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Grand Catholic Pilgrimage of Italy

April 28 -
May 9, 2014

EWTN Italy 2014 Printer Friendly

Mother Angelica
Mother Angelica
Fr. Mark Mary, MFVA of EWTN
Spiritual Leader

Highlights of this pilgrimage include:

Mass will be offered daily

Deluxe motor coach with air conditioning

English speaking guide throughout

Headsets throughout the tour

ROME - Welcome dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, visit St. Paul Outside the Walls, the Catacombs, St. John Lateran Basilica, the Holy Stairs, St. Mary Major Basilica, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Square and Basilica, the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum; Papal audience (subject to availability)

CASCIA - Visit the Major and Minor Basilicas

ASSISI - Visit the St. Mary of the Angels Basilica and the Portiuncola; guided walking tour, visit the Basilicas of St. Francis and St. Clare, the Carceri Hermitage and Monastery of St. Damian

SIENA - Guided walking tour, visit the Basilica of St. Dominic, the Sanctuary of St. Catherine, and Piazza del Campo

FLORENCE - Guided walking tour, visit Michelangelo's David, the cathedral, Signoria Square, and Santa Croce Square

PADUA - Guided visit of St. Anthony's Basilica

VENICE - Private boat ride; guided walking tour, visit St. Mark's Square and Basilica, Doges' Palace and the Bridge of Sighs; glassblowers' demonstration; farewell dinner

All admission charges included

All tranfers via deluxe motor coach

ROME Grand Hotel Palatino
ASSISI Hotel Subasio
FLORENCE Grand Hotel Adriatico
VENICE Hotel Villa Mabapa

Pope John Paul II

EWTN Grand Catholic Tour - Italy
And fund raiser for the Franciscan Friary at EWTN

Day 1 - April 28, 2014
Depart USA

Enjoy your overnight transatlantic flight and an in-flight dinner & breakfast from your home city.

Day 2 - April 29, 2014
Arrive in Rome, Italy

Time to rest or to start exploring the "Eternal City." At 5 pm, meet your Tour Director, then enjoy this evening's welcome dinner with wine at a local restaurant. (Dinner)

Day 3 - April 30, 2014

Attend the weekly general audience of the Pope (subject to availability). This afternoon, visit ST. PAUL OUTSIDE THE WALLS and the CATACOMBS. During the persecutions, the catacombs were used as places of refuge for the celebration of the Eucharist. Next, visit ST. JOHN LATERAN BASILICA, the HOLY STAIRS, which were brought from Jerusalem to Rome around 326 AD by St. Helena, mother of Constantine the Great. As a favorite of pilgrims everywhere, these 28 white marble steps may only be ascended on the knees. Then, visit the impressive ST. MARY MAJOR BASILICA. (Breakfast - Dinner)

Day 4 - May 1, 2014

This morning, enjoy a guided visit of the VATICAN MUSEUMS and the SISTINE CHAPEL, world famous for Michelangelo's ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment. Continue to monumental ST. PETER'S SQUARE and BASILICA. Cross the Tiber River and visit the COLOSSEUM, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World®, and the ROMAN FORUM, where Roman legions marched in triumph. (Breakfast - Dinner)

Day 5 - May 2, 2014

Enter Umbria and stop in the town of Cascia to explore the life of St. Rita, known as the "Saint of the Impossible." Visit the MAJOR BASILICA, the chapel that houses the tomb of St. Rita, and the MINOR BASILICA, home of the Eucharistic Miracle, which is commemorated each year with the Feast of Corpus Christi. Arrive at the hilltop village of Assisi, home of St. Francis and St. Clare. Here, visit ST. MARY OF THE ANGELS BASILICA, where St. Francis consecrated St. Clare as the "Bride of Christ," and the PORTIUNCOLA, where he founded the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor in 1209. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 6 - May 3, 2014

Celebrate Mass this morning followed by a guided walking tour of Assisi. Visit the BASILICAS OF ST. FRANCIS and ST. CLARE, and see the crucifix that spoke to St. Francis. A short trip by minibus will take you to the CARCERI HERMITAGE, where St. Francis came to meditate and pray, an oasis of peace and tranquillity in the midst of the woods of Mount Subasio. Finally, visit the MONASTERY OF ST. DAMIAN, a Franciscan shrine built on the spot where St. Francis heard the voice of Christ, and where he wrote the Canticle of the Creatures. The convent founded by St. Clare is still intact; here she died in 1253. This afternoon you may wish to join an optional excursion to magnificent Spello. (Breakfast - Dinner)

Day 7 - May 4, 2014

Attend Mass this morning and enjoy a full day at leisure to relax or to further explore the city. Optional excursions are available. (Breakfast - Dinner)

Day 8 - May 5, 2014

Leave Assisi and enter Tuscany. Stop in Siena and visit the BASILICA OF ST. DOMINIC and the SANCTUARY OF ST. CATHERINE. Enjoy a walk with a local expert through the ancient narrow lanes to beautiful PIAZZA DEL CAMPO, theater of the biannual Palio, Siena's spectacular medieval-style horse race. In the afternoon, continue to Florence, "Cradle of the Renaissance." (Breakfast - Dinner)

Day 9 - May 6, 2014

Follow your Local Guide to the ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS with Michelangelo's celebrated David and the magnificent CATHEDRAL. Admire Giotto's Bell Tower, the Baptistry's heavy bronze "Gate of Paradise," and sculpture-studded SIGNORIA SQUARE. End your walking tour in SANTA CROCE SQUARE and admire its splendid basilica. (Breakfast - Dinner)

Day 10 - May 7, 2014

Depart for Padua and meet your Local Guide. Visit the BASILICA OF ST. ANTHONY to see the tomb and reliquaries of this miracle-working saint and patron of lost and stolen articles, and attend Mass. Journey on to Venice, one of the world's most romantic cities. Tonight is your chance to sample one of Venice's fine restaurants. (Breakfast - Dinner)

Day 11 - May 8, 2014

This morning, enter in style by PRIVATE BOAT and start sightseeing with your Local Guide. Visit ST. MARK'S SQUARE and its BASILICA, lavish DOGES' PALACE and the BRIDGE OF SIGHS. Also watch skilled GLASSBLOWERS fashion their delicate objects in an age-old traditional manner. The afternoon is at leisure. You may wish to join a gondola serenade or attend Mass at the Basilica. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with wine. (Breakfast - Farewell Dinner)

Day 12 - May 9, 2014

Our pilgrimage ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Pope John Paul II

We would like to personally invite you to join us on this most exciting Grand Catholic Tour of Italy. We will all depart from Atlanta, GA with Fr. Mark on April 28, 2014 or from your home city. Please call Dan Schmier (Dan, The Travel Man) for flight arrangements...855-391-3942. We will return out of Venice, Italy on May 9, 2014. As you can tell from our itinerary, we will enjoy everything Italy has to offer and especially it's rich Catholic heritage. We have customized this tour with many extras. 2 meals a day (every day), extra tours to several beautiful places and daily Mass. This pilgrimage promises to be a life changing event.

We are very excited to have as our spiritual leader Fr. Mark Mary, MFVA from EWTN. Fr. Mark will be with us throughout the entire pilgrimage. And remember, a portion of everyone's cost is donated to the Friary to support the EWTN priests and brothers.

We have secured space for 40 guests and we know the space will sell quickly. If you do plan to attend, please sign up via my website at or call my office (toll free) at 855-391-3942. I will be happy to help you. Remember, when the seats are sold out - the seats are sold out!

The cost quoted is for round trip air from Atlanta, round trip transfers and the tour. Air arrangements from your home city are available at an extra charge. (Call for a quote)

If you would like to extend your stay in Europe, I would be happy to make arrangements. Maybe a tour to Medjugorje, Fatima, Lourdes or The Holy Land....our tour company will be happy to make arrangements.
Please call me for a quote.

I would be happy to email/mail or fax this information to anyone who would be interested in this amazing pilgrimage. Simply call my office and request the packet for the EWTN Grand Catholic Pilgrimage 2014 or refer your friends and family to my website at

Just an $800.00 per-person deposit* holds your space and remember, a valid passport is required.

With our association to Travel Planners International all reservations are fully backed with...

The Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC)
Cruise Line International Associated (CLIA)
American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA)
International Association of Travel Agent Network (IATAN)

We take very seriously our commitment to excellence in the travel industry.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Dan Schmier
Mr. Daniel J. Schmier
Travel Agent

After a deposit of $800 per person is received. $450 per person is nonrefundable in case of cancellation..

Pope John Paul II

EWTN Grand Catholic Pilgrimage 2014
Travel Dates:
Depart Atlanta, Georgia - Monday, April 28, 2014
Arrive Atlanta, Georgia - Friday, May 9, 2014
Tour Company:
Gate 1
Double Occupancy
$4399 per person

Single Occupancy
$4999 per person

Triple Occupancy
$4299 per person

All prices include round trip transfers, all transfers, hotels,
admissions and site-seeing as outlined in our itinerary,
and government taxes.

...3rd must be in same room and subject to price
change until deposited.
Pre/Post Packages:
I will be happy to arrange pre and post packages if you would like to spend more time in Italy or connect you into another pilgrimage in another part of the Europe. Please call for arrangements - toll free 855-391-3942.
Air Arrangements
f you would like to purchase your own air or use frequent flyer miles, please give my office a call so I can make arrangements for the transfers for you.
A valid US Passport is required!
Please check the expiration date of your passport. It is recommended that it does not expire until 9 months after your planned travel date. This means, it need to be valid until December 2014.
Travel Insurance
Insurance is highly recommended. Please call for a quote.
Our motor coach will be non-smoking.
Private Group
Please be aware that this is a private group. Only those individuals who book directly with "Papa Dan Travel" will be on our motor coach.
Round trip transfers are included when purchasing air with our tour company.
Good Cheer
We have all been on motor coach trips where there has been one or two grumpy people. Those people, at times, have the ability to bring the rest of the group down. If an aircraft, running 45 minutes late, upsets you - there is a good chance this is not the pilgrimage for you. Our tour company is "tops" at what they do but, even with excellent planning, things happen and we need to be flexible. We are looking for people of "good cheer".
A partially refundable $800.00 (per person) deposit holds your space, and is due upon booking. $450 of your initial payment is nonrefundable.

2nd payment of $800.00 (per person) is due on October 1, 2013.

FINAL PAYMENT is due on or before January 25, 2014. Please note...your personal payment plans are welcome! On January 25, 2014, cancellation penalties will apply.
Cancellation Policy
Up to 180 days before departure - $350 pp refundable.
January 25, 2014 - 100% nonrefundable.
Forms of Payment
Cash, check, money order and all major credit cards.


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