Day 1: ZAGREB - Arrival
Arrival to Zagreb. Transfer to hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 2: ZAGREB CITY TOUR
The group will have a tour of Zagreb, starting from the Old Town, where they will visit Kaptol and St. Stephen's Cathedral - dedicated to the Assumption of Our Lady. Walking tour through the narrow streets of Upper Town, passing the Dolac open air market, Stone Gate, St. Mark’s church with its picturesque roof, Parliament and Government buildings, Lotršćak Tower and many more. Tour will reach the main Jelačić Square - Zagreb's main square with the equestrian statue of Ban Jelačić, followed by an opening Holy mass, in the St. Stephen's Cathedral. Overnight and dinner in Zagreb.
Day 3: ZAGREB – KRAŠIĆ – TRSAT – ZADAR
After breakfast, departure to Rijeka. Visit to the famous church and sanctuary of Our Lady of Trsat, situated above the town. According to the legend the sanctuary's history began with „Mary's house“ being transfered from Nazareth to Trsat in 1291. Its 13th century Franciscan cloister painted with 32 scenes from the file of the Virgin Mary with the Votive Chapel contains numerous picturesque popular illustrations of the miracles of Our Lady of Trsat.
Drive towards Zadar. Visit the church of Saint Donat - the symbol of the city, the most famous monumental edifice in Croatia from the early Middle Ages. Discover the Cathedral of St. Anastasia, the most impressive basilica in Dalmatia. Tour of the Land Gate and city walls, Square of Five Wells, People's Square and of course the Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun. In 2016 Zadar received the prestigious title of ‘Best European Destination’. Free time, dinner and overnight in Zadar.
Day 4: ZADAR – ŠIBENIK – SINJ – SPLIT
After breakfast in the hotel, drive towards Šibenik. City tour of Šibenik including visit of the St Jacob Cathedral. Continue to the National Park Krka, surrounded by untouched nature and clear water. Embark boat on the river Krka for a cruise to the island of Visovac. The island of Visovac has always been an oasis of peace, where the Franciscan monastery and church from the 15th century served as fortresses of spirituality.
After Visovac, drive towards Sinj, a town with three hundred years old Marian Shrine, to Our Lady of Sinj. Our Lady miraculously saved the fortress of Sinj from the invasion of the Turks in 1715 year. This event is something historians can't explain, why the Ottoman army suddenly over the night left the Valley of Sinj where town was kept under the siege. Many thinks it is because of the prayers before the painting of Our Lady. Transfer to Split for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: SPLIT – TROGIR – SOLIN – SPLIT
After breakfast in hotel, sightseeing of Split. The story of Split is already 17 centuries old, dating to the time the Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to build his Palace right on the peninsula near the great Roman city Salona, where he wanted to spend the last years of his life. During these 1700 years the Palace slowly turned into a city, which to this day lures with its rich tradition, glorious history and beauty of its natural and cultural heritage. Diocletian Palace and the entire historical core of Split have been on the World Heritage UNESCO list ever since 1979. Admire the Cathedral of St. Duje, the patron of Split, originally the mausoleum of the palace, for which is considered the oldest Cathedral in the World.
Trogir, the city with 2300 years of tradition, is a remarkable example of urban island settlement from the Hellenistic period. In first century Trogir became Roman municipality ‘Tragurium’, and joined to Salona, center of Roman province of Dalmatia. Upon the fall of the Roman Empire, Trogir has became an independent town. It has beautiful Romanesque churches which are complemented by the outstanding Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period, and in 1997 UNESCO acknowledged Trogir as a World cultural Heritage.
3000 years old ‘Salona’, today Solin, was the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia and the birthplace of Emperor Diocletian. In the 7th century town was destroyed after the arrival of Avars and Croats, and refugees escaped to Diocletian’s Palace, in Split. Known as ‘The Cradle of Croatian history’, it was one of the capital cities in Medieval Croatian state, and a place where Croatian King Demetrius Zvonimir was crowned in 11th century. Today, Solin preserved remains of old city and the arena, where gladiators fought till death. It is known for it’s church of St. Mary, Our Lady of the Islet. Overnight and dinner in Split.
Day 6: SPLIT – VEPRIC – MEĐUGORJE
After breakfast in hotel, tour continues towards Vepric, a sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes founded in 1908 by Bishop Juraj Carić. The natural cave as well as the surrounding landscape formed by hills and the creek running in the valley, greatly reminds pilgrims of the famous sanctuary of Lourdes in France. Because of its natural beauty and its peaceful surrounding, this sanctuary is visited by a great number of pilgrims. The most important dates for pilgrimages are: February 11th, March 25th, August 15th, September 7-8th.
Evening program in the church of St. James. Overnight and dinner in Međugorje.
Day 7: MEĐUGORJE CITY TOUR
The program is a combination of time spent in talks given by Franciscans, daily Holy Mass, time spent on the hill of Podbrdo known as the Apparition Hill, site of the apparition of Our Lady. You will pray the Way of The Cross, on the Cross Mountain. You may participate in the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, in a prayer for healing of the body and the soul. Overnight and dinner in Međugorje.
Day 8: MEĐUGORJE – DUBROVNIK
Leaving Međugorje and travel to Dubrovnik. Free time, dinner and overnight in hotel.
Day 9: DUBROVNIK CITY TOUR
The 'Pearl of the Adriatic', situated on the Dalmatian coast, became an important Mediterranean sea power from the 13th century onwards. Although severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667, Dubrovnik managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains. Damaged again in the 1990s by armed conflict, it is now the focus of a major restoration program coordinated by UNESCO. You will have a chance to visit Franciscan cloister and one of the oldest pharmacies in Europe, pass along Stradun, the largest street in the old town of Dubrovnik and end at the Square of the Loggia with the Orlando's column and from where one can see major architectural masterpieces such as St. Blaise church, Cathedral of the Dubrovnik dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the Cathedral one can see most precious treasure and the relics of St. Blaise the patron saint of Dubrovnik. Overnight at hotel.
Day 10: DUBROVNIK - Departure
Early morning breakfast and transfer to Dubrovnik International Airport - flight back home.
- Arrival transfer from Zagreb Airport to hotel and from hotel to Dubrovnik airport on the first and the last day of the tour
- Accommodation hotels on half board basis
- air-conditioned motor coach throughout
- tour escort throughout
- local guide for sightseeing in Zagreb, Zadar, Šibenik, Trogir, Split, Međugorje, Dubrovnik
- Entrance fees to Krka Lakes National Park; Franciscan Monastery and Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik; Diocletian’s Palace and Cathedral in Split; St. Lawrence Cathedral in Trogir; St. Donatus Church in Zadar; St Jacob Cathedral in Šibenik