- 17 x nights in three and four star hotel as mentioned below or similar
- Certified English speaking local guides for the city tours & visits
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Private motor coach for the complete itinerary
Day 1: Home City – Prague – Pribram – Prague
Arrival in Prague. We leave for Pribram , where from the highest point of the hill, we will see the Sanctuary of Svata Hora, representing a magnificent full of paintings and frescoes renewed statue of the Virgin Mary and the spectacular Basilica. After that, we leave for Prague, the capital of Czech Republic, for overnight stay.
Overnight in Prague.
Day 2: Prague
‘THE MORE YOU HONOR ME, THE MORE I WILL BLESS YOU”. The Holy Infant of Prague.
We begin with the world famous church of Our Lady of Victory, where the renowned statue of the Holy Infant Child of Prague is located. Devotion has spread far and wide and it is one of the most recognizable religious images in the Catholic faith. After this, we shall visit the magnificent Prague Castle where St Vitus Cathedral is located. Here we can pray at the chapel that contain the relics of St Wenceslaus – the first Christine Duke. We will also have a tour of the city and you will have time for some shopping.
Overnight in Prague.
Day 3: Prague – Czestochowa
Today we make our way to one of Eastern Europes greatest Marian Shrine – Our Lady of Czestochowa or known around the world as The Black Madonna. After dinner we can proceed to the shrine for the Jasna Gora Appeal – evening prayers at 9.00pm.
Overnight in John Paul 11 Pilgrim House. Czestochowa.
Day 4: CZESTOCHOWA / AUSCHWITZ /KRAKOW
The Black Madonna, Queen of Poland.
This morning we continue our pilgrimage to Our Lady of Czestochowa, commonly known as the Black Madonna. The visit to the monastery of Jasna Gora, which is one of the most famous shrine in Europe. It is here that the famous Black Madonna known as Our Lady of Czestochowa is located. The shrines attracts more than 5million pilgrims every year. According to legend, this portrait of The Blessed Virgin Mary and child Jesus was painted by St Luke and has been a subject of numerous miracles. After lunch we leave for Auschwitz, the infamous Nazi Concentration Camp, where St Maximillian Kolbe was martyred by offering his life for another prisoner (Francis Gajowniczek) during world war II. Francis was present at the canonization ceremony. There will be a tour of this huge camp and a visit at St Maximillian’s cell at Block No 11, Cell 18.
Then we have dinner and overnight in Krakow.
Day 5: – KRAKOW
Jesus, I trust in You!
Krakow, the home land of our beloved and most visited Holy Father. We will first visit the Convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, where Blessed Faustina, the millennium saint lived and is buried. Here is where the Divine Mercy devotion started. We will have lunch in Krakow and after that we will have a guided tour of the beautiful city where Our beloved Pope John Paul II was Bishop. We visit the Cathedral of Krakow on Wawel Hill which is the houseof the Shrine of St Stanislaus, the patron saint of Poland. In the old town in Krakow we visit the Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary with its famous altar. You can than spend time at the market square and do some shopping.
Overnight in Krakow.
Day 6: KRAKOW
This morning we will visit the famous salt mines and after lunch we proceed to Wadowice, birthplace of Pope John Paul II. Here you will visit his home which is now a museum. You can also try his favorite desert.
Dinner and overnight in Krakow.
Day 7: Cracovia – Budapest
Today we leave for Hungary and its capital Budapest which is often considered the Paris of the East.
Day 8: Budapest
PRAISE GOD IN HIS SANCTUARY; PRAISE HIM IN HIS MIGHTY FIRMAMENT! PS 150:1
Our first pilgrimage stop will be in the Basilica of St. Stephen. The Basilica welcomes more than 2 million visitors every year and in a small chapel, in a glass casket, lies the country’s most sacred object – the mummified hand of St. Stephen. He is King Stephen I who was born in 977 and a very devout Catholic King. We will then have a city tour and lunch.
We will have dinner and overnight in Budapest.
Day 9: Budapest – Ludbreg – Marija Bistrica or Zagreb
This morning we leave for Croatia and arrived in Ludbreg for lunch. After lunch our pilgrimage in Ludbreg starts with the renowned 15th century Eucharistic miracle. A local priest who was celebrating Mass watched in awe as the wine turned into blood at the moment of consecration.
We leave for Marija Bistrica or Zagreb for overnight.
Day 10: Zagreb – Split
This morning we will have a city tour of Zagreb and after that we will depart for Split. We shall drive along the highway and lunch will be on your own.
Overnight in Split.
Day 11: Split – Sinj – Medugorje
‘I AM THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY’.
In Split this morning we will have a sightseeing tour of the Diocletian’s Palace, under UNESCO protection of World Cultural Heritage, including the Cathedral of St Doimus, patron saint of Split. We depart for Sinj – a picturesque little town, home to a 17th century miraculous icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who according to legend saved its citizens several times from the Turkish attacks. In 1752 Pope Benedict XIV granted a plenary indulgence to those who visit the church of the Holy Virgin Mary in Sinj,who is also known as the Mother of Mercy. We depart all the way to Medjugorge where on June 24,1981, Our Lady appeared to 6 children. She identified herself as the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace.
Overnight in Dragan Family House.
Day 12- 13: Medugorje
“I HAVE COME TO TELL THE WORLD THAT GOD EXISTS. HE IS THE FULLNESS OF LIFE, AND TO ENJOY THIS FULLNESS AND PEACE, YOU MUST RETURN TO GOD.”
Depending on the version of the children to whom Our Lady appeared on 24 June 1981. According to them it has been identified as the Benedicta Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace. Through this fact, Medjugorje has become popular as a place of devotion to Mary. Despite the judgment of the Church, we will visit the village to witness the change that has occurred after the appearance of Our Lady. However the authenticity of the appearance is still awaiting the approval of the Church, we will visit the place with the spirit of who expects the final approval of the Church. Here we can see hundreds of pilgrims from around the world which presence has transformed the people. There are pastoral activities, and we can participate and pray near the mountain Krizevac where in 1933, even before the appearance of Mary, the citizens built a cross to mark the anniversary of the crucifixion of Jesus. A guide will take us on a tour in these places.
Day 14: Medugorje – Ljubjlana
This morning we arrive Ljubjlana – Slovak Republic at night to reflect on what Our Lady has told us , especially the message “I have come to tell the world that He exists..
Overnight in Ljubljana.
Day 15: Ljubjlana – Vienna
We will have a city tour of Ljubljana the capital city of Slovenia before we leave for Vienna for overnight and dinner.
Day 16: Vienna
A city tour of Vienna will start about 9.00am and we will have a panoramic view of Vienna and especially to visit St Stephen Cathedral – a magnificent structure and where lies many treasures and the shrine’s greatest possession (the miraculous image of Our Lady of Mariapocs). We will have lunch and after that we shall visit one of the Abbey, either Heiligenkreuz Abbey or Klosterneuburg Abbey.
Dinner and overnight in Vienna.
Day 17: Viena – Salzburg or Altotting
This morning we drive to the city of Music – Salzburg. We will have a city tour of Salzburg – the land of Mozart and Sound of Music. In Salzburg we also visit the shrine of the Christ Child of Loreto.
Dinner and overnight in Salzburg or Altotting.
Day 18: Salzburg or Altotting – Munich
After breakfast saliéremos for Germany and even Altotting to visit the shrine of Our Lady of Altotting . Hundreds make their day praying small and miraculous statue of the Virgin Mary Benedicta and also to ask the intercession of St. Conard of Parzham , a brother capucino and is placed near St. Anna Friary . If time permits we visit the birthplace of the current pope in Mark Am . With a renewed spirit and a personal experience with Dio back..
Day 19: Home City
“Frank and the Forocio team were wonderful in working to make our Study Abroad program a success with the large group of students we traveled with. Every detail was well organized and allowed us to enjoy the trips without worry. The tour guides they chose for us were professional and knowledgable. Frank checked in on us after every trip to ensure things had gone smoothly. We can’t imagine having traveled without them! We highly recommend Frank and Forocio!”
Ryan M. Bessett, PhD
Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics Department of Writing & Language Studies University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
“College of DuPage has been working with Forocio for the past eight years. Their team has helped organize several of the cultural excursions for our summer study abroad program in Spain. Forocio has provided reliable services, professional and expert guides, and nice accommodations for our students in a variety of locations throughout the country. One of the highlights of the program is a guided tour of the Alhambra in Granada. The guides have always been so knowledgeable and passionate about sharing their expertise with our group. We would highly recommend Forocio during your stay in Spain.”
Donna Gillespie, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Spanish
College of DuPage – U.S.A.
“Son los mejores ofreciendo tours a medida, personalizados y se ajustan a tu presupuesto sin problema. Su profesionalidad contribuye a nuestra más absoluta tranquilidad en cada viaje que hacemos con nuestros grupos. Son más de doce años de confianza en los cuales hemos contado con ellos no sólo como proveedores de nuestros viajes sino con todo lo que tiene que ver con traslados privados locales, excursiones o reservas en restaurantes. ¡Prestan un servicio excepcional!”
Sr. Admin Coordinator
University of CaliforniaEducationAbroadProgram– España
“I personally have been working with Frank for nearly 4 years. During that time he has organized logtistics for 6 university travel courses. Thanks to FOROCIO, our programs have been able to incorporate multiple city visits seamlessly. From city guides and buses in Morocco to trains and planes throughout Europe, I know when working with Frank we have access to the best options in terms of times, prices, and logistics. He continues to keep our budget and needs in mind in order to provide our groups with just what they need.”
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Advisor, Office of International Studies Abroad
University of San Diego – U.S.A.
“Forocio coordinated two weekend excursions for my study-abroad group. Both trips were impressively well-planned and reasonably priced. We had access to knowledgeable guides, a fantastic (also knowledgeable) bus driver, and a schedule that was perfectly balanced between sight-seeing and free time. I was also particularly impressed by the professionalism and reliability of Frank, the director. When a student’s minor emergency resulted in a two-hour delay to one of the trips, Frank personally assisted in shifting our full schedule of activities to accomodate the delay (no easy feat!). I whole-heartedly recommend Forocio to other educational travel coordinators, and I look forward to using their services again.”
Faith S. Harden
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
University of Arizona – Tucson, AZ – U.S.A.
“The University of California has for years enjoyed the excellent services of Forocio in organizing trips to Andalucía for our students studying at Madrid universities. I have nothing but praise for the professionalism of Forocio, the selection of sites to be visited, hotels to stay and restaurants to eat. The guides they provide are a cut above what one would expect and the overall experience has been noted in glowing terms by our students and professors alike. ”
Professor and Director Centro de Estudios de la Universidad de California
“I have to say that I believe that the trip was a major success… I could not have been happier with the arrangements that you made for us and everything went incredibly smoothly…I would also mention that your services were just what we needed. As an art group, I’m sure that our needs were not standard, but you did a tremendous job in accommodating us, and it’s greatly appreciated. I hope we will be working together again next year. Thanks again for all of your help and hard work.”
Jason Guynes, MFA
Professor of Art – Chairperson, Department of Visual Arts
The University of South Alabam
“Como directora de un programa de study-abroad, me encanta trabajar con Forocio. Frank y su staff dan un servicio personalizado excelente. Siempre puedo contar con ellos para ayudarme a organizar cualquier viaje para mis alumnos y, trabajando con ellos, sé que los viajes van a ser de buena calidad a precios muy razonables. ¡Yo recomiendo Forocio a todo el mundo! ”
Resident Director Alcalá ProgramInstituteforStudyAbroad
Butler University UAH
“Intrax Education Abroad, one of the leading North American providers in faculty led study abroad programs has been working successfully with Forocio International Friends for a number of years. Over the past year we have seen an increase in our group offerings to Spain due to the excellent work of the Forocio team. Without exception, every student group that we have sent to Spain with Forocio has been extremely satisfied with their attention to detail and high level of customer attention and service. Our organization works with tour operators all over the world and Forocio stands out head and shoulders above all!” ”
Operations Manager Intrax Education Abroad
“From transportation and hotels to guided visits, Forocio offers quality excursions at competitive prices. Frank and his team are exceptional, and Forocio’s customer service and willingness to adapt to our program requirements has resulted in first-rate travels throughout Spain and wonderful memories for our students. Indeed, even with a program as large as ours (80-100 students), Forocio has provided excellent accommodations, comfortable and spacious motor coaches, exceptional guides in both Spanish and English, and does it all while maintaining quality and an economical price. And, to top it off, Forocio makes sure that everything is taken care of for you by making all arrangements and staying in contact at all times. This is an honest and trustworthy company that is genuinely interested in their client. Higly recommended. ”
Chad M. Gasta
Director, Western European Studies Program
Iowa State Universit
“Back from Sevilla, I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you and Forocio for organizing the trip for us. Everything went well… We all had a great time: the hotel accommodations were good, and the hotel food was good too. I want to especially commend our guide Pablo Carbajosa, who is an excellent guide, and a very lovely person. We truly enjoyed his sense of humor, his knowledge, his kindness, as well as his impressive linguistic abilities. I hope we can have another trip with Forocio, if not this year, then next year. I am going to give your address and information to the next Field Directors, who may contact you even before they get here next year. Best wishes, and once again, thank you very much!”
St. Marys University
“Another successful ISU trip in Spain! Thank you for all that you do for us.”
Howard Van Auken, PhD Bob&Kay Smith
Entrepreneurship Fellow Professor of Management Iowa State University
“Estamos encantados con los viajes que Forocio organiza para la Universidad de California año tras año. Se trata de una agencia sumamente profesional, con un excelente conocimiento de España, de su gente y de su cultura. También, entienden mejor que nadie la mentalidad y las motivaciones de nuestros estudiantes, quienes siempre recuerdan estos viajes con un gran cariño. Tampoco se olvidan de las fiestas que organiza Forocio en el Palacio de Gaviria. Son memorables! Siempre hemos estado satisfechos con los hoteles y los autobuses que nos ha facilitado Forocio. Los guías que lideran los viajes o las visitas son los mejores que hay en este negocio. En fin, es un placer trabajar con Forocio y tienen todo nuestro agradecimiento. ”
Director, Education Abroad Program of the University of California in Madrid
“The transportation, accomodations, and tour guide services provided by Forocio are consistently of the highest quality. The staff is knowledgeable, responsive, and reliable. They do an excellent job in selecting moderately priced services well-suited for student and faculty groups.”
Office of Study Abroad
University of Kansas
“My apologies for not getting back to you after the trip, but I fell immediately into a new academic semester and am only now surfacing… Anyway we all had a great great, both the students and me… You did a great job arranging an excellent (but complicated) itinerary. I would definitely plan to do Roman Spain again… You were very wise, by the way, to suggest that I bring a letter from my school. That got us free into a number of places, including the Prado. That sort of things would not have happened in Italy…Anyway, thank you for arranging such a wonderful trip. I would certain call upon you again and recommend you to others.”
Thomas Jerome Sienkewicz
Department of Classics – Monmouth College
Monmouth, Illinois – United States of America
“Ya un poco más descansada, quisiera agradecerles su apoyo durante el viaje y sobre todo para el regreso a nuestras ciudades de origen… En cuanto al viaje en si mismo se desarrolló sin contratiempos y dejó una impresión final de mucha satisfacción en todos los muchachos… Así que muchas gracias Stefan y Blanca por ese magnífico regalo que hicieron a los muchachos y que definitivamente quedará en sus memorias como uno de los mejores recuerdos de su vida. Quisiera terminar este correo dando unas inmensas gracias a Henar. Fue un elemento invaluable para el exito de este viaje. Su profesionalismo me impresionó porque siempre iba más allá de lo que implicaba su papel. Estaba al tanto de todo, aprendió a conocer los muchachos, inclusive identificando los de Oxford y los de Bath. Me alegro haberla conocido y creo que en una semana no solamente conocí una muy buena guía pero gané una amiga.”
Profesora de francés – División Preparatoria
Campus Estado de México – TEC DE MONTERREY
“I wanted to tell you all how much my small group & I appreciated all your help, advice & assistance with our visits to cities in Italy. I would heartily recommend your group to any individual or group planning visits to Italy!”
Professor, Design, University of Kansas
“Hemos pasado un viaje sensacional en Valencia. Nuestra guía, Ester fue muy accesible, simpática y la visita informativa e interesante. El personal y servicio del hotel Excelsior fue efectivo, atento y cordial. De nuevo, nuestro conductor, Eduardo Navarro, ha sido extraordinario… Muchas gracias por el servicio de primera clase+ que he recibido de parte de tu empresa.”
Linda Luft, M.A
The University of Arizona – United States of America
“The students & teachers are very happy about the trip and its arrangement. Thank you for doing so much for us. There is no disappointment and all are fine. I am happy to be your reference whenever you need.”
Charlotte Travel Limited
Tsimshatsui, Kowloon Hong Kong – China
“Forocio is my best choice for field trip arrangements and support during my short and long visits to Spain. I have taken groups of students from the College of DuPage to Madrid and Granada for five weeks and I was very pleased with all the support I received from Forocio. I sincerely recommend their services, their tour guides are well prepared and their expertise made our learning experience valuable. I highly recommend Forocio for all your trips in Spain.”
Edith Jaco, Ed.D.
Director of the Spain Study Abroad Program
College of DuPage – United States of America
“Trabajamos con Forocio desde hace más de 20 años con total satisfacción tanto por parte de nuestros clientes como nuestra. Es una empresa seria y fiable. Los precios son muy competitivos y se esmeran por complacer las necesidades de los clientes. Mientras la relación siga siendo tan buena como hasta ahora, seguiremos trabajando y recomendando Forocio para reservas hoteleras y viajes.”
Estdio Internacional Sampere
“For the last 6 years Forocio has been essential to our study-abroad program in Madrid. Their rare combination of expertise, dependability, and affordability makes our program run smoothly and makes my life much easier. Our extended field trip to Barcelona is the highlight of our summer and the meals Forocio arranged for us were exquisite. My students bragged to their friends from other programs about the hip restaurants we went to in Spain.”
George A. Carlsen
Director of the Madrid Summer Study Abroad Program
“We have worked with Stefan Schmuckle and Forocio since 2012, taking groups of American university students to Europe during the month of January. Our groups have ranged in size from 23-32, and we have visited five cities per trip, ranging from Barcelona to St. Petersburg, Russia. We have always sought the elusive combination of acceptable price point and comfortable accommodations – and Stefan has always delivered. Not once have we had a guide or transport fail to show up on time or arrived at a hotel that was not only expecting us but ready for early check-in. Stefan even handled all the flights between the European cities. We could not be more pleased with Forocio and look forward to working with them in the future.”
Janie Spencer, Ph.D.
Professor of Spanish