8-Day Pilgrimage | 2019 World Youth Day in Panama

Panama City | Panama Canal

A message from Pope Francis, "The Mighty One has done great things for me" Lc.1,49.

8-Day Itinerary

Day 1, January 21, Monday | Depart for Panama | Orientation tour of Panama
Panama signToday: Today we depart on our pilgrimage to Panama City for the 14th International World Youth Day celebration.
Complimentary meals and beverages will be served aloft.
Afternoon: Arrive at Tocumen International Airport in Panama City. Claim our luggage and a Peter's Way Tour Manager will meet us upon exiting Customs. Board our comfortable tour bus and soon we will be on our way for a panoramic tour of the modern city. View the magnificent Cathedral (Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion) elegantly dominating the Plaza de la Independencia, the National Theater and the bayside monuments, causeway, old American military centers now changed to government buildings, hospitals, and universities. Check-in at hotel in Panama City.
Evening: Independent dinner.
Overnight at Las Americas Golden Tower.
Day 2, January 22, Tuesday | AM/Registration | PM/Opening Mass
Panama churchMorning: Buffet breakfast at hotel.
(Pick up location of WYD Registration Packets to be advised).
Independent lunch (meal vouchers included in WYD Registration Package).
Afternoon: This afternoon World Youth Day begins with Opening Mass, presided over by the Archbishop of Panama and concelebrated by local bishops and priests from around the world.
Evening: Independent dinner (meal vouchers included in WYD Registration Package).
Overnight at Las Americas Golden Tower.
Day 3, January 23, Wednesday | Catechesis Sessions
Panama canal and shipsMorning: Buffet breakfast at hotel.
After breakfast we will participate in the morning Catechesis Sessions with Bishops taking place at churches, sports centers, auditoriums and schools.
Independent lunch (meal vouchers included in WYD Registration Package).
Afternoon: WYD Catechesis Presentations from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
Independent dinner (meal vouchers included in WYD Registration Package), and evening free.
Evening: Overnight at Las Americas Golden Tower.
Day 4, January 24, Thursday | Catechesis Sessions | Papal Welcome & Youth Festival
Panama churchMorning: Buffet breakfast at our hotel. This morning, World Youth Day participants will have the opportunity to attend various catechesis sessions with participating bishops and celebrate Holy Mass. Participate in the ongoing WYD activities today, and enjoy more opportunities to meet your fellow pilgrims. While you may not speak the same language, you will find it easy to communicate, because God’s love knows no boundaries. Independent lunch (meal vouchers included in WYD Registration Package).
Afternoon: This afternoon we will gather at the WYD event site for the arrival of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, hear his message of welcome and pray together! This will be one of the greatest experiences and memories of World Youth Day. Youth Festival activities continue throughout the evening.
Independent dinner (meal vouchers included in WYD Registration Package), and evening free.
Evening: Overnight at Las Americas Golden Tower.
Day 5, January 25, Friday | Catechesis | Way of the Cross
Panama cityMorning: Buffet breakfast at our hotel. This morning, World Youth Day participants will have the opportunity to attend various catechesis sessions with participating bishops and celebrate Holy Mass.
Independent lunch (meal vouchers included in WYD Registration Package).
Afternoon: Our day concludes with The Way of the Cross. The World Youth Day Cross is carried in a procession during this service and together we will follow a designated route through the city, giving testimony to our faith. We will be united with young people from all around the world.
Independent dinner (meal vouchers included in WYD Registration Package), and evening free.
Evening: Overnight at Las Americas Golden Tower.
Day 6, January 26, Saturday | Pilgrimage Walk to Vigil Site | Prayer Vigil with Pope Francis
Morning: Buffet breakfast at our hotel. Our hotel rooms will be secured for the evening, so pack appropriately for our overnight campout. We will join the multitude of pilgrims on a walking pilgrimage to the vigil site. Activities will take place on the stage (testimonies of young people, musical interpretations, prayers to the Blessed Mother, etc.), as we prepare for the Vigil. Independent lunch (meal vouchers included in WYD Registration Package).
Evening: This evening, the Holy Father will address the youth of the world and lead us in Adoration, Prayer and Benediction.
Tonight’s outdoor sleepover will be another great opportunity for us to share our faith and love for the Lord, and to think about new ways in which we can bring the Holy Father’s message home to our friends and families. For those who so wish, there will be a space reserved for Adoration of The Blessed Sacrament.
Independent dinner (meal vouchers included in WYD Registration Package).
Overnight at the Vigil Site.
Day 7, January 27, Sunday | Mass of Sending | Panama Canal and Farewell Dinner
Morning: Breakfast this morning will be arranged as a boxed meal from your hotel. This morning, the Holy Father will concelebrate Mass with thousands of bishops and priests, and he will address young people and those who are not so young, to send them out to the world as witnesses to the faith, as the Lord did with his Apostles. At the end of the conclusive Mass, the Holy Father will announce the place where the next World Youth Day meeting will be held. Receive Holy Communion in the presence of the Pope, and carry Christ’s love with you forever. At the end of Mass, the Holy Father will announce the place where the next World Youth Day meeting will be held. This will be an experience you will never forget.
Independent lunch (meal vouchers included in WYD Registration Package).
Afternoon: Transfer to Panama Canal for our farewell dinner. During dinner we will have the opportunity to view the ships crossing the canal. The Panama Canal, known as the 8th wonder of the world, is a 48-mile ship channel that joins the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. It is a key conduit for international maritime trade.
Overnight at Las Americas Golden Tower.
Day 8, January 28, Monday | Return to the USA
Morning: After buffet breakfast, we will be transferred to Tocumen International Airport for our return flight to the USA.

All Masses are subject to confirmation. This itinerary can be customized or modified to include additional opportunities for prayer, reflection and devotions.

** Unexpected circumstances may require alteration to the details outlined in this itinerary. **

General Package Inclusions