Deposit required per person $ 300.00 (not refundable)
Acompanied by Father Roberto Vera
Oct 11 – Monday
USA / POLAND
Departure from USA to Warsaw.
Oct 12 – Tuesday
Arrival in Warsaw. Meeting with our representative at Portela airport that will help us with the visa procedures and transfer by Bus to the hotel. Rest of the day free. Dinner and overnight.
Oct 13 – Wednesday
Breakfast. Meeting with our guide at the hotel and departure by Bus for an excursion that will take us to know the Polish capital, Warsaw, and its main monuments. Walk through the Royal Park of Lazienki (The Royal Baths) with the monument to Frédéric Chopin, the Palace on Water and the Theater of the Island. Continuation to the Old City. Arrival to Saski Garden and Pilsudskiego Square, the place of the mass during the first pilgrimage of John Paul II to Poland, when the Pope said the memorable words: “Descend your Spirit and renew the face of the earth, this earth.” Rest of the day free. Dinner and overnight.
Oct 14 – Thursday
Breakfast. Departure to Niepokalanow, a Franciscan Catholic convent founded by Saint Maximilian Kolbe in 1927. Visit of the Basilica of Saint Mary Immaculate (Mass), current sanctuary of Saint Maximilian Kolbe – a great propagator of devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Continuation of the trip to the village of Swinice Warckie. In Swinice Warckie, visit the church of Saint Casimir. This historically rich parish is the site of baptism for Santa Faustina. In this parody he received his first confession and the first Holy Communion. We will continue to Czestochowa. Dinner and overnight.
Oct 15 – Friday
CZESTOCHOWA /WADOWICE/ KRAKOW
Breakfast. Visit to the monastery of the Pauline Fathers – JASNA GORA, where is the miraculous image of the Virgin Mary of Czestochowa is also called “the Black Virgin”, the monument to the Pope’s parents and the inscription on the door that commemorates the Pope. It is the most important pilgrimage site in this part of Europe (Mass). In the afternoon departure to Wadowice, the hometown of Pope John Paul II. Visit to the house where Pope John Paul II was born and to the parish church where he was baptized. Continue to Krakow. Dinner and overnight.
Oct 16 – Saturday
KRAKOW / LAGIEWNIKI / WIELICZKA
Special event: Celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of St. John Paul II! After breakfast departure to Lagiewniki, the holy place of Divine Mercy. Through the mediation of Saint Faustina, Christ passed the message of divine mercy in Lagiewniki. While here, you will have the opportunity to visit the Sanctuary of the divine mercy that contains images of the merciful Jesus, relics of Santa Faustina, as well as, the convent chapel. Visit and celebration of the Mass in the Sanctuary of divinity, which was visited by Saint John Paul II in 2002. After Mass, you will have the opportunity to pray for a relic of Saint John Paul II. We will continue to Wieliczka and visit the oldest salt mine in Europe, which has been named by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Return to Krakow. Dinner and overnight.
Oct 17 – Sunday
KRAKOW / AUSCHWITZ / KRAKOW
Breakfast. We will visit the Market Square in Krakow, the captivating beauty of this square is due in large part to the fact that it has remained unchanged for almost 700 years. It contains a series of buildings that have an important historical value, such as the Town Hall tower, the Cloth Hall and the burgher houses. We will walk to Wawel Hill, where we will visit the beautiful cathedral, and the coronation chapel. These are some of the most important places in Poland, since the Cathedral has been the coronation site of the Polish monarchs and is where the tomb of the patron saint of Poland, St. Stanislaus. Then a short trip to Oswiecim (called Auschwitz). Visit to the territory of the former Nazi concentration and extermination camp. Return to Krakow. Dinner and overnight.
Oct 18 – Monday
KRAKOW / PRAGUE
Breakfast. Departure by our Bus to Prague. Dinner and overnight.
Oct 19 – Tuesday
PRAGUE / SVATA HORA / WIEN
Breakfast. Visit to the Royal Castle and the cathedral of San Vito with the funeral chapel of San Venceslao, patron of the Czech Republic.
Walk through the neighborhood of Hradcany, to know the church of the House of Nazareth – Loreto of Prague. Visit the Basilica of St. George, the Golden Street, the Starachovski convent, the church of the Virgin of Victory with the famous statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague. Holy Mass in the Church of the Child Jesus. In the afternoon departure to Svata Hora. Visit of Svata Hora (the Sacred Mountain), considered the castle of the Virgin Mary. Entrance to the complex through the Prague Gate. The main temple is located in a small square surrounded by four small chapels dedicated to the mysteries of the life of the Virgin Mary. The complex is in charge of the Jesuits. Continue to Wien. Arrival in Wien. Dinner and overnight.
Oct 20 – Wednesday
Wednesday – WIEN
Breakfast. Panoramic tour of Vienna passing through the “Ringstrasse” with its sumptuous monuments such as the Opera, the Fine Arts and Natural Sciences museums, the Maria Teresa monument, the Parliament, the Town Hall, the National Theater and the Hofburg Imperial Palace. We continue on foot: the Schonbrunn Palace and the Belvedere Gardens, Summer Palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy. St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Mass). After Mass free time to continue visiting the beautiful monuments witnesses of the imperial past of the city, the main avenues such as the Kartnerstrasse or visit the Sissy Museum. Dinner and overnight.
Oct 21 – Thursday
WIEN / ESZTERGOM / BUDAPEST
Breakfast. Departure to Esztergom, called “the Hungarian Vatican.” Visit to the largest and most important basilica in Hungary with the museum of the largest ecclesiastical attributes exhibition in the country. In the afternoon we continue our trip to Budapest. Arrival.
Dinner and overnight.
Oct 22 – Friday
Breakfast. Visit of the capital of Hungary. We will start on the Pest side of Andrassi Avenue to see the Opera and Heroes’ Square, the Millennium commemoration of the city’s foundation. Then walk through Deak Square, St. Stephen’s Basilica (Mass) and the Parliament of Budapest. Visit the part of Buda, the ancient capital of Hungary to see the Fisherman’s Bastion and Matthias Church. The rest of the day off for last purchases. Dinner and overnight.
Oct 23 – Saturday
BUDAPEST / U.S.A.
Breakfast in the hotel and transfer with our bus to Ferenc Liszt airport in time for departure of our flight back home in USA.