Sep
18
Sep 25

FOOTSTEPS OF JOHN PAUL II POLAND / PRAGUE

Day 1. Depart JFK/Newark for Prague

Day 2. We arrive in the world's largest, best-preserved, medieval city, Prague. We will cross the cobblestone Charles Bridge while viewing its many statues, visit St. Wenceslas Square, the Old Town Square and renowned Astronomical Clock before enjoying some free time in the late afternoon to visit Praque's Jewish Quarter or shop among the many local Crystal, Glass and Woodworking stores

Day 3. We make a pilgrimage to St. Vitus Cathedral, seat of the Prague Archbishop, before continuing to the Royal Palace complex, Golden Lane and the baroque-style St. Nicholas Church. Afterwards, we have Mass at Our Lady of Victory Church, home of the world-famous Infant of Prague. We will have dinner before checking into our private sleeping cabins for our overnight journey by train to Krakow

Day 4. Upon our morning arrival in Krakow, we will visit the Old City of Krakow, including the Wawel Cathedral, Royal Chambers, Old Town Square and St. Mary's church before continuing to Nova Huta. Intended to be a model Communist City with no churches, we will see the church John Paul II was instrumental in building, commonly known as the "Arc on the Red Sea." We will continue to the Convent of St. Faustina, where we will pray the Divine Mercy, tour the monastery grounds and have a chance to speak with one of the Divine Mercy sisters

Day 5. Today we embark on an excursion to Wadowice, home of John Paul II, visiting his childhood home and having Mass at his local church. Afterwards, we continue to the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau, touring the the barracks where victims were held, the death chambers and the cell of St. Maximillian Kolbe, the Capuchin Franciscan priest who offered his life in place of a man who was the father of many children

Day 6. Departing Krakow, we make our way to the Paulestine Monastery in Czestochowa, home of the shrine of the "Black Madonna." We will tour the monastery and its extensive museum containing gifts from all parts of the world. After Mass, we will have a short period of time at the monastery gift shop where Mass intentions may also be made. We will have a late lunch at a traditional, Polish-country restaurant before making our way to Warsaw, arriving in the early evening

Day 7. The last day of our pilgrimage we tour Warsaw, where we will visit the completely-reconstructed Old Town (following its total destruction during World War II), Market Square, the Warsaw Ghetto Memorial, the Chopin statue, Lazienki Park and the National Cathedral. There will be some free time for final souvenir shopping in the late afternoon before our farewell dinner

Day 8. Depart Warsaw for JFK/Newark 

FROM $2,795, plus applicable airline taxes and surcharges