1103LH0 - Pilgrimage to Central Europe and Medjugorje 13 days from New York, JFK

Airline Name Baggage Information
Lufthansa http://bit.ly/yUhPx7

Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $180 plus current fuel surcharges of $350 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
LHA1103VR 11/03/2020 $4099.00
Weather Info

Trip Details

Today, we depart JFK or other US or foreign cities to connect with our overnight flight to Warsaw. We enjoy in-flight movies, dinner and breakfast aloft.
We arrive at Okecie International Airport, Warsaw. After clearing arrival formalities, we board our motor coach and begin our brief orientation tour of Warsaw. Time permitting, we will drive through the Old Town where each historic building has been painstaking and lovingly reconstructed after the destruction during WWII. We drive by St. Jacob’s Church where Jesus said to Blessed Sister Faustina: “It’s here I called you, and not elsewhere.” Early evening check-in at our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning, we depart to Niapokalanow, home of the monastery built by St.Maximilian Kolbe. We proceed to the monastery complex of Jasna Gora, a famous Marian pilgrimage site. Jasna Gora consists of a Gothic/ Baroque church, a Baroque monastery and fortress. This is where the miraculous picture of Our Lady of Czestochowa (Black Madonna) has been preserved. We tour this shrine and celebrate Mass. There will be time for private devotion, and to walk around the shrine. We continue to Krakow for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast we visit the Church of St. Florian where John Paul II served as a curate and where he lived while university chaplain. Afterwards we meet our guide and begin our sightseeing tour. Our first stop is the courtyard of 16th century Royal Castle and Wawel Cathedral, where generations of Polish Kings are buried. We take a walking tour of the Old Town, visiting some of the treasures of this wonderful old city. We view the Town Hall Tower and the Cloth Hall located on the same site since the 14th century, the 15th century Collegium Maius in the oldest university area and St. Mary’s Church. Here we enjoy the ancient tradition of the “Heinal” or bugle call from the Tower, which warned residents of the coming of an enemy. We proceed to Lagiewniki and celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the Divine Mercy, the resting place of St. Faustina. We see the convent and visit with the Sisters there. Continue to Wieliczka, famous for its salt mine which has been in operation for over 700 years. We visit the upper levels of the mine where we view chapels with altar pieces and statues all hand carved by devout Polish miners. Return to Krakow for dinner and overnight.
This morning we depart Krakow and travel to Wadowice, the birthplace of Pope John Paul II. We celebrate Mass in the parish church where the Holy Father was baptized. After we visit the museum in his small family home, we journey to Prague. Time permitting, we visit the Prague Loreto and view the famous “Prague Sun,” a monstrance with over 6,000 diamonds. We transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Following breakfast, we begin our tour of Prague at Castle Hill and visit St. Vitus Cathedral, Wladislay Hall and Golden Lane. We celebrate Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Victory, the Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague. We break for lunch on our own before our afternoon tour of Prague, including the Old Town with Astronomical clock, the Jewish Quarter and the Charles Bridge. We also visit the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Today, we depart Prague and drive to Vienna. Our panoramic orientation tour includes Vienna’s Ringstrasse, City Hall, the Burg Theater, Houses of Parliament, two State Museums and the Opera. We stop by the Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral then proceed to the famous Schonbrunn Palace.
This morning, we leave the city and foothills of the Alps and travel through the Burgenland onto the sweeping Hungarian plain. Upon arrival in Budapest, we celebrate Mass at the Cave Church in Gellert Hill, built into the rocks, inspired by Our Lady of Lourdes in France. We proceed to the Royal Castle in Buda, where we visit Fishermen’s Bastion and the beautiful Gothic St. Matthias Church. Afterwards, we continue to the Citadel, where we enjoy the best view over the Danube and the lower city of Pest. We then cross the Elizabeth Bridge to the Market Hall and the pedestrian center, where we enjoy lunch on our own. In the afternoon, we drive through the City Park to Hero’s Square, then past the Opera and Parliament. We conclude our day with a visit at St. Stephen’s Basilica. This evening we enjoy a special dinner at the Gypsy Tavern with folkloric entertainment. Overnight at our hotel.
After breakfast, drive to Marija Bistrica, the largest Marian shrine in Croatia. Continue to Zagreb and enjoy a panoramic tour. Pass by Ban Josip Jelacic square and visit the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Continue to the medieval section of the Upper Town with its Presidential Palace, Stone Gate and St. Mark’s Church. Afterwards, transfer to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Depart today for a long drive to Medjugorje. En-route, we celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of St. Anastasia in Zadar. We enjoy lunch on our own at historic old town with its beautiful Roman architecture, Habsburg elegance and picturesque seafront. Continue to Split to briefly see the famous 4th century Palace of Diocletian, the largest and best-preserved Roman palace in the world. Afterwards, we drive to Medjugorje for dinner and overnight at our guest house.
Following breakfast today, we visit the famous Church of St. James where we join with other English-speaking pilgrims to celebrate Mass. Depending upon schedules and if possible, our full-time local guide will introduce us to the Medjugorje Visionaries who will share a talk with us. We climb the Apparition Hill (Podbrdo) where Our Blessed Mother first appeared to the children. We pray the Rosary as we make our way up the hill. Dinner and overnight at our guest house.
After breakfast, we climb up the Cross Mountain (Krizevac). There we pray the Stations of the Cross as we make our way to the summit. We return at the Church of St. James for Holy Mass. In the afternoon we make our way to Sarajevo where tonight, we enjoy our farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight at our hotel.
This morning we transfer to the airport in Sarajevo to board our flight to the USA or foreign cities arriving later today with memories of a lifetime.