Poland, Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg & Prague

17 giorni / 16 notti

Meet your guide at Warsaw airport and transfer to your hotel to check in. Welcome dinner with show at local restaurant. Overnight.

Visit the Saxon Gardens, the first royal grounds opened to the public in Europe (1727) and home to its Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Continue on to the Royal Way and the Holy Cross Church, where the composer Chopin’s heart is preserved in one of the pillars. Continue to Town Market Square. Walk a portion of the rebuilt fortifications of the Barbican. This semicircular military post once protected the Polish Kings. Continue to St. John’s Cathedral, served as a coronation and burial site for the Dukes of Masovia. Stop at the Royal Palace, once the residence of the Polish kings. Finish the day in the Old Market Square, taking in the tastes and shopping of Warsaw. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

After breakfast, we travel to Czestochowa, with a stop in Swinice Warckie to visit the parish church of St. Casimir, where St. Faustina was baptized Helen Kowalska. Continue to Niepokalanow. This Franciscan Monastery is in the community of Teresin, and was founded by martyr, St. Maximilian Kolbe. Proceed to Czestochowa, home of the grandest pilgrimage shrine of Poland since the 14th century.  Dinner and overnight.

Visit Jasna Gora Monastery, home to the beloved icon of the Black Madonna. One of the most important places of religious worship in the Christian world, with tradition of pilgrimages that goes back to the 14th century. St. John Paul II has frequently visited Jasna Gorna Monastery, known as the Shrine of the Black Madonna. Next travel to Zakopane, with a stop along the way in Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla. While in the small city, you will have the opportunity to visit the church of where this beloved Saint was baptized, and attended Mass as a child. Next we continue on to Zakopane, a resort village nestled in the splendor of the Tatras region. Dinner and overnight.

Start your morning visit to the Sanctuary of the Holy Virgin of Fatima, a chapel constructed in 1999 in gratitude for St. John Paul II’s survival of an assassination attempt.  We continue our tour with a cable car ride to the heights of Mt. Gubalowka for a stunning view of the Tatras Mountains and the town of Zakopane.  On your visit to Zakopane you will sense the love of nature that St. John Paul II enjoyed here, and his passion for partaking in scenic hikes through the mountains. En route to Krakow we will stop in Wieliczka to visit Europe’s oldest salt mine which has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Continue to Krakow for dinner and overnight.

After breakfast we explore Market Square and hear the silver trumpet of the bugler from St. Mary’s Tower. Within the Cathedral you may pray before the extraordinary Wit Stwosz altar. The surroundings of the square have remained unchanged for almost 700 years and contain buildings of historic value such as St. Mary’s Church with the famous wooden altar, the Town Hall Tower, the Cloth Hall and the burgher’s houses. Tour the Wawel Cathedral, Coronation Chapel and the Royal Chambers where a superb collection of Arras tapestries is on view. In the afternoon we go to Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi concentration camp. We will see the cell that imprisoned St. Maximillian Kolbe and the Martyrdom Museum recalling the horrors of the Holocaust. Return to Krakow for dinner and overnight.

After breakfast we depart for Lagiewniki. The capital of the Divine Mercy. It was here that originated the message of the Divine Mercy, which Christ Himself wished to pass on to our generation, through the mediation of St. Faustina. The Sanctuary houses grace-working image of Merciful Jesus and the relics of St. Faustina. We will visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy, St. Faustina’s convent chapel, and we will visit St. Faustina’s Tomb. Return to Krakow and enjoy time at your leisure. Dinner and overnight.

After breakfast we depart for Budapest, often compared with Paris, this glamorous city has something to offer every visitor. Upon arrival enjoy free time to explore Budapest or rest before dinner and overnight.

Today we begin at Castle Hill District with a visit to Matthias Church. Then walking around the Castle Hill District and the Fishermen’s Bastion for spectacular views of the Pest side of the city and it’s glorious Parliament Building. The afternoon is at leisure. Dinner and overnight.

After breakfast we motor through the lush Austrian countryside to Vienna, Austria’s capital. We will visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, an imposing structure dating to the 13th century. We’ll have time for Viennese pastry and coffee before seeing the State Opera House, home to the Vienna Boys’ Choir, and Schonbrunn Palace. This sprawling, royal ‘summer house’ has 1,441 rooms including a Hall of Mirrors where Mozart performed at the age of six before a young Marie Antoinette. Dinner and overnight.

After breakfast we visit Prince Eugene’s Belvedere Palace and the seemingly endless Hofburg Palace. Later we’ll get a different look at Vienna, from the seat in the Prater’s enormous ferris wheel. Dinner and overnight.

After breakfast we motor west through Austria to the lovely birthplace of Mozart, Salzburg. Upon arrival we will enjoy an afternoon tour including Salzburg’s great houses, mansions, Festival Hall, and the Mirabelle Gardens. We also get to hear the bells of the great Glockenspiel Tower, performed to a melody of Mozart’s. Dinner and overnight.

Salzburg is compact and best explored on foot. Narrow, winding lanes and secluded passageways are evidence of its medieval roots. The heritage of the Catholic Church is evident in the Archbishop’s Residence and the decoration of the State Rooms, available for viewing. Visit the mighty Romanesque Cathedral, the Nonnberg Convent of Benedictine nuns, and the Fortress Hohensalzburg. We stop at Hellbrunn Palace to enjoy its gardens and hidden trick fountains. Dinner and overnight.

After breakfast we depart for the enchanting city of Prague, a city of domed rooftops, soaring steeples, and countless spires. Dinner and overnight.

After breakfast, we begin our tour of beautiful Prague. Visit the Church of Our Lady Victorious and see there the renowned statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague. Visit as well the Old Town by way of Golden Lane and then go to the Lesser Town to see the medieval Charles Bridge that is adorned with many baroque statues. We will also see St. Nicholas Church, the Astronomic Clock, and the Prague Castle district where we tour St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George Basilica, Loreto Church, Strahov Monastery, and Wenceslas Square. Dinner and overnight.

We depart from Prague airport for our return flights.


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