Poland & Prague Pilgrimage
|Oct 5, 2020||Oct 16, 2020||Warsaw, Black Madonna, Auschwitz, Divine Mercy, Wadowice, Krakow, Prague||$3899 departing Phoenix|
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Day 1: USA - Warsaw
Depart USA for Warsaw.
Day 2: Warsaw
We will arrive in Warsaw the day after we depart the U.S. After meeting our local guide, we will transfer by private motor coach to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (D) Dinner
Day 3: Warsaw
After breakfast, we will travel to the Convent of the Sisters of Divine Mercy where Saint Faustina entered the religious life and celebrate a private Holy Mass with Fr. (Padre) Carlos Gomez, our Spiritual Director for the trip. Afterwards we will have a tour of Warsaw and then free time before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D) Breakfast & Dinner
Day 4: Warsaw – Niepokalanow – Czestochowa
After breakfast at our hotel, we will depart Warsaw for a short drive to Niepokalanow where we will visit the Sanctuary of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, founded by Saint Maximillian Kolbe. Padre Carlos will celebrate a private Holy Mass for our group and afterwards we will have time for private prayer. Then, we will depart for Czestochowa where we will have a guided tour of the Jasna Gora monastery and have an opportunity to pray before the image of the Black Madonna. Tradition holds that St. Luke the Evangelist painted this image on a tabletop from the home of the Holy Family. In the 17th century, the monastery was under a month-long siege by the Swedish, but a small group of monks was able to fight them off and save the sacred icon of the Black Madonna. Pope St. John Paul II visited this Sanctuary six times during his papacy and presented it with a golden rose and the blood-soiled papal belt from the assassination attempt on his life in 1981.That evening we will check into our hotel and enjoy dinner at the hotel. After dinner, we can return to the Jasna Gora monastery (it's only a short walk from our hotel) for an opportunity to pray privately before the miraculous icon of the Black Madonna. Overnight in Czestochowa. (B, D)
Day 5: Czestochowa – Auschwitz – Wadowice – Krakow
Early this morning, we have the option of attending the unveiling of the miraculous image of Our Lady of Czestochowa at 5:30 am. We are welcome to remain for Holy Mass celebrated in Polish at 6:00 am. Afterwards, we will return to the hotel for breakfast and depart Czestochowa for Auschwitz where we will have a guided tour of the death camp established in 1940 by Nazi Germany. It is known worldwide as a symbol of the Holocaust. The tour will include viewing the cell where Saint Maximillian Kolbe died. We will then continue to Wadowice, the birthplace of John Paul II. We will tour Wadowice and see the house where John Paul II's parents lived and where he was born. We will also visit the Church where he was baptized and have time for individual prayer. Possibility of celebrating Mass here. We will then continue to Krakow to check into our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Day 6-8: Krakow – Lagiewniki/Divine Mercy – Wieliczka Salt Mines – Old Town Kazimierez/Jewish Quarter – Free time
While in Krakow we will visit Lagiewniki and the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy and final resting place of St. Faustina Kowalska. Padre Carlos will celebrate Holy Mass in one of the chapels in the main church. We will then have free time for individual prayer and purchase of religious items and relics of St Faustina. We will also have a guided tour of the Wieliczka Salt Mines. We will have a walking tour of Krakow visiting the Wawel Royal Castle compound together with the Coronation of the Polish Kings and the JPII museum. We will tour the underground museum and visit the city center. You will also have free time. Holy Mass will be celebrated each day. Overnight in Krakow. (B each day, 2 nights D, one night D on your own.)
Day 9: Krakow - Prague
After breakfast, we depart for Prague. We will have lunch along the way. When we arrive in Prague, Padre Carlos will celebrate Mass at Loreta of Prague. We will then check int our hotel for dinner. You will have the remainder of the day free. Dinner at our hotel. Overnight in Prague. (B, D)
Day 10: Prague
After breakfast, we will visit the Infant Jesus of Prague. Padre Carlos will celebrate Mass here and we will meet our local guide for a tour of the Hradcany Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral. You will have free time. In the evening, we will drive to the famous Folklore Garden restaurant for dinner. Overnight in Prague. (B, D)
Day 11: Prague
After breakfast, Padre Carlos will celebrate Mass. We will meet our local guide for a tour of Prague. We will visit the Old town Market Square, the famous Charles Bridge and the Horloy Clock. Lunch will be on our own. You will have the remainder of the day free to shop or explore Prague. Overnight in Prague. (B, D)
Day 12: Prague - USA
We will depart in the morning for our return flight home.
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