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Divine Mercy Pilgrimage

Lithuania & Poland

Spiritual Director: Fr. Scott Herrera

Group Coordinator: James Donovan

September 4 - 14, 2023

JD091823

Divine Mercy Pilgrimage

Lithuania & Poland

Spiritual Director:
Fr. Scott Herrera

Group Coordinator:
James Donovan

September 4 - 14, 2023

JD091823

Vilnius · Hill of Crosses · Marian Shrine of Siluva · Bialystok · Warsaw · Czestochowa · Krakow · Wieliczka · Wadowice · Have No Fear · Lagiewniki · Auschwitz

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Vilnius · Hill of Crosses · Marian Shrine of Siluva · Bialystok · Warsaw · Czestochowa · Krakow · Wieliczka · Wadowice · Have No Fear · Lagiewniki · Auschwitz

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, baptized, 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 you, and allow you, to be able to forgive.


Fr. Scott Herrera

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Your trip includes

  • Round-trip airfare
  • All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Hotel accommodations (or similar) in double occupancy
      ~ 3 nights: Sept 5 - 08: Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva, Vilnius
      ~ 2 nights: Sept 8 - 10: Radisson Blu Sobieski or Sheraton, Warsaw
      ~  1 night: Sept 10 - 11: Hotel Arche, Czestochowa
      ~ 3 nights: Sept 11 - 14: Holiday Inn, Krakow
  • Transfers by air conditioned motor coach
  • Tour Escort Throughout
  • Breakfast & Dinner daily
  • Glass of wine with dinner
  • Sightseeing with professional local guides: ~ Lithuania: Vilnius & Trakai Castle ~ Poland: Warsaw, Jasna Gora Monastery, Krakow, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Auschwitz
  • Admissions: ~ Lithuania: University Courtyard in Vilnius, Trakai Castle ~ Poland: Warsaw Dinner & Folklore show at local restaurant, Jasna Gora Monastery, St. Mary Church, Royal Chambers and Wawel Cathedral in Krakow, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Headphones in Auschwitz
  • Mass daily & Spiritual Activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
Centrally located hotels or similar
hotel
Radisson Blu Hotel Lietuva
Vilnius
hotel
Radisson Blu Sobieski
Warsaw
hotel
Arche
Czestochowa
hotel
Holiday Inn
Krakow
Not included
  • Tips to your guide & driver, lunches, any meals and beverages not mentioned, items of a personal nature
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Cancel For Any Reason Waiver

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Itinerary

Day 1, Mon, Sep 4: Departure from San Diego

Depart from your hometown for your overnight flight(s) to Vilnius. Meals will be served on board.

Day 2, Tue, Sep 5: Arrive in Vilnius

Upon arrival in Vilnius airport you will find your luggage and exit the baggage claim into the Arrivals Hall where you will be greeted by our tour escort. After a warm welcome to Lithuania, we begin our pilgrimage with the orientation tour of Vilnius. We will have time to celebrate Mass before going to hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 3, Wed, Sep 6: Vilnius

Following breakfast, we will depart for a sightseeing tour of Vilnius, including: Gate Dawn, the Old Town, Church of St. Peter and Paul, the Church of St. Anna and Bernardine Monastery. You will also see the Courtyards of the Jesuit University, and the Medieval Castel, as well as the Divine Mercy Shrine. The first image of Divine Mercy, revealed to mankind in the message of Divine Mercy and painted at the request of Jesus, according to Sister Maria Faustina Kowalska's vision in 1934, was painted here by the artist, Eugene Kazimirovski in the presence and under the instruction and direction of Saint Faustina herself and her spiritual director: Father Michael Sopocko. After lunch on your own, we will go on an excursion to visit Troki, the Castle of the Templar Knights. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 4, Thu, Sep 7: Vilnius (Hill of Crosses and Marian Shrine of Siluva)

After breakfast, we will depart the hotel for an excursion to the "Hill of Crosses" near the city of Siauliai. A place of pilgrimage for centuries, it is covered in thousands of crosses, large and small, many in an elaborate folk-art style. Despite being bulldozed three times by the Soviet authorities, the crosses quickly reappeared each time. Nearby, we will have lunch on our own and then we will continue to Siluva to visit the sanctuary of Our Lady of Siluva and celebrate Mass. Return to Vilnius for dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 5, Fri, Sep 8: Vilnius - Bialystok - Warsaw

After breakfast depart by coach to Warsaw, Poland. Stop en route in Bialystok, to visit the Basilica Shrine of Divine Mercy, where Blessed Michael Sopocko is buried. He was the confessor and spiritual director of Saint Sister Faustina. There is also a museum which depicts his life. Here you will celebrate Mass. Continue to Warsaw for dinner and overnight.

Day 6, Sat Sep 9: Warsaw

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast celebrate Mass at Zytnia 3/9 (subject to confirmation) where St. Faustina entered the convent Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. Later we will explore the Old Town of Warsaw, walk through it's beautiful maze-like cobblestone streets and see Poland's rebuilding of ther city, following its destruction during World War II. Some of the sites which our panoramic tour will include are the Market Square in the center of the city, the Royal Castle, the official residence of the Polish monarchs, Lazienki Park with Chopin's Statue, and the Barbican - defense-like structures that have been rebuilt following World War II. Lunch on your own and some free time. Dinner and overnight at our hotel in Warsaw.

Day 7, Sun, Sep 10: Warsaw - Czestochowa - Krakow

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Board our comfortable bus and depart towards Czestochowa, the home of the 14th century great pilgrimage shrine of Poland. Visit the Jasna Gora Monastery, hill-top monastery is the home to the beloved icon of the Black Madonna. Tradition tells us that this icon was painted by Luke the Evangelist, discovered by St. Helen, and later enshrined. While here, you will have the opportunity to venerate not only the Holy Icon, but also many other priceless treasures that are contained within. Saint John Paul II is said to have made frequent visits to this monastery throughout his life. Our priests will Celebrate Mass in Czestochowa. Following your prayerful reflections, we will continue on to Krakow. Enjoy dinner and overnight at our hotel in Krakow.

Day 8, Mon, Sep 11: Krakow - Wieliczka - Krakow

Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast, explore Krakow's Market Square with St. Mary's Church. The captivating beauty of this city and it's square, is largely due to that it has remained unchanged for almost 700 years. See the Town Hall Tower, the Cloth Hall and the Burgher's houses. We will make our way to Wawel Hill where you see Wawel Cathedral and Coronation Chapel. The cathedral has been the coronation site of the Polish monarchs and has numerous pieces art. Also, here, you will have opportunity to pray at the tomb of the patron saint of Poland, St. Stanislaus. Following lunch on own continue to Wieliczka and visit Europe's oldest salt mine, which has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Dinner and overnight in Krakow.

Day 9, Tue, Sep 12: Krakow - Wadowice - Have No Fear - Lagiewniki - Krakow

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we will take an excursion to Wadowice, the birthplace of Saint John Paul II. Visit the Museum-Home of John Paul II and church of where this beloved Saint was baptized and attended Mass as a child. Next visit the Basilica of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and celebrate Mass at the Shrine. Free time for lunch. After lunch we depart 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. We will also visit "Have no Fear" dedicated to Saint Pope John Paul II. Celebrate Mass in Lagiewniki. We will also listen to the talk by one of the sisters of St. Faustina's community. Return to Krakow for dinner and overnight.

Day 10, Wed, Sep 13: Krakow - Auschwitz - Krakow

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Auschwitz, notoriously known as a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War. Upon arriving at the former camp, you will surely feel the darkness and sorrow that overtakes the atmosphere, as our guides share numerous unspeakable atrocities that occurred. While our visit, we will have an opportunity to see the cell that imprisoned the Christ-like, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and visit the Martyrdom Museum. Return to Krakow for some free before Mass. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight.

Day 11, Thu, Sep 14: Krakow - USA

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Drive to Krakow Airport for your return flight.

*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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About your trip

pilgrimage map
  • Vilnius
  • Hill of Crosses
  • Marian Shrine of Siluva
  • Bialystok
  • Warsaw
  • Czestochowa
  • Krakow
  • Wieliczka
  • Wadowice
  • Have No Fear
  • Lagiewniki
  • Auschwitz
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.

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