SEP 20 Check-in at NAIA Terminal 1 at 1800Hrs / Departure from MANILA to ZAGREB, CROATIA
SEP 21 ZAGREB, Croatia
Upon arrival in Zagreb, have a half-day guided tour of the city which includes view of the medieval Upper Town, walk along the cobbled stone streets and see the red roof buildings. View the Zagreb Cathedral, Bloody Bridge Street, the St. Mark’s Square, Parliament Building, Lotrscak Tower and the Tkalciceva Street. Proceed to hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.
SEP 22 ZAGREB / SLAVONSKI BROD / SARAJEVO,
Bosnia & Herzegovina
After breakfast and check-out at the hotel, we will have a long distance drive to Sarajevo via Slavonski Brod. Enjoy the countryside sceneries of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Proceed to hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.
SEP 23 SARAJEVO / MEDJUGORGE
Breakfast and check-out at the hotel. We will have a guided tour of Sarajevo which features the Old Town with cobbled streets, Mosques and Oriental style shops. Go the surrounding hills with fantastic views over the city and visit Sarajevo Tunnel Museum which was used to access the airport area during the siege and ferry the supplies into the city. Then proceed to Begova Dzamija (Bey’s Mosque), one of the biggest Ottoman architecture in the region. Continue your journey to Medjugorje, an important Catholic Pilgrimage site since 1981. Transfer to hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.
SEP 24 MEDJUGORJE / MOSTAR / MEDJUGORJE
Breakfast at the hotel. Have a short distance drive to Mostar (UNISECO listed). Have a half-day guided tour to visit the graceful Old Bridge with a single span, see the Neretva River, the Crooked Bridge, and the Turkish houses. Afterwards, drive back to Medjugorje for a visit to the Apparition Hill. Rest of the time is free for private devotion. Back to hotel for dinner and overnight.
SEP 25 MEDJUGORJE / DUBROVNIK, Croatia
After breakfast and check-out, drive to Dubrovnik – the “Pearl of the Adriatic” and famous for the “Game of Thrones” film location. Upon arrival, discover the Old City (UNESCO listed), surrounded by mighty walls and fortresses. Have photo stops at Bell Tower Clock, Olando’s Column, Franciscan Monastery, Sponza Palace and Dominican Monastery. Transfer to hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.
SEP 26 DUBROVNIK / KOTOR & BUDVA, Montenegro / DUBROVNIK
After breakfast at the hotel, we will enjoy an excursion by crossing the Montenegrian border through the fjord-shaped Bay of Kotor. At the medieval town of Kotor, you will view the City Walls, Old City, Castle of San Giovanni, St. Nikola Church, Gurdich Gate and Grubonja Palace. Then visit the beautiful Romanesque Cathedral of St. Triphun, surrounded by walls and fortresses and also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Afterwards, continue to Budva, famous for its beaches. We will have a sightseeing tour which includes the Old Town, the Budva Citadel, Ballet Dancer Statue, City Walls, Holy Trinity Church and St. Ivan Church. Then return to Dubrovnik. Have dinner and overnight at the hotel.
SEP 27 DUBROVNIK / TROGIR, SPLIT
After breakfast and check-out, we will continue our journey today through the Adriatic coast and stop in Trogir, a picturesque small town in an island, connected to the continent with a stone bridge. Visit Trogir Cathedral St. Lawrence. Have a photo stop at Trogir Cathedral and Duke’s Palace (City Hall). Then proceed to Split, the second largest city in Croatia. Upon arrival, the walking tour of Split takes you to the historic inner city which shows off the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s Palace (UNESCO listed). See the remnants of Split’s Roman heritage, it’s Renaissance and Gothic structures. Have photo stops at Cathedral of St. Domnius, City Clock, Silver Gate and Temple of Jupiter. Transfer to hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.
SEP 28 SPLIT / SIBENIK / PLITVICE
Breakfast and check-out at the hotel. This morning, we will stop in the oldest city of Croatia, Sibenik. Upon arrival, see the famous monuments such as the Cathedral of St. Jacob and the Fortress St. Michael and St. Nicholas. Then continue for a long drive to the magnificent Plitvice National Park (UNESCO listed). It is one of the most beautiful natural phenomena in the world with sixteen lakes connected by 92 waterfalls cascade through its picturesque surroundings. We experience the panoramic train and a long line electric boat ride. Transfer to hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.
SEP 29 PLITVICE / LJUBLJANA, Slovenia
Breakfast and check-out at the hotel. Today we will leave Croatia and cross the Slovenian border to the capital city of Ljubljana. Upon arrival, proceed to a sightseeing through the Baroque streets. Have photo stops at the City Hall, the picturesque Dragon Bridge, St. Nicholas Church, Triple Bridge and Robba Fountain. Transfer to hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.
SEP 30 LJUBLJANA / BLED / LJUBLJANA
After breakfast, we will drive to Postojna and visit the famous Postojna Caves. After an unforgettable underground train ride to the heart of the cave system, your guide will bring you on a walk through the subtly lit fairy tale like underground world, admiring the spaghetti-like stalactites, massive pillars and other giological wonders. In the afternoon, we will continue to Bled. Upon arrival, have a guided tour which includes a boat ride to Bled Island to visit The Church of the Assumption. See the Old Town Castle Bled. Return to hotel in Ljubljana for dinner and overnight.
OCT 01 LJUBLJANA / ST. PETERSBURG (fly)
After breakfast and check-out at the hotel, transfer to Ljubljana airport to catch flight to St. Petersburg. Upon arrival, proceed to hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.
OCT 02 ST. PETERSBURG
Breakfast at the hotel. Have a guided sightseeing tour to Petrodvrets and see the Peterhof Palace. Then visit to The Hermitage – a museum contains over 3 million pieces of art with dates ranging from high antiquity to the present day. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
OCT 03 ST. PETERSBURG
After breakfast, have a guided tour that includes visit to Pushkin to see the Catherine’s Palace. Visit also Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and Peter & Paul’s Fortress. St. Isaac Cathedral – the fourth highest cathedral in the world with a splendid interior and whose cupola holds over 100 kg of gold. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
OCT 04 ST. PETERSBURG / MOSCOW (train)
After breakfast and check-out, transfer to Moscow via 2nd class train. Upon arrival in Moscow, have some free time at leisure. Transfer to hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight.
OCT 05 MOSCOW
Breakfast at the hotel. Have a guided tour featuring the Moscow highlights: Metro ticket, entrance to St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Grounds and Cathedral of Novodevitchy Convent. Also view the Bell Tower of Ivan the Great and the Armoury filled jewels and costumes which evoked the historic past of Czarist Russia. See also the Red Square, the Kremlin Grounds, the famous triangular walled citadel of the soviet government dating from 1400. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
OCT 06 MOSCOW / MANILA
After breakfast and check-out, have a half-day city tour of Moscow that includes entrance to the Kremlin grounds, Assumption Cathedral (Uspensky sobor), Church of the Deposition of the Robe (Tserkov Rizpolozhenia), the Archangel Cathedral (Arkhangel sky sobor), Annunciation Cathedral (BI agoveshchensky sobor) and the Church of the 12 Apostles (Tserkov Dvenadtsati Apostolov). Afternoon is fee at leisure. Transfer to the Moscow airport to catch flight back to Manila.
OCT 07 MANILA
“HOME SWEET HOME!!!”