10 Day Croatia and Medjugorje
*** Daily Masses Included ***
DAY 01: NORTH AMERICA / EUROPE. Tour members will gather at the ticket counter at the airport three hours prior to their departure to Europe. Dinner and breakfast will be served in-flight.
DAY 02: EUROPE / DUBROVNIK. Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by a tour guide and driver and transferred to your hotel. Dinner and overnight
DAY 03: DUBROVNIK. After a restful night and a hearty breakfast, our local guide will meet us at the hotelfor a walking tour of“The Jewel of the Adriatic’ so called by Lord Byron. Although over 70% of the buildings were damaged in some way during the 1991 war, most of the damage has now been repaired and the city is back to its stunning best. Originally a Venetian port and one of the world’s major ports and trading centers up until the 17th century, Dubrovnik is classified in its entirety by UNESCO as a world heritage site and it’s easy to see why. Our guide will take us to see the 15th century Onofrios fountain, built to celebrate the completion of the city’s water system; the magnificent Rector’s Palace which dates from the 17th century and has been destroyed and rebuilt several times; the tiny Sigurata church thatdates from the 11th century; St. Blaise’s church with the small silver statue of St. Blaise that survived the fire which destroyed the original church in 1706; and the stunningly pretty Sponza Palace whose delicate ‘lace’ stonework has survived multiple earthquakes. The afternoon is free to spend as we wish before our farewell dinner at a local restaurant and entertainment this evening. Overnight at our hotel.
DAY 04: DUBROVNIK / MEDJUGORIE. This morning we take a 2 1/2 hour drive by private motor coach to the village of Medjugorje. Since the first apparition of Our Lady on 24th June 1981, Međugorje has become one of the most famous and most visited sanctuaries in the Catholic world. Experience the presence of Fr. Jozo at his prayer and healing service (if available). His meditations and service still find us in church at the Hour of Mercy - 3:00 p.m. - the moment of Jesus' death on the cross. At this hour, Our Lord revealed “you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking and to: ...immerse yourself in prayer where you happen to be, if only for a very brief instant”. There is time to visit the nearby cave of the martyrs'.
DAY 05: MEDJUGORIE / APPARITION HILL. Since the first apparition of Our Lady on 24th June 1981, Međugorje has become one of the most famous and most visited sanctuaries in the Catholic world . Climb the Apparition Hill by the way of the rosary, marked by wooden crosses and bronze relief's. Evening service.
DAY 06: MEĐUGORJE / SINJ / SOLIN / SPLIT. Morning drive to Sinj, well-known for the miraculous icon of Our Lady of Sinj, believed to have saved its citizens several times from the Turkish attacks. In 1752 Pope Benedict XIV granted a plenary indulgence to those who visit the church of the Holy Virgin Mary in Sinj. Continue our drive to Split, via Solin where we visit the remains of the oldest Croatian sanctuary to Mary, built by the Croatian queen Jelena in the 10th century. Dinner and overnight at our hotel..
DAY 07: SPLIT / TROGIR/- ZADAR. Today we have sightseeing of the Diocletian`s palace, under UNESCO's protection of World Cultural Heritage, including the Cathedral of St. Duimus, patron saint of Split. This afternoon, continue to Trogir for a visit of the Cathedral, a masterpiece of Romanesque Art. Dinner and overnight in Zadar.
DAY 08: ZADAR / RIJEKA / TRSAT. City tour of Zadar including the Museum of Zadar`s Gold and Silver. Lunch followed by departure to Rijeka. The legend of Trsat sanctuary began with transferring of Mary´s house from Nazareth to Trsat in 1291 and three years later to Loretto, Italy. The church of Our Lady of Trsat was named basilica minor by the Pope Pius XI in 1935. We will tour the church housing the miraculous picture of St. Mary, the Franciscan cloister and the Chapel of votive offerings. Dinner and overnight in Rijeka.
DAY 09: RIJEKA / ZAGREB. After breakfast we continue to Zagreb, situated on the River Sava. The city is historically divided into two sections, the lower and upper towns. Our tour manager will show us the sites including Mirogoj, the famous cemetery of Zagreb, and then continue to Upper Townand a walking tourthat will finish atSt. Stephen’s Cathedral. Our afternoon tour will take us to Ljubljana, the capital of the new state of Slovenia. Ljubljana became the capital of the new state, the heart of the political, economic, cultural and scientific life of the Slovene nation in 1991. Our guide will explain the history of the city during your visit of the old center, dominated by the castle which has great views for miles around, the cathedral of St Nicholas consecrated in 1707 and the baroque parish church built in 1646. Dinner and overnight our hotel.
DAY 10: ZAGREB / NORTH AMERICA. We depart this morning for the airport and our flight home – the end of a most enjoyable journey.