Eastern Europe Travel 2006

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RESERVATIONS, SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENTS AND PAYMENT OF DEPOSIT DUE NOT LATER THAN FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2006

Journeys of Faith, Inc.
Catholic Pilgrimages Cruises
Loyola Heights Condominium, Fabian De la Rosa corner Esteban Abada Sts., QC
Phones: (0917) 814-8127, 929-0144, 426-0601; Telefax: 426-7295, 929-0155;
E-mail: JoinJourneys@gmail.com

Enthralling EASTERN EUROPE Travel Tour 2006

SEPT 16, 2006 (SAT) MANILA

Take the late evening flight to Warsaw.

SEPT 17 (SUN) WARSAW – CZESTOCHOWA

Arrive Warsaw in the mid-afternoon. On to Czestochowa for dinner and overnight at Mercure Patria Hotel or similar.

SEPT 18 (MON) CZESTOCHOWA – AUSCHWITZ - KRAKOW

Visit Czestochowa, Poland’s spiritual capital. Pilgrims flock to the southern city of Czestochowa from all over the world. The object of their veneration is the Black Madonna icon, housed in Jasna Gora Monastery, which stands on a hilltop. The tower of the baroque basilica can be seen for miles around. Said to originate in New Testament time, the sacred image arrived at the monastery in 1384, during the Byzantine period. The image of the Virgin, coroneted and bejewelled, is displayed to permanent crowds of worshippers in the Chapel of the Mother of God. Drive to Auschwitz-Birkenau and visit the former Nazi concentration camp. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Novotel Bronowice or similar in Krakow.


SEPT 19 (TUE) KRAKOW – WADOWICE - WIELICZKA – KRAKOW

In Wadowice, visit the birthplace of Pope John Paul II and the Church of Our Lady of Sacrifice. On to Our Lady of Kalwaria, favorite praying spot of Pope John Paul II. Do a short drive to Wieliczka Salt Mine, a world-class tourist attraction. Here discover an underground world made of salt, with rich interior decorations of the chapels, the original linings of the galleries and workings, and the underground salt lakes. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Krakow.


SEPT 20 (WED) KRAKOW

Today, ascend the Warwick Hill and visit the Royal Wawel Castle. See the Wawel Cathedral that housed the coffin of St. Stanislaus and visit the very impressive St. Mary’s Church. Visit the convent of the Sisters of the Divine Mercy, where Sr. Faustina died while serving as a nun. From Sister Faustina’s cell below, view where Jesus appeared in a room and gave her the message of the 3:00 o’clock prayer. In the chapel, see the original painting of the Lord outpouring His graces through the red and blue rays coming from His Heart. It was painted the way Sr. Faustina saw the Lord. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Krakow.

SEPT 21 (THU) KRAKOW – PRAGUE

Leave in the morning for Prague. Allow the soft rolling hills of Bohemia to provide lovely vistas for the day’s long drive from Krakow to Prague in the Czech Republic. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Ibis Smichov or similar in Prague.


SEPT 22 (FRI) PRAGUE

Visit the Loretta Monastery and its museum. Pray at Church of our Lady of the Victorious where Sto Nino de Praga is enshrined. Sightseeing of Prague, full of Gothic and Baroque buildings and cobblestone streets that wind over seven hills, takes us from the 14th century Charles Bridge to Wenceslas Square. See the Tyle Theatre where the first performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni took place in 1787. Continue on to the Old Town, where a walking tour shows us the famous Astronomical Clock. Enjoy a folk show with dinner before overnight at hotel in Prague.


SEPT 23 (SAT) PRAGUE – PRIBRAM – LOMEC – CESKY KRUMLOV

Visit the Hradcany Castle where you find the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral. Walk the Golden Lane, a collection of tiny 14th and 15th century houses and winding streets and see where Kafka lived. Then drive to Pribram (Svata Hora) to see the Holy Mountain, a mining silver town where the Marian pilgrimage site of the Madonna and Child has continuously attracted thousands of pilgrims each year. Dinner and overnight at Hotel ‘Old Inn’ or similar in Cesky Krumlov.

Those joining Hungary-Romania portion only: Leave Manila in the evening for flight to Budapest


SEPT 24 (SUN) CESKY KRUMLOV – PRAGUE - BUDAPEST

Half-day guided tour of the UNESCO protected historical town of Cesky Krumlov. Visit the castle where you will see a massive complex of the Rozmberk family. Return to Prague to take the afternoon flight to Budapest. Arrive in Budapest - ancient Buda on a hill to the West and modern Pest to the East, spanning the mighty Danube, form of the great metropolitan cities of Central Europe. Beneath Budapest’s exterior lie layers of history – from Roman ruins and medieval castles to the Turkish baths built during the Ottoman occupation. Meet up with joiners from Manila. Enjoy a refreshing Danube Boat Cruise. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Budapest.


SEPT 25 (MON) BUDAPEST – PANNON HALMA - BUDAPEST

Visit the Benedictine Monastery at Pannon Halma . Return to Budapest to tour Heroes’ Square, the Parliament Building, Castle Hill, Coronation Church and Fishermen’s Bastion. Farewell dinner with Folklore show.


SEPT 26 (TUE) BUDAPEST

Rest of the time free at leisure. Take the afternoon flight back to Manila.

SEPT 27 (WED) HOME SWEET HOME!!!

Romantic ROMANIA extension

SEPT 26 (TUE) BUDAPEST – CLUJ-NAPOCA

Leave Budapest early morning for long-distance transfer crossing the border to Romania. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Cluj-Napoca.


SEPT 27 (WED) CLUJ-NAPOCA – SIGHISOARA

Enjoy a brief sightseeing tour of Cluj-Napoca with its gingerbread house villages and elaborate cathedrals with a Russian feel. Optional visit to the paranormal woods of Hoia-Baciu. Continue to Sighisoara enroute visiting Biertan, a small German village and feudal fortress dating from 1283. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Sighisoara.

SEPT 28 (THU) SIGHISOARA

Do a sightseeing tour of the town of Sighisoara, the most enchanting of all the Transylvanian towns whose medieval buildings, gilded roofs and towers have been unspoilt by war or modern industry. Walk through the medieval houses of the 12th century Citadel passing the Clock Tower, the Army Museum, Catholic Church and Wood Staircase. The famous Vlad Tepes, popularly called Dracula, was born in this town. See the “Witch-trial” show. Dinner and overnight in Sighisoara


SEPT 29 (FRI) SIGHISOARA – BISTRITA

Leave for a city orientation drive around Bistrita. Continue to castle-hotel Dracula to attend a masque-ball (every tourist to bring own mask and costume). Dinner and overnight at Castle Dracula in Bistrita.


SEPT 30 (SAT) BISTRITA – SUCEAVA

Cross the mountains into Moldova. Located at the head of a valley to form a defensive bottleneck against the Turks or Tartars, the painted Moldavian monasteries depict the Romanian people’s religious and historical outlook on the world, as it appeared through five centuries of battles for national and religious freedom against the Turkish power. These orthodox bastions still exist today like a bead of pearls. The frescoes of Moldovita Monastery, along with the ones at Voronet, have best preserved their colours which are astonishingly fresh and vivid. The Voronet Monastery built in the 15th century is known as the Sistine Chapel of the East. Unique to Voronet is its cerulean blue obtained from lapis lazuli. See the Homor Monastery characterized by its predominantly red color and the largest and finest of the monasteries in the country. In the evening, visit the Ruler’s Fortress of Suceava. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Suceava.


OCT 1 (SUN) SUCEAVA – PIATRA NEAMT – DURAU

Leave for Piatra Neamt where you find Agapia Monastery known for its carpet and embroidery workshops. Continue on to the Magic Mountain of bon-fires and legends. Cantemir once said: “had the antique historians known of the legends of Ceahlau, it would have been more famous than the Olympus”. Indeed, each rock on the top has a dramatic story, as old as the Earth. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Durau.

OCT 2 (MON) DURAU – BRAN – POIANA BRASOV

Drive to Bran Castle, a dark and gloomy edifice towering over a bed of stone – a gruesome though beautifully preserved fortress. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Poiana Brasov.

OCT 3 (TUE) POIANA BRASOV – BRASOV – SINAIA

Enjoy a guided tour of the Black Church, the largest church between Vienna and Istanbul built in 1385, over an earlier church destroyed by the Mongol invasion. Its name comes from its black walls after the “Great Fire” 1689, when a large part of Brasov city went into flames. The church survived the Turkish raids in 1450. Some free time for shopping. See the resort town of Sinaia where a quick stop at the monastery will prepare you for a visit to the spectacular Peles Castle. This exquisitely detailed landmark, set amidst sculpture gardens and fountains, was the summer residence of Romanian royal family. Inside are beautiful collections of medieval weaponry, stained glass, silk rugs and furniture. Have a farewell dinner and overnight at hotel in Sinaia.


OCT 4 (WED) SINAIA - BUCHAREST Le Petit Paris

Cross Victoriei boulevard, Bucharest’s oldest street on the way to visiting “The House of People” – the creation of communist leader Ceausescu for which were sacrificed many historical houses and churches. Enjoy view of the Victory Square. Take the evening flight back to Manila.


OCT 5 (THU) HOME SWEET HOME!!!


PACKAGE PRICE per person (Minimum of 10 full-paying passengers)

Poland – Czech – Hungary (Sept 16-27) USD

Supplement for Romania extension USD 1,350.00

Hungary – Romania (Sept 23-Oct 5) USD 2,800.00


INCLUSIONS:

+ Round-trip economy class airfare
+ Accommodation in first class hotels on twin or triple-sharing
+ Breakfast and dinner, except beverages. All lunches included in Romania from Sept 27.
+ Tours on air-conditioned motor-coach & entrance fees to sites
+ Two-way airport-hotel transfers and porterage at airports and hotels
+ Services of a local English-speaking tour guide


EXCLUSIONS:

Departure tax (SUBJECT TO CHANGE) USD 250.00 per person
Philippine Travel Tax PHP 1,620.00 per adult
NAIA Airport Tax (upon departure) PHP 550.00 per person
Visa Fee (Poland) – 4 weeks processing USD 130.00 per person
Visa Fee (Czech) - 1 week processing PHP 2,500.00 per person
Visa Fee (Hungary) – 4 weeks processing USD 130.00 per person
Visa Fee (Romania) – 1 week processing USD 60.00 per person
Travel Insurance
Tips to local guide and driver ($7 per person per day)
Personal and incidental expenses

VISA REQUIREMENTS:

Passport at least six months valid from end of journey
Accomplished Polish, Czech, Schengen and Hungarian visa forms as applicable
Seven (7) passport-sized pictures
Recent bank certification; past 6 months statement of account
Latest Income Tax Return
Employment Certification and Approved Leave of Absence (if employed)
Business/ SEC registration and monthly declaration of income (if self-employed)
International Credit Card, if any
Travel insurance (health insurance coverage of at least Euro 30,000.00)
NBI clearance for Romanian visa

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

1. USD 500.00 is required upon reservation, payable in USD

2. Full payment is required at least 15 days before scheduled departure date as pre-requisite to issuance of tickets to passengers.

3. 10% deposit shall be forfeited if passenger voluntarily cancels trip less than two weeks before departure

4. Schedules, itinerary sequences, timings and prices are subject to change, as conditions so demand. Additional fees for visa processing may be charged if prescribed submission deadlines are not followed.

5. Journeys of Faith, Inc. shall not be liable for injuries or damages due to cause beyond its control and without fault or negligence on its part.

RESERVATIONS, SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENTS AND PAYMENT OF DEPOSIT DUE NOT LATER THAN FRIDAY, JUNE 30, 2006

Journeys of Faith, Inc.
Catholic Pilgrimages Cruises
Loyola Heights Condominium, Fabian De la Rosa corner Esteban Abada Sts., QC
Phones: (0917) 814-8127, 929-0144, 426-0601; Telefax: 426-7295, 929-0155;
E-mail: JoinJourneys@gmail.com

[ First posted on 05/14/2006 by Manuel Viloria ]



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