Eastern Europe pilgrimage tour from Budpest to Krakow
Tradition and religious culture of Eastern Europe: Budapest - Esztergom - Levoca - Krakow
Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic, isolated by the communist domination of Europe for ages, return as new members of the European Union with their richness of culture and religious tradition. Places such as Budapest, Krakow and Prague have constituted significant spiritual culture centres since a long time. Budapest has raised up in confrontation with Islam and has become "the Christian bulwark of Europe". Prague has become the confrontation centre of varied thoughts within Christianity. Krakow has been the city of living devotion and religion, which has produced many sacred people and fathers of the church. One of them is the Pope John Paul II.
All these countries experienced the communist regime. Poland has come out of it successfully. The Czech Republic has almost become a society entirely secular.
We invite you for a meeting with history and for prayer in the most significant devotion centres in Mid-Eastern Europe.
Day 1: Budapest (Hungary)
morning: Arrival in Budapest and check-in at the hotel.
afternoon: Sightseeing in Budapest: The Heroes’ Square, the Vajdahunyad castle, the Pescadores tower, St. Matthew’s Church, The City Opera with the panorama view of the city.
evening: Dinner at a restaurant in the old part of the city.
Day 2: Budapest – Esztergom – Szentendre – Budapest
morning: Holy Mass at St. Stephen’s Cathedral where relics of Hungary’s saint kings’ rest. Visit to the Island of St. Margaret with the Chapel of the Virgin of Consolation.
afternoon: Bus trip down the river Danube to Esztergom – the residence of the Head of the Church in Hungary, with stops in Visegrad – an ancient seat of Hungarian kings, and in Szentendre – a picturesque place on the bank of the river Danube.
evening: Hungarian dinner with wine tasting and gypsy music. Second night in Budapest.
Day 3: Budapest – Levoca (Slovakia)
morning: Journey from Budapest towards the Hungarian and Slovakian border and further journey through the Slovakian Kras (a small mountain range which is recorded on the world natural heritage list.) Travel to Levoca. Check-in at the hotel.
afternoon: Sightseeing in Levoca – one of the most beautiful cities in Slovakia. Visiting a market place on which rises the Church of St. James the Apostle with the biggest gothic altar in the world – a masterpiece by Pavel of Levoca. Sightseeing and the Holy Mass in the shrine – the most important one in Slovakia.
evening: Dinner in the hotel restaurant. Night in Levoca.
Day 4: Levoca – Litmanova – Krakow (Poland)
morning: Leaving for Litmanova – one of the most popular Slovakian pilgrimage destinations and a place of miraculous apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1990. Holy Mass in the chapel on the top of the Zyir hill.
afternoon: Crossing the Slovakian and Polish border. A boat cruise in the mountainous area on the river Dunajec through a narrow chalk stone ravine.
evening: Arrival in Krakow. Check-in and dinner at the hotel.
Day 5: Krakow
morning: Visit in Krakow – with one with the biggest and one of the oldest market squares in Europe. In the square there is St. Mary’s Church - a gothic church with the famous altar – a masterpiece by a splendid sculptor Veit Stoss; just off the square there is Collegium Maius – one of the historic buildings of The Jagiellonian University – the oldest one in eastern Europe.
Visit at the cathedral – the place of coronation and eternal rest of Polish kings and a place of cult of St.Stanislaus – a bishop and the patron saint of Poland.
afternoon: Transfer to the monastery of The Virgin Mary of Mercy – where St. Faustyna Kowalska lived and was buried. Visit at the Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Krakow - Łagiewniki.
Check-out from your hotel, transfer to the airport, and flight or coach home (depending on mode of transport chosen).