15 Day Pilgrimage to Rome and Medjugorje
Departs Monday 9 October 2017 From $4,990 pp – twin share
MEAL CODE: B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner
Day 1: Monday 9th October – Depart for Italy
Upon arrival at Rome airport we will be met and transferred to our accommodation. Remainder of the day at leisure.
Rome overnight (D)
Day 2: Tuesday 10th October – Arrive Rome
Day 3: Wednesday 11th October – Rome Pilgrimage
Papal Event: We will proceed to St Peter’s Square where the Holy Father is expected to host a General Audience with pilgrims from around the world – subject to his presence in Rome.
Continue by coach this afternoon to the impressive St. Mary Major Basilica. Onwards to the Basilica of St. John in Lateran (First Papal residence) and the adjacent Holy Stairs brought from Jerusalem to Rome in 326AD by St Helena (as a favourite of pilgrims, these steps may only be ascended on the knees). Finally we visit the Basilica of Santa Croce in Jerusalem with its extraordinary collection of relics from the Holy Land including a full size replica of the Shroud of Turin. Mass will be celebrated at one of the three Basilicas.
Rome overnight (BD)
Day 4: Thursday 12th October – Rome Pilgrimage
After a private Mass at St Peter’s Basilica this morning we come to the nearby Vatican Museums for an unforgettable guided tour. Wander the spectacular chambers leading to the Sistine Chapel to view Michelangelo’s masterpieces, including the magnificent fresco of the Last Judgment. Continue through to the awe inspiring St Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world for an informative exploration. Our guided tour will feature among other highlights Michelangelo’s stunning Pieta, the tomb of Pope St John Paul II, the great Confessional and the Crypt containing the tombs of several Popes.
Some free time will be afforded this afternoon to discover the sights of Rome. Strolling through the streets is like walking through the pages of a history book. Indulge in a gelato or enjoy a coffee while absorbing and admiring the history of this ancient city. Marvel at the Pantheon or visit the Church of St Ignatius with its amazing ceiling painted to look like a dome.
Rome overnight (BD)
Day 5: Friday 13th October – Rome Pilgrimage
This morning we enter into the most visited attraction in Rome – the Colosseum. In 1749, Pope Benedict XIV declared the Colosseum a sacred site, as it was a place where early Christians had been martyred. View also the Circus Maximus and the Roman Forum en route.
Our Christian Rome pilgrimage then continues to Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls as a special tribute to the Church’s greatest evangelist. Here we will celebrate our group Mass. Journey on to the ancient Catacombs for a memorable guided tour. Marvel at these underground burial tunnels for Christians and Hebrews.
This evening we will celebrate our final night in Rome at a traditional Italian restaurant.
Rome overnight (BD)
Day 6: Saturday 14th October – Rome Pilgrimage
We depart from Rome this morning for our flight to Croatia. On arrival we will be met and transferred across the border into Bosnia-Herzegovina and onto the village of Medjugorje. Prepare for a most extraordinary encounter of grace and peace for the next six days. Here we will be welcomed by a local family in private guesthouse lodgings (all rooms with ensuite). Home cooked dinners and breakfasts will be served daily from your residence.
Saturday 14th to Friday 20th October – The Medjugorje Pilgrimage
7 NIGHT PROGRAMME (BD DAILY)
“I have come to tell the world that God exists … that peace is necessary for the salvation of the world. Mankind must be reconciled with God and with one another”. These words came as a soothing balm to a troubled world and were first spoken by Our Lady to six village children in June 1981. Since then, a legacy of remarkable events has turned Medjugorje into one of the world’s most acclaimed pilgrimage places. For more than 30 years up until the present day Our Lady has been appearing on a daily basis to give countless messages to the children. Some of these messages are private, some are for all people and some contain secrets that Our Lady has revealed to the children about future events of the world.
Healings, miracles, wonders and conversions – these have been occurring for so long. Endless streams of pilgrims over the years have come to receive these graces and return to their homelands renewed.
The activities here will be evenly proportioned by our guide throughout the stay to allow time for rest and personal retreat. Each evening we should be advised of the following day’s agenda, as many events in Medjugorje are spontaneous.
Here are some of the highlights we hope to include:
Meet the Visionaries – The visionaries regularly receive groups, give explanations, pray with and answer pilgrims’ questions (subject to spontaneous availability).
The Hill of Apparitions – Make the journey in prayer up to this sacred site where the first apparitions took place and Our Lady first told the children ‘I have come to tell the world that God exists…. that peace is necessary for the salvation of the world’.
Climb Mt Krizevac – The Mountain of the Cross dominates the landscape. Pray the Stations of the Cross and ascend the grace-filled path, which rises to the breathtaking summit with its commanding 30- foot cement cross built in 1933.
Visit Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Retreat House – commonly known as “the Castle”, and hear the amazing testimony of Patrick Latta, a successful businessman and car dealer from Canada, who received a great grace of conversion through the messages of Our Lady. In 1993, he and his wife Nancy left everything behind and moved to Medjugorje during the height of the war.
Visit the Cenacolo Community – ‘Field of Life’ is the name of the community that Sr Elvira has founded for young men who were once drug addicts. We will be touched to hear their miraculous testimonies of faith.
Special Visionary Events – Join Ivan’s prayer group during a special outdoor apparition or be present when Vicka has a special meeting at night on Mt Krizevac (subject to spontaneity).
Inspiring Talks – There is an enriching Franciscan talk most afternoons in English.
Share occasional group gatherings – Optional and led by your Priest, for voluntary sharing, prayer or group rosary.
Enjoy personal free time daily – All activities listed do remain optional.
EVENING CHURCH PROGRAMME (DAILY)
5.00pm: The Rosary (Joyful and Sorrowful Mysteries)
5.40pm: Apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary
6.00pm: The local’s Croatian Mass
After Mass: Benediction, blessing of objects and prayers for healing.
7.00pm: The Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)
Above times are one hour later between mid April and mid September
DAY 13: Saturday 21st October – Depart Medjugorje
Today we travel to the airport for our homebound flight connections (B)
DAY 14: Sunday 22nd October – In Transit
DAY 14: Monday 23rd October – Arrive Australia
Airfares: Economy class airfare from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth (N.B. Airlines taxes are included and subject to fluctuations).
Accommodation and Meals: Based on moderate standard accommodation throughout with breakfast and dinner daily.
Miscellaneous inclusions: Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach with driver, local tour escort/guide, sightseeing and entrance fees throughout itinerary.
Not Included: Passport and visa costs (if applicable), other meals not stated, items of a personal nature including phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc. Travel insurance (Harvest will recommend a special group policy rate), Tipping.
Simple Booking Procedures
• Contact Harvest to place your booking and to advise any other extension plans.
• Send a $800 AUD deposit per person with completed pilgrims booking form to Harvest Journeys in Sydney. Cheques to be made payable to Harvest Journeys or nominate Credit Card details where shown.
• Await Harvest’s letter of confirmation containing receipt, visa(s) information (if applicable) and travel insurance detail along with any other specific travel detail.
• Make balance of payment seven weeks prior to departure.
• Collect or await the delivery of final tour documentation approximately two weeks prior to departure date.
Price From: $4990 (Incl. Tax)
Single Supplement: $590
Prepaid Tipping: $180
Tour Code: 7PV62