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God is Full of Life

A Pilgrimage to Italy

June 20 - 29, 2022

About

Experience the fullness of life and the beauty of the Catholic Church on a trip to Rome and Assisi. Handcrafted by Verso Ministries, this pilgrimage is designed for inspiring encounters with the Pope and Catholic sites, incredible walks through history, and the best food, wine, and lodging.

Trip Details

Group Type & Size

Open to all, 15-45 pilgrims

Length

10 days, 9 nights

Accommodations

Standard

Cost

As low as

$4,535

Deposit:

$500

What's Included

Dedicated pilgrimage director, supplemented by local guides
Custom booklet for each pilgrim
Catholic Chaplain
Daily Mass
Private transportation on motor coach
All tickets and donations for included activities listed on itinerary
Standard accommodations
Breakfast daily at hotel, 5 lunches, 3 dinners, including wine at dinners
Gratuities for pilgrimage director, guide(s), driver(s), and meals
Audio headsets

Itinerary

June 20
Depart U.S.
  • Depart U.S. (flights not included in the package)
June 21
Rome
  • Arrive Rome and transfer to hotel
  • Welcome Mass and Dinner
  • Overnight in Rome
  • Accommodations: Hotel Cicerone or similar
  • Meals included: Dinner
June 22
The Pope in St. Peter’s Square, Rome Landmarks
  • Attend Papal Audience in Saint Peter’s Square (pending the Holy Father’s schedule)
  • Explore Rome city highlights, including Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and more
  • Mass at local church
  • Overnight in Rome
  • Accommodations: Hotel Cicerone or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast
June 23
The Vatican Museum, Tomb of St. Peter
  • Discover the Vatican Museums on exclusive early morning guided tour
  • Pray at the tomb of St. Peter on the Scavi Tour (pending availability)
  • Mass in local church
  • Overnight in Rome
  • Accommodations: Hotel Cicerone or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
June 24
Basilicas of Rome, Catacombs, Basilica of the Holy Cross
  • Celebrate Mass at Saint Paul Outside the Walls
  • Tour the Christian catacombs
  • Journey to Saint John Lateran and Saint Mary Major basilicas
  • Pray with the Passion Relics at the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem and on the “Holy Stairs”
  • Overnight in Rome
  • Accommodations: Hotel Cicerone or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
June 25
Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill
  • Day touring the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill with professional guide
  • Traditional pizza making class at local restaurant for lunch
  • Mass in local Church
  • Overnight in Rome
  • Accommodations: Hotel Cicerone or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
June 26
Rome
  • Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica (pending availability)
  • Free morning to explore on own
    • Optional add-on:
      • Mosaic workshop at local studio – $58/person (15 pax min.)
  • Afternoon transfer to Assisi
  • Overnight in Assisi
  • Accommodations: Hotel Giotto or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
June 27
Assisi, Basilica of St. Francis, Basilica of St. Clare
  • All day tour of Assisi, including Mass and visits to the Basilica of St. Francis, Basilica of St. Clare, the original San Damiano Crucifix, and the Basilica of St. Mary and the Angels, and the Porziuncola
  • Overnight in Assisi
  • Accommodations: Hotel Giotto or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
June 28
Orvieto, Rome
  • Transfer back to Rome
  • En-route visit Orvieto with Mass at the Basilica (pending availability) and pray at the Eucharistic miracle of Bolsena
  • Farewell Diner in local restaurant
  • Overnight in Rome
  • Accommodations: Hotel Cicerone or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
June 29
Departure
  • Depart Rome (flights not included in the package)
  • Meals included: Breakfast
(extension)
June 29
Tuscany, Siena
  • Depart Rome and drive north to Florence and take in coastal views
  • Wine tasting and lunch in Tuscany region
  • Explore Siena with a guided walking tour, including the Basilica of Saint Dominic and Basilica of Saint Francis
  • Transfer to Florence
  • Overnight in Florence
  • Accommodations: Diplomat Hotel or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
(extension)
June 30
Florence
  • Discover Florence with half-day guided walking tour
  • Tour includes the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Flower (“the Duomo”), Baptistry of St. John, Giotto’s Campanile, Signoria Square with exterior views of Signoria Palace, Loggia de Lanzi and statues of Renaissance, and a tour of the Accademia Gallery
  • Begin your afternoon with lunch in local restaurant
  • Free afternoon to explore the city on own
  • Overnight in Florence
  • Accommodations: Diplomat Hotel or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
(extension)
July 1
Departure
  • Depart Florence (flights not included in the package)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Led by

Pricing

As low as

$4,535

Package Cost (without savings)

$4835

Trip Savings

Early bird (first 20 pilgrims to register)
Save $200/person
Pay balance by check
Save $100/person

Optional Add-ons

Single room supplement (limited availability)
$1,051/person
Travel insurance
Price calculated during registration*
Individually arranged flights with LUXE Travel
Published fare +$40/person
Mosaic workshop
$58/person (min. 15 pax)
Florence extension (June 29-July 1)
$1,621/person
Extension single room supplement (limited availability)
$268/person

“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.

*Travel insurance price is calculated based on the age of the traveler and the total package cost.

Rates assume a minimum of 15 full-paying pilgrims.

  • Roundtrip airfare (optional add-on)
  • Passport, visa, or luggage fees
  • Any personal purchases
  • Meals while traveling, as well as 2 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Drinks at meals, other than wine at dinners
  • Recommended travel insurance (optional add-on)
  • Anything else not explicitly mentioned as included

Florence Extension
June 29-July 1, 2022 (3 days / 2 nights)

Price: $1,621/person in double occupancy room
Rates assume a minimum of 4 full-paying pilgrims; pricing listed per person in double-occupancy rooms.

Single room supplement: $268/person
The number of available single-occupancy rooms is limited. 

Standard Accommodations: 
Florence: Hotel Diplomat or similar

 

Extension includes:

  • Professional English-speaking local guides in Siena and Florence
  • Private transportation on motor coach or van
  • All tickets and donations for included activities listed on itinerary, including wine tasting
  • Standard accommodations
  • Breakfast and lunch daily

Extension does not include:

  • Roundtrip airfare (optional add-on)
  • Passport, visa, or luggage fees
  • Any personal purchases
  • Meals while traveling and all dinners
  • Drinks at meals
  • Gratuities for guide(s), driver(s), and meals
  • Recommended travel insurance (optional add-on)
  • Anything else not explicitly mentioned as included

 

Arranging your own flights? Designated arrival and departures times

  • Please arrive to Leonardo da Vinci Rome International Airport (FCO) between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on June 21, 2022. Pilgrims arriving during this window will be transferred in groups according to arrival time to Hotel Cicerone in Rome.
  • Please depart from Florence Airport, Peretola (FLR) on July 1, 2022 anytime. Pilgrims departing on July 1 will be transferred to the airport in groups according to departure time.
  • If you elect to 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 Florence hotel/city center and Florence Airport – $159 per transfer (up to 7 pax)
  • Please note: If you depart outside of the designated times at the Florence airport, private transfers (fee applies) can be arranged on your behalf. Airport transfers outside of the designated 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.

Staying late? Post-stay options

Standard Accommodations

  • Rome: Hotel Cicerone or similar
  • Assisi: Hotel Giotto or similar

 

Arranging your own flights? Designated arrival and departures times

  • Please arrive to Leonardo da Vinci Rome International Airport (FCO) between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on June 21, 2022. Pilgrims arriving during this window will be transferred in groups according to arrival time to Hotel Cicerone in Rome.
  • Please depart from Leonardo da Vinci Rome International Airport (FCO) on June 29, 2022 anytime. Pilgrims departing on June 29 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.
  • Extension departure information: If you have elected to add on the Extension package, please arrange your flights to depart from Florence Airport, Peretola (FLR) July 1, 2022 anytime. Pilgrims departing on July 1 will be transferred to the airport in groups according to departure time.

 

Need to get around? Private transfers

  • Private transfer between Rome airport and Rome hotel/city center – $188 per transfer (up to 7 pax)
  • Please note: If you arrive/depart outside of the designated times at the Rome 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

  • Pre-stay at the Hotel Cicerone in Rome – $358/night for single or double-occupancy, breakfast included
  • Post-stay at the Hotel Cicerone in Rome – $358/night for single or double-occupancy, breakfast included
  • Need to book? Contact us at hello@versoministries.com or call us at (574) 383-9396.

 

Additional services

  • Half-day tour of Rome
    • Without transportation – $403/group (up to 7 pax)
    • With transportation – $1,138/group (up to 7 pax)
  • Full-day tour of Rome
    • Without transportation – $619/group (up to 7 pax)
    • With transportation – $1,570/group (up to 7 pax)
  • Please note: Tips and entrance fees are not included in price

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 Euro to $1.20 USD. 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.

Accommodation Level

Simple
For the duration of your trip, enjoy a range of lodging accommodations — from quaint guesthouses to simple-styled hotels. Discover a newfound appreciation for each of these locations which often have a unique character of their own. With your private bathroom and sleeping quarters, these locations will provide you with a clean, comfortable, and cozy place to settle into during your journey.

Standard
Venues at this level will provide you with the best accommodations at a reasonable cost. Not only will you have access to modern amenities and services, but special care is taken to ensure hotels are located in close proximity to the area’s local attractions. Expect your stay at this level to provide you with an added feeling of comfortability and convenience as you experience your pilgrimage.

Premium
Your stay at the premium level will ensure that your travel involves the opportunity to experience some of the most unique and luxurious stays that a destination has to offer. You’ll find that traveling at this level will afford you the opportunity to optimize your experience at each spot. From fine dining to scenic views, anticipate that your pilgrimage will provide you with breathtaking experiences no other location could provide.

How will I know what my stay will be like?
Each of our pilgrimage locations come with their own unique accommodations. From simple to luxurious, you can know that the care and satisfaction of each pilgrim is our greatest priority. While specific amenities will vary, we are sure that each of these handpicked locations will leave you rested, rejuvenated, and ready for each day.