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The Tour travels in Italy to Assisi, La Verna, Rieti, Cortona, Greccio, San Sepolcro, Lake Trasimeno
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  Since my first contact with St. Francis in 1996, I have become curious and interested in everything about St. Francis. My intimate friendship with him has given me the opportunity to frequently feel his all-empowering energy, listen to the many thoughts and stories he has shared and ask him personal advice. I have also studied his life from reading books and going to all the beautiful places he used to visit. From this wide range of knowledge about St. Francis, I have started the Follow St. Francis Spiritual Tours to his most beloved places.

  This tour was created for the traveler in mind who prefers to wander off the beaten track. Many of these places are rarely visited by tourists and give you a feel of how it was like to live in St. Francis’s time.
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  Tour groups will be from 1 to 5 people. This gives you a very personalized tour and allows us to travel around in a comfortable mini bus.

  We will travel in a 9 seater mini bus to the three main regions (Lazio, Umbria, and Tuscany) that St. Francis most frequented. These areas are considered the green heart of Italy because they are centrally located and rich in vegetation. The landscape and scenery are truly breathtaking. These are the mystical places St. Francis loved and held so dear to his heart, amidst spectacular monasteries located on sheer drop cliffs, rich green valleys, lush national forests, terraced vineyards, picturesque medieval towns perched on hilltops, and crystal blue lakes. By immersing ourselves in his environment, we will have the opportunity to deeply connect with the presence of this great saint. These sacred sites have a definite energy of peacefulness that calms our body and mind, so we may look deeper into our soul.

  At these sites, we will discuss the life and teachings of historic St. Francis and also refer to the book, A Message From St. Francis: An ancient Mystic Speaks To The Modern World.
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   On this 7 day journey, we will be staying in both hotels and convents where you will experience the best of both worlds. Convents, so you can meet friendly nuns and be surrounded by a peaceful and spiritual atmosphere, and hotels which offer beautiful locations and delicious food and famous wines.

We are happy to cater for vegetarians and people with specific dietary needs
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  Tour Dates
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APRIL 14-21, 2017
SEPTEMBER 15-22, 2017
OCTOBER 13-20, 2017
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  Cost
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For information about the cost of the tour please contact me at: cheri@followsaintfrancis.com.
Please leave a message with your contact number and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
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8 days and 7 nights of accommodation.
Breakfast and dinner daily.
All transportation.
All entrance fees to the sites we will visit.
Sightseeing lead by Cheri.
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Round trip air fare. The cost of air travel to Rome or Florence is in addition to the total program package.
Medical and travel insurance: It is mandatory to purchase medical and travel insurance.
All lunches.
Beverages (except for breakfast).
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  Upcoming Tours
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Upcoming tours for 2018: April 13-20, September 14-21, October 12-19.
For all tours we will be staying in both convents and hotels.
Follow Saint Francis Tours also arranges private tours for individuals and groups.
For more information about these tours please contact me at: cheri@followsaintfrancis.com
Please leave a message with your contact number and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
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  Testimonials for the Tour
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How truly special to be right there in the holy, peacefulness of where St. Francis, lived prayed, ate, and died.
I was in Italy about 5 weeks and nothing i did touched the feeling of being in these places Cheri took us to. It was by far the best part of my trip. It was so helpful to have Cheri as a guide as she knows just where the energy is most potent. As we sat nestled in the woods she guided us thru a contemplative exercise of opening our hearts to ourselves and the experience of being where we were. Most wonderful and inspiring for me was to feel the deep, deep devotion of a being who wanted his true nature more than anything else. My heart was truly overflowing with that reflection within myself. Love...can't beat that.
Thank you cheri for listening to your hearts' call...
Radha Ivy Shapiro
Santa Cruz. Calif.


From the onset of this adventure driving from Rome to the first Convent even though it was turning dark quickly, the journey and conversation was exhilarating. Arriving at the convent, the sweetest nun met us and showed us our room and had prepared a delicious soup, cheeses and bread and a wonderful local wine. In going to bed that night, I couldn't see what lay outside my open windows. I slept fabulously and awoke to get up and look out the windows and much to my surprise there was this gorgeous view of the grounds and freshness of the air was mesmerizing.
That day was filled with visiting special monasteries that were special to St. Francis. The drive through the countryside was beautiful. One could feel St. Francis' essence in each of the places. The Friars were sweet and in the silence you could feel their serenity.
One of my very special places was a rehabilitation center that was a monastery. The gardens, the people, the spirit there was so serene and loving that I could have spent the rest of my life there!
It was amazing for the amount of travel we did by car, that St. Francis actually walked these areas many time.
It was a delightful experience that will hold special memories for me forever.
Judith Knudson,
Billings, Montana, U.S.A.


We are most happy to recommend the Follow St. Francis Tour and Tour Leader Cheri Harris to anyone who wants to get to know Saint Francis and Saint Clare in a way no typical tour allows or provides for.
Cheri made Francis "come alive" to us during the course of our one-week tour of Umbria, Tuscany and the beautiful Rieti Valley.
Walking where St. Francis and his small band of Lesser Brothers walked and prayed, entering the caves and rough cells where they sought shelter and slept was a truly mystical experience for us. We could honestly feel St. Francis' and St. Clare's presence.
Both of us are followers of Saints Francis and Clare. We have done much study of Franciscan theology and practices. However, this tour took us to sites associated with St. Francis that we have never read about and that are off the typical "Franciscan Pilgrimage" tours. Cheri knows the main and back streets of Assisi, how to get around in quaint villages, find delightful little cafes and restaurants, and knows all the important Franciscan sanctuaries and hermitages inside and out. We never had to fight our way through throngs of tourists, and Cheri made sure everything flowed seamlessly. She provided whatever time we wanted to pause and reflect on the sites we visited, to talk to the local friars and nuns who were always pleased to show us around their monastery or sanctuary, and to experience Francis and Clare in a very personal manner.
Our stays at the convent was a delight, and meeting and talking to the charming nuns was a real plus. They showered us with motherly hospitality.
This was truly a memorable event!
Charles W. Hannan,
Nancy L. Hannan
Tucson, Arizona
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