Dear Fellow Pilgrim,
Thank you for choosing to participate in the AVI Young Adult Pilgrimage to Italy in June 2015!
We Apostles of the Interior Life are truly looking forward to this amazing opportunity to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of our Foundation surrounded by many friends! In the next few months, we will contact you to share a spiritual itinerary to prepare for the trip, so that you may arrive ready to this great event in your life.
Please remember that the Final Payment of $800 will be due on February 19th, 2015, exactly 4 months before departure. This 10-month period will give you enough time to save up or to do fundraising for the trip.
As for the purchasing of an airline ticket, Airlines open reservations 10 1/2 months before departure date. Ticket prices are affected by timeline (the longer you wait to buy one, the more expensive it will get) as well as by demand (prices are generally higher during the daytime and on weekends).
Airport transfers in Milan and Rome are included in your AVI Pilgrimage. To take advantage of this transportation, please ensure that you choose a flight that arrives at Malpensa Airport in Milan, Italy before 9:00am local time on Saturday, June 20th, 2015. (Note: Malpensa is the main international airport. Linate is the regional airport. If you are arriving from another European city, make sure that you choose only a flight into Malpensa (airline code: MXP). We plan to depart the MXP airport by 10 am.
Rome also has two airports. The main international airport is DaVinci Fiumicino airport ( airline code FCO). This airport requires a 3 hour advance check-in for flights to the United States. For that reason, we ask you to choose a departure at 11:00am local time or later on Tuesday, June 30th 2015. Alternately, you may take a cab plus the non-stop Leonardo Express train service from Rome’s Termini at an additional cost not included in the pilgrimage package.
The time difference between the US (CST) and Italy is +7 hours (for example, 8am CST = 3pm ITALY time).
If you purchase a non-direct flight (i.e. a ticket that has a layover in some other city), please allow at least 2.5 hours for flight connections.
Lastly, remember that some of your relatives or friends might have free airline mileage that they are willing to donate to purchase your ticket.
If you have any question, please contact Sr. Raffaella at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Apostles of the Interior Life (Priests and Sisters)
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