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World Youth Day – 2019

Explore the colors and natural beauty of Panama with us.

Join us for another World Youth Day adventure as we head to beautiful Panama to celebrate World Youth Day 2019! We’ve organised a 10-day pilgrimage and sightseeing tour with our very own Canadian escorts to mark 20 years since the first World Youth Day tour done by Tour Design. You’ll find the rough itinerary and tour highlights below, and please send us a message if you’d like to secure a spot or have a group you’d like to bring. We are committed to creating an authentic experience of faith and fun, and we’d love you to join us.

All are welcome!

10-Day Pilgrimage Itinerary

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 8
Day 9
Day 10

Monday, Jan 21, 2019
IN FLIGHT – ARRIVE IN PANAMA CITY

We gather at the airport today to board our flight to Panama.
Upon arrival in the afternoon, you will be greeted by your Tour Manager and transferred to your accommodation in Panama City. Your accommodation provides an individual bed for each pilgrim, daily breakfast. Today Tour Design will also be providing you with your World Youth Day package of information and back packs so you are ready to participate in World Youth Day celebrations.
Welcome dinner this evening. (Meal in flight & Dinner)
Accommodation: TBA (9 nights)

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2019
PANAMA CITY – WYD ACTIVITIES

Opening Ceremony with Opening Mass. (Breakfast & WYD meals)
Accommodation: TBA

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019
PANAMA CITY – WYD ACTIVITIES

Catechesis and World Youth Day Activities. WYD participants, organized by language groups, will have catechesis session with bishops from all over the world. (Breakfast & WYD meals)
Accommodation: TBA

Thursday, Jan 24, 2019
PANAMA CITY – WYD ACTIVITIES

Catechesis and World Youth Day Activities. WYD participants, organized by language groups, will have catechesis session with bishops from all over the world. (Breakfast & WYD meals)
Accommodation: TBA

Friday, Jan 25, 2019
PANAMA CITY – WYD ACTIVITIES

Catechesis and World Youth Day Activities. WYD participants, organized by language groups, will have catechesis session with bishops from all over the world. (Breakfast & WYD meals)
Accommodation: TBA

Saturday, Jan 26, 2019
PANAMA CITY – WYD ACTIVITIES

Young people will arrive at the site for the vigil. The Pope will arrive and Eucharistic adoration will begin. An address is made by the Holy Father. Overnight vigil. (Breakfast & WYD meals)
Accommodation: Overnight Vigil

Sunday, Jan 27, 2019
PANAMA CITY – WYD ACTIVITIES

The Pope will concelebrate Mass with thousands of bishops and priests, and he will address the young people, to send them out to the world to witness to their faith, as the Lord did with his Apostles. At the end of the Mass, the Holy Father will announce the place where the next edition of World Youth Day will be held. Culmination of World Youth Day 2019. (WYD meals)
Accommodation: TBA

Monday, Jan 28, 2019
PANAMA CITY – DAY TRIP

Day Trip: Head to Portobelo, Colon and visit the ruins of Portobelo and the Black Christ Church with lunch enroute.
Just 1.5 hours from Panama City, the historic town of Portobelo is one of the most scenic spots in Panama. Set on a turquoise Caribbean bay, it was Spanish Empires’ s trade epicenter in the 16th and 17th century.
Black Christ Church, Portobelo: The large white church at Portobelo is the Iglesia de San Felipe, which is still in use. It dates from 1814, but its tower wasn’t completed until 1945. It’s famous as the home of the life-sized effigy of the Nazareno of Portobelo, better known as the Black Christ. The effigy, depicting Christ carrying the cross, normally resides on a podium to the left of the altar, but it is brought out to the center of the church for the Black Christ Festival, by far Portobelo’s biggest event. The handsome altar of the church is adorned with gold images depicting various emblems of the crucifixion, including nails, instruments of torture, and the dice the Roman soldiers cast for Christ’s robe. Small wooden carvings ringing the walls depict the stages of the cross.Behind this church is the recently renovated Iglesia de San Juan de Dios, home to the new Museo del Cristo Negro de Portobelo, which now displays 63 of the robes donated by Panamanians for the festival, some of which are more than 100 years old. Among the more famous is the one donated by the champion boxer Roberto “Manos de Piedra” (hands of stone) Duran.
Ruins of Portobelo: In the 1700’s Portobelo was Spain’s major port in the Americas. All the gold and treasure Spain stolen from Peru and Bolivia went through the Portobello Custom house. It was the scene of many fabulous trade fairs, until it was it was bombed English pirates after all that loot. Henry Morgan came through here on his way to sack and burn Panama City. Pirate Sir Francis Drake’s pirate activities body lies in the sea below. The ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Just before you come into town are the picturesque ruins of Fort Bateria Santiago with many cannons and a sentry tower. Up the hill on the other side of the street is another fort ruin. In town, see the restored Customs house which is next Fort San Jeronimo, the best preserved fort of all.
(Breakfast & Lunch)
Accommodation: TBA

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019
PANAMA CITY

Free day at your leisure. Farewell dinner this evening. (Breakfast & Dinner)
Accommodation: TBA

Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019
DEPART PANAMA

Free time in the morning. This afternoon, we transfer to the airport for our return flight home. (Breakfast & meal in flight)

Explore the colors and natural beauty of Panama with us

Trip Highlights

The Sacred Heart Cathedral

The Sacred Heart Cathedral is a Catholic church located in the old town of Panama City in Panama. It was consecrated in 1796, although construction work began in 1688, 108 years earlier. It is also known as the Cathedral Basilica of St. Mary.

It is a picturesque feature of the Old Town of Panama and today is the episcopal see of the Archdiocese of Panama.

Ruins of Portobelo

(UNESCO World Heritage Site)

In the 1700’s Portobelo was Spain’s major port in the Americas. All the gold and treasure Spain stolen from Peru and Bolivia went through the Portobello Custom house. It was the scene of many fabulous trade fairs, until it was it was bombed English pirates after all that loot. Henry Morgan came through here on his way to sack and burn Panama City.

Parts of the outermost fortress were dismantled to build the Panama Canal and many of the larger stones were used in the construction of the Gatún Locks.

Panama Viejo

The very first city of Panama, Founded on August 15, 1519, by Spanish conquistador Pedro Arias de Ávila, the city of Panamá was the first European settlement along the Pacific. For 150 years it flourished as Spain exported Peruvian gold and silver to Europe via Panamá. On 28 January 1671, the Welsh pirate Henry Morgan attacked the city with 1,400 men marching from the Caribbean coast across the jungle. Morgan’s force defeated the city’s militia then proceeded to sack Panamá; the fire destroyed the city and it was relocated to the present-day Casco Viejo.

Black Christ Church, Portobelo

The large white church at Portobelo is the Iglesia de San Felipe, which is still in use. It dates from 1814, but its tower wasn’t completed until 1945. It’s famous as the home of the life-sized effigy of the Nazarene of Portobelo, better known as the Black Christ, which was found on the shores of the harbour.

The church’s annual festival, the Black Christ Festival, is the biggest religio-cultural celebration in Portobelo. It is celebrated on October 21, a festival day formally known and observed as the “Feast Day of the Cristo de Portobelo”

Locks of Panama Canal

There are 3 locks for the Panama Canal, Gatun Locks on the Atlantic side, and the Miraflores Locks and Pedro Miguel Locks on the Pacific side. Depending on availability, visit one of these 3 locks and from the viewing deck maybe catch the change of seeing a ship going through the lock.

The locks were one of the greatest engineering works ever to be undertaken when they opened in 1914. No other concrete construction of comparable size was undertaken until the Hoover Dam, in the 1930s.

The Map of Panama

Panama is situated between the North American continent and the South American continent, bordered by Costa Rica to the west, Colombia (in South America) to the southeast, the Caribbean Sea to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south.

Panama’s wildlife holds the most diversity of all the countries in Central America. It is home to many South American species as well as North American wildlife.

The Team

Joining the team in 2008 is our Director of Marketing and Communication, Alan Law. His passion for travel lured him away from a career in equities trading at one of Canada’s largest investment firms — and he’s never looked back. Alan has led groups around the world to over 28 countries and 128 cities including Poland, Germany, Norway, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Brazil, India, UAE, China, Korea, Japan, and throughout United States, Mexico and the Caribbean.

He had the opportunity to work as an onsite tour manager for World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid and World Youth Day 2013 in Rio De Janeiro and is proud to say World Youth Day is by far his favourite program.