October 31, 2017 to November 15, 2017  $4,900.00 per person

 
Day 1

Depart from USA on our flight to Split, Croatia.  Dinner and breakfast served on the flight.

 

Day 2

Upon arrival at the Split Airport we will meet your guide and driver who will escort you to your hotel in Medjugorje.  In the evening, we will attend the evening Mass at Saint James church in Medjugorje.

 

While in Medjugorje you may climb Apparition Hill and/or Cross Mountain.  We will attend the evening services and hear a talk by one of the visionaries (if available).  We will attend the evening prayer service which begins with the Holy Rosary.  During the Rosary, Our Lady gives her blessing to everyone there.  This is followed by the remainder of the Rosary and Holy Mass.   After Mass the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary are prayed.

 

Day 3

After breakfast we will go to the Blue Cross at the base of Apparition Hill for Marijana’s second of the month apparition of Our Lady. 

Day 4 This morning we will attend the 10 O’clock Mass then meet our tour guide who will give us a short history of Medjugorje.  After the talk, you will be free to climb the hills, have lunch or go shopping.
Day 5 After breakfast we will travel to Split Airport for our flight to Krakow, Poland where we will be met by our Polish tour guide and travel to our hotel for dinner and overnight. 

Day 6

 

 

While we are in Poland we will visit Wadowice, the birthplace of Pope John Paul II.  You will see the Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Sacrifice, where Karol Wojtyla was baptized and served as an altar boy.  You may also visit the family’s apartment, now a museum located just across the street from the church.  

 

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Day 7

 

We will also visit the Divine Mercy Shrine where Saint Faustina lived and died and which now houses her mortal remains.  One of the nuns at the shrine will give a talk on Saint Faustina and the message of Divine Mercy.

 

We will also travel to Jasna Gora the shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa.  We will visit the chapel of the miraculous image of 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. 

 

         

Day 8

Today we will leave Krakow for our flight to Tel Aviv where we will be met by our tour guide.  We will then travel to Bethlehem where we will visit the Church of the Nativity.  We kneel in the Grotto, the birth place of our redeemer as we celebrate Mass.  We will also visit Shepherd’s field where the angels announced the birth of Jesus.  Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.  

Day 9

 

 

 

Today we head to Haifa through Carmel Mountains we will visit the Carmelite Monastery Stella Maris and Murhraqa located on the spot where the profit Elijah confronted the false priests of Ba’al on our way to Nazareth.  On the way we will pass the beautiful Bahai Gardens. Continue to the Basilica of Annunciation in Nazareth (Mass) and visit Mary’s Well and the Church of the Angel Gabriel. In the evening, they have a candle light procession which you may take part in.  Dinner and overnight in Nazareth

Day 10

Drive to Cana of Galilee where Jesus performed his first miracle at the request of his mother (John 2:1-11).  In Cana we will visit the Franciscan chapel for a renewal of wedding vows.  This afternoon we take a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee.  Our stop will be on the shore of Capernaum where Peter lived and where Jesus began his public ministry (Matth. 4:13), there he began teaching in its Synagogue, healed a man who had an unclean spirit and healed St. Peter’s mother-in-law of a fever

(Luke 4:31-41) followed by a visit to the Mount of the Beatitudes to gain a panoramic vista of the Sea of Galilee and where one of Jesus’ famous teaching episodes Sermon on the Mount was given (Matthew 5-7).  Then to Tabgha the fruitful garden where Jesus fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish (Mark 6:30-46), we shall see the magnificent mosaic commemorating the miracle of the multiplication, we head to the nearby Chapel of St. Peter Primacy.  Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Nazareth.

Day 11

Today we travel to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8).  We shall ascend by a smaller motor vehicle due to its narrow route and visit the Catholic Church for Mass.  We drive on passing the small town of Nain where Jesus raised the widow’s son (Luke 7:11-17).  We drive through the Jordan Valley and drive on up through the Jordan Wilderness pass to the town of Jericho, the most ancient city in the world.  We view Mt. Temptation the place where Jesus spent forty days and forty nights fasting and meditation during the temptation of Satan.  We make our way through the Judean Hills towards the house of the Lord.  We will also visit the Jordan River to renew our baptismal vows in the River where Our Lord was baptized by John (Mark 1:9).  Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Jerusalem

Day 12

After breakfast we shall start our pilgrimage in Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives from which Jesus ascended to heaven after his resurrection.  We shall have an eye on history through a magistic view over Jerusalem, visit the Convent of Pater Noster where the Lord’s Prayer is displayed in 110 languages.  Next we will visit the Upper Room of the Last Supper and King David’s Tomb.  Then we go to Dormition Abbey where we believe the Blessed Mary died.  We end the day at St. Peter in Gallicantu where Peter denied Him thrice.  Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 13

It is an inspiring, full day of meditation.  In the early morning, we retrace the last steps of Jesus.  As we walk along the Fourteen Stations of the Via Dolorosa, praying the Stations of the Cross, we reflect on the greatness of His sacrifice as he bore the burden of our sins on the cross at Golgotha.  Finally, we arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Mass.  We return back towards St. Stephen Gate to visit St. Anne’s Church, the home of the Virgin Mary and her parents Saints Joachim and Anne.  We pass the Ecce Homo where Pilate proclaimed “Behold the man”; then the Wailing Wall, the most holy shrine for Jews.  Nearby is the Dome of the Rock of Temple Mount.  We exit at Mt. Zion.  We will walk down the “Palm Sunday route” stopping at Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41) and visit Gethsemane, the Rock of Agony where Jesus prayed His last prayer before his arrest. 

Day 14

Today, we will visit the cave of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven.  We will drive along the Kedron Valley where you will see the tombs of Avishalon, Zachariah and the Prophets.  We will head into the hill country to a city of Ein Karem, the birthplace of St. John the Baptist and visit the Church of the Visitation where the Blessed Virgin Mary visited the home of Zachariah and Elizabeth and proclaimed the ‘Magnificat’ (Luke 1:39-80).  Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 15

We begin our day with a visit to Bethany where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, hometown of Martha and Mary where we will have Holy Mass.  Here you may visit Lazarus’ tomb which is optional and at your own expense.  We will drive to the Dead Sea to visit Qumran, site of the Dead Sea Scroll discovery where we will see a video on this subject.  You may then enjoy a swim (or rather a float!) in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, renowned for its minerals and healing properties.  We stop to visit the Shrine of the Book, the home of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Jerusalem model during Jesus time. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 16

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

 

 

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