Six children, a tiny Croatian village and the faith of millions of people from the world over have given new light in recent years to what it means to be a true pilgrim on life’s journey. In this hallowed place of Medjugorje, this valley of miracles, the Mother of God has come with a message of hope for all people.
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 we will be met and transferred to Dubrovnik with its magnificent stone walls, churches, palaces and plazas.
Dubrovnik overnight (BD)
This morning we enjoy an exploration within the walls of the Old City. Visit the Basilica of St Blaise where we will celebrate Mass.
Enjoy some free time for lunch before we transfer 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 our stay to allow time for rest and personal retreat. Each evening we will 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 it is reported that 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 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:
Eg. 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 availability).
+ 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.
Today we travel to Dubrovnik airport for our homebound flight connections. (B)
* All tour inclusions and order of daily arrangements remain subject to change due to any unforeseen circumstances, which may arise, or at the discretion of the tour leadership.
* Costs are indicative and must remain subject to possible change in the event of significant exchange rate variations, airfare, tax & hotel changes or minimum group size factors beyond Harvest’s control. Refer to Harvest Terms & Conditions.
NB: Indicative prices for 2022
“Only heard of Medjugorje but could not imagine anything like it was!”
Available only in October 2022. Accompanied by Fr Andrew Grace.
Welcome to Rome. Join with pilgrims this evening for a Welcome Dinner.
Rome overnight (D)
Papal Event (Subject to the Pope’s presence in Rome). We will proceed to St Peter’s Square where the Holy Father is expected to host a General Audience to celebrate with pilgrims from around the world.
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.
Mass Setting: St Mary Major Basilica.
Rome overnight (BD)
Celebrate this morning 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.
Journey this afternoon 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 spend some time 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. Return to our hotel for some free time.
We will then dine out at L’Eau Vive Restaurant – Meaning Living Water (from the Biblical scene of Jacobs Well). This fabulous French Restaurant is run by Carmelite Missionary Nuns who will actually sing the Ave Maria to us between courses!
Mass Setting: St Peter’s Basilica.
Rome overnight (BD)
Meal Code: (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner
Pope Francis has decided to authorize pilgrimages to Medjugorje, which can now be officially organized by dioceses and parishes and will no longer take place only in a private capacity which as has so far been the case. The announcement was made today during Mass, at the parish shrine which has become a destination for millions of pilgrims, by the Apostolic Nuncio Luigi Pezzuto in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Archbishop Henryk Hoser, the Holy See’s Special Apostolic Visitator. … read more
WARSAW, Poland – Senior Vatican representatives joined the first officially approved church festival at Medjugorje, three months after Catholic pilgrimages to the site in Bosnia-Herzegovina were authorized by the pope.
“We are called to share the difficulties of our contemporaries and we have a responsibility to care for them,” Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for New Evangelization, told 60,000 young people from 97 countries Aug. 5 … read more