Pilgrimage to Poland
Spiritual Director: Fr. Paul Desmarais
Spiritual Director: Deacon Noel Edsall
Sep 23 - Oct, 1, 2019
Warsaw · Niepokalanow · Swinice Warckie · Czestochowa · Wadowice · Krakow · Zakopane · Auchwitz · Divine Mercy · Lagiewniki (Divine Mercy) · Wieliczka
2019 Marks the 40th Anniversary of St. John Paul II's Papal Election:
206 Tours invites you to join us on a pilgrimage to St. John Paul II's beloved homeland, Poland.
On this journey, we follow in the footsteps of three great Polish saints - St. John Paul, St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Faustina, the Apostle of Divine Mercy - as we embrace the culture of the Polish people. We entrust our pilgrims and journeys to the maternal protection of Our Lady of Czestochowa.
As you make your way to Poland, Land of Kings, Saints, and Divine Mercy, walk in the footsteps of Saint John Paul II! From where he was born and baptized, to where he became a Priest - Bishop - Cardinal, and where he spent his time visiting as Pope. Take in the Shrine of Divine Mercy (in Lagiewniki) and be drawn closer to the life of St. Faustina and her Divine Mercy message. One of the most obvious works of mercy, and perhaps the most difficult to put into practice, is to forgive others. This pilgrimage will teach, and allow you, to be able to forgive.
Fr. Paul Desmarais
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Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare from Boston or your departure city
- Airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located first class hotels as follows: (or similar)
- ~ 2 nights: Sep 24 - 26: Sheraton Warsaw, Warsaw
- ~ 1 night: Sep 26 - 27: Arche Hotel, Czestochowa
- ~ 4 nights: Sep 27 - Oct 01: Radisson Blu, Krakow
- Breakfast and Dinner daily (1 Lunch)
- Glass of wine, beer or soft drink with dinners
- Transportation by private motor coach
- Tour escort throughout by professional local guide
- Sightseeing and spiritual activities
- Local professional guides: Warsaw, Krakow, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Auschwitz
- Entrances: Jasna Gora Monastery, Pope Family House Museum, Gubalowka gondolas, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Krakow Wawel Cathedral, Krakow Mariacki
- Mass Daily
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunches unless mentioned. Beverages not mentioned. Tips to your tour escort and driver.
Providing you coverage for both pre-existing conditions and those that may arise during your trip, including medical and dental emergencies, loss of luggage, trip delay, and so much more.
A Cancellation Waiver - allowing you to cancel your trip and receive a refund anytime - up until 24 hours prior to departure. The “Waiver” expires once you are within 24 hours of departure.
Mon, Sep 23: Depart for Poland
Depart for your overnight flights to Poland!
Tue, Sep 24: Arrive Warsaw
Welcome to Warsaw, Poland! Upon arrival, make your way to the baggage claim area and collect your luggage. Proceed to the arrival's hall, where you will be greeted by your tour guide and/or driver. Transfer to your hotel and check in. Following check-in at your hotel, your pilgrimage will officially begin with Mass at a local church (subject to confirmation) Following Mass, enjoy dinner. Time to explore the city of Warsaw. Dinner and overnight. (Today's schedule is subject to flight details and time of arrival)
Wed, Sep 25: Warsaw
Breakfast at the hotel followed by Mass at St. James Church (subject to confirmation), iconic for its tower and square base. This church is where Helena Kowalska prayed extensively upon entering Warsaw. Also, it is where she confessed all that burdened her soul, and asked for the advice of Rev. James Dabrowski, which eventually resulted in the Saint entering the convent.Following this prayerful morning, your day of sightseeing begins. Your group will explore the Old Town, comprised of beautiful maze-like cobblestone streets and picturesque architecture that are symbols of Poland's successful rebuild following its destruction during World War II. Some of the sites will include the Royal Castle (the official residence of the Polish monarchs), the Market Square (the center of the city filled with restaurants, cafes and shops), the Barbican, defense-like structures that have been rebuilt following World War II, and the Warsaw Ghetto monument that commemorates the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943 during World War II. (all exterior views) You will also take in the Lazienkowski Park, a beautifully landscaped park, the Chopin Statue (a large bronze statue of musician, Frederic Chopin). In the afternoon, visit the Stanislaw Kostka Church and view a special exhibit dedicated to Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko (subject to confirmation). This priest was a great personality of the Catholic Church, and killed by communists in 1984. In 1987, Saint John Paul II visited here to pray in front of Fr. Popieluszko's tomb. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Thu, Sep 26: Warsaw - Niepokolanow - Swinice Warckie - Czestochowa
Breakfast at the hotel followed by a transfer to Niepokolanow. This Franciscan Monastery is in the community of Teresin, and was founded by Martyr, St. Maximilian Kolbe. This remarkable saint was arrested by the Nazis and died in Auschwitz, giving his life for the life of another prisoner. Mass at the local church (subject to confirmation) Lunch (included) Transfer to the village of Swinice Warckie. In Swinice Warckie, visit the church of St. Casimir. This historically rich parish is the site of baptism for St. Faustina (formally known as, Helena Kowalska). Little Helena received her first confession, and First Holy Communion, at this parish. Additionally, she and her family attended Sunday Mass and other services at this church. After visiting this simple, yet elegant church, we will continue to Czestochowa. Dinner and overnight in Czestochowa.
Fri, Sep 27:Czestochowa - Wadowice - Krakow
Today, you will awake in the home of the grandest pilgrimage shrine of Poland since the 14th century! You will begin your day with Mass at Jasna Gora Monastery. (subject to confirmation) This hill top monastery is home to the beloved icon of the Black Madonna. Additionally, Saint John Paul II is said to have made frequent visits to this monastery throughout his life. Tradition tells us that this icon was painted by Luke the Evangelist, discovered by St. Helen, and later enshrined. This evening there will be an optional visit to the Shrine of Jasna Gora where we may attend the veiling of the Icon of the Black Madonna. (subject to availability and confirmation)While here, you will have the opportunity to venerate not only the Holy Icon, but also many other priceless treasures (entrance fee included) that are contained within. Continue on to Wadowice. Visit the Museum of the birth place of Karol Wojtyla (Saint John Paul II) While in the small city of Wadowice, you will have the opportunity to visit the church of where this beloved Saint was baptized, and attended Mass as a child. Following this historically captivating experience, continue onto Krakow for dinner and overnight.
Sat, Sep 28: Zakopane
After breakfast we will drive through the mountains to breathtaking, yet small and remote village of Zakopane. Make your way to the Sanctuary of the Holy Virgin of Fatima, a chapel constructed in 1999 in gratitude for Pope John Paul II's survival of an assassination attempt. Mass at the Holy Virgin of Fatima (subject to confirmation) Take a cable car ride to the nearby mountaintop. At the top, you will truly experience God's magnificent Glory when you look out at the magnificent panoramic view. After you experience this beautiful site that assisted in Saint John Paul II's Holy journey, you will continue your tour to the colorful, Krupowki Street. While on this street, you will have the opportunity to do some shopping at the local bazaar before returning to Krakow for dinner. Take a stroll on your own through the old city. Overnight Krakow.
Sun, Sep 29: Auchwitz
After breakfast, you will begin your day by Wawel Hill, where you will visit the beautiful Cathedral, and Coronation Chapel. These are among the most important sites in Poland as the Cathedral has been the coronation site of the Polish monarchs and has held numerous pieces of Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Classicist and Modern art. Also at this site, you will have the opportunity to pray at the tomb of the patron saint of Poland, St. Stanislaus. Explore Krakow's Market Square as the sound of the silver trumpet from St. Mary's (entrance fee included) Tower fills the air. The captivating beauty of this square is largely due to the fact that it has remained unchanged for almost 700 years. It contains a number of buildings that hold important historic value such as, the Town Hall Tower, the Cloth Hall, and the Burgher's houses. Lunch on your own. Afterward take a short drive to Auschwitz (entrance fee included), notoriously known as a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War. Upon arriving at the former camp, you can feel the darkness and sorrow that overtakes the atmosphere as there were numerous unspeakable atrocities that occurred at this site. Additionally, while on this visit, you will have the opportunity to view the cell that imprisoned the Christ-like, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and visit the Martyrdom Museum. Note Visit to Aushwitz is subject to confirmation upon the availability which may alter the schedule of sightseeing. Note that visit could be confirmed as early as 8 am. Dinner and overnight in Krakow.
Mon, Sep 30: Krakow - Divine Mercy - lagiewniki - Wieliczka - Krakow
On your last day of touring, after breakfast depart for your excursion to Lagiewniki, the capital of the Divine Mercy. Through the mediation of St. Faustina, Christ passed on the message of Divine Mercy at Lagiewniki. While here, you will have the opportunity to visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy that contains images of the Merciful Jesus, relics of St. Faustina, as well as, the Saint's convent chapel and her Tomb. Celebrate Mass at the Shrine of Divinity (subject to confirmation), which was visited by Saint John Paul II in 2002. Return to Krakow for your farewell dinner at the hotel. Overnight Krakow.
Tue, Oct 1: Departure
Prepare for your departure and transfer to the airport for your return flights home with memories for a lifetime! (Last day's schedule is dependent upon flight schedule)*206 Tours Disclaimer:
Occasionally local religious and national holidays, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of events or the missing of certain events/places. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of events and places to be visited.
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*All pricing is per person
Single Supplement / Private Room $779.00 (USD)
Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)
Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)
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Options and upgrades
*All pricing is per person
Single Supplement / Private Room $779.00 (USD)
Business Class Trans-Atlantic Upgrade (One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)
Business Class Trans-Atlantic Upgrade (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)
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About your trip
- Swinice Warckie
- Lagiewniki (Divine Mercy)
About Krakow & Saint John Paul II:
Karol Wojtyla (Saint John Paul II) was born in the Polish town of Wadowice on May 18, 1920. He moved to Krakow with his father in 1938, where he attended Jagiellonian University and began studying for the priesthood. He was ordained as a priest on November 1, 1946 and went on to continue his studies in Rome until 1948. He returned to Poland that same year for his first pastoral assignment in the village of Niegowic, which lasted seven months. He then was transferred to the parish of St. Florian in Krakow, where he also spent time hiking in the mountains and canoeing with young people click here to read more
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