October 13  to November 2, 2017  $4,900.00 per person double occupancy

Fri Oct  13 Depart on our flight from US to Athens, Greece.  Dinner and breakfast served on flight.
Sat Oct  14 Arrival in Athens and transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Sun Oct  15 Today we will visit the city of Athens and see the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  We will then visit the most historical site in Athens, the Acropolis The Parthenon is the most important and characteristic monument of the ancient Greek civilization and still remains its international symbol. It was dedicated to Athena Parthenos, the patron goddess of Athens. It was built between 447 and 438 B.C.  We will have our Holy Mass.

Mon

Oct  16

Today we board the ship for a four-night cruise on the Aegean Sea.  We will go for complementary tours to Patmos Island where St. John the apostle wrote the book of Revelation and to Ephesus, Turkey to see the home of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  We will visit Revelation Cave and St. John Monastery.  All other tours will be optional, at your own expense.

The cruise ship will be stopping at the Islands of Crete, Rodos and Santorini.  Tours on any of these islands will be optional, at your own expense.

Tues Oct  17
Wed Oct  18
Thurs Oct  19
Fri Oct  20

This morning we arrive in Athens, board our bus and travel to Kalambaka to visit the ancient Meteora orthodox monasteries.  Appropriate clothing is required to visit the monasteries. Sleeveless clothing and shorts are prohibited. Long skirts and blouses with sleeves or dresses and a head cover are recommended.  Long pants for men; no shorts or tank tops.  After our visit to the monasteries, we will continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Sat Oct 21 Today we visit Thessaloniki and Philippi where the Lydia, the first Christian was Baptized. We will have our Holy Mass on the banks of the river where she was Baptized.  We then travel to our hotel in Serbia for dinner and overnight.
Sun Oct 22 This morning we board our bus to travel to Medjugorje arriving in the evening.  Dinner and overnight in Medjugorje.
Mon Oct 23 While in Medjugorje our group we will attend the services at St. James Church, climb Apparition Hill and Cross Mountain.  During the evening prayer services Our Lady gives her blessing to the pilgrims.   
Tues Oct 24 Medjugorje
Wed Oct 25 Medjugorje
Thurs Oct 26 Today we leave Medjugorje in the afternoon for our hotel near Zagreb.  Dinner and overnight 
Fri Oct 27 After breakfast, we will travel to Budapest, Hungary where we will visit Saint Stephen’s Basilica.  Over the main portal is a bust of King Stephen, Hungary’s first Christian king and patron saint of the basilica.  Inside the church is a reliquary with the “Holy Right”, the preserved right hand of King Stephen.  It is Hungarian Catholicism’s holiest relic.  After our visit we will board our bus and continue to our hotel in Slovakia.  Dinner and overnight
Sat Oct 28 Today we board our bus and travel to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, a Franciscan Monastery near and dear to the heart of Pope John Paul, II who came to the shrine with his father as a young boy and returned as Pope.  The monastery is also home to the miraculous image of Our Lady of Kalwaria since 1641.  We will have our Mass at the Baroque church of the Angelic Mother of God’s which adjoins the Franciscan monastery. Dinner and overnight at the monastery hotel.

Sun

Oct 29 Today we will visit the Divine Mercy shrine and John Paul II center in Krakow.  We will have Mass in the chapel at St. Faustina’s Convent and have a talk by one of the sisters of St. Faustina’s order.  She will explain a little about the life of Saint Faustina and the revelations about Divine Mercy that she received from Jesus.  You will have time to visit the chapel which houses St. Faustina’s remains, walk the lovely grounds around the convent or spend some time in the Basilica or the Adoration Chapel.  In the afternoon you have the option of staying at the shrine or visiting Old Town Krakow.  Dinner and overnight in Kalwaria.

Mon

Oct 30 After breakfast we will travel to Jasna Gora, the home of the Black Madonna, Our Lady of Czestochowa.  This chapel has been visited by many Popes including John Paul II and Benedict the XVI.  It has also been visited by St. Faustina and St. Maximillian Kolbe.  It is one of the holiest places in Poland.  We will celebrate Holy Mass in the chapel with the miraculous image.  Dinner and overnight in Kalwaria.
Tues Oct 31 Morning departure for Wadowice, the birthplace of Pope John Paul II.  We will visit the Basilica where he was baptized and served as an altar boy and also the family’s apartment, now a museum. In the afternoon we will travel to Brno, Czech Republic for dinner and overnight.
Wed Nov 1 After breakfast we will travel to Prague to visit the shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague where we will have Holy Mass.  You will have time to visit the gift shop then walk to Old Town and the famous Charles Bridge.  Dinner and overnight near the Prague Airport.
Thurs Nov 2

Transfer to the airport, filled with cherished memories, for your return flight home.

This itinerary is subject to change!


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