Day 1 ~ Monday, April 24
Depart Cincinnati today on board your overnight transatlantic jet flight to Rome, arriving the following day. Enjoy a full meal service as well as in-flight entertainment such as movies, music, etc.
Day 2 ~ Tuesday, April 25
Your spiritual pilgrimage begins with your arrival in Rome. After arriving at our guesthouse, we will prayerfully start our pilgrimage with Mass in the guesthouse chapel and a brief orientation meeting followed by time to freshen up. After lunch, we will take a leisurely walk to St. Peter's Square. We will end the day early with the Scavi Tour (reservations allowing) which comprises of visiting the necropolis of St. Peter's Basilica ending with the prayerful veneration of the bones of St. Peter. The afternoon and evening is free to explore.
Day 3 ~ Wednesday, April 26
On this day, we will have the privilege to attend a Wednesday audience with the Holy Father. After Lunch, we will explore one of the most charming neighborhoods of Rome: Trastevere. We will visit both the Basilicas of St. Mary (Mass) and St. Cecilia in Trastevere.
Day 4 ~ Thursday, April 27
After breakfast with the Sisters, we will spend our morning exploring Holy Cross in Jerusalem, St. John Lateran, and a chance to ascend the Holy Steps. Following lunch, we will visit and celebrate Mass at St. Mary Major. Following Mass, we will board the Metro and head to St. Paul Outside the Walls.
Day 5 ~ Friday, April 28
The morning begins with a journey to Piazza Navona and St. Agnes in Agony, the Pantheon, and St. Mary Above Minerva. After lunch, we will begin our journey to Assisi as we take a charming train ride through the Italian countryside. Thus begins our weekend retreat in Assisi.
Day 6 ~ Saturday, April 29
After breakfast in Assisi, we will have the opportunity to visit the Basilica of St. Clare (where we will pray in front of the San Damiano Crucifix of St. Francis). Afterwards, we will make our way up to the Basilica of St. Francis to celebrate Mass. The afternoon is scheduled free time to explore the historical city, dine, and maybe even a bit of shopping.
Day 7 ~ Sunday, April 30
After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and make our way to the breathtaking Santa Maria degli Angeli (which houses St. Francis’ Portiuncula) for Sunday Mass. (If still necessary, it is at this time that we will acquire our departure COVID tests). After lunch, we will board our train back to Rome. Once in Rome, you will have a free evening to dine and explore.
Day 8 ~ Monday, May 1
Our final full day in Rome will be spent by taking a private guided tour of the Vatican Museums, Vatican Gardens, and the Sistine Chapel. The whole afternoon is free to privately explore St. Peter’s Basilica and possibly attempt to climb the 500+ stairs of the basilica’s dome (optional).
Day 9 ~ Tuesday, May 2
With vivid memories of Rome and Assisi we will transfer to the airport and board the return flight back to Cincinnati, arriving the same day.
What Places Will We See?
There are over 900 churches in Rome, not to mention all the other historical sites. These churches are some of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring in the world. While many tours and other pilgrimages spend two or three days in Rome, we offer the time necessary to see places few others do. On the list below, you will find all of the sites we will visit as a group, as well as some that you will have the opportunity to visit in your free time:
Incredible Tours and Seeing the Pope:
Breathtaking Churches often missed by others:
And much, much more!!!
Registration & Payment
PLEASE NOTE: There are a limited number of spots available. Please register as soon as possible to secure your spot.
The total fee is $3,450 per person. Single occupancy pricing and land-only pricing available upon inquiry.
Your reservation is secured only with receipt of your $500 deposit. Deposits are due 7 days after registration.
Payment should be made by check and mailed to:
St. Charles Catholic Pilgrimages
239 Kearney Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45216
We also accept Credit/Debit card payments (4% service fee). If you wish to pay with a card, we will send you an invoice via email with detailed instructions on how to pay through PayPal.
There is no deadline to register, but please don't delay, the limited spots are expected to fill up fast.
The final payment of $2950 is due January 24, 2023.