Group Leader: Patricia Lawrence
July 29 – August 7, 2024
On June 25, 1981, in the small village of Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Blessed Virgin Mary began appearing to six young teenagers on Mount Podbrdo, now known as Apparition Hill. Since that time, Our Lady has continued to appear and give messages of hope and a call for conversion in order to bring peace to the world. In response, over 40 million people have journeyed to Medjugorje to experience what many refer to as “Heaven on Earth”. Medjugorje is also known as the “confessional of the world” and has been the site of countless conversions and life-changing experiences.
Medjugorje was the original inspiration for the foundation of 206 Tours, after our president and founder went there on a life-changing pilgrimage. The first group of 206 Tours pilgrims visited in 1985 and we have been sending more groups ever since.
In 2018, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Henryk Hoser as the “Apostolic Visitor” to Medjugorje who was then succeeded by Archbishop Aldo Cavalli. On May 13, 2019, the Holy See officially announced that Dioceses and Parishes throughout the world are now authorized to organize pilgrimages to Medjugorje.
Your trip includes
- Lunches, Tips to your guide & driver.
Day 1 | Monday, July 29: Depart for Medjugorje
Make your way to your local airport to depart on your overnight flight. Your meals will be served on board.
Day 2 | Tuesday, July 30: Arrive Medjugorje
Upon arrival in Europe, you will 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 hall, where you will be greeted by a tour guide and/or driver, who will take you on the 2.5 hour drive to the village of Medjugorje. Dinner will be served before you retire for the evening.
Days 3 - 8 | Wednesday - Monday, July 31 - August 5: Experiencing Medjugorje
The town of Medjugorje is known for its simplicity and peace. While in Medjugorje, you will have the opportunity to deepen your faith through the gift of the sacraments, the Rosary, and sharing in the spiritual journey of pilgrims from all over the world. A local guide will accompany your group throughout your stay in the village.
Highlights of Experiences in Medjugorje:
Attend Daily Mass:Each morning at 10:00 AM, your group will assemble at St. James Church for Holy Mass (English-Speaking). At the end of each Mass, regardless of language, there is a blessing of religious articles for pilgrims.
Climb Apparition Hill:This mountainous hill is the site where the visionaries first encountered Our Lady. At the base of the hill is a Blue Cross where Our Lady appeared to the children while they hid from the communist police in the early days of the apparitions. Mirjana, one of the visionaries, also had public apparitions at this cross on the second day of every month. While climbing to the top of Apparition Hill, pilgrims are invited to recite the Rosary, pausing five times to pray each decade of the Rosary in front of huge bronze reliefs depicting each mystery. At the top of the hill, there is a beautiful statue of Our Lady in the exact location of her first apparition. Enjoy private time for prayer in this holy place.
Climb Mt. Krizevac (Cross Mountain):In 1933, the villagers of Medjugorje began construction on a 30-foot-high cross atop the mountain to commemorate the 1900th Anniversary of Jesus’ passion and death. The parishioners meditated on the Way of the Cross as they carried the heavy materials for construction up the mountain. A relic of the True Cross of Jesus received from Rome, was built into this cross. It remains a central point of one’s pilgrimage to Medjugorje. As pilgrims climb the mountain, they pray at the Stations of the Cross to meditate on Jesus’ suffering, pausing fourteen times for each station at the huge bronze reliefs. You will then have private time for prayer at the top of the mountain in front of the cross.
Apparitions: Each evening at 5:00 PM or 6:00 PM (depending on Daylight Savings Time), your group will join the villagers and fellow pilgrims of Medjugorje in saying the Rosary, as all await the arrival of Our Lady to the visionaries at 5:40 PM (6:40 PM during Daylight Savings Time). Afterward, you can stay at St. James Church and attend the Croatian Mass. The radio broadcasts simultaneously translate the services from Croatian into many languages. Following the Croatian Mass, there is a Blessing of the Sick.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: The messages of Our Lady have always called us to be close to her Son. In response to her call, pilgrims will have the opportunity to adore the Blessed Sacrament at the altar outside of St. James Church. Adoration is on Tuesdays and Saturdays; Veneration of the Cross is on Fridays. Additionally, there is an Adoration Chapel on the grounds of St. James Church, where Adoration is held in the afternoon hours. Eucharistic Adoration is one of the most memorable experiences in Medjugorje. During the service, the outside altar is surrounded by several thousand pilgrims and locals, as everyone rests in deep prayer and the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Visit the Community of Cenacolo: Pilgrims will have the opportunity to visit the Community of Cenacolo, founded by Sr. Elvira Petrozzi in 1983 for young men and women who have struggled with addiction and brokenness. You will be able to listen to their inspirational testimonies of recovery and healing through their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Prayer at the Statue of the Risen Christ: The bronze statue of the Risen Christ depicts Our Lord with His arms raised in triumph. The statue is located on the grounds of St. James Church. It miraculously seeps droplets of water out of Christ’s right knee which many pilgrims capture with a handkerchief. It is a site for reflection and prayer.
Visit to Tihaljina: Just 20 miles from Medjugorje, you will visit the Immaculate Conception Parish Church which contains the Our Lady of Grace statue so many pilgrims associate with Medjugorje. A private mass will be celebrated for your group along with time for quiet prayer.
Visit to Široki Brijeg: Only 18 miles from Medjugorje, you will go to Široki Brijeg after visiting Tihaljina. Here you will visit the Franciscan Friary of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On February 7, 1945, 30 Franciscan friars were executed for refusing to renounce their faith. Fr. Jozo Zovko, the parish priest who was in Medjugorje at the time when the apparitions began, was stationed here as guardian for many years and received thousands of pilgrims at this church.
Day 9 | Tuesday, August 6: Medjugorje - Home
After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, you will depart for Dubrovnik, Split or Sarajevo Airport for your return flight(s) 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.
About your trip
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