0918LH4 - Medjugorje and Italy Pilgrimage 10 days from Orlando

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

Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $203 plus current fuel surcharges of $372 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
LHA0918DO 09/18/2024 $4799.00
Trip Details

Today, we depart from Orlando to connect with our overnight flight to Europe. We enjoy in-flight movies, dinner and breakfast aloft.
This morning we arrive in Europe where we board our flight to Split, Dubrovnik or Sarajevo where we are met by our guide and transferred to Medjugorje. Upon arrival in Medjugorje we go to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, Holy Mass for English speaking pilgrims is at 10.00 a.m. in the church of St. James. Depending upon schedules and if possible, our local guide will introduce us to the Medjugorje Visionaries who will share a talk with us and often be open for a time of questions and answers. We enjoy the opportunity to climb Apparition Hill (Podbrdo) where Our Blessed Mother first appeared to the children. We pray the Rosary as we make our way up the hill. In the evening, we eat dinner at the hotel before we close our evening with a prayer program in the church. Overnight at our hotel.
Following breakfast, we meet with our guides at the statue of Our Lady to walk through the vineyards. We will hear the story of the first days of the apparitions and then return, in prayer, to the site of the first apparition where we celebrate Holy Mass. Those who wish can make the more difficult climb up Cross Mountain (Krizevac.) There will usually be a talk by one of the visionaries on the messages of Our Lady or a meeting with one of the parish priests. Dinner at our hotel followed by evening prayer program in the church. Overnight at our hotel.
Following our final Mass in Medjugorje, we depart over the mountains and cross the border to Croatia. We stop in Makarska, center of the vacation area on the beautiful Croatian coast and have free time for lunch on the promenade overlooking an idyllic bay. We continue along the spectacular Magistrale coast road to Split where we enjoy a short sightseeing tour including the 3rd century Diocletian Palace and Cathedral, formerly the Mausoleum of the Emperor Diocletian. We eat dinner near the port before boarding our overnight ferry to Ancona in Italy.
This morning, we arrive in Ancona where we are met and transferred to Assisi. Our first stop is in the lower town for a visit to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, and the Portiuncula, Francis' Church of the Little Portion. We celebrate Mass here. In the Village, we begin our walking tour at the Basilica of St. Francesco with a visit to St. Francis Tomb. Afterwards, we visit the Church of St. Clare to view the crucifix that spoke to St. Francis telling him to “rebuild my Church”. We visit the resting place of newly beatified Blessed Carlo Acutis who was 15-years old when he died in 2006 from leukemia. Blessed Carlo is sometimes called the “Cyber Apostle of the Eucharist” because he created a website to document Eucharistic Miracles and Marian Apparitions. Acutis' tomb is located in Assisi's Sanctuary of the Renunciation, the spot where a young St. Francis of Assisi cast off his rich clothes in favor of a poor habit. We continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning, we depart Assisi and travel south to the Eternal City, Rome. This afternoon, we tour her sites, including the Roman Forum passing the Arch of Constantine, the Coliseum, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We conclude our day at one of the Catacombs, burial place of early Christians. We celebrate Mass here and view the 2nd and 3rd century fresco paintings. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
morning, we make our way to St. Peter's for the Audience of Pope Francis, if he is in residence. This afternoon we celebrate Mass at St. Paul Outside the Walls. Second in size only to St. Peters, it is the first of our major Basilicas and the tomb of the Apostle Paul. Finally, we make our way to St. Mary Major, our second patriarchal Basilica of Rome which we will visit. This is the first church dedicated to the Blessed Mother built in the fifth century following the Council of Ephesus. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning, we begin our day celebrating Mass at St. Peter’s. Afterwards, we see the treasures of the Vatican Museum. We marvel at Michelangelo's restored frescoes in the Sistine Chapel and the wonders of St. Peter’s. This will be our third of the four major Basilicas of Rome. After lunch on our own, we stop at the Church of St. Peter in Chains to view Michelangelo's most celebrated sculpture, the "Moses." Next, we visit the Church of the Holy Stairs and the last of our four major Basilicas as we enter the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Cathedral of Rome. First built in the fourth century, the Basilica was the site of five ecumenical councils between the 12th and 16th centuries. The Popes resided in the Palace from the time of Constantine until 1304 when they moved to Avignon. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
We transfer to the airport for our return flight to the U.S and our home cities with unforgettable memories to cherish always.