Pictures from the Italy

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Youth

A Pilgrimage to Italy

Led by:

Nikki Mathis

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
Rome, GA

June 6 - 15, 2018

Trip map

DAY 1: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - Depart the Atlanta, GA Airport for our flight on Delta Airlines connecting in Detroit to our trans-Atlantic Delta Airlines flight into Rome. M

DAY 2: Thursday, June 7, 2018 - We arrive in Rome, Italy, meet our driver and guide, board our private motor coach and transfer into the “Eternal City”.  We enjoy a panoramic tour of Rome during which we will see the Pantheon, the Vatican, Castel San Angelo and many more sites.  We continue for our guided tour of the Colosseum, considered the symbol of Rome’s eternity, it was completed under Titus in 80 A.D. and is where over 55,000 spectators could watch the gladiatorial games.  Dinner and overnight Rome. D

DAY 3: Friday, June 8, 2018 - This morning we enjoy a tour of the Vatican State, an entire European state comprising only 109 acres, ruled by the Pope, and having its own postage stamps, coinage, anthem and flag.  Within the boundaries of the Vatican stands St. Peter's Basilica, built on the site where St. Peter was buried after he had been martyred in Nero's Circus.  The first chapel on the right as you enter St. Peter’s contains the Pieta’, the moving and powerful masterpiece carved by Michaelangelo.  We tour the Sistine Chapel and marvel at the beauty created by Michelangeo on its ceiling.  Time permitting, we will venture out in small groups (transporatation not included) to explore areas on our own such as the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona.  Dinner and overnight Rome. BD

DAY 4: Saturday, June 9, 2018 - This morning we visit St. Paul's Inside the Walls, an Anglican church within the walls of ancient Rome.  We spend some time with the refugees at the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center, a ministry of St. Paul’s.  This afternoon we visit the Catacombs, the burial site of thousands of Roman Christians.  (Pending confirmation we celebrate Eucharist in the Catacombs.  You must have your own priest).  We end the day with a “Pizza making” dinner in a local restaurant.  Overnight Rome. BD

DAY 5: Sunday, June 10, 2018 - Our journey continues as we travel to Assisi.  We travel along the "Highway of the Sun" and stop in Greccio to see the Greccio Monastery.  It is here that St. Francis celebrated Christmas in 1223 by placing a manger and live animals before the altar which started the custom of making creches or manger scenes at Christmas.  We visit the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli where the young Francis of Assisi understood his vocation and renounced the world in order to live in poverty among the poor and thus started the Franciscan movement.  After dinner we will meet at the town square where we will discuss Francis' ministry and the significance of the square.  Dinner and overnight Assisi. BD

DAY 6: Monday, June 11, 2018 - This morning we enjoy the half-hour walk to Cannara.  Outside the town are the fields of Pian d'Arca which legend identifies as the site of St. Francis' sermon to the birds. We visit the church of Santa Chiara, dedicated to St. Clare, who was one of the earliest and most fervent of Francis' followers.  We see the Cappella del Croscifissco, the cross that spoke to St. Francis and led him to a life of piety.  We visit San Damiano, a church with a monastery built in the 12th century that was the first monastery of the Order of Saint Clare where Saint Clare built her community.  We return to Assisi to visit the Basilica di San Francesco which contains one of the most imposing series of frescoes, 28 scenes from the life of St. Francis, by Giotto, and the crypt where the remains of St. Francis rest.  The remainder of the day we will be free to explore Assisi on our own.  Dinner and overnight Assisi. BD

DAY 7: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - We have Morning Prayer in Assisi followed by a visit to Isola Maggiore, where Francis went on retreat for 40 days.  We enjoy some time on the beach on the island before we continue to La Verna where we visit the site where St. Francis received the stigmata.  Dinner and overnight La Verna. BD

DAY 8: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - Today we will walk as the ancient pilgrims did long ago following in the footsteps of St. Francis.  Starting from Chiusi della Verna to La Verna hiking up the old paved road which use to be the only road to the Sanctuary for a very long time.  We see Cappella degli Uccelli, the Birds’ Chapel, built in 1602 in front of a big Turkish oak that legend has it was the one where the birds welcomed St. Francis the first time he climbed up the Mount of La Verna.  The rest of the day we will visit the Sanctuary, attend prayers and celebrations of the friars.  Dinner and overnight La Verna. BD

DAY 9: Thursday, June 14, 2018 - After breakfast we depart for Florence.  We will have some time to explore Florence in small groups with chaperones before meeting our guide.  We visit the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore with its magnificent dome, Bell Tower and the Baptistery.  The Baptistery has golden doors designed by Ghiberti representing scenes from the Life and Passion of Christ.  We visit Santa Maria Novella and then the Accademia and see Michelangelo’s famous statue of David.  Dinner and overnight Florence. BD

DAY 10: Friday, June 15, 2018 - We transfer to the Florence Airport for our return flight home.  We board our Delta Airlines flight to Paris. There we transfer to our flight back to the Atlanta Airport.  We return home with an appreciation of the links between our country and Italy and the important part Italy has played in the movement of Christianity around the world BM

$3,789.00.*  Pricing per pilgrim based on a minimum of 10 pilgrims, double occupancy.  Roundtrip air from Atlanta, GA Airport on Delta Airlines.  Air transportation available from other cities.  Single Supplement $339.00.

* Excludes airline taxes & fuel surcharges that will be added to your final payment invoice and tips for the driver and guide that are payable upon completion of services.  The estimated taxes & fuel surcharges are $430.21 per pilgrim.  The price is not guaranteed and may change due to the fluctuation of the Euro and the US dollar.  We make every effort to avoid any increase and will only do so if the value of the dollar falls against the Euro.  Your pricing was based on the exchange rate of $1.17 to the Euro.  Optional activities, taxis taken instead of walking and sites visited during your free time are not included in the cost of the pilgrimage and are to be paid for at the time of your visit.

*Price DOES include trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance.

Roommate needed.  If a roommate is needed and cannot be found, the single supplement will be added to your invoice.

A non-refundable deposit of $400.00 per person due with application and copy of passport.

Final payment due March 1, 2018.

Cancellation Penalties
◊ Until February 28, 2018:  $400.00 plus any unrecoverable fees.
◊ March 1, 2018 or later:  NO REFUND

Terms and Conditions:
◊ 1. PRICES ARE CASH.  AMERICAN EXPRESS ACCEPTED FOR FINAL PAYMENT ONLY ADD'L 4.0%.
◊ 2. Names as on passport.  If name is incorrect and tickets reissued, $50 fee plus change fees from airline.
◊ 3. $100 deviation fee plus any additional airfare, hotel, tour or admission charges.

Worldwide Pilgrimage Ministries provides the following basic travel insurance for you at no additional cost:
◊ Trip Delay - $1,000
◊ Baggage & Personal Effects - $1,500
◊ Baggage Delay - $250
◊ Emergency Medical & Dental Expenses - $25,000
◊ Emergency Medical Evacuation & Repatriation - $150,000
◊ Travel Assistance & Concierge Services are provided By Travelex's designated providers.

Meals: B Breakfast, L Lunch, D Dinner, M Meals on Aircraft

The itinerary is subject to change due to local conditions or at the discretion and direction of the leader or guide.