PILGRIMAGE TO SHRINES OF CENTRAL EUROPE
DAY 1 – Depart
Board your transatlantic flight to Warsaw, the capitol of Poland. Meals are served on board.
DAY 2 – Arrive in Warsaw, Poland
Upon arrival meet your guide. Before transfer to your hotel an orientation tour of the heroic city, completely rebuilt from ashes after WW II. Dinner and overnight in Warsaw.
DAY 3 – Warsaw
Morning Mass at St John’s Cathedral, where you can pray at the tomb of Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski the Primate of the Millennium. After lunch at the Old town transfer to Czestochowa, the spiritual capitol of Poland. Dinner and overnight at Jasna Gora.
DAY 4 – Czestochowa, Poland
Morning guided tour of Jasna Góra Monastery, the spiritual capitol of Poland followed by Mass celebrated in front of the Miraculous Icon of Black Madonna venerated as “Queen of Poland”. In the afternoon transfer to Auschwitz Concentration Camp, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust. Visit a starvation cell of St. Maksymilian Kolbe. Evening arrival in Kraków for dinner and overnight.
DAY 5 – Krakow, Poland -Divine Mercy Shrine
Mass at the world capitol of the Divine Mercy in Krakow- Łagiewniki where St Sister Faustina is buried. After lunch visit the 700-year-old Wieliczka Salt Mine, an unforgettable three miles of underground chambers, caves, chapels and statues all sculptured from salt. Dinner and overnight in Krakow.
DAY 6 – Wadowice, Poland - John Paul II
Departure for Wadowice birthplace of John Paul II. Visit a Basilica where the pope was baptized and his childhood home converted into a museum. Continue on to the most beloved pope’s Marian Shrine in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska where we celebrate Mass. Dinner and overnight in Krakow.
DAY 7 – Zakopane, Poland
After morning Mass transfer to Zakopane, a city at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. During dinner in Zakopane we experience folklore show with highlander dancing and specialties of the highlander cuisine. Before this festive evening time at leisure to indulge into the atmosphere of Zakopane's Krupowki Street and get souvenirs in the local Highlanders’ Market. Dinner and overnight in Zakopane.
DAY 8 – Vienna, Austria
Morning Mass at Krzeptówki at the church of Our Lady of Fatima, which was built as a thanksgiving for the recovery of the Holy Father after the assassination attempt in 1981.Transitional day. Drive through the lush Slovakian and Austrian countryside to Vienna for dinner and overnight.
DAY 9 – Vienna, Austria
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Vienna, the city of Waltz and Imperial architecture. Sights include St. Steven’s Cathedral, where we celebrate Mass, the Ringstrasse with its Habsburg monuments and the Old Town with the Hofburg Palace. The reminder of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Vienna.
DAY 10 – Prague, Czech Republic
Allow the soft rolling hills of Bohemia to provide lovely vistas for the day’s long drive from Vienna to the Czech Republic. Dinner and overnight in Prague.
DAY 11 – Prague, Czech Republic
After morning Mass at the Church of Our Lady Victorious take some time to venerate Prague’s most beloved relic, the Holy Infant Jesus. In the afternoon embark on the tour of the Old Town and the Royal Hradcany district. Dinner and overnight in Prague.
DAY 12 – Altotting, Germany
Cross the Czech border into Moravia then travel through the rich farmlands of Bohemia. Dinner and overnight in Altotting.
DAY 13 – Black Madonna of Altotting – Marklt am Inn – Munich, Germany
Celebrate Mass at the center of the pilgrimage complex, the Chapel of Mercy with a 13th century statue of the Blessed Virgin to which numerous miraculous cures are credited. Transfer to Marktl am Inn where pope Benedict XVI was born and baptized . Visit the baptismal font located in the town's small museum. Departure for Munich and dinner and overnight in Munich area.
DAY 14 – Munich, Germany
Guided visit of the capitol of Catholic Bavaria. Farewell dinner and overnight in Munich area.
DAY 15 – Depart Munich
Transfer to the airport your return flight.