Rome, Assisi, Lanciano & Manoppello Advent 2019!

03 December 2019 to 12 December 2019


About the Pilgrimage

Brochure & Itinerary


Join us during Advent 2019 in Rome, Assisi, Lanciano and Manoppello. Contact Miranda for more info at 866.468.1420 or at

We have an exceptional itinerary to include infrequently seen amazing sites outside of Rome (Eucharistic Miracle and Facecloth of Christ), two days in medieval Assisi and the highlights of Rome. Two guest speakers arranged. We even have designated time for Christmas shopping.

You will enjoy our extraordinary Catholic guide in Rome — Liz Lev (and a great friend of Steve Ray’s). Watch this video to get a sense of her passion and knowledge as she explains the Sistine Chapel.

Dinners are at Steve and Janet’s chosen restaurants with drinks included. Guest speakers, wine tasting, Italian cooking class, a professionally edited movie of your pilgrimage and much more.


Day 1  Tuesday, December 3, 2019 | Depart USA Depart USA on overnight flights to Rome, Italy.

Day 2  Wednesday, December 4, 2019 | Arrive Rome | Assisi
Arrive in Rome and meet your professional Italian tour manager. Transfer to Assisi. Celebrate Mass at St. Mary of the Angels

(subject to confirmation depending on flight schedule). Welcome dinner hosted by Steve and Janet Ray. Overnight in Assisi.

Day 3  Thursday, December 5, 2019 | Assisi

Begin your day celebrating Mass at St. Francis Basilica at the tomb of St. Francis (pending confirmation) followed by a guided tour. Continue on a walking tour to the Basilica of St. Clare. This afternoon attend a cooking class to learn about the food of this region. Following this special lunch experience, spend your free time exploring Assisi. Enjoy dinner on your own and overnight in Assisi.

Day 4  Friday, December 6, 2019 | Assisi | Manoppello | Lanciano

After breakfast, depart Assisi for Manoppello, stopping en route for lunch on your own. Upon arrival in Manoppello, see the Face Cloth of Jesus, also known as the Veil of Veronica. Celebrate Mass and take time for prayer before continuing this afternoon for Lanciano. Check in to your hotel upon arrival. Dinner and overnight in Lanciano.

Day 5  Saturday, December 7, 2019 | Lanciano | Rome

This morning in Lanciano, visit the Church of St. Francis and celebrate Mass. Learn about the miraculous Eucharistic Miracle that took place here and take time to view and pray in front of the miracle. After lunch on your own in Lanciano, depart for Rome. Following hotel check-in, enjoy dinner on your own at a local restaurant and overnight in Rome.

Day 6  Sunday, December 8, 2019 | Immaculate Conception | Ancient Rome

This morning celebrate Mass and tour St. Peter in Chains. Proceed to tour Ancient Rome—exploring the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. This afternoon visit San Clemente, where the bones of Apostolic Fathers, St. Ignatius of Antioch and St. Clement of Rome, remain. Enjoy the guided tour of this Basilica and the unique lower level where you walk through 1st century Rome. Then, visit St. John Lateran, which is the Cathedral of Rome. This evening experience the exceptional flavors of Italy by attending a wine tasting with Steve and Janet’s good friends, Dr. Elizabeth Lev and Thomas Williams. Overnight in Rome.

Day 7  Monday, December 9, 2019 | Ancient Rome | Catacombs

After breakfast depart for the St. Priscilla Catacombs and see the 2nd century Christian tombs that burrow underground. Proceed to tour St. Mary Major Basilica, then continue to Ristorante Cecilia Metella for a group lunch. Enjoy a special presentation by Dr. Elizabeth Lev on the Sistine Chapel in preparation for tomorrow’s tour. Following lunch, visit the Abbey of the Tre Fontane where St. Paul was beheaded, St. Paul Outside the Walls, and the tomb of St. Paul. Celebrate Mass. Enjoy a group dinner at La Pilotta, one of Steve and Janet Ray’s favorite Italian restaurants. Guest speaker, Paul Badde, will share his expertise on the Facecloth of Christ. Overnight in Rome.

Day 8  Tuesday, December 10, 2019 | Vatican Museum | St. Peter’s Basilica | Advent Markets

Early departure to St. Peter’s Basilica to Celebrate Mass at the altar of St. John Paul II (pending confirmation). After Mass, enjoy a guided tour of the Vatican Museums, including the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel. Here you will view some of the most inspiring works of art, including Michelangelo’s magnificent fresco of the Last Judgment. End with a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica. Lunch and remainder of day on own to explore the fantastic Advent Markets. The most notable markets are Campo de’ Fiori and the world-famous Piazza Navona. Dinner on your own and overnight in Rome.

Day 9  Wednesday, December 11, 2019 | Papal Audience | Rome Tour

Early morning departure to attend the Papal Audience (pending the Pope Francis’ final schedule). After lunch on your own, depart for a walking tour of Rome’s highlights, including the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and the Pantheon. Celebrate Mass together before enjoying dinner. Overnight in Rome.

Day 10  Thursday, December 12, 2019 | Return to USA

Check out of the hotel and depart for your return flights home.


$5554 Regular price, per person after Apr. 03 2019
-100 Early Bird Discount
-155 Discount for payment by cash or check
*$5299 Cash discount price per person (double occupancy)

*See brochure for complete details. Child discount available.

Brochure & Itinerary


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