We all need God's mercy - pilgrimage tour to Krakow and surroundings
Pilgrimage is an essential part of life and living. Take a retreat from everyday life to visit the most spiritual places in Poland.
We present six days pilgrimage tour to Poland, and first of all to the sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Krakow and to the Black Madonna in Czestochowa.
Additionally visiting in Auschwitz Memorial and excursions to the Tatra Mountains, Wadowice - birthplace of St John Paul II, Auschwitz - Birkenau Memorial Museum and to the Wieliczka Salt Mine.
Day 1. Krakow
morning: Arrival in Krakow. A welcome from our representative. Transfer to your hotel. Time to relax
afternoon: Guided visit of Krakow including the Old Town with its Market Square (the largest medieval square in Europe) where you can listen to the famous signal that is played every hour from the tower of St. Mary’ Church (visit to its altar - one of the largest Gothic altar in Europe). In this church Karol Wojtyla was a confessor from 1952 until 1957). Continue on to the Cloth Hall (Sukiennice), Jagiellonian University - where Karol Wojtyla was studying, Collegium Maius, the Wawel Castle with its cathedral (presenting rich Polish history) - in a crypt of Saint Leonard young Karol Wojtyla celebrated his first Mass where he took as his motto “Totus Tuus” . On the program also: the Palace of the Krakow’ Archbishops where John Paul II lived as the bishop and archbishop of Krakow, the Franciscan Church - opposite the Archbishop’s palace where the Pope often came to pray.
Day 2. “We all need God’s mercy” - a day in the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy of God.
The St Pope John Paul II during his stay in Poland in August 2002 proclaimed the International Shrine of Divine Mercy. Next to the old church where the sister Saint Faustina is buried, rises a new basilica. Near the basilica there is the highest point of Krakow, a tower of over 80m height. The largest mass is held on the second Sunday after Easter, the Sunday of Divine Mercy.
Time for an individual prayer before the tomb of Sts. Faustina or before the image of Merciful Jesus . Holy Mass in one of the Basilica chapels. Visit in the St John Paul II Center “The Have No Fear!” with relics of the blood of the Holy Pope.
The rest of the day to your disposal.
Day 3. Krakow - Wadowice – Auschwitz Memorial – Krakow
We leave for Wadowice, the birthplace of St John Paul II. We will pray in the parish church where the future saint was baptised.
Then we travel on to the Auschwitz – Birkenau Memorial Museum for a tour of the former concentration camp Auschwitz I, including the starvation cell where St Maksymilian Kolbe died a martyr’s death, and the death camp of Auschwitz II – Birkenau, where the Nazis murdered over a million people in the gas chambers, most of them Jews. Among them was the Christian-Jewish patron saint of Europe, Edith Stein (St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross). Return to Krakow.
Day 4. Krakow – Czestochowa – Krakow
morning: departure for Czestochowa. The Pauline Monastery at Jasna Gora in Czestochowa, with the miraculous image of Our Lady of Częstochowa (the Black Madonna) is one of the foremost Marian sanctuaries in the world, and the Poles’ national sanctuary. Tour of the monastery, prayer before the icon, and Holy Mass in the basilica - the main monastery church.
On the way back visit in the Wieliczka Salt Mine a unique, UNESCO-enlisted, relic of European medieval technology. You will discover a one-of-a-kind underground world that was created hundreds of years ago. Take an unforgettable guided walk along the 3-kilometer-long tourist route 135 meters underground, through the chambers and chapels hollowed out from the rock salt, foremost among them in terms of its ornate beauty and size St Kinga’s Chapel.
evening: arrival in Krakow. Dinner and night in your hotel in Krakow.
Day 5. Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains
Zakopane and the Tatra Mountains were Bishop Karol Wojtyla’s favourite place to relax. The Tatra highlanders were equally fond of the Holy Father. We will attend Mass in the Church of Our Lady of Fatima, one of the most beautiful churches in Poland, founded by the residents of Zakopane out of gratitude that John Paul II’s life was spared in the assassination attempt. We will take the cable car ride up to Gubalowka peak for a magnificent view of the Tatra Mountains, and ride out to Chochołów, a remarkable village of traditional wooden houses, followed by a stroll up one of the valleys at the foot of the mountains. Dinner in a regional restaurant to the strains of traditional highlander folk music. Return to Krakow. Overnight at the hotel.
End of the itinerary. Return.