The Best of Poland
In the Footsteps of St. John Paul II & St. Faustina9 Days
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare from your desired Airport
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Five star hotel accommodation in double occupancy
- ~ 7 nights: Holiday Inn Krakow City Centre
- 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, Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Lunches, Tips to your guide & driver.
Day 1, Depart for Krakow
Make your way to your local airport where you will board your overnight flight(s) to Krakow. Your meals will be served on board.
Day 2, Arrive Krakow
Welcome to Poland! Upon arrival at Krakow Airport, make your way to the baggage claim area and collect your luggage. Proceed to the Arrival's Hall, where you will be greeted by your tour guide and/or driver. After a warm welcome to Poland, you will be escorted to your transportation to your hotel. Enjoy a free afternoon to stroll the quaint streets of Krakow before meeting your group for a welcome dinner and a show at a local restaurant.
Day 3, Krakow
After breakfast meet your local guide at the lobby of your hotel and enjoy guided tour of Krakow. We start with the visit at Wawel Hill and Wawel Cathedral to see the tombs of St. Stanislaus and St. Wenceslaus, as well as the final resting places of Polish kings, poets and national heroes. Make a stop at the Deanery, where once Copernicus and John Paul II walked as students, then walk along Kanonicza street lined with elegant buildings dating from 9th – 17th century toward the Market square where we visit the Mariacki Church famous for its Witt Stwosz wooden altar followed by the call of the trumpeter from the hejnal. Tour the Krakow Old Town. Explore Market Square (at two hundred meters squared, it became the largest market place in Europe). 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. Free afternoon in Krakow. Meet on time for dinner at the hotel followed by a restful night
Day 4, Krakow – Kazimierz - Tyniec - Krakow
After breakfast we will visit Kazimierz – the former Kraków Jewish District, for centuries center of Jewish life and culture in Europe, highly damaged during the World War II. Your walk will include a visit to the Remuh Synagogue and Old Synagogue . Followed with a visit the Schindler’s Factory Museum. After free time in Kazimierz for lunch we will drive to the 11th-century Benedictine Abbey in Tyniec. Return to Krakow for dinner and overnight.
Day 5, Krakow - Czestochowa – Wadowice – Krakow
Today, you will awake in the home of the grandest pilgrimage shrine of Poland since the 14th century! You will visit Jasna Gora Monastery. This hill-top monastery is home to the beloved icon of the Black Madonna. Additionally, Saint John Paul II is said to have 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. While here, you will have the opportunity to venerate not only the Holy Icon, but also many other priceless treasures that are contained within. Celebrate Mass at one of the chapels. Following your prayerful visit to the Chapel of the Black Madonna, you will continue to Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla (Saint John Paul II). While in the small city of Wadowice, you will have the opportunity to visit the Museum-Home of John Paul II and church of where this beloved Saint was baptized and attended Mass as a child. Following this historically captivating experience, continue onto Krakow. Arrive in time for dinner and overnight.
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. This architecturally distinct chapel was visited many times by the young, Karol Wojtyla (Saint John Paul II). As a young boy, Karol Wojtyla often used the walking 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, you will continue your tour to the colorful, Krupowki Street. While on this street, you will 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 largely due to the fact that it has remained unchanged for almost 700 years. It contains a number of buildings that hold important historic value such as, the Town Hall Tower, the Cloth Hall, and the Burgher's houses. Following your time in this longstanding square, you will make your way to Wawel Hill, where you will visit the beautiful Cathedral, and Coronation Chapel. These are among the most important sites in Poland as the Cathedral has been the coronation site of the Polish monarchs and has held numerous pieces of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Classicist and Modern art. Also at this site, you will 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 the Second World War. Upon arriving at the former camp, you can feel the darkness and sorrow that overtakes the atmosphere as there were numerous unspeakable atrocities that occurred at this site. Additionally, while on this visit, you will have the opportunity to view the cell that imprisoned the Christ-like, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and visit 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. While here, you will have the opportunity to visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy that contains images of the Merciful Jesus, relics of St. Faustina, as well as, the Saint's convent chapel and her Tomb. Visit and celebrate Mass at the Shrine of Divinity, which was 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 and visit Europe's oldest salt mine, which has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Return to Krakow for your farewell dinner and last overnight.
Day 9, Return Home
After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, transfer to the Krakow airport for return flights home.*206 Tours Disclaimer:
Occasionally local religious and national holidays, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of events or the missing of certain events/places. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of events and places to be visited.
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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