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Romania & Hungary Pilgrimage

 
 

18 Day Pilgrimage to Romania and Hungary with Fr John Rate MSC PP  –  Departs September 16, 2018


Highlights: Bucharest (2) • Sibiu (2) • Brasov (2) • Gura Humorului (3) • Baia Mare (1) • Mariapocs (1) • Budapest (3)
 
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18 Day Pilgrimage to Romania and Hungary

 
MEAL CODE: B: Breakfast   L: Lunch   D: Dinner
ITINERARY
Day 1: Sunday 16th September 2018 – Depart for Europe
Day 2: Monday 17th September – Arrive Bucharest

On arrival at Bucharest airport we will be met and board our coach. We catch our first glimpses of this interesting city with a panoramic tour. Admire the wide boulevards, the glorious Belle Epoque buildings, the Triumphal Arch, Roman Athenaeum, Revolution Square and University Square en route to our hotel for check-in. 

Our inaugural group Mass will be celebrated before dinner. 

On arrival at Bucharest airport we will be met and board our coach. We catch our first glimpses of this interesting city with a panoramic tour. Admire the wide boulevards, the glorious Belle Epoque buildings, the Triumphal Arch, Roman Athenaeum, Revolution Square and University Square en route to our hotel for check-in. Our inaugural group Mass will be celebrated before dinner.

Bucharest overnight (D)

Day 3: Tuesday 18th September – Bucharest

We begin our day with Mass at the Catholic Cathedral of St Joseph. We then commence our full day tour of the Romanian capital. In the old centre visit the “Patriarchy” (spiritual centre of the Romanian Christian Orthodox Church) and the 18th century Stavropoleos Church, considered a masterpiece of Romanian architecture. Visit the Parliament Palace – the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon in Washington. 

Continue to the Ceausescu Family Home where the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu lived. 

In the evening we dine out at a typical Romanian restaurant and enjoy a folklore show. 

Bucharest overnight (BD) 

Day 4: Wednesday 19th September – Bucharest to Sibiu

We depart Bucharest today and journey north towards Sibiu. En route we visit the stone fortress Monastery at Curtea de Arges, built by Prince Neagoe Basarab in the 16th century. 

We continue towards Sibiu city, passing through the beautiful scenery of the Olt River valley. Stop to visit theCozia Monastery dating back to the 14th century and known as one of the oldest historic and artistic complexes in Romania. 

Finally we arrive in Sibiu. We enjoy a guided visit of the Historic Old Centre, famous in the Middle Ages for its fortification system considered then to be the largest in Transylvania. Admire the Large Square with the city roofs of “eyes that follow you,” the Little Square with the Bridge of Lies and the impressive 14th century Gothic style Evangelical Church

Before checking in to our hotel we will celebrate Mass at the Catholic Cathedral dedicated to the Holy Trinity. 

Sibiu overnight (BD) 

Day 5: Thursday 20th September – Silvasul De Sus & Hunedoara

After breakfast this morning we travel by coach to Silvasul de Sus to visit the Prislop Monastery of nuns and the tomb of Fr Arsenie Boca, considered by many to be a saint. During our time here we will hear about the miracles performed through him.

We continue to Hunedoara. Here we will cross a suspension bridge to enter the Medieval Hunyadi Castle, considered to be the largest Gothic building in Eastern Europe. Admire the towers and courtyards, the Diet Hall (where Parliament met) and the Knights Hall.

En route back to Sibiu we stop in Sibiel Village for a ‘peasant dinner’ with traditional Transylvanian food and drinks.

Sibiu overnight (BD)

Day 6: Friday 21st September – Via Biertan & Sighisoara to Brasov

Travel this morning to nearby Biertan, a village founded by Saxon colonists in the 12th century. Visit the fortified Church of Biertan, built in the highest point of the village and surrounded by an impressive wall. 

Continue to Sighisoara, the birthplace of the famous Vlad the Impaler, known to all as ‘Count Dracula’. After Mass in the Catholic Church of St Joseph we commence our guided tour of this most beautiful and best preserved medieval citadel of Romania, dating back to the 13th century. Admire the many Towers, particularly the famous Clock Tower

We reboard our coach and journey on Brasov, one of the most fascinating medieval towns in Romania. Admire the Schei Quarter with the Sfantul Nicolae Church, the first Romanian school (15th century), and the Black Church – the largest Gothic style church in Romania. We will then check in to our hotel before dinner. 

Brasov overnight (BD)

Day 7: Saturday 22nd September – Sinaia – Bran – Brasov

We travel out this morning to Sinaia, known as the ‘Pearl of the Carpathians’. We commence our time here with a visit to Peles Castle, built in the late 19th century in the typical 

After Mass in the Sacred Heart Cathedral, we reboard our coach and journey north to Bran. Visit the site known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’, one of the most picturesque in Romania, dating back to the 13th century and once the residence of the Royalty of the Kingdom of Romania. 

We return to Brasov in time for dinner.

Brasov overnight (BD)

Day 8: Sunday 23rd September – Brasov to Gura Humorului

Our day of scenic wonder begins with the journey north to Sumuleu, where we make an important visit to the Franciscan Monastery housing the miraculous wooden statue of the Virgin Mary. We will celebrate our group Mass here and learn more about the pilgrimage that many Catholics from all over Central and Eastern Europe make every year in the lead up to Pentecost to pay homage to Our Lady.

We will be travelling along the breathtaking Bicaz Gorges, the most famous canyon of the country, and driving alongside the Red Lake. 

Stop to visit the Agapia monastery of the 17th century, famous both for its Museum with its magnificent icons and embroidery, and its workshops where one can watch the sisters at work, creating a range of items from carpets to books. 

Finally we arrive at our hotel in Gura Humorului.

Gura Humorului overnight (BD)

Day 9: Monday 24th September – Gura Humorului & Bucovina Monasteries

The Moldova region is famous for its beautiful landscapes and frescoed monasteries built in the 15th and 16th centuries under the Moldavian Princes Stephen the Great and his son Petru Rares. 

After Mass this morning at the Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity we visit the Sucevita Monastery (1582–84), known for its important fresco “The Ladder of Virtues” and its massive fortified fence walls. Continue to the Moldovita Monastery, with its external frescoes.

FR JOHN PLEASE ADVISE IF YOU WISH TO INCLUDE THIS IN YOUR GROUP PROGRAMME ***(additional expense will be included in your quotation) to have exclusive group steam train ride through beautiful Romanian countryside

We return to our hotel in time for dinner.

Gura Humorului overnight (BD)

Day 10: Tuesday 25th September – Suceava & Voronet

After Mass this morning we travel east by coach to Suceava city, the first capital of Moldova. We enjoy a guided tour of its beautiful monuments: the Church of Saint George (1522) – a UNESCO heritage site, the beautiful Church Saint John the New – an architectural complex consisting of a chapel, the church and the old Citadel of the Prince, which offers a beautiful view over the valley of Suceava.

After some time for lunch we continue on to visit Voronet Monastery, the ‘Sistine Chapel of Eastern Europe’. Admire the external frescoes of the Humor Monastery, dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin Mary. 

Gura Humorului overnight (BD)

Day 11: Wednesday 26th September – Maramures Region

The historic Romanian region of Maramures is a symbol of authenticity preserved over the centuries and the soul of the typical Romanian village. 

Travel today via the Maramures region – a galaxy of small villages most famous for the Greek-Catholic religion, traditions and hospitality of the people. Admire the with wooden buildings here where time stands still, and people live according to the rhythms of a bygone era. 

Continuing on our way we visit the Bogdan Voda Church (1718), built on the site of an earlier church that had been destroyed by the Tartars. We celebrate Mass in the Catholic Church here. Admire the beautiful wooden Church (dedicated to the Virgin Mary) in Barsana, which is typical of the area. Visit the church of Surdesti, the biggest wooden structure in Europe. 

Finally we arrive at our hotel in Baia Mare.

Baia Mare overnight (BD)

Day 12: Thursday 27th September – to Mariapocs (Hungary)

Today we journey west by coach and farewell Romania as we cross the border in to Hungary. Continue on to the Shrine of Mariapocs where the Icon of Our Lady has miraculously shed tears and been the source of many other miracles and healings. 

On arrival we will celebrate our group Mass at the shrine and enjoy a visit, including the opportunity to pray before the miraculous Icon.

We will check in to our hotel before dinner.

Mariapocs overnight (BD)

Day 13: Friday 28th September – Mariapocs to Budapest (Via Mariabesnyo)

We embark on our travel day today, journeying west towards Budapest. En route we will visit the Shrine of Mariabesnyo. Celebrate Mass in the Basilica and take time to pray before the two powerful statues of Our Lady. We will also learn about the colourful history behind this place of worship.

In the afternoon we continue on to the amazingly beautiful city of Budapest.

Situated on the opposite banks of the Danube, the former cities of Buda and Pest are linked by a series of graceful bridges.

Budapest overnight (BD)

Day 14: Saturday 29th September – Budapest

Our tour today in Budapest begins with a visit and Mass at the Basilica of St Stephen which holds the mummified hand of St Stephen of Hungary. Continue on to view the decorative Parliament building, Heroes Square, the 118 foot high Corinthian column dedicated to the Roman Catholic Church, the 13th century Church of St Matthias and the Fisherman’s Bastion. Finish our tour with a panoramic view of the city from Gellert Hill

Enjoy some free time this afternoon.

Budapest overnight (BD)

Day 15: Sunday 30th September – Esztergom & Our Lady of Remete

We begin our day travelling out of Budapest to the hilltop Cathedral of Esztergom serving as the spiritual centre of Hungarian Catholicism. After our group Mass here we enjoy a guided visit of the Cathedral and some time to explore the town.

Continuing back towards Budapest, we visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Remete. We follow in the steps of Pope St John Paul II who in 1991 joined the ranks of pilgrims who have come to kneel before the miraculous image of Our Lady.

This evening we embark on an enchanting dinner cruise on the River Danube as a fitting celebration of our pilgrimage.

Budapest overnight (BD)

Day 16: Monday 1st October – Depart Hungary

Today we will be transferred to Budapest airport for our homebound or onward flight connections.

(B)

Day 17: Tuesday 2nd October – In Transit
Day 18: Wednesday 3rd October – Arrive Australia

PILGRIMAGE DETAILS
Tour Code: 8PV25
Departs Australia: 16 September 2018
Indicative Cost Per Person Twin Share: $6950 (Incl. Tax)
Single Room Supplement: $1150
Prepaid Tipping: $240
 
INCLUSIONS

Airfares
: Economy class airfares from Australia. (N.B. Airlines taxes are included on standard itinerary and subject to fluctuations).
Accommodation & Meals: Based on moderate standard hotel & Religious accommodation throughout with breakfast and dinner daily.
Miscellaneous Inclusions: Deluxe Air-Conditioned Motor coach with driver, Local tour escort/guide, Sightseeing and entrance fees throughout itinerary.
Not Included: Passport and any other Visa Costs (if applicable) • Other meals not stated • Items of a personal nature including phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc. • Travel insurance (Harvest will recommend a special group policy rate) • Prepaid Tipping
 
* Costs have been based on prices as at June 2017 and must remain subject to change in the unlikely event of significant exchange rate variations, airfare increases and minimum group size (20) contingencies. Prices must remain indicative until the airlines release their fares.

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