We will depart in transit to Warsaw.
Upon arrival in Warsaw, we will be met by our Spiritual Journey representative, who will accompany us throughout our tour. We will be transfered to our hotel where we will conclude our day of travel with dinner in the hotel restaurant.
We will begin at St. Kostka Church, where martyred Solidarity priest Fr. Popieluszko worked and is buried. We will then begin our sightseeing tour of Warsaw, the capital of Poland, including the Old Town with Zamkowy Square with its King Sigismund’s Column, the first non-ecclesiastic statue, and the Royal Castle, originally a Gothic castle dating to the 15th century. It was here where the Third of May Constitution was promulgated in 1791. The Market Square has many restaurants, galleries and gift shops that you will be free to explore. In the New Town is the house where Maria Sklodowska-Curie was born. We will also see the Monument of the Warsaw Uprising and the Ghetto Memorial.
In the afternoon we will drive to the village of Niepokalanow, home to the Basilica of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a Franciscan monastery founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe, today this is one of the most important places of pilgrimage in Poland. Here we will celebrate Mass before returning to Warsaw for the evening. The day will end with dinner in our hotel.
We will depart Warsaw for Czestochowa. It is a city, which has been for the last 600 years the principal centre of Catholic religion in Poland and shrine for pilgrims. We will visit the Jasna Gora Monastery, which has religious, historic and artistic value and where our guide will be a local Pauline priest. The oldest building is the Gothic Chapel of Our Lady where the famous Black Madonna icon hangs on a magnificent silver-and-ebony altar. We will celebrate Mass at the Shrine, and then tour the Treasury. After spending some leisure time in Czestochowa, we will travel to Krakow. Tonight we will close the day with dinner in the hotel.
We will begin with morning Mass and a visit to the Convent of Sisters of Mercy in Lagiewniki, where Blessed Sr. Faustina, the Apostle of Divine Mercy, lived and died. We will continue our day with a visit to the Nazi Concentration Camp of Auschwitz where we will visit the cell of the martyred St. Maximilian Kolbe. Upon return to Krakow, we will begin our city tour starting with a visit to the Gothic Royal Castle and Cathedral remodeled in the beginning of the 16th century according to the new Renaissance taste. After the capital was moved to Warsaw in 1596, the importance of the town was declined, but Polish Kings were still crowned and buried here. We will then drive to the Old Town area, including a visit to St. Mary’s Church, famous for its wooden altar by Wit Stwosz. We will see the ancient Market Square and Cloth Hall built before 1349, then altered in the 16th century. Inside the Hall are many shopping stalls. Time permitting, we will take a short break for coffee on our own at the famous coffee shop, Jama Michalika. This place lives on in the many stories about its history and biographies of its most famous patrons – the artists. The artists have decorated the walls of the coffee shop with paintings, drawings, and caricatures, as well as its stained-glass windows. After a very full day of sight-seeing, we will conclude with dinner in the hotel restaurant.
We will begin our day at Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtla, who later became Pope John Paul II. There is a museum is in his family house. We will then continue to a place that was a popular pilgrimage place for the Pope when he was a young man: Zalwaria Zebrzydowska, where in the beginning of the 17th century the Palatine of Cracow founded a Franciscan monastery. The church has very rich Baroque decorations. We will then visit the Bernardine Monastery. On the slope of the hill and in the valley is an architectural ‘Way of the Cross’ comprising 42 Mannerist and Baroque chapels and some small Calvary churches; this is where Mass will be celebrated this morning.
In the afternoon we will drive to Wieliczka to see the oldest salt mine in Europe, a world-class tourist attraction. It is a unique place where many generations of Polish miners have created an underground world of underground salt lakes with a rich interior of decorated chapels including the famous Blessed Kinga Chapel, as well as other galleries and workings made of salt. Wieliczka salt mine is listed by UNESCO as an object of World Cultural Heritage. We will then drive back to Krakow for the evening where we will enjoy dinner in our hotel.
After Mass in the morning, we will depart Krakow in route to Prague. We will stop in Velhrad at the Shrine in memory of St. Cyril and Methodius who brought Christianity to the Czech lands. After our stop we will continue to Prague where we will arrive in time for dinner.
We will begin our day in the Mala Strana (“Little Quarter”), the area of Prague that has been least affected by modernization. We will commence with Mass, then a visit to the Church of Our Lady Victorious where we will view the famous statue for the Infant of Prague. Nearby is the Church of St. Nicholas, one of the city’s finest. We will walk over the famous Charles Bridge, lined on both sides by religious statues, which will lead us out of the Little Quarter and into the Old Town.
Our afternoon visit to the Old Town will include “The Loreto”, an important place of pilgrimage since 1626. The heart of this complex is a copy of a house believed to be the Virgin Mary’s house that was miraculously transported from Nazareth to Loreto, Italy in 1278. The remainder of the afternoon will be free for shopping and exploring the city. We will wrap up the day with dinner in our hotel.
Today we will make our way south to the city of Salzburg, known as the ‘heart of the heart of Europe’ and famed as the birthplace of Mozart. The city is set on the banks of the Salzach River with the mountains as a backdrop. You will have the chance to visit the town before we celebrate Mass. After Mass our hotel will be ready for check-in and we will conclude our day with dinner.
Our morning visit in Salzburg will include the Mozart Gerburtshaus, where Wolfgang Amadeus was born on January 27, 1756. After our visit here we will see the Salzburg Cathedral and the sites associated with the famous film musical, “Sound of Music”.
In the afternoon we will drive across the Austrian countryside to Mariazell, Austria’s Marian Shrine. We will continue our drive and end in Vienna for the night where we will enjoy dinner and the remainder of the evening.
After breakfast, we will depart for our sightseeing tour, offering an overall impression of the most significant historical sights of Vienna. Our local guide will show us the Ringstrasse with its magnificent buildings, such as the State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Natural History, the City Hall, the Hofburg, the Parliament, the University, the impressive Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral and lastly, the Votive Church.
After Mass, the rest of the afternoon will free to shop or see the city. Tonight we will gather at a local restaurant for our farewell dinner.
This morning we will wake up early and be transferred to the Vienna airport for our return flight back home.
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