In the Footsteps of St. John Paul II: A Pilgrimage to Poland & Rome

A 9-Day Fully-Escorted Pilgrimage to Poland, with a 5-Night Extension to Rome
June 10-18, 2019


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sponsored by the PJP Global Jags

Itinerary:*

 

Day 1. Monday, June 10: Transatlantic flight to Krakow

 

Day 2. Tuesday, June 11: Krakow – Czestochowa

Welcome to Poland! Upon arrival in Krakow, greet your tour escort and board your private motor-coach for an orientation tour of Krakow. Then, continue to Czestochowa and enjoy a welcome dinner with your travel companions at your hotel. (WD)

 

Day 3. Wednesday, June 12: Czestochowa – Auschwitz – Wadowice – Zakopane

In Czestochowa, visit the Pauline Monastery of Jasna Gora, the most famous shrine of the Virgin Mary in Poland and the country’s greatest place of pilgrimage, frequently visited by Pope John Paul II. The miraculous image of the Black Madonna is Jasna Gora’s most precious treasure. See the impressive Way of the Cross painted by one of the most famous Polish artists, Jerzy Duda-Gracz; it is a touching presentation of the last moments of Jesus. Afterwards, en route to Zakopane, stop at Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration camp in which St. Maximilian Kolbe gave up his life for another man. Then visit Wadowice, the birthplace of Pope St. John Paul II where you will visit the house where he was born and the local church where he was baptized and received his First Communion. Continue to Zakopane. Nestled high up in the Tatras Mountains, it is a combination of beautiful landscape and quaint shopping areas. It was a favorite getaway spot for Pope St. Joh Paul II. (BB, D)

 

Day 4. Thursday, June 13: Zakopane

This morning, visit the Sanctuary of the Holy Virgin of Fatima, a chapel constructed in 1999 in gratitude for Pope St. John Paul II’s survival of an assassination attempt. Continue the tour with a cable car ride to the heights of Mt. Gobuwlka for a stunning view of the Tatras Mountains and the town of Zakopane. On your return to Zakopane, visit the Jaszczorowka Chapel, which was visited several times by young Karol Wojtyla (Pope St. John Paul II), as it lies on the walking paths where he often finished his walks for prayer and reflection. Then make your way to the colorful Krupowki Street, the central mall lined with restaurants, cafés, boutiques, and souvenir shops. This evening, dinner will be served at a local restaurant in Zakopane. (BB, D)

 

Day 5. Friday, June 14: Zakopane – Wieliczka – Kalwaria Zebrzydowska – Krakow

Today, leave Zakopane and head for the city of Krakow, where then Karol Wojtyla served as Archbishop prior to being elected Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Along the way, stop in Wieliczka Salt Mine, the oldest and longest salt mine in Europe. Your journey will take you 54 floors underground to see the many chambers and churches cut out of rock. Your visit will include the magnificent Church of St. Kinga with altar pieces, chandeliers and sculptures made of salt. From Wieliczka, continue to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, the oldest Calvary in Poland. From far away you can see the monastery complex of the Bernardine Fathers, with the early Baroque church of the Our Lady of Mount Calvary. South of the monastery, in an area of 300 hectares, are the famous Calvary paths, with churches, chapels and wayside shrines. As Pope St. John Paul II was born in Wadowice close to the Kalwaria, he often walked the Calvary paths and prayed before the marvelous picture of the Zebrzydowska Blessed Mother. Continue to Krakow for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)

 

Day 6. Saturday, June 15: Krakow: Old Town

Visit Krakow in the footsteps of the Holy Father John Paul II. There are so many places connected with St. John Paul II, such as St. Florian’s Church where he was a vicar; the beautiful Franciscan Church, his favorite praying place; Franciscan Street with the famous Pope’s window where Pope St. John Paul II used to show up to talk with Cracovians during his pilgrimages to Poland; Collegium Novum, the main building of Jagiellonian University, where after WWII,  Karol Wojtyla lectured in theology; and the Archbishop’s Palace, which was his home for a number of years. Visit the Market Square, one of the largest and best preserved areas in all of Europe. Enjoy a leisurely paced walking tour featuring St. Mary’s Altar, the largest Gothic altar in the world, the Town Hall Tower, the Cloth Hall, the burghers’ houses, and Wawel Cathedral, including St. Leonard’s Crypt, where Pope St. John Paul said his first Mass. Tonight enjoy dinner at a typical restaurant with Polish folk dancers. (BB, D)

 

Day 7. Sunday, June 16: Krakow: Lagiewniki Divine Mercy Sanctuary – Warsaw

Today, visit the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Krakow’s district of Lagiewniki. This Sanctuary was consecrated by Pope St. John Paul II. It was at Lagiewniki that the message of Christ’s Divine Mercy was passed on to St. Faustina. Visit the Shrine that houses the image of Merciful Jesus and the relics of St. Faustina. Also visit St. Faustina’s convent chapel, the Shrine of Divine Mercy and St. Faustina’s tomb. Travel to the capital city of Warsaw. Upon arrival, walk along the streets of the Old Town. Admire the Castle Square with its Royal Castle, the Old Town Market Square, and the Barbican and City Walls. Visit the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Warsaw’s oldest church, and the Church of St. Anna, where Pope St. John Paul II celebrated a Mass for the young people of Poland. Dinner and overnight in Warsaw. (BB, D)

 

Day 8. Monday, June 17: Warsaw: Excursion to Niepokalanow and Swinice Warckie

This morning, drive to Niepokalanow, one of the youngest Polish Sanctuaries. This Franciscan Monastery was founded in 1927 by St. Maximilian Kolbe, a martyr from the death camp in Auschwitz, and in 1980 Pope St. John Paul II gave the church the title of basilica. A statue of the Immaculate Conception was placed in a niche in the front wall of the basilica. Meet the priests from the Niepokalanow Sanctuary and visit the museum of St. Maximilian Kolbe. Continue to Swinice Warckie for a visit to St. Casimir parish church where St. Faustina, who spread the devotion of the Divine Mercy, was baptized.  Return to your hotel in Warsaw for your farewell dinner and last night in Poland. (BB, FD)

 

Day 9. Tuesday, June 18: Homebound flight

Morning transfer to Warsaw airport for your return flight to the USA. (BB)

 

OPTIONAL POST-TOUR EXTENSION TO ROME

 

Day 9. Tuesday, June 18: Connecting Flight

This morning, transfer to Warsaw airport for your flight to Rome. Transfer to your hotel in Rome for dinner and overnight. (D)

 

Day 10. Wednesday, June 19: Rome

Papal Audience in the morning. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight at your hotel. (BB, D)

 

Day 11. Thursday, June 20: Rome

Morning guided city tour, including Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. Afternoon at leisure. (BB, D)

 

Day 12. Friday, June 21: Rome

Entrance to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel. Visit to St. Peter’s Basilica. Rest of the day at leisure. (BB, D)

 

Day 13. Saturday, June 22: Rome

Visit the Catacombs and St. Paul outside the Walls Basilica. Entrance to the Roman Coliseum. Afternoon at leisure. (BB, D)

 

Day 14. Sunday, June 23: Rome

Transfer to Rome Fiumicino airport for your return flight to the USA. (BB)

 

 

(BB) Buffet Breakfast; (D) Dinner; (WD) Welcome Dinner; (FD) Farewell Dinner

 

* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.

 

For more information, please contact Group Coordinators, Victoria Burk or Nikki Bouvier at pjpglobaljags@gmail.com, or contact Catholic Heritage Tours.

 

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