World Youth Day 2016

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What is World Youth Day (WYD)?

World Youth Day began in the early 1980s with an invitation from St. John Paul II inviting young people to attend an International Jubilee of Youth in St. Peter's Square. This event has grown to be the single largest, international gathering of young people the world has ever seen. WYD attracts pilgrims from some 200 nations who gather to celebrate their faith in the Catholic Church.

What's a pilgrimage?

Made since the early church, a pilgrimage is a spiritual journey to a sacred place in which one joyfully responds “yes” to God’s invitation. A pilgrimage requires a commitment to leave one’s problems behind and follow the desire of the heart in devotion, penance, or thanksgiving, returning home transformed by the special graces received.

We're excited to offer two packages: one for youth and one for young adults. As of early 2016, our pilgrimage is full. If you are interested in this pilgrimage opportunity, please contact Alison Tate at to be put on the waiting list. 

Youth Pilgrimage: July 23-August 3

  • Youth ages 16–18 and their chaperones
  • Prague, Krakow, Czestochowa, Wadowice, Budapest
  • 3 or 4 star hotel accommodations
  • $4,198 for twin or $4,148 for triple accommodations


Young Adult Pilgrimage: July 23-August 3

  • Young adults ages 19–35
  • Budapest, Esztergom,Krakow, Auschwitz, Czestochowa, Prague
  • Student hostel/dormitory style accommodations
  • $3,150 for twin accommodations
Cost Includes: Air; 10 nights at planned accommodations; full breakfast daily, 5 dinners (7/24, 7/25, 7/31, 8/1, & 8/2); full schedule of sightseeing fees (entrance fees) by private coach & guide as described in itinerary (7/24–7/26 & 8/1–8/3); WYD package with events & 3 meals a day (7/26–31); hotel taxes & service charges; estimated air taxes & fuel.



Youth Pilgrimage Info Itinerary w/ Insurance (Youth ages 16-18 and their chaperones)


Young Adult Pilgrimage Info Itinerary w/ Insurance (Young adults ages 19-35)


Payment Schedules


GTA Tours Confirmation of Travel Insurance Coverage 


Nationwide Mutual Insurance Travel Insurance Coverage Details

WYD Presendtation



USCCB Safety Notice



Pilgrim Meeting Handout Young Adult Pilgrimage



Pilgrim Meeting Handout St. Paul St. Dominic Savio



Pilgrim Meeting Handout St. Mary St Louis


Pilgrim Meeting Handout CTK and St Luke PDF