Finalised Itinerary For Armidale Lismore Pilgrimage

Meal Code
B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: DinnerDAY 1:  TUESDAY 9TH AUGUST 2011 - FLY AUSTRALIA TO SPAIN

DAY 2:  WEDNESDAY 10TH AUGUST - ARRIVE BARCELONA

Barcelona is a city synonymous with art, culture and faith. Experience the cultural canvas that underpinned many of Picassos artworks and view the unique and colourful architecture of Gaudi dispersed throughout the city.

On arrival into Barcelona we will be met and taken on an orientation tour of this vibrant city, visiting some of the most important monuments including the old Gothic Quarter, the Plaza Catalunya, the Cathedral and Gaudi’s famed unfinished La Sagrada Familia Church. We will then transfer to our accommodation for our stay this evening.

Barcelona overnight (D)

DAY 3:  THURSDAY 11TH AUGUST - BARCELONA TO VALENCIA

Travelling south today we come to Poblet where we find the Monastery of Santa Maria de Poblet, a 12th century Cistercian Abbey located in a quiet valley. Pilgrims gravitate to the Sant Jordi Chapel, featuring a magnificent star-shaped dome, a cloister and the chapter house. Enter the main Church to see the Royal Pantheon, with alabaster sarcophagus and a Renaissance marbled altarpiece. Pilgrims are invited to enjoy the peace and tranquility of what is one of the largest and most complete Cistercian abbeys in the world. Continue south along the beautiful Costa Dolarada coastline as we take in Spanish scenery and enjoy a swim in the Mediterranean along the way.

Onwards to Valencia, where the history of this seaside city goes back two millennia to the days of the Roman Empire. From the eighth to the early 13th century, it was under the control of the Moors whose advanced civilization left an indelible mark. In 1092 Spanish National hero El Cid led a siege of the city and for a time became Lord of Valencia. The city underwent a remarkable revival following the final conquest by Christian forces in 1238 and many of the historical landmarks today date back to this period. These also reflect the religious heritage of Valencia, including its famous early gothic cathedral which houses what is claimed to be the Holy Chalice of the Last Supper. Here pilgrims can see this Chalice, so much venerated by pilgrims from around the world. Valencia is also known as the �city of gardens’ and has undergone a remarkable modernization in the past two decades.

We will then join our host parish community for the Days in the Diocese, where we will be welcomed and enter into a colourful programme of festival, faith and fellowship.

Days in the Diocese - 4 nights host stay – (Hosted B,L,D daily)

DAYS 3-6:  THUR 11TH-SUN 14TH DAYS IN THE DIOCESE - VALENCIA (4 Nts)

All across Spain, parishes and communities will welcome the youth of the world in an amazing expression of Christian hospitality. This will be an opportunity to experience the people of Spain with their deep traditions and spiritual heritage. It will be a time of cultural exchange, dialogue, worship and celebration as we gather and prepare for the great WYD week that will follow.

DAY 7:  MONDAY 15TH AUGUST - JOURNEY TO MADRID

Departing Valencia we will join the streams of young pilgrims converging today on the World Youth Day host city and our long-awaited meeting with the youth of the world and Pope Benedict XVI.

WORLD YOUTH DAY – MADRID (7 NIGHTS)

Upon our arrival in Spain’s capital, we will be welcomed and ushered to the nearby registration point before being transferred by coach to our place of accommodation.

At this point we will receive our WYD pilgrims bag containing the WYD handbook, tourist guide, pilgrim pass, transport card and all the information you need to get around Madrid and participate in WYD events.

Madrid 7 nights - university residence lodgings (B,L,D)

DAY 8:  TUESDAY 16TH AUGUST – Official Opening Mass of Welcome

The city of Madrid has some amazing sites and attractions and it will be alive with hundreds of thousands of young people who have come for this great event.

DAYS 9-11:  WED 17TH-FRI 19TH AUGUST - Catechesis & Youth Festival

For three days at hundreds of venues spread across the city, small groups will gather to talk about faith and celebrate their journey which has brought them to this moment.

There will be opportunities for Catechesis in the mornings, Daily Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Youth Festival will bring music, dance and dramatic performances from around the world to small and large stadiums across the city.

On Thursday afternoon, we will celebrate the Popes arrival as we welcome him in a huge celebration which will live long in our memories.

Friday will focus on the moving Way of the Cross when young pilgrims will contemplate the reality of Christ’s passion and the call to true freedom.

DAY 12:  SATURDAY 20TH AUGUST – Pilgrimage Walk to WYD Vigil

Today will begin the mass mobilization of pilgrims along set walking paths through the city as they converge on the huge designated outdoor site chosen for the historic WYD gathering here in Madrid. An afternoon of concerts, performances, and song will unfold as we await the arrival of the Holy Father.

Evening Vigil:

This begins the main event! Millions of young people together with the Pope – a summer evening of unforgettable atmosphere. The celebrations continue all night as we share in a global sleep-out under the stars.

DAY 13:  SUNDAY 21ST AUGUST – XXVI World Youth Day

As the sun rises we’ll share in Morning Prayer, breakfast and the climactic

WYD Papal Mass with the youth of the world.

The Holy Father will give us his special message and blessing. Time then to say goodbye as the Pope sends forth the youth to every nation of the world.

DAY 14:  MONDAY 22ND AUGUST - MADRID

Today we will remain in the WYD City taking time to process the amazing past days.

Madrid overnight (BD)

DAY 15:  TUESDAY 23RD AUGUST - DEPART MADRID

Today we will transfer back to the airport for our homebound flight connections to Australia. 

DAY 16/17: THURSDAY 25TH AUGUST - ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

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