Sunday, August 14 – Depart USA All Aboard! Your group of pilgrims will board your flight from USA en route to Madrid today. Sit back and enjoy the ride. You are on your way to World Youth Day!
DEPARTURE FROM WASHINGTON DULLES (IAD) August 14 Washington Dulles / Paris Air France #39 4:40pm / 6:00a August 15 August 15 Paris / Madrid Air France #1000 7:15am / 9:20am RETURN TO WASHINGTON DULLES (IAD) August 23 Madrid / Paris Air France #1301 12:35pm / 2:40pm August 23 Paris / Washington Dulles Air France #26 4:35pm / 7:05pm
Monday, August 15 – Arrival in Madrid We arrive in Madrid and are met by our representative of Catholic Travel Centre. We proceed to downtown Madrid via private motor coach to our hotel where we have some time to rest from our journey. (D) B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner *meals that are part of WYD meal package.
Tuesday, August 16 Madrid: Opening Ceremony - Liturgy Today the Opening Ceremony/Liturgy will take place at a site in the environs of Madrid. Transportation to and from the event will be via the Public transportation system included in the WYD Registration package. (B) B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner *meals that are part of WYD meal package.
Wednesday, August 17 to Friday, August 19 Madrid Catechetical Sessions We will make your way to our catechesis location for each day, with the remainder of your meals taken on site as part of the WYD Registration package. (B) (*L) (*D) B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner *meals that are part of WYD meal package.
Saturday, August 20 – MadridEvening Vigil With the assistance of our tour escort, we will begin our pilgrimage walk to the site of the Closing Mass, CuatroVientos (located outside Madrid proper) is the proposed site for the Evening Vigil and Closing Mass. Sleep out under the stars as you pray at the Vigil with thousands of youth from around the globe – and with His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI. Sleep tight – tomorrow morning is the awesome final Mass. (B) (*L) (*D) B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner *meals that are part of WYD meal package.
Sunday, August 21 – MadridClosing Mass This morning you will experience one of the most awesome liturgies of your entire life as you celebrate the Eucharist with hundreds of thousands of your brothers and sisters from around the world, along with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. The Balance of the day is at your leisure. (*B) B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner *meals that are part of WYD meal package.
Monday, August 22 – MadridExcursion to Avila This morning we make an excursion to the walled city of Avila. We visit sites connected with St. Teresa of Avila, the mystic saint and one of three women Doctors of the Church. (B) B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner *meals that are part of WYD meal package.
Tuesday, August 23 – Return to USA After breakfast your tour escort will whisk you off to the airport in your private motor coach for your return flight back to the USA. (B) B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner *meals that are part of WYD meal package.
I just spoke with the State Department as well as US Customs and wanted to let you know of a clarification that you may want to pass on to the rest of the group. They indicated that if it is to be a copy of the birth certificate and not the original, either the seal must be visible in the copy or it must be a certified copy. I’m not sure how lenient they are on this in actual day-to-day travel, but just in case…
Make 3 photocopies of your passport (signature pages). One copy in your suitcase, one copy with your group leader, one copy with family back home.
Make certain your passport is valid at least six months beyond your intended date of return.
Carry your passport securely with you or a copy with you at all times; if once you arrive overseas you do not carry your passport with you, keep it in the safe deposit at the hotel or in a safe in your room.
If members of your group are not US citizen, they are responsible for securing their own visas to gain access into a country they are visiting.
Carry your prescription medications in your carry-on bag -- do not place medicine in your checked luggage. Also, carry a photocopy of your prescriptions in case you happen to lose your medicine. Good idea to carry a copy of your eyeglass prescriptions also.
If you belong to AT&T or other major carrier and have a calling card, bring your number and you can use this card to call back to the USA.
Remember, telephone calls placed from and billed to hotel rooms carry heavy surcharges.
Some cell phones will work overseas, but the charges are very high. Check with your mobile phone supplier for rates.
Breakfast is included daily; other meals are per the itinerary during the touring portion of the program.
Drinks are not included with these meals, so you can purchase mineral water, soft drinks or juice from the waiter for an additional cost, so have money ready when you come to these meals.
We always suggest you drink mineral water only when abroad, and it comes in two varieties, with bubbles and without bubbles.
BE ON TIME
Schedule of Events Cont. August 19 (Friday) 10 am - Catechesis Sessions 9 pm - Via Crucis (Pasea de Recoletos) LectioDivina with Steve and Jessie August 20 (Saturday) 8 pm - Vigil with the Pope (CuatroVientos) August 21 (Sunday) 9 am - Papal Mass
Schedule of Events August 16 (Tuesday) 7 pm - Opening Mass (Plaza de Cibeles) 9 pm - Youth Festival August 17 (Wednesday) 10 am - Catechesis Sessions 9 pm - Youth Festival August 18 (Thursday) 10 am- Catechesis Sessions 4 pm - Papal Welcome (Plaza de Cibeles) 9 pm - Youth Festival
Plaza de Cibeles Palacio de Deportes Plaza del Sol
A = CuatroVientos B = Plaza de Cibeles (city center)
Pilgrims will have at their disposal vouchers which they could use as a payment for their food in the official places. There will be available maps and WAP services to locate the restaurants, bars and catering services where meals are offered to pilgrims.
In CuatroVientos vigil, which meals are included? In the pilgrim pack you can find Saturday August 20th lunch and dinner, and Sunday August 21st breakfast and lunch. Pilgrim pack will be delivered nearby CuatroVientos site.