USA: Shenandoah Valley Experience 2021

Shenandoah Valley USA

1 review
Oct 24 - 29, 2021
Group size: 15 - 30
USA: Shenandoah Valley Experience 2021
Shenandoah Valley USA

1 review

Oct 24 - 29, 2021
Group size: 15 - 30

About this trip

     The much-lauded American Catholic author, Walker Percy, foresaw in his 1971 novel, Love in the Ruins, a future gathering of Catholics in the lovely and peaceful Shenandoah Valley, turning it into a type of Catholic sanctuary in a post-Christian nation. The entire Valley, immortalized in story and song, stretches along 200 miles of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, but we will concentrate on the northern 30 miles in and around Warren County, Virginia. 
    The Valley, cultivated for centuries, is now home to organic farms where legacy breeds of livestock and vegetables are raised and sold “farm to table” — a culinary treat.  And many family-run wineries dot the countryside, producing fine wines from locally-grown grapes. 

     The Shenandoah Valley is also a land of faith: there is an unusually strong Catholic presence here for an area situated squarely in the “Bible Belt.” Besides the Catholic institutions in the immediate area (including the historic St. John the Baptist Chapel, built in the Civil War era), there are national Catholic shrines, monasteries and basilicas within easy driving distance. For example, the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is located an hour away amid a cluster of beautiful and spiritually significant sites in Emmitsburg, Maryland, including the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes and 1807 “St. Mary’s-on-the-Hill” church. Dedicated religious conduct tours of the shrines — and docents in period dress bring to life the growth of the Catholic Church in 19th-century America. 

     And, in true Inside the Vatican Pilgrimage style, we will have profound and inspiring encounters along the way – tea with cloistered nuns on a mountain top, conversations with hikers in Shenandoah National Park, or dining with young workers interning at a Catholic organic farm, with live music and spiritual reflections by monks from a local monastery. 

     We have an optional add-on to Washington D.C. for 2 nights visiting the Bible Museum, the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and the Franciscan Holy Land Monastery with a few special encounters along the way. 

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Why Choose ITV Pilgrimages?

     With more than 28 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.

What is a Classic Pilgrimage?

     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: 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. 

Terms and Conditions

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 April 2021 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 pilgrimage indicates you have accepted these pricing terms and all terms specified in the Terms and Conditions.

Land Package: $2,495.00 per participant. Does not include airfare.  $1,995.00 for second person of the same household. To apply the same household discount, use code: SAMEHOUSE.

Washington D.C. Add-On: $999.00 per participant.  The same household discount is not applicable to this add-on package.

1st Payment: $500.00 per person non-refundable deposit – Due at time of booking. 

2nd Payment: Balance due September 15, 2021 

Fees: Applicable Credit Card fees are to be paid by the participant. These fees will be added to your invoice.

Reservations and Payment Schedule: A $500.00 per participant, non-refundable deposit is due at the time of booking. Balance is due 45 days prior to departure. If your reservation is received less than 45 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. 

Disputes: A contract is made when your reservation and payment are accepted by ITVP and any dispute shall be governed by Virginia law and must be litigated in Warren County, Virginia circuit or Virginia courts. In the event that an attorney is hired to enforce any part of these Terms and Conditions, participants are liable for all attorney fees and costs incurred by ITVP for enforcing or defending these Terms and Conditions. 

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 Washington D.C.'s Dulles airport (IAD) are included. Only participants whose flights arrive into IAD before 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 24, 2021 and depart IAD no earlier than 12:00 noon on Friday, October 29, 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 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 Washington D.C.'s Dulles airport (IAD) on Sunday, October 24, 2021 before 3:00 p.m., and depart Dulles airport on October 29, 2021 after 12:00 p.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 purchase it

Travel Documents: All travel documents are the responsibility of the participant. 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 ( and the Center for Disease Control ( and other government agencies and departments issue travel advisories or warnings for one or more of the destinations that you may be visiting on pilgrimage. 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 pilgrimage 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 pilgrimages and pilgrimage 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 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 or more prior to departure: $500.00 per participant deposit 

• 59 to 30 days prior to departure: $500 per participant deposit plus 50% of total remaining cost* 

• 29 days or less prior to departure: 100% of total cost* (no refund)

* 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 

Pilgrimage Cancellation: 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 pilgrimage 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 pilgrimage. 

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. 

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 pilgrimage 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 pilgrimage, 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 pilgrimage. 

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. Participant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless ITVP and its employees, owners, officers, directors, shareholders and agents from any and all claims, damages, losses, or actions resulting from or arising out of the Inside the Vatican Pilgrimage.

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 pilgrimage will proceed as scheduled on the dates listed. By signing this form to participate on this pilgrimage 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 pilgrimage, 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. 

Register by Mail

If you prefer to register by mail, download the Registration and Information Packet HERE. Mail in the Registration Forms, pages 13 and 14, with your check as instructed on page 15.  If you should have any questions, please call our U.S. Office +1.202.536.4555. 

Discount Codes

$500.00 - To apply this discount for the second participant of the same household, use discount code: SAMEHOUSE, when registering. This discount is only for the second participant registering from the same household (living at the same address).  Please provide proof of address for each participant.  

Call our office for information about any additional discount codes – U.S. Office at +1 202.536.4555.

What’s included

  • Meals
    Five (5) Breakfasts, three (3) lunches, and five (5) dinners. On your own meals: one (1) lunch. Add-on meals: two (2) breakfasts, two (2) lunches, and two (2) dinners.
  • Private Motor Coach
    Private, first-class motor coach bus and all group transfers are included.
  • Taxes and Fees
    All local taxes are included.
  • Entrance Fees
    All entrance fees are included.
  • Arrival Transfers
    There will be a group transfer from airport (IAD) to San Damiano Spiritual Life Center. Flights must arrive into IAD before 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Oct 24, 2021 in order to make use of this transfer.
  • Departure Transfers
    There will be a group transfer to airport (IAD) from San Damiano Spiritual Life Center. Flights must depart from IAD on Friday, October 29, 2021 after 12:00 p.m. in order to make use of this transfer.
  • Airfare
    Airfare to and from Washington D.C.
  • Gratuities
    Gratuities payable to the bus driver.
  • Arrival Transfers
    Airport transfers for those not arriving within specified time frames to participate in the group transfers.
  • Departure Transfers
    Airport transfers for those not arriving within specified time frames to participate in the group transfers.
  • Meals
    Meals not specifically identified.
  • Other Personal Expenses
    Other personal expenses including, but not limited to, laundry services, minibar in hotel rooms, et cetera.
  • Other
    Items not specifically mentioned in the pilgrimage description literature.

Available Packages

Shenandoah Valley Experience
Available until October 23, 2021

The five-night pilgrimage in the Shenandoah Valley.

Deposit: $500
Shenandoah Valley with D.C. Add-On
Available until October 23, 2021

The five-night pilgrimage in the Shenandoah Valley plus two nights in Washington, D.C. for an additional $999.00.

Deposit: $500


Day 1: Sun, Oct 24, 2021
Arrival: Welcome to the Shenandoah Valley!

Arrive at our home for the next 5 nights in the Shenandoah Valley - San Damiano Spiritual Life Center (SDRC).

You arrive and are welcomed at a mid-afternoon tea.  You may want to wander the beautiful grounds before our Sunday evening Mass, followed by a "Welcome Dinner."

Overnight at SDRC. Dinner included.

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Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages
1 review
With more than 28 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. Every detail has been arranged to create a unique experience; an authentic spiritual journey for each pilgrim.


I had a great time. It was informative and spiritual. The accommodations and food were good.
By EILEEN S for Unitas Complimentary Luncheon and Retreat Packages on 14 Oct, 2021