Top 10 Reasons You Should Travel with Select International Tours & Cruises
1. Your pilgrimage is designed and informed by vast experience!
You want to work with the most experienced Pilgrimage company in the USA. Our president, Edita, designs your pilgrimage based on personal knowledge, 35+ years of experience from previous groups, and consultation with our ground partners in each local.
Your Account Managers and in-house Marketing Team have been where you’re going, understand what needs to be addressed, and are able to advise you at every turn.
2. You don’t want a religious vacation. You want a true pilgrimage!
There is a time and a place for a religious vacation, but Select is a Pilgrimage company. You’re in the right place if you want a team that understands the difference. Select ONLY organizes pilgrimages.
Your trip will have:
- A priest to administer the sacraments
- Confirmed daily, private Mass at sacred sites
- An experienced Christian guide
- Prayer and daily Rosary
While your trip is a pilgrimage first, there is still space for fun, culture, good food, and wine throughout each trip.
3. You expect the greatest value for your hard-earned money!
You want to know the price and what exactly you are paying for
Your trip prices include all group sightseeing and entrance fees, all your buffet breakfasts, most dinners, and other meals as specified on each itinerary (B-breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Hotel dinner, Special dinner, or lunch means a meal in a restaurant accompanied by wine).
Your accommodations are booked in four-star, centrally located hotels (based on availability). And we always offer group airfare for your convenience. Group Air guarantees seats on a specific flight at a predetermined price, so we know exactly when your group is departing and arriving and the cost of the air tickets. We do not book last-minute airfares to save money and inconvenience travelers.
Plus, the trip price includes us taking care of all travel details so you can focus on enjoying the trip.
4. You want an educational and ethical tour manager.
A full-time local tour manager meets each group at the airport and accompanies them throughout their trip. In many European cities, local guides will host you on city tours. The quality of your tour manager can make — or break — your travel experience. We are approached by many guides and tour managers who want to work with our groups. We choose to work with the best and the most experienced. This is something Edita is very particular about and takes personally. We hire guides we know and can trust who share our faith and are passionate about their work while showing compassion for the pilgrims.
5. You want to see it all!
Select International pilgrimages are not for everyone. They are active — physically and socially. They’re designed for energetic and curious people who are ready for the experience of a lifetime, people who are ready to learn, meet new friends, try new foods and see as much as possible.
Your days will generally start at 6:30 am with a wake-up call and end at the hotel around 5 pm, followed by dinner and time to relax. We offer some time at leisure on most of our trips so you can explore each destination on your own.
6. You want a unique custom itinerary.
Select International Tours and Cruises is known for its innovative approach to travel. After all, we won the Travel Innovation Award in 2016. We pioneered Faith and Food Tours, Pilgrimage River Cruise Trips, Relaxed-Paced Pilgrimages, Walking Pilgrimages, and Select 30 small group trips.
We always seek new ways to improve your travel experience and provide a unique way to learn about our faith while traveling. So, if you want a truly unique trip, you want to choose Select.
7. You want to talk to real people and be heard.
When you travel with Select, you will be on a first-name basis with the person organizing your trip’s details. We take your feedback and comments very seriously. Our staff reads each evaluation, returns every call, and answers every email.
This is YOUR trip; we want to make it the best you’ve ever had.
Our staff will often accompany you on trips. We travel frequently to experience firsthand what works great and what needs to be improved and to learn how you and every pilgrim experience the tours, food, hotels, busses, and guides.
8. You want your trip to support Christian families.
When you choose to travel with Select, you support Christian families in the Holy Land and Ukraine through Select to Give, our 501(c)(3) charitable foundation. A portion of every enrollment fee directly supports life-giving care for the severely disabled, special-needs, displaced, and poverty-stricken. And you can feel good about working with Select to Give because we are a volunteer-administered foundation, so 100% of every donation goes directly to these programs.
9. You want to work with a company that shares your faith.
Select International Tours employs people from many Christian traditions, including Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant. That means you get to work with a pilgrimage company that understands YOUR faith and builds the trip to honor and respect it.
10. You want to work with a company that supports Christian ministries.
Select International Tours is honored to collaborate with hundreds of Christan ministries who entrust us with their pilgrimages, including the principals of the Crossroads Initiative, Seize the Day, Theology of the Body Institute, Bible in a Year Podcast, Association of Marian Helpers, Plating Grace, the Dynamic Deacon, the Deacon’s Bench, Divine Mercy Encounter, AWAKEN, The Dr. Is In, The Chastity Project, Pints with Aquinas, The Kaite McGrady Show, The Catholic Talk Show, The Catholic Man Show, The Crunch, Down to Earth, countless Parishes, Diocese, and other lay ministries.