On a pilgrimage through Poland, you will discover the country's deep faith. You will be immersed in moments that will build your devotion as you travel through the homeland of the beloved Saint Pope John Paul II. Get a glimpse into the formative years of this devout man with a visit to Wadowice, the town where he was born and raised. Step into the past when you see the church where he was baptized. Inside the Jasna Gora Monastery, get up-close to the famous Black Madonna. Pause to celebrate mass at the 3/9 Zytnia Street Church, where Saint Faustina entered the convent. Journey to Niepokalanow to explore one of the largest Franciscan monasteries in the world. Take a moment to reflect when a local expert guides you through the former concentration camp of Auschwitz. In Krakow, spend time in worship at the Shrine of Divine Mercy where the tomb of Saint Faustina is located.
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- Offer valid through 12/31/2017
- 8 Days
|Day 1||Warsaw||Overnight Flight: Embark on an inspirational journey through Poland and discover this country's deep history and religious wonders.|
|Day 2||Warsaw||Warsaw, Poland - Tour Begins: You will come to know the city of Warsaw with its blend of Old World charm and deep history. Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers during a welcome dinner.|
|Day 3||Warsaw||Warsaw: Embrace the moving history of Warsaw, a city reborn after WWII, as you embark on a locally guided tour. Your journey through this capital city includes a stop at what remains of the Warsaw Ghetto. Pause to celebrate mass at 3/9 Zytnia Street Church, home to the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, where Saint Faustina entered the convent. The remainder of the day is free to take in the side streets and quaint cafes in the Old Town, explore a museum or simply relax.|
|Day 4||Warsaw||Warsaw - Niepokalanow - Czestochowa: Journey to Niepokalanow to discover one of the largest Franciscan monasteries in the world (founded by Saint Maximillian Kolbe). Continue south to Czestochowa, the spiritual capital of Poland. Begin your visit by celebrating mass. Then, journey inside the Jasna Gora Monastery to get up close to the famous Black Madonna. Saint Pope John Paul II visited this miraculous image many times during his papacy.|
|Day 5||Czestochowa||Czestochowa - Wadowice - Krakow: Get a glimpse into the formative years of the beloved Saint Pope John Paul II with a visit to Wadowice, the town where he was born and raised. Step into the past when you see the church where he was baptized. In 1992, the pope gave the church the status of Basilica Minor. Continue to Krakow and explore the city on a tour with a local expert that includes a visit to the Market Square. Pause for a prayer at St. Mary's Churchâ?¦be amazed by its famous wooden altarpiece created by Wit Stwosz (Veit Stoss), one of the best sculptors of the Middle Ages. You will also see the impressive Wawel Castle, the former residence of Polish kings.|
|Day 6||Krakow||Krakow - Auschwitz - Krakow: Today you embark on a poignant journey through history as you travel to Auschwitz. A local expert guides you through the former concentration camp where you will learn firsthand about the terrors - as well as the resilience - of the human spirit that occurred within those walls. Return to Krakow to visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy where the tomb of Saint Faustina is located. Spend time in worship and contemplation on the site of the monastery of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy where Saint Faustina lived and died.|
|Day 7||Krakow||Krakow - Zakopane - Krakow: Travel to Zakopane, Poland's most popular resort. With its stunning scenery, it is the perfect place to get up close to nature. The area has countless nature trails where Saint Pope John Paul II would spend time strolling in prayer and reflection. Make a stop to see the charming wooden Jaszczurowka Chapel and sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima, built in thanksgiving after Saint Pope John Paul II's life was saved in 1981. The remainder of your afternoon is at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a folklore show and dinner at a traditional Polish restaurant.|
|Day 8||Krakow||Krakow - Warsaw: Your journey through Poland comes full circle with your return to Warsaw. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner celebrating a fantastic journey.|
|Day 9||Warsaw||Warsaw - Tour Ends: Your journey comes to a close. Depart with new perspectives, a strengthened faith and treasured memories.|
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- * NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.