Croatia, Slovenia & Venice Pilgrimage
Spiritual Leader: Fr. Florentino Santiago
September 28 - October 9, 2020
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare from your desired Airport
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located hotels: (or similar)
- ~ 3 nights: Lapad Hotel, Dubrovnik
- ~ 1 night: Atrium Hotel , Split
- ~ 2 nights: Hotel Jezero, Plitvice
- ~ 2 nights: Park Hotel, Bled
- ~ 2 nights: Bauer Palladio Hotel & SPA, Venice
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Breakfast Daily
- 6 Dinners
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Assistance of Christian guide throughout
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Catholic Priest available for Spiritual Direction
- Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunches, Tips to your guide & driver. Items of a personal nature.
Day 1, Monday, September 28: Depart USA
Board your overnight transatlantic flights from your hometown. Meals are served on board.
Day 2, Tuesday, September 29: Arrive Dubrovnik
Arrival today at the Dubrovnik airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Upon arrival in this city fronting the Adriatic, you will be able to spend the afternoon at your leisure. Feel free to walk to the Old Town, also known as the Pearl of the Adriatic. This evening, you will have dinner at a typical Dalmatian restaurant that serves local delicacies and wines.
Day 3, Wednesday, September 30: Dubrovnik
Following breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of the Old City. It will begin at St. Blasius Church, which is dedicated to the Patron Saint of Dubrovnik. This Baroque styled church was constructed by Venetian architect, Marino Gropelli in 1715; it was styled after the Venetian Church, St. Mauritius. You will know that you have reached this masterpiece by its large staircase leading to the ornamented main portal and the large dome that decorates the roof. Continue to the Gothic and Renaissance styled Rector's Palace, home to the History Department of the Museum of Dubrovnik. Next, you will stroll by the iconic Bell Tower Clock and Orlando's Column. To the left of this column, you will see the Sponza Palace. In the sixteenth century, members of the Academia dei Concordi met on the palace's first floor hall to discuss literature. As a result, the palace is the most important cultural institution of Dubrovnik. Lastly, you will visit the Dominican and Franciscan Monasteries. The location of the Dominican Monastery is strategically placed at the most sensitive point of Dubrovnik's defense barriers. While at the Franciscan Monastery, you will have the opportunity to visit the Pharmacy. The founding of this Pharmacy was collaborative, as it served as the public pharmacy and for the needs of the monks. This afternoon, you will enjoy lunch on your own at one of the many small, family-owned restaurants along the narrow streets. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. This evening enjoy dinner and an overnight in Dubrovnik.
Day 4, Thursday, October 1: Dubrovnik, excursion to Montenegro
After breakfast, we depart for the Republic of Montenegro a Balkan country boasting a dynamic landscape of extremely high peaks juxtaposed beside very deep canyons, caves, and bays. Begin your excursion by heading towards the mouth of the beautiful Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in Southern Europe. Enjoy a boat ride to Our Lady of the Rocks, one of two islets off the coast of Perast. The Roman Catholic Church is the largest building on the artificial island made of rocks and old ships. The island was created by local fisherman who found an icon of the Blessed Mother and Jesus on a rock here. Now it is a tradition every July 22nd to throw rocks at the island to increase its size. Upon return to the coast, we will stop in Perast, an old charming coastal town with just one main street, yet 16 Churches! Spend time in the city of Kotor famous for its winding streets and medieval charm before returning to Dubrovnik for dinner and overnight.
Day 5, Friday, October 2: Dubrovnik - Split
After breakfast, depart Dubrovnik and travel north along the spectacular Adriatic coast, pass old fishing villages and new resorts, before arriving in Croatia's second largest city, Split. The historic inner city of Split was built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian's Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. While exploring, you will have the opportunity to see remnants of Split's Roman heritage such as, Jupiter's Temple, the Peristyle of Diocletian's Palace and the Cathedral of St. Domnius. The Temple of Jupiter was built around the third century and is dedicated to the highest Roman god, the god of the sky, and the god of thunder. The Diocletian's Palace had two purposes; half was used for the Diocletian's personal use, and the other half was used as a military garrison. Lastly, you will visit the Cathedral of St. Dominus that is encircled by twenty-four columns. The oldest monuments in this Holy place are those depicting the life of Christ, which can be found on the entrance doors of the Church. This evening, you will enjoy dinner at a local Konoba (restaurant in the coastal area of Croatia). Following dinner, you will continue to your hotel where you will have a restful overnight.
Day 6, Saturday, October 3: Split - Trogir - Plitvice Lakes
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. Trogir is a small island connected to the mainland of Croatia by bridges. Some remnants of Medieval walls remain here while much of the island boasts Gothic and Renaissance influences. Our journey continues towards the beautiful Plitvice Lakes where we will enjoy dinner and overnight after a full day of touring.
Day 7, Sunday, October 4: Plitvice Lakes
Today we enjoy Plitvice National Park listed in UNESCO's World Heritage list, and the breathtaking scenery of this natural wonder. Founded in 1949 the park spans 295 square kilometers and preserves an incredible landscape that includes 16 terraced lakes, countless waterfalls, mountains and limestone canyons. The mountainous region of the park borders Bosnia and Herzegovina. Wildlife like the European brown bears, wolves, eagles, owls, lynx, and wild cats roam this scene. After a full day of exploring, enjoy dinner and overnight in Plitvice.
Day 8, Monday, October 5: Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, Postojna to Bled
Return to the coast to the beautiful bay of Kvarner and its popular tourism town, Opatia. An orientation tour of Opatia will present the highlights of this former Imperial resort city. After your visit here, drive across the border into Slovenia to Postojna Caves, home to one of the largest caves in Europe. Tour the fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train. Over 38 million people have visited these caves in the past 200 years. In 1872 the first cave rails were laid, and overhead electric lighting was installed in 1884 - before electric lighting was added to the city of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Afterward, continue to Bled for dinner and overnight.
Day 9, Tuesday, October 6: Bled - Ljubljana Excursion
Bled is a stunning Alpine lake surrounded by high peaks in northwestern Slovenia at the southern foot of the Karawanks mountain, just about 30 miles from Ljubljana. A sightseeing tour features the charming town and lakeshore, and visits Bled Castle, a medieval castle perched on a cliff high above the lake. Bled Castle is the oldest Solvenian Castle, first mentioned in a 1011 deed. This afternoon enjoy an excursion to Ljubjana, the capital of Slovenia. Here, view the Central open-air Market, Baroque Town Hall, Robba's Fountain, the Three Bridges and the Parliament. Return to Bled in the evening.
Day 10, Wednesday, October 7: Bled, Trieste to Venice
Leave Bled, driving south to Italy where you will visit Miramare Castle, a 19th-century castle on the Gulf of Trieste. The castle sits on a dramatic cliff overlooking the Adriatic Sea and has an extensive park landscaped with many tropical trees and plants. The castle was originally built in the mid-1800s for Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian. This afternoon continue on to the marvelous city of Venice for dinner and overnight.
Day 11, Thursday, October 8: Venice
Today enjoy a tour of the "city paved with water!" Your walking tour includes a visit to St. Mark's Square, the largest square in the city and the site of many government buildings; the Golden Basilica of San Marco, known for the great mosaics that depict the Old and New Testament of the Bible; and the Bridge of Sigh, a bridge that will bring eternal love to those who drift below it. You will also have the chance to view the Doges' Palace (Duke's Palace), which served as the seat of the Government for the Republic of Venice for centuries. The tour ends with a visit to a glass blowing factory where you may see the demonstration of a traditional Venetian glass blowing. Balance of the day is at your leisure - enjoy Venice at your own pace, shop or join an optional gondola ride. Farewell dinner at local restaurant.
Day 12, Friday, October 9: Venice - USA
After breakfast we drive to Venice airport for your flight home.*206 Tours Disclaimer:
Occasionally local religious and national holidays, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of events or the missing of certain events/places. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of events and places to be visited.
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