Pilgrimage Tours to Eastern Europe. From Berlin through Dresden,Prague,Krakow to Warsaw
Pilgrimage is an essential part of spiritual life. Take a retreat from the everyday life to visit some of the most spiritual places in Eastern Europe.
Come along with us on a unfogettable pilgrimage tour to the famous catholic and historical places. Visit Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Krakow, Auschwitz, Czestochowa and Warsaw.
Day 1. Berlin
Arrival in Berlin by coach or plane. A welcome from our representative. Transfer to your hotel. Time to rest or explore the German capital on your own. Dinner and night in your hotel in Berlin.
Day 2. Berlin
Walking tour from the Alexanderplatz, the central square in East Berlin, along the grand avenue Unter den Linden, taking in Berlin Cathedral, Museum Island and Humboldt University, to the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag. Viewing of the city from the glass dome of the Reichstag building. The Holocaust memorial and Potsdamer Platz, the symbol of contemporary Berlin. In the afternoon a tour of the Pergamon Museum on Museum Island.
Dinner and night in your hotel in Berlin.
(Possibility of attending Mass at St Hedwig’s Cathedral or another Catholic church in Berlin.)
Day 3. Berlin - Dresden
Visit to the Berlin Wall Site of Memory at Bernauer Strasse. From there to Kurfürstendamm, the main street in West Berlin. Visit to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, which was bombed during the II WW. Free time. Transfer to Dresden.
Dinner and night in your hotel in Dresden.
(Possibility of attending Mass at St Ludwig’s Church in Berlin.)
Day 4. Dresden - Prague
Tour of Dresden, one of Germany’s most beautiful cities. Among the sights are the Zwinger Palace, with its outstanding collection of early European art, the Cathedral of Our Lady, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, the Semper Opera, and the Brühl Terraces. In the afternoon transfer to Prague.
Evening arrival in Prague. Dinner and night in your hotel in Prague.
(Possibility of attending Mass in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Dresden.)
Day 5. Prague
Tour of the city’s foremost sacral monuments: the monastery at Strahov, the Loreto with the Santa Cassa, Hradčany Royal Castle (from the outside), including St Vitus’ Cathedral and the Basilica of St George, and the Golden Lane. A stroll through the historic Mala Strana (Lesser Town) district, and a tour of St Nicholas’ Church. Mass in the Church of Our Lady of Victory, with the miraculous figure of the Infant Jesus of Prague. Then we walk across the medieval Charles Bridge with the sculpture of the Prague saint and martyr St John of Nepomuk, onto the Old Town Square with its Town Hall, famous astronomic clock, and the Church of Our Lady before Tyn.
Dinner and night in your hotel in Prague.
Day 6. Prague – Auschwitz - Krakow
Morning departure for Krakow. En route we visit the former concentration camp Auschwitz I, where we will see the starvation cell in which St Maksymilian Kolbe died a martyr’s death, and the death camp Auschwitz II – Birkenau, where the Nazis murdered over a million people in the gas chambers, most of them Jews, and one of them the Christian-Jewish patron saint of Europe, Edith Stein (St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross).
Mass in the St Maksymilian Kolbe Centre in Birkenau – Harmeze.
Evening arrival in Krakow. Check-in and dinner at your hotel.
Day 7. Krakow - Lagiewniki
Guided visit of Krakow including the Old Town wit 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 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 Wotyla 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 Archbishops palace where the Pope often came to pray.
in the afternoon: "The world needs the love of God". Visit to the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy of God.
The Pope 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 80 m height. The largest mass is held on the second Sunday after Easter, the Sunday of Divine Mercy.
A Holy Mass in the chapel.
Day 8. Kraków - Czestochowa - Warsaw
Morning departure for Czestochowa. The Pauline Monastery at Jasna Góra in Częstochowa, 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 Mass in the basilica, the main monastery church.
Transfer to Warsaw. Dinner and night in your hotel in Warsaw.
Day 9. Warsaw
Mass in the Church of St Stanisław Kostka, site of the grave of Blessed Fr Jerzy Popiełuszko, a priest involved in the resistance movement against the Communist dictatorship who was murdered by the political police in 1984. His grave is now the foremost destination of pilgrimage in Warsaw. We will also tour the Old Town, rebuilt from the ruins in which it was left at the end of World War II. Sights on our route will include the reconstructed Royal Castle, the Sigismund Column, St John’s Metropolitan Cathedral, the Old Town Square, and the Barbican, and we will take a walk along the imposing Krakowskie Przedmieście Street.
In the afternoon we will take a trip to the Warsaw Rising Museum, which commemorates the struggle of Warsaw’s residents to liberate the city from the Nazi and Communist occupying forces in an insurgency in August 1944.
Dinner and night in your hotel in Warsaw.
Check out of your hotel, transfer to the airport, and return flight or coach home
(depending on mode of transport selected)