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Start in Warsaw with a welcome dinner, and a guided visit to the Cathedral of St. John and the Warsaw Ghetto, as well as an excursion to Niepokalanow, City of the Immaculata, to visit the Franciscan Friary, founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe. Continue to Czestochowa to explore the Jasna Gora Shrine and see the famous Black Madonna, an image of great significance for Pope Saint 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, and enjoy guided sightseeing that includes visits to 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. Return to Krakow and visit the Sanctuary of St. John Paul II. A farewell dinner at your hotel in Warsaw has been included.
Destinations & Sightseeing
Welcome and farewell dinners; guided sightseeing, visit the Cathedral of St. John and the Warsaw Ghetto
Visit the Franciscan Friary
Explore the Jasna Gora Shrine and see the Black Madonna
Visit the remains of the former concentration camp, the Martyrdom Museum, and St. Maximilian Kolbe’s cell
Visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy; guided sightseeing, visit Wawel Royal Castle, St. Mary’s Church, and the Sanctuary of St. John Paul II
Visit the Pope’s Family Home Museum
Visit the shrine
Headsets Throughout the tour
- Departure March 31 - Divine Mercy Sunday in Czestochowa (April 3)
- Departure August 11 - St. Maximilian Kolbe Feast Day in Auschwitz (August 14)
- Departure October 17 - Pope Saint John Paul II Feast Day in Wadowice (October 22)
- Departure October 17 - starts on Monday in Warsaw instead of Thursday
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Motorcoach. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
Meals & Itinerary
Full buffet breakfast daily; 4 three-course dinners with wine, including welcome and farewell dinners in Warsaw
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
Day 1 Arrive 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.
Day 2 Warsaw
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.
Day 3 Warsaw–Niepokalanow–Czestochowa
This morning, head towards Niepokalanow (City of the Immaculata), and visit the FRANCISCAN FRIARY, founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe, who was canonized a saint by Pope Saint John Paul II. Later, journey to Czestochowa, and explore the JASNA GORA SHRINE, one of the world’s most famous Marian Shrines, and see the famous BLACK MADONNA, an image and devotion Pope Saint John Paul II held very close to his heart throughout his life.
Day 4 Czestochowa–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 to whom Jesus appeared to in 1931. Pope Saint John Paul II canonized St. Faustina and instituted the Feast Day of Divine Mercy (the Pope passed away the day before Divine Mercy Sunday).
Day 5 Krakow
Enjoy guided sightseeing of the city where Pope Saint 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.
Day 6 Krakow. Excursion to Wadowice & Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
Journey to the Pope’s hometown of Wadowice and visit his birthplace and Family Home MUSEUM. Also visit the nearby CHURCH, where he was baptized, confirmed, served as an altar boy and prayed daily. Continue to KALWARIA ZEBRZYDOWSKA, one of Poland’s most famous shrines, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which played a pivotal role in the Pope’s spiritual life. See the Calvary Sanctuary, established in the 1600s 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. Return to Krakow and visit the SANCTUARY OF ST. JOHN PAUL II.
Day 7 Krakow–Warsaw
Leave Krakow and travel north back to Warsaw. Spend an afternoon at leisure, then enjoy a farewell dinner this evening with wine at your hotel.
Day 8 Warsaw
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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