Poland & Prague Pilgrimage
|Sep 3, 2019||Sep 13, 2019||Warsaw, Black Madonna, Auschwitz, Divine Mercy, Wadowice, Krakow, Zakopane, Prague||$4,299.00|
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Our pilgrimage prices are all inclusive: transfers, tips, and airport taxes are all included. Travel insurance is not included but is available for purchase.
Day 1: USA - Warsaw
Depart USA for Warsaw.
Day 2: Warsaw
We will arrive in Warsaw the day after we depart the U.S. After meeting our local guide, we will transfer by private motor coach to our hotel.
Once we've checked in, we will travel to the Convent of the Sisters of Divine Mercy where Saint Faustina entered the religious life and celebrate a private Holy Mass with Fr. (Padre) Carlos Gomez, our Spiritual Director for the trip.
After a brief tour of Warsaw, we will return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)
Day 3: Warsaw – Niepokalanow - Czestochowa
After breakfast at our hotel, we will depart Warsaw for a short drive to Niepokalanow where we, will visit the Sanctuary of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, founded by Saint Maximillian Kolbe. Padre Carlos will celebrate a private Holy Mass for our group and afterwards we will have time for private prayer.
Then, we will depart for Czestochowa where we will have a guided tour of the Jasna Gora monastery and have an opportunity to pray before the image of the Black Madonna. Tradition holds that St. Luke the Evangelist painted this image on a tabletop from the home of the Holy Family. In the 17th century, the monastery was under a month-long siege by the Swedish, but a small group of monks was able to fight them off and save the sacred icon of the Black Madonna.
Pope St. John Paul II visited this Sanctuary six times during his papacy and presented it with a golden rose and the blood-soiled papal belt from the assassination attempt on his life in 1981.
That evening we will check into our hotel and enjoy dinner at the hotel. After dinner, we can return to the Jasna Gora monastery (it's only a short walk from our hotel) for an opportunity to pray privately before the miraculous icon of the Black Madonna. Overnight in Czestochowa. (B, D)
Day 4: Czestochowa – Auschwitz – Wadowice - Krakow
Early this morning, we have the option of attending the unveiling of the miraculous image of Our Lady of Czestochowa at 5:30 am. We are welcome to remain for Holy Mass celebrated in Polish at 6:00 am. Afterwards, we will return to the hotel for breakfast and depart Czestochowa for Auschwitz where we will have a guided tour of the death camp established in 1940 by Nazi Germany. It is known worldwide as a symbol of the Holocaust. The tour will include viewing the cell where Saint Maximillian Kolbe died.
We will then continue to Wadowice, the birthplace of John Paul II. We will tour Wadowice and see the house where John Paul II's parents lived and where he was born. We will also visit the Church where he was baptized and have time for individual prayer. Possibility of celebrating Mass here. We will then continue to Krakow to check into our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Day 5: Krakow – Zakopane – Krakow
Today after breakfast, we depart for Zakopane, one of the most picturesque towns in the Tatra Mountains. Padre Carlos will celebrate Mass at the Sanctuary of Our Mother of Fatima which was built in 1982 to thank God for saving John Paul's life. We will visit Gubalowka Mountain and then we will have the afternoon free for lunch, shopping and/or hiking. Then back to Krakow where you can enjoy an evening on your own in the city center of Old Town. Overnight in Krakow.(B)
Day 6: Krakow – Lagiewniki/Divine Mercy – Wieliczka Salt Mines - Krakow
After breakfast we depart to Lagiewniki and the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy and final resting place of St. Faustina Kowalska. Padre Carlos will celebrate Holy Mass in one of the chapels in the main church. We will then have free time for individual prayer and purchase of religious items and relics of St Faustina. We will have lunch on our own on the way to Wieliczka Salt Mines. We will have a guided tour of the salt mines followed by dinner on your own in one of the Wieliczka local restaurants. Overnight in Krakow.(B)
Day 7: Krakow – Dunajec River - Krakow
After breakfast, we will depart for a fascinating raft ride on the Dunajec River. We will be able to enjoy the splendid landscape through Europe's most mysterious mountains. We will have lunch on our own and Padre Carlos will celebrate Mass at one of the beautiful small churches en route back to Krakow. The remainder of the day and evening will be free in Krakow where you can experience the City Center, the Cloth Hall or maybe a concert in one of the churches. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Krakow. (B)
Day 8: Krakow – Old Town – Kazimierz/Jewish Quarter
After breakfast, we have a waking tour of Krakow. We will start at Wawel Hill to visit the Wawel Royal Castle compound together with the Coronation Cathedral of the Polish kings and the JPII museum. We will walk down the Castle hill to visit the city center, passing on the way the famous Papal Window. We will have some free time for lunch and shopping before we travel to the Jewish district Kazimierz. We will have a tour of the perfectly preserved Jewish Quarter. The remainder of the evening will be free. Dinner on your own. Overnight in Krakow. (B)
Day 9: Krakow - Prague
After breakfast, we depart for Prague. We will have lunch along the way. When we arrive in Prague, Padre Carlos will celebrate Mass at Loreta of Prague. We will then check int our hotel for dinner. You will have the remainder of the day free. Dinner at our hotel. Overnight in Prague. (B, D)
Day 10: Prague
After breakfast, we will visit the Infant Jesus of Prague. Padre Carlos will celebrate Mass here and we will meet our local guide for a tour of Prague. We will visit the Old town Market Square, the famous Charles Bridge and the Horloy Clock. We will also have a guided tour of the famous St. Vitus Cathedral. Lunch will be on our own. That evening we will have a farewell dinner on your own at one of the local restaurants. Overnight in Prague. (B)
Day 11: Prague - USA
We will depart in the morning for our return flight home.
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