Shrines of Croatia, Slovenia, Trieste & Venice Pilgrimage
Spiritual Leader: Fr. Timothy Joyce
May 9 - 22, 2022
*Price Includes a $100 Contribution to the Glastonbury Abbey Development Foundation!
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare from Boston Airport
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located hotels: (or similar)
- ~ 3 nights: May 10 - 13: Hotel Lapad, Dubrovnik, Croatia
- ~ 2 night: May 13 - 15:Hotel Atrium, Split, Croatia
- ~ 2 nights: May 15 - 17: Hotel Jezero, Plitvice, Slovenia
- ~ 2 nights: May 17 - 19: Hotel Park, Bled , Slovenia
- ~ 1 night: May 19 - 20: Hotel NH Trieste, Trieste, Italy
- ~ 2 nights: May 20 - 22: Bauer Palladio Hotel & Spa, Venice, Italy
- Breakfast and Dinner daily
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Whisper Headsets
- Assistance of a professional local Catholic Guide(s)
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Tips to Hotel Staff and Restaurants
- 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, Mon, May 09: Depart for Dubrovnik
Make your way to Boston Logan International Airport where you will board your overnight flight. Your meals are served on board.
Day 2, Tue, May 10: Arrive Dubrovnik
Upon arriving at Dubrovnik Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Upon arrival in this city fronting the Adriatic Sea, 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 enjoy a delicious dinner at a typical Dalmatian restaurant that serves local delicacies and wines. Overnight in Dubrovnik.
Day 3, Wed, May 11: Dubrovnik
Following breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of the Old City. It will begin at St. Blasius Church, dedicated to the Patron Saint of Dubrovnik. This Baroque-style Church, constructed by Venetian architect Marino Gropelli in 1715, 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. Group will celebrate the Mass at St. Blaise Church. 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 the column, see the Sponza Palace. In the sixteenth century, members of the Academia Dei Concordi met on the first-floor hall to discuss literature. As a result, the palace is the most important cultural institution of Dubrovnik. Lastly, visit the Dominican and Franciscan Monasteries. The Dominican Monastery, strategically located 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, serving the public and the needs of monks. This afternoon 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, Thu, May 12: Dubrovnik - Excursion to Montenegro
After breakfast, we depart for the Republic of Montenegro. Head 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 islet, with a museum attached to it. Upon return to the coast, we will stop in Perast, an old charming coastal town. Visit city of Kotor where we will celebrate the Mass at St. Ozana Church, before returning to Dubrovnik for dinner and overnight.
Day 5, Fri, May 13: Dubrovnik - Veprice - Sinj - Split
Following breakfast, you will depart for Split. Along the way, you will stop at the Little Lourdes Shrine in Veprice. The Shrine was founded in 1908 and is situated in a natural cave surrounded by hills, just as the Grotto of Massabielle is in Lourdes. Your group will take an additional break in Makarska, before continuing to Sinj. While here, you will visit one of Croatia's oldest spiritual centers, the Shrine of Our Lady of Sinj; it is home to the eighteenth-century miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary. In 1715, the people of Cetina and the Franciscan monks prayed before a picture of the Mother of Grace during a Turkish attack. However, through much prayer to Our Lady, the Turkish army inexplicably fled after three hours, and since then, it has been a miraculous site for many pilgrims. Lastly, your journey will culminate upon arrival in Split where you will celebrate the Mass at St. Dominic Church. Dinner and overnight in Split.
Day 6, Sat, May 14: Split
Today, you will enjoy a city tour of Split, the second largest city in Croatia. 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. The Mass will be celebrated at St. Dominic 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 7, Sun, May 15: 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. During the journey towards the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park, we will stop and celebrate the Mass at St. Juraj Church in Korenica. Dinner and overnight in Plitvice.
Day 8, Mon, May 16: Plitvice Lakes
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. The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight.
Day 9, Tue, May 17: Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, Postojna to Bled
Return to the coast to the beautiful Kvarner Bay and its popular resort, Opatia. An orientation tour of Opatia will present the highlights of this former Imperial resort city. The Mass celebration at St. Jakov Church. 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. Afterwards, continue to Bled for dinner and overnight.
Day 10, Wed, May 18: Bled, Ljubljana Excursion
An Alpine lake surrounded by high peaks, Bled was "discovered: by travelers in the middle of the 19th century. A sightseeing tour features the charming town and the lakeshore, and visits imposing Bled Castle, perched on the cliff high above the lake. We will celebrate the Mass at St. Martin Church. Afternoon excursion to Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Here, view the Central open-air Market, Baroque Town Hall, Robba's Fountain, the Three Bridges and the Parliament. Followed by the sightseeing tour of Lake Bled features the charming town with the lakeshore, and imposing Bled Castle, perched on a cliff high above the lake. Return to Bled in the evening for dinner and overnight.
Day 11, Thu, May 19: Bled - Trieste
Leave Bled, driving south to Trieste often called Vienna by the Sea for orientation tour and visit to Miramare Castle and its park. Castel was built by Hapsburg Monarchy on the cliff overlooking Adriatic Sea. We will celebrate the Mass. Remainder of the day is free to explore the city and enjoy scenic waterfront, historic monuments, and lively piazzas. Dinner and overnight.
Day 12, Fri, May 20: Trieste - Venice
This morning, following breakfast, continue to the marvelous city of Venice. Upon arrival, enjoy a walking tour of Venice featuring the major highlights: St. Mark's Square, St. Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace, the Bell Tower and the Bridge of Sighs. The Mass will be celebrated at Church of San Giovanni. Dinner and overnight in Venice.
Day 13, Sat, May 21: Venice - Free day
Your last day in Venice is at leisure. Enjoy Venice at your own pace, shop or join an optional gondola ride. A Saturday vigil Mass before Farewell dinner at local restaurant.
Day 14, Sun, May 22: Venice - USA
After breakfast we drive to Venice airport for your flight home.*206 Tours Disclaimer:
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