The Pilgrimage Tour
DAY 1 – Arrival in Warsaw airport. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Warsaw.
DAY 2 – Morning half day tour of Warsaw. Additionally, visit to Sanctuary of Blessed Father Jerzy Popiełuszko. Overnight in Warsaw.
DAY 3 – Full day excursion out of Warsaw to Niepokalanów & Płock. Overnight in Warsaw.
DAY 4 – Departure to Krakow with en route stop at Jasna Gora Monastery in Częstochowa, one of the world’s most famous Marian shrines with the miraculous picture of Black Madonna. Continuation to Krakow. Overnight in Krakow.
DAY 5 – Half day tour of Krakow. Additionally, visit at Wawel Hill with Wawel Castle- one of the most magnificent Renaissance residences in Europe. In the afternoon, visit to Shrine of Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki where St. Faustina’s revelations took place. Pope John Paul II canonised St. Faustina and instituted the Feast Day of Divine Mercy. Overnight in Krakow
DAY 6 – Excursion out of Krakow. Auschwitz – the biggest Nazi concentration camp of II World War (on UNESCO World Heritage List); Visit to St. Maximilian Kolbe’s cell. Afterwards, transfer to Wadowice – Pope St. John Paul II hometown and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska pilgrimage complex listed at UNESCO Heritage List. Overnight in Krakow.
DAY 7 – Half day excursion to Wieliczka Salt Mine – a unique world class attraction listed on UNESCO World Heritage List. Afternoon at leisure. Farewell dinner with folk entertainment in Krakow. Overnight in Krakow.
DAY 8 – Transfer to Kraków Balice Airport
Warsaw city tour
Includes Royal Route with its famous statues, buildings and churches; the Royal Lazienki Park with F. Chopin’s monument and numerous edifices like e.g. Palace on the Water. Old Town area, listed on UNESCO World Heritage List, featuring the Royal Castle Square with Royal Castle, St John’s Cathedral , the picturesque Old Town Market Square.
Sanctuary of Blessed Father Jerzy Popiełuszko
Sanctuary situated in the district of Żoliborz in Warsaw. The place of veneration of the Blessed Father Jerzy Popiełuszko, the spiritual leader of the Solidarity movement, murdered by the agents of Communist secret police in 1984. His “Masses for our Homeland” were attended by thousands of Poles at the church.
Niepokalanow monastery – founded in 1927 by Father Kolbe. In 1941 the Nazis took Father Kolbe to Auschwitz concentration camp, where he offered his life in exchange for a prisoner condemned to death. In 1982 Pope John Paul II canonized Father Kolbe as a Martyr of Charity.
Site linked with life of St. Faustyna, a great mystic and the secretary of Divine Mercy. Stop at Benedictine Abbey and the Divine Mercy Shrine. Saint Sister Faustyna Kowalska had her first vision of Jesus Kind of Divine Mercy there.
One of the most important shrines in the Christian world. Millions of pilgrims, including over 100 000 foreigners, come here every year to pray at the miraculous Black Madonna Shrine, dating back to 14th century. Now is covered with precious decoration, forming royal gowns for Virgin Mary and her Child.
Kraków city tour
Half day tour of Krakow incl. entrance to St.Mary’s Church & Wawel Cathedral. Stroll in Old Town area listed at UNESCO World Heritage List; en route the Barbican, Florianska Gate, Collegium Maius courtyard (Jagiellonian University, the oldest in Europe). In the Main Market Square the Cloth Hall, known as Sukiennice and St. Mary’s Church with Europe’s largest Gothic altar. Additionally, visit at Wawel Hill with Wawel Castle– one of the most magnificent Renaissance residences in Europe.
Shrine of Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki where St Faustina’s revelations took place. The late Pope John Paul II canonised St. Faustina and instituted the Feast Day of Divine Mercy – the Pope died the 2nd of April 2005 – one day before the Feast of Divine Mercy. The sanctuary is situated close to the former soda factory – Solvay, and the quarry, where young Karol Wojtyła was employed as a manual worker during WW II
Auschwitz – Birkenau
A grim reminder of Nazi terror and the holocaust. Auschwitz, built on the outskirts of the Polish town Oświęcim – now the Museum of Martyrdom – consists of brick barracks with shocking exhibits of tons of hair, shoes, glasses and other belongings wrested from the victims, while nearby Birkenau has hectares of wooden barracks and gas chambers.
Visit to St. Maximilian Kolbe’s cell. Father Kolbe was the Franciscan monk who offered his life for his co-prisoner’s life and died in the starvation cell (earlier during your stay in Poland you will visit Niepokalanow monastery established by Father Kolbe).
Pope St. John Paul II home town
Pilgrimage complex listed at UNESCO Heritage List
Wieliczka Salt Mine
A tour of the mine includes beautiful chapels sculpted in salt (Saint Kinga’s chapel is the most beautiful one), crystal-like grottoes and underground ponds. All this at average depth of 130 m below the ground in the world oldest enterprise which has never stopped working!