1103LH3 - Central Europe Pilgrimage 14 days from Seattle

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Lufthansa http://bit.ly/yUhPx7

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
LHC1103BF 11/03/2023 $4999.00
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Trip Details

Today, we depart Seattle or JFK to connect with our overnight flight to Warsaw. We enjoy in-flight movies, dinner and breakfast aloft.
This morning, we arrive in Europe and continue our connections to Dubrovnik. On arrival, we are met and board our motorcoach for our drive to Medjugorje for dinner and overnight.
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. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Today we depart for a long drive to Zagreb. En-route, we celebrate Mass at a church in Split. After Holy Mass, we visit the historic old town Split. We briefly see the famous 4th century Palace of Diocletian, the largest and best-preserved Roman palace in the world. We enjoy lunch on our own at one of the many nice restaurants in the old town. We continue to Zadar the town with its beautiful Roman architecture, Habsburg elegance, and picturesque seafront. Afterwards, we drive to Zagreb for dinner and overnight at our hotel.
After breakfast we enjoy a panoramic tour of Zagreb passing by Ban Josip Jelacic square where we visit the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. We continue to the medieval section of the Upper Town with it’s Presidential Palace, Stone Gate and St. Martin’s church. We then drive to Marija Bistrica, the largest Marian shrine in Croatia. Afterwards, we continue to Budapest for dinner and overnight at our hotel.
This morning, here in Budapest, we celebrate Mass at the Cave Church in Gellert Hill, built into the rocks, and 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 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. We depart Budapest and drive to Vienna for dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Today 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. Late this afternoon, we depart Vienna and drive to Prague for dinner and overnight at our hotel.
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 Infant Jesus of Prague. We break for lunch on our own before our afternoon tour of Prague, including the Old Town with Astronomical clock, Jewish Quarter and Charles Bridge. We also visit the Church of Our Lady before we return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning, time permitting, we visit the Prague Loreto and view the famous “Prague Sun,” a monstrance with over 6,000 diamonds. Afterwards, we cross into Poland 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 continue to Krakow for dinner and overnight at our hotel.
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 the 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 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. 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. We continue to Wieliczka, famous for its salt mine, which as been in operation for over 700 years. We visit the upper levels of the mine, where we view chapels with altar pieces and statutes all hand carve4d by devout Polish miners. We return to Krakow for dinner and overnight.
This morning we proceed to infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp. It is here where over one million Jews from occupied Europe were deported and murdered. It is also a place of death of St. Maximilian Kolbe who volunteered to replace another camp prisoner sentenced for death. We continue to Czestochowa where we take a lunch break on our own. In the afternoon, we enjoy a guided visit of the monastery complex of Jasna Gora, a famous Marian pilgrimage site. Jasna Gora consists of a Gothic/Barogue 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. We will be for private devotion and to walk around the town. We continue to Warsau for dinner and overnight at our hotel.
This morning, we begin our brief orientation tour of Warsaw. We 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.” After some time for lunch on our own, we continue to Niapokalanow, home of the monastery built by St. Maximilian Kolbe. After the monastery visit, we enjoy a unique opportunity to visit a private home hosted dinner near the town of Lowicz with typical Polish cuisine and enjoy a local folklore show. We return to our hotel for overnight.
This morning we transfer to the airport to board our connecting flight to Seattle or New York arriving later today with memories of a lifetime.
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