As Christians, we are convinced of God’s power to intervene in human life. Indeed, He has shed His gentle grace in the lives of all believers, sometimes with breathtaking results. And yet, our merciful Lord has also seen fit to give us His guidance in extraordinary ways too....and some of them have been left visible as a testament for generations. In Christian Europe, there are many miracles which endure today…from miracles of the Blessed Eucharist which have stood for centuries, to the testimony of saints and converted sinners who have become beacons of God’s love and concern for us pilgrims on our earthly journey.
Our “Miracles of Mercy” Pilgrimage seeks to bring pilgrims in contact with a few of these visible miracles – and also a few “miracles of the heart” which are not so visible, and yet no less compelling.
On this unique and faith-filled pilgrimage, you will witness miracles like the astounding Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano – a consecrated Host that turned into human flesh and has remained so for centuries – and the miracle of one man who disdained the Catholic faith, only to be confronted with an apparition of the Mother of Christ herself, a vision which transformed his life and spread devotion to her throughout an entire country. And all of this surrounding the pre-eminent feast of Divine Mercy, the feast of God’s mercy toward sinners, given in modern times as a sign of hope to this fallen world.
Join us on this “Miracles of Mercy” pilgrimage, and experience yourself the transforming power of God’s love for us, made visible in the here and now – miracles which point the way to a realm which the saints have said is more real, and more “human,” than the everyday life we usually experience: as St. Augustine has reminded us for 17 centuries, “Our hearts were made for You, O Lord, and they are restless until they rest in You.”
With more than 25 years of publishing Inside the Vatican magazine, we have colleagues and friends all over the world — and many of them have become part of our Pilgrimage family.
Designing an Inside the Vatican pilgrimage begins with a theme or a particular country; then we weave in encounters with real people who live and work there, as well as those with expert knowledge in its historical and spiritual perspectives. Our itineraries include both world-renowned and little-known places, and every detail has been arranged to create a truly unique experience; we do not have cookie-cutter pilgrimages!
Whether you choose one of our intimate-sized Signature Pilgrimages, or a Classic Pilgrimage with budget-friendly pricing, we work hard to ensure that every pilgrimage is a moving experience, an authentic spiritual journey for each pilgrim
This pilgrimage is part of our boutique line of Classic Pilgrimages – carefully budgeted for pilgrims so that they can experience the unique qualities of Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages at our most affordable price, without sacrificing Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages integrity and style. This Classic Pilgrimage is limited to 33 pilgrims.
Please note: we have scheduled plenty of free time to allow pilgrims to rest or explore the different cities we visit during this pilgrimage at their leisure. Each day we will have the opportunity to attend Mass. As a note, we prefer to schedule Mass in the morning, but there is a possibility that Mass times can fluctuate due to circumstances and Vatican events. The Mass schedule will be finalized as we approach the departure date.
Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages, Inside the Vatican, Inc., its employees, shareholders, officers and directors are collectively referred to herein as “ITVP.”
Household: ITVP defines household as those participants who dwell under the same roof and have the same address for at least 6 months per year.
Rates and Payments: Rates are based on applicable rates as of December 2019 and could change due to fluctuation in currency exchange rates or failure to have a minimum number of 15 passengers. If they change, we will invoice participants accordingly. Payment of the initial deposit for this trip indicates you have accepted these pricing terms and all terms specified in the Terms and Conditions.
Land Package: $2,799.00 per participant. Does not include airfare.
1st Payment: $500.00 non-refundable deposit – Due at time of booking.
2nd Payment: Balance due February 8, 2021, 60 days from departure.
Single Supplement fee: $700.00 for single occupancy room, if applicable. Due with 2nd payment.
Early Booking Discount: $100.00 discount – register by December 1, 2020.
Cash Discount: $100.00 Total amount of $2,699.00 per participant for payment in full made by cash or check.
Installment payment plans: if each payment is made by cash or check, the cash discount of $100.00 will be applied to final installment.
Reservations and Payment Schedule: A $500.00 per participant, non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking. Balance is due 60 days prior to departure. If your reservation is received less than 60 days prior to departure, then full payment is due at the time of booking. Receipt of your non-refundable deposit shall act as your agreement to and understanding of these terms and conditions. Fax, internet, e-mail or phone reservations are welcome. The non-refundable deposit and/or payment in full must be received within 7 days of booking or reservation will cancel. A contract is made when your reservation and payment are accepted by ITVP and any dispute shall be governed by Virginia law.
Form of Payment: Bank/Certified Checks, Money Orders, ACH or Wire Transfers (please fax a copy of bank confirmation when wiring funds) are accepted forms of payment at any time. Personal checks are acceptable if received more than 30 days prior to departure date. You may also make Direct Credit Card Payments to ITVP (Discover, Visa and Master Card). Every reservation must be accompanied by a signed Registration Form. Returned checks will incur a $50.00 service fee. In case of computer or human billing error, we reserve the right to re-invoice participants with corrected billing.
Transfers: Two (2) group transfers to and from Rome's Fiumicino Airport (FCO) are included. Only participants whose flights arrive into FCO before noon on Friday, April 9, 2021 and depart FCO no earlier than 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 17, 2021 will be included in the group transfers. It is the responsibility of participant to notify ITVP of any flight delays. If the participant’s flight is delayed and this delay causes the participant to miss the scheduled group transfer, the cost and arrangement of transfer from the airport to the hotel or location of the tour bus becomes the participant’s responsibility. Individual transfers to and from the airport are not included in this package. Although ITVP can book an individual transfer to the airport upon request, the participant is financially responsible for that transfer.
Flight schedule: Land Package participants are responsible for purchasing their own tickets to arrive into Rome's Fiumicino airport (FCO) on Friday, April 9, 2021 before 12:00 noon, and depart Fiumicino airport (FCO) on Saturday, April 17, 2021 after 10:00 a.m. Should a participant encounter a flight delay/cancellation, it is the participant’s responsibility to notify ITVP.
Insurance: Travel insurance is not included in the Land Package; however, we strongly recommend that you consider purchasing it.
Travel Documents: All travel documents are the responsibility of the participant. A valid passport
is required for travel to Italy and must remain valid for at least 6 months after your departure date from Italy. For passport holders from countries other than the United States, you are responsible for determining the required travel documents. ITVP will not be responsible for any delays, damages and/or losses, including missed portions of the pilgrimage, due to improper travel documentation. Cancellations due to lack of appropriate documents will incur the usual penalties.
U.S. State Department & Other Agencies:
From time to time the U.S. State Department (www.state.gov) and the Center for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and other government agencies and departments issue travel advisories or warnings for one or more of the destinations that you may be visiting on tour. We encourage you to contact these agencies directly to obtain the most current information. ITVP cannot change the cancellation terms or conditions based on the issuance of any such warning or advisory or the occurrence of any terror, problems or ill health, or other incident in one or more of the places this tour is scheduled to visit. All cancellation penalties must remain in full force and effect as outlined on this form. Travel insurance may or may not cover these possible causes for cancellations.
Photography: Agents of ITVP may take photographs or videos of its trips and trip participants. Participants grant ITVP permission to do so and allow ITVP to use such photos and videos for promotional or commercial use without payment of any fees or royalties. These photos will be available on our photo website InsideTheVaticanPhotos.com following the pilgrimage. A code is required to download these photos from Inside the Vatican’s photo gallery. The code will be provided after the pilgrimage.
Private Rooms and Single Supplement: A limited number of single rooms is available at the single supplement rate. If the allotted number of single rooms is booked, any additional single rooms that we may be able to book, if available, incur a fee in addition to the Single Supplement fee.
Cancellations and Refunds: Cancellations must be received in writing in order for any refunds to be issued, and will be processed according to the date the written notice is received. Although a verbal cancellation is also appreciated, it will not be accepted as official notice. Please mail the cancellation notice to the address below. In the event of cancellation, monies will be refunded minus the cancellation fee. The cancellation fee will be calculated as follows:
• 60 days prior to departure: $500.00 per participant deposit
• 59 to 30 days prior to departure: $500 per participant deposit and 50% of total cost*
• 29 days or less prior to departure: 100% of total cost*
* Cost includes: Land Package and single supplement, if applicable.
If you purchase travel insurance, it may cover the amount remaining after refund, depending on the circumstances of the cancellation and the conditions of the policy. Check with your travel insurance provider, if applicable.
Mail Cancellation notice to: Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages, 14 W Main Street, Front Royal, VA 22630 U.S.A. ATTN: Pilgrimages
Tour Cancellation by ITVP: On rare occasions a pilgrimage may have to be canceled due to lack of participation.
In such a case, ITVP’s sole responsibility is to provide a full refund. ITVP is not responsible and does not assume responsibility for any additional costs or any fees relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of air tickets or other arrangements not made through ITVP. Cancellations due to state advisories and/or state warnings, acts of war, war, terrorism, acts of God, natural disaster or any other circumstance outside the control of ITVP, are not the fault of ITVP. Great effort will be made to accommodate transfers to another trip or to revise the itinerary; however, cancellation for any of these reasons will not be eligible for a refund.
Room Service and Other Extraneous Charges: Room Service and extraneous charges not expressly listed as part of the Pilgrimage Package are not included. Should a participant request room service, or any other extraneous charge, including, but not limited to, mini bar, laundry services, internet charges or pay-per-view, the participant will be financially responsible for those charges to be paid at the time of check-out. If these charges are not paid at check-out, ITVP will bill the participant accordingly.
Luggage: Baggage is at owner’s risk throughout the tour.
Airfare: No airfare is included in the cost of this package. To obtain assistance purchasing airfare, please contact our office.
Gratuities: Gratuities are not included. The recommended daily gratuity per person is (3) euro for the escort, (2) euro for the driver and (1) euro for the tour guide.
Health Requirements: This pilgrimage requires significant walking. Any medical conditions or special equipment needs must be listed on the registration form. ITVP is not responsible for any medical condition that occurs prior to, during or after the pilgrimage.
Final Package: A final package containing documents, applicable airline ticket information, local contact information, a pilgrim book, and travel tips will be mailed to each participant approximately one (1) to two (2) weeks prior to departure. Upon receipt of your documents, you are responsible to check your itinerary, spelling of your name, dates, times and other important information to ensure their validity. Should your final documents have any errors, it is the participant’s responsibility to contact ITVP immediately. Documents, including tickets, are not guaranteed if final payment and booking forms are not received by the deadline.
Unused Services: There will be no refund for any unused portions of the pilgrimage. Refunds will not be made to participants who miss any part of the pilgrimage for any cause whatsoever.
Itinerary: Although ITVP and its agents and representatives will make every effort to adhere to the printed program and itinerary, on rare occasions it may be necessary to adjust arrangements due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control (including, but not limited to, such circumstances as weather, acts of God, airline schedule change, hotel requisitions, political disturbances, or transportation mechanical problems). Should such adjustments be necessary, substitutions will be made to the best of our abilities. A refund will not be given. Any additional costs necessitated by such changes are the full responsibility of the participant. We do not guarantee preferred seating at events.
Printing Disclaimer: ITVP is not responsible for typographical or printing errors including errors in trip cost. We reserve the right to re-invoice or correct billing at any time.
Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages, Inside the Vatican, Inc., its employees, shareholders, officers and directors (collectively “ITVP”) does not own or operate any entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip, including, for example, lodging facilities, transportation companies, local ground operators, including, without limitation, various entities, which may utilize the ITVP name, guides, sightseeing companies, entertainment, food or drink service providers, equipment suppliers, etc. As a result, ITVP is not responsible for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any person or entity it does not own or control. Without limitations ITVP is not liable for any direct, indirect, consequential, or incidental damage, injury, death, loss, accident, delay, inconvenience or irregularity of any kind which may be occasioned by reason of any act or omission beyond its control, including, without limitation any willfully or negligent act, failure to act, breach of contract or violation of local law or regulation of any third party such as a cruise line, airline, train, hotel, bus, taxi, van, local ground handler or guide, whether or not it uses the ITVP name, financial default or insolvency of any supplier which is to, or does supply any goods or services for this trip.
Similarly, ITVP is not responsible for any loss, injury, death or inconvenience due to delay or changes in schedule, overbooking of accommodation, default or any third party, attacks or bites by animals, insects or pests, injury or death while on activities sponsored by lodging facilities or by other third parties, sickness, the lack of appropriate medical care, evacuation to same, if necessary, weather, strikes, acts of God or government, acts of terrorism, or the threat thereof, force majeure, war, quarantine, epidemics, or the threat thereof, criminal activity or any other cause beyond its control. Should Dr. Robert Moynihan, Deborah Tomlinson or any other guest leader, be unable to participate in this event, reasonable efforts will be made to secure a substitute. Regardless of the participation of Dr. Robert Moynihan, Deborah Tomlinson or any other guest leader, the tour will proceed as scheduled on the dates listed. By signing this form to participate on this trip you agree that the terms of the cancellation penalty will be binding upon you regardless of whether Dr. Robert Moynihan, Deborah Tomlinson or any other guest leader is able to participate. ITVP is not responsible for any loss incurred by participant including lost days of the scheduled cruise/tour, due to a canceled flight or other means and modes of transportation. We will have daily Mass and strive to be in places as indicated. However, sometimes this is not possible as the site may not be available for Mass or itinerary changes are forced upon us. In this case, an alternative site for Mass will be arranged.
Welcome to Italy!
Depending on your arrival time, there may be time for your first café and cornetto. Your private transfer will take you to the majestic Villa Serenella, our Roman home for the next eight nights.
There will be time for lunch and rest before we depart for the Vatican and St. Peter’s Square.
In St. Peter’s Square, you will be introduced to Dr. Robert Moynihan, founder and editor of Inside the Vatican magazine, and Deborah Tomlinson, President of ITV Pilgrimages. Dr. Moynihan will lead us on a “familiarization” walk to St. Peter’s Square, in front of St. Peter’s Basilica, which was built above the tomb of St. Peter.
After our walk, we will stroll only two short blocks to the Basilica of Santo Spirito, the Shrine of the Divine Mercy, the miraculous devotion revealed to Sister Faustina Kowalska by Christ Himself, and popularized in part by Pope Saint John Paul II. Our “welcome” Mass will be celebrated and confessions heard at this basilica. In the evening, we will return to the monastery for a Welcome Dinner with Dr. Moynihan. Our first day will end early so we can all be rested for the journey to come.