JEWELS OF EASTERN EUROPE

  • Duration:11 nights/ 12 days
  • Countries Visited: Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland
  • Highlights:POLAND, CZECH REPUBLIC, AUSTRIA, HUNGARY Featuring Shrine of Divine Mercy, Infant Jesus of Prague, and Marian Shrine of Mariazell
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Airfare to and from NYC
    • Accommodations in first class hotels
    • Buffet breakfast daily and dinner as noted
    • Comprehensive sightseeing as per the itinerary
    • English speaking tour escort thought
    • Transfers by deluxe private motorcoach
    • Baggage handling
    • Select International travel bag and portfolio

     

DAY 1: DEPART U.S.A.

You’ll leave this evening on an overnight flight to Warsaw.

DAY 2: WARSAW

Welcome to Poland. You are met by your tour director and transferred to your hotel. Afternoon sightseeing of Poland’s capital, the Old Town, Market Place, Lazienska Park, Chopin Monument, Royal Castle, the residence of the Polish King, St. Stanislaw Kostka Church and the 14th century Cathedral of St. John. Overnight Warsaw. (D.)

DAY 3: WARSAW-NIEPOKALANOW – SWINCE WARCKIE

We depart early this morning to visit the Basilica of Virgin Mary, and Franciscan Monastery founded by St. Maximillian Kolbe and Glogowiec. This is the birthplace of Sr. Faustina, whoJesus appeared to in 1931 and requested she paint the picture of His Divine Mercy. We continue to Swince Warckie to see the church of St. Casmir where St. Faustina was baptized. Then we travel to Czestochowa for an overnight. Overnight in Czestochowa (B.D.)

DAY 4: CZESTOCHOWA-WADOWICE-KRAKOW

Today’s journey takes you to Jasna Gora near Czectochowa, the monastery that withstood the repeated onslaught of overwhelming Swedish Forces during the religious wars of the 17th century. Since then its Black Madonna is venerated as the “Queen of Poland” and has become the country’s national symbol. Visit The Pauline Monastery with its priceless treasures, including the Miraculous Icon. Continue on to Wadowice, the birthplace of the Holy Father. Overnight Krakow.(B.D.)

DAY 5: KRAKOW

Morning sightseeing of ancient Krakow, for centuries the residence of the Polish Kings. See the Market Square, the 14th Century University, Wawel Royal Castle, St. Mary’s Church and the Shrine of Sr. Faustina. Afternoon at leisure to explore the most beautiful city in Poland. Overnight Krakow. (B.D.)

DAY 6: KRAKOW-PRAGUE

Depart this morning for the Czech capital of Prague. En route, time permitting, we stop in Brno for a visit to the Monastery of Sts. Peter and Paul. Upon arrival you will understand why the “Golden City” is considered one of Europe’s most attractive capitals. Celebrate Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Victory, where you see the statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague. Afternoon is at leisure for exploring the city and relaxing. Overnight Prague. (B.D.)

DAY 7: PRAGUE

A morning  tour of Prague, includes the walking tour of the Castle area, including the St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George Basilica, Loretto Church, Strahov Monastery and Wenceslaus Square. Afternoon sightseeing includes the Old Town, St. Nicholas Church and the famous Astronomic Clock. Overnight Prague. (B.D.)

DAY 8: PRAGUE-MELK-VIENNA

Today you depart for Austria and the majestic old world city of Vienna. Enroute stop for Mass at the baroque Melk Abbey, the most beautiful in Austria, where you see the glorious gardens, Emperor’s gallery, marble hall, and the library. Overnight Vienna. (B.D.)

DAY 9: VIENNA – MARIEZELL

{mosimage} Our sightseeing includes the Terraced Gardens of Prince Eugene’s Belvedere Palace, Hoftburg Palace and the State Opera. Visit St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the Prater amusement park with its giant Ferris wheel, and the ultra-modern United Nations City on the banks of the Danube River. Afternoon excursions to Schronbunn Palace and the main Marian Shrine in Austria, Mariezell, where you have Mass. Overnight Vienna. (B.D.)

DAY 10: BUDAPEST

Today travel east, and after crossing the border into Hungary, proceed onward through the region of Transdanubia to Budapest. Enroute stop at the only Benedictine Abbey in Hungary, where you celebrate Mass. The Pannonhalma Abbey was established in 996, and has been inhabited by monks for the past one thousand years. The Abbey was visited by the Holy Father and designated as the UNESCO World Heritage site. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Budapest. (B.D.)

DAY 11: BUDAPEST

Morning sightseeing includes the 13th century Matthias Coronation Church, the Citadel on the Mount Gellert, Heroes Square, and the Castle Hill area.  This afternoon has a very special treat , as you enjoy a visit to Lajomisze for a Puszta horse and carriage show enhanced by a stop at a local restaurant for a goulash lunch. Tonight we have a farewell dinner in a local restaurant with traditional Gypsy Music. Overnight Budapest (B.L.)

DAY 12: – RETURN TO THE U.S.A.

Transfer to airport for your flight back home. (B.)

We recommend: An additional day in Budapest with a full day visit to Esztergom, Visegrad and Szentendre. We travel the Danube, bend south to visit Esztergom, the seat of the Archbishop of Hungary and birthplace of St. Stephan, patron saint of the county. Here we celebrate Mass in the largest church in the Hungary. Then we tour Visegrad to see the castle and ruins of the medieval citadel. The crown of the day is Szentendre, a very pretty artist colony, where each house and shop is a jewel. Overnight Budapest. (B.D.)

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