9 Days Poland
*** DAILY MASSES INCLUDED ***
Day 1 – Depart the U.S.A for Warsaw Poland. Dinner and breakfast will be served aloft.
Day 2 – Arrive in Warsaw. Upon arrival you will be met by your tour escort and transferred by private motor coach to your hotel. You will then have Mass at St. James Church, the church where St. Faustina went when she arrived in Warsaw. Free time before this evening’s Welcome Dinner.
Day 3 – Warsaw. Start the day with a visit to Divine Mercy Convent on Zytnia Street where St Faustina first entered the convent. Mass at the Shrine. Carry on to visit Warsaw old town; tour to include the Barbican gate and fortifications of the city, market square - then a visit to the elegant market square, Cathedral, Palace square, Sigmund Column. After lunch we have a panoramic tour of Warsaw to include Jewish Quarter, New City. Drive along the Royal route to Lazienki Park for a stroll along its gardens, seeing Chopin monument the Palace on the water.
Day 4 - Warsaw - Swinice Warckie - Niepokalanow - Czestochowa. After breakfast, you travel to Czestochowa stop atto Niepokalanow, see the Franciscan Monastery founded by St. Maximillian Kolbe and home of Basilica of Virgin Mary. Continue on to Gologowiec andSwinice Warckie. Lunch on your own – Perhaps a light lunch at the convent of the Divine Mercy in Gologowiec. Visit the parish church, St. Casimir, where St. Faustina was baptized Helen Kowalska ( Mass at St Casimir Church) . Continue to Czestochowa for dinner and over night.
*** After dinner, group can individually walk to the monastery ofJasan Gora for individual meditation and prayer
Day 5– Czestochowa - Auschwitz- Zakopne. (06:00 If you wish, attend the Unvieling of the Icon of the Black Madonna). Czestochowa is the site of Poland's greatest pilgrimage shrine, with a tradition of pilgrimages that goes back to the 14th century. Pope John Paul II, had frequently visited the Shrine to Our Lady of Czestochowa, which contains the miraculous image of the Black Madonna and Child. Celebate a private Mass at the Chapel of the Black Madonna followed by a tour of the Monastery by one of the Paulinian Brother. Travel to Auchwitz the notorious Nazi concentration camp. See the cell that imprisoned St Maximillian Kolbe and the Martyrdom Museum recalling the horrors of the Holocaust. Then continue to Zakopane for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 – Zakopane –Wadowice - Krakow. This morning we have Mass at Fatima Church followed by a tour of the city. Depart Zakopane to Wadowice. Then drive by Birkeneau recalling the martyrdom place of St Edith Stien. Lunch on your own – then on to Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla, Pope John Paul II. Visit the house where the Pope was born, which has since been turned into a museum. Celebrate Mass and visit the church where he was baptized and where he attended Mass as a child. Continue on to Krakow for dinner and overnight.
Day 7- Krakow. Start the day with a visit to Wawel Hill & Cathedral (Interior visit of Royal chambers & Cathedral). Walk along Kanonicza Street, pausing at building number 21 “Deanery” where Pope John Paul II resided at while living in Krakow, Passing by the churches of St Peter and Paul, St Andrews church. Attend the opening of the Wit Stwosz altar at the Mariacki Church (St Mary’s church)- followed at noon by the call from the – Hejnal. Visit the Market Square and the Mariacki church. Lunch on your own with some free time at the Market area. Afternoon visit the Franciscans church with its stunning Stained glass walk through Kazmierz Quarter, visiting the Dominican Church and seeing the Jewish quarter. Mass at Stanislaw na Skalce “on the Rock” one of the most important Pilgrimages places in Poland. Return to your hotel. Optional Dinner & Folklore Show at a local restaurant tonight.
Day 8 - Krakow - Full Day Visit to Lagiewniki. After breakfast we depart for our day's excursion to Lagiewniki, home of the Divine Mercy. It was here that the Lord revealed to St. Faustina His message of Divine Mercy and instructed her to commission the very likeness of Himself, now known as the grace-working icon of Merciful Jesus, with the caption which reads in Polish: Jesus, I trust Thee. While at the Sanctuary of Our Lord's Mercy, we will visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy, St. Faustina's convent chapel, and St. Faustina's Tomb. On to Wieliszka Slat Mines for a tour before we return to Krakow for dinner.
Day 9 - Departure. Sadly it is time to bid farewell as you drive to the airport for your transatlantic flight home – the end of a memorable journey.