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Pilgrimage to Italy

Explore Faith, Fashion, & Food with Leah and Fr. Leo

A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE

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Saint Mother Teresa

Join Pope Francis and thousands of other pilgrims from around the world to celebrate the canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta!

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Hang out with Leah

If you've ever wanted to spend time with Leah, chatting about life and faith, then this is the perfect opportunity!

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Fr. Michael O'Loughlin

Fr. Michael a Byzantine Catholic pastor, vocation director and youth and young adult co-coordinator in Denver, CO and cohosts the popular podcast Catholic Stuff You Should Know.

Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.

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Daily Schedule

Spend 9 days in Italy with Leah Darrow and Fr. Michael O’Loughlin experiencing the sites and sounds of the country along with the beauty and holiness of the life of Mother Teresa. All of the details have been thoroughly managed by Select International Tours, an experienced group tour operator specializing in Faith-based tours. Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime experience!

Fly to Italy

Day 1: June 4

Depart USA on an overnight trip to Milan

Dinner and breakfast are served on the plane

Milan

Day 2: June 5

MILAN - THE FASHION CAPITAL OF THE WORLD

We arrive Milan airport, meet our English speaking tour manager who helps us board the bus and make our way to Milan. This afternoon we visit the magni cent Duomo of Milan, taking the elevator to the top for magni cent views. Also visit the nearby Galleria shopping center where we have time to enjoy a cup of coffee. We celebrate Mass and return to our hotel for dinner and a restful overnight. Overnight Milan. (D)

Milan

Day 3: June 6

MILAN – LAST SUPPER – ITALIAN OUTLET SHOPPING

This morning we celebrate Mass, see the magni cent fresco of the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci (TBC), enjoy a panoramic city tour of Milan the center of fashion and enjoy a shopping spree at the nearby outlet mall. In the late afternoon we depart for Turin. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight Turin area. (B,D,)

Turin

Day 4: June 7

TURIN - SHROUD OF TURIN- DON BOSCO - BLESSED PIER GIORGIO FRESSATI - SLOW FOOD MOVEMENT AND CHOCOLATE CAPITAL

This morning we enjoy a city tour including a visit to Duomo di San Giovanni to see the replica of the famous Shroud of Turin, venerated by many as the burial cloth of Christ. The original was on display for a short time in 2015 and will not be seen for a long time, as the Shroud is on public display only by special Papal Decree. Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral.

We also see the tomb of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, a Turin native, fun-loving, avid athlete, devout Catholic and benefactor of the poor, called the “saint for youth of the Third Millennium”, who was beat- i ed by John Paul II in 1990. So revered is he that his relics were carried to World Youth Day in Spain in 2011 and again to World Youth day in 2013 in Brazil. We see Mole Antonelliana, the symbol of Turin, Piazza Castello and visit Basilica di Superga dedicated to the Blessed Mother.

The Slow Food movement began in Turin as a reaction to fast food, and got its start in pro- test to the opening of a McDonald’s near the Spanish Steps in Rome. Slow food focuses on taking pleasure in eating, of enjoying the freshest local ingredients from local food producers and preserving and celebrating local culinary traditions. Today we visit Eatily for lunch, a food emporium where you see the slow food movement at its best.

In the afternoon we visit. Today we visit places associated with St. John Bosco. Basilica of Maria Ausiliatrice (Our Lady Help of Christians) is where we see the tombs of Saint John Bosco and Saint Mary Mazzarello. We then visit the Church of St. John the Evangelist, where Don Bosco started his second oratory in the city. Even today the oratory is the refuge for the poorest young people of Turin. As Turin is one of the Chocolate Capitals of the world and the chocolate most associated with Turin is gianduia (chocolate with hazelnuts) , we enjoy a chocolate tasting along with a visit to a chocolate mak- ing facility. Dinner is on your own tonight in Turin. Overnight Turin. (B,Lunch)

 

PARMA – MODENA – BOLOGNA

Day 5: June 8, 2017

Parma, Modena, Bologna - Bread Basket of Italy

Depart after breakfast to Parma, to visit a Parma Ham factory and have a tasting of this Italian delicacy. Following Mass we explore Modena, best known for its cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano and Balsamic vinegar. We visit a local farm where we see cheese masters at work repeating the ancient gestures of processing milk in a very special way to make the famous cheese.

Following lunch we discover the secret of the Balsamic vinegar, which as one of Modena’s most authentic products, still steeped in local tradition. It can be traced back to the eleventh century and is known to have been used by the dukes of the d’Este family as a “royal gift”. Following lunch and time to explore on our, own we drive to Bologna, the food basket of Italy, to celebrate Mass -in Santo Stefano church, also known as the Seven Churches complex. Overnight in Bologna. (B,L,D)

Bologna

Day 6: June 9, 2017

Bologna - Cooking Lesson

Visit Bologna in the morning and celebrate Mass. We hike up to the Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca the basilica church in Bologna, sitting atop a forested hill, Colle or Monte della Guardia, some 300 meters above the city. While we can take a cable car and reach the Sanctuary by road it is breathtaking to reach it along a (3.8 km) monumental roofed arcade (Portico di San Luca) consisting of 666 arches, which was built in 1674-1793. It was meant to protect the Byzantine Icon of the Virgin icon as it was paraded up the hill. A yearly procession from the Cathedral of San Pietro in the center of Bologna to the Sanctuary goes along this path. Tradition tells us that in the 12th-century, a pilgrim from the Byzantine empire came to Bologna with an icon of the Virgin from the temple of Saint Sofia in Constantinople which we see today along with other magni cent works of art.

We have time at leisure for shopping and lunch before we gather for a cooking class, teaching us how to prepare “tortellini” ( lled pasta ) or “lasagna Bolognese” We will eat what we cook for dinner. Overnight in Bologna. (B, Cooking class and Special dinner)

Bologna

Day 6: June 9, 2017

Tour Includes

  • Round trip airfare from Newark or Philadelphia to Milan returning from Venice
  • Airport tax and fuel surcharges ($669.00at time of the quote, subject to change based on fuel charges at time of ticketing)
  • Accommodations in four star hotels
  • Open buffet breakfast daily
  • Four hotel dinners with wine plus
  • Three special restaurant dinners with wine
  • Three lunches with wine
  • Two wine tastings
  • One chocolate tasting
  • Cooking class
  • Private Air conditioned bus
  • English speaking guide
  • All admission charges as per the itinerary
  • Baggage handling for one suitcase per person only included at the hotels
  • Parking fees for buses
  • Local hotel taxes
  • Select International Tours Travel Portfolio
  • Confirmation of daily Mass

Rates Do Not Include

  • Personal expenses
  • Travel protection - optional and highly encouraged.
  • Medical insurance.
  • Anything not mentioned in above inclusions
  • Beverages at meals unless otherwise noted
  • Gratuities for guide/driver and hotel staff (please look at list that we recommend). At lunch we recommend a tip of $1.00 per person per day.
  • For extra luggage please tip $1.00 per person per bag.
  • Church donations

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.

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Deposits and Final Payment

A deposit of $500.00 per person by check should accompany the registration form along with your optional travel protection payment, if purchasing, and a copy of your passport picture page by February 28, 2017. Final payment is due by April 5, 2017. Please mail your pay- ment to: Select International Tours, 85 ParkAve., Flemington, NJ 08822ATT: Susan Prendergast, 800-842-4842, [email protected].

Your passport must be valid at least six month after the date of the trip return. Reservations will not be processed until we have passport copies.

Airline, seating, and special requests

The seats are assigned by the airlines. We do not reserve speci c seats. You may change your seat, provide mile- age program information and passenger contact information directly with the airlines once the ticket numbers are received. (approximately three weeks prior to departure). All special needs and requests due to medical or dietary restrictions must be requested in writing at least 60 days prior to departure. Business class and premium coach seats are available upon request as are add-ons from your hometown airport. Switching from air and land to land only within 90 days from departure will be charged a $100 service fee and any airline charges.

Single supplement

A limited number of single rooms are available at an additional cost of $595.00 per person cash payment. Pric- es are based on two people per room. We do not guarantee room mates but will do our best to connect you with a possible share.

Land Only Option

$3,295.00 per person cash price. Land only services start and end at the hotels, unless you are able to meet the group at the air- port, and do not include airfare.

Baggage

Each participant is permitted to check (1) suitcase weighing no more than 50 lbs., and one small carry-on bag on the plane. Airline baggage fees are not included. Please check the specific baggage fees on the airline website.

Tour Cancellation Policy

$350.00 non-refundable. 90-60 days before departure a total of $500.00 is non-refundable. Within 60 days of depar- ture all payments are non-refundable regardless of reason for cancella-

tions. All cancellations must be in writing. Unused portions of the trip are not refundable. We strongly encourage you to purchase Travel Protection. Call or visit our website for details on the cost per person for the Group De- luxe and Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) plans. We encourage all travelers to purchase a plan at the time of initial deposit. See attached travel protection information for details, www.selectinternationaltours.com.

Pricing

Prices are based on a minimum of 20 passengers traveling & pay- ment by cash or check. Prices are based on the current exchange rate of 1.20 USD to Euro and subject to recalculation. Fuel surcharge and taxes are subject to change at time of nal invoicing.

Responsibility

By accepting this con rmation, you agree that the Group Leaders and Select International Tours, Inc. have no responsibility for any acts or omission of the travel suppliers in your itinerary and during your trip. We have no special knowledge regarding the nancial conditions of the suppliers, unsafe travel conditions, health hazards or weather hazards at locations traveled. We are not responsible for ight delays or cancellations or any charges incurred due to unforeseen circumstances. Unused portions of the trip are non-refundable. For information about destination climate, risks and safety please consult the appropriate on line resources. For health information consult the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. You are responsible for checking passport, visa, vaccination or other entry require- ments of your destinations. Itineraries are subject to change and out of our control. We are not responsible for any damaged, lost or stolen articles. We are not responsible for any sickness, injury or death during or after the trip. Travel documents will be mailed out approximately 3 weeks before depar- ture. Please review them carefully for any errors.

Shipping & Handling

$15.00 per person - not included in package price will be added to each invoice. Your invoice will confirm the trip registration.

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