Tour Detail

World Youth Day 2019 - Archdiocese of Newark with Padre Mino

Itinerary

Day 1 – USA/ PANAMA CITY

Today, we will depart our international airport for Panama City in Panama. After our arrival we will clear customs and be met by our Regina Tour Escort and board our motor coach. We will check into our hotel and the balance of the day is at leisure to explore Panama City. This evening we will have a welcome dinner and continue to explore Panama City. Overnight at hotel. (D)

Day 2 – PANAMA CITPANAMA CITY

After breakfast we start our touring of Mirafl ores Locks at the Pacifi c coast to the entrance to the Panama Canal. Here, we will view the locks in operation and watch in amazement as over 20 million gallons of water are transferred in less than 10 minutes. The Panama Canal is an astonishing example of modern engineering, considered to be one of the “wonders of the world”. More than 12,000 ocean-going vessels pass through annually. Hopefully, we will see a freighter passing through the locks today; it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Our tour continues with a tour of Old Panama City, view the magnifi cent Cathedral de Panamá City (Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion) elegantly dominating the Plaza de la Independencia, the National Theater and the bayside monument to French entrepreneurs who envisioned the Panama Canal and the Cityscape Lookout. Continue to the Frank Gehry's Biodiversity Museum, is located on the Amador Causeway in Panama City. It was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, His fi rst design for Latin America. The design was conceived in 1999 and the museum opened in October 2014. Continue to the Panama Canal Museum. Established in 1997, the museum is devoted to the history of the construction of the Panama Canal in its various stages, including the fi rst French construction, the later construction by the United States, and the eventual transfer to Panamanian control. The current building dates from 1874 and served originally as the headquarters of both the French and U.S. companies engaged in the construction of the canal. In the evening we will gather for the Welcoming Ceremony and Opening Mass taking place at Cinta Costera, a park along the coast of Panama Bay. We will join thousands of clergy and people from different parts of the world. After Mass we will join in the evening activities of WYD's cultural programs, concerts, exhibitions and group prayers. Festivals will take place at the Amador and Atlapa Convention Centers. Overnight at hotel. Breakfast is at hotel. Lunch and dinner are part of the WYD Package. (B/L/D)

Day 3 – PANAMA CITY

After breakfast we will participate in the morning Catechesis Sessions with Bishops, taking place at churches, sports centers, auditoriums and schools. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore the city on our own before we take part in the evenings fun activities: concerts, art exhibitions, cultural programs, prayer services, festivals and making new friends. This evening there will also be time for Reconciliation. Overnight. (B/L/D)

Day 4 – PANAMA CITY

This morning after breakfast we again take part in the Catechesis Sessions. There will be leisure time for lunch, some WYD activities before we gather at Cinta Costera Park to welcome Pope Francis. At the prayer service he will deliver his welcome speech and how we are to live out the words of St Luke's Gospel, “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word”. He will invite us to open ourselves to Our Savior calling us to be better Catholics. In the evening we again take part in all the fun activities. Overnight. (B/L/D)

Day 5 – PANAMA CITY

After breakfast we attend morning Catechesis Sessions. In the afternoon there will be leisure time to shop, before we take part in the Stations of the Cross with people from different parts of the world. We will walk and pray the fourteen stations as we process through the streets of Panama City ending at Cinta Costera Park There will be time for Reconciliation before we take part in the evenings fun activities. Overnight. (B/L/D)

Day 6 – PANAMA CITY

After breakfast we will pack our sleeping bags and back packs for one of the most exciting “camp outs” that will be life changing. The location at this time will take place at Panama Pacifi co, an airport located 10 miles west of downtown Panama City. If possible we will transfer part of the way before we take part in the pilgrim walk crossing the iconic Bridge of the Americas to the WYD Vigil. Upon arrival there will be many activities taking place along with prayers and testimonies. This evening Eucharistic Adoration will begin, time for Reconciliation before Pope Francis addresses us. We will sleep out “under the stars “ and have time to share our love for Jesus Our Lord, His Church and one another. Please note our hotel rooms will be held for us and boxed lunches and dinner given before we start our journey to the Vigil site. (B/L/D)

Day 7 – PANAMA CITY

We will have a boxed breakfast this morning before we celebrate the Sending Forth Mass with our Holy Father, Cardinals, Bishops and Priests from around the world. Our Holy Father will address the total group on our WYD theme “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38). After the Mass our Holy Father will announce where the next WYD will be held in 2022. As we depart the Vigil site we will take with us many blessings, graces, and memories to last a life time. We will be transferred back to our hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure for last minute shopping or taking a side trip (at extra cost) or just relaxing. (B)

Day 8 – PANAMA CITY/USA

After breakfast we bid farewell to our new friends and transfer to the airport in Panama City arriving home the same day. (B)

*(B,L,D) Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Inclusions

INCLUDED IN PRICE:

• Roundtrip Air Newark area gateway to Panama City
• All airline taxes and fuel surcharges
• WYD Fees up to $200
• Breakfast daily, two dinners (all other dinners and lunches provided in WYD Fees)
• All roundtrip transfers from overseas airport to hotel
• 7 nights in 3 & 4 Star Hotels
• English Speaking Escort at airports, hotels
• Tour of Panama City
• Daily Mass , WYD Catechesis Sessions and Social Events
• Hotel tipping and taxes

* Airfare from other departure cities available (price may vary)

NOT INCLUDED:

• 5 dinners, all lunches (these meals included in WYD Fees)
• Single rooms $680 extra (very limited space)
• Travel/Health Insurance
• Tipping to Tour Escort and Driver
• All Personal Items