We will meet at Rome Fiumicino Airport on the morning of Saturday, June 1st and drop everyone off there on Sunday, June 9th to catch their flights.
What is the exact itinerary?
ROME: Three glorious nights in the centro storico, steps away from St Peter's. Expert tours of ancient Christian and pagan Rome. Plus amazing shopping, restaurants and unbelievable world-famous sights.
UMBRIA: We’ll be staying in a stunning 18th century agriturismo in the heart of storied, Catholic Umbria. Visits include Assisi, Spoleto, Norcia and Cascia — and delectable Umbrian cuisine served a la rustica, with vino locale.
FLORENCE: A morning in Tuscany with the seminarians at the villa of the Institute of Christ the King, followed by an afternoon and evening in beautiful Florence.
Do you have to be single?
No. Though many travelers are.
Do you have to be Catholic?
No, though what we’re going to see might make more sense if you have been formed as a Catholic.
Are there age limits on this trip?
Over 21 years of age, please, as we will be consuming alcohol. Also, those with physical limitations should bear in mind that parts of this Trip will include long periods of standing and walking, and that they will need to carry their own luggage.
Why is this trip different from other trips?
Basically, it’s an insider’s tour. In addition to seeing the beauties of Italy, you will meet and hang out with Italian people who take their Faith seriously. You will assist at Latin Masses in parishes and Orders. And you will travel with other people your age, who also take their Faith seriously.
Will we have a Latin Mass every day?
No. We will have a Novus Ordo Mass available every day with our Chaplain, and we will have a Latin Mass on both Sundays.
Who is coming on this trip?
Last year we had people from the US, Canada, Singapore, and Ireland.
Can we bring kids?
You can, although we would caution strongly that this trip is probably not suitable for children under 14. Too tiring, and too intellectual.
What kind of places will we stay in?
We will be staying in historic accommodations around the country. We’ll stay in places REGINA knows personally.
How much walking is involved?
A lot. Most days in Rome we will average between 7-9 miles per day, walking up and down hills and over rough cobblestone streets and ancient ruins. After that, it will vary. Probably a good idea to do some walking training beforehand — and bring comfortable shoes!
Do I have to share a room?
You have a choice of sharing a room or not. Obviously, if you share with a friend, we can accommodate you both. If you don’t have a friend to accompany you, let us know and we will assign someone of the same sex to share with you, if we can. Single rooms are available, too.
What's the difference in cost?
A shared room package will cost US$2100. A single room package will cost US$2900. Neither includes airfare.
What does the tour fee include?
Transportation around the country, overnight accommodations, breakfast and dinner, entrance fees and charitable contributions to Catholic Orders. Basically everything except lunch, drinking and spending money.
How many people are going on this tour?
The maximum we will take is 22.
Is there a fee to reserve my seat?
Yes. A non-refundable fee to reserve your seat is $515, which goes towards your total Trip fee.
How do I pay for it?
Reserve fees must be paid via Paypal or Square HERE. You don’t need a Paypal account. All you need is a MC or Visa, and you can go onto the Paypal website and work from there!
When is the rest due?
The second installment is due on April 1, 2019. If you pay via PayPal to this link it will be $1133 (for a shared room) or $1957 (for a single room). If you pay via check it will be $1100 (for a shared room) or $1900 (for a single room) mailed to 12042 SE Sunnyside Road Suite 486 Clackamas, Oregon 97015. The remainder of the Trip fee is due May 1 at $515 via Paypal or $500 via check as above. Please note that it's first-come, first-served and we close Trips at 22 people.
How can I get updates?
Once you send us your $515 reserve fee, we will include your name on the trip email list and provide regular updates that way.
What is the weather like in June?
Early June in central Italy is generally in the 70's and low 80's — with sunny skies. But do bring layers in case it gets colder or hotter.
How much should I pack?
We recommend that you pack as lightly as you can, as you will be carrying your own luggage.
Can we get cellphone service in Italy?
Most carriers have plans which you can buy to provide service in Italy.
Can I learn more about the places we will visit on this tour?
Yes, indeed. Everyone who signs up for the Trip will receive a free ‘Secret Catholic Insider Guide to Italy’!