YOUR TRIP INCLUDES: † Round Trip Airfare *Depart from your local airport *You may book without airfare (land only option) † All Airport Taxes, Security Fees, and Fuel Surcharges † Flights from Rome, Italy to Warsaw, Poland † 11 Nights at Centrally located First Class Hotels: (or similar)
~ 4 nights: Hotel Ponte Sisto
~ 2 nights: Radisson SAS, Warsaw
~ 1 night: Mercure Patria, Czestochowa
~ 2 night: Kasprowy, Zakopane
~ 2 nights: Radisson SAS, Krakow † Transfers as per itinerary † Breakfast and Dinner daily † Wine with dinners † Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach † Assistance of a professional local guide Throughout † Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary † Catholic Priest available for Spiritual Direction † Mass daily & Spiritual activities † Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
Day 1, April 24: Depart USA - Italy
Depart for your overnight flights to Rome. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
Day 2, April 25: Arrival in Rome
Upon arrival in Rome Airport you will find your luggage and exit the baggage claim into the arrivals hall where you will be greeted by your tour escort and/or driver. After a warm welcome to Italy, you will be escorted to your transportation to your hotel. Enjoy a free afternoon for rest, relaxation, or exploration. Your tour escort can suggest sights or walks for you to enjoy. Tonight we will enjoy a delicious Italian dinner!
Day 3, April 26: Full Day of touring Christian Rome
Following breakfast, we will depart for a sightseeing tour entitled "Christian Rome" which includes: the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the most important and the oldest church dedicated to Our Lady. St. Mary Major contains a relic from the manger of the infant Jesus. Next, the Basilica of St. John the Lateran, the Pope’s cathedral church where relics of both Peter and Paul remain under the main altar. It was here that Pope Francis was formally installed one year ago as Bishop of Rome. Next we cross the street to see the Holy Staircase which is believed to be a staircase from Pilate’s palace in Jerusalem and brought to Rome by St. Helen in the 4th century. Time permitting we may climb the steps on our knees in memory of Christ’s Passion. Stop for lunch, and then we will continue on to visit St Paul. Outside the Walls, here we celebrate Mass. Continue our tour via the Appian Way -- the oldest road from Roman times--plus the famous Domino Quo Vadis Chapel; see the ancient Baths of Caracalla, Arch of Drusus; Tomb of Celilia Metella, and the catacombs of St Callixtus where the early Christians hid themselves to escape persecution. We will conclude the day by visiting the famous, Trevi Fountain. Built in the 15th Century to mark the ending destination of the Aqua Virgo (a manmade channel erected in 19 B.C. to bring fresh water to Roman bathhouses.) The water comes from the Salone Springs, eight miles outside of the city. Legend has it, by tossing a coin into the fountain, it will guarantee a return trip to Rome. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4, April 27: St. Peter’s Square Canonization Ceremony of Blessed Pope John Paul II & John XXIII It is with great joy and anticipation that we head over to Saint Peter’s Square this Divine Mercy Sunday morning for the Canonization of John Paul II & John XXIII You will be transferred to Vatican City to attend Holy Mass and the Canonization Ceremony celebrated by his Holiness Pope Francis. According to hotel location, transfer may not be required. Your tour escort will oversee arrangements. (Vatican Museum Tour following Canonization – Pending Hours of Operation). Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Day 5, April 28: St. Peter’s Square – Mass of Thanksgiving
Transfer to St Peter’s Square for the Celebratory Mass. Balance of day at leisure. Your tour escort will oversee arrangements. Dinner and overnight in Rome.
Day 6, April 29: Depart Rome - Poland
After breakfast, bid farewell to Rome with memories that will last a lifetime. We will be transferred to Rome Airport for our flights to Poland. Upon arrival in Warsaw Airport you will find your luggage and exit the baggage claim into the arrivals hall where you will be greeted by your tour escort and/or driver. After a warm welcome to Poland, you will be escorted to your transportation. We begin our pilgrimage with Mass at St. James Church, where St. Faustina went when she arrived in Warsaw. This evening enjoy welcome dinner and a show at a local restaurant.
Day 7, April 30: Warsaw
After breakfast, we visit all the landmarks of Warsaw: Old Town, Market Square, the Barbican, the Warsaw Ghetto monument, Lazienki Park, the Chopin statue, and the magnificently restored Royal Castle. We will visit and celebrate Mass at 39 Zytnia Street where Faustina entered the convent before returning to our hotel for dinner and a restful overnight.
Day 8, May 1: Warsaw - Swinice Warckie - Niepokalanow - Czestochowa
After breakfast, we travel to Swince Warckie to visit the parish church St. Casimir where St. Faustina was baptized Helen Kowalska. We continue to Niepokalanow where we will see a Franciscan Monastery founded by St. Maximillian Kolbe. We arrive in Czestochowa, the home of the greatest pilgrimage shrine in Poland - Our Lady of Czestochowa. We enjoy dinner at our hotel before retiring for the evening.
Day 9, May 2: Czestochowa We begin our day with Mass at Jasna Gora Monastery where the picture of the Black Madonna is located. We will have time to explore this most important places of religious worship. The tradition of pilgrimage to the monestary that goes back to the 14th-century and Pope John Paul II frequently visited throughout his life. We will have time to venerate the priceless treasures contained within, including the Miraculous Icon. We continue on to Zakopane.
Day 10, May 3: Zakopane – Wadowice – Auschowitz – Zakopane
After early breakfast, we travel to Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi concentration camp, where unspeakable atrocities occurred. We will see the cell that imprisoned St. Maximillian Kolbe and the Martyrdom Museum recalling the horrors of the Holocaust. On the way back to we will stop in Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) and see the church he attended and was baptized as a child . Return to Zakopane for dinner and overnight.
Day 11, May 4: Zakopane - Krakow
We leave Zakopane in the mroning and head to Krakow. Visit of the city, to explore Krakow's Market Square and hear the silver trumpet of the bugler from St. Mary's Tower. The surroundings of the square have remained unchanged for almost 700 years and contain buildings of historic value such as the Town Hall Tower, the Cloth Hall and the burgher's houses. Tour the Cathedral, Coronation Chapel and the Royal Castle. We visit the St Mary's church where you can pray before the extraordinary Wit Stwosz altar. Arrival to the hotel in the evening . Dinner and overnight.
Day 12, May 5: Krakow – Divine Mercy - Lagiewniki - Krakow
After breakfast, we depart for our day's excursion to Lagiewniki, the capital of the Divine Mercy. It was here that the message of the Divine Mercy originated, which Christ Himself wished to pass on to our generation through the mediation of St. Faustina. The Sanctuary houses graceworking image of the Merciful Jesus and the relics of St. Faustina. As we visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy we will see St. Faustina's convent chapel and her Tomb. We visit the newly constructed Shrine of Divinity dedicated by Pope John Paul II on his last visit to Poland in 2002. We celebrate Mass at the Shrine before we visit the new center "Have no Fear" where we pray by the relic of Blessed Pope John Paul II. We have time to pray and reflect before returning to our hotel for dinner.
Day 13, May 6: Krakow - USA
We leave Krakow for the return flights home to USA. Bid your new friends farewell as you reminisce about everything you have experienced during your trip!
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Business Class Trans-Atlantic Upgrade (one-way)
Business Class Trans-Atlantic Upgrade (round trip)
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