Tour Detail

Footsteps of St. John Paul II with Oberammergau & The Passion Play

Highlights

Itinerary

Day 1: USA

Today we depart the USA on our transatlantic fl ight for Poland. Dinner and breakfast served on board.

Day 2: Warsaw

Upon arrival, we are greeted by our tour escort, board our deluxe motor coach and transferred to St. James Church for a Welcome Mass. It is at this church Helena Kowalska, known as St. Faustina, attended Mass and prayed for guidance and advice on entering the convent. We transfer to our hotel and the balance of the day is at leisure to explore this lovely city on our own. Dinner and overnight at our hotel. (D)

Day 3: Warsaw

After breakfast, we will have a full day of touring to visit all the landmarks of Warsaw: The Old Town, which was totally rebuilt after the destruction of W.W.II; Market Square, with its exciting shops, cafes, and restaurants; St. John's Archcathedral, built in the 14th century; The Barbican; the Warsaw Ghetto monument, commemorating the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943. Other sites include Holy Cross Church, severely damaged in a German strike in 1944 and where Chopin's heart is entombed, beautiful Lazienki Park with its Chopin statue, and the magnifi cently restored Royal Castle. (B,D)

Day 4: Warsaw/Czestochowa/Auschwitz/Krakow

After breakfast, we will travel to Czestochowa, with a stop in Swinice Warckie, to visit the parish church St Casmir, where St. Faustina was baptized Helen Kowalska and received her First Holy Communion. Continue on to Czestochowa, the site of Poland's greatest pilgrimage shrine, Our Lady of Czestochowa. Visit Jasna Gora Monastery, one of the most important places of religious worship in the Christian world, with a tradition of pilgrimages that date back to the 14th century. St. John Paul II frequently visited Jasna Gora, known as the Shrine of the Black Madonna, in honor of the beloved Icon. We will celebrate Mass at the Pauline Monastery and view the priceless treasures contained within, including the Miraculous Icon. Then travel to Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi concentration camp. We will see the cell that imprisoned St Maximillian Kolbe and the Martyrdom Museum recalling the horrors of the Holocaust. Dinner and overnight at our hotel. (B,D)

Day 5: Krakow

After breakfast we will have a city tour focusing on the life of St. John Paul II, who spent many years in Krakow. Visit St. Mary's Church at the main square and listen to the silver trumpet of the bugler from its tower. Inside the Cathedral we will have a chance to pray before the extraordinary Wit Stwosz Altar. Then tour the surrounding square, which has remained mostly unchanged for almost 700 years, with its historic Town Hall Tower, the Cloth Hall and the Burgher's Houses. Then to Wawel Hill to tour the Cathedral, Coronation Chapel and the Royal Chambers, where a superb collection of Arras tapestries is on view. Then visit St. Florian's Church, where St. John Paul II served after his ordination. Our next stop is the Franciscan Church which has a pew dedicated to St. John Paul II. He prayed every day at this pew while he was studying to be a priest. Afternoon is at leisure to explore Market Square on our own. Dinner and overnight at our hotel. (B,D)

Day 6: Krakow/Wadowice/Budapest

After breakfast, we will travel to Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla (St. John Paul II). Visit the house where he was born, now a museum. We will visit the church where he was baptized and attended Mass as a child. We bid farewell to Poland as we travel to Budapest, often compared with Paris. This glamorous city has something to offer every visitor. Dinner and overnight at our hotel. (B,D)

Day 7: Budapest

After breakfast we will tour the older section of the city. Celebrate Mass at the 13th-century Cathedral of St. Matthew, see the Citadel on Mount Gellert, the Royal Castle, Fisherman's Bastion, the Parliament, Heroes' Square and the Basilica of St. Stephen, named after the fi rst King of Hungary. Dinner and overnight at our hotel. (B,D)

Day 8: Budapest/Vienna

After breakfast we will motor through the lush Austrian countryside to Vienna, the country's capital. This morning we will celebrate Mass at St. Stephens Cathedral dating back to the 13th century, with the miraculous image of Our Lady of Mariapocs and its catacombs. We will tour the important buildings along the city's famed Ringstrasse, including the State Opera House, en route to the Habsburg's Schonbrunn Palace. We will explore this sprawling, royal summer house with 1,441 rooms, including a Hall of Mirrors where Mozart performed at the age of six before a young Marie Antoinette. This afternoon visit Melk Abbey and take a scenic Danube cruise. Return to Vienna for dinner and overnight at our hotel. (B,D)

Day 9: Vienna/Salzburg/Oberammergau

Our morning drive will take us to Salzburg where Mozart was born. Experience this lovely city full of Baroque churches and St. Peter's Churchyard.. Continue to Oberammergau for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 10: Passion Play

The entire day is devoted to attending a performance of the world famous Passion Play, which is held once every ten years in this charming small Bavarian village. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 11: Oberammergau/ Munich/USA

After breakfast we transfer to Munich Airport for our departure flight. arriving home the same day. We take with us memories and blessings to last a life time.(B)

*(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

**A day to visit the Divine Mercy can be added at a supplemental cost.

Inclusions

Included in package:

Round trip airfare from New York Area gateway
Accommodations in Superior Tourist Class Hotels
Breakfast and Dinner daily
Sightseeing as per itinerary
Passion Play Ticket & Booklet
Airport-hotel transfers
Hotel taxes & baggage handling
Touring by Private Air Conditioned Motorcoach
Services of a Professional English Speaking Tour Escort