Pilgrimage to Croatia
Spiritual Leader: Fr. Jay Harrington, O.P.
Escorted by: Andrea Domines
June 16 – 30, 2018
Optional Post Stay | June 30 - July 3, 2018
*There is a possibility that your priest will not be accompanying the group during the post stay.
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located hotels: (or similar)
- ~ 2 nights: Zagreb: Westin
- ~ 4 night: Opatija, Hotel Adriatic
- ~ 1 nights: Split: Hotel Atrium
- ~ 2 nights: Hvar, Hotel Amfora
- ~ 2 nights: Korcula, Hotel Marco Polo
- ~ 2 nights: Dubrovnik, Hotel Lacroma
- Breakfast and Dinner daily, Lunch (June 23)
- Wine with dinners
- Assistance of a professional local guide(s)
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Mass daily & Spiritual activities (English at 10:00am & Croatian at 6:00pm)
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Any meals and beverages not mentioned, Tips to your guide & driver. Items of a personal nature.
Saturday, June 16 | Departure
Depart from your home city for your overnight flights to Croatia.
Sunday, June 17, 2018 | Arrive in Zagreb
Upon arrival to Zagreb airport meet and greet and transfer to your hotel. Free time to freshen up before you gather in the evening for a welcome meeting and dinner with your tour manager and fellow travelers. Dinner and overnight.
Monday, June 18, 2018 | Zagreb
This morning, enjoy a city tour featuring the historic Upper Town, St. Mark’s Church, St. Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, Parliament and Government Palace. A short yet scenic drive takes us to Kumrovec, situated on the bank of the river Sutla, along the Croatian-Slovenian border. Kumrovec’ fame is that it was a birthplace of the late Marshal Tito; the president of former Yugoslavia, whose house has been turned into a museum. Today, the major attraction of Kumrovec is the Ethnological Museum Staro Selo (Old Village) with very well preserved village houses from the turn of the 19th – 20th century. So far 40-odd houses and other farm-stead facilities have been restored, which makes Staro Selo the most attractive place of its kind in Croatia. Later, we follow a winding road through the Zagorje Hills. An early dinner of genuine local specialties and wine is served at the restaurant/farm Gresna Gorica (The Hill of Sin) with a magnificent view of the 15th-century castle Veliki Tabor. Overnight.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018 | Zagreb – Trsat – Rijeka – Opatija
Continue your journey to Opatija with a stop enroute in Trsat for a visit of the Sanctuary and Rijeka for a visit of the city with your group leader (local guide not incl.). Dinner and overnight.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 | Opatija – Istrian peninsula – Opatija
Orientation tour of Pula, a strategic port since the times of the ancient Romans with entrance to the amphitheater, the sixth largest of its kind to be preserved in the world today. Continue to the beautiful resort of Rovinj. Make stops in Motovun before we return to Opatija for an overnight.
Thursday, June 21, 2018 | Opatija – Krk – Opatija
A visit to the city of Krk and a tour of the historical and cultural sights. A visit to Vrbnik, a small island town, and a tasting of homemade cheese and wine in the ambiance of a famous Vrbnik tavern. Following, take a boat ride to Kosljun ( a small island with 16-the century Franciscan monastery). Return to Opatija, dinner and overnight.
Friday, June 22, 2018 | Opatija
Enjoy the sun, the sea, nice company and great atmosphere and get to know Opatija’s Riviera, the Gulf of Kvarner and its islands from the different angle. A panoramic boat ride along the Opatija Riviera starts in the forenoon with one hour pause for sightseeing. One drink on board is included. This excursion starts from Opatija where the boat will pick you up and take you to see the panoramic view of Lovran, Medveja, Moscenicka Draga and other small places along the Riviera coastline. Return to your hotel, remainder of the day at leisure, dinner, and overnight.
Saturday, June 23, 2018 | Opatija – Senj – Pakovo Selo – Vepric – Split
Depart to Split via Senj. On the way stop at Ethnoland Pakovo Selo close to Sibenik for lunch (guided tour included). Stop at Vepric (Croatian Lourdes shrine close to Makarska). Continue to Split, dinner and overnight.
Sunday, June 24, 2018 | Split – Hvar
Today begins with a walking tour of the historic inner city, built around Ro-man Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Then on to see the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle and Cathedral of St. Duje. There’s some time free before you board the ferry and set sail to Hvar Island.
Monday, June 25, 2018 | Hvar
The town of Hvar has a unique cultural and historical heritage, plus a centu-ries-old tradition in tourism. A morning walking tour features views of the For-tress, Franciscan Monastery and more. The afternoon is free. Kick back, relax, and enjoy this charming island, listed as one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world by Conde Nast Travel Magazine. Dinner and overnight.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 | Hvar – Korcula
After breakfast, coach and ferry to the lovely Dalmatian island of Korcula, the birthplace of the legendary explorer Marco Polo. Upon arrival, we walk to its Romanesque-Gothic cathedral, with stunning Adriatic views. The rest of the day is free to discover this pretty island town on your own. Dinner and overnight.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 | Korcula
Full day at leisure. Dinner and overnight.
Thursday, June 28, 2018 | Korcula – Dubrovnik
Breakfast at your hotel. This morning sail by ferry to the mainland and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight.
Friday, June 29, 2018 | Dubrovnik
Breakfast at your hotel. We ferry back to the mainland to explore Split, Croatia's grand 1,700-year-old city and a UNESCO world heritage site. Dinner tonight will be organized at the hotel.
Saturday, June 30, 2018 | Depart Dubrovnik
Transfer to Dubrovnik airport, or continue with extension.