SHRINES OF CENTRAL EUROPE
FROM VIENNA TO VILNIUS
DAY 1 - Departure
Board your transatlantic flight to Vienna, Austria. Meal served on board.
DAY 2 - Arrival
On arrival in Vienna meet your guide. Transfer to a hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 3 - Vienna
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 4 - Zakopane
After morning Mass transfer to Zakopane, a city at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. Transitional day. During a “welcome to Poland” 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 5 - Wadowice - Kalwaria
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. Drive through the lush Beskidy Mountains countryside to 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 6 - Krakow
Mass at the world capitol of the Divine Mercy in Krakow- Łagiewniki where St Sister Faustina is buried. After lunch guided tour of the Old Town in Krakow ”On the footsteps of John Paul II”. Dinner and overnight in Krakow.
DAY 7 - Auschwitz
After morning Mass in Krakow transfer to Auschwitz Concentration Camp, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust. Visit a starvation cell of St. Maksymilian Kolbe. After lunch transfer to Czestochowa for dinner and overnight.
DAY 8 - Czestochowa
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”. Transfer to Warsaw, capitol of Poland for dinner and overnight.
DAY 9 - Warsaw
Morning Mass at St John’s Cathedral, where you can pray at the tomb of Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski the Primate of the Millennium. Transfer to Vilnius/ 450 km/, Lithuania for dinner and overnight.
DAY 10 Vilnius
Mass at the Church of the Holy Spirit, where the original image of “Jesus, I trust in You” used to be. Also stop at the house of the Sisters where St Faustina first saw the apparition of the revelation of Divine Mercy.
Guided tour of Vilnius including the Divine Mercy Chapel. Dinner and overnight in Vilnius.
DAY 11 - Siauliai
Excursion to Siauliai /250 km/to see the “Hill of Crosses” known as a place to express gratitude to God for divine favors and where our Mass will be celebrated. Return to Vilnius. Balance of afternoon free. Dinner and overnight in Vilnius.
DAY 12 - Departure
Transfer to the airport your return flight home.
YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:
• 10 overnights at hotels and pilgrims houses, rooms with private facilities;
2 nights Vienna, 1 night Zakopane, 2 nights in Krakow, 1 night Czestochowa, 1 night Warsaw, 3 nights Vilnius
• breakfast and dinner daily
• all transfers by deluxe air-conditioned motor coach,
• dedicated spiritual directors
• professional tour escort & local guides
• entrance fees as per the itinerary
• daily Mass