Italy alert: We are now under the one-year countdown to the most amazing pilgrimage

October 20, 2013 | Italy, Italy Pilgrimage 2014, Travel

One year from now we will be just back from the most amazing pilgrimage, a 13-day food and faith tour of Italy that will take us from Montecatini, Florence, Siena, and Assisi to Rome, Naples, Salerno, Sorrento, and the Isle of Capri. There’s still plenty of time to save up some money and vacation days and join us for a wonderful weaving of spirituality, sightseeing, and one fabulous meal and hotel after another. You can find the full itinerary HERE.

But let me first address something that has come up when I mention this tour to friends and family. Inevitably the first thing they ask is, “How much does it cost?” And when I say $4,999, their eyes glaze over and they say, “Never mind.” So I wanted to talk honestly about this because if you price this tour against other tours, what you find out very quickly is that there is simply no way you are going to get to Italy for 13 days, stay at spa level hotels, have almost all of your meals included, incur no hidden costs, AND take a cooking class, do an olive oil tasting at an agriturismo, a wine tasting at a vineyard, and cap it all off with a boat trip the Blue Grotto on the Isle of Capri for less than this. When Melani over at Travel Overtures says “inclusive,” she’s not kidding around!

Price out airfare and top-of-the-line hotels alone and you’re likely to find that you’re getting close to our cost before you even eat one bowl of pasta, sip one glass of wine, or enter one fabulous museum. And you won’t have an English-speaking tour guide guide taking you step by step through the whole glorious adventure. And if you see other Italy tours that seem to cost less, look at the details. How many nights are you staying? How many meals are included? Is all your in-country transportation and tax covered? What about entry fees to various sights and special events? Yeah, you just won’t find anything like this.

When this pilgrimage possibility came up, Melani told me to “dream big” viewmonasteryand spell out what I would consider the perfect pilgrimage to Italy. I came up with the outline of this trip and then Melani took it over the top and made it more than I ever could have hoped for. So know that when you join me on this tour, it’s not simply a “job” for me or even a vacation; it is the culmination of a dream, and I want it to be as close to perfect as possible for all of us.

If you have any questions, email me directly. If you haven’t already liked our Facebook page, click HERE and then click “like” and you’ll receive regular updates, beautiful photos, and other goodies as the trip gets closer. If you want a hardcopy of the brochure, email me your regular mailing address and we’ll get a copy out to you right away.


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