Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be a Catholic Priest with the group?
Yes, each of our Pilgrimages has a Catholic Priest in addition to a representative of Mater Dei Tours, a tour guide/driver and possibly regional and local guides from the places we visit.
Do you recommend Travel Insurance?
Yes - Travel Insurance is highly recommended. If you did not receive a travel insurance flyer with your confirmation - please contact us and we will be glad to forward the details.
Will there be daily Masses?
Yes, daily Mass is scheduled in advance on all of our pilgrimages. Usually at unforgettable locations. In addition, we also pray the daily rosary, and a chaplet of Divine Mercy. In addition to doctrinal material, we also provide meditations with quotes from Saints, theologians, Popes and Doctors of the Church. Sacrament of Confession is offered with every pilgrimage.
How many people will be on each group?
Our groups vary in size, but are generally between 25 to 50 participants (1 bus load). As a rule, Mater Dei Tours usually never takes more than one bus (in rare exceptions, we take 2 buses). A pilgrimage atmosphere of contemplation cannot be properly maintained with large groups of multiple buses. Large groups never provide enough time for everyone to meet each other in the group. And large groups risk the accessibility to the Sacraments (especially the Sacrament of Confession which is an important part of a Pilgrimage).
How do I secure my space on the tour?
Your deposit and completed registration form secures your space. Simply print and complete our online form and fax, email or mail the copy or call us today for a hard copy of the brochure.
What is a single room supplement?
Hotels throughout Europe, Mexico and the Holy Land, base their rates on double occupancy, per person. When a room is occupied by one person, these hotels require a single supplement to help cover the loss of the second occupant. In some cases, the single rooms may be smaller, but will still require a single supplement.
Is there an escort from Mater Dei Tours on the Pilgrimage?
Unless otherwise requested by an organizing parish, club or a Priest, all of our pilgrimages will have a Director from Mater Dei Tours from start to finish. Whenever one of our Director is not accompanying the pilgrimage, the tour will be called a "St. Joseph Tour".
Is there a dress code on a Pilgrimage?
Modest dress is expected while visiting Religious Sights. We encourage our participants to avoid shorts and sleeveless shirts. Woman should also avoid short (above the knee) skirts and pants, sleeveless blouses, and may need a head covering for visits on some itineraries. This is particularly important in Italy and the Holy Land where guards are sometimes standing outside shrines denying entry to those not respecting the dress code of that particular holy place. The Vatican display sign below found at the entrance of St. Peter's Basilica can help provide a visual of these restrictions.
Will I have to Walk a lot on the Pilgrimage?
Each of our itineraries vary on the level of walking required. On average you can expect to walk between 1-3 miles per day. If you have difficulty walking, please discuss this with our staff prior to departure and we will make every attempt to accommodate you based on your abilities.
May I bring a wheelchair on the tour?
Wheelchairs may be brought on tour. Please arrange for a travel companion to aid you while on tour to push and lift you or your chair if necessary. While most motor-coaches have the "kneeling" system to help you climb into the bus, they do not have accessible ramps to enter with a wheelchair. Pilgrims must be able to climb 3 to 5 steps (depending on the model) to enter the coach. Some destinations are not wheelchair accessible friendly.
Is there a bathroom on the motor-coach?
Every attempt is made to provide coaches with on board bathrooms. However, if we are unable to provide a coach with facilities, we will always make frequent stops. These onboard bathrooms should be used in emergency cases only.
How do I exchange or obtain money?
U.S. currency may be exchanged in advance at your local bank or upon arrival in the foreign country. Further, you may obtain currency via your ATM card or your major credit card. More information about this will be mailed with your confirmation package.
Do I Need A Passport?
If you are leaving the United States on any of our Pilgrimages - Yes! Travel Outside the United States requires a US Passport. Many countries require that your Passport is valid 3 months beyond your return travel dates (Israel requires 6 months minimum validity beyond your return date). You must have a valid US Passport in order to enter both Mexico and Canada! With Mexico and Canada, the new US Passport ID Card has been known to work too! However, to obtain one, you must first have a US passport.