Pilgrimage Opportunities

Pilgrimage Opportunities

For more than two decades the UUPCC Pilgrimage Service has helped to cement the bonds between North American UUs and their partners overseas.

In recent years, we have expanded our pilgrimage opportunities to meet the needs of individual UUs of all ages. These offerings are for those who wish to meet the Unitarians and Unitarian Universalists in other countries, even if your church is not partnered.  Experience our faith in action in different cultures. Every pilgrimage includes personal contact with local congregations where you will have the opportunity to worship in the local tradition. Local guides provide historic insights to each country's religious history. Your journey includes cultural highlights along with many personal connections. Pilgrimages are well-structured to include all ground transportation, airport pick-up and drop-off, hotels/guest houses, meals, admission fees, guides, and translators.

PRIVATE PILGRIMAGES

Private trips are organized by congregations, youth groups, choirs, or other interested parties. These groups consist of groups of 5 - 40 travelers. To organize a pilgrimage for a group from your church, visit the Planning a Pilgrimage page.
NOTE: If you are registering for a private pilgrimage, you will receive a registration link from your group coordinator.

BEFORE REGISTERING, ALL TRAVELERS MUST READ & AGREE TO THIS WAIVER:   
MEDICAL,  MOBILITY  & DIETARY RESTRICTIONS ADVISORIES

CURRENT PUBLIC PILGRIMAGES:

July 2019 Cross-Cultural Pilgrimage
July 31, 2019 to August 13, 2019
NOTE: If you have mobility issues, some of our partner countries may be challenging to visit. Learn More.
Registration closes: 
May 7, 2019 - 11:00pm
Price: 
$1,195 (double occupancy) + $150 non-refundable registration fee

Join Unitarians from the Khasi Hills to explore and experience the historic roots of Unitarianism as we connect with our coreligionists in Romania. We will spend 2 weeks in the pastoral countryside of central Transylvania, getting to know both the Indian Unitarians and our partners better as we visit local sights and have fun together.  
This budget pilgrimage begins in Bucharest on Wednesday, July 31, and ends back in Bucharest Tuesday, August 13, 2019.  Along the way we will visit historic Unitarian sites and places of general interest, including:

  • Bucharest – two nights, and a city tour in this elegant European capital city!
  • Sinaia – home to Peles castle, the summer palace of the Romanian Royals.
  • Sibiu (Hungarian name: Nagyszeben) – the historic Saxon capital of Transylvania, named the European Cultural Capital for 2007-8.
  • Torda - where the first act of religious tolerance in Europe was signed in 1568
  • Kolozsvár (Romanian name: Cluj-Napoca) – the city in central Romania where the Transylvanian Unitarian Church has its headquarters, high school and the church which houses the rock that Francis David spoke from when he "converted the whole town’s population to Unitarianism."
  • Gyulafehérvár (Romanian name: Alba Iulia) - where a 1000-year-old church houses the tomb of the Unitarian King Sigismund and his mother, Isabella.
  • Déva – participate in a vesper service in the citadel where Francis David was martyred.
  • Segesvár (Romanian name: Sighisoara) – 13th century medieval walled city which is both a UNESCO World Heritage site and the purported birthplace of Vlad Tepes – aka “Dracula”.
  • The Homoród Valley - where 19 Unitarian villages with historic frescoed churches are set among unparalleled scenery.

After reading the required Mobility, Medial & Dietary Travel Advisory, you may REGISTER HERE:

Sept 2019 - Transylvania Thanksgiving Economy Pilgrimage
September 21, 2019 to October 3, 2019
NOTE: If you have mobility issues, some of our partner countries may be challenging to visit. Learn More.
Registration closes: 
June 30, 2019 - 11:30pm
Price: 
base trip $1,148/person + $150 non-refundable registration fee


TWO LIFE-CHANGING WEEKS IN TRANSYLVANIA FOR UNDER $1,300! 

Beginning and ending in Kolozsvar/Cluj, this tour will take you to the region’s most significant Unitarian holy places including Torda, Gyulaferhervar & Deva. You will visit the frescoed Unitarian churches of Szekelyderz (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and Homorodkaracsonyfalva, the spectacular 13th century castle at Vadjahunyad, the Saxon capital of Transylvania, Sibiu, the medieval walled city of Sighisoara/Segesvar, and the Saxon fortress church at Biertan (Segesvar & Biertan are both UNESCO World Heritage sites). You will spend 4 nights in your partner village sharing in the special Transylvanian Thanksgiving celebration, making new friends and revitalizing your partnership. If you do not have a partner in Transylvania, the UUPCC will arrange for you to stay in one of the many beautiful Unitarian villages with other pilgrims. 
This is the same quality pilgrimage that the UUPCC has been facilitating for two decades – but at significant savings. To get this low price, we replace some hotels with dorms & guest-houses, substitute village meals for restaurants, eliminate the long van ride from Budapest, and take advantage of “shoulder-season” rates. 

In addition to the main trip, we also offer an optional 4 day/3 night pre-trip extension to Budapest, and/or a 6 day/5 night post-trip extension to Maramures & the Painted Monasteries of Bucovia.

Click to read itinerary with pre & post trips (PDF)
You may Register Here  (Please do not purchase airline tickets until trip is confirmed with minimum of 5 travelers)

For a trip flyer that you are welcome to print, post, and circulate, CLICK HERE.