Poland

9 giorni / 8 notti


Meet your guide at the Warsaw airport. 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.

We leave Krakow for the return flights.

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