September 17-30, 2017

14 Days/12 Nights​

Book Now Rates: (until April 15, 2017)

Double $4,133; Single $4,628**
​(That’s just $295 per person, per day!)

​Regular rates:

Double $4,333; Single $4,828**

*All quoted rates are per person, double occupancy and based on a minimum of 25 passengers traveling in your group.  Price includes all estimated government-imposed taxes and fees and airline fuel surcharges and fees of $701 as of November 16, 2016 (subject to change until ticketed).  Important Conditions: Your price is subject to increase prior to the time you make full payment.  Your price is not subject to increase after you make full payment, except for charges resulting from increases in government-imposed taxes and fees or airline fuel surcharges and fees.  **Single accommodations have limited availability.


​​Please be advised that there is extensive slow paced walking every day of this tour over uneven surfaces, cobblestone streets and walkways.

Day 1
Overnight flight to Rome
Day 2-4
Hotel Cicerone, Rome
Day 5-6
Domina Coral Bay Hotel & Resort, Sant Flavia
Day 7
Blu Kaos Hotel, Agrigento
Day 8-9

Atahotel Naxos Beach, Giardini Naxos

Day 10-13
Hotel Parco Delle Fontane, Siracusa
Day 14
Return flight to JFK, New York

​​Air Transportation Provided by Alitalia


  • Rome... The Eternal City and home of Vatican City!
  • Papal General Audience in Saint Peter's Square!
  • Palermo, Sicily's largest port and its capital!
  • Monreale and Cefalu!
  • Erice, a beautiful, medieval mountain top town!
  • Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples!
  • Villa Armerina and its 12,000 sq. ft. of Roman mosaics!
  • Taormina, Roman ruins and breathtaking view of Mt. Etna and the sea!​
  • Mt. Etna, Sicily's tallest peak and Europe's tallest active volcano!
  • Siracusa and its old town, Ortigia!
  • Monica, Noto and Ragusa, UNESCO World Heritage Sites!


  • Round trip, economy class air transportation from JFK, New York.
  • All government-imposed taxes and fees and airline fuel surcharges and fees as of 11/16/2016.  If at ticketing these are greater than estimated, the additional amount will increase your price.
  • Airport/hotel transfers on arrival and departure in Italy.
  • 12 Nights accommodations at tourist class hotels or better, double occupancy (twin beds) with private bath or shower.
  • All hotel taxes and service charges.
  • 25 Meals:  12 Breakfasts; 3 Lunches and 10 Dinners, with coffee or tea, wine and mineral water included.
  • Fully escorted by professional English speaking Tour Director from arrival to departure.
  • English speaking local guides.
  • All sightseeing, excursions and entrance fees as per itinerary, subject to change.
  • Modern, private air-conditioned motor coach.
  • Porterage of one (1) bag per person at your hotels in Italy.
  • All gratuities for tour director, drivers, local guides, and hotel and restaurant staff.
  • Tour listening device for entire tour.​


  • Optional travel protection.  See Group Travel Protection Plan flyer/application for details and costs.
  • Optional round trip JFK airport motor coach transfer from Hartford or Waterbury/Prospect: $149 per person.
  • Optional sightseeing or extensions.
  • Air travel deviations.
  • Passport or Visa fees.
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g., laundry, telephone, extra or non-included beverages/meals, etc.).
  • Items not specified in tour brochure and itinerary.
  • Meals not listed in tour brochure and itinerary (most lunches and 2 dinners).
  • Mass offerings.

Note: Itinerary, optional sightseeing tours and sequence of same, Mass frequency/locations, and meal locations are subject to change, and are conducted weather and time permitting.  Vatican events, including Papal General Audiences and Masses, are subject to ticket availability, scheduling and change/cancellation without notice, solely at the Vatican's discretion.  In the rare case where alternate hotel accommodations might be necessary, a similarly classed hotel will be substituted.  Please note that hotel check in may not be possible until after 3 p.m.  All information displayed and printed in the tour brochure is preliminary as of February 10, 2017 and is subject to change.


Rome & Sicily - September 17-30, 2017

Group #2017001022



PRICES: The tour price includes round-trip airfare from JFK International Airport, New York, and land services in Italy as outlined in the tour brochure and itinerary.  All rates are stated in U.S. dollars (unless otherwise stated) and are based on tariffs, taxes and currency exchange rates in effect at the time of publication.  Your price is subject to increase prior to the time you make full payment.  Your price is not subject to increase after you make full payment, except for charges resulting from increases in government-imposed taxes and fees or airline fuel surcharges and fees.  In the event of a billing error, we reserve the right to re-invoice with correct prices. Tour documents and airline tickets will be issued after full payment has been received and processed, normally during a pre-departure group meeting held 1 - 3 weeks prior to departure.

  A deposit of $350 is required to secure a reservation. Late reservations (within 60 days of departure) accepted, if space is available, with full payment due immediately by bank check or money order, and may be subject to a $100 late reservation fee plus any increase in quoted airfare.

 Payment by cash, check or money order made payable to FJ Tours, LLC or credit card.  Returned checks are subject to a $25 fee.

GROUP SIZE: All tour prices herein are per person and based on a minimum of 25 passengers, except for optional tours which require a minimum of 10 passengers.

AIR TRANSPORTATION: Regularly scheduled economy class service on any International Air Transportation Association (IATA) or Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) (i.e., commercial) carrier. Transatlantic air transportation is based on special, non-refundable economy class contracted fares for this tour group. The air taxes and fees (domestic and foreign government-imposed taxes, which include security fees (including the September 11th security fee), airport facility charges, customs, immigration and inspection fees, etc.) and airline fuel surcharges and fees, as of 11/16/2016, are included in the tour cost, and are subject to change until tickets are issued. If final government-imposed air taxes and fees or airline fuel surcharges and fees are greater than estimated, the additional amount will be billed on a final tour invoice. There is no advance seat selection for group departures. Early check-in is required to secure seats with a travel companion. International flights require arriving at the departure airport at least three (3) hours prior to departure. Land Only packages do not include airport-hotel transfers in destination countries.

PASSENGER NAME: Passenger is responsible for ensuring that the passenger name printed on the tour invoice matches EXACTLY the name as it appears on their passport. Due to security requirements, any name change including minor spelling corrections are subject to airline change fees, and may require airline reservations to be cancelled and rebooked. Airline reservations are subject to availability at the time of rebooking and may result in an increased airfare. Any airline change fees or increased airfare are the passenger’s responsibility. Airline tickets once issued are nonrefundable. The Tour Operator assumes no liability or responsibility for denial of services by any carrier due to any name discrepancy.

Double occupancy, standard twin bedded rooms with private bath throughout. Single rooms are available at an additional cost as stated in the tour brochure. Single rooms, although assuring privacy, may be small in size and may be located in remote parts of the hotel away from the rest of the group. A limited number of single rooms are available. Special requests such as bed types, smoking preferences, and connecting rooms are subject to availability. On those rare occasions when we are not able to find a roommate for you, you will be required to pay the single supplement. Every effort will be made to give you sufficient prior notice if we cannot find you a roommate. Triple rooms may not be available in all countries and usually have limited availability.

Passports are required of all passengers. A valid U.S. passport that does not expire for at least six months after the scheduled return date (March 30, 2018) is required for all U.S. citizens. U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter the European Union of which Italy is a member. Non-U.S. citizens must check entry requirements with their respective Embassy or Consulate, and are responsible for obtaining their own visas and any other required travel documents at their own expense. The Tour Operator assumes no liability or responsibility for passport or visa procurement or for denial of services by any carrier due to lack of required passports and visas.

LUGGAGE: Each passenger is limited to ONE (1) checked bag, that may have a maximum weight of 50 pounds and not exceed 62 linear inches (L+W+D), plus one (1) carry-on. Any bag exceeding these rules is subject to the airline's excess baggage fees and are the passenger’s responsibility. Please visit the airline’s web site for complete baggage rules and restrictions. Hotel porterage services of one (1) bag per person are offered with this tour throughout Italy. The Tour Operator accepts no liability or responsibility for loss or damage of luggage, although maximum care will be taken to ensure safe handling of your luggage.

CANCELLATION POLICY & PENALTIES: All cancellations must be received in writing and signed by the person who made the original reservation. Cancellations are only effective from the day they are actually received, either by fax, email or U.S. Mail, by FJ Tours, LLC. No refunds are issued for cancellations received after the tour departure date. If you cancel your tour, cancellation penalties will apply and will be deducted from any refund. Cancellation penalties apply to each passenger and the amount of the penalties assessed is based on the date the cancellation is effective, as follows. Up to June 18, 2017: Full Refund; 90 to 61 days prior to departure: $350.00; 60 to 46 days prior to departure: 50% of total tour cost; 45 to 31 days prior to departure: 75% of total tour cost; Less than 30 days: 100% of total tour cost - No Refund. Any unused tour portions are non-refundable. A travel protection plan with trip cancellation coverage is highly suggested.

The Tour Operator offers an OPTIONAL travel protection plan for this tour. Please see the Group Travel Protection Plan flyer/application for complete details and costs and the Group Deluxe Travel Protection Plan Document for complete terms and conditions. Both the Tour Operator and Tour Sponsor strongly encourage all passengers to protect their travel investment with a travel protection plan.

MEDICAL CONDITION: The Tour Operator makes every effort to provide a high level of service to all passengers. A passenger who require special assistance must be accompanied by a qualified helper who assumes total responsibility for the disabled passenger’s well being. The Tour Operator is not responsible for any medical condition that occurs prior to, during or after the tour.

RESPONSIBILITY: The responsibility of FJ Tours, LLC, 15 Peach Orchard Road, PO Box 7177, Prospect, CT 06712-0177; Telephone: 203.805.5035; Fax: 203.916.5800; email:, herein after called the “Tour Operator”, and/or their agent (agents) is (are) limited. We (they) act only as agent for the passenger in regard to all matters connected with the making and securing of reservations with transportation carriers and other suppliers of services (“suppliers”), all of which are independent contractors, for accommodations, tours and travel, whether by railroad, motor coach, private car, boat, aircraft or any other conveyance; and assume no liability or responsibility for any injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned by either reason of defect, through the acts or default of any company or supplier or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the tour, or as a direct or indirect result of acts of God, dangers incident to the sea, fire, breakdown in machinery or equipment, acts of governments or other authorities, de jure or de facto, wars, whether declared or not, hostilities, civil disturbance, strikes, riots, theft, pilferage, epidemics, quarantines, medical or customs regulations, or from any causes beyond the Tour Operator’s control, or from any loss or damage resulting from improper passports, visas or other documents.
  You are responsible for, and release the Tour Operator from: passport, visa, vaccination requirements, if applicable, and safety conditions in tour destination countries.

 The airlines concerned are not responsible for any act, omission or event during the time you are not aboard their aircraft. The passenger contract in use by the airline, when issued, constitutes the sole contract between the passenger and airline.

  Anyone not utilizing the included transportation (i.e., Land Only package) is responsible for all subsequent transportation.

  No changes in the itinerary are expected but we reserve the right to make them if necessary. Because of unforeseen changes in transportation schedules, the land portion of your tour may be occasionally extended or curtailed. The Tour Operator cannot be responsible for changes of itinerary. The number of days indicated for each itinerary begin with the scheduled day of departure and end with the scheduled return arrival day, irrespective of the hour of departure or return, and may vary due to transportation schedule changes.

​  The Tour Operator reserves the right to accept or decline any person as a member the tour, or to require any passenger to withdraw from the tour at any time who presents a significant risk to the health or safety of him/herself or of others which can not be eliminated or reduced to an acceptable level by the Tour Operator’s reasonable accommodation.

  The Tour Operator reserves the right to cancel a tour in the event that the minimum number of passengers are not secured, and after refunding all partial and full payments, the Tour Operator has no further obligation to passengers on a cancelled tour. Unused portions of the tour itinerary are not refundable. Any deposit, partial or full payment for a tour reservation constitutes agreement by the passenger to all the provisions of the tour brochure, itinerary, and terms and conditions.

ORTV, Inc., D/B/A the Office of Radio & Television and/or WJMJ Radio (the “Tour Sponsor”), has selected FJ Tours, LLC to offer travel arrangements for its “Rome & Sicily 2017 with Father John” pilgrimage tour.  The tour passenger hereby acknowledges and agrees that: (a) the Tour Sponsor is not in the business of providing travel services, and (b) the Tour Sponsor disclaims any liability or responsibility with respect to such travel services. Consequently, in engaging FJ Tours, LLC for this tour, the tour passenger expressly agrees to hold the Tour Sponsor harmless from and against any and all claims, losses, damages, liabilities or judgments, at law or in equity, related to, arising from, or in connection, with respect to the travel, accommodation and tour services procured by the tour passenger. “Claims” include, without limitation: claims for personal injury, disability or death, directly or indirectly related to, arising from or in connection with, any negligence or breach by FJ Tours, LLC or by others.​

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Rome & Sicily 2017

Hosted by Father John Gatzak
Executive Director, Office of Radio & Television

and General Manager, WJMJ-FM


(subject to change)

DAY 1/Sunday, September 17 - Depart Home
  Overnight flight from JFK International Airport, New York to Rome.  (meals in flight)

DAY 2/Monday, September 18 - Arrive Rome
  On arrival at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport, you are greeted by your English speaking tour director and board your motor coach for transfer to the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls for a visit and welcome Mass celebrated by Father John.  After Mass, enjoy a panoramic city tour of ancient Rome passing the Coliseum, Roman Forum, and more on the way to the Hotel Cicerone.  On arrival, check-in and the remainder of the afternoon is free to rest and freshen-up.  A welcome dinner is included this evening at your hotel.  Overnight Hotel Cicerone, Rome.  (D)

DAY 3/Tuesday, September 19 - Rome
  This morning, you’ll tour the Vatican Museums, including the Sistine Chapel, where popes have been elected for centuries, and visit Saint Peter’s Basilica, including the tombs of our newest Pope Saints John Paul II and John XXIII.  This afternoon, enjoy a leisurely walking tour of Rome featuring Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and Piazza Navona.  At the conclusion of the walking tour, enjoy an included pizza dinner at a ristorante in Piazza Navona.  Overnight Hotel Cicerone, Rome.  (B, D)

DAY 4/Wednesday, September 20 - Rome
  This morning, early wake-up and transfer to Saint Peter’s Square for the weekly Papal General Audience.  Remainder of the day is free for self-exploration or shopping; or, if time permits, visits to the Basilica of Saint John in Lateran and the Basilica of Saint Mary Major will be included.  Dinner is on your own this evening.  Overnight Hotel Cicerone, Rome.  (B)

DAY 5/Thursday, September 21 - Depart Rome/Arrive Palermo, Sicily
  After breakfast, check-out and transfer to Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport for your flight to Palermo.  On arrival at Palermo’s Falcone-Borsellino Airport, you’ll be met by your English speaking tour director and transfer to and check-in at the Domina Coral Bay Hotel & Resort in Santa Flavia.  Remainder of the day is at leisure.  Dinner is at your hotel this evening.  Overnight at Domina Coral Bay Hotel & Resort, Santa Flavia.  (B, D)

DAY 6/Friday, September 22 - Palermo/Monreale/Cefalu
  This morning you’ll meet your local guide for a full day of sightseeing in Palermo including the Duomo and exploring a typical Sicilian street market.  This afternoon visit Monreale’s Cathedral as well as Cefalu’s Duomo.  Dinner is at your hotel this evening.  Overnight at Domina Coral Bay Hotel & Resort, Santa Flavia.  (B, D)

DAY 7/Saturday, September 23 - Palermo/Agrigento
  This morning you’ll depart for Agrigento with a few stops along the way, including the beautiful, medieval mountain-top town of Erice with its spectacular views.  Be sure to check out Pasticceria Maria Grammatico for some sweet Sicilian treats.  Then you’ll proceed to Agrigento passing through the Marsala wine region stopping for lunch in a typical Sicilian country house, and time permitting a Marsala wine tasting.  After lunch, continue to and check-in at the Blu Kaos Hotel in Agrigento.  Dinner is at your hotel this evening.  Overnight at Blu Kaos Hotel, Agrigento.  (B, L, D)

DAY 8/Sunday, September 24 - Agrigento/Giardini Naxos
  This morning meet your local guide for a walking tour of the Valley of the Temples.  Then you’re off to Piazza Armerina “The City of Mosaics”.  On the way you’ll stop for lunch at a local agriturismo ristorante surrounded by vineyards and cacti.  After lunch, a local guide leads you on an exploration of Villa Armerina and some of the most beautifully preserved mosaics of the Roman Empire.  Following the tour continue to and check-in at Atahotel Naxos Beach in Giardini Naxos.  Dinner is at your hotel this evening.  Overnight at Atahotel Naxos Beach, Giardini Naxos.  (B, L, D)

DAY 9/Monday, September 25 - Giardini Naxos/Taormina/Savoca
  After breakfast you’ll depart for a visit to Savoca, a beautiful Sicilian village where scenes from “The Godfather” were filmed, for some free time and perhaps a taste of a typical Sicilian treat... granita.  Then continue to Taormina… a town of runaway bougainvillea, cacti adorning the hills, pastel colored walls, garden terraces and ancient ruins.  On arrival, a local guide leads you on a walking city tour featuring the Roman Theatre.  There’s free time too, to stroll around, for lunch and do some shopping!  This afternoon you’ll visit the Barone Platania estate, the villa featured in “The Godfather”.  Dinner is at the hotel this evening.  Overnight at Atahotel Naxos Beach, Giardini Naxos.  (B, D)

DAY 10/Tuesday, September 26 - Giardini Naxos/Mt. Etna/Siracusa
  This morning you’ll depart for Siracusa, stopping at Mt. Etna for a self-guided visit, followed by lunch at a local family farm surrounded by orange and lemon trees.  After lunch, you’ll continue to Siracusa and check-in at the Hotel Parco delle Fontane.  Dinner is on your own this evening.  Overnight at Hotel Parco delle Fontane, Siracusa.  (B, L)

DAY 11/Wednesday, September 27 – Siracusa/Noto
  Following breakfast you’ll depart for a full day excursion with a local guide to Modica, famous for its Baroque architecture and its chocolate produced with an ancient and original Aztec recipe, and Ragusa.  Modica and Ragusa, together with six other cities, including Noto, in the Val di Noto, are listed among UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  They were all rebuilt after the destructive earthquake in 1693, either on or beside the towns that existed at the time.  They represent a considerable collective undertaking, successfully carried out at a high level of architectural and artistic achievement.  Keeping within the late Baroque style of the day, they also depict distinctive innovations in town planning and urban building. (source:    Dinner this evening is at your hotel.  Overnight at Hotel Parco delle Fontance, Siracusa.  (B, D)

DAY 12/Thursday, September 28 - Siracusa/Modica/Ragusa
  This morning you’ll travel to Noto, famous for its Baroque architecture for a visit with a local guide.  Free time for lunch then return to Siracusa where the remainder of the day is free for personal activities or relaxing by the pool.

   Dinner is included this evening and will be at a local ristorante in Siracusa’s old town… Ortigia.  Overnight at Hotel Parco delle Fontane, Siracusa.  (B, D)

DAY 13/Friday, September 29 – Siracusa
  This morning meet your local guide for a sightseeing tour of Siracusa… including the Archaeological Park of the Neapolis, where the Roman Amphitheater, Greek Theatre and Ear of Dionysius are located.  Then continue to Ortigia.  Free time for lunch and shopping then return to the hotel.  Remainder of the afternoon is free to relax by the pool or pack... yuck!
  This evening join your fellow travelers and celebrate your time together in Italy with a farewell Mass celebrated by Father John at a local parish church followed by dinner at a local ristorante.  Overnight at Hotel Parco delle Fontane, Siracusa.  (B, D)

DAY 14/Saturday, September 30 - Siracusa/Catania/Rome/Home
  Today, you’ll say arrivederci to Sicily and Italy.  Early wake-up, breakfast, check-out and transfer to the Catania’s Fontanarossa International Airport for your late morning flight to Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport and your connecting flight home to JFK International Airport, New York.  (B, meals in flight)


(B) Breakfast • (L) Lunch with Wine • (D) Dinner with Wine

Last Updated 3/24/2017