanding who God is. This one-of-a-kind pilgrimage of the arts through Rome, Assisi, and Florence will take you on a journey of discovering the beauty and richness of the Catholic faith through holy art, architecture, history, and culture. Contemplate the masterpieces of Caravaggio, the sculptures of Michaelangelo, and the frescoes of Giotto. Pray at the tombs of saints like St. Peter, St. Paul, St. John Paul II, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Monica, St. Ignatius, and many more. A pilgrimage for Notre Dame Alumni and Friends.

Trip Details

Group Type & Size

Notre Dame Alumni and Friends, 20-45 pilgrims

Activity Level

Moderate

Length

10 days, 9 nights

Accommodations

Premium

Cost

As low as

$5,249

Deposit:

$500

What's Included

Dedicated pilgrimage director, supplemented by local guides
Custom booklet for each pilgrim
Private transportation on motor coach
All tickets and donations for included activities listed on itinerary
Premium accommodations
Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, and 4 dinners, including wine at dinners
Gratuities for pilgrim director, guide(s), driver(s), and meals
Whisper headsets

Itinerary

October 11
Depart U.S.
  • Depart U.S. (flights not included in the package)
October 12
Rome
  • Arrive in Rome
  • Evening reception at the Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway, followed by dinner
  • Overnight in Rome
  • Accommodations: Hotel Meridien Visconti Palace or similar
  • Meals included: Dinner
October 13
The Pope in St. Peter's Square, Rome Landmarks
  • Papal Audience in St. Peter’s Square
  • Afternoon architecture tour or lecture with Notre Dame faculty member
  • Mass in the evening and dinner at local restaurant
  • Overnight in Rome
  • Accommodations: Hotel Meridien Visconti Palace or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
October 14
St. Peter's Basilica, Sistine Chapel
  • Morning mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, followed by an in-depth tour
  • Lunch on your own, followed by taking one of the most
    exclusive tours, the Scavi Tour, to see the tomb of Saint Peter (pending availability).
  • Vatican Museums tour featuring a private visit to the Sistine Chapel and evening reception
  • Overnight in Rome
  • Accommodations: Hotel Meridien Visconti Palace or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
October 15
Ancient Rome
  • Ancient Rome tour, including the Coliseum, Palatine Hill, and Imperial Roman Forum
  • Free time to explore the city
  • Overnight in Rome
  • Accommodations: Hotel Meridien Visconti Palace or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast
October 16
Rome
  • Artistic highlights of the Roman Churches and Major basilicas, including the masterpieces of Caravaggio, Mary Major, and John Lateran
  • Optional mosaic workshop at local studio (fee applies)
  • Overnight in Rome
  • Accommodations: Hotel Meridien Visconti Palace or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
October 17
Assisi
  • Tour of Assisi including Chiesa Nuova, St. Francis’ baptismal church, original San Daminao crucifix, Basilica of St. Mary and Angels, Porziuncola and place of St. Francis’ death, and Basilica of St. Francis
  • Overnight in Assisi
  • Accommodations: Giotto Hotel or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
October 18
Florence
  • Transfer to Florence
  • Visit Florence Cathedral (Duomo) and Baptistry
  • Afternoon visit to Accademia Gallery to see Michelangelo’s David statue
  • Overnight in Florence
  • Accommodations: Grand Hotel Cavour or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
October 19
Florence, Siena
  • Option 1: Free time in Florence for individual visits to Uffizi Gallery, Medici Chapels, or other options
  • Option 2: Day-trip to Siena, included a vineyard visit to see how olive oil and local wines are made (optional add-on)
  • Evening farewell dinner
  • Overnight in Florence
  • Accommodations: Grand Hotel Cavour or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
October 20
Fly to U.S.
  • Transfer to airport and fly to U.S. (flights not included in package)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

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Pricing

As low as

$5,249

Package Cost (without savings)

$5,549

Trip Savings

Early bird (available until January 11, 2021)
$200/person
Pay balance by check
$100/person

Optional Add-ons

Single room supplement (limited availability)
$949/person
Travel insurance
Contact NDAA or Travel Insurance Select*
Individually arranged airfare with LUXE Travel
Published fare +$40/person
Mosaic studio workshop
$99/person
Siena day-trip
$179/person

This is a pilgrimage designed for Notre Dame Alumni and Friends.

“As low as” price includes savings for early bird and pay balance by check.
Pricing listed per person in double-occupancy rooms and does not include airfare.
The number of available single-occupancy rooms is limited.

*For your convenience, the Alumni Association has partnered with Travel Insurance Select (TIS) to provide travel insurance to travelers. We encourage you to call (800) 937-1387 for details and coverage options.

Rates assume a minimum of 20 full-paying pilgrims.

  • Roundtrip airfare (optional add-on during registration)
  • Passport, visa, or luggage fees
  • Any personal purchases
  • Meals while traveling, as well as 4 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Drinks at meals, other than wine at dinners
  • Recommended travel insurance (optional add-on)
  • Anything else not explicitly mentioned as included

Please note: There is no official Extension offered for this pilgrimage.

If you would like to extend your stay or arrange a private Extension program, please contact us at hello@versoministries.com or call us at (574) 383-9396.

Premium Accommodations

  • Rome: Hotel Meridien Visconti Palace or similar
  • Assisi: Giotto Hotel or similar
  • Florence: Grand Hotel Cavour or similar

 

Arranging your own flights? Designated arrival and departures times

  • Please arrive to to Leonardo da Vinci Rome International Airport (FCO) between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on October 12, 2021. Pilgrims arriving during this window will be transferred in groups according to arrival time to the Hotel Meridien Visconti Palace.
  • Please depart from Florence Airport, Peretola (FLR) on October 20, 2021 anytime. Pilgrims departing on October 20 will be transferred to the airport in groups according to departure time.
  • If you elect to arrive/depart at times different than those listed here, private transfers (fee will apply) can be arranged on your behalf.

 

Need to get around? Private transfers

  • Private transfer between Rome airport (FCO) to Rome hotel/city center– $188 per transfer (up to 7 pax)
    Private transfer between Florence hotel/city center and Florence airport (FLR) – $159 per transfer (up to 7 pax)
  • Please note: If you arrive/depart outside of the designating times at the Rome/Florence airport, private transfers (fee applies) can be arranged on your behalf. Airport transfers outside of the designated arrival/departure times are not included in the package pricing.
  • Need to book? Contact us at hello@versoministries.com or call us at (574) 383-9396.

Arriving early or staying late? Pre-stay and post-stay options

 

Additional services:

 

Deposit due upon registration – $500/person
Final balance due 120 days prior to departure – Final balance

Please note: Payment plans can be arranged if needed. Please contact us if you would like to pay in several installments.

Final package price is estimated. Prices are based on the current (as of February 2020) exchange rate of $1.20 USD to €1 (Euro). Any drastic fluctuations in currency exchange rates could affect the final pilgrimage pricing. If you have any questions about pricing and when final pricing decisions will be communicated, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.

 

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be submitted to Verso Ministries in written form and received via email or mail. Any refunds, as applicable, will be processed based on the date stamp of email or mail received. Cancellation fees are for individual pilgrims and fees will be charged per person per booking.

Cancellations are possible at any time, but refunds are subject to cancellation fees at the rates listed here.

  • Within 2 weeks of deposit: Free Cancellation*
  • 91 days or more from departure: Deposit is retained
  • 90-61 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost is non-refundable
  • 60-31 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost is non-refundable
  • 30 days or less prior to departure: 100% of trip cost is non-refundable

*Free cancellation (if deposit is made more than 180 days prior to departure)

Any cancellation charges incurred from other suppliers or vendors (flight, lodging, ground transportation, tickets, etc.) may come in addition to the administrative fees listed here. All group flight airline tickets, optional excursions, trip options, pre/post extensions, private transfers, and additional hotel nights are non-refundable 100 days or less prior to departure unless otherwise noted.

FAQ

The sooner you register for the pilgrimage, the better! Not only does registering guarantee you a spot on the pilgrimage before the departure fills up, but if you are one of the first 20 pilgrims to register you will receive the early bird discount. Also, there is no risk for 14-days after you register should you then have to cancel (must register 180 days or more prior to departure). So let’s say you register for a pilgrimage, but then realize you can no longer attend, as long as you cancel your pilgrimage within 14-days of registering and registered more than 180 days prior to the departure, then we will fully refund your deposit no questions asked. Just send us a written confirmation of your cancellation and we will take care of the rest. Plus, the sooner you register the sooner your journey begins. Register today!

There is no risk! Your deposit will be fully refunded as long as you cancel within 14-days of registering and you have registered more than 180 days or more prior to departure. With no risk, why wait? Get registered today!

Registration closes when the pilgrimage reaches the maximum number of pilgrims. If the pilgrimage is filled when you register, you will be added to our waiting list, and contacted in the event that space on the pilgrimage becomes available. Don’t miss your chance, register now and begin your journey.

We highly recommend that all pilgrims buy travel insurance. Travel insurance is not only for peace of mind, but helps protect you and those you are traveling with from unforeseen emergencies, which always seem to happen at the worst possible time. In the event of emergencies, both before and during your travels, as well other circumstances, like travel delay, lost baggage, missed connection(s), and much more, travel insurance can help. Upon registration you will receive a travel insurance quotation. If you have any questions regarding your quotation, please call the issuing company. If you need an updated or new quotation, please contact us at hello@versoministries.com or call us at 574-383-9396. We are happy to help!

Including optional add-ons with your pilgrimage can really add to your experience whether it is one of the optional extension or arranging an extra night stay beforehand so you are rested when the pilgrimage begins. If you would to add on any optional arrangements, as listed above, please email us at hello@versoministries.com or call us at 574-383-9396.

A pilgrimage, at its simplest, is a trip of faith. Which means a pilgrimage can be anything from a walk around your city to an encounter of Jesus in the Holy Land. For Catholics, it’s a trip of faith that people have been taking for hundreds or even thousands of years, many times in the same exact places you can visit today. It’s an opportunity to experience the spots God has made his presence known most in time and space, whether that’s where Jesus walked, where Mary appeared, or where the saints have lived and worked.

At Verso, we believe in crafting pilgrimages that offer you a view of God’s world and his work in it that you can’t get anywhere else. We believe everything from the holy sites, to the meals, to daily Mass, to your fellow pilgrims are ways God can speak to you, which means we’re intentional about it all. We also believe a pilgrimage isn’t just the days you travel, it’s how you prepare from the moment you sign up, to the days and weeks after you arrive home. Which means it’s our intention to shepherd you through the entire process — before, during, and after — so you can have the best, most transformative experience possible. We’re not just travel experts, we’re experts in Catholic pilgrimage.

We know from experience that preparing for a journey is just as important as the journey itself. Our goal is to make sure you’re physically, logistically, and spiritually ready for your pilgrimage. You’ll receive essential emails that will walk you through the process and give you ways to prepare your mind and heart for what you’ll encounter. A pre-trip webinar will make sure you are in touch with the Verso leader of the trip, can get trip-specific info, and can ask questions. We’ll send you a pilgrim kit that contains a comprehensive booklet for your trip along with some Verso swag (such as a bag, pen, and sticker) that you can bring along with you on your pilgrimage. And of course, we’re always available by phone or email if you have any questions or special needs.

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Activity Level

Easy
This trip’s activity level is easy. It’s recommended that travelers be in good health to enjoy this itinerary and be able to walk and climb stairs on their own. Trips at this activity level may include half or full-day itineraries with 1-3 hours of leisurely walking per day on smooth or slightly inclined terrain. The pace is more relaxed, with opportunities to rest throughout the day.

Moderate
This trip’s activity level is moderate. Travelers must be in good health and be in good physical condition to enjoy this itinerary. Travelers must be able to walk and climb stairs on their own. Trips at this activity level may include full-day itineraries of 3-5 hours of walking at a normal to brisk pace per day on varied terrain including uneven surfaces, stairs, and hills. The pace is faster and more demanding, with some breaks throughout the day.

Difficult
This trip’s activity level is difficult. Travelers must be in good health and physically fit to enjoy this itinerary. Trips at this activity level may include full-day itineraries with up to 5-7 hours of walking at normal to brisk pace per day on varied terrain including uneven surfaces, stairs, and steep hills. The pace is vigorous and demanding, with little down time each day.