2019 Italy Pilgrimage with Father Jim Jaeger

November 5th, 2019 - November 18th, 2019

Bookings: This tour is not currently available for booking, please contact us for more information.

Starting At: $2,795.00 USD

Per Person, Double Occupancy

Single Supplement Add $600.00

Tour Destinations

Andria, Assisi, Cascia, Italy, Lanciano, Loreto, Monte Sant'Angelo, Montescassino, Padua, Pompeii, Ravenna, Rieti, Rome, San Giovanni Rotondo, Sorrento, Vatican City, and Venice

Tour Details

Your Spiritual Guide Father Jim

The Rev. James P Jaeger was ordained 32 years ago on May 17, 1986 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester, N.Y. He has served the Diocese in various places such as Irondequoit, Greece, Hornell, Palmyra-Macedon, Marion and currently Bath and Hammondsport. He also is a retired Reserve Chaplain from the U.S. Air Force and Niagara Falls National Guard. He is presently the Parish Priest at St. John Vianney Parish in Steuben County and is a part time staff Chaplain at the Canandaigua Veterans Hospital. The reason he is the spiritual guide for this pilgrimage is that he has many colleagues from the military, friends, parishioners and parochial peers who have encouraged him to lead them on a trip to Italy. For several months, Father Jim has been working with Wherever Tours in New Jersey to custom design the tour. The company is operated by David Shick, originally from Hornell. David has been designing European tours for the last 20 years for organizations such as the Knights of Columbus. His business partner Riccardo Filaci (from Sorrento, Italy) is a certified tour director for the last 30 years. In fact, they will both be with our group throughout the journey. Father Jim will be celebrating Mass most days, usually in one of the Churches we visit. This is Father’s third trip to Rome and Italy. He has chosen many sites and shrines that he has not visited in the past. But for those who are going for the first time, fear not. We will visit many of the usual places such as the Patriarchal Churches of Rome as well as other shrines and sites that aren’t part of the usual itineraries. Veteran travelers and first timers will all find this a unique trip, full of hidden treasures. Fr. Jim loves red wine and good Italian food and he wants to share his table with those who accompany him. Savor the unique cuisine (and vino) along with parties and entertainment. Come join us and meet the wonderful people of Italy. View in awe, the splendors of magnificent shrines and relics. Immerse yourself in the timeless land that is Italy. Our souls will be transformed, and our spirits renewed by the experiences we’ll share together. And, oh yeah, the trip is going to be tons of fun.

Available Tour Dates

Scheduled Departure from USA Tour Start Date Tour End Date
November 5, 2019 November 6, 2019 November 18, 2019

Tour Itinerary

  1. Wednesday - November 6th 2019 - Venice

    Includes: Dinner

    • Arrive at Venice Airport
    • You will be greeted at the airport by your tour director and then transported to your hotel.
    • NOTE: Time permitting, we may take a tour of a local winery.
    • After a refreshing rest, enjoy a welcome dinner with wine in your hotel.

  2. Thursday - November 7th 2019 - Venice

    Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

    • This morning we will take a walking tour of Venice which will include Saint Mark’s Square, the centerpiece of the city. A local expert guide will give you insight into the history and culture of this very unique city. The Basilica of St. Mark’s will be one of the highlights of the tour.
    • We’ll visit a famous glass factory and you will have time to shop, explore and maybe enjoy a gelato.
    • Your guide can direct you to gondolas where you can take an optional ride on the Grand Canal.
    • We return to the hotel to enjoy a great feast with lots of wine.

  3. Friday - November 8th 2019 - Venice, Padua, Ravenna

    Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

    • After breakfast, the bus will take us to Padua where we visit the Basilica of St. Anthony.
    • Fr. Jim will celebrate Mass at the Basilica.
    • After Mass, there will be free time to explore this beautiful city before heading to Ravenna.
    • In Ravenna, we’ll to visit the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo.
    • After checking into our Ravenna hotel for the overnight, we’ll enjoy dinner before we sleep.

  4. Saturday - November 9th 2019 - Ravenna, Loreto, Lanciano

    Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

    • After breakfast, we depart Ravenna for Lanciano.
    • Then we proceed down the coast to Loreto where we visit the Basilica of the Holy House. This Sanctuary enshrines the house in which the Blessed Virgin Mary was believed to have lived.
    • Later, we arrive in Lanciano to visit the Sanctuary of the Eucharistic Miracle.
    • We arrive at our hotel in Lanciano for check-in and dinner.

  5. Sunday - November 10th 2019 - Lanciano, Monte Sant'Angelo, San Giovanni Rotondo

    Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

    • After an early breakfast, we check out of our hotel and head for Andria.
    • We visit Monte Sant’Angelo and the Sanctuary of St. Michael the Archangel. This is the site where St. Michael interceded to defeat invading pagans back in the 5th century.
    • Later we travel to San Giovanni Rotondo and Church of St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio).
    • We’ll see his “cell” where he lived and prayed the later years of his life and where he died in 1968.
    • Time permitting, we may visit the nearby Sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie (Mary Full of Grace).
    • After check-in, dinner tonight will be in the hotel.

  6. Monday - November 11th 2019 - Andria

    Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Today we spend the entire day in Andria.
    • We’ll visit to Andria Cathedral which houses the Sacra Spina (Holy Thorn) from the Crown of Thorns.
    • The rest of the day will be at leisure to explore this interesting city.
    • Dinner tonight will be in a local restaurant.

  7. Tuesday - November 12th 2019 - Andria, Pompeii, Sorrento

    Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Early departure for Sorrento.
    • On the way, we will visit the Cathedral of Pompeii with panoramic view of the Bay of Naples and Mt. Vesuvius from the Bell Tower. We may be fortunate to have an audience with the Cardinal.
    • Then we make our way to Sorrento along the Sorrentine Peninsula and the Bay of Naples.
    • After check-in to our villa, we’ll enjoy a full course meal with plenty of dancing and wine.

  8. Wednesday - November 13th 2019 - Sorrento, Montecassino, Assisi

    Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

    • After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll spend some of the morning in Sorrento before heading to Assisi.
    • Along the way, we visit the famous Abbey at Montecassino which was heavily damaged by allied bombers during World War II.
    • We arrive later into Assisi for hotel check-in and dinner.

  9. Thursday - November 14th 2019 - Assisi, Rieti

    Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

    • After breakfast, we’ll enjoy a full day in Assisi.
    • We begin with a visit to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. This magnificant church is built over the Chiesetta of Porziuncola (St. Francis’s “little church”). It also houses the Cappella (Chapel) del Transito where Francis died in 1226.
    • Fr. Jim will celebrate Sunday Mass inside the Basilica.
    • Afterwards, we will take a guided tour of the Papal Basilica of St. Francis.
    • We’ll have some free time for shopping and exploring before leaving for Rieti.

  10. Friday - November 15th 2019 - Cascia, Rieti

    Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

    • After a leisurely breakfast, we head out to Cascia.
    • In Cascia, we visit the Basilica of St. Rita.
    • Returning to Rieti, we travel the Via Francigena, an ancient pilgrimage route from France to Rome.
    • We’ll explore the Valle Santa (Holy Valley) and visit the 4 shrines erected by St. Francis: The Sanctuary of Greccio, the Sanctuary of Fonte Colombo, The Sanctuary of the Forest. and the convent of Poggio Bustone.
    • Tonight, enjoy a special dinner in Rieti.

  11. Saturday - November 16th 2019 - Rome, Vatican City

    Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

    • After breakfast, we proceed to Rome and Vatican City. Our professional tour guide will lead us through the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and then into St. Peter’s Basilica.
    • After, we take a guided bus tour of the Eternal City where we will view some of the most iconic locations in Rome including the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Circus Maximus and more.
    • This afternoon, you will have time to explore some of the many magnificent churches and cathedrals that grace this holy city. Because of traffic restrictions, you will need to spend time walking, but many of the important sites are all within a few blocks of a central location. Your guide will always be locally available to help or direct you to key sites in the area.
    • Dinner tonight will be back in the hotel.

  12. Sunday - November 17th 2019 - Rome

    Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Today, the last day of our pilgrimage, we will continue visiting more of the religious sites of Rome.
    • Fr. Jim will celebrate Sunday Mass at a special location.
    • Tonight we will enjoy a farewell dinner with plenty of good wines and entertainment.
    • After dinner, take a short stroll down the street to view the Castle Sant Angelo by night.
    • As our final farewell to Rome, we’ll take a spectacular illumination bus tour of the Eternal City

  13. Monday - November 18th 2019 - Departure

    Includes: Breakfast

    • After breakfast, our driver and tour director will bring us back to Rome Airport for your flight home.
    • Transfer arrangements will be made for your return to Bath, New York from the airport.