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Marian Shrines of Croatia & Slovenia


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13 Days / 11 Nights, Dubrovnik, Medjugorje, Split, Plitvice Lakes, Opatija, Postojna, Bled, Marija Bistrica, Ljubljana, Zagreb


TOUR FEATURE INCLUDES:


• Round-trip air: USA – DUBROVNIK and ZAGREB – USA


• Meet and assist upon arrival by your Homeric Tours representative


• Private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach throughout


• English speaking Catholic tour guide(s)


• Your choice of 3, 4 or 5 star hotels (except Medjugorje)


• 11 Nights of hotel accommodation • Breakfast, lunch and dinner as indicated • 9 Days of sightseeing tours • All transfers • All entrance fees • Hotel taxes and service charges • Porterage of one suitcase per person • USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program


Architectural church detail, Croatia


DAY BY DAY ITINERARY DAY 1: USA


Depart for your overnight flight to Dubrovnik. DAY 2: DUBROVNIK


Upon arrival meet your Homeric Tours repre- sentative and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon at leisure to walk to the Old Town aka “Pearl of the Adriatic.” Welcome dinner in a typical Dalmatian restaurant with local food and wine. (D)


DAY 3: DUBROVNIK / MEDJUGORJE After breakfast, enjoy a walking tour of “Old Dubrovnik;” including St. Blaze church, the Rector’s Palace, Bell Tower clock, Orlando’s Column, Sponza Palace, Dominican Monastery and Franciscan Monastery with its Pharmacy. Lunch, on your own. After lunch, depart for Medjugorje along the Adriatic coast. A warm welcome from your host family awaits you. Attend the evening program at St. James Church. Dinner and overnight in Medjugorje. (B,D)


DAY 4 & 5: MEDJUGORJE


After English Mass, visit Apparition Hill and climb Holy Cross Mountain. If possible, meet with the visionaries and Father Jozo. Attend evening recitation of the Rosary and Healing service at St. James Church. Free time for lunch and shopping. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 6: MEDJUGORJE / SPLIT


Depart for Split with stops to the Shrine in Veprice and Makarska before arriving at Our Lady of Sinj, one of Croatia’s oldest spiritual centers and home


of the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary. Arrival in Split. Enjoy a city tour featuring the historic inner city, built around Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Visit its Roman heritage, the Renaissance and Gothic structures, Jupiter’s Temple, the Peristyle and the Cathedral. Dinner at a local “Konoba.” (B,D)


DAY 7: SPLIT / TROGIR / ZADAR / PLITVICE LAKES Depart for Trogir, the center of artistic activities. Then on to Zadar, the oldest Slavic city on the Adriatic. Your orientation tour includes; the ruins of the Roman Forum, the Cathedral and St. Donat Church. Continue on to Plitvice Lakes National Park. Overnight. (B,D)


DAY 8: PLITVICE LAKES / OUR LADY OF TRSAT / OPATIJA


Enjoy Plitvice National Park listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage list. After lunch depart for Opatija, once favored by European royalty. Stop for Holy Mass at Our Lady of Trsat, built to commemorate the transfer of the Holy House of Nazareth from Jerusalem to Loreto. Arrive at Opatija for dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 9: OPATIJA Day at leisure or take an optional excursion to the city of Venice. Overnight Opatija. (B,D)


DAY 10: OPATIJA / POSTOJNA / BLED Leisurely morning before crossing the border to Slovenia to visit Postojna, home of one of the larg- est caves in Europe. Tour the fantastic subterranean world by miniature electric train. The Slovenes


The itinerary may be modified and tailored to the specific requirements and budget of your group * Ask about our church donation program


owe their devotion to the Blessed Mother to the disciples of Cyril and Methodius. Visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Succor in Brezje. View the painting of Our Lady of Brezje, the Patron Saint of Slovenia. Then onto Bled, situated in the Julian Alps. Dinner and overnight Bled. (B,D)


DAY 11: BLED / LJUBLJANA Visit Bled Castle and continue to Ptujska Gora, the national sanctuary of the Slovenes to celebrate Holy Mass. Balance of the day at leisure. Optional excursion to the old church with its collection of religious art located on a small island in the middle of the lake. Tour Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia and visit the open-air market, City Hall, Robba’s Fountain, the Three Bridges and the Parliament. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 12: MARIJA BISTRICA / ZAGREB Depart for Marija Bistrica, the sanctuary of Mother of God, Queen of Croatia, crowned with Papal crowns to celebrate Holy Mass. It’s at the national Croatian Shrine where we will pray the Stations of the Cross. Continue to Zagreb, the capital city of Croatia and if time permitting, free brief tour of the historic Upper Town to see St. Mark’s Church, St. Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, the Parliament and the Government Palace. Dinner and overnight Zagreb. (B,D)


DAY 13: USA After breakfast transfer to the airport for your departure flight home. (B)


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