"You have nothing to worry about. The LORD is taking care of you on this journey" (Judges 18:6)
37 Days Journey to Holy Land & Motherland of Christianity - Europe (West & East)
ITALY (Rome – Padua – Assisi – Lanciano – SGVN) VATICAN (Papal Audience) FRANCE (Lourdes – Paris – Nevers)
SPAIN (Loyola – Santiago) CZECH REPUBLIC (Prague) POLAND (Krakow – Divine Mercy) SLOVAKIA (Bratislava)
AUSTRIA (Vienna) CROATIA (Zagreb) BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA (Medjugorje) HUNGARY (Budapest)
Below are the Holy Sites to be visited and more....
DAY 1: ARRIVE AT AMMAN (Dinner at Hotel)
Upon Arrival into Amman after completing the Immigration process we transfer to Mount Nebo where Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah, across from Jericho. There the Lord showed him the whole land…. Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendents.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.” And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said. He buried him in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day on one knows where his grave is (Deuteronomy 34:1-6) and then transfer to hotel and stay overnight (Amman).
DAY 2: (Optional) PETRA VISIT (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
OPTIONAL PETRA VISIT After early breakfast we drive to the 2nd wonders in the world PETRA, for a full day tour to the Red Rose City Petra one of the greatest and most beautiful archaeological sites in the world. You will begin an unforgettable trip by foot through the narrow passage between the massive walls of rock that provides the main access to the ancient site. Entering Petra through this chasm till we reach our first glimpse of the Treasury, whose towering facade bedecked with magnificent columns was made famous in the final sequence of the popular Hollywood film/Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade later we will visit the theater, the Royal Tombs, the Great Temple, and the Petra Church after lunch drop in to see MOSES’SPRING before leaving Petra. This spring is still flowing today back to the hotel stay overnight – Amman (Those who are not joining this Petra visit will remain at hotel).
DAY 3: AMMAN – NAZARETH – TIBERIAS – GALILEE. (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast we transfer to Nazareth to visit Mount Tabor – Church of the Transfiguration through the Jezreel Valley. The Transfiguration of Jesus is an episode in the New Testament in which Jesus is transfigured and becomes radiant in glory upon a mountain (Matthew 17:1-9, Mark 9:2-8, Luke 9:28-36, 2 Peter 1:16-18,John 1:14). Peter, James, John, Jesus, Moses, and Elijah were on the mount of transfiguration, after the visit we transfer to enjoy a Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee (Luke 5:1, John 6:1;21:1, Matthew 4:18-22;14:22-33;9:9) up till Ginosar, then on proceed to Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5, 6 & 7) and then visit Tabgha, Church of the Multiplication of Fish and Loaves (Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-46) and St. Peter Primacy “In John 21, Jesus appears to his disciples for the third time after his resurrection” after these visits we continue to Capernaum where Jesus lived and healed the sick preaching in the synagogue and performing miracles (Matthew 9:1, 4:13, Mark 2:1) and visit house of St. Peter and then we visit to the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized in the river by John the Baptist back to hotel and stay overnight (Nazareth – Tiberias).
DAY 4: IN and AROUND NAZARETH. – (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast we check out and proceed to visit Nazareth where Jesus spent his boyhood and lived with Joseph and Mary visit the Church of Annunciation the announcement of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary of the approaching virgin birth” (Luke 1:26-38) visit the St. Joseph Church and then we proceed to Cana Church (John 2) where Jesus did his first Miracle ‘the transformation of water into wine” and to Haifa City to see the Bahai’ Gardens on the top of and Mount Carmel to enjoy a panoramic view over the Bay, then on to visit Stella Maris Church on top, and the Elijah Cave and back to hotel and stay overnight (Nazareth – Tiberias).
DAY 5: NAZARETH – HAIFA – TEL AVIV – BETHLEHEM (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast we on proceed to the Mount of Olives, enjoy a majestic panoramic view over Jerusalem from on top of the mountain. Visit the Chapel of the Ascension (Jerusalem), believed to mark the place where Jesus ascended into heaven, later we visit Pater Noster Church, stands on the traditional site of Jesus Christ taught the disciples our Lord Prayer “Our Father”. Later we visit the Dominus Flevit Church (Luke 19:37-44) through the Palm Sunday Hosanna Path(Matthew & Luke) were Jesus Christ was on his way to Jerusalem, knowing full well that this trip would end in his sacrificial death for the sin of humanity. He sent two disciples ahead to the village of Bethphage, about a mile away from the city at the foot of the Mount of Olives (Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19), Dominus Flevit Church where Jesus wept over Jerusalem shortly before the destruction of the second temple, continue to visit “The Church of All Nations” also known as the Church of the Agony (Mark 14:32-42), on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, next to the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-46). It enshrines a section of bedrock where Jesus is said to have prayed before his arrest after he has been betrayed by Judas and later back to the hotel stay overnight (Bethlehem).
DAY 6: IN and AROUND JERUSALEM – BETHLEHEM. (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast we proceed to visit Mount Zion, visit St Peter in Gallicantu which commemoration of Peter’s triple rejection of Jesus “… before the cock crows thrice.”(Mark 14:30). Visit King David’s Tomb and the Upper room (Acts 1:13), commemorates the “upper room” in which Jesus shared the Last Supper with the disciples and then visit Church of the Dormition(Dormition Abbey Monastery) and then proceed to enter the Solomon’s Temple, Old City of Jerusalem from Dung Gate, onto the Area of the Mosque Al Aqsa (Only View) and Dome of the Rock (Only View) built on Mount Moriah (Temple Mount), later we visit the Wailing Wall and then through St Stephens Gate visit St Anne Church and the Pool of Bethesda, believed to be the site where Jesus healed a paralytic (John 5:1-15) and later back to the hotel stay overnight (Bethlehem).
DAY 7: BETHLEHEM – JERUSALEM – JERICO – DEAD SEA. (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After the breakfast we visit Bethlehem the Nativity Church (Gospels of Matthew and Luke.), marks the traditional Place of Jesus Christ’s birth A tradition going back to the VII century located at this site the burial place of the innocent victims killed by Herod the Great after the birth of Jesus. In 2007 has been completed the restoration of the Cave, which has cleaned up the walls and returned to the original light. and then to the Shepherds’ Fields we proceed to Jericho, visit the Sycamore Tree (Zacharias the tax collector climbed the tree to view Jesus) and then we visit Mount of Temptation (Only View) where, Jesus was tempted by the devil after coming back to Jericho we drive through the old city of Jericho and spend the rest of the evening at Dead Sea the lowest spot on earth, a unique experience on the dead sea floating the Metal Salty Water after spending some time and transfer back to the hotel stay overnight (Bethlehem).
DAY 8: BETHLEHEM – JERUSALEM (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast we visit Ein Karem, to visit St. John the Baptist Church (the birthplace of St. John) and the Church of Visitation, In Luke 1, where Mother t Mary visited her pregnant cousin Elizabeth and stayed for three months upon Mary’s arrival, the unborn John the Baptist recognized the unborn Jesus and “leaped with joy” in Elizabeth’s womb Qumran and view the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered and then to the Church of Saint George after the visit back to the hotel stay overnight (Bethlehem).
DAY 9: BETHLEHEM – JERUSALEM (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast we visit the Old City and we start the way of the cross Via Dolorosa walk the traditional Way of the Cross the Fourteen Stations, we conclude the way of the Cross and enter into Holy Sepulcher Church (The Tomb) that stands on a site that encompasses both Golgotha or Calvary, where Jesus was crucified and buried. Rest of the day in and around Jerusalem/Bethlehem back to the hotel stay overnight (Bethlehem).
DAY 10: TELAVIV – ROME (Breakfast– Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast, transfer Airport to take flight to Rome, Upon arrival into Rome, transfer to hotel, stay overnight at Rome.
DAY 11: IN and AROUND ROME (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast proceed to Vatican City for Papal Audience followed by Vatican City tour you will be visiting Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and Gallery of the Tapestries. Upon arrival at the Vatican Walls we will enter inside the Vatican Museums taking the beautiful Spiral staircase and continuing through the Gallery of the Tapestries and the Gallery of the Geographical Maps before arriving in the famous Sistine Chapel with its magnificent fresco of the Last Judgment by Michelangelo then visit St Peter’s Basilica and St Peter’s Square, back to hotel, stay overnight Rome.
DAY 12: IN and AROUND ROME (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast we begin our day with a visit to The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, or church of Santa Maria Maggiore, is a Papal major basilica and the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome, Italy, from which size it receives the appellation “major” The Patriarchal Basilica of St. Mary Major reigns as an authentic jewel in the crown of Roman churches. Its beautiful treasures are of inestimable value and represent the Church’s role as the cradle of Christian artistic civilization in Rome and then we continue to the Papal Basilica of St John Lateran, Arch Basilica of St John Lateran (San Giovanni in Laterano) the basilica of Saint John Lateran was built under pope Melchiade (311-314), it’s the most ancient church in the world. Due to the fact that the pope is also the bishop of Rome, Saint John in Lateran – being seat of the bishop’s residence – is also Rome’s Cathedral. The original plan had already five aisles. The ancient church was residence of the popes until the coming back from the exile in Avignone (1377), when it was moved to the Vatican. It was pillage-stock of the Visigoths (410), the Vandals (455); the earthquake in 896 caused the central aisle roof to collapse (rebuilt under pope Sergio III in 904-911).It is here that St Francis persuaded Pope Innocent III to give permission to begin the Franciscan Order the night before the Pope had seen a man in a dream and the man was supporting the tottering building of St John Lateran. The next day when Francis appeared before Pope Innocent, His Holiness recognized the face from the dream and consented to Francis’ request and then we will drive by the Forum,view Coliseum, and then to visit the Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, housing the Tomb of St Paul the Apostle, affectionately known as the Apostle of the Gentiles, followed by the visit to Church of St Peter in Chains, featuring Michelangelo’s famous statue of Moses and we proceed to Trevi Fountain, Piazza and evening we visit the Catacombs inside, then to hotel, stay overnight at Rome.
DAY 13 : ROME - LANCIANO - SAN GIOVANNO ROTONDO (Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)
After breakfast we proceed for Lanciano, site of the Miracle of the Holy Eucharistic. The church of the Eucharistic Miracle is located in the center of the town Lanciano is a small, medieval town, nestled in from the coast of the Adriatic Sea in Italy, halfway between San Giovanni Rotondo and Loreto. But what is the center of the town today was the outskirts of the town back in the Eighth Century, when the Eucharistic Miracle occurred. At the time, it was called the Church of St. Legontian and St. Domitian, and was under the custody of the Basilian Monks of the Greek Orthodox Rite.This was prior to the Great Schism of 1054. Everything about Lanciano smacks of the Eucharistic Miracle. Even the name of the town was changed from Anxanum (in ancient times) to Lanciano, meaning “The Lance”. Tradition has it that the centurion Longinus, who thrust the Lance into the side of Jesus, striking Him in the Tip of His Heart from which He shed blood and water, (in the Gospel account of the Crucifixion (Mk 15:29)) was from this town. After seeing the events which followed the piercing of Jesus’ heart, the darkening of the sun, and the earthquake, he believed that Christ was the Savior. A more physical sign, however, was that Longinus had had poor eyesight, and after having touched his eyes with the water and blood from the side of Jesus, his eyesight was restored. What a perfect parallel the actions of the Centurion were to the Eucharistic Miracle. He touched the Heart of Jesus, was healed, and converted. He gave up the Army, went to Cappadocia, and was martyred for the faith. He is known now as Saint Longinus. His feast day is celebrated on March 15 and then we proceed to San Giovanni Rotondo, The Shrine of Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo, stay overnight at San Giovanni Rotondo.
DAY 14: SAN GIOVANNO ROTONDO – ASSISI (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After the breakfast transfer to Assisi visit this “quiet medieval town, imbued with the mystical spirit of one of the most fascinating characters of history.” The town of Assisi is nestled on the side of Mount Subasio, resting majestically in the Umbrian plain. This town was home to St Francis and St Clare, we visit St Francis’ Basilica and the Tomb and then church of San Rufino (with St. Francis’ baptismal font) and the Basilica of St Clare (where her incorrupt body lies in repose) and transfer to Padua, upon arrival visit the city of St. Anthony where we will be visiting the Basilica of St Anthony of Padua Saint Anthony of Padua, patron saint of lost and stolen articles, was a powerful Franciscan preacher and teacher. He’s typically portrayed holding the child Jesus-or a lily-or a book-or all three-in his arms. Many people give alms to St. Anthony Bread in thanksgiving to God for blessings received through the prayers of St. Anthony. St. Anthony of Padua’s life is what every Christian’s life is meant to be; a steady courage to face the ups and downs of life, the call to love and forgive, to be concerned for the needs of others, to deal with crisis great and small and to have our feet solidly on the ground of total trusting love and dependence on God, hotel stay overnight at Assisi.
DAY 15: ASSISI - PADUA (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After the breakfast visit to Assisi visit this “quiet medieval town, imbued with the mystical spirit of one of the most fascinating characters of history.” The town of Assisi is nestled on the side of Mount Subasio, resting majestically in the Umbrian plain. This town was home to St Francis and St Clare, we visit St Francis’ Basilica and the Tomb and then church of San Rufino (with St. Francis’ baptismal font) and the Basilica of St Clare (where her incorrupt body lies in repose) and transfer to Padua, upon arrival visit the city of St. Anthony where we will be visiting the Basilica of St Anthony of Padua Saint Anthony of Padua, patron saint of lost and stolen articles, was a powerful Franciscan preacher and teacher. He’s typically portrayed holding the child Jesus-or a lily-or a book-or all three-in his arms. Many people give alms to St. Anthony Bread in thanksgiving to God for blessings received through the prayers of St. Anthony. St. Anthony of Padua’s life is what every Christian’s life is meant to be; a steady courage to face the ups and downs of life, the call to love and forgive, to be concerned for the needs of others, to deal with crisis great and small and to have our feet solidly on the ground of total trusting love and dependence on God. Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua is a large red-brick building with numerous bulbous domes, set to the southeast of the core of Padua. The Basilica has some fantastic murals and mosaics about his life and the center piece is his tomb. Pilgrims are allowed to go around the back of his tomb and touch it, later transfer to the hotel, stay overnight at Padua.
DAY 16: PADUA - GRENOBLE (Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)
After breakfast we transfer to Grenoble then Grenoble, stay overnight at Grenoble, en-route enjoy the breathtaking beautiful surroundings on the journey becomes more serene and meaningful when we have prayers in our hearts, seek the blessings of our Holy MOTHER with sincere prayers and faith that she may Intercede with her SON our LORD to grand our wishes upon arrival to Grenoble, hotel, stay overnight at Grenoble.
DAY 17: IN and AROUND PARIS (Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)
After breakfast we proceed to Nevers to visit sanctuary of St. Bernadette en-route enjoy the breathtaking beautiful surroundings on the journey becomes more serene and meaningful, upon arrival at Nevers we visit the and then visit to the Tomb of St. Bernadette and then to Lourdes the breathtaking beautiful surroundings on the journey becomes more serene and meaningful when we have prayers in our hearts, seek the blessings of our Holy MOTHER with sincere prayers and faith that she may Intercede with her SON our LORD to grand our wishes upon arrival to Paris, hotel stay overnight at Paris.
DAY 18: IN and AROUND PARIS (Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)
After breakfast we proceed to the Paris, followed by City tour of Paris with the visit to the Eiffel Tower from (Second level) and then continue the city tour and the St Catherine Laboure whose guardian angel led her to the chapel where the Blessed Virgin displayed a vision of the miraculous medal and later the green scapular. The Virgin promised bountiful graces for all who wore these, just across the street we will visit the church of St Vincent de Paul founder of Daughters of Charity, order St Catherine, Also Visit Shrine of St Vincent De Paul and then we visit the most beautiful and important churches in the world such as Notre Dame Cathedral, the L’Arc de Triomphe, and drive through the Champs Elysees, here we enjoy the other sights on this mostly panoramic tour of Paris and, stay overnight at Paris.
DAY 19: PARIS - LOURDES (Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)
After breakfast we proceed to Lourdes en-route enjoy the breathtaking beautiful surroundings on the journey becomes more serene and meaningful, then to Lourdes the breathtaking beautiful surroundings on the journey becomes more serene and meaningful when we have prayers in our hearts, seek the blessings of our Holy MOTHER with sincere prayers and faith that she may Intercede with her SON our LORD to grand our wishes upon arrival to Lourdes, hotel and after dinner Candle light procession, stay overnight at Lourdes.
DAY 20: IN and AROUND LOURDES (Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)
After breakfast followed by the walking tour of Lourdes, the small Pyrenees village of Lourdes and its imposing basilica that attracts millions of Pilgrims annually. This is the site where, in 1858, a young peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous, had several appearances of Virgin Mary. Also we visit Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine and the St. Bernadette’s Birth place and family home. A visit to this Church affords the opportunity to wander an immense CATHEDRAL, but also to see the actual cave where a young girl claimed she spoke to the Virgin Mary and where an endless stream of visitors come in search of a spiritual experience or miraculous healing. The Catholic Church has acknowledged dozens of miracles from this spot, here we all can experience the dip in the water and people were healed by their faith and prayers and evening join the memorable rosary and Candle light Procession, back to hotel and stay overnight at Lourdes.
DAY 21: IN and AROUND LOURDES (Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)
We have kept this day at Lourdes. All the Pilgrims will get an extra day for their private visits as well the Holy Dip, Way of the Cross, Confessions, rest of the day can visit nearby places in Lourdes, prayers and evening join the memorable rosary and Candle light Procession, back to hotel and stay overnight. hotel and stay overnight at Lourdes.
DAY 22: LOURDES - PONFERRADA (Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)
After breakfast we depart to Azpeitia to visit the birthplace of St Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. Here, we see the 17th Century Basilica dedicated to St Ignatius. Behind the sanctuary is the family home of St. Ignatius, which we visit during our stop. The most venerated place in this building is the room where Ignatius at age 30, was brought following his serious wounding at the Battle of Pamplona, transfer to Ponferrada, stay overnight at Ponferrada.
DAY 23: PONFERRADA - SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELLA - FATIMA (Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)
After breakfast proceed to Santiago De Compostella to visit Cathedral of St. James, one of the finest examples of architecture in all of Europe. Pilgrims have the opportunity to climb the stairs behind the altar to visit the crypt where the relics of St. James are preserved, touch the central pillar (Portico de La Gloria), view the botafumeiro and admire the wealth of medieval art inside the Cathedral, before visiting the cloister museum. Enjoy a walk through the beautiful streets of Santiago de Compostella, the city of the apostle, full of historical buildings and other attraction and transfer to Fatima Ponferrada, Check-in at the hotel, after dinner Join evening’s memorable rosary and Candle light Procession, then to hotel, stay overnight at Fatima.
DAY 24: IN and AROUND FATIMA (Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner)
DAY 25: FATIMA – HOME (Breakfast - Lunch & Dinner on-board the flight)
After breakfast we depart from Fatima to Lisbon airport to take flight to Prague, Upon arrival into Prague after completing the Immigration process then to hotel, stay overnight at Prague.
DAY 26: PRAGUE - KRAKOW (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast followed by the Prague city tour, The Infant Jesus Shrine, the charming statue of the Child Jesus, displayed for people to venerate in the church of Our Lady of Victory in the Lesser Town district of Prague, receives visitors from all over the world every day. People come here to pray for help, healing, or peace; some come in trust expecting the birth of a child; and many return to give thanks. The sweet face of the Child Jesus attracts visitors through its beauty. The right hand of the child is raised in blessing, while his left hand holds a sphere surmounted by a cross – the whole of our universe rests in his hands and then we continue the city tour of Prague, The Old Town, Powder Tower, The Powder Tower is a one of the original medieval gates to the Old Town built by Matej Rejsek in the Gothic style in 1475. In the 18th century, it served as a gunpowder depot, giving it its current name. The Astronomical clock with special mechanisms and dials to display astronomical information Astronomical clock, Old Town Square, Tyn church and St.Nicholas church and then to Krakow, stay overnight at Krakow.
DAY 27: IN and AROUND KRAKOW – CZESTOCHOWA – JASNA GORA (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After Breakfast departure to Czestochowa Jasna Gora Sanctuary It is the holiest place of Poland and one of the world’s most important destinations for Pilgrims. The Jasna Góra in Częstochowa – the Pauline cloister with the most venerated image in Poland of the Black Madonna. The Sanctuary was built in the 14th century and from the beginning it houses the image, that according to the tradition was painted by St. Lucas on the tabletop from the house of the Holy Family. Our Lady of Czestochowa (Black Madonna) is believed to be the Queen and the Protector of Poland. Every year several million pilgrims – commoners as well as celebrities – come here to pray before the miraculous picture of Our Lady of Czestochowa. The faithful has believed for ages that St. Luke the Evangelist himself painted the divine icon on a tabletop from the Holy Family’s house. Over the last half-millennium great number of them had their prayers heard and, grateful, left innumerable votive offerings displayed in the sanctuary. Chapel with Miraculous Painting of the Black Madonna, The Basilica, and The Bell Tower that contains one or more bells or that is designed to hold bells, even if it has none. In the European tradition, such a tower most commonly serves as part of a church and contains church bells. Modern bell towers often contain carillons. The bell is rung to signify the time, to call people to worship, for special events such as weddings and funerals, or historically to sound a civil defense or fire alarm. Knight’s Hall, followed by the city tour of Krakow, hotel and stay overnight at Krakow.
DAY 28: KRAKOW – WADOWICE - KRAKOW (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After Breakfast we will proceed to Wadowice – town where John Paul II spent his childhood. In his family home, where he was born and spent 18 years of his life, there is a Museum dedicated to John Paul II. It shows the whole life of the Pope and different objects collected by this institution that belonged to Karol Wojtyła and his family. Next to the Popes house is the church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary where the Pope was baptised. The baptismal basin is presents there until today. Next is the UNESCO listed world heritage site of the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Sanctuary and a place of pilgrimage for many Catholics. Afternoon we visit Shrine of the Divine Mercy The Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Krakow, Poland is a Roman Catholic basilica dedicated to the Divine Mercy devotion, as the resting place of Saint Faustina Kowalska, canonized on April 30, 2000. In March 1981, while praying at the tomb of St. Faustina at the church, Maureen Digan of Massachusetts reported a healing. Digan had suffered from lymphedema for decades, and had undergone 10 operations, including a leg amputation. Digan reported that while praying at Faustina’s tomb she heard a voice saying “ask for my help and I will help you” and her constant pain stopped, and back to hotel stay overnight at Krakow.
DAY 29: IN and AROUND KRAKOW (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast followed by the day tour of Krakow to visit the Old Town in Krakow. Krakow is the former capital of Poland during the walking tour we will see the area of The Old Town so the oldest medieval part of Krakow, the Royal complex situated on a big hill called Wawel. The complex consists of the Royal Castle built in the 16th century by Italian architects and is one of the most beautiful renaissance palaces in Europe. Next to the Castle is the Cathedral – the church of Krakow archbishops and polish Kings. In this church all polish monarchs were crowned and buried, additionally the most important polish national heroes. After visiting the Hill we will go along the oldest medieval streets in Krakow to see Archbishops Palace, where the polish Pope resided, when he was the Archbishop and where he met with the believers during his stays in Krakow already as a Pope. The symbol of these meetings is a famous Pope’s Window of the Palace, from which he greeted all people waiting for him in front of the building. Next we will go to see the oldest polish university established in the 14th century, where the polish Pope studied. We will see this building and also the oldest ones from the medieval times. Finally we will proceed to the Market Square, which is the heart of the medieval city of Krakow, the biggest Square in Europe which is over 750 years old and was one of the biggest trade centre’s in Europe. By the Square is the famous St. Mary’s Church, one of the most beautiful in Poland with the biggest medieval altar in Europe and the famous trumpeter playing a symbolic tune every hour from one of the church towers etc, back to hotel and stay overnight at Krakow.
DAY 30: KRAKOW - BUDAPEST (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast we transfer to Budapest, upon arrival we visit the Heroes Square and City Park followed by the short city tour of Budapest. We will pass by the famous Opera House on the magnificent Andrassy Avenue and take an inside visit at St. Stephen Basilica. The Basilica is surrounded with some nice souvenir shops. We continue our trip with the Citadel panoramic view stop on the top of Gellert Mountain followed by the historical Buda Castle, on the Castle Hill. It was founded in the 13th century after the Mongol invasion. The historical castle and palace complex served as the main seat of the Hungarian kings for centuries. Today the Castle, often referred to as the Royal Palace (Budavári Palota), is the home to a number of cultural institutions, including the National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum, then to hotel, stay overnight at Budapest.
DAY 31: BUDAPEST - MEDJUGORJE (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After Breakfast free at Leisure, afternoon we transfer to MEDJUGORJE en-route enjoy the breathtaking beautiful surroundings on the journey becomes more serene and meaningful, Upon arrival to MEDJUGORJE, hotel, and stay overnight at Medjugorje.
DAY 32: IN and AROUND MEDJUGORJE (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
Full day activities in Medjugorje. Rising before it is light, those who wish may climb Mount Krizevac – the Hill of the Cross- treading the stony path and following the Way of the Cross to the summit, where you arrive as dawn breaks. This is an unforgettable experience reflecting the difficulties of our life’s journey culminating in our arrival at the foot of the cross bathed in the light of the Resurrection and rest of the day at Medjugorje, stay overnight at Medjugorje.
DAY 33: IN and AROUND MEDJUGORJE (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast we visit the St. James Parish Church of Medjugorje, consecrated in 1969, is the focus of worship and prayer for both the local parish and visiting pilgrims. A marble statue of the Queen of Peace, which became a symbol of the Medjugorje Shrine, was erected in 1987 at the square in front of the church. The Adoration Chapel was built in 1992 as a place for private prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The Shrine also includes various prayer areas, a meeting hall for pilgrims, a cemetery, a gift shop, a first aid station, and an information booth and then we will climb to the hill of Crnica above the hamlet of Podbrdo – known as the Hill of the Apparitions. We will also visit and pray at “Blue Cross”, which is a very special place at the base of Apparition Hill where the visionaries would meet in the early days of the apparitions to avoid the Communist police. In the afternoon you can visit the Cenacolo Community, a drugs rehabilitation centre for young people, which uses prayer, fasting and physical work to heal young people from their addictions. You will hear an inspiring personal witness by one of the addicts. Evening back to Church followed by the Rosary and Holy Mass and stay overnight at Medjugorje.
DAY 34: MEDJUGORJE – ZAGREB (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast we transfer to Zagreb, followed by the city tour of Zagreb includes visit to the historic center of Zagreb, KAPTOL with the Cathedral and the central market DOLAC. Then, passing through the TKALČIĆEVA STREET with charming little cafes in the 18th century surrounding we will cross a little street called the BLOODY BRIDGE and continue uphill towards the medieval STONE GATE with the sanctuary dedicated to St. Mary. After passing the Stone gate we arrive to GRADEC, another medieval center of Zagreb and we will make a stop at ST. MARK’S SQUARE with the famous ST. MARK’S CHURCH with multicolored tiled roof, the best known sign of Zagreb. This square is also a home of the Parliament and the Government of Republic of Croatia. This medieval part of the tour we will finish near the TOWER LOTRŠĆAK, the 13th century tower that still watches over Zagreb and the near-by cable-car USPINJAČA. From the hill we will take one of the numerous wooden 19th century stairs to the Square of ban Josip Jelačić, main square and the heart of Zagreb then transfer and stay overnight at Zagreb.
DAY 35: ZAGREB – BRATISILAVA - (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast we transfer to Bratislava upon arrival followed by Half day sightseeing tour of Bratislava after breakfast during which we will see St. Martin’s Cathedral – the largest and finest, as well as one of the oldest churches in Bratislava, known especially for previously being the coronation church of the Kingdom of Hungary Currently, it is the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Bratislava and then to Vienna. Stay overnight at Vienna/Bratisilava.
DAY 36: IN and AROUND VIENNA (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
After breakfast followed by the half day city tour of Vienna the beautiful late Baroque style square; Kärtner street, which is home to the many magnificent buildings designed by Austria’s most famous architects which leads to St. Stephen’s square on the north side, where St. Stephen’s Cathedral – a symbol and most important monument of Vienna towers over the entire Old Town; the Belvedere Palace – the most beautiful palace complex in Vienna and an outstanding example of Baroque style architecture in the world and stay overnight at Vienna/Bratisilava.
DAY 37: VIENNA – HOME (Breakfast – Lunch & Dinner On-board)
After Breakfast we transfer to the airport to take flight back home.
DAY 38: We arrive back home
We arrive back home.