Tours

Shrines of Italy, Croatia and Medjugorje | July 6, 2024

13 days
Bosnia, Croatia & Italy
Starting from $5498* Taxes & Fees Apply

Join us for a tour of the Shrines of Italy, Croatia, and Medjugorje starting at $5,498 from New York on July 6, 2024. You will see Milan"s city center for a guided walking tour, the Duomo, the city of Mestre, a boat ride that gives the best city view, Rialto Bridge, Piazza San Marco, the Doge’s Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs, the Basilica of St. Antony, Ljubljana, Triple Bridge, Croatia, the Marian Shrine of Marija Bistrica, Medjugorje, Dubrovnik, Bari, San Giovanni Rotondo, and much more!

What’s Included

  • All Inclusive Pricing
  • Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
  • Entrance and Program Fees
  • First Class Hotels
  • Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
  • Guided Tours
  • Hotel Gratuities
  • International Airfare from NY
  • Meals listed on the itinerary

^ Additional Baggage & Optional fees may apply.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 Day 1 – DEPART THE USA

Your journey begins as you depart the US on your international overnight flight.

Day 2 Day 2 – ARRIVE MILAN/PADOVA

Upon arrival in Milan, meet your professional, English-speaking tour guide and transfer to the city center for a guided walking tour, visiting the Duomo of Milan, which started being built in 1386. It is the third-largest church in the world after St. Peter’s in Rome and after the Cathedral of Seville. The highest pinnacle is at a height of 108.5 meters, and it has on its top the statue of the Virgin Mary, best known as the “Madonnina,” covered with gold. Break for a light lunch on your own. Time at leisure and then continue to Padova for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 Day 3 – PADOVA/VENICE

After breakfast, transfer to the city of Mestre to take a private boat to the island. A Vaporetto ride will give us the best city view. The palaces lining the waterway were built over a span of five centuries and present a panoramic survey of the city’s history. The Rialto Bridge spans the canal in the very heart of the city. Meet your local guide for a walking tour that includes Piazza San Marco, the Doge’s Palace, and the Bridge of Sighs. After breaking for lunch on your own, you will take a boat back to your bus. Stop at the Basilica of St. Antony to celebrate Mass. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 Day 4 – PADOVA/LJUBLJANA/ZAGREB

Today, you will drive east, crossing the border with Slovenia. You will reach its capital city, Ljubljana, after a 3-hour drive. Upon arrival, you will meet the local guide for a pleasant walking tour to discover the well-preserved city center. The Triple Bridge is the symbol monument of Ljubliana, a group of three bridges connecting two parts of the city. Break for lunch on your own. Time at leisure before continuing toward Croatia. Dinner and overnight in Zagreb.

Day 5 Day 5 – ZAGREB/MEDJUGORJE

Today starts with an early morning wake up and check out. Depart Zagreb for the Marian Shrine of Marija Bistrica and celebrate Mass there. Continue to Medjugorje. Check in at the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 6 Day 6 – MEDJUGORJE

During your stay in peaceful Medjugorje, you will meet and share your faith with thousands of pilgrims from all over the world. At 10 am, you will assemble at St. James Church for the English-language Mass. With your local guide, climb the Cross Mountain, and then you can climb the Apparition Hill, where the young visionaries first encountered Our Lady. Touch and pray before the cross, commemorating the spot where Mary appeared to the visionaries. Dinner and overnight. In the evening, you can join the villages and the pilgrims for the evening Croatia Mass and the blessing of the sick.

Day 7 Day 7 – MEDJUGORJE/DUBROVNIK

This morning, you will check out and transfer to Dubrovnik. With a local guide, spend the afternoon visiting Dubrovnik, a city today under the protection of UNESCO, which carries the appellation of the Pearl of the Adriatic. In the evening, embark on a ferry to Italy. Dinner and overnight on board.

Day 8 Day 8 – BARI/SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO

Upon arrival in Bari, disembark and drive to San Giovanni Rotondo. Here, you will honor the work of Saint Padre Pio as you visit his tomb, his cell, his confessional, and the Capuchin Monastery of Our Lady of Grace, where you will celebrate Mass. You will also visit the new Church of Santa Maria, Delle Grazie, and the Home for the Relief of the Suffering. In the afternoon, visit the Grotto of Michael the Archangel. Many popes have knelt in prayer here, seeking the protection of St. Michael. Check into the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 9 Day 9 – SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO/LANCIANO/ASSISI

After breakfast, check out and travel to Lanciano. The holy miracle resides in the Sanctuary of the Eucharistic Miracle, where after the visit, you will celebrate Mass. After lunch, continue to Assisi. Before you check in, visit the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. Crowned by the magnificent dome designed by Alessi, this great basilica was built in 1569. It enclosed the shrine of the “Porziuncola” or the Little Portion Chapel around which the first Franciscan community was centered, the place where Clare received the habit from Francis, and the Capella Del Transito, which marks the spot where the Saint died. You will see the statue of Saint Francis in the courtyard where thornless roses bloom. Dinner and overnight in Assisi.

Day 10 Day 10 – ASSISI/ROMA

Today, you will visit Assisi, the birthplace of the beloved St. Francis! Start from the Church of Santa Chiara, then visit the site where St. Francis was born, and the house where he spent his childhood. Reach the very heart of the town, the Piazza del Commune (Town Hall square). Continuing toward the ancient city walls to the Basilica of St. Francis, built above the inspiring final resting place of the saint. The interiors of the basilica are intricately decorated with frescoes from the 12th and 13th centuries. Celebrate Mass. Break for lunch and shopping. Continue to Rome. Check in at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Day 11 Day 11 – ROMA

Today, you will start with a panoramic walking tour of Imperial Rome. See the Colosseum, the Arch of Constantine, the Roman Forums, and the Capitoline Hill. Continue by bus to the major basilicas of Rome. First, visit the Basilica of St. Peter, the most important temple of Christianity, which houses 2,000 years of history and famous works of art such as the Pietà by Michelangelo. Break for lunch on your own. Then, continue the tour with the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, donated to the church directly by Emperor Constantine after 313 BC. Then, visit the Holy Stairs, which according to the Christian tradition, are the steps that led up to the praetorium of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem, which Jesus Christ stood on during his Passion on his way to trial. The stairs were, reputedly, brought to Rome By St. Helena in the late 4th century. Also, visit St. Mary Major, where you will celebrate Mass. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 12 Day 12 – ROMA

Have an early morning transfer to St. Peter’s Square for the Papal Audience to receive his blessing. Break for lunch on your own. Your day continues with a nice walk through the major square of Baroque Rome. Near the Pantheon is the world-famous Trevi Fountain, where romantics can toss a coin over their shoulders, making a wish, thus ensuring their return to Rome someday. Celebrate Mass, have time at leisure for shopping, then return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 13 Day 13 – Return to the USA

Return to the USA
 

Departure Dates

  1. Saturday, July 6, 2024
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