Poland pilgrimage tour. The traces of St.Maximilian Kolbe and St Faustina
Pilgrimage is an essential part of life and living. Take a retreat from everyday life to focus on your spiritual side while visiting important catholic and historic places in Poland. Come along with us on an unforgettable pilgrimage tour and follow the footsteps of the Polish Saints: St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Faustina.
Day 1. Warsaw
afternoon: arrival in Warsaw, meeting with the tourleader at the airport, transfer to your hotel, dinner and overnight in Warsaw.
Day 2. Warsaw
morning: Full day sightseeing of Warsaw - including Old Town Market Square, Royal Castle, St. John Cathedral, Barbican. Drive to Lazienki Park and Chopin Monument, afterwards a visit to St Stanislaw Kostka Church where the famous Polish priest, killed by communists, Jerzy Popieluszko used to work - Holy Mass at the church. Dinner. Overnight in Warsaw.
Day 3. Warsaw - Niepokalanow - Glogowiec - Czestochowa
morning: Visit to Jewish Ghetto and the infamous Umschlagplatz from which Polish Jews were dispatched by Nazis to Treblinka concentration camp. Departure from Warsaw and drive to Niepokolanow, home of St Maximilian Kolbe.
afternoon: Journey continues to Glogowiec birthplace of St Faustina, where Jesus appeared to her in 1931 and requested she painted the picture of his Divine Mercy. Drive to Czestochowa.
evening: Dinner and overnight in Czestochowa.
Day 4. Czestochowa - Auschwitz - Krakow
morning: Visit Jasna Gora Monastery, Poland’s biggest pilgrimage place known as the Black Madonna Shrine, worshipped and frequently visited by Pope John Paul II during his several pilgrimages to his home country. Holy mass in the Pauline Monastery.
afternoon: drive to the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz and visit to the cell of St Maximilian Kolbe and Martyrdom Museum.
evening: Dinner and overnight in Krakow.
Day 5. Kraków - Lagiewniki
morning: 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’s 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.
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 80m 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 in Krakow
Day 6. Krakow - Kalwaria Zebrzydowska - Wadowice - Wieliczka - Krakow
morning: Drive to the Bernardine Monastery in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. An area of 43 chapels and shrines scattered on only 4 km distance honoring the Way of the Cross, the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary and the Seven Sorrows of Mary. About midday visit to Wadowice, birthplace of Karol Wojtyla, our former Holy Father.
afternoon: An extraordinary visit to Europe’s oldest Salt Mines in Wieliczka - exploring many of the underground chambers, chapels and the stunning St Kinga Chapel entirely cut and carved in salt.
evening: Dinner and overnight in Krakow
Day 7. Krakow
morning: Hotel check-out and departure transfer to the airport.