Krakow and Medjugorje
9 days / 8 nights
Your tour director is at the airport to warmly greet you. Soon you will be comfortably settled at your hotel, then perhaps a short stroll in the old city before or after your dinner.
After breakfast we explore Market Square and hear the silver trumpet of the bugler from St. Mary’s Tower. Within the Cathedral you may pray before the extraordinary Wit Stwosz altar. The surroundings of the square have remained unchanged for almost 700 years and contain buildings of historic value such as St. Marys Church with the famous wooden altar, the Town Hall Tower, the Cloth Hall and the burghers houses. Tour the Cathedral, Coronation Chapel and the Royal Chambers where a superb collection of Arras tapestries is on view. In the afternoon we depart for Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi concentration camp. We will see the cell that imprisoned St. Maximillian Kolbe and the Martyrdom Museum recalling the horrors of the Holocaust. Return to Krakow for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast we depart for our day’s excursion to Lagiewniki, the capital of the Divine Mercy. It was here that originated the message of the Divine Mercy, which Christ Himself wished to pass on to our generation, through the mediation of St. Faustina. The Sanctuary houses grace-working image of Merciful Jesus and the relics of St. Faustina. We will visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy, St. Faustina’s convent chapel, and St. Faustina’s Tomb. Return to Krakow for our farewell dinner.
Early morning departure from Krakow to catch your flights to Medjugorje. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted by a tour guide and/or driver who will then take you on a 2 1/2 hour drive, by private coach, to the village of Medjugorje. Once there, you’ll meet your fellow pilgrims and be introduced to your host family, in whose modern and comfortable house you will be staying for the next four nights.
Experience the beauty and peace of this simple village. During your stay in Medjugorje you will have the opportunity to share faith with pilgrims from all over the world.
Here are some of the activities you’ll be sharing with our fellow pilgrims: Each morning at 10am we assemble at St. James Church for the English-language Mass (Feast days and Sundays English Mass is at Noon). Follow the path up Apparition Hill where the visionaries first encountered Our Lady. Touch and pray before the cross that commemorates the spot where Mary first appeared to the visionaries.
Each evening at 5pm or 6pm daylight savings time, we will join the villagers and pilgrims to pray the rosary. The apparition takes place at 5:40pm or 6:40 dst, and then stay on for Croatian Mass. Don’t miss on Tuesdays and Saturdays, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and on Fridays, Veneration of the Cross in the Church. Each evening during Croatian Mass, there is the Blessing of the Sick and blessing of the items you have with you. Our guide will arrange meetings with the visionaries at their own homes, considering that they are in Medjugorje during your trip, and pending on their availability. We will have the opportunity to climb Krizevac Mountain, where in 1933 the villagers built a 30′ high cross on the anniversary of Jesus’ crucifixion. Visit and pray at “Blue Cross”, which is a place of great healings and graces- a very special place at the base of Apparition Hill.
After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, we leave by motor coach for Dubrovnik Airport (Split or Sarajevo) for return flights home.