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Before Your Trip

  • Who can take part in WYD?

    All young people of good-will around the world are invited to attend World Youth Day. Usually young people aged 14 to 35 years participate in the event, with the average age between 16 and 25 years. Naturally, young families with children younger than 14 years are also invited, knowing that the World Youth Day Office cannot take on the responsibility of looking after younger children.
  • Are WYD’s directed exclusively to Catholic youth?

    WYD’s have a clear Catholic identity, however they are directed to all young people of the world. The experience of past events has shown that WYDs are an opportunity for thousands of young people from all over the world to be able to establish friendships and learn from one another.
  • How much of a deposit is required and when do I pay this?

    A non-refundable deposit of $500 AUD / $600 NZD is required to secure a place on a WYD Pilgrimage. You will be required to pay this at the time of booking online.
  • How will I know if I am confirmed on my Tour?

    Once you have successfully booked your tour and paid for your non-refundable deposit, an automatic email will be sent to you confirming that your booking has been received. If you feel that you have completed the booking correctly and have not received an email, check your junk mail folder first and if no email is there, contact Harvest WYD Tours.
  • Can I just do part of a tour?

    Unfortunately it is not possible to only do sections of a particular tour or combine sections of different tours.
  • Are deposits refundable if I cancel?

    All deposits are non-refundable. If your cancellation is due to illness or other insurable reasons, you will need to speak with your Travel Insurance Company about making a claim.
  • When is final payment due?

    This information will be confirmed soon.
  • Can I have an extension on my payment?

    Unfortunately the final payment deadline cannot be extended as airlines and overseas land tour operators require full payments and finalisation of all tours well in advance.
  • Is travel insurance included?

    Travel insurance is not included in the package cost, as the premium depends on an individual’s age, any medical conditions and also specific dates of travel. Harvest WYD Tours has negotiated a special low-cost WYD pilgrim travel insurance option, underwritten by QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited. For further information, please click on www.wydtours.com/travel-insurance where you will find a Summary of Policy Benefits and Premiums payable, as well as view the Product Disclosure Statement and Accident & Health Insurance Policy details.
  • When will I receive my travel documents?

    Tour documentation is dispatched approximately 2 weeks prior to departure to ensure you receive the most recent information available.
  • Am I allowed to extend my stay?

    Yes you are able to do so, subject to the applicable fee and availability as outlined in our Terms and Conditions. Please contact one of our Consultants for further information.  (Note: if you are travelling with a School group you may require special permission to alter your travel plans.)
  • Can Harvest book other travel arrangements for me?

    Yes – Harvest is a fully accredited Travel Agency. Please contact one of our experienced Consultants to discuss the possibility of additional travel arrangements.
  • I am travelling solo. Will I get a chance to meet other people in my group before I go?

    Most Diocesan and National Groups hold briefing days prior to your departure from Australia and New Zealand. Please contact your Group Leader for further details.
  • What is Eligibility Criteria?

    Your Eligibility Criteria paperwork is generated by the Diocese or Group that you have chosen to travel with. You will receive this either by email or post, once your WYD booking has been processed. All correspondence regarding Eligibility Criteria should be between you and the Group Leader for your Diocese or National Group.
  • Do I need any visas for my tour?

    It depends on what passport you are travelling and to which destination. Australian & New Zealand citizens can enter and stay in the territory of Poland for tourist and business purposes without the necessity to obtain a visa for a period not exceeding 90 days. If you are a foreign passport holder then you will need to determine what visas are required for your pilgrimage and it is your responsibility to procure them with the necessary Embassy or Consulate.
  • I’m a single traveller, can I request my own room on the tour?

    Our pilgrimages do not have the single room option. This means that the accommodation is on a multi-share basis and, if you are travelling on your own, you will be sharing a room with other pilgrim travellers of the same gender.
  • What if I need to cancel my tour?

    Cancellations must be received in writing to both your Group Organiser (Diocese, School or National Group) and Harvest WYD Tours.
  • Can I book extra accommodation for the start or end of the tour?

    Yes. In all cases, Harvest can organise extra accommodation at the start and at the end of the tour. Please contact a Harvest WYD Consultant for more information.

During Your Trip

  • What is the best way to take money with me?

    We recommend a pre-loaded travel money card, along with a small amount of the local currency in cash. These money cards can be purchased through some Banks or a company such as Travelex and often go by the name of ‘Cash Passport’. Money can be withdrawn from ATM’s in most major cities using a travel money card, credit card or eftpos card, however it is best to check with your bank to confirm whether you can use your credit card internationally (and the fees involved to do so).
  • How safe is the location we will be travelling to?

    First and foremost, your well-being and safety is our priority. We constantly review all aspects of our pilgrimage tours and monitor destinations with DFAT and our expert local tour operators, who are informed on a local level.
  • What is the type of accommodation on pilgrimage and during the WYD week?

    Your lodgings will be basic, but clean and comfortable. You will stay in a variety of accommodation styles, ranging from hotels, hostels or dormitories to Simple School arrangements. The range of style means that some nights will be in twin–share, some in triple and some in multi–share rooms. Due to high demand, no single rooms are possible.  During WYD week our Australian pilgrims will be housed in multi-share University dormitory accommodation only a short distance away from the main event site of Bolonia Park.
  • Do I need to take any medical supplies?

    A suggested list of general items to take with you will be sent out to you with your final documentation. Please note however that this list does not cover what medications to bring. We recommend that you carry personal medical items for managing common minor ailments such as colds, travellers diarrhoea, blisters and sore throats etc. Travellers who take regular medication should take an appropriate supply and also a letter from their Doctor advising that medication is required. Asthma sufferers should ensure that they have an adequate supply of their routine medicine, as some major cities have high levels of smog and are perhaps located in high altitude.
  • How much luggage can I take?

    As a general rule, the less luggage you bring with you, the better. You will probably be buying souvenirs and gifts along the way, so leave some space. You should also consider travelling with a backpack, as suitcases can sometimes be cumbersome. Each airline also has specific rules as to checked-in luggage and carry-on baggage allowances, so check directly with them via their website or telephone number.
  • Can you provide me with a list of the accommodation places that we will be staying at?

    We use a variety of types of accommodation on pilgrimage and so a complete list of properties will not be provided until your final documentation. We will provide an additional copy of your itinerary in your travel wallet, so that you can leave it behind with your family, if they require to contact you at any stage.
  • Can I join a tour late or leave it early?

    From a logistical perspective it is extremely difficult, if not impossible to join a tour after it has begun or leave a tour early.

USEFUL LINKS

We have compiled a list of web sites that we believe you would find useful when planning your WYD journey, they include: