0307LH1 - Central Europe Pilgrimage 13 days from Boston

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

$50 Early Booking Discount if Reserved by April 8, 2020

Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $181 plus current fuel surcharges of $400 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
LH0307GS 03/07/2021 $4599.00
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Trip Details

Today, we depart Boston’s Logan airport for our connecting flight to Krakow. We enjoy in-flight movies, dinner and breakfast while aloft.
Upon arrival we are greeted by our Tour Manager and board our motor coach for our drive to Wadowice, the birthplace of Pope St. John Paul II. Depending on our arrival time, we stop for lunch on our own along the way. We pass by the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Benedictine Monastery where the Holy Father often prayed and walked the Stations of the Cross. We have the opportunity to celebrate Mass in the parish church where the Holy Father was baptized before continuing with a visit the museum in the Holy Father’s small family home. We then continue to Krakow, where our hotel and “welcome” dinner await us. Overnight in Krakow.
This morning we celebrate Mass at the Church of St. Florian, where Pope St. John Paul II served as a curate, and where he lived while serving as university chaplain. Afterwards, we begin our sightseeing tour with our first stop, the courtyard of 16th century Royal Castle, and Wawel Cathedral, where generations of Polish Kings are buried. We then take a walking tour of Old Town, visiting some of the treasures of this wonderful old city. We will 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 "Hejnal" or bugle call from the Tower, which warned residents of the coming of an enemy. After some free time for lunch on our own, we depart Krakow and travel to the infamous Auschwitz Concentration Camp with its Martyrdom Museum. Pope St. John Paul II visited the cell of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Auschwitz in June 1979 on his first visit to Poland after becoming Pope. We finish our day visiting the newly built Basilica of the Divine Mercy, the home of St. Faustina. We will see the convent and visit with the Sisters there. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
After breakfast, we will board our motor coach for our ride to Czestochowa, where we will make our way to the monastery complex of Jasna Gora to visit the famous Marian Shrine. Jasna Gora consists of a Gothic/Baroque church, a Baroque monastery and fortress. This is where the miraculous icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa (Black Madonna) has been preserved. While here, we will tour this shrine and celebrate Mass. There will be ample time for private devotion, and to walk around the town before returning to Krakow for dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Today, following Mass near our hotel, we depart Krakow and soon cross the border into Slovakia, by way of Banska Bystrica and cross the Lower Tatra Mountains. We enter Hungary and lovely Budapest, where we proceed to our hotel for dinner and overnight. This evening, we enjoy an enchanting boat ride on the fabled Danube River. Commentary will include the history of the city’s most important buildings situated along the river. Overnight in Budapest.
This morning we drive to the Royal castle in Buda, where we will 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 will have free time for lunch on our own. Following lunch, we drive through the City Park to Hero's Square, then past the Opera and Parliament, concluding our day with a visit and Mass at St. Stephen's Basilica. This evening, we enjoy a special dinner at the Gypsy Tavern with folkloric entertainment. Overnight at our hotel.
This morning, we travel to Györ, where the icon of the Irish Madonna attracts numerous Pilgrims each year. We stop for lunch on our own along the way. While here we celebrate Mass. We continue our travels as we arrive at Marija Bistrica, the largest Marian shrine in Croatia. Following our visit, we then proceed to Zagreb in time for dinner and overnight at our hotel.
This morning, following breakfast, we visit the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. We are then off to the medieval section of the Upper Town with its Presidential Palace, Stone Gate and St. Mark’s Church. We enjoy lunch on our own and some leisure time to enjoy the area. Afterwards, we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Today we depart 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. We 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 (Podbrodo) 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. Following a stop for Lunch on our own, we make our way to Dubrovnik, where we enjoy a scenic boat ride along the picturesque coastline. We conclude our day with dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Following breakfast we journey along the Croatian and Albanian coast to Tirana, the capital. We stop along our route for lunch on our own before arriving in Tirana in the afternoon. The capital city is known for its colorful buildings and numerous mosques which were built during the height of the Ottoman Empire. We visit Skanderbeg Square, named after the national hero who defeated the Ottomans and gained Albania its independence. We also visit Mother Teresa Square, named after St. Teresa of Calcutta, who was Albanian by birth and visited Albania often. We conclude our day at St. Paul Cathedral, who’s cornerstone was laid in 1993 by Pope St. John Paul II during one of his many visits abroad. Its unique architecture resembles a triangle (representing the Holy Trinity) inside a circle (representing God’s eternity). If time permits, we will enjoy Mass before proceeding to our hotel for our “farewell” dinner and overnight in Tirana.
This morning we transfer t the airport to board our connecting flight to the USA arriving later today with memories of a lifetime.