Project Description

A faith-filled pilgrimage

Apostle Paul & Saint John to Our Lady of Medjugorje

~ Greece to Medjugorje ~

with Father Silvichan Dominic, Leduc AB

Travel Dates: October 5 – 20, 2021

In Greece, visit Corinth where Apostle Paul wrote the Letter to the Corinthians, explore Meteora and the ancient Monasteries, visit Mount Vernon and the Letters to the Thessalonians, see the Arch of Galerius and the Ignatian Way, visit Thessaloniki and Philippi,  explore Delphi and an enjoy a relaxing Greek Island Cruise, tour Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary in Kusadasi, visit the Island of Patmos, where Saint John wrote the Book of Revelation.  In Sarajevo see the Tunnel Museum and the Sacred Heart Cathedral.  In Medjugorje, experience a full day of devotions, climbing the hills and enjoy community visits.  In Dubrovnik, take in a guided city tour of the ancient city walls.   Mediterranean Sea,  Mouth-watering cuisine,  Daily Mass,  Ancient Cities,  Architecture…

ITINERARY

Part I – Greece and Apostle Paul

Day 1 Tuesday, October 5, 2021 International Flight to Athens

Overnight: On board Meals: TBA

Meet TYW at the EIA for your check-in and flight to Greece.

Day 2 Wednesday, October 6, 2021 Athens

Overnight: Athens Mass: TBA Meals: On board/D

Καλώς ήρθες ! Welcome to Athens!

Depending on the flight arrival, an activity will be arranged.

Day 3 Thursday, October 7, 2021 Athens – Corinth – Cenchrea 

Overnight: Athens Mass: TBA Meals: BD

This morning we drive along the picturesque Corinthian Gulf to Corinth, where the Apostle Paul lived and from where he sent his first and second letters to the Corinthians, the market place as you stand in the midst of the ruins of the church of Corinth and see the pillars, steps and place of public worship where Paul preached. Visit the sixth century BC Temple of Apollo, the Museum of Corinth and the Bema Seat of Saint Paul ( an elevated platform used as an orator’s podium in ancient Athens). Continue on to Cenchrea, the ancient seaport from where Apostle Paul set sail for Ephesus across the Aegean Sea. In the afternoon we return to Athens and visit the legendary Acropolis to see the spectacular Parthenon and the Temple of Athena and its Winged Victory statue. Next, we visit Areopagus or Mars Hill where Paul was brought before the council and made his famous “Men of Athens” speech on the “Unknown God”. 

Following Mass at the Bema Seat of Saint Paul ~ TBC, we will continue to see Constitution Square, the House of Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Temple of Zeus, the Old Olympic Stadium and the neoclassical buildings of Athens. Dinner and overnight in Athens.

Day 4 Friday, October 8, 2021 Athens – Aegean Sea Cruise to Mykonos

Overnight: Aboard cruise Mass: TBA Meals: BLD

After breakfast, we board our cruise ship. Our first stop is the island of Mykonos. Here you will see a hilly, rock island of 29 square miles dotted with more than 350 tiny chapels built by 19th-century pirates to invoke the protection of their patron saints. Your guide will take you along the fishing harbour with shops, and also offer the opportunity to eat incredibly fresh seafood during a sunset to remember.

Day 5 Saturday, October 9, 2021 Kusadasi – Ephesus – Patmos 

Overnight: Aboard cruise Mass: TBA Meals: BLD

Kusadasi ~ Arrive 07:00   Depart: 13:00 / Patmos ~ Arrive 16:30 Depart: 21:30

This morning we arrive at the port of Kusadasi to enjoy a tour of Ephesus, the best preserved of the original Seven Churches of Revelation. Also, see among other sites, the Magnesian Gate, the Agora, the Odeon, the Library of Celsus, the Thermal Baths of Scholastica, Trajan’s Fountain, the Prytaneum, Hadrian’s Temple and the Great Theatre.

Ancient tradition holds that Mary lived here with Saint John. The Apostle Paul spent two years in Ephesus and it is here that he wrote his First Letter to the Corinthians. Visit the House of the Virgin Mary ~ where Mary spent the final years of her life.

Our tour concludes with a visit to the covered Bazaar of Kusadasi with free time for shopping. Next, we sail to the Island of Patmos, where Saint John wrote the Book of Revelation. Visit St. John’s Monastery and the Grotto of the Apocalypse

Day 6 Sunday, October 10, 2021 Crete and Santorini

Overnight: Aboard cruise Mass: TBA Meals: BLD

Crete ~ Arrive 07:00 Depart: 12:00  |  Santorini ~ Arrive 16:30 Depart: 21:30

This morning we will dock in Heraklion, the capital of Crete, where Apostle Paul stopped because of severe winds (Acts 27:7). Your shore excursion today includes the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos, which is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos. At the Archaeological Museum, we’ll see displays of many of the treasures found during the excavation of this ancient city. 

Board your ship for the beautiful island of Santorini, believed by many travellers to be the most breathtaking of all the Greek Isles. You can choose to visit Santorini and see the stunning blue domes and the whitewashed houses, narrow streets and open-air cafes that cling to steep cliffs. Recently evidence was discovered that have led scientists and archeologists to believe that Santorini may be the fabled lost continent of Atlantis. Depart Santorini for our overnight sailing to Athens. 

*optional tours available for Santorini

Day 7 Monday, October 11, 2021 Athens  – Delphi – Kalambaka

Overnight: Kalambaka Mass: TBA Meals: BD

This morning disembark at the Port of Piraeus where your private coach will be waiting to take you to Delphi, the center of the Ancient world, the “omphalos” (navel) of the earth.  

On the slopes of Mount Parnassos, with a landscape of unparalleled beauty, lies the archaeological site of Delphi. Here we will visit the Temple of Apollo, the Treasury of the Athenians and the Archaeological Museum containing such masterpieces of ancient Greek sculpture as the bronze Charioteer and the famous athlete Aghias. After the tour, continue to Kalambaka for dinner and overnight.

Day 8 Tuesday, October 12, 2021 Kalambaka – Meteora – Veria – Thessalonki 

Overnight: Thessaloniki Mass: TBA Meals: BD

Today we will see one of the most amazing places in Greece ~ Meteora. Meaning ‘suspended in air’ the name Meteora soon came to encompass the entire rock community of 24 monasteries, the largest and most important group of the thousand-year-old Byzantine monasteries, after those in Mount Athos. Monks would descend in nets or on retractable wooden ladders up to 40m long to the fertile valleys below with each community developing its own resources and by the end of the 14th century, the Grand Meteoron emerged as the dominant community. The rock monasteries have been characterized by UNESCO as a unique phenomenon of cultural heritage.  After lunch, continue on to Veria (ancient Berea), on the terraced foot of Mount Vernon to see the monument where Paul preached. End your day in Thessaloniki where Paul preached and wrote his first and second letters to the Thessalonians. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.

Day 9 Wednesday, October 13, 2021 Thessalonki – Philippi – Kavala 

Overnight: Thessaloniki Mass: TBA Meals: BD

Today we enjoy a panoramic drive to the Old City Walls where we have excellent views of the city with the White Tower, the Arch of Galerius and the Rotunda standing on the Ignatian Way. In the afternoon visit Philippi, where Paul established the first church in Europe. Here we see the ancient forum and jail where Paul & Silas were imprisoned as well as the river where Lydia was baptized. 

End your day in the beautiful port city of Kavala (Neapolis), where Paul landed when he sailed from Troas. Dinner and overnight in Kavala.

Day 10 Thursday, October 14, 2021 Transfer to the Thessalonica airport for Sarajevo ( possible Split or Dubrovnik)

Overnight: Sarajevo Mass: TBA Meals: B

Welcome to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, considered to be one of the most interesting cities of the Balkans. 

Part II – Sarajevo to Croatia with Medjugorje

“Pope Authorizes Official Pilgrimages to Medjugorje” ~  May 13, 2019

Day 11 Friday, October 15, 2021 Sarajevo

Overnight: Sarajevo Meals Included: BD Daily Mass: TBA

Today discover all the highlights of the Old Town, the 16th century-old mosque and the remains of the Ottoman Empire rule, the marvellous old bazaar, the town centre square which covers the 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, an event that sparked World War I. Visit the Tunnel Museum, the only means of going in and out during the siege of Sarajevo in last war.  Before dinner, visit the Sacred Heart Cathedral, built in a Neo-Gothic style in 1884. Dinner and overnight in Sarajevo.

Day 12 Saturday, October 16, 2021 Mostar to Medjugorje

Overnight: Medjugorje Meals Included: BD Daily Mass: TBA

This morning we depart for Mostar, the largest city in Herzegovina and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. The Old Town and the Old Bridge over the turquoise-green Neretva River placed this town on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The bridge joining Christian and Muslim districts of Mostar has become the symbol of history and conflicts in the Balkans.   After lunch, we will continue to journey to the tiny town of Medjugorje, nestled between the towns of Croatia and Mostar. Medjugorje literally means ‘between the hills’.

Day 13 Sunday, October 17, 2021 Full day of devotions in Medjugorje 

Overnight: Medjugorje Meals Included: BD Daily Mass: TBA

Medjugorje is a place of peace and prayer where 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 now authorized to organize Pilgrimages to Medjugorje. 

Located in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Medjugorje 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 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 ten secrets to the children. The children, now adults, some of them who continue to see her every day. 

~ Climb Apparition Hill: This mountainous hill is where the visionaries first encountered Our Lady. At the base of this hill is a Blue Cross, where it is said that Our Lady appeared to the children while they hid from the communist police in the early days of the alleged apparitions. While 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 for prayer. 

~ Apparitions: Each evening at 5 PM or 6 PM (depending on daylight savings time), your group will join the villagers and fellow pilgrims of Medjugorje in saying the Rosary, as all anxiously await the alleged arrival of Our Lady to the visionaries. Following the apparition, at 5:40 PM (6:40 PM during Daylight Savings Time), feel free to stay at St. James Church and attend the Croatian Mass. Following the Croatian Mass, there is a Blessing of the Sick. 

~ 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. While climbing, your group is invited to pray at the Stations of the Cross (to meditate on Jesus’ suffering Road to Calvary), pausing fifteen times for each Station.

~ 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 altar outside 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, where Adoration is held 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 the 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: The bronze statue of the Risen Christ is located on the grounds of St. James Church. 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.

Day 14 Monday, October 18, 2021 Medjugorje to Dubrovnik

Overnight: Mlini Meals Included: BD Daily Mass: TBA

Enjoy your last morning in Medjugorje.  Depart for Dubrovnik, known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. Enjoy your guided tour Dubrovnik ~ “genuine, authentic and the only town in the world made of stone and light”, founded in the 7th century. Visit the Church of St. Blaise, Cathedral, Rector’s Palace, Franciscan, and Dominican Monasteries, Stradun Promenade, Onofrio’s Fountain, Orlando Statue, and the Sponza Palace.  Late afternoon, walk the city walls, which are considered the masterpiece of Renaissance architecture, the symbol of Dubrovnik.

Day 15 Tuesday, October 19, 2021 Montenengro

Overnight: Mlini Meals Included: B Daily Mass: TBA

Full day tour of Montenegro, with Kotor Bay.

Day 16 Saturday, October 20, 2021 International flight from Dubrovnik to Edmonton

Overnight: Onboard flight Meals Included: B/TBA

*Please note: This tour is subject to final edits and changes

B – Breakfast    L – Lunch   D – Dinner

INCLUSIONS

  • 12 nights accommodations in 3 & 4* hotels
  • All breakfasts and 11 dinners
  • All private coach transfers
  • Transfers from Sarajevo to Croatia by private coach
  • Your private and professional full-time TYW tour directors 
  • Entrances to: Greece: All Archaeological sites as per tour, Ephesus, The House of the Virgin Mary, Palace of Knossos, St.  John’s Monastery, the Grotto of the Apocalypse, and Meteora Monasteries.   Bosnia and Herzegovina: Tunnel Museum, Gazi Husrev Bey’s Mosque  Montenegro: Full day tour Dubrovnik: St. Blaise Cathedral, Dubrovnik City Walls

EXCLUSIONS

  • International Airfare
  • Donations for churches
  • All gratuities to guides and drivers
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Items of personal nature
  • Travel Visa – if applicable
  • Mandatory Travel Insurance (please see pricing page for more details)

GUIDED TOURS

  • Greece ~ Local guides in Athens and Meteora. All guided tours onboard your cruise ~ Kusadasi, Patmos and Crete
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina ~ Local guides in Sarajevo and Mostar
  • Croatia ~ Dubrovnik city walls

PACKAGE PRICE

Based on 20 travellers in shared twin accommodations

Based on land rates of 2020

$ 4,995.00

Single Supplement: Hotels $ 835.00 / Cruise $ 1000.00 cruise

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TRAVEL FACTS:

Luggage Allowance: Will depends on your chosen airline, please verify.

Travel Visa: No visa necessary if traveling with a Canadian passport

Climate:

October in Greece ~ Highs of 23° & Lows of 14°

October in Sarajevo and Croatia ~  Highs of 18° & lows of 10°

Currency:

Greece – Euro

Bosnia & HerzegovinaBosnian Convertible Mark

Croatia – Croatian Kuna

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Application Due Date: Monday, January 18, 2021

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