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A Pilgrimage to Italy by Sacred Heart Southern Missions

Holy Spirit Window in the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome
Holy Spirit Window in the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome

To Give God Thanks & Praise

October 1 - 13, 2014

$5773 for land services and roundtrip airfare from New York

A deposit of $500 by cash or check is required to register for the Pilgrimage

Pay your final balance of $5,273 by cash or check and receive a 5% discount ($263.65)


The Pilgrimage is over, and everyone is safely home.  Many unforgettable moments remain as precious memories to bless the lives of the 53 participants. 


    All the following is included in the tour price

  • Spiritual Director and Tour Host Fr. Jack Kurps, SCJ
  • Director of Sacred Heart Southern Missions, Walls, Mississippi
  • Accommodations in carefully chosen, excellent 4-Star Hotels
  • 11 Breakfasts, 1 unique Tuscan "cooking class" lunch, and 10 dinners
  • Services of a professional Tour Director & Licensed Motor Coach Driver
  • Air conditioned, heated tour motorcoach, especially designed for sightseeing
  • Tips to Guides, Drivers, and Hotel Personnel
  • Trip Protection Insurance Policy by Travelex




Wednesday, October 1, 2014 -- United States to Rome, Italy

Thursday, October 2, 2014 -- Arrive At Rome's Fiumicino Airport

Clear Customs, claim your luggage, be greeted by your Gate1Traavel Tour Manager, and board your motor coach for a picturesque ride to Sorrento.  Have lunch en route and check into your hotel in Sorrento this afternoon.  Strikingly beautiful and picturesque, even by Italian standards, Sorrento is set along the sea, with stunning escarpments plunging into the Gulf of Naples.  Take a walk to see firsthand why this town has long been beloved by poets and artists for generations.  There may be time for "40 winks" before a prayer service led by Fr. Jack.  Enjoy a "Welcome to Italy" gala dinner with a glass of nice local wine or a soft drink.  Afterwards, your Tour Director will provide you with an informative and entertaining summary of what lies ahead.

Overnight 1 of 2, Sorrento, Italy  Meals:  Breakfast snack on your plane, Hotel Dinner

Friday, October 3, 2014  -- Sorrento / Pompeii

After a hearty breakfast, drive to Pompeii and tour the best preserved Roman City. On a fateful day in 79 BCE, the city was mostly destroyed and buried under 13 to 20 feet of ash and pumice during an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. The site was lost for 1500 years until its rediscovery in 1599. The objects that lay beneath the city have been well preserved for over 2,000 years because of the lack of air and moisture.  During the excavation, plaster was used to fill in the voids between the ash layers that once held human bodies. This allows one to see the people who were frozen in time in the exact positions in which they died. See the Temples of Apollo and Jupiter, the Forum, a perfectly preserved Roman villa (the House of the Vettii), the Curia, the Basilica (a first Century palace of Justice), Baths of the Forum, “fast food stands,” and more.

Overnight 2 of 2, Sorrento, Italy     Meals:  Breakfast, Restaurant Dinner

Saturday, October 4, 2014  --  Sorrento to Rome

Today enjoy a drive along the world-famous Amalfi route and admire panoramic views of the enchanting towns along the Mediterranean coast.  Pass the distinctive white Moorish homes of Positano on this legendary road to reach the coastal town of Amalfi, a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Enjoy lunch on your own and afterwards, relax and savor the unforgettable "Highway of the Sun" through the fertile Roman countryside known as the Castelli Romani.  Continue to Rome and check into your hotel.

Overnight: 1 of 4, Rome, Italy     Meals:  Breakfast, Hotel Dinner

 Sunday, October 5, 2014  -- Ancient Rome / Basilica of St. Peter in Chains / Colosseum & Forum / Catacombs of St. Callixtus 

Following breakfast, drive to the Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, where you will view the exquisite sculpture of Moses, by Michelangelo. The Basilica was first rebuilt on older foundations in 432 to house the relic of the chains that bound St. Peter when he was imprisoned in Jerusalem. Enjoy a tour of Ancient Rome, including the Colosseum and the Forum, marveling at Rome’s many impressive sights along the way. Traveling outside the city center, visit the Catacombs of Callixtus where early Christians buried their dead, which was in accordance with the laws of the time. Mass will be celebrated in a chapel within the Catacombs.

Overnight:  2 of 4 Rome, Italy    Meals:  Breakfast, Restaurant Dinner 

Monday, October 6, 2014 — Vatican Museum / Basilica of St. Peter / San Clemente

This morning, visit Vatican City and the Basilica of St. Peter. The grandest of the world's churches, St. Peter's is unsurpassed in beauty. Be amazed at the exquisite “Pieta” by Michelangelo. Visit the tombs of St. Pope John Paul II and St. Pope John XXIII. In the Vatican Museum, you will view such historical treasures as the Sistine Chapel, featuring Michelangelo's restored frescoed ceiling and his altar painting of The Last Judgment. Explore the Basilica of San Clemente, once a pagan temple! Centuries of faith, art, and history wait to be discovered.

Overnight:  3 of 4 Rome, Italy     Meals:  Breakfast, Hotel Dinner

Tuesday, October 7 – Rome: Trevi Fountain / Pantheon / Piazza Navona / Spanish Steps 

Admire the breathtaking grandeur of the Trevi Fountain and take the opportunity to toss in one, two, or three coins, each of which is supposed by tradition to bring a unique kind of good fortune. View the monumental Pantheon, now a Catholic Church and the best preserved of any Roman building. Admire the baroque Piazza Navona, which follows the shape of the ancient Roman Diocletian Stadium, with Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers and the Egyptian Obelisk.  Enjoy a half day sightseeing tour that takes you to explore the grand piazzas of the Eternal City. Stand in awe in front of the majestic Spanish Steps, the longest and widest decorative steps in Europe, and with your local guide stroll through the most characteristic "piazzas and vias " of Rome.

Overnight: 4 of 4 Rome, Italy     Meals: Breakfast, Restaurant Dinner

Wednesday, October 8, 2014  -- Papal Audience in Vatican City

This morning you will witness the Papal Audience and listen to Pope Francis deliver a heartwarming message to the assembled faithful (always subject to the Papal schedule). Your guide will explain the origin of the Papacy from the first Christians through Constantine's era and up to the current history of the Holy See. Sing with the worshippers, join the Pope in prayer, and absorb the deeply spiritual atmosphere of this unforgettable experience. The Audience ends at about noon, after which you will board your motor coach for a scenic drive to Florence, with a stop for lunch.

Overnight:  1 of 3 Florence, Italy     Meals:  Breakfast, Hotel Dinner

Thursday, October 9, 2014  -- Assisi

Travel to Assisi. Today's tour of Assisi begins with a visit to the 13th Century Basilica of St. Francis, an UNESCO World Heritage site. Originally erected atop land known as the “Hill of Hell,” owing to the many criminals executed there, the church has since been called “Paradise Hill,” for the mortal remains of St. Francis have been guarded there for centuries. The basilica is primarily composed of lower and upper sections, the former of which comprises a central nave with side chapels and exquisite frescoes known as the Maestro di San Francesco. Celebrate Mass. Return to Florence and be dazzled by the unforgettably beautiful views of Florence and the Arno Valley from the expansive overlook at Piazzale Michelangelo. Take many pictures!

Overnight:  2 of 3 Florence, Italy     Meals:  Breakfast, Hotel Dinner

Friday, October 10 -- Florence / Tuscany Cooking and Lunch / Accademia / Duomo

Morning Mass, followed by a visit to the St. Ambrogio Market situated in a large 1860's building on the piazza Ghiberti, surrounded by additional stalls outside. Here you will find the full array of fresh ingredients to create a real Italian table, from pasta to meat and fish—and of course lots of fresh vegetables. A chef will help you select the ingredients of your lunch. Continue to the countryside with the fresh ingredients. Arrive and enjoy a welcome drink of Fragolino at the restaurant. The chef-owner, will present the program of the morning and split the group into two parts which alternate in the following activities. Pasta in Tuscan Cuisine - The first cooking activity we will concentrate on is the main specialty of Italian and Tuscan cuisine, home made pasta (tagliatelle, tagliolini, tortelli with in--season fillings, pappardelle). Rural Tuscan Soup and starters - The cooking course of specialities from Tuscany will, of course, teach you how to prepare their delicious rural soups such as the tasty Ribollita or Pappa al pomodoro, using the precious Tuscan extra virgin olive oil and several special ingredients as Mediterranean vegetables. Discover the secret recipe of the famous Panzanella. Learn how to cook delicious sauces with wild boar, early vegetables and chiantigiana sauce! Prepare tasty starters, including Tuscan croutons and our tomato bruschetta and Lardo with cavolo nero bruschetta. At the end of the lessons, relax and enjoy tasting your lunch creations. This afternoon features a tour of Florence, including the Accademia, where Michelangelo's David is housed. See the Duomo (Cathedral of Florence) and Baptistery, view Ghiberti's famous Gates of Paradise, whose south door has quatrefoils and seated Virtues and scenes from the life of John the Baptist. Continue to view Signoria Square and Ponte Vecchio, known as the Old Bridge. Afterwards, visit Santa Croce Church and Square, where the remains of Michelangelo, Dante, and Machiavelli lie. Dinner will be on your own this evening after such a hearty lunch!

Overnight:  3 of 3 Florence, Italy  Meals:  Breakfast, Cooking Class & Lunch at a Tuscan Restaurant

Saturday, October 11 -- Florence to Padua to Venice 

Drive to Padua for Mass at the Pontifical Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua, a place of pilgrimage visited by people from all over the world, one of the eight international Shrines recognized by the Holy See. Relics of St. Anthony are to be found in the ornate, Baroque Treasury Chapel. See the most famous and striking feature of the church, the bronze Madonna with Child by Donatello. Free time for lunch and shopping in the Old City, surrounding the Basilica. Leave for Venice, arriving late this afternoon. Check into your hotel in time for dinner.

Overnight:  1 of 2 Venice, Italy     Meals:  Breakfast, Hotel Dinner

Sunday, October 12 -- Venice

Board a boat for a pleasant and scenic ride to the Island of Murano and view a fascinating Venetian glass blowing demonstration. Afterwards there will be a chance to view many exquisite glass creations and even to shop for something that especially catches your eye. Returning to the Island of San Marco, enjoy a walking tour of romantic Venice, to include the Piazza San Marco, the Campanile, the façade of the Basilica of St. Mark, the Doges Palace, the Bridge of Sighs. Conclude the morning with a tour of the Basilica of St. Mark, followed by Mass in the Crypt (always subject to availability). Perhaps a beverage as you listen to a string quartet at one of the famous grand cafes lining San Marco Square. This evening experience the unforgettable pleasure of a Gondola ride through the canals of Venice with music by an accordionist and singer. Enjoy a gala Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant with a glass of wine or soft drink, coffee, & tea included.

Overnight:  2 of 2 Venice, Italy     Meals:  Breakfast, Restaurant Dinner

Monday, October 13 -- Venice to United States

Transfer to the Venice Marco Polo Airport for your flight homeward, arriving later today, due to the change in time zones.



Special Included Features of this Pilgrimage

Masses celebrated at some of the holiest sites of Christendom, Tips to Guide and Driver and to hotel personnel and luggage porters, to hotel personnel (reception desk, housekeeping, food and beverage manager), Travelex Travel Protection Insurance (, “Meet and Greet” service upon arrival in Rome

Prices are based on two people sharing a twin bedded room.  A few single room accommodations may be available at a single room supplement of $950 per person.  Land only accommodations may be available at a cost of $4595 per person.  Those opting for land only are welcome to use our transfer motor coach from the Rome airport providing their arrival time coincides with the group air schedule.  Likewise, they may use our transfer motor coach from the Venice hotel to the Venice airport.  Please read carefully the Terms and Conditions for this tour regarding these and many other matters of importance.  Add-on flights from many cities are available for a surcharge.

 Travel 'N' Tours, Inc., provides as a special service to our clients, $150,000 of accidental death and dismemberment flight insurance for the scheduled airline ticket that is a part of this Pilgrimage.

This Pilgrimage will be operated by

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5160 Tchulahoma Rd /  Southaven, MS 38671

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A Christian Pilgrimage to Italy

St Peters Square and Basilica in Rome
St Peters Square and Basilica in Rome

Brown Missionary Baptist Church of Southaven, Mississippi

July 15 -- July 22, 2014

Featuring Rome, Assisi, Florence, & Pisa



All rendezvoused on time and in fine fashion at Memphis International Airport.

Pastor Bartholomew Orr, Senior Pastor of Brown Missionary Baptist Church, 

bid the Pilgrims Arrivederci and sent them on their happy way

with a Bon Voyage Prayer!




The Itinerary


Tuesday, July 15, 2014  United States to Rome Italy


Wednesday, July 16, 2014  Arrive in the Eternal City, Rome!

Clear Customs and Immigration, Claim your luggage, and board your waiting motor coach for a transfer to your hotel in RomeBefore the Welcome Dinner, there will be an Orientation Talk with your Tour Director and a welcome drink.  Dinner will be served in your hotel.  Overnight 1 of 3 Nights in Rome


Day 3  Rome

This morning, enjoy a picturesque 15 minute drive to another country:  Vatican City.  Tour the Basilica of St. Peter.  Renowned as the grandest of the world’s churches, St. Peter’s is unsurpassed in beauty.  See and take pictures of the “Pieta,” one of Michelangelo’s three greatest sculptures.  Michelangelo sculpted this unspeakably magnificent piece when he was only 24 years of age.  This highly-finished marble sculpture depicts the body of Jesus in the arms of Mary after the Crucifixion and is considered to be among the most compelling of all works of art in the Western world.  In the Vatican Museum, you will view such historical treasures as the Sistine Chapel, featuring Michelangelo’s restored frescoed ceiling, his altar painting of The Last Judgment, a host of ancient Greek sculptures, medieval tapestries, and Renaissance paintings.   This afternoon, enjoy a tour of the Coloseum, the largest amphitheater built in the Roman Empire, and the Roman Forum, seeing some of Rome’s many impressive sights along the way.   Visit the Basilica of St. Peter in Chains, the home of the statue of Michelangelo’s “Moses,” the second among his three greatest sculptures. Meals:  Breakfast and Dinner.  Overnight 2 of 3 Nights in Rome 


Day 4:  Rome

Visit the famous Trevi Fountain, the largest Baroque fountain in all of Rome and one of the most famous fountains in the world.  It stands 86 feet high and 161 feet wide.  A legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome.  This was the theme of 1954’s Three Coins in the Fountain movie.  Visit the Pantheon, commissioned by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus as a temple to all the gods of ancient Rome (126 AD).  Almost two thousand years after it was built, the Pantheon’s dome is still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome.  It has been in continuous use since the 7th Century, used as a Catholic church dedicated to “St. Mary and the Martyrs,” and informally known as “Santa Maria della Rotonda.”  Two kings of Italy are buried there, along with the painters Raphael and Annibale Caracci.  Traveling outside the city center, visit the Catacombs of Callixtus where early Christians buried their dead, which was in accordance with the laws of the time.  Among the greatest and most important of the Catacombs, tens of martyrs and almost half a million Christians were buried there.  The founder of Christian archaeology, Giovanni Battista de Rossi (1822-1894), called them “catacombs par excellence.”  The complex is a network of galleries stretching for nearly 12 miles, structured on five levels, and reaching a depth of 65 feet.   Go out on the town tonight for a special treat while you enjoy dinner:  singing by professional opera singers!  Overnight 3 of 3 nights in Rome   


Day 5 / Rome to Assisi to Florence 

Following breakfast, board the motor coach for a scenic drive through the Italian countryside to the hillside village of Assisi. The birthplace of Saint Francis, Assisi is an ancient, stone-walled town clinging to the slopes of Mount Subasio. On arrival, tour the extraordinary 13th Century Basilica of Saint Francis, adorned with late medieval frescoes by the Italian painters Cimabue and Giotto, among others. The church is one of the most important Christian pilgrimage places in all of Italy, and the gentle saint of peace is interred in the Crypt underneath the church, which you will visit.  Stroll the cobblestone lanes of the ancient town and enjoy free time for lunch at one of the many quaint cafes. There are numerous shops to browse, featuring handmade lace, painted ceramics, and local wood carvings.  This afternoon, continue the journey from Assisi to Florence. Arriving at your hotel late this afternoon, enjoy time for a rest before dinner is served in the hotel dining room,  Meals:  breakfast and dinner.  Overnight 1 of 2 nights, Florence

Day 6 / Florence

Today's morning tour of Florence begins with a visit to the Academy of Fine Arts, where Michelangelo's statue of the Boy David is housed.  Now you will have seen all three of Michelangelo’s greatest sculptures! Walk to the imposing Duomo (cathedral), celebrated for its magnificent dome designed by the architect Brunelleschi, and view the Baptistery's renowned "Gates of Paradise" bronze doors by the Renaissance artist Ghiberti. The panels on the doors required twenty-one years to complete and are considered one of the greatest creations of the Renaissance.  Michelangelo remarked that the doors were so beautiful they would be fit for Paradise.  However, the name of the panels, "Gates of Paradise," came from the fact that new converts to Christianity were brought to the Baptistery to be baptized.  Continue to explore the open air art museum of Signoria Square ending at Ponte Vecchio, known as the "Old Bridge", lined with its gold and jewelry shops. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore and shop in this spectacular Renaissance city!  Meals:  breakfast and dinner (at a fine, local, Tuscany restaurant).  Overnight 2 of 2 Nights Florence

Day 7 / Florence to Pisa to Fiumicino                  

This morning, travel through the stunning panorama of Tuscany to Pisa. Upon arrival in Pisa, view the famous Piazza del Miracoli with its Leaning Tower, the Baptistery, the Duomo (cathedral), and the Monumental Cemetery. The four monuments of this extraordinary piazza make for a unique architectural blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles.  The tower (Torre di Pisa) is a freestanding bell tower of the Cathedral of Pisa.  The tower's tilt began during construction, caused by an inadequate foundation.  The tilt has been partially corrected by work done between 1990 and 2001.  It is truly one of the architectural wonders of the world.  Continue traveling along the Mediterranean seacoast toward Rome, making a lunch stop along the way. Late this afternoon, arrive at the charming seaside fishing town of Fiumicino, the seaport for the city of Rome. Check into your hotel and enjoy a stroll along the waterfront before dinner.  Meals:  breakfast and dinner.  This evening, a gala farewell dinner will be served at the seafood restaurant, Ristorante Il Moro, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea (or similar).  Overnight 1 of 1 Nights in Fiumicino

Day 8 / Rome to the United States 

This morning, travel the short distance from your hotel to Rome’s Fiumicino International Airport to board your flight bound for the United States.  Meals: breakfast and appropriate service in flight.

Travel 'N' Tours, Inc., provides as a special service to our clients, $150,000 of accidental death and dismemberment flight insurance for the scheduled airline ticket that is part of this Pilgrimage.


Send an email to Roger at Travel 'N' Tours 


The Lord's Prayer

Pause for One Moment   In a very brief video, visit the Church of the Pater Noster (the "Our Father" or "Lord's Prayer) on the crest of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.  There you find this much loved prayer written in over 60 languages on wall plaques.  Hear the Lord's Prayer recited by the late Master Guide of Israel, Josef Gilboa, in the language Jesus himself spoke.

A Bit of Hawaiiana

Everyone in our Agency is crazy about Hawaii:  any island, any time!  And one of our fondest memories of the Islands is the fantastic experiences we have all enjoyed at luaus on various islands.  A luau provides hours of unrelenting fun and pleasure, as one "act" flows into the next--and the next.  Naming one particular luau as best is virtually impossible, because luaus tend to have different flavors which appeal to different esthetic tastes.  That said, the Luau at Paradise Cove is definitely among the top of the lot.  The setting is idyllic.  The staff knows how to treat guests in the traditional "Aloha" fashion.  The grounds are immaculately kept.  The performers are all top notch.  The food is irresistable.  The men performers are handsome; the women are exotically beautiful.  Our video, filmed in 2011, provides a mere glimpse of the fun and fantasy of a great luau.  Enjoy!  And then, call our Agency and book your own adventure to Hawaii.  You'll always be glad you did!

Enjoy New Orleans and Cruise from its Port

While the City of New Orleans is well known worldwide, not everyone knows of the excellent facilities at the Port of New Orleans.  A significant amount of money has been spent in the past several years on renovating and enlarging and improving the Port, so that now it offers a smoothly efficient port of debarkation.  There are currently 3 major cruise lines offering a variety of cruises from the Port:  Eastern Caribbean, Western Caribbean, Bahamas, and Nassau.  New Orleans itself is accessible to millions of people with a very easy to more demanding car trip.  Particularly for a family with children, driving has become a more and more popular option to flying because of considerations of cost and hassle.  Then, too, driving offers a great opportunity for overnighting in this one-of-a-kind, beautiful, funky, picturesque city:  the French Quarter, the Riverwalk, hundreds of years of architecture and history, and culinary delights at every street corner!  The accompanying video suggests some of the possibilities of cruising out of NOLA - New Orleans, LA.

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Along the way, you'll get well acquainted with exciting cultural capitals and fairytale villages, stunning scenery and dreamy wine-growing regions. Just step off your ship and explore ... join our insightful tours with expert local guides ... and perhaps best of all, enjoy the convenience of dining onboard for every meal. Simply put, river cruising is the easiest, most all-inclusive and value-packed way to see Europe!

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