Tour Detail

Poland: St. Faustina & the Devine Mercy

Itinerary

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Day 1: New York, NY

We depart for Krakow and enjoy dinner and breakfast on board our overnight flight.

Day 2: Krakow

Our tour escort will meet us at the airport, waiting with a signboard titled "Regina FAM Trip" and guides us to our hotel to freshen up and rest. Balance of the afternoon at leisure to explore on our own. In the evening we gather for an introductory biography of Pope St. John Paul II's life in Poland to lay a foundation for the many sites we will visit during our stay. We celebrate Mass at the Franciscan Church at 3:30pm, where Karol Wojtyla had “his own” bench and came to pray as a student. Dinner and overnight

Day 3: Krakow/Wieliczka/Wadowice/Krakow

We visit the famous Salt Mines of Wieliczka exploring the subterranean world of labyrinth passages, giant caverns, underground lakes, many sculptures craved out of the crystalline salt line the way leading to the chapel where many weddings take place. Mass will be celebrated at 10:30am. In Wadowice, we visit Pope St. John Paul II's birthplace, we pay tribute to his early life with stops at his home, schools and the church, where he was baptized. Returning to Krakow, time permitting, we will see his University, Tyniecka Street home and the family tomb at Rakowiecki. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 4: Krakow/Lagiewniki/Krakow

After breakfast we depart for Lagiewniki, known as the capital of Divine Mercy. It is here the message of the Divine Mercy originated. Christ Himself wanted to pass this message on to the world through St. Faustina. The Sanctuary holds the image of Divine Mercy and the relics of St. Faustina. We visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy, St. Faustina's convent chapel and her tomb. Mass will be celebrated at 9:00am before we return to Krakow for a city tour starting with the Barbican - a medieval fortress, Market Square - Europe's largest medieval square which has not changed in 700 years, the twin towers of Gothic St. Mary's Basilica, hear the silver trumpet of the bugler from St. Mary's Tower, Royal Castle, Cathedral on Wawel Hill and pray before the beautiful Wit Stwosz Altar. This Cathedral was the site of Pope St. John Paul II's Ordination as Bishop on September 28th 1958. Our last stop is a tour of the Collegiate Church of St. Florian where the Pope was assistant pastor and served as students' chaplain. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 5: Auschwitz/Zakopane

En route to Zakopane, we make a stop in Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi concentration camp to visit the Peace and Dialogue Center to learn about Pope St. John Paul II's experiences during WWII, his ecumenism toward the Jewish people, his mighty stand on social justice and determination to canonize Edith Stein, a convert from Judaism, who died in Auschwitz. She was known as St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross and Canonized by Pope St. John Paul II on October 11th 1998. We will visit the cell that imprisoned St. Maximillan Kolbe O.F.M., declared a Martyr of charity, and celebrate mass at 3:00pm. St. Kolbe volunteered to die in the place of a stranger. He was Canonized October 10th 1982 by Pope St, John Paul II. We depart Auschwitz for Zakopane check into our hotel before we attend a local Folklore Show with dinner. Overnight (B,D)

Day 6: Zakopane

A resort village nestled in the Tatras region, we will take a cable car to the nearby mountaintop of Gubalowka for a thrilling panoramic view of Zakopane. Pope St. John Paul II hiked the many wooded trails some of which we experience as we learn first-hand about his love of the outdoors, excellent athletic ability and love of theater and poetry. Mass at 5:00pm follows the lecture at Antalowka Church. We depart Zakopane for our drive to Warsaw for dinner and overnight (B,D)

Day 7: Czestochowa/Warsaw

After breakfast we depart for Czestochowa to visit Jasna Gora Monastery, the spiritual capital of Poland. The city's blend of religious, spiritual and artistic traditions creates its unique atmosphere, making it an important place for Christians from around the world to come to Jasna Gora Pauline Monastery to find consolation and express their gratitude to God since 1382 when Prince Ladislaus II of Opole invited Pauline Monks from Hungary to Poland. The Monastery's miraculous picture of Our Lady was crowned with papal diadems in 1717 and in the 20th-century was called the “Black Madonna” due to its discoloration from candles lit in supplication. More than five million pilgrims visit annually. (Only Fatima hosts more visitors). We explore the treasures of Jasna Gora Monastery led by one of the Pauline Monks before we celebrate Mass at 1:30pm at the Rosary Chapel. Return to Warsaw for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 8: Warsaw

After breakfast we depart for the Church of the Holy Cross to celebrate Mass at 10:00am. It is here the heart of Frederic Chopin is buried. Our Warsaw tour features Old Town, Market Square, the massive Ghetto monument, Chopin statue and Royal Castle. We visit the tomb of Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko whose murder at age 37 during the reign of Communism by the secret police in 1984 could not defeat the faith of the Polish people, he was later beatified by Pope Benedict XVI for his service to the church. The balance of the day is at leisure . We enjoy our final dinner together. (B,D)

Day 9: New York, NY

We say farewell to Poland as we board our flight for the USA arriving home the same day.. We will take with us many memories and blessings to last a life time (B)

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