PILGRIMAGE TOUR TO ITALY, CROATIA AND MEDJUGORJE
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UNDER SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE OF FR. ANTHONI NARISETTI, ASSOCIATE PASTOR OF ST. PATRICK’S PARISH, CALGARY (Jun 4 to Jun 5, 2020) and REV FR PIUS SCHROH SAINT BRUNO PARISH, BRUNO, SK (Jun 6 – 17, 2020)
Jun 04 to Jun 17, 2020 – 14 days – CAD$4,190.00 plus taxes for Toronto departure
Jun 04 to Jun 17, 2020 – 14 days – CAD$4,690.00 plus taxes for Vancouver departure
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Day 1 Jun 04
Depart Toronto to Milan.
Day 2 Jun 05
Upon arrival, panoramic tour of Milan takes us to Dominican convent Santa Maria delle Grazie La Scala Opera House and Basilica Saint Ambrogio, one of the oldest churches in Milan. We will also visit the Duomo, one of the biggest and grandest Gothic cathedrals in the world. Dinner and overnight in Milan.
Day 3 June 6
After breakfast we continue through the Italian Riviera to Florence– cradle of the Renaissance and capital of Tuscany . Upon arrival we start our sightseeing tour of Florence. We see Santa Croce Basilica and famous Ponte Vecchio. Dinner and overnight in Florence.
Day 4 Jun 07
After breakfast we continue our tour of Florence. We see magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore, continue to Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistery’s heavy bronze door “Gate of Paradise” and sculpture-studded Signoria Square with the statue of David by Michelangelo. Afternoon, we travel to Assisi, visit to Santa Maria Degli Angeli Basilica. Inside the Basilica we can see the Porzuincola, original stone chapel restored and frequently used by St. Francis and Chapel of Transition, small room in which St Francis died on October 3, 1226. Dinner and overnight in Assisi
Day 5 Jun 08
After breakfast, tour the city of St. Francis, saint patron of Italy. The town of Assisi with its winding medieval streets and sacred shrines has been one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations. We visit the Lower Basilica housing the tomb of St Francis and the Upper Basilica with famous Giotto frescoes. Mass. Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Day 6 June 09
After breakfast, transfer to Vatican to visit the Vatican Museum, continue with St. Peter‘s Basilica. Afternoon, city tour of Rome including Colosseum (picture taking from outside only, no entrance), Spanish Steps. Tour of Trevi Fountian, where we toss the three coins. Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Day 7 June 10
Morning, transfer to Vatican, audience with Pope Francis. After lunch, the sightseeing tour of the three major basilicas – St Paul Outside the Walls and St. Mary Major, St John in Lateran Basilica, the oldest of the four major basilicas of Rome, home to the relics of Peter and Paul. Crossing the street we come to the Holy Staircase which is believed to be brought to Rome by St. Helen in the 4th Century (photo stop only). Dinner and overnight in Rome. Dinner & overnight in Rome.
Day 8 Jun 11
Today, we travel Ancona, Italy. Overnight ferry from Ancona to Zadar/Split.
Day 9 Jun 12
After breakfast, city tour of Zadar, Croatia, a city on Croatia’s Dalmation coast, is known for the Roman and Venetian ruins of its peninsular Old Town. There are several Venetian gates in the city walls. Continue to Medjugorje for dinner and overnight.
Day 10 Jun 13
After breakfast, we celebrate Holy Mass and then take walk to the Hill of Apparitions where the visionaries first saw Our Blessed Virgin Mary. Pray before the statue that symbolizes the place of the First Apparition. A steep path leads to the top of the mountain, along which bronze reliefs were placed representing the joyful and the sorrowful mysteries of the Rosary. We also visit and pray at “Blue Cross”, a place of healings and graces at the foot of Apparition Hill. Dinner and overnight.
Day 11 Jun 14
After breakfast we travel to Dubrovnik for tour of the city. Dubrovnik is an old city on the Adriatic Sea coast. It has been nicknamed “Pearl of the Adriatic” and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979. Stroll around the narrow streets of the old town of Dubrovnik and experience the history and culture of this magnificent walled city. We see Onofrio’s Fountain, the Franciscan Monastery, the City Bell Tower, the Church of St Blaise, the city’s patron saint. Continue across the main square, where you will visit Dubrovnik’s baroque Cathedral of the Assumption, built in the 18th century after an earthquake destroyed the original one. Mass. Return to Medjugorje for dinner and overnight.
Day 12 Jun 15
After breakfast and mass we climb on the top of “Krizevac” which means “Mount of the Cross.” It is the highest mountain in the area. In 1933, the parish of St. James erected a large concrete cross to commemorate the 1900th Anniversary of Jesus’passion and death on the cross. During construction of the 16 ton cross, the parishioners carried up all of the materials, cement, sand, water, tools, etc., in memory of Christ’s way of the cross. The cross was completed on March 15, 1934. A relic of the True Cross of Jesus was received from Rome from Pope Pius XI and built into this cross. In the afternoon time, travel to Zadar for dinner and overnight.
Day 13 Jun 16
After breakfast, transfer to Zagreb, walking city tour of Zagreb, the capital of Croatia. Walking tour through the narrow streets of Upper Town, passing the Cathedral, Dolac open air market, Stone Gate, St. Mark’s church with its picturesque roof, Parliament and Government buildings, Lotrscak Tower and many more.. Dinner and overnight in Zagreb.
Day 14 Jun 17
Transfer to airport in Zagreb for our return flight