Discovering the Balkans June 2017

Medjugorje Discovering the Balkans

AUSTRIA, SLOVENIA, CROATIA, MONTENEGRO, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA, AND SERBIA


Travel validity

JUNE 2017


Minimum of 2 pax traveling together
PHP 162,588 or USD 3,188 per person, (All-In)


INCLUSIONS:
•    Roundtrip Economy Class Airfare
•    Hotel Accommodation based on Twin Sharing using 4* Hotels
•    Meals as specified (B – Breakfast, D-Dinner)
•    Entrance fees to the sights mentioned in our itinerary
•    Air Conditioned Coach Service
•    Services of Professional TOUR MANAGER all through-out and Licensed English Speaking Guide as per itinerary
•    Travel and Souvenir Kit
•    Personalized Luggage Tags
•    TOUR COORDINATOR from the Philippines
•    Pre-departure orientation
•    1 Bottled water per person per day

EXCLUSIONS:
•    Applicable Airline Taxes $ 90.00 per person (STC)
•    Tips for Guide, Driver, and Hotel Porter $ 180.00 Per Person
•    Porterage at the airport and border
•    Travel Insurance $ 103.00 per person
•    Schengen Visa Php 6,500.00 per person
•    Other meals not specified
•    Beverages during meals

BOOKING CONDITIONS:
•    NonRefundable / NonTransferable deposit of USD 500.00 pp upon booking
•    Full Cancellation will be applied to any cancellation made 3 weeks before departure
•    Minimum of 30 full paying adult passengers to run the program

THERE IS NO REFUND FOR ANY UNUSED SERVICES RATES ARE SUBJECT WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICED



SCHENGEN VISA (VIENNA) – VISA REQUIREMENTS:
Signed application form for Schengen Visa with Photo + 1 extra photo (2x2 in white background)
1.    Proof of Employment
2.    For students: Certificate of Enrollment, approved leave of absence, school ID
3.    If currently employed: original “Certificate of Employment” stating position, length of service, salary and duration of approved leave of absence, photocopy of company ID (original to be presented), pay slips for the last 3 months
4.    If self-employed: original “Business Name Registration Certificate” and latest original Income Tax Statement or other original proof of annual income. Passport valid for 6 mos. with photocopy of all relevant obtained visas
5.    Photocopy of Credit Cards
6.    If Married: Authenticated Marriage and Birth Certificate by NSO (if not traveling with spouse)
7.    If Single: Birth Certificate issued by NSO
8.    If Minors: Notarized affidavit from one or both parents
9.    Personal Appearance by Appointment with Biometrics. (we will be the one to send an email to request for appointment)
10.    Photocopy of all the documents (1 set)
11.    Travel Insurance
12.    Visa Fee of Php 6,500.00

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Day-1 - June 01 / Departure Manila (-/-/-)
Depart Manila for your flight to Vienna. Enjoy in-flight amenities while on board.

Day-2 – June 02 / Vienna, Austria (B/-/D)
Welcome to Vienna, our local guide will meet and assist to board our coach and indulge in the Vienna City Tour. During this tour you will see some of the main historical sights of Vienna. We will take you down the Ringstrasse, show you the MAK,  State Opera House, the spectacular Museum of Fine Arts, the Natural History Museum,  the Museum Quarter, The Hofburg, the Parliament, the City Hall, the Burgtheater as well as the Belvedere, and Schönbrunn Palaces. Later free time in Vienna. Afterwards transfer to hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.

Day-3 – June 03 / Vienna – Bled – Ljubljana, Slovenia (B/-/D)
Breakfast inside hotel then check-out and departure to Bled. Upon arrival, have your boat trip visiting the Bled Island and Old Church inside it with the walking 99 steps to reach the top. Afterwards drive to Ljubljana, the capital city of Slovenia. In Ljubljana proceed for a panoramic city tour visiting Medieval Castle, City Hall, Cathedral of St. Nicholas, and Triple Bridge continue to hotel for check-in, dinner, and overnight.

Day-4 – June 04 / Ljubljana – Postojna, Slovenia – Zadar, Croatia (B/D)
Breakfast inside hotel and later check-out then proceed to Postojna caves. The jaw-dropping Postojna Cave system, a series of caverns, halls, and passages some 24km long and two million years old, was hollowed out by the Pivka River, which enters temperature of 8°C to 10°C with a humidity of 95%, so a warm jacket and decent shoes are advised. After that drive to Zadar which is next to Adriatic Coast. Free walking in that sweet town.  Afterwards transfer to hotel for check-in, dinner, and overnight

Day-5 – June 05 / Zadar – Split – Trojir, Croatia (B/-/D)
Breakfast inside hotel and later check-out then depart to Split and have a panoramic city tour visiting the Diocletian’s Palace on the UNESCO’s List of World Cultural Heritage with Peristyle, Jupiter’s Temple, and the Cathedral. Free time in old town in Split then drive to Trogir and get a walk in that city which has town under UNESCO World Heritage listed. Walk to next coast of Adriatic Sea. Check-in hotel, dinner, and overnight.

Day-6 – June 06 / Trogir – Dubrovnik, Croatia (B/-/D)
Breakfast inside hotel and afterwards depart to Dubrovnik which is the heaven of the BALKANS. Upon arrival have a panoramic Dubrovnik city tour and (Stradun Square, Orlando sculpture, The Palace of Rector, The oldest pharmacy of the Europe, Time Tower, War Museum, and Francis Monastery will be visited). Free time then transfer to hotel for check-in, dinner, and overnight in Dubrovnik.

Day-7 – June 07 / Dubrovnik, Croatia – Kotor – Budva, Montenegro, Dubrovnik, Croatia (B/-/D)
Breakfast inside the hotel then drive to Kotor, proceed for a panoramic city tour and visit the Shame wall, Orthodox Square, Major Building, Tourism school, and Weapon Square. Later, free time in Kotor Old Town, afterwards drive to Budva for a panoramic city tour in Budva visiting the old town, Orthodox Churches, and old houses. Transfer back to hotel in Dubrovnik for dinner and overnight.

Day-8 – June 08 / Dubrovnik, Croatia – Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina (B/D)
Breakfast inside hotel and later check-out then depart to Medugorje. Upon arrival proceed for a city tour in Medugorje (Medjugorje ("between the hills") has become well known in Bosnia-Hercegovina, and the world, because of six young people who claim to have seen visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Beginning on June 24, 1981, the Blessed Mother appeared to, and later told the visionaries, God sent her to our world to help us convert our hearts and lives back to Him. Our Lady's call is one of Peace, Love, Faith, Conversion, Prayer, and Fasting. We are each challenged to answer Our Lady's call to change our lives, and hearts back to God. The following links to 100+ documents of information, interviews, and testimonies provide a well-rounded, and accurate account and perspective of one of the greatest events in modern history.) In Međugorje visiting of Catholic Churches and holy places, full of faith getting from Medugorje. Free time then transfer to hotel for check-in, dinner, and overnight.

Day-9 – June 09 / Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina (B/-/D)
Breakfast inside the hotel. Attend a program with attenders who comes from different part of the world in Medjugorje. Learn more about the apparitions and messages of Our Lady appearing in Medjugorje. Rest of the day is free for private devotions and meditation. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

Medjugorje – an important Catholic pilgrimage site since 1981. It was in this year when apparitions of the Virgin Mary were reported. You will see Apparition Hill where the young visionaries first encountered Our Lady, and have the opportunity to pray at the statue which commemorates the spot where Our Lady first appeared to the visionaries.

Programme in Medjugorje
0600hr:    Holy Mass in Croatian
Morning:  Holy Mass in various languages
During the day:  Encounters
Afternoon:  Silent Adoration in Adoration Chapel
1700 – 2000hr:  Evening Prayer Programme and Confession

Day-10 – June 10 / Medjugorje – Mostar – Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (B/-/D)
Breakfast inside the hotel and later check-out then depart to Mostar. Upon arrival proceed for a city tour include; Catholic Cathedral, Old Town, Koski Mehmet Pasa Mosque, Karagozbey Mosque, Mostar Bridge, Ottoman Hamams, Homes, and War Museum. Free time in Mostar old town then drive to Sarajevo and have a panoramic city tour to Fire of Freedom, Old Library, Kursunlu Medrese, Catholic Churches, Bazaar, Begova Mosque, Sebil, Orthodox Church, and Fatih Mosque. Transfer to the hotel for check-in, dinner, and overnight.

Day-11 – June 11 / Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina – Zagreb, Croatia (B/-/D)
Breakfast inside the hotel and later check-out then depart to Zagreb. Zagreb the capital city of Croatia (Croatia is the youngest member of the European Union and Croatia is one of the most developed country in the Balkans). Upon arrival to Zagreb have a panoramic city tour and visiting the Dolac Bazaar, St. Mark Church, Stone Gate, Pope’s Tower, Ban Josip Jelacic Square, Lotrseak Church, and Mirogoj Park Cemetery. Transfer to hotel for check-in, dinner, and overnight.  

Day-12 – June 12 / Zagreb, Croatia – Belgrade, Serbia (B/-/D)
Breakfast inside the hotel, check-out, then let’s roam around Zagreb as this is a great city for shopping! Afterwards we will depart to Belgrade. Belgrade is the capital city of Serbia and it is one of the biggest city of Eastern Europe. During the Yugoslavia period, Belgrade was the one of the center of the Europe and today’s, it calls as Metropolitan City of the Balkans. Upon arrival to Belgrade, transfer to hotel for check-in, have some free time around enjoying the beautiful city on your own before we will have dinner and overnight.  

Day-13 – June 13 / Belgrade, Serbia (B/-/-)
Breakfast inside the hotel then prepare your things for check-out as we will have a panoramic city tour of Belgrade first. During the city tour; Bayrakli Mosque, Kalemegdan, Door of Istanbul, Door of Weapon, St. Sava Orthodox Church, National Parliament, Old King Palace, Sava and Duna Rivers, Palace of Rector, Republic Square will be visited. Have some free time on own leisure and last minute shopping before we transfer to airport to end of our trip.

Day-14 – June 14 / Arrival Manila (-/-/-)
Home sweet home

 

Discovering the Balkans June 2017

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