11 Day Poland, Czech Republic, Germany and Passion Play
OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY 2020
*** DAILY MASSES INCLUDED ***
Day 1: NORTH AMERICA / EUROPE. Tour members will gather at the ticket counter at the airport three hours prior to their departure to Europe. Dinner and breakfast will be served in-flight.
Day 2: WARSAW / CZESTOCHOWA. Upon arrival in Warsaw, we are met and transferred to our hotel in Czestochowa for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: CZESTOCHOWA / AUSCHWITZ / KRAKOW. After breakfast & check out of our hotel, we start the day with mass at the Chapel of the Black Madonna. We next have a guided tour of the Shrine by one of the Paulinian brothers before heading for Auschwitz. Our tour of Auschwitz includes the martyrdom place of St. Maximilian Kolbe and the Birkeneau martyrdom place of St. Edit Stein. Continue to Wadowice for a visit of the birthplace of Pope John Paul II. Afterwards, we carry on to Krakow for dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Day 4: KRAKOW. After a hearty breakfast, we start the day with visit of Wawel hill including the Cathedral. We walk along Kanonicza Street, pausing at building 21 where Pope John Paul II resided while living in Krakow. Our visit will also include the market square with Gothic Market, St. Mary’s Church (famous for its Wit Stwosz altar) and Florianska Street to including the Barbican. Our last stop before lunch is at the courts of the Jagellonian University. Then, lunch on our own with some free time at the Market Square. This afternoon we visit the famous Wieliczka Salt mines. At the end of the day, we return to Krakow for dinner at a local restaurant and overnight at our hotel.
Day 5: KRAKOW / PRAGUE. After breakfast, we check out of our hotel and start this day with a visit to the Divine Mercy Center at Lagweiniki and its shrine for Mass. Afterwards, we set out for Prague. We arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon with the rest of the day at leisure followed by dinner and overnight.
Day 6: PRAGUE. Following breakfast, we have our morning Mass at Our Lady Victorious. Next, we start our tour of the Old Town, cross Charles Bridge, walk through the Jewish quarter seeing the cemetery and pass by the Ghetto. Our visit to the Old town includes the famous Astronomical Clock and Our Lady before Tyn. Next, we walk to St Wenceslas square going through many of Prague’s alleys and the Powder Tower. Following lunch, our group will -
Option I: Afternoon at leisure to enjoy pursuits of our own.
Option II: Excursion to Kutna Hora - a town famous for its silver mines. We visit the Cathedral of St. Barbara and many of the town’s stone structures. Next, we continue on to Sedlec to visit the Church which interiors are decorated with 40,000 human bones.
This evening, we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant with folklore before retiring to our hotel for overnight
Day 7: PRAGUE / REGENSBURG. After our breakfast, we depart Prague for Regensburg. Along the way, we stop at Svaty Hora (the Czech Republic’s most important Marian Shrine) for Mass. Then, we continue on to Regensburg. If possible, we may have lunch in Pilsen Brewery! This afternoon we arrive in Regensburg (the Pope worked as a Professor at the University of Regensburg.) Our tour of the town includes St. Peters Cathedral, Stone Bridge & the Market square. At the end of the day, we retire to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: REGENSBURG / ALTOETTING / MUNICH. After a hearty breakfast, our morning excursion takes us to Marktl am Inn ("Little Market on the Inn River"), to visit the home town of Pope Bendictus including his birth place and the local church where he was Baptized. Afterwards, we continue to Altotting - home of the smiling Madonna - Germanys most important Marian Shrine. Then, we visit the shrine, the museum and celebrate Mass before continuing on to Munich. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Day 9: MUNICH / WIES / HOHENSCHWANGAU / OBERAMMERGAU. After breakfast, we depart for Oberammergau. Along the way, we stop for a visit at Wies kirche for Mass at the Shrine. After lunch, we stop at Neuschwanstein castle for visit. Upon arriving in Oberammergau, we check into our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 10: OBERAMMERGAU. Following breakfast, we enjoy free time at our leisure before viewing The Passion Play in the afternoon and evening. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Day 11: OBERAMMERGAU / MUNICH / USA. After breakfast, we transfer to the airport in Munich for our return the United States of America. The end of a most spiritually rewarding pilgrimage.