Italy's Treasures

A Pilgrimage to Italy

September 6 - 15, 2022

About

Celebrate St. Joseph Camp Springs’ 175th Anniversary! We’re touring the country of Italy in Rome, Assisi, and Venice. Discover all that Italy has to offer on this pilgrimage. Pray at the sacred sites of Rome, including St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museums, and more. Discover the sacred history of Assisi, and float through the canals of Venice.

Trip Details

Group Type & Size

St. Joseph Camp Springs parishioners and friends, 20-45 pilgrims

Length

10 days, 9 nights

Accommodations

20-45

Cost

As low as

$3,790

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
Simple accomodations
Breakfast daily at hotel, 1 lunch, 6 dinners, including wine at dinners
Gratuities for pilgrimage director, guide(s), driver(s), and meals
Audio headsets

Itinerary

September 6
Depart U.S.
  • Depart U.S. and fly to Rome (flights not included in package)
September 7
Rome
  • Arrive Rome and transfer to hotel
  • Pray at the tomb of St. Paul Outside the Walls and celebrate Mass (pending)
  • Enjoy welcome dinner
  • Overnight in Rome
  • Accommodations: Casa Santa Maria Alle Fornaci or similar
  • Meals included: Dinner
September 8
St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Museums
  • Morning Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Pray at the tomb of St. Peter on the Scavi Tour (pending availability)
  • Tour St. Peter’s Basilica
  • Vatican Museums tour, including Sistine Chapel
  • Overnight in Rome
  • Accommodations: Casa Santa Maria Alle Fornaci or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
September 9
Ancient Rome, Rome City Center
  • Ancient Rome tour, including the Coliseum, Palatine Hill, and Imperial Roman Forum
  • Explore the city center, including Piazza Navona, Pantheon, and Trevi Fountain
  • Afternoon Mass at either Chiesa Nuova or S. Maria Sopra Minerva (pending)
  • Overnight in Rome
  • Accommodations: Casa Santa Maria Alle Fornaci or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
September 10
St. John Lateran, Holy Stairs, Mary Major
  • Morning Passion of Christ tour to St. John Lateran, Holy Stairs, Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, and Mary Major
  • Free afternoon to explore Rome or attend an optional mosaic workshop
  • Overnight in Rome
  • Accommodations: Casa Santa Maria Alle Fornaci or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
September 11
Catacombs, Assisi
  • Visit the early Christian catacombs with Mass (pending availability)
  • Sunday Angelus with the Holy Father at St. Peter’s Square
  • Transfer to Assisi in the afternoon
  • Overnight in Assisi
  • Accommodations: Hotel Giotto Assisi or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast
September 12
Assisi
  • All day tour of Assisi
  • Explore Chiesa Nuova, St. Francis’ baptismal church, and celebrate Mass in the Basilica of St. Francis
  • Visit the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, Porziuncola and place of St. Francis’ death, as well as see the original San Damiano Cross
  • Overnight in Assisi
  • Accommodations: Hotel Giotto Assisi or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
September 13
Padua, Loreto
  • Morning transfer to Padua with en-route visit to Loreto
  • Visit Basilica of St. Anthony
  • Overnight in Padua
  • Accommodations: Hotel Casa del Pellegrino or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
September 14
Venice
  • All day visit in Venice, including St. Mark’s Basilica with Mass (pending)
  • Visit Doges Palace and the Acadamy of Fine Arts
  • Optional gondola rides available
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner in the evening
  • Overnight in Padua
  • Accommodations: Hotel Casa del Pellegrino or similar
  • Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
September 15
Departure
  • Depart Padua (flights not included in the package)
  • Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing

As low as

$3,790

Package Cost (without savings)

$4,090

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
$600/person
Travel protection
Price calculated during registration*
Optional group flight
TBD, estimated $1,100-1,500/person**
Mosaic workshop in Rome
$79/person
Gondola ride in Venice (30 minutes)
$26/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.

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

**Final airline taxes and fees may fluctuate until flights are ticketed. Any excess fees levied by the airlines beyond the original total price at time of booking will be the responsibility of each pilgrim.

Prices assume a minimum of 20 pilgrims.

  • Roundtrip airfare (optional add-on during registration)
  • Passport, visa, or luggage fees
  • Any personal purchases
  • Meals while travelling, as well as 6 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Drinks at meals, other than wine at dinners
  • Recommended travel protection (optional add-on)
  • Anything else not explicitly mentioned as included

Optional Group Flight

  • More information about the optional Group Flight will be provided later in Fall 2021.

 

Designated arrival and departures times

  • Arrival information
    • Arrive by: September 7, 2022
    • Arrival time: TBD, dependent upon group flight time
    • Arrival airport: Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (FCO)
    • Arrival transfer: Pilgrims will be transferred in groups according to arrival time from Leonardo da Vinci International Airport to the hotel.
  • Departure information
    • Depart on: September 15, 2022
    • Departure time: TBD, dependent upon group flight time
    • Departure airport: Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE)
    • Departure transfer: Pilgrims departing on September 15 will be transferred to the airport in groups according to departure time.

 

Want to arrive or depart outside of the designated times?

  • Please note: If you arrive/depart outside of the designated times, 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.
  • Private transfer information and pricing can be found in the Additional Information section below.
  • Need to book a private transfer? Contact us at hello@versoministries.com or call us at (574) 383-9396.

 

Want help arranging your flights?

Need to get around? Private transfers

  • Please note: If you arrive/depart outside of the designating times at the Rome/Venice 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

  • Need to book? Contact us at hello@versoministries.com or call us at (574) 383-9396.

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.

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 2021) 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 protection. Travel protection 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 protection can help. Upon registration you will receive a travel protection 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. 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.

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.

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.