Pilgrimages

Friday 22 July – Friday 5 August (15 days)

Krakow Connect takes you straight into the heart of Krakow for a week of World Youth Day celebrations followed by a retreat. This pilgrimage is open to pilgrims aged 16-35  (subject to diocesan approval). For more information visit wyd2016.com.au.
 
 
DAY 1 – FRI 22 JULY: DEPART MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA 

DAY 2 – SAT 23 JULY: WARSAW
Welcome to Poland, the host of World Youth Day 2016!

DAY 3 – SUN 24 JULY: WARSAW - CZESTOCHOWA - KRAKOW 
Journey to Krakow via Czestochowa, and explore the Marian Shrine of Jasna Gora. This monastery is the home of the icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, a devotion Pope St John Paul II held close to his heart throughout his life.

DAY 4 – MON 25 JULY: KRAKOW
Krakow is where Pope John Paul II lived and served as archbishop, and the host city of World Youth Day 2016. Take time this free day to explore the old city as it welcomes pilgrims from all over the world. 

DAY 5 – DAY 10, TUE 26 JULY – SUN 31 JULY: WORLD YOUTH DAY!
World Youth Day begins! Thousands of young pilgrims from all over the world will converge on Krakow for this festival of faith. The week will include catecheses, the Papal Welcome, Stations of the Cross, and culminate in the overnight vigil and World Youth Day Mass with Pope Francis on Sunday July 31.

DAY 11 – DAY 12, MON 01 AUG –TUE 02 AUGUST: RETREAT 
Travelling outside of Krakow to beautiful Wisla, we will use this time to reflect on the experiences of World Youth Day and how our World Youth Day journey can continue back home.

DAY 13 – WED 03 AUG: WARSAW
We travel to Warsaw, Poland’s capital, before our flight home tomorrow.

DAY 14 – THU 04 AUG – WARSAW – RETURN TO MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

DAY 15 – FRI 05 AUG – ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA
 
$5670*

Monday 18 July – Saturday 6 August (20 days)

Be immersed in the faith and culture of Poland through a homestay experience in the diocese of Przemysl and participate in the Days in the Diocese program with local youth. The people of Przemysl look forward to welcoming you! Poland Encounter is open to pilgrims aged 18-35, and capacity is limited to 80 people. For more information visit wyd2016.com.au.

DAY 1 – MON 18 JULY: DEPART MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – WARSAW, POLAND
 
DAY 2 – TUE 19 JULY: WARSAW 
Welcome to Poland, the host of World Youth Day 2016! 
 
DAY 3 – WED 20 JULY: WARSAW - LUBLIN - PRZEMSYL
Today we head to our Days in the Diocese host, the Diocese of Przemsyl, in the beautiful south-east corner of Poland at the 'cross-roads of Europe'. On our way, we'll stop by Lublin, one of Poland's most beautiful cities.
 
DAY 4 – DAY 7, THU 21 JULY – SUN 24 JUL: DAYS IN THE DIOCESE, PRZEMYSL
The people of the Diocese of Przemysl are hosting an exciting immersion experience. Local families will open their homes to accommodate pairs of Victorian pilgrims. Over the next few days, Poland Encounter pilgrims and the young people of Przemysl will share faith, culture and friendship, and explore the rich and challenging history of this city.
 
DAY 8 – MON 25 JULY : PRZEMYSL - KRAKOW
We farewell our Days in the Diocese hosts and journey to World Youth Day host city Krakow.
 
DAY 9 – DAY 14, TUE 26 JULY – SUN 31 JULY: WORLD YOUTH DAY!
World Youth Day begins! Thousands of young pilgrims from all over the world will converge on Krakow for this festival of faith. The week will include catecheses, the Papal Welcome, Stations of the Cross, and culminate in the overnight vigil and World Youth Day Mass with Pope Francis on Sunday July 31.

DAY 15 – DAY 17, MON 01 AUG –WED 03 AUGUST: RETREAT 
In the beautiful valley town of Wisla, we will reflect on the experiences of World Youth Day and how our WYD journey can continue back home.

DAY 18 – THUR 04 AUG: VIENNA
We travel to Vienna where we will overnight before our flight home.

DAY 19 – FRI 5 AUG: VIENNA – RETURN TO MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

DAY 20 – SAT 06 AUG: ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA
 
$5780* 

Monday 18 July – Saturday 6 August (20 days)

Follow in the footsteps of St Paul on a journey through Greece to the places where Christianity was preached. This pilgrimage is open to pilgrims aged 18-35 and capacity is limited to 45 people. For more information visit wyd2016.com.au.

DAY 1 – MON 18 JULY: DEPART MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – ATHENS, GREECE

DAY 2 – TUE 19 JULY : ARRIVE IN ATHENS, GREECE.
Welcome to Athens!

DAY 3 – WED 20 JULY: ATHENS – THESSALONIKA.
To begin our pilgrimage, an early start for a visit to the Acropolis, and to see the Areopagus where Paul gave his amazing speech to the Athenians, We’ll continue north to Thessalonika. Although there was “uproar” in Thessalonika after St Paul preached there, many believed in his new message and a Christian community was started. St Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians is his earliest existing letter, and it details the beginnings of our Christian church.

DAY 4 – THU 21 JULY: THESSALONIKA, EXCURSION TO PHILIPPI & KAVALA.
A full-day excursion will take you along the ancient route of Apostle Paul to Amphipolis. Journey to ancient Philippi, the first place where St Paul preached in Europe. Here he spoke with women by the river and baptised Lydia and others who “listened with an open heart.” But, as in Thessalonika there were protests against Paul’s radical message and he and Silas were imprisoned and then amazingly freed. Next, continue to Kavala, the ancient port of Neapolis where Paul first arrived by boat.

DAY 5 – FRI 22 JULY: THESSALONIKA – VERIA – KALAMBAKA, EXCURSION TO METEORA
This morning, we stop in Veria (Beroea in the New Testament). Visit the Bema of Apostle Paul, where St Paul is said to have stood and spoken of Christ to the local community. In Meteora, visit Varlaam and the majestic St Stephen Monasteries. Situated atop vast rocks, the 14th-century monasteries compose one of the most breathtaking sites in the world. 

DAY 6 – SAT 23 JULY: KALAMBAKA – CORINTH – ATHENS
Depart for ancient Corinth, where St. Paul started the Corinthian Christian community, and then motor over the spectacular Corinth Canal, before returning to Athens in the evening. 

DAY 7 – SUN 24 JULY: ATHENS – WARSAW – KRAKOW, POLAND
After breakfast and Mass, we depart for your flight to Poland.

DAY 8 – MON 25 JULY: KRAKOW
Krakow is where Pope John Paul II lived and served as archbishop. Take time this free day to explore the old city as it welcomes pilgrims from all over the world. 

DAY 9 – DAY 14, TUE 26 JUL – SUN 31 JULY: WORLD YOUTH DAY
World Youth Day begins! Thousands of young pilgrims from all over the world will converge on Krakow for this festival of faith. The week will include catecheses, the Papal Welcome, Stations of the Cross, and culminate in the overnight vigil and World Youth Day Mass with Pope Francis on Sunday July 31.

DAY 15 – DAY 17, MON 01 AUG – WED 3 AUG: RETREAT

In the beautiful town of Wisla,  we will reflect on the experiences of World Youth Day and how our World Youth Day journey can continue back home.

DAY 18 – THU 04 AUG:  VIENNA
You depart for Vienna where you will overnight before your flight home.

DAY 19 – FRI 05 AUG : VIENNA – RETURN TO AUSTRALIA

DAY 20 – SAT 06 AUG: ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA
Welcome home pilgrim!
 
$6590* 

Saturday 16 July – Saturday 6 August (23 days)

Encounter the heart of St John Paul II as you travel through Italy and Poland to the places which shaped his life and spirituality. This pilgrimage is open to 18-35 year olds, and limited to 45 people. For more information visit wyd2016.com.au
 
DAY 1 – SAT 16 JUL Y: DEPART MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – ROME, ITALY

DAY 2 – SUN 17 JULY: ROME, ITALY
Welcome to Italy!

DAY 3 – MON 18 JULY: ROME.
This morning takes you to the monumental St Peter’s Square and Basilica, originally built in 313 AD above St Peter the Apostle's tomb. Pray at the tomb of St John Paul II, which is located in the chapel of Saint Sebastian, home to Michelangelo's masterpiece Renaissance sculpture The Pieta. Visit the Vatican Museums and see the Sistine Chapel, with Michelangelo's famous ceiling paintings and The Last Judgment. Continue your immersion in history at the iconic Coliseum and the Roman Forum.

DAY 4 – TUE 19 JULY: ROME – ASSISI AREA
This morning depart for Assisi and visit the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, situated at the foot of the hills of Assisi and protecting the Porziuncola, where St Francis is said to have founded the first group of the Order of the Friars Minor in 1209. We'll reflect on how the example of St Francis inspires Pope Francis today. Assisi is where St John Paul II convened the first World Day of Prayer, gathering spiritual leaders from different world religions to pray for peace.

DAY 5 – WED 20 JULY: ASSISI AREA - ROME
Enclosed by ramparts and little changed since the Middle Ages, Assisi sprawls across the slopes of Monte Subasio and retains its medieval character. After attending early morning Mass in the Lower Basilica, visit the Basilica of St Francis and the Basilica of St Clare, founder of the Order of Poor Clares.

DAY 6 – THU 21 JULY: ROME – WARSAW, POLAND
Today we depart for your flight to Poland.

DAY 7 – FRI 22 JULY: WARSAW –  CZESTOCHOWA
This morning, explore Warsaw's dynamic history, with a visit to the Cathedral of St John,  the Warsaw Ghetto and Victory Square where St John Paul II's homily on the feast of Pentecost in 1979 stirred the beginnings of the Solidarity Movement. Later, journey to Czestochowa, one of the world's most famous Marian Shrines, and pray at the icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, an image and devotion Saint John Paul II held close to his heart throughout his life 

DAY 8 – SAT 23 JULY: CZESTOCHOWA – AUSCHWITZ KRAKOW
Travel to Auschwitz and visit the remains of the former concentration camp as well as the martyrdom museum and cell where St Maximilian Kolbe was martyred. St Maximillian was canonised by St John Paul II in 1982. Continue to Krakow and visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy, which hold the relics of St Faustina who received the revelation of Divine Mercy. St John Paul II canonized St Faustina as the first saint of the new millennium and instituted the Feast Day of Divine Mercy. St John Paul II passed away on the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday 2005.

DAY 9 – SUN 24 JULY: KRAKOW, EXCURSION TO WADOWICE & KALWARIA ZEBRZYDOWSKA.
Journey to St John Paul II's hometown of Wadowice and visit the Museum of St John Paul II, including his birthplace and boyhood home. Also visit Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, one of Poland's most famous shrines, which played a pivotal role in the Pope's spiritual life.

DAY 10 – MON 25 JULY: KRAKOW
Today is a full day in Krakow where St John Paul II lived and served as archbishop. Take time this free day to explore the old city as it welcomes pilgrims from all over the world. 

DAY 11 – DAY 16, TUE 26 JUL – SUN 31 JULY: WORLD YOUTH DAY
World Youth Day begins! Thousands of young pilgrims from all over the world will converge on Krakow for this festival of faith. The week will include catechises, the Papal Welcome, Stations of the Cross, and culminate in the overnight vigil and World Youth Day Mass with Pope Francis on Sunday July 31.

DAY 17 – DAY 19, MON 01 AUG – WED 3 AUG: RETREAT
Our retreat begins in the beautiful ski town of Wisla, nestled in John Paul II's beloved Beskid mountain range. We will use this time to reflect on the experiences of World Youth Day and how our WYD journey can continue back home.

DAY 20 – THU 04 AUG: VIENNA
We depart for Vienna where you will overnight before your flight home.

DAY 21 – FRI 05 AUG: VIENNA – RETURN TO AUSTRALIA

DAY 22 – SAT 06 AUG: ARRIVE IN AUSTRALIA
Welcome home pilgrim!
 
$7110*  

*Prices are indicative as of 10 December 2015 and subject to minimum group size and itinerary changes. Prices include all airfares from Melbourne, prepaid airport taxes, fees and fuel levies (subject to variation), leader and chaplaincy support, accommodation, World Youth Day pilgrim registration, Days in the Diocese registration (where applicable), transfers and tours, and most meals. Travel insurance is not included; pilgrims will be required to provide proof of adequate insurance cover. Pilgrimages will be offered subject to pilgrim numbers.