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EASTERN EUROPE PILGRIMAGE

BERLIN - PRAGUE - CZESTOCHOWA - AUSCHWITZ - KRAKOW - WADOWICE - BUDAPEST- MARIJA BISTRICA - MEDJUGORJE

10N/12D

Group Tour

EASTERN EUROPE PILGRIMAGE is a 13 Days program, Places Covered Berlin - Prague - Czestochowa - Auschwitz - Krakow - Wadowice - Budapest- Marija Bistrica - Medjugorje
DAY 01
DAY 02
DAY 03
DAY 04
DAY 05
DAY 06
DAY 07
DAY 08
DAY 09
DAY 10
DAY 11
DAY 12
DAY 01

04th Oct 2019: DALLAS - HOUSTON - ISTANBUL

  • Assemble at Dallas 
  • Drive to Houston International Airport (239 miles - 4hrs Drive / Coach arranged) 
  • Arrive at Houston International Airport.
  • Check-in for Flight to Istanbul 
  • Depart by TK34 at 2050hrs (8.50 p.m.) 
  • Overnight on board.
DAY 02

05th Oct 2019: ISTANBUL - BERLIN

  • Arrive in Istanbul at 1650hrs (4.50 p.m.) 
  • Connect TK1727 at 1850hrs (6.50 p.m.) 
  • Arrive Berlin at 205hrs (8.45 p.m.) 
  • Complete Emigration, customs formalities. 
  • Meet our Tour manager and proceed to the hotel 
  • Dinner at Restaurant 
  • Overnight stay at the hotel 
DAY 03

06th Oct 2019: BERLIN - PRAGUE

  • Breakfast at the hotel 
  • Check out and proceed on a city tour of Berlin 
  • Sightseeing with a Local Guide in the once-divided metropolis. This includes the Ku’damm, the restored Reichstag, a picture stop at monumental Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial, Charlottenburg Palace, and the 210-foot Victory Column in the vast Tiergarten Park. 
  • Visit the KAISER WILHELM MEMORIAL CHURCH, drive along Unter den Linden Boulevard, and pass the German State Opera House and Checkpoint Charlie. 
  • Lunch at Restaurant 
  • Drive to Prague (217 miles – 4 hrs Drive) 
  • Arrive Prague and check in hotel 
  • Dinner and Overnight stay at the hotel. 
DAY 04

07th Oct 2019: PRAGUE - VISIT OF THE CITY

  • Breakfast at the hotel. 
  • Visit Castle Square and St. Vitus Cathedral. 
  • Visit the Church of St. Nicholas
  • Walk along the Mala Strana (Little Quarter) 
  • Visit the Church of Our Lady Victorious, where we will view the famous statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague. 
  • We cross over the famous Charles Bridge, lined on both sides by religious statues, which leads us out of the Little Quarter into the Old Town. This neighborhood also includes the Renaissance Town Hall with its animated astronomical clock and the Our Lady before Tyn church founded in 1385. 
  • We return to our hotel. 
  • Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel 
DAY 05

08th Oct 2019: CZESTOCHOWA

  • Breakfast at the hotel. 
  • Drive to Czestochowa (246 miles – 6 hrs Drive) Czestochowa, a city which has been for the last 600 years the principal center of the Catholic religion in Poland and is a shrine for pilgrims. 
  • Lunch at Restaurant
  • Visit the Treasury and Jasna Gora Monastery which has religious, historic and artistic value. The oldest building is the Gothic Chapel of Our Lady in which hangs the famous Black Madonna icon on a magnificent silver- and-ebony altar. 
  • Check in the hotel. 
  • Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel 
DAY 06

09th Oct 2019: AUSCHWITZ - NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMP KRAKOW VISIT OF THE CITY & S

  • Breakfast at the hotel. 
  • Proceed to Auschwitz (61 miles – 1 hr Drive)  
  • Visit the Nazi Concentration Camp. We will view an audio-visual presentation and tour the grounds. 
  • Lunch at Restaurant 
  • Drive to Krakow. (46 miles – 1hr Drive) 
  • We visit the Convent of Sisters of Mercy in Lagiewniki, where Saint Faustina, the Apostle of Divine Mercy, lived and died. In the heart of the sanctuary of the Saint, the convent’s chapel remains the Lord’s Mercy Icon. It depicts Christ as He appeared before this visionary Polish nun one February evening in 1931. The Lord instructed her to commission this very likeness of Himself, complete with the caption which reads in Polish: Jesus, I trust Thee. What is more, in the series of appearances over the ensuing years He also revealed to St. Faustina His dogma of Divine Mercy.
  • Visit the Gothic Royal Castle and Cathedral remodeled at the beginning of the 16th century according to the new Renaissance taste. 
  • Later we drive to the Old Town area including a visit to St. Mary’s Church, famous for its wooden altar by Wit Stwosz
  • We return to our hotel. 
  • Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel
DAY 07

10th Oct 2019: WADOWICE - BUDAPEST

  • Breakfast at the hotel. 
  • We depart Krakow for Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla, the late Pope John Paul II. (33 Miles – 1 hr. Drive) 
  • Visit the museum is in his family house.
  • Lunch at Restaurant 
  • Continue to Budapest. (221 miles – 6hrs. Drive) 
  • Arrive and check in the hotel. 
  • Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel 
DAY 08

11th Oct 2019: BUDAPEST

  • Breakfast at Hotel. 
  • Today, explore one of the richest architectural and cultural treasure troves in the world, Budapest on a Tour. Pass by the Parliament building before crossing the Danube on the Margaret Bridge and drive to the Royal Castle on the Buda side of the city. Visit the Fishermen's Bastion which offers stunning views over the city and the Mathias Church. Following a photo stop at the Citadel, cross Elizabeth bridge and drive past the City Park towards Heroes' square passing by the Opera and St. Stephen's Basilica. We also will have the outside view of Szechenyi Thermal Spa. 
  • Lunch at the restaurant. 
  • Evening proceed on a Danube River cruise. The boat departs from the center of Budapest and makes an hour round trip in the city. While you are enchanted by the illuminated sights, famous personalities from the Hungarian history, kings, queens, poets, inventors, and even the Danube tells you legendary stories about the town. Through TV screens you will be able to look behind the walls of the buildings passing by, to admire the hidden interiors. 
  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel. 
DAY 09

12th Oct 2019: MARIJA BISTRICA - BIHAC

  • Breakfast at the hotel. 
  • Proceed to a small town of Marija Bistrica in Croatia (199 miles – 3.5hrs drive)  
  • Visit the shrine of the Mother of God of Bistrica. The shrine has been officially proclaimed as the national shrine of Mary and is the largest Croatian parish site of religious celebration. The spacious, unfinished “open-air church”, the unfinished “wall of trust and hope” and Calvary – unique Stations of the Cross, are original artistic works by Croatian sculptors from the second half of the twentieth century. Veneration of Mary began in the fifteenth century when the black figure of Our Lady became famous for its miraculous powers. Since then the act of veneration strongly developed. The shrine has been constantly modernized and its ongoing, present-day improvement is a direct result of the visit made by Pope John Paul II on October 3rd, 1998. 
  • Lunch at Restaurant 
  • Drive to Bihac – A town in Bosnia-Herzegovina (122 miles – 3 hrs Drive) 
  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
DAY 10

13th Oct 2019: MEDJUGORJE

  • Breakfast at Hotel. 
  • Today we drive to Medjugorje, a small village in Bosnia Herzegovina. (190miles – 4.5hrs Drive) 
  • We arrive in Medjugorje and check in hotel. 
  • Lunch at Restaurant. 
  • Our Lady has appeared in Medjugorje every day since June 24, 1981. The Blessed Mother reportedly tells us that God has sent her to our world and, these years she is spending with us are a time of Grace granted by God. In her own words she tells us, “I have come to tell the world that God exists. He is the fullness of life, and to enjoy this fullness and peace, you must return to God.”
  • Our Lady continues to give messages to six young people, now adults: Ivan, Jakov, Marija, Mirjana, Vicka, and Ivanka. Beginning on March 1, 1984, Our Lady began giving Weekly Messages to St. James parish in Medjugorje and to the world. Then, on January 25, 1987, Our Lady began giving these Messages on the 25th of each Month. After 21 years, Our Lady still appears to 3 of the visionaries daily (Marija, Vicka, and Ivan). The 25th of the month message is always given by Our Lady to the visionary Marija.
  • Visit the Church. 
  • Holy Mass. 
  • Visit the Rosary garden. 
  • In the evening we’ll take part in the evening Rosary with pilgrims from all over the world
  • Free time for meditation 
  • Back to hotel. 
  • Dinner and overnight at hotel  

 

DAY 11

14th Oct 2019: MEDJUGORJE VISIT OF THE SHRINE - SARAJEVO

  • Breakfast at the hotel. 
  • This morning, we make the climb to MT. PODBRDO (Hill of the Apparitions), where Our Lady first appeared. Our guide will introduce us to the visionaries to talk and pray with. The balance of the afternoon is free for our private meditations. 
  • Lunch at Restaurant. 
  • Evening drive to Sarajevo. (100 miles – 2.5 hrs Drive) 
  • Arrive and check in the hotel. 
  • Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel  
DAY 12

15th Oct 2019: SARAJEVO - ISTANBUL - HOUSTON - DALLAS

  • Early breakfast / packed breakfast. 
  • Transfer airport 
  • Check in for flight to Houston 
  • Depart by TK1022 at 0910hrs (09.10 a.m.) 
  • Arrive Istanbul at 1200hrs (12.00 p.m.) 
  • Connect TK33 at 1400hrs (2.00 p.m.) 
  • Arrive Houston at 1905hrs (7.05 p.m.) 
  • Drive to Dallas (239 miles - 4hrs Drive / Coach arranged)

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