Upcoming UUPCC Pilgrimage Opportunities:
2012 Transylvania Thanksgiving Pilgrimage
2013 India Pilgrimage
2013 Transylvania Spring Budget Pilgrimage
2013 UU Festival Choir European Tour
For more a decade 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 portfolio of travel services in order to provide multiple and varied pilgrimage opportunities for Unitarian Universalists of all ages. However, the focus and core offering of our service remains Congregational Pilgrimages. The past five years has seen almost 1000 US and Canadian UUs representing more than 150 congregations travel with us to visit partners around the globe. These pilgrimage groups ranged in size from 4-40 and we worked with each of them to customize an itinerary that met their time frame and interests. To begin planning your pilgrimage click here. If your church is not partnered or you are not able or willing to organize your own group we offer a number of group tours for UUs of all ages and interests.
If you have moderate or severe mobility issues, see below for more information
Eastern & Central Europe in general and Romania in particular are not easy to navigate for people with moderate to severe mobility issues. Entire sections (typically the most touristed) of some cities such as Budapest , Prague, and Vienna are closed to motorized traffic. Many streets are cobblestone or gravel and sidewalks are broken and uneven. Some of the hotels we use do not have elevators. None of the B&Bs, dorms or guesthouses have them. Many of the castles (Peles, Bran & Vadjahunyad), walled citadels (Sighisoara), and fortress chuches (Biertan) are built on many levels and are often located on hilltops which require an uphill walk of 5-10 minutes to reach. Wheelchairs or rolling walkers will NOT work for you in Romania. Canes and/or walking sticks are ok. If you like to sit when the group stops bring a cane that doubles as a folding stool. In general your condition needs to be such that you can climb 2 flights of steps and walk for 20-30 minutes without stopping to rest. UUPCC Pilgrimage trips to Romania are rated on the Elder Hostel scale at 3-4 depending upon your specific group’s itinerary. If you are not sure that you are up to the trip after reading this section please contact your group organizer or email the UUPCC Travel Coordinator directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.