PAPAL PILGRIMAGE

  • Duration:13 NIGHTS/ 14 DAYS
  • Countries Visited: Italy, Poland
  • Highlights:Following the lives of Pope John Paul II in Poland, Pope Benedict XVI in Bavaria and their meeting place at the Holy See
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Airfare NYC/Warsaw x Munich/NYC
    • Flights Krakow/Rome/Munich
    • Accommodations in first class hotels
    • Buffet breakfast and dinner as per the itinerary
    • English speaking guide throughout
    • Transfers by a deluxe private motorcoach
    • Comprehensive sightseeing and admission as per itinerary
    • Baggage handling of one suitcase per person
    • Mass scheduled daily
    • Select International Travel bag and portfolio

DAY 1: NORTH AMERICA – WARSAW

Depart on an overnight flight to Poland

DAY 2: WARSAW

Upon arrival you are greeted by your English speaking tour escort and transferred to the hotel. On the way enjoy a panoramic tour of the city.  Overnight Warsaw. (D.)

DAY 3: WARSAW – SWINICE WARCKIE- CZESTOCHOWA / KRAKOW

After breakfast, we travel to Czestochowa, with a stop in Swinice Warckie to visit the parish church St> Casimir, where St. Faustina was baptized. Czestochowa is the site of Poland’s greatest pilgrimage shrine, Our Lady of Czestochowa. Legend tells us that St. Luke the Evangelist painted the Black Madonna picture. Pope John Paul II was a favorite and frequent visitor to the Jasna Gora Monastery, and asked the Mother of God, Queen of Poland to protect Poland and the Universal Church. We celebrate Holy Mass at the Pauline Monastery and view the priceless treasures, including the Miraculous Icon. Continue to Krakow for overnight. (B.D.)

DAY 4: KRAKOW

After breakfast, we have a city tour focusing on the life of Pope John Paul who spent many years in Krakow. Visit St. Mary’s Church and hear the silver trumpet of the bugler from St Mary’s Tower, and see the extraordinary Wit Stwosz altar. We explore the square which has remained unchanged for almost 700 years and contains buildings of historic value; St. Mary’s Church with the famous wooden altar, the Town Hall Tower, the Cloth Hall and the burghers’ houses. Tour the Cathedral, Coronation Chapel and the Royal Chambers where a superb collection of Arras tapestries are on view. Among the inspirational sights we see today is the St. Stanislaus Shrine, which contains the silver coffin of Poland’s famous patron saint. Then visit St. Florians Church where after becoming a priest, John Paul practiced. We also visit Jagiellonian University where John Paul studied. We celebrate Holy Mass at a local church, and then you have time to shop and explore the city on your own. Overnight Krakow. (B.D.)

DAY 5: KRAKOW-DIVINE MERCY

We visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy, Sr. Faustina’s convent chapel, and her tomb in Lagiewniki. We celebrate Mass at the Shrine. In the afternoon we tour the Wielczka Salt Mines, which have been in use for over 700 years and contain many fascinating statues, chapels and reliefs carved from salt. Overnight Krakow. (B.D.)

DAY 6: KRAKOW- KALWARIA ZEBRZYDOWSKA-WADOWICE

After breakfast, we travel to Our Lady of Calvary in Kalwaria Zebrzydwska. The complex based on topography of Jerusalem contains the church dedicated to Mary, Bernadine complex and Mount Calvery. Before he became the Holy Father, Karol Wojtyla used to walk these paths in prayer and contemplation. Then we depart for Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul). Visit the house where John Paul II was born, which is now a shrine-like museum, the church  where he was baptized as a child and he regularly attened mass. Overnight Krakow. (B.D.)

DAY 7: KRAKOW- ROME

This morning we have time for shopping and additional exploring before departing for the airport and flight to Rome. We are greeted by our Italian tour escort and transferred to the hotel. Enroute we stop for Holy Mass at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight Rome. (B.)

DAY 8: CHRISTIAN ROME

We visit the major Christian sights of Rome including St. Mary Major Basilica, St. John the Lateran, the Holy Stairs and Holy Cross in Jerusalem. Overnight Rome. (B.D.)

DAY 9: ROME

This morning we will attend a Papal Audience (if available, from 10:00 to 12:00 noon). Following this we visit the Vatican City which includes the Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square, and the Church of St. Peter. This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Rome. (B.D.)

DAY 10: ROME- MUNICH-FREISING-REGENSBURG

Transfer to airport for your flight to Munich. Upon arrival we are greeted by our German tour escort and transferred to Regensburg and check-in at the hotel. Enroute enjoy a short stop in Regensburg-Pentling to visit the house of the Ratzinger Family. We also stop in Freising where Pope Benedict XVI studied and became bishop of the archdiocese of Munich and Freising. Visit St. Korbinian Cathedral where he was ordained a priest and the Theological University of Freising where he was a professor. We enjoy a walking tour through the historic city center of Regensburg, one of the prettiest of German cities. Visit the Dome of Greensburg and the university where Cardinal Ratzinger worked as Professor. Take part in a festive Mass in the dome. In the evening discover the city on your own and enjoy a typical Bavarian dinner. Overnight Regensburg. (B.)

DAY 11: MARKTL- ALTOTTING

{mosimage} A full day awaits us as we drive to Altotting via Marktl. We stop in Marktl and visit the birthplace of Pope Benedict XVI. The Holy Father was born here on April 16,1927. We visit his birthplace and the local museum next door. Continue to Aschau am Inn where Pope Benedict lived, attended primary school and received his first Holy Communion. Then we arrive at Altoetting, the main Marian Shrine in Germany. More pilgrims visit Altotting every year, than all other German shrines combined. We have a guided tour in the footsteps of Pope Benedict XVI and in the footsteps of other Popes who visited Altotting. We also see the Treasury where you can see numerous chalices, and precious items given to the Chapel of our Lady of Altotting by visiting Popes. Overnight Altotting (B.D.)

DAY 12: CATHOLIC BAVARIA

Following breakfast we continue our drive through the picturesque Alpine “Benedikten Wand” or in English the “Benedictine Wall”. Visit Traunstein where Joseph Ratzinger went to school, attended the Archiepiscopal seminary and celebrated his first Mass . Our next stop will be Chiemsee, at the “Frauen Insel” to visit the Benedictine Monastery. You will recognize the charming island from the pictures of so many German travel brochures. Continue on to visit the famous Herreninsel, or Men’s Island. This is Bavarian King Ludwig II’s largest castle. The king decided to make a replica of Versailles (near Paris, France), but only managed to build the central portion before funds ran out. What existss is very impressive, with French gardens, a big hall of mirrors, and a state room where classical concerts are held. Continue on to Munich for overnight. (B.D.)

DAY 13: MUNICH

This morning we enjoy a walking tour of Munich, including the famous Glockenspiel Carillon. We then visit the “Liebfrauendom” where Joseph Ratzinger was declared bishop of Munich-Freising and later Cardinal. Rest of the day is at leisure for shopping or you may wish to take an optional tour to Neuschwanstein Castle, the famous fairytale castle of King Ludwig II which was the inspiration for Cinderella’s Castle in Disney World. Farwell dinner with beer and wine is in a typical Bavarian restaurant. (B.D.)

DAY 14: MUNICH-USA

This morning after breakfast we depart for the airport and flight home. (B.)

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