Since June 1981 Our Lady has said to be appearing on a daily basis to six village children, giving countless messages to them. Healings, miracles 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.
On arrival into Dubrovnik we are transferred to Medjugorje.
We travel 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 eight days. Here we will be welcomed by a local family in private lodgings (all rooms with ensuite). Home cooked dinners and breakfasts will be served daily from your residence.
Medjugorje overnight (BD)
“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:
EVENING CHURCH PROGRAMME (DAILY)
Today we travel to Sarajevo airport for our homebound flight connections. (B)
Meal Code: (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
Welcome to Rome. Tonight gather with your fellow pilgrims for our first group dinner in the Eternal City.
Rome overnight (D)
PAPAL EVENT: We will travel to St Peter’s Square this morning for a memorable Papal Audience with Pope Francis as we join pilgrims from around the world. (Subject to the Pope’s presence in Rome)
Journey out to the majestic Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls. Originally consecrated in 324, the saint’s tomb is visible now under the Papal Altar. We will celebrate a wonderful Mass here as a special tribute to the Church’s greatest evangelist.
Continue then to the ancient Catacombs for a memorable guided tour to marvel at these underground burial tunnels for Christians and Hebrews.
Rome overnight (BD)
Commence our pilgrimage with a spectacular Mass at St Peter’s Basilica before coming to the nearby Vatican Museums. 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.
In the afternoon, visit 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).
Visit the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme with its extraordinary collection of relics from the Holy Land.
This evening we will celebrate our final night in Rome at L’Eau Vive French Restaurant run by missionary nuns who actually sing the Ave Maria to us between courses!
Rome overnight (BD)
Drive through scenic Umbrian countryside to the pilgrimage centre of Assisi, where St Francis tended the poor and sick and founded the Franciscan Order. On arrival in this medieval hillside town we will visit the Basilica of St Mary of the Angels down on the plains where St Francis spent most of his life. Here we will see the Portiuncula (meaning ‘small portion of land’) where St. Francis returned for prayer, the thornless rose bush, and the chapel where he died in 1226. On Palm Sunday 1211, Francis received in this church Clare of Assisi and dedicated her to the Lord.
Enjoy a guided tour through some of the town’s highlights including: the tranquil Church of San Damiano and the actual chapel where it all began when the voice of Christ spoke to Francis in the year 1205. Here too we find the first monastery of the Order of St Clare where Clare built her community in close friendship with Francis.
Culminate up at the Hermitage (Eremo delle Carceri), an oasis of peace and tranquillity in the woods built on the site of a simple cave where St Francis often withdrew to spend many hours in prayer. The cave and the Chapel of Our Lady are preserved in the Hermitage.
We end our tour at the Basilica of St Clare where we will proceed to the side chapel to pray before the Holy Crucifix from which God spoke to Francis “Go and repair my Church which as you see is in ruins”. Here too we can also take the stairway down to the crypt where the body of Clare, partially restored, is displayed.
Return to Rome.
Rome overnight (BD)
This morning, we farewell the Eternal City as we transfer to the airport for our flights to Croatia. (B)
|STARTS||Saturday 14 October 2023|
|FINISHES||Saturday 21 October|
|TOUR COST||AUD $2990 (twin share) *|
|SINGLE ROOM||AUD $950 Supplement|
|PREPAID TIPS||AUD $112 Per Person|
|STARTS||Tuesday 10 October 2023|
|JOINS GROUP||Saturday 14 October 2023|
|TOUR COST||AUD 2450 (twin share)*|
|SINGLE ROOM||AUD $490 Supplement|
|PREPAID TIPS||AUD $70 Per Person|
|Includes flight Rome to Dubrovnik|
|COMBINED ROME & MEDJUGORJE COST|
|TOUR COST||AUD $5440 (twin share) *|
|SINGLE ROOM||AUD $1440 Supplement|
* Costs are for tour only and without international airfares. Prices may be subject to change in the event of significant exchange rate variations, hotel & service changes or minimum group size factors beyond Harvest’s control. Refer to Harvest Terms & Conditions for more details.
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