Poland, Prague and Austria15 days
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare from your desired Airport
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Hotel accommodations (or similar) in double occupancy
- ~ 2 nights: Radisson Blu Centrum, Warsaw
- ~ 1 night: Mercure Patria, Czestochowa
- ~ 4 nights: Radisson Blu, Krakow
- ~ 2 nights: Barcelo V, NH and Andels, Prague
- ~ 2 nights: Hotel Dorint, Salzburg
- ~ 2 nights: Hotel Marriott, Vienna
- Breakfast and Dinner daily
- Wine with dinners
- Whisper Headsets
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Assistance of 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)
- Lunches. Tips to your guide & driver.
Day 1, Depart for Warsaw
Make your way to your local airport, where you will board your overnight flight(s) to Warsaw. Your meals will be served on board.
Day 2, Arrive Warsaw
Welcome to Warsaw, Poland! Upon landing, make your way to the baggage claim area and collect your luggage. Proceed to the arrival hall, where you will be greeted by your tour guide and/-or driver. Transfer to your hotel. Following check-in at your hotel, your pilgrimage will officially begin with Mass. Following Mass, enjoy a delicious dinner and have the opportunity to explore the city of Warsaw before retiring for a restful overnight.
Day 3, Warsaw
Your day will begin with breakfast, followed by Mass at St. James Church, iconic for its tower and square base. This church is where Helena Kowalska prayed extensively upon entering Warsaw. Also, it is where she confessed all that burdened her soul and asked for the advice of Rev. James Dabrowski, which eventually resulted in Helen entering the convent. Following this prayerful morning, your day of sightseeing begins. Your group will explore the Old Town, comprised of beautiful maze-like cobblestone streets and picturesque architecture that are symbols of Poland's successful rebuild following its destruction during World War II. Sites will include the Market Square (the center of the city filled with restaurants, cafes, and shops), the Barbican, defense-like structures that were, rebuilt following World War II, and the Warsaw Ghetto monument that commemorates the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943 during World War II. You will also take in the Lazienski Park, a beautifully landscaped park, the Chopin Statue (a large bronze statue of the musician; Frederic Chopin), and the Royal Castle (the official residence of the Polish monarchs). In the afternoon, visit the Stanislaw Kostka Church and view a special exhibit dedicated to Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko. This priest was a great personality of the Catholic Church, killed by communists in 1984. In 1987, Saint John Paul II visited here to pray in front of the tomb of Fr. Popieluzko. Your tour of Warsaw will conclude by returning to the hotel for a delicious meal, followed by an overnight at your hotel.
Day 4, Warsaw - Niepokalanow - Swinice Warckie - Czestochowa
This morning, you will enjoy breakfast followed by a transfer to Niepokalanow. This Franciscan Monastery is in the community of Teresin and founded by the martyr, St. Maximilian Kolbe. St. Maximilian Kolbe, a remarkable Saint, was arrested by the Nazis. He died in Auschwitz, giving his life for the life of another prisoner. Following your visit to this Holy Monastery, transfer to the village of Swinice Warckie. In Swinice Warckie, visit the church of St. Casimir. This historically rich parish is the place of baptism for St. Faustina. Little Helena received her first confession, and First Holy Communion, at this parish. Helen and her family also attended Sunday Mass and other services at this church. After visiting this simple, yet the elegant church, we will continue to Czestochowa. Upon arrival in Czestochowa, you will check-in to your hotel, enjoy a magnificent dinner, and a restful overnight.
Day 5, Czestochowa - Wadowice - Krakow
Today awake in the home of the grandest pilgrimage shrine of Poland since the 14th century! Start your day with breakfast and Mass at Jasna Gora Monastery. This hill-top monastery is home to the beloved icon of the Black Madonna. Saint John Paul II is said to made frequent visits to this monastery throughout his life. Tradition tells us that this icon was painted by Luke the Evangelist, discovered by St. Helen, and later enshrined. Have the opportunity to venerate the Holy Icon and many other priceless treasures contained within. Have a prayerful visit to the Chapel of the Black Madonna. Continue to Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla (Saint John Paul II). While in the small city of Wadowice, visit the church where this beloved Saint was baptized and attended Mass as a child. Following this historically captivating experience, continue to Krakow. Enjoy dinner at the local restaurant before resting up for the next day of activities.
Day 6, Krakow - Zakopane - Krakow
After breakfast, you will drive through the mountains to the breathtaking yet small and remote village of Zakopane. Take a cable car ride to the nearby mountaintop. At the top, you will truly experience God's magnificent Glory when you look out at the magnificent panoramic view. Following the many photos captured atop the mountain, head to the Jaszczorowka Chapel. The young Karol Wojtyla (Saint John Paul II ) visited this architecturally distinct chapel often. As a young boy, Karol Wojtyla walked the paths surrounding the Jaszczorowka Chapel for prayer and reflection. After you experience this beautiful site that assisted in Saint John Paul II's Holy journey, continue to the colorful Krupowki Street. Have the opportunity to do some shopping at the local bazaar before returning to Krakow. Enjoy a beautiful dinner and an optional stroll through the old city before retiring for the evening.
Day 7, Krakow - Auschwitz - Krakow
After breakfast, you will explore Krakow's Market Square as the sound of the silver trumpet from St. Mary's Tower fills the air. The captivating beauty of this square is grand since it has remained unchanged for almost 700 years. It contains several buildings that hold Historic value; the Town Hall Tower, the Cloth Hall, and the Burgher's houses. Following your time in this longstanding square, make your way to Wawel Hill, where you will visit the beautiful Cathedral and Coronation Chapel. Both among the most important sites in Poland. The Cathedral was the coronation site of the Polish monarchs. It holds numerous pieces of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Classicist, and Modern art. Have the opportunity to pray at the tomb of the patron saint of Poland, St. Stanislaus. Next, a short drive to Auschwitz, notoriously known as a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. Upon arriving at the former camp, feel the darkness and sorrow that overtakes the atmosphere as numerous unspeakable atrocities occurred at this site. While on this visit, view the cell that imprisoned the Christ-like St. Maximilian Kolbe and visits the Martyrdom Museum. After this reflective day, return to your hotel in Krakow for dinner and a restful overnight.
Day 8, Krakow - Lagiewniki (Shrine of Divine Mercy) - Wieliczka - Krakow
On your last day of touring, after breakfast, depart for your excursion to Lagiewniki, the capital of the Divine Mercy. Through the mediation of St. Faustina, Christ passed on the message of Divine Mercy at Lagiewniki. You will have the opportunity to visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy. It contains; images of the Merciful Jesus, relics of St. Faustina, the St. Faustina convent chapel, and tomb. Celebrate Mass at the Shrine of Divinity, visited by Saint John Paul II in 2002. Following Mass, have the opportunity to pray by a relic of Saint John Paul II. Continue to Wieliczka to visit the oldest salt mine in Europe listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Return to Krakow for your farewell dinner and last overnight in Poland.
Day 9, Krakow - Prague
After breakfast, depart for our scenic motorcoach ride (or short flight) to the enchanting city of Prague, a city of domed rooftops, soaring steeples, and countless spires. Dinner and overnight in Prague.
Day 10, Prague
After breakfast, make your way to the Church of Our Lady Victorious, home of the famous Child Jesus statue called the Infant Jesus of Prague. This beautiful statue, a 16th-century depiction of infant Jesus holding a globus cruciger, was donated to the Carmelite friars in 1628. Following Mass, visit Old Town Prague. In the Castle district, visit St. Nicholas Church, St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George Basilica, Loreto Church, and Strahov Monastery. Continue by crossing the Medieval Charles Bridge adorned with many baroque statues. View the Astronomical Clock of Prague and walk on Wenceslas Square (a World Heritage Site), one of the main city squares. The square is named, after Saint Wenceslas, the patron saint of Bohemia. Return to the hotel for dinner and a restful overnight.
Day 11, Prague - Altotting - Salzburg
Leave Prague for Altotting, one of Germany's most celebrated shrines and a city whose purpose is a pilgrimage. Upon arrival, celebrate Mass at the center of the pilgrimage complex, the Chapel of Mercy. The chapel houses a 13th-century statue of the Blessed Virgin to which numerous miraculous cures are credited. While there, you will have the opportunity to visit the Basilica, the Panorama of the Crucifixion, and the St. Konrad Monastery. Continue to Salzburg, the lovely birthplace of famed composer Mozart. Salzburg, known as “Alt Stadt”, beautiful for its baroque architecture and its amazing views of the Eastern Alps. Free time before dinner and overnight in Salzburg.
Day 12, Salzburg
After breakfast, begin a full day with Mass at St. Peter's Abbey. Following Mass, explore the historic center of Salzburg on foot. Its narrow streets and secluded passageways are evidence of its medieval roots. The heritage of the Catholic Church is evident in the residence of the Archbishop at Domplatz. Visit Mirabell Palace with its beautiful gardens. Mirabell Palace one of the most important places where they shot the famous Hollywood musical “The Sound of Music”. Maria and the children dance around the Pegasus Fountain in front of the palace, singing the song “Do Re Mi”. Experience the unique views across Mirabell Gardens towards the Hohen Salzburg Castle. Have a chance to visit the mighty Romanesque Cathedral, as well as the Nonnberg Convent of Benedictine nuns. In the Getreidegasse, view the birthplace of Mozart, one of the most visited museums in Austria. Make a stop at Hellbrunn Palace to enjoy its gardens and hidden trick fountains. Enjoy a delicious dinner before retiring for your last evening Salzburg.
Day 13, Salzburg - Mariazell - Melk -Vienna
After breakfast, board the motorcoach and travel east through the mountains of Austria to Mariazell; one of the most important pilgrimage places in Austria. Visit the Mariazell Basilica, also known as Basilica Mariä Geburt (Basilica of the Birth of the Virgin Mary). Mariazell Basilica is a Marian Basilica, which holds the miraculous statue, housed in the Lady Chapel or Chapel of Miracles, built directly over the place where Magnus established his monastic cell in 1157. Continue to Melk, which is best known as the site of a massive baroque Benedictine monastery named Melk Abbey. Overlooking the Danube River, the Abbey holds the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau and the remains of several members of the House of Babenberg. Babenberg was the first noble dynasty of Austrian margraves and dukes. Enjoy free time in the lovely town of Melk before continuing to Vienna, the capital of Austria. Dinner and a restful overnight in Vienna.
Day 14, Vienna
After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vienna, home of Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Visit the spectacular St. Stephen Cathedral, the symbol of Vienna. Construction commenced in the 12th century. Today, it is one of the most important Gothic structures in Austria. At St. Stephen Cathedral, view the miraculous image of Our Lady of Mariapoch, tour the Cathedral and its catacombs. Time permitting, those strong and brave enough may climb the 343 steps to the top of the Cathedral spire. Continue with a visit to the Schonbrunn Royal palace, a summer residence with 1,441 rooms, including a Hall of Mirrors where Mozart, six years of age, performed before a young Marie Antoinette. Schonbrunn Palace was added, as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, in December 1996. Continue your journey in Vienna and view the Belvedere Palace, well known for its beautiful gardens. Back in the city center, go to Karlsplatz with its Church of St. Charles Borromeo and Otto Wagners Stadtbahn pavilions. Somewhere along the way, have a little coffee break to enjoy the famous Vienna pastries such as Sacher cake. Dinner and overnight in Vienna.
Day 15, Vienna - USA
After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport for your return flight(s) home.*206 Tours Disclaimer:
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About your trip
About Krakow & Saint John Paul II:
Karol Wojtyla (Saint John Paul II) was born in the Polish town of Wadowice on May 18, 1920. He moved to Krakow with his father in 1938, where he attended Jagiellonian University and began studying for the priesthood. He was ordained as a priest on November 1, 1946 and went on to continue his studies in Rome until 1948. He returned to Poland that same year for his first pastoral assignment in the village of Niegowic, which lasted seven months. He then was transferred to the parish of St. Florian in Krakow, where he also spent time hiking in the mountains and canoeing with young people click here to read more