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Your Adventure, Day by Day

Day 1 Departure from North America
  • Flight to Warsaw Enjoy full meal service on your wide- bodied flight to Warsaw.
Day 2 Arrive Warsaw
  • Meet Your Guide You will be met at the airport by your tour manager/guide and transferred to your hotel in Warsaw. The tour manager/guide will be pleased to take you on some introductory sightseeing of this historic city. Warsaw is the capital of Poland and was almost completely destroyed during World War II. However, the rebuilding of Warsaw has been one of the miracles of the 20th century, and this great city has been restored to its former magnificence.
  • St. John’s Cathedral & Walking Tour Our day will begin in the city’s oldest Gothic church St. John’s Cathedral which is the burial place for such national heroes such as Henryk Sienkiewicz, the author of “Quo Vadis”, followed by an Old Town Walking Tour.
Day 3 Warsaw
  • Royal Castle We will begin with a visit to the Royal Castle. From the early seventeenth until the late eighteenth century, the Royal Castle was the residence Polish kings. We will explore the museum’s stunning Royal Apartments that recreates the world of the Polish aristocracy.
  • St. Anne's Church Our day continues with a visit to St. Anne's Church, originally of Gothic design, it was reconstructed in the Baroque style. Later on, the church received a Classicist facade. St. Anne’s is best known for it’s lavish murals.
  • Church of the Nuns of the Visitation Next we visit the Church of the Nuns of the Visitation, considered by many to be most beautiful church in all of Warsaw. It is one of the very few buildings, which were not destroyed during WWII. The cloistered nuns say that it was a miracle of God’s protection that saved the church.
  • Church of the Assumption Our final visit will be to the Church of the Assumption and Holy Cross Church.
Day 4 Warsaw – Czestochowa
  • Paulite Monastery We travel to Jasna Gora to the Paulite Monastery in Czestochowa, the largest Marian shrine in Poland and home to the miraculous “Black Madonna”.
  • Chapel of the Virgin The day begins in the core of the Monastery, the Chapel of the Virgin, where the sacred icon, which by tradition was painted by St. Luke, is kept for veneration by the faithful. There will be ample time for prayer and meditation (Mass in English scheduled to availability).
  • Basilica of the Holy Cross and the Nativity of Mary We will then continue on to the beautiful Basilica of the Holy Cross and the Nativity of Mary with its magnificent Baroque altar depicting the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven.
  • Monastery Museum We will tour the Monastery’s Museum, which houses the jewel-encrusted robes that adorn the image.
  • Treasury The Treasury houses many votive offerings left by pilgrims, including those given to the Monastery by the current Holy Father, Pope John Paul II. Our evening is free to follow the Stations of the Cross and participate in the traditional 9pm “Jasna Gora Appeal”
Day 5 Czestochowa – Wieliczka – Krakow
  • Salt Mines Our guided tour through the world famous salt mines of Wieliczka, to view the hand carved subterranean chapels.
  • Cloth Hall Upon arrival in Krackow, we will visit the grand Market Square, dominated by the magnificent Cloth Hall, we visit the National Museum upstairs.
  • Walking Tour Your guide will accompany you on an Old Town Walking Tour, followed by a visit to St. Mary’s Church that boasts a gorgeous 500-year-old altarpiece depicting the Dormition of the Holy Virgin.
Day 6 Krakow & Auschwitz
  • Wawel Cathedral Our day will start with a viewing the Wawel Castle, once the residence of Polish Kings but today one of the most magnificent museums in Europe. The adjacent Wawel Cathedral contains the tombs of many Polish Kings and National Heroes.
  • Auschwitz Concentration Camp & Museum In the early afternoon we visit the famed Concentration Camp and Museum at Auschwitz. Here 4 million victims (mostly Jews) were executed by the Nazis in World War II. It is also the site of martyrdom for St. Maximilian Kolbe, who willingly offered to die in a stranger’s place as an act of Christian charity. We will visit his shrine at Cell #18.
Day 7 Krakow (Treasures of Divine Mercy)
  • St. Andrew's Church Our day begins with a early visit to St. Andrew’s Church, perhaps best known for it’s outstanding depiction of the Twelve Apostles at the entrance.
  • Museum of the Archdiocese & Bishop's Palace Afterwards we will explore Museum of the Archdiocese, to view the collection of sacred art. Of particular interest is the Bishop’s Palace, which his holiness resided while he was Bishop of Krakow.
  • Shrine of Divine Mercy The afternoon will be spent at the Shrine of Divine Mercy. We will explore the message and life of the first saint of the new millennium, St. Faustina, at the convent where she lived and died. In her lifetime, this humble nun was unknown outside of her convent and even her fellow sisters were unaware of the saint’s extraordinary mystical experiences. Her account of the revelations given to her by Christ, written by order of her Spiritual Director, has become a modern spiritual classic. The convent houses both the relics of St. Faustina and the original miraculous image. At 3 pm, we will join the Sisters Our Lady of Mercy in praying the chaplet of Divine Mercy.
Day 8 Departure from Krakow
  • Return Flight Home Your enjoyable and rewarding tour will come to an end as your tour manager/guide accompanies you to the airport for the return flight home.