Legacy of Pope John Paul II – Faith-Based Travel (TO) - 2014 / 2015

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8 Day Tour from Warsaw to Krakow


Legacy of Pope John Paul II – Faith-Based Travel
The historic centre of Warsaw
The historic centre of Warsaw
Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland
Remnants of the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw
Wawel Royal Castle

Vacation Overview

Start in Warsaw with a welcome dinner, and a guided visit to the Cathedral of St. John, Lazienki Palace, and the Warsaw Ghetto, as well as an excursion to Niepokalanow, City of the Immaculata, where you will visit the Franciscan Friary, founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe. Continue to Czestochowa to see the famous Black Madonna, an image of great significance for Pope John Paul II. Next is a moving visit to Auschwitz to see the remains of the former concentration camp. Visit the Martyrdom Museum and St. Maximilian Kolbe’s cell. Continue to Krakow, where you visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy, Wawel Royal Castle, and St. Mary’s Church. End this fascinating journey with an excursion to the Pope’s hometown of Wadowice and to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Poland’s most famous shrines. A farewell dinner at your hotel has been included.


WARSAW
Welcome dinner with wine; guided sightseeing, visit the Cathedral of St. John and the Warsaw Ghetto

NIEPOKALANOW
Visit the Franciscan Friary

CZESTOCHOWA
Visit the shrine and the Black Madonna

AUSCHWITZ
Visit the remains of the former concentration camp, the Martyrdom Museum, and St. Maximilian Kolbe’s cell

KRAKOW
Visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy; guided sightseeing, visit Wawel Royal Castle and St. Mary’s Church; farewell dinner with wine

WADOWICE
Visit the Museum of Pope John Paul II, including the Pope’s birthplace and boyhood home

KALWARIA ZEBRZYDOWSKA
Visit the shrine

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTES:

  • April 24 Departure– Divine Mercy Sunday in Czestochowa (April 27)
  • October 16 Departure– Blessed Pope John Paul II Feast Day in Wadowice (October 22)


DAY 1Arrive in Warsaw, Poland

Welcome to Warsaw! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and your traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (Dinner)

The historic centre of Warsaw 
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DAY 2Warsaw

Guided sightseeing of Warsaw includes the CATHEDRAL OF
ST. JOHN, Lazienki Palace, and the WARSAW GHETTO. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Ask your Tour Director for suggestions to further explore this fascinating city. (Breakfast)

Remnants of the Jewish ghetto in Warsaw 
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DAY 3Warsaw. Niepokalanow Excursion

This morning, enjoy an excursion to Niepokalanow (City of the Immaculata), and visit the FRANCISCAN FRIARY, founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe, who was canonized a saint by Pope John Paul II. (Breakfast)

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DAY 4Warsaw–Czestochowa

Journey to Czestochowa, one of the world’s most famous Marian Shrines. Explore the SHRINE and see the famous BLACK MADONNA, an image and devotion Pope John Paul II held very close to his heart throughout his life. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 5Czestochowa–Auschwitz–Krakow

Travel to Auschwitz and visit the remains of the former CONCENTRATION CAMP as well as the MARTYRDOM MUSEUM and ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE’S CELL. Continue to Krakow and visit the world-famous SHRINE OF DIVINE MERCY, home to the revelations by St. Faustina (Helen Kowalski), a Sister of Mercy nun who Jesus appeared to in 1931. Pope John Paul II canonized St. Faustina and instituted the Feast Day of Divine Mercy (the Pope passed away the day before Divine Mercy Sunday). (Breakfast, Dinner)

Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland Stroll through the historic Krakow Square in Poland 
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DAY 6Krakow

Enjoy guided sightseeing of the city where Pope John Paul II served as archbishop, including WAWEL ROYAL CASTLE and ST. MARY’S CHURCH. You will also have the opportunity to join an optional excursion to the Wieliczka salt mines. (Breakfast)

Wawel Royal Castle 
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DAY 7Krakow. Excursion to Wadowice & Kalwaria Zebrzydowska

Journey to the Pope’s hometown of Wadowice and visit the MUSEUM OF POPE JOHN PAUL II, including his BIRTHPLACE and BOYHOOD HOME. Also visit KALWARIA ZEBRZYDOWSKA, one of Poland’s most famous shrines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which played a pivotal role in the Pope’s spiritual life. The Calvary Sanctuary was established in the 1600’s for pilgrims as a substitute for Jerusalem. It has grown to be the biggest shrine grounds of its type in Europe, with 42 churches and chapels of all shapes and sizes scattered on the slopes of Zar Mountain. The central basilica and Franciscan monastery still welcome pilgrims from all over the world today. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with wine at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Walk through the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem 
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The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 8Krakow

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi



Full buffet breakfast; 4 three-course dinners, including a welcome dinner in Warsaw and a farewell dinner in Krakow


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