Pilgrimage to Croatia

 

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We organize many pilgrimages to Croatia for groups and individuals every year. Here we present our sample itinerary for a pilgrimage tour to Croatia and Medjugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Of course if program is too long for you and you do not have that much time for your trip, we can prepare a shorter version of this tour according to your needs and expectations. Besides religious sites we want to show you the most beautiful towns of Croatia. You will learn more about Croatia's history and traditions. You will discover the most interesting natural sites and will experience a truly pleasant journey along the Croatian Adriatic coast.

Day 1 – Zagreb Airport – Zagreb

We will pick you up from the airport in Zagreb and we will take you to your hotel in Zagreb. We provide a panoramic city tour and an afternoon walking city tour around Zagreb (depending on your arrival). During a walking tour you will have a chance to absorb unique ambience of the Old Town while strolling along narrow street. You will see the most important sights of the capital city of Croatia such as the Cathedral, Dolac open air market, the Stone Gate, St. Mark’s church, the Parliament, the Lotrscak Tower and much more. You will have dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Day 2 – Zagreb – Marija Bistrica – Zagreb

After breakfast, you will drive toward Marija Bistrica which is considered to be the largest and the most popular Marian sanctuary in Croatia. Pilgrims from around the world come to the parish church of St. Peter, where a miraculous 16th-century sculpture of the Mother Mary of Bistrica is situated. In the 20th century, the Calvary – the Way of the Cross – was built on the hill behind the sanctuary. Stone and bronze sculptures in 15 stations represent Christ's passion. After visiting Marija Bistrica, you will drive back to Zagreb where you will dine and stay overnight.

Day 3 – Zagreb - Rijeka – Opatija

In the morning, you will head to Rijeka, a town located 160 km southwest of Zagreb. Our professional guide will take you on a sightseeing tour of Rijeka and then you will visit the famous church and the sanctuary of Our Lady of Trsat, which was built above the town. Legend says that 'Mary's house' was transfered from Nazareth to Trsat in 1291 where it remained until 1294 when it was transfered to Loretto (Italy). The 13th-century Franciscan monastery is painted with 32 scenes from the file of the Virgin Mary with the Votive Chapel. You will dine and stay overnight in Opatija.

Day 4 – Opatija – Zadar – Sibenik

After breakfast, you will drive to Sibenik. Along the way you will stop in Zadar to see the major sights of this beautiful old city. You will take a walk around the charming Old Town and visit the church of Saint Donat which is the symbol of the city. The church is also the most famous medieval building in Croatia. You will also see the impressive Cathedral of St. Anastasia. Then, you will drive to Sibenik - the oldest Croatian and Slavic city on the Adriatic. You will visit the 15th -century cathedral of St. James and take part in a short sightseeing tour of Sibenik. You will have dinner in Sibenik and stay overnight there.

Day 5 – Sibenik – Krka National Park – Trogir

In the morning, you will visit the Cathedral of Saint Jacob in Sibenik. Then, you will drive to the Krka National Park - one of the most beautiful national parks in Croatia, located just a few kilometers from Sibenik. The park is well known for picturesque waterfalls cascading over 17 natural barriers which were formed by the Krka River. You will embark a boat and start your cruise to the island of Visovac where the 15th – century Franciscan monastery is picturesquely situated. You will sail to Skradinski buk waterfall - the longest waterfall on the Krka River, where you will have some free time and then you will continue your trip to Trogir. You will have dinner stay overnight there.

Day 6 – Trogir – Split – Medjugorje

After breakfast, our guide will take you on a short sightseeing of Trogir. The Old Town of Trogir is picturesquely located on an island. This remarkable place was scribed into UNESCO's List. You will walk along narrow cobbled streets among medieval architecture. You will visit the Cathedral of Saint Lawrence with the Romanesque portal. You will drive to Split – the largest and most important city of Dalmatia. You will see the Diokletian's palace which is the major highlight of the city. You will visit its cellars, the Peristil with the Jupiter's Temple. You will have a chance to admire the Cathedral of St Duje, the patron of Split. Then, you will head to Medjugorje where you will dine and stay overnight.

Day 7 – Medjugorje – Ston – Dubrovnik

After a breakfast, you will walk to the Apparition Hill. You will see wooden crosses and bronze reliefs making up 'the way of the rosary'. Medjugorje is famous for Our Lady's apparitions. The first apparition was in 1981 and since that time, millions of pilgrims have came to that place. You will take part in an arranged Mass. Then, you will go to Ston – the unique town famous for one of the largest defensive walls in the world, salt works and oyster farming. After Ston's sightseeing you will go to Dubrovnik where you will have dinner and stay overnight.

Day 8 – Dubrovnik

Our guide will take you on a morning sightseeing tour of Dubrovnik with a panoramic drive. You will drive to a place from where you can admire scenic panoramic views over the city of Dubrovnik. Then, you will go back to the Old Town and take a walk along Stradun – the main city's promenade. You will visit the most important sights such as the Romanesque-Gothic Franciscan monastery with one of the oldest pharmacies in the world and the Treasury of the impressive baroque Cathedral. The Cathedral's Treasury is situated in the beautiful baroque chapel and it consists 138 reliquaries. In the afternoon you will have free time. You will have dinner in your hotel.

Day 9 – Dubrovnik – Cavtat and Konavle – Dubrovnik

After breakfast, you will drive to the wonderful historical town of Cavtat, which was originally a Greek settlement called Epidauros. You will take a pleasant walk through the town which is dotted with numerous beautiful palaces and luxuriant vegetation. You will visit the mausoleum of the Račić family, the home and gallery of the great Croatian painter Vlaho Bukovac, theFranciscan monastery and the 15th – century Church of St. Blaise, the Baroque parish Church of St. Nicholas and more. Then, you will have lunch in the charming Konavle valley. This region is covered with lush vineyards and olive groves. You will experience the natural beauty of that place and discover its tradition while watching the oldest villagers wearing the traditional folk costumes. You will have dinner in Dubrovnik.

Day 10 – Dubrovnik – Airport

After breakfast you we will transfer you to the Dubrovnik Airport.

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