13 Days

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje, Shrines of Croatia & Slovenia

Spiritual Director: Fr. Joseph Moons

May 3 – 15, 2024

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Pilgrimage to Medjugorje, Shrines of Croatia & Slovenia

Spiritual Director: Fr. Joseph Moons

May 3 – 15, 2024

196JM050324

Medjugorje · Dubrovnik · Montenegro · Split · Trogir · Plitvice Lakes · Opatija · Postojna · Ljubljana

Medjugorje · Dubrovnik · Montenegro · Split · Trogir · Plitvice Lakes · Opatija · Postojna · Ljubljana

A Pilgrimage to Medjugorje, Shrines of Croatia and Slovenia will provide opportunities for deep spiritual connection and a retreat from daily life. This tour offers countless breathtaking views of nature, like fjords, mountains, lakes, caves, and even the Adriatic Sea. Medjugorje has been called “Heaven on Earth” – here you visit sites of the alleged Apparitions of Our Lady of Medjugorje, in this small village where millions of pilgrims come to seek peace. Experience traditions like Venetian Glass blowing and gondola rides in these timeless cities and historic hubs of culture. Take a magnificent excursion to Montenegro and Our Lady of the Rocks. Celebrate Mass Daily with your Spiritual Director and make connections with your fellow Pilgrims and renew your faith.

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About Fr. Joseph Moons:

Fr. Joe Moons, C.P.
I was born 11th of 13 children in The Netherlands – eight boys and five girls. My family immigrated to the USA in 1956 and settled in Southern California area. My family roots are dairy farmers. I am presently living at Christ the King Passionist Community and Retreat Center, Citrus Heights, CA. I am a member of the Passionist Community and a priest for 46 years. I have served six years as vocation director in Chicago, IL, then as Pastor of an African/American Parish, grade school and high school for nine years in Birmingham, AL, then as superior and formation director of Passionist Community of India for another nine years, and 12 years as retreat director of Holy Name Passionist Retreat Center in Houston, TX. From 2015 to 2023 I was twice elected to serve my Passionist Religious to be the Provincial of the Western Province of USA, Holy Cross Passionist Province. I finished on June 10, 2023. I have been on many 206tours Pilgrimages and they have been a blessing to me.

Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare from your desired Airport
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Hotel accommodations: (or similar) in double occupancy
      ~ 3 nights: May 4 - 7: Hotel Grace, Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina
      ~ 3 nights: May 7 - 10: Hotel Lapad, Dubrovnik, Croatia
      ~ 1 night: May 10 - 11: Hotel Atrium, Split, Croatia
      ~ 2 nights: May 11 - 13: Hotel Jezero, Plitvice, Croatia
      ~ 1 night: May 13 - 14: Grand Hotel Park, Dubrovnik, Croatia
      ~ 1 night: May 14 - 15: Hotel Heritage, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Whisper headsets
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Breakfast & Dinner daily
  • Wine with dinners
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Assistance of local guide throughout
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Catholic Priest, Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Visit to Community Cenacolo
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
Centrally located hotels or similar
Hotel Grace
Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina
Hotel Lapad
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Hotel Atrium
Split, Croatia
Hotel Jezero
Plitvice, Croatia
Grand Hotel Park
Dubrovnik, Croatia
Hotel Heritage
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Not Included
  • Lunches, Tips to your guide & driver.
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Cancel For Any Reason Waiver

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Itinerary

Day 1 | Friday, May 3: Depart for Medjugorje

Make your way to your local airport where you will board your overnight flight. Your meals are served on board.

Day 2 | Saturday, May 4: Arrive Medjugorje

Upon arrival in Europe, change gates to board your short connection flight to either: Dubrovnik, Split, or Sarajevo airport. Upon arrival collect your luggage in the baggage claim area, and continue to the arrival’s hall where you will be greeted by a tour guide and/or driver, who will take you on the 2 1/2 hour drive to the village of Medjugorje. Enjoy dinner before retiring for the evening.

Days 3 & 4 | Sunday & Monday, May 5 & 6: Experiencing Medjugorje

The most beautiful feature of Medjugorje is its simplicity, and its peace. While in Medjugorje, you will have the opportunity to experience your faith grow, and share in the faith journey of pilgrims from all over the world. The local guide will accompany your group throughout your stay in the village.

Some activities that will accompany you in your spiritual journey:

Attend Daily Mass: Each morning, at 10:00A.M, your group will assemble at St. James Church for Mass (English-Speaking). At the end of each Mass, regardless of language, there is a blessing of the religious articles that you have with you.

On Feast Days, and Sundays: English Mass is at Noon

Climb Apparition Hill: This mountainous hill is where the visionaries first encountered Our Lady. Also, at the base of this hill is a Blue Cross, where it is said Our Lady appeared to the children while they hid from the communist police in the early days of the alleged apparitions. When climbing, your group is invited to recite the Rosary, pausing five times for each decade of the Rosary. At the top of the hill, you will witness the exact location of the first alleged apparition of Our Lady to the visionaries, and enjoy private time in prayer.

Climb Mt. Krizevac (Cross Mountain): In 1933, the villagers built a 30′ high cross atop a mountain to commemorate Jesus’ passion and death on the cross. Your group will have the opportunity to climb this mountain and venerate that very cross. When climbing, your group is invited to pray the Stations of the Cross (to meditate on Jesus’ suffering Road to Calvary), pausing fifteen times for each Station.

Apparitions: Each evening at 5:00 PM (or 6:00 PM depending on Daylight Savings Time), your group can join the villagers and fellow pilgrims of Medjugorje at either St James Church or Apparition Hill to commemorate the time Our Lady appears to the Visionaries. There you can pray the Rosary, as you all await that time (5:40 PM or 6:40 PM during Daylight Savings Time).

*Afterward, Croatian Mass is held at St. James Church and is free to all to attend. It is broadcasted by the radio, simultaneously in order to translate the services from Croatian into many languages. Following the Croatian Mass, there is a Blessing of the Sick.
**For details about the Visionaries, please visit: www.206tours.com/visionaries

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Our Lady has always called us to be close to her Son. For this, you will have the opportunity to adore the Blessed Sacrament at the outside altar of St. James Church. Adoration is held on Tuesdays and Saturdays; Veneration of the Cross is held on Fridays inside the church. Additionally, there is an Adoration Chapel on the grounds of St. James Church. Adoration is held here in the afternoon hours.

Visit to the Community of Cenacolo: You will have the opportunity to visit the community of Cenacolo, founded by the Sisters of Charity, for young men and women who have taken a wrong path and are on the road to recovery. You will be able to listen to their inspirational words about their journeys back to Jesus Christ.

Prayer at the Statue of the Risen Christ: Located on the grounds of St. James Church, is the bronze statue of the Risen Christ. Many pilgrims sit and pray on the benches surrounding this peaceful statue. This statue miraculously seeps droplets of water at all times of the day, out of Christ’s right knee.

* Your time in Medjugorje is intended to provide a personal retreat. As such, your time in Medjugorje is not designed to be a “tour” but rather, to provide opportunities for prayer and reflection as you feel called. Upon arrival in the village, you will have an orientation tour. For the remainder of your stay, you will not have a guide however, a representative of 206 Tours will be available should you have any questions or requests. Daily Mass in English and English confessions are available at St. James Church in Medjugorje.

Day 5 | Tuesday, May 7: Medjugorje – Dubrovnik

After breakfast, we will transfer to Dubrovnik where we will arrive in time to check in to our Hotel. Spend the afternoon in this city overlooking the Adriatic, 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 6 | Wednesday, May 8: Dubrovnik

This morning enjoy a walking tour of “Old Dubrovnik” starting with the Rector’s Palace, Bell Tower Clock, Orlando’s Column and the Sponza Palace. You will also see the Dominican Monastery and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy, one of the oldest in the world. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day 7 | Thursday, May 9: Dubrovnik, excursion to Montenegro

After breakfast, depart for the Republic of Montenegro, 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. This afternoon we will spend time in the city of Kotor before returning to Dubrovnik for an overnight.

Day 8 | Friday, May 10: Dubrovnik - Split

After breakfast, depart Dubrovnik and travel north along the spectacular Adriatic coast, past old fishing villages and new resorts, to Split. Enjoy a city tour featuring the historic inner city, built around the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. See the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, its Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral. Dinner and overnight in Split.

Day 9 | Saturday, May 11: Split -Trogir - Plitvice Lakes

After breakfast, we will journey north along the coast to Trogir, the center of artistic activities where scholars from around the world gather to study and paint. Our journey continues towards the beautiful Plitvice Lakes National Park. Dinner and overnight in Plitvice.

Day 10 | Sunday, May 12: Plitvice Lakes

Today we enjoy Plitvice National Park listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage list. This park is a natural wonder boasting breathtaking scenery, terraced lakes, thickly wooded mountains, and lush vegetation. The rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Plitvice.

Day 11 | Monday, May 13: 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 12 | Tuesday, May 14: Bled - Ljubljana

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 Slovenian 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. Farewell dinner and overnight in Ljubljana.

Day 13 | Wednesday, May 15: Ljubljana - USA

After breakfast transfer to Ljubljana 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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About your trip

About Medjugorje

Medjugorje, located in Bosnia & Herzegovina, is the site of the 1981 Marian Apparitions. On June 24th 1981 six children witnessed the Blessed Virgin Mary on what is now known as Apparition Hill. The apparition of Our Lady had a message of peace for the world, as well as a call to conversion, prayer and fasting. She appeared to them with an infant in their arms and confided several secrets to the children. Some of the children, now adults, continue to witness Our Lady’s apparitions.
Medjugorje is a place of peace and prayer where over 40 million people have visited the now popular Pilgrimage site. In 2018 Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Henryk Hoser the “Apostolic Visitor” to Medjugorje in steps to officially recognize Medjugorje as a sacred Catholic site. On May 13, 2019 the Holy See officially announced that Dioceses and Parishes throughout the world are officially authorized to organize Pilgrimages to Medjugorje.
About the Six Medjugorje Visionaries

While sightseeing in Dubrovnik, visit St. Blasius Church to appreciate the Baroque architecture and the Domincian and Franciscan monasteries. Complete your Pilgrimage in the “Pearl of the Adriatic” and explore the Old Town where you will enjoy Dalmatian delicacies and wines.

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Would you like to arrive earlier or stay later?

Let us know at the time of registration if you would like to arrive earlier, or stay later, than the scheduled tour dates, and pending availability, we will change your airline reservations accordingly, additional fees may apply. Pre- and/or post-stays at the hotel will cost an additional fee. These options should be available to you when registering online, or simply contact us: sales@206tours.com

About your trip

About Medjugorje

Medjugorje, located in Bosnia & Herzegovina, is the site of the 1981 Marian Apparitions. On June 24th 1981 six children witnessed the Blessed Virgin Mary on what is now known as Apparition Hill. The apparition of Our Lady had a message of peace for the world, as well as a call to conversion, prayer and fasting. She appeared to them with an infant in their arms and confided several secrets to the children. Some of the children, now adults, continue to witness Our Lady’s apparitions.
Medjugorje is a place of peace and prayer where over 40 million people have visited the now popular Pilgrimage site. In 2018 Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Henryk Hoser the “Apostolic Visitor” to Medjugorje in steps to officially recognize Medjugorje as a sacred Catholic site. On May 13, 2019 the Holy See officially announced that Dioceses and Parishes throughout the world are officially authorized to organize Pilgrimages to Medjugorje.
About the Six Medjugorje Visionaries

While sightseeing in Dubrovnik, visit St. Blasius Church to appreciate the Baroque architecture and the Domincian and Franciscan monasteries. Complete your Pilgrimage in the “Pearl of the Adriatic” and explore the Old Town where you will enjoy Dalmatian delicacies and wines.

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