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MARIAN SHRINES OF CROATIA and SLOVENIA

MARIAN SHRINES OF CROATIA and SLOVENIA
  • Length: 12 nights/ 13 days
  • Highlights: Dubrovnik, Medjugorje, Split, Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, Postojna, Bled, Marija Bistrica, Ljubljana, Zagreb
  • Tour Inclusions:


    • Airfare NYC/Dubrovnik x Zagreb/NYC
    • Accommodations in first class hotels
    • English speaking tour escort throughout
    • Breakfast and dinner as per itinerary
    • Deluxe private motorcoach
    • Comprehensive sightseeing and admissions as per itinerary
    • Baggage handling
    • Select International Travel Bag and portfolio

DAY 1: USA-DUBROVNIK

We depart on an overnight transatlantic flight to Dubrovnik.

DAY 2: DUBROVNIK

Arrival today at the Dubrovnik airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure to relax and become acclimated to a new time zone. Before meeting your fellow travelers and tour director for dinner, you can take a walk to Old Town called the “Pearl of the Adriatic”.  Tonight we have a welcome dinner in a typical Dalmatian restaurant with local delicacies and wine. (D)

DAY 3: DUBROVNIK -MEDJUGORJE

This morning enjoy a walking tour of "Old Dubrovnik"; starting with St. Blaze church, the Rector’s Palace, Bell Tower clock, Orlando’s Column and the Sponza Palace. You will also see the Dominican Monastery and Franciscan Monastery with it’s Pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. Enjoy  lunch, on your own, in one of the many small family owned restaurants along the narrow streets.  After lunch we depart for Medjugorje and drive along the breathtaking Adriatic coast. Upon arrival in Medjugorje your host family will welcome you warmly.  Before dinner attend the evening program at the St. James Church.  Overnight Medjugorje. (B.D.)

Day 4/ 5: MEDJUGORJE

Join the English Mass, visit the Apparition Hill and climb Holy Cross Mountain.  If possible, we'll have meetings with visionaries and Father Jozo.  In the evenings attend the recitation of the Rosary and the Healing service at the St. James Church. Free time for lunch and shopping for beautiful souvenirs available by the church. Overnight Medjugorje. (B.D.)

DAY 6: MEDJUGORJE - SPLIT

Depart very early (8AM) from this peace filled heaven to Split.  En route you are welcome to stop at the little Lourdes Shrine in Veprice( next to Makarska, half way to Split). We then stop in Makarska for a quick break before arriving at Our Lady of Sinj, one of Croatia's oldest spiritual centers. The shrine is home of the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary, dating from the seventeenth century.  Upon arrival in Split, enjoy a city tour featuring the historic inner city, built around Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. See remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral. Tonight we have a dinner in a local "Konoba". (B.D.)

DAY 7: SPLIT-TROGIR-ZADAR-PLITVICE LAKES

{mosimage} After breakfast, we head north along the coast to Trogir, the center of artistic activities, where scholars from around the world gather to study and paint. Then it's on to Zadar, the oldest Slavic city on the Adriatic, once famed cultural center. We pause here for an orientation tour that includes the ruins of the Roman Forum, the Cathedral and St. Donat Church. Our journey continues, as we turn inland towards the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park. Overnight. (B.D.)

DAY 8: PLITVICE LAKES –Our Lady of Trsat-OPATIJA

Today we enjoy Plitvice National Park listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage list, with breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder of 16 terraced lakes, surrounded by thickly wooded mountains and lush vegetation. After lunch we depart for Opatija, once the favorite resort of the European royalty. Enroute we stop for Holy Mass at Our Lady of Trsat, built to commemorate the transfer of the Holy House of Nazareth from Jerusalem to Loreto. Tradition tells us the Holy House was kept here between 1292 and 1294 before its final destination in Loreto. We arrive at Opatija late in the day. Overnight Opatija. (B.D.)

DAY 9: OPATIJA

Day at leisure or take an optional excursion to the romantic city of Venice. Overnight Opatija. (B.D.)

DAY 10: OPATIJA-POSTOJNA-BLED

We have a leisurely morning in Opatija and then head across the border into Slovenia to Postojna, home of one of the largest caves in Europe. We tour the fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train. The Slovenes owe their devotion to the Blessed Mother to the disciples of Cyril and Methodius. We stop at the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Succor in Brezje for Holy Mass. Here we see the famous painting of the Our Lady of Brezje, the Patron Saint of Slovenia. Then on to Bled a resort area, beautifully situated in the Julian Alps. Overnight Bled. (B.D.)

DAY 11: BLED -LJUBLJANA

Our morning sightseeing tour features the town of Bled with the lake-shore, and includes a visit to the Bled Castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. We take a ride to Ptujska Gora, the national sanctuary of the Slovenes, where we celebrate Holy Mass. Balance of the day at leisure for optional activities, such as visiting the old church with a collection of religious art and located on a small island in the middle of the lake. In the afternoon we tour Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia, visiting the open-air market, City Hall, Robba's Fountain, the Three Bridges and the Parliament. We overnight in Ljubljana. (B.D.)

DAY 12: MARIJA BISTRICA-ZAGREB

We depart for Marija Bistrica, to the sanctuary of Mother of God, Queen of Croatia, crowned with Papal crowns, where we celebrate Holy Mass. This is the national Croatian Shrine where we will pray the Stations of the Cross, then proceed to Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia. Upon arrival in Zagreb and time permitting we have a brief sightseeing tour visiting the historic Upper Town, to see the St. Mark’s Church, St. Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, the Parliament and the Government Palace. Overnight Zagreb. (B.D.)

DAY 13: ZAGREB-USA

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. (B.)