SIGNATURE PILGRIMAGES “To go on pilgrimage is not simply to visit a place to admire its treasures of nature, art or history…it means to step out of ourselves in order to encounter God…”
Inside the Vatican Pilgrimages offers “boutique” pilgrimages — small, private groups averaging 15 pilgrims, but never more than 18. Crafting the ultimate private pilgrimage is about knowing firsthand what makes a place extraordinary, knowing personally the people involved, understanding how best to experience it and then finessing the countless details, moments and encounters both planned and spontaneous. Our savvy trip design, flexible pace, local connections, and intimate group sizes are just a few of the reasons why our pilgrims often return to join us again for other pilgrimages.
Designing a pilgrimage begins with a theme or a particular country; then we weave in possible encounters with real people who live and work there, as well as those with expert knowledge of its historical perspective. These details are gradually realized as we journey to both world-renowned, and little-known places. We don’t even publish our full itinerary until each detail has been intimately discussed and arranged to create a unique experience; we do not have cookie cutter pilgrimages!
Inside the Vatican Signature Pilgrimages are our smaller, more intimate, premier pilgrimages, which we limit to an occasional maximum of 18 people, though most are limited to a very comfortable group of 12. Scholarly experts lead these absolutely unique pilgrimages, so visits to historical and spiritual sites is rounded out with fascinating private lectures and dinner-table discussions –something that cannot be duplicated! We generally stay in deluxe accommodations and enjoy some of the delightful local culinary offerings as well.
Personal encounter is the watchword for our Signature Pilgrimages. With 25 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. Leading lights in the Catholic world like British writer and lecturer Leonie Caldecott have led our pilgrims on journeys to the Britain of Thomas More and John Fisher, and Mary’s Dowry.
But the encounters are also of the unpredictable sort: the chance meeting with a kind-hearted nun who understands perfectly your family heartache, or the friendly priest who is there just when you feel moved to go to Confession, or the porter who is also an amateur expert on an obscure, but fascinating, local saint. Such are the kinds of encounters we experience on every pilgrimage…