The Catholic University of America

Alumni Relations


Traveling in the company of fellow CUA alumni, along with their friends and family, ensures a trip full of comraderie, shared experiences, and cultural explorations. Catholic University is often blessed to be joined on its tour events by the American Cardinals, bishops, and priests who live and work in Rome. 

Let CUA’s alumni office staff take care of the planning - it is sure to be a trip to remember.

Arrive in Rome and check into the Palazzo Cardinal Cesi before meeting your fellow travelers in the hotel's private courtyard. Experience a get-acquainted tour of the Eternal City on a motorcoach excursion guided by CUA’s own, David Dawson Vasquez, program director of CUA in Rome, who will accompany us for much of the week. Explore the magnificent monument to Victor Emmanuel and the Capitoline Museums before our welcome dinner gala at Tarrazza Caffarelli, a venue with spectacular views of all of Rome.

Tuesday begins with an excursion to Subiaco, the place where St. Benedict spent his first three years as a monk and developed the concepts of the Benedictine order. Experience the sacred cave that was Benedict’s monastic home. Mass and lunch are planned in Subiaco. That evening, we have requested a special reception for our travelers at the home of the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. Dinner is on your own following the reception.

On Wednesday morning we will take the short walk to Saint Peter Square for the general audience with Pope Francis. We have requested VIP seating for our group, which last year put us on the Papal Stage! Later on Wednesday we will visit the titular church of St. Ignazio; the church of Gesù, the mother church of the Society of Jesus, the rooms where St. Ignatius of Loyola lived and wrote the Jesuit constitution, and then we celebrate Mass in the chapel of St. Ignatius. Dinner is on your own. A reception for past CUA travelers is planned for this evening.

Thursday includes an amazing all-day excursion to Florence. The group will travel by train and see the Italian countryside prior to visiting the Galleria dell'Accademia to experience the world famous sculpture David by Michelangelo. After the visit to David, travelers will be free to explore Florence and visit sites such as the Duomo, the Baptistery, Ponte Vecchio, and much more. Lunch and dinner on your own.

Our final full day in Italy includes a morning celebration of the Eucharist at the Tomb of St. Peter, located beneath the baldacchino in St. Peter's Basilica. Following this very special Mass, we will have a comprehensive tour of the fabulous renaissance basilica. The afternoon will beat your leisure and the day will conclude with our farewell dinner at Les Etoiles, a deluxe restaurant overlooking St. Peter's.

• Cost of the tour is $1,899 per person, not including airfare. A single supplement is $400.

• A complimentary breakfast is served in the hotel every morning, and included in the tour price. 

• The tour includes a great element of walking; wear your best shoes!

• Transportation by luxury motorcoach is provided as needed throughout the tour. 

• A minimum, nonrefundable deposit of $400 is required by Dec. 1, 2013. 

• This exclusive opportunity is limited to 36 travelers. 

• Final payments must be received by April 1, 2014.

Contact Sarah Messer at 202-319-5301 or

Trip Payment and Cancellation Details: Final payment must be made before April 1, 2014. Cancellations received prior to April 1 will be entitled to a full refund less the $400 deposit. All cancellations must be made in writing. No refunds will be given for cancellations made less than 45 days prior to the trip. The Catholic University of America is not an agent of or the suppliers or contractors of any of the services described herein, including, but not limited to, airlines, suppliers of hotel, transportation and any other tour-related services. CUA is not responsible for any negligent acts and/or omissions of these independent contractors, their employees, agents, servants or their representatives. This tour package does not include accidental death or injury insurance for travelers. Optional travel insurance will be made available to confirmed passengers. CUA shall be exempt from all liability in respect to detention, delays, loss, damage, sickness or injury howsoever and by whosoever caused and whatever kind incurring of or to the passenger at any time when the passenger is participating in the Eternal Roma Tour. CUA is not responsible for loss of luggage or any other incidental items. The Itinerary specified herein is subject to change without notice. Substitutions, if necessary, will be of a comparable quality. CUA reserves the right to cancel this tour at any time prior to departure and refund monies, including deposits, in full settlement of its obligation.


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