Pilgrimage to Poland & Prague - 20th Anniversary of the Feast of Divine Mercy
Prague | Krakow | Warsaw
Poland / Eastern Europe Pilgrimage Itinerary
Our pilgrimage begins today as we depart the United States on our overnight flight to Poland.
Upon arrival in Warsaw we will be met by our tour manager at the airport and then transfer to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free for personal activities.
This morning we will begin our day with Mass at St. Stanislaw Kostka Church, where the martyred Solidarity priest Father Popieluszko worked and is buried. Then enjoy a full day tour of Warsaw including visits to the Cathedral of St. John, the Royal Castle, the Old Town Square, the Barbican and City Walls, and Zygmunt’s Column. Follow the Royal Route to Lazienki Park where we will see the Palace on the Water. We will end our day with a visit to the Shrine of Our Mary Immaculate and St. Maximilian Kolbe in Niepokalanow.
Depart Warsaw this morning and drive to Czestochowa which is the most popular pilgrimage site in Poland. Here we will visit the Jasna Gora Monastery where we will see the Treasury, Knight’s Hall, Refectory and the Basilica of the Holy Cross and Nativity of the Virgin Mary. The highlight of our visit will be viewing the famous icon of the Black Madonna to which numerous miracles are attributed. After Mass proceed to Krakow, our home for the next four nights.
Following breakfast, proceed to Wawel Hill and celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of St. Stanislaw, Poland’s second most important pilgrimage shrine. Continue to Krakow’s Old Town to see the main Market Square, the Church of St. Mary, City Hall Tower, Kanonicza Street where Pope John Paul II resided while living in Krakow and the courtyard of the Collegium Maius where he was a student. After lunch, we will travel to Wieliczka to visit one of Europe’s oldest salt mines, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These mines are a unique place where many generations of Polish miners have created a world of underground chambers and decorated chapels carved out of salt including the famous Chapel of St. Kinga.
This morning we will experience the highlight of our pilgrimage – celebrating the 20th anniversary of Divine Mercy Sunday at the Divine Mercy Shrine itself! We will drive to Lagiewniki, where Saint Faustina, the Apostle of Divine Mercy, lived and died. Enjoy a guided tour of the shrine and venerate the image of Divine Mercy. Participate in the Hour of Mercy and the praying of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy with the sisters of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy (St. Faustina’s order). Return to Krakow with the remainder of the day free.
This morning we will visit Kalwaria Zebrzydowska which was a popular pilgrimage place for Pope John Paul II when he was a young man and where in the 17th century the Palatine of Krakow founded a Franciscan Monastery. On the slope of the hill and the valley is an architectural ‘Way of the Cross’ made up of 40 chapels set on the surrounding hills. After Mass we will drive to Wadowice to visit the birthplace of Pope John Paul II and his childhood home which is now a museum and the Church of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary where he was baptized. Next, we will travel to Auschwitz-Birkenau to pay respects at the remains of this Nazi concentration camp where over a million people were killed during World War II. Both St. Edith Stein and St. Maximilian Kolbe were sent here, along with millions of other innocent Jews, Christians, and Poles. St. Maximilian was starved and then faced lethal injection after he volunteered his life for that of a fellow prisoner. Visit his cell and the Martyrdom museum. Return to Krakow for our last night in this charming city.
Depart this morning for the Czech capital of Prague, one of Europe’s most attractive capitals. En route, stop in Brno to visit the Old Town and the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, where we will celebrate Mass. Upon arrival in Prague we will check-in at our local hotel.
Today we will enjoy a full day tour of Prague, starting with a visit to Loreto Shrine, one of the most important pilgrimage shrines in the Czech Republic. Then visit Prague Castle where we will visit St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, the picturesque Golden Lane, the Royal Palace and St. George’s Convent. Then proceed to Mala Strana, “the Little Quarter”, with its beautiful architectural buildings. Here we will visit the Church of St. Nicholas and then the Church of Our Lady Victorious where we will see the famous statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague and celebrate Mass.
This morning we will cross the Charles Bridge to visit the Old Town, which is considered to be one of the best historical city centers in Europe. Visit the Old Town Square, the Town Hall with its famous Astronomical Clock which comes alive when the hour strikes and the twelve disciples appear to bless the crowd, the Church of Our Lady before Tyn, and the Church of St. Nicholas. In the afternoon we will take an excursion to Kutna Hora to see the Sedlec Ossuary, popularly referred to as the “Bone Church” which contains the exhumed remains of up to 40,000 people. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Following breakfast transfer to the airport for our flight back home.
- Daily Mass at holy sites
- Roundtrip economy airfare from Washington Dulles on KLM
- 9 nights’ accommodations, including taxes and service charges
- Porterage of one piece of luggage at airports and hotels
- Knowledgeable, friendly, Catholic/Christian guides; whisper headsets; deluxe motor coach transportation to holy sites; all entrance fees listed on itinerary
- Breakfast and dinner (excluding drinks)
- Farewell dinner on day 10