PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND IN 7 DAYS
During this tour we can see the most important places of religious cult in Poland. This is the most often chosen option by pilgrimage groups and individual pilgrims. It is a journey in the footsteps of Polish saints: John Paul II, sister Faustina Kowalska, father Maximilian Kolbe, father Popiełuszko and a travel to the most beautiful Polish sanctuaries and churches – pearls of sacral architecture. The itinerary covers the sightseeing of Cracow, Wieliczka salt mine, Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum, the tour of places connected with the life of pope Karol Wojtyla and a visit in the Black Madonna of Czestochowa shrine. We will visit Warsaw and the Franciscan monastery of father Kolbe in Niepokalanów near Warsaw.
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IMPORTANT: You can adjust this itinerary to your needs, interests, financial possibilities and time available. Would you like to change something, add something, upgrade or lower the standard of the hotel? Do you need full board treatment, or want to stay a little longer? Contact us!
Arrival to Cracow, meeting with tour director, transfer to the hotel 3*, check-in. Orientation walk to the centre of the city (optional: visit of the Franciscan church or amber museum). Welcome dinner, overnight.
Guided city tour of Cracow: Wawel hill with its renaissance castle and cathedral, the resting place of the Polish kings and national leaders, Old Town, Royal Route with the famous “papal window” on Kanonicza street, St. Peter and Paul church and the largest in Europe Market Square, the cloth hall and St. Mary’s church with its famous altar – a wooden masterpiece of Veit Stoss. Dinner, overnight.
Breakfast and transfer to the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki, known for its cult of sister Faustina Kowalska, place of pilgrimage to the miraculous painting of Merciful Jesus Christ. Possibility to organise/participate in a mess service. Next a short visit of Kazimierz district where for many centuries two main religions: Judaism and Christianity have co-existed alongside each other, visit of the Corpus Christi church. In the afternoon visit of the Wieliczka salt mine a World Heritage site of UNESCO, one of the greatest tourist attractions of the region. Return transfer to the hotel, dinner, overnight.
Breakfast, transfer to Wadowice, birthplace of pope John Paul II. En route the sightseeing of Calvaria, a unique architectonic and landscape complex, listed as a heritage site by UNESCO, created to be the Polish Jerusalem. In Wadowice we will see the house where Karol Wojtyła was born and we shall visit the church where the future pope was baptized. We will have an opportunity to taste the famous “Kremówka” or cream cake, the favourite sweet of young Karol. Next, transfer to Auschwitz and a guided visit of the camp site. Transfer to Birkenau where still camp barracks and a railway platform with the entrance gate – one of the iconic symbols of the holocaust – can be seen. Transfer to Czestochowa, check-in at hotel 3*/4*, dinner, overnight. Possibility to participate at a daily 9 pm prayer at the Black Madonna shrine.
Breakfast, check-out, transfer to Czestochowa, visit of the shrine where the holy icon of the Black Madonna has been kept by Pauline fathers since 1382. Transfer to Warsaw, panoramic sightseeing of the city , visit of the St. Stanislaw Kostka church with the tomb of the blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko – the priest of “Solidarity” brutally murdered by the communist secret police. Check-in hotel 3*, dinner, overnight.
Breakfast and guided city tour of Warsaw. During the tour we will see the Old Town, totally destroyed during the war and meticulously rebuilt, listed by UNESCO as the world heritage site, Royal castle, St. Annès church and the Old Town Market Square, St. John’s Cathedral and the city walls with Barbican. We drive through the modern city centre with skyscrapers and the famous Palace of Culture and Science, a gift from Stalin to brotherly Poland. Next, a transfer towards the former Warsaw ghetto, we will learn about the life and extermination of the Warsaw Jews and see the monuments honouring their struggle in the Ghetto Uprising. We will also visit places connected with the most famous Polish composer Frederic Chopin, including the Holy Cross church where an urn with his heart is buried. Lunch in a restaurant in the Old Town. In the afternoon transfer to Niepokalanow, sightseeing of the Franciscan sanctuary founded by St. Maxymilian Kolbe in 1927. Return to the hotel, overnight.
Breakfast and check-out from the hotel. According to time available visit of the Royal Łazienki Park with magnificent residences founded by the last Polish king in the late 18th century. Free time for lunch, transfer to the airport and return flight.