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Marco der Pole
ul. Sarego 22/3
31-047 Kraków, Poland
tel: +48 12 430 21 17
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Pilgrimage Tours

Pilgrimage Tours

Pilgrimage Tour to Eastern Europe from Krakow through Vienna to Budapest

Pilgrimage is an essential part of spiritual life. Take a retreat from 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 in Krakow, Vienna and Budapest.

Itinerary:

Day 1. Krakow
Arrival in Krakow. Accommodation and dinner at the hotel.

Day 2. Krakow -  Wieliczka
morning:
 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.
afternoon: 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: Return to Krakow. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3. Wadowice - Lagiewniki
morning:
We leave for Wadowice, the birthplace of St John Paul II. We will pray in the parish church where the future saint was baptised, and visit the John Paul II biographical museum in his family home. From here we go on to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. The basilica here and the 42 wayside chapels and shrines that crown the hill are one of the foremost centres of pilgrimage in Poland. Karol Wojtyła made many pilgrimages here as a boy, and later as a priest, bishop, and ultimately as pope. Kalwaria has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in view of its historic value.
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.
evening: Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4.  Krakow – Auschwitz – Vienna
morning: Departure from Krakow for Vienna. En route a guided tour of Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp, where over a million people, most of them Jewish, were murdered by the Nazis in the gas chambers during World War II. We will see the starvation cell in which St Maksymilian Kolbe lost his life, and the ruins of the gas chambers where the Christian-Jewish patron saint of Europe, Edith Stein (St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross) perished.
Holy Mass in the Franciscan St Maksymilian Centre in Birkenau – Harmeze.
evening: transfer to Vienna. Check-in and dinner in your hotel.

Day 5.  Vienna
morning: Tour of Vienna by bus; highlights: the Opera House, the Heldenplatz (Heroes Square), the City Hall, and the Parliament building. This will be followed by a walking tour, during which we will see landmarks including the imperial palace (Hofburg), and St Stephen’s Cathedral.
afternoon: a ride out to the UNO – City and some free time to relax at the Prater. Optional ride on the great Vienna Ferris Wheel for a magnificent panorama of the city.
evening: Dinner and night in your hotel in Vienna.
(Possibility of attending Mass at one of Vienna’s churches)

Day 6. Vienna - Budapest
Sightseeing of the Schönbrunn Palace, one of the imperial residences. We will also see the two fairy-tale houses designed by the famous Viennese artist Hundertwasser. After some free time, we travel on to Budapest.
Dinner and night in your hotel in Budapest.
(Possibility of attending Mass at one of Vienna’s churches)

Day 7. Budapest
morning: We begin our day with a river cruise on the Danube and a panorama of the city from the citadel on Gellert Hill. We will see the Royal Palace and the Old Town in historic Buda, including the Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion.
afternoon: we head over the Danube to Pest for some free time on the city’s main pedestrian thoroughfare, Vaci Utca. After a visit to St Stephen’s Cathedral and a ride over to Heroes’ Square, we will take a walk to Vajadahunyad Castle.
evening: free time or a trip to the Szechenyi thermal baths. Dinner and night in your hotel in Budapest.
(Possibility of attending Mass at one of Budapest’s churches)

Day 8.  Budapest
Check-out from your hotel, transfer to the airport, and flight or coach home (depending on mode of  transport chosen).

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