Pilgrimage to Medjugorje & Croatia | 2023
Join pilgrims from around the world in a special time of prayer and reflection on this 6-day Medjugorje Croatia Pilgrimage with optional Rome extension starting at $2,595 from New York, NY on the date below. You will see Medjugorje and climb Križevac Mountain where in 1933, the villagers built a 30-foot cross on the anniversary of Jesus’ Crucifixion. Lining the path up the hill are wooden crosses and bronze images representing the Stations of the Cross. You can also climb The Apparition Hill, where the visionaries first encountered our Lady in 1981. You may touch and pray before the Cross commemorating the spot where Mary first appeared to the visionaries. In Dubrovnik, you will visit the Basilica of St Blaise and much more.
ETS will aspire to fulfill Mass requests based upon priest and location availability.
October 16, 2023
- All Inclusive Pricing
- First Class Hotels
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Entrance and Program Fees
- Guided Tours
- International Airfare from NY
- Overseas Airport Transfers
- Select Meals on Itinerary
- Taxes and Hotel Gratuities
Day 1 Day 1 - Depart USA
Your pilgrimage begins as you depart on your international flight.
Day 2 Day 2 - Arrive in Croatia
Your guide will greet you at the airport and escort you to Medjugorje. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Day 3 - Medjugorje
Your guide will arrange a meeting with one of the visionaries (subject to their schedule) to experience first-hand their unique experiences with Our Lady. Later, we will see from a distance and then climb Krizevac Mountain where in 1933, the villagers built a 30-foot cross on the anniversary of Jesus’ Crucifixion. Lining the path up the hill are wooden crosses and bronze images representing the Stations of the Cross. Mass at St. James Church. Dinner on own in the town of Medjugorje.
Day 4 Day 4 - Medjugorje
Today is yours to explore, pray and meditate. You may will climb The Apparition Hill where the visionaries first encountered our Lady in 1981. You may touch and pray before the Cross commemorating the spot where Mary first appeared to the visionaries. Dinner on own in the town of Medjugorje.
Day 5 Day 5 - Dubrovnik
After breakfast you will depart Medjugorje to visit historical Dubrovnik, the “Pearl of the Adriatic.” You will visit the Basilica of St. Blaise, the patron saint of Dubrovnik, the medieval walls, the historical buildings, and one of the world’s oldest pharmacies. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in this fascinating city. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 Day 6 - Return to USA
This morning you will transfer to the airport for your flights home to the US.
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Day 6 - To Rome
This morning, you will transfer to the airport for your flight to Rome. Your guide will greet you at the airport and escort you into the city for a driving tour to help you acclimate to where things are. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Day 7 - Rome
After breakfast, enjoy the opportunity to join in prayer with Pope Francis and hear his Sunday message (When the pope is in Rome). Begin your afternoon with a visit to the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran. Six Popes are entombed here. Next door is the Holy Staircase (Scala Santa), brought from Pilate’s Palace in Jerusalem by Saint Helena in the 4th century. Climbing the stairs on your knees is a devotion that many pilgrims perform, and a plenary indulgence is granted for completing this feat. Next is the Basilica of Saint Lawrence Outside the Walls (San Lorenzo). Saint Lawrence was one of the first seven deacons of Rome, martyred in 258. The Church is built next to catacombs that lead down to his grave. The relics of Saints Justin Martyr and Stephen are also enshrined here. Continue your pilgrim journey to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major (Maria Maggiore). This is the largest Marian church in Rome. Its construction began after the Council of Ephesus in 431 proclaimed that Mary was the Mother of God. Saint Jerome, translator of the Bible into the Latin Vulgate, is buried here. Dinner is on your own this evening. (B)
Day 8 - Rome
Enjoy a guided tour of the Vatican’s Museums and Sistine Chapel. Built by connecting portions of the old papal residence with newer structures, the museum houses a world-renowned collection of art and antiquities. Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel between 1508 and 1512 and later painted The Last Judgment between 1535 and 1541 for Popes Clement VII and Paul III. The primary function of the chapel is the Papal Conclave, providing the place where the College of Cardinals of the church gathers to elect a new pope. Then, walk through St. Peter’s Basilica and celebrate Mass here. The present structure completed in 1590 was built over the Byzantine and Middle Ages structures that marked the tomb of Saint Peter. There are more than 100 tombs within the basilica, including most recently Saint John Paul II. Finish the day at the Pantheon, built by Marcus Agrippa during the reign of Augustus (27 BC to 14 AD). Emperor Hadrian rebuilt it around 126 AD. The building was given to Pope Boniface IV who converted it into a church - Saint Mary and the Martyrs (Santa Maria Rotunda). Mass continues to be celebrated here. Enjoy a visit to the Forum and the Colosseum, once the heart of ancient Rome and a place of martyrdom for the early saints. You will explore the romance of Rome as you stop at the famous Trevi Fountain. Legend says those who toss a coin into the fountain will one day return to Rome to toss another into the waters of Trevi. Return to your hotel for an overnight stay. Dinner is on your own this evening. (B)
Day 9 - Rome
This morning begins another day of pilgrimage at the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls. The present structure stands over the place where Constantine built the first church, which is over Saint Paul’s grave. The church features a portrait of every pope who has served the church, with the face of Pope Francis I illuminated as the present pontiff. Step beneath the surface into the Catacombs of Pope Callixtus, built along the Appian Way. Here, 16 popes from the 2nd through 4th centuries were interred, though they have been removed to various churches over the centuries. San Sebastian Outside the Walls is another of the seven pilgrimage churches, built over the Catacombs of Saint Sebastian. The remains of Peter and Paul were temporarily protected here during the Valerian Persecution of 258. Our seventh and final pilgrimage stop is the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem. Saint Helena brought Passion relics here, and the floor was covered with soil from Jerusalem. Relics here include the index finger of Thomas that touched the wounds of Christ after His resurrection and a piece of the Good Thief’s Cross. Those who want to complete the seven church pilgrimage as declared by Saint John Paul II in 2000 can continue with one more stop at the Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love. Here, a pilgrim pursued by dogs appealed to Our Lady and she intervened for his safety. Pilgrims began to frequent the site and a chapel was built here in 1745. Dinner is on your own this evening. (B)
Day 10 - Return to USA
Transfer to the airport for your return flights to the USA.
Guests taking an extension may be on a different flight than their group and/or traveling companion.
Monday, October 16, 2023From $2595