Description
8 Days - 1 Country
Package Includes:

8 Days, 2 Cities

The resilience of Poland is revealed on this exploration of a land marred by a tragic war, but restored with enviable verve. Homeland of St. John Paul II, your pilgrimage will take you to Niepokalonow, Czestochowa and Wadowice. Explore the rebuilt centre of Warsaw, the medieval Old Town of Kraków, and Auschwitz.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Warsaw, Wadowice and Krakow
  • See the tomb of St. Faustina in Kraków, Maximilian Kolbe's cell in Auschwitz
  • Visit Źytnia Street Church in Warsaw, the Franciscan Monastery in Niepokalanow, the Parish Church of St. Casimir in Swinice Warckoe, Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa, the Basilica Minor in Wadowice, the Mariacki Church and the Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Kraków, Auschwitz Concentration Camp and Jaszczurowka Chapel in Zakopane

Dining

  • 7 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 4 dinners
    (including Be My Guest)


Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Airport Transfers
Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page 

 

ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ARRIVE WARSAW (2 NIGHTS)
Welcome to Warsaw, where you begin your pilgrimage through Poland's deep history and religious wonders. Join your Travel Director and companions to attend Mass locally, followed by a Welcome Reception.
HOTEL Leonardo Royal
MEALS Welcome Reception

DAY 2 - WARSAW SIGHTSEEING
Admire Warsaw's historic centre including the Old Town, with its beautiful cobbled streets, and picturesque architecture during your sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. See the Market Square, the Barbican. Visit the site of the Warsaw Ghetto, shockingly evoked in Polanski's award-winning film 'The Pianist', see St. James Church where Helena Kowalska prayed when she arrived into Warsaw, and the church in Źytnia Street, the Shrine of the Divine Mercy. Explore the city on your own this afternoon. Consider a visit to the Wilanow Palace, a priceless testimony to the splendour of Poland's past
or perhaps attend a Chopin Recital?
MEALS Buffet Breakfast

DAY 3 - WARSAW – NIEPOKALANOW – SWINICE WARCKIE – CZESTOCHOWA
This morning we leave for Niepolalanow and visit one of the largest Franciscan Monasteries founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe, the martyr who was arrested by the Nazis and volunteered to die in place of a stranger at Auschwitz during WWII. Our pilgrimage continues to Swinice Warckie where we visit the Paris Church of Casimir. It was here that St. Faustina was baptised, and received her first confession and her First Holy Communion. Our day concludes in Czestochowa, the spiritual capital of Poland and home of the Black Madonna. Tradition tells us that this icon was painted by Luke the Evangelist, and discovered by St. Helen and later enshrined. We arrive in time for a Cultural Insight, attending Mass at Jasna Gora Monastery with time for personal reflection. This evening we dine at our hotel.
HOTEL Mercure Czestochowa Centrum
MEALS Buffet Breakfast Dinner

DAY 4 - CZESTOCHOWA – WADOWICE – KRAKÓW (4 NIGHTS)
We travel to Wadowice this morning. The history of the city dates back to the 13th century but is renowned as birthplace of Karol Wojtyla who later became Pope John Paul II. With our Local Specialist, we discover more of this beautiful city and also about the early life of Pope John Paul II. We visit the Basilica Minor where he was baptised and attended mass as a child and which he awarded the title of Basilica Minor in 1982. We will also visit his family home which is now a museum and see some of the family's possessions. Enjoy some free time before continuing to Kraków for our four-night stay. Try a "kremowka" which was the Pope's favourite cake.
HOTEL Qubus/Golden Tulip
MEALS Buffet Breakfast Dinner

DAY 5 - KRAKÓW SIGHTSEEING
This morning, consider joining an Optional Experience to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site preserving an entire chapel and dozens of sculptures carved from rock salt. Enjoy a walking tour of the medieval Old Town with a Local Specialist and visit the Market Square with its Cloth Hall, Town Hall Tower and Burgher's Houses. Visit the Mariacki Church with its famous wooden altarpiece designed by Wit Stwosz. See Wawel Castle, enjoy panoramic views of the city from Wawel Hill and visit Wawel Cathedral and have time to pray at the tomb of St. Stanislaus, Patron Saint of Poland. Relax this afternoon or explore the Market Square and city on your own. Later, perhaps enjoy an evening learning about the region's fascinating folklore.
MEALS Buffet Breakfast

DAY 6 - KRAKÓW – AUSCHWITZ EXCURSION
We embark on a poignant journey to Auschwitz. On our sombre visit to the former concentration camp we learn firsthand about the terrors and resilience of human spirit within those walls. Return to Kraków to visit the Shrine of the Divine Mercy, which houses the Saint's convent chapel and tomb, and have some time for personal reflection.
MEALS Buffet Breakfast

DAY 7 - KRAKÓW – ZAKOPANE – KRAKÓW
Travel to one of Poland's most popular resorts, Zakopane, a place of prayer for priests and bishops, and beloved retreat of Pope John Paul II. You will visit the Jaszczurowka Chapel, a great example of the wooden architecture in Zakopane, and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in Krzeptowki, which was built by the people of Zakopane in thanks for the life of the Pope after an attempt on his life in 1981. Admire the breathtaking views of the Tatras from the top of Gubalowka Mountain and shop for arts and crafts made by the Highlanders (Gorale) before returning to Kraków. Tonight we join our fellow travel companions for a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner.
MEALS Buffet Breakfast Be My Guest Dining

DAY 8 - DEPART KRAKÓW
Say goodbye to your companions after a memorable pilgrimage. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
MEALS Buffet Breakfast

 

 

 

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8 Days - 1 Country
Sales Period:
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Travel Period:
13 May 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
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