THE HOLY PATH OF POPE JOHN PAUL II

  • Duration:11 nights/ 12 days
  • Countries Visited:Czech Republic, Italy, Poland
  • Highlights:Including Poland, Prague and Rome
  • Tour Inclusions:
    • Airfare NYC/Warsaw x Rome/NYC
    • Flight Prague/Rome
    • Accommodations in three star hotels
    • Buffet breakfast and dinner as per 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 01: NORTH AMERICA – WARSAW

Depart on an overnight flight to Poland.

DAY 02: WARSAW

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

DAY 03: 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 04: 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 such as St. Mary’s Church with the famous wooden altar, the Town Hall Tower, the Cloth Hall and the burgher’s houses. Tour the Cathedral, Coronation Chapel and the Royal Chambers where a superb collection of Arras tapestries is 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 bcoming 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 05: 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 all carved from salt. Overnight Krakow. (B.D.)

DAY 06: KRAKOW- KALWARIA ZEBRZYDOWSKA-WADOWICE- PRAGUE

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 Calvary. 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 he attended and where he was baptized.  Next we continue on to Prague. Overnight Prague. (B.D.)

DAY 07: PRAGUE

This morning we begin with Mass at a local church. Then we tour the upper and lower town, including the Loreto district and the Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world. Constructed in the 9th century by Prince Boøivoj, the castle transformed itself from a wooden fortress surrounded by earthen bulwarks to the imposing form it has today. Rulers made their own additions so there is a mixture of styles. Prague castle has had four major reconstructions, but it keeps the classical appearance it took on in the 18 century during the reign of Maria Theresa. We then visit the Infant Jesus of Prague in the church of Our Lady the Victorious, for Holy Mass. Overnight Prague. (B.D.)

DAY 08: PRAGUE- ROME

This morning we have time for shopping and additional exploring before departing for the airport and our 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 09: ROME- CASTEL GONDOLFO- ROMAN SANCTUARIES

The day starts with a visit to the Sanctuary of Divine Love, with its miraculous fresco of the Holy Mother. Here we celebrate Mass. Many pilgrims walk here from Rome; in hope that grace or a miracle may be granted to them. We continue to the lovely Castelli Romani area and Castel Gandolfo, overlooking Lake Albano and used by the Popes as their summer residence. Leaving the square of the Papal Residence we go down to the lake and the Convent of Santa Mari in Palazzolo and the Convent of the Capuchins built over a thousand years ago with life size statues by Bernini. We enjoy lunch in a restaurant on the lake, surrounded by brilliant views of vineyards and villages. Overnight Rome. (B.L.)

DAY 10: 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 11: 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, the Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square, and the Church of St. Peter. This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner at the Quo Vadis restaurant tonight. Overnight Rome. (B.D.)

DAY 12: ROME- USA

We are transferred to the airport for our flight home.(B)

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