Poland, Prague, Vienna
& Budapest Pilgrimage
Spiritual Director: Fr. Andrew Hess
Spiritual Director: Fr. Jarred Kohn
Group Coordinators: Melissa McDonald
May 31 - June 10, 2021
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare from your local airport
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located first class hotels: (or similar)
- ~ 4 nights: June 1 – 5: Novotel Krakow City West, Krakow
- ~ 3 nights: June 5 – 8: Hotel Ananas, Vienna
- ~ 2 nights: June 8 – 10: Hotel Novotel, Budapest
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Tour Escort throughout
- Wine and mineral water with dinners
- Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide
- Entrance fees as per itinerary
- Mass daily & Spiritual Activities
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunches and beverages unless mentioned, tips to your guide & driver.
Day 1, Monday, May 31: Depart USA for Krakow
Depart USA for your overnight flight to Krakow. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
Day 2, Tuesday, June 1: Arrival in Krakow
Upon arrival at Krakow Airport 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. After a warm welcome to Krakow, you will be escorted to your transportation and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy a free afternoon to stroll the quaint streets of Krakow. Welcome dinner and overnight in Krakow.
Day 3, Wednesday, June 2: Krakow - City Tour - Auschwitz - Krakow
After breakfast, you will explore Krakow's Market Square as the sound of the silver trumpet from St. Mary's Tower fills the air. The captivating beauty of this square is largely because it has remained unchanged for almost 700 years. It contains several buildings that hold important historic value such as, the Town Hall Tower, the Cloth Hall, and the Burgher's houses. Following your time in this longstanding square, you will make your way to 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. Next, a short drive to Auschwitz, 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. After this reflective day, return to your hotel in Krakow for dinner and a restful overnight.
Day 4, Thursday, June 3: 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. Visit and celebrate Mass at the Shrine of Divinity, which was visited by Saint John Paul II in 2002. Following Mass can pray by a relic of Saint John Paul II. Continue to Wieliczka and visit Europe's oldest salt mine, which has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Return to Krakow for your farewell dinner and last overnight.
Day 5, Friday, June 4: Krakow - 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 breakfast and Mass at Jasna Gora Monastery. 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. While here, you will have the opportunity to venerate not only the Holy Icon, but also many other priceless treasures that are contained within. Following your prayerful visit to the Chapel of the Black Madonna, you will continue to Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla (Saint John Paul II). While in the small city of Wadowice, you will have the opportunity to visit the church where this beloved Saint was baptized and attended Mass as a child. Following this historically captivating experience, continue to Krakow. Enjoy dinner at the local restaurant before resting up for the next day of activities.
Day 6, Saturday, June 5: Krakow – Vienna
After breakfast, depart for Vienna, which is the capital of classical music and chocolate. Arrival and leisure time before dinner and a restful overnight.
Day 7, Sunday, June 6: Vienna
After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vienna, home of Johann Strauss and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Visit the spectacular St. Stephen's cathedral, the symbol of Vienna. Construction commenced in the 12th century. Today, it is one of the most important Gothic structures in Austria. At St. Stephen's, you will see the miraculous image of Our Lady of Mariapoch. You will tour the Cathedral and its catacombs. Those strong and brave may climb the 343 steps to the top of the Cathedral spire. Continue with a visit of the Schonbrunn Royal palace, a summer residence with 1,441 rooms including a Hall of Mirrors where Mozart performed at the age of six before a young Marie Antoinette Louis. Schonbrunn Palace was put on the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites in December 1996. Continue your journey in Vienna and view the Belvedere Palace, well known for its beautiful gardens. Back in the city center, go to Karlsplatz with its Church of St. Charles Borromeo and Otto Wagner's Stadtbahn pavilions. Somewhere along the way, have a little coffee break to enjoy the famous Vienna pastries such as Sacher cake. Dinner and an overnight in Vienna.
Day 8, Monday, June 7: Vienna - Heiligenkreuz Abbey - Vienna
After breakfast we will visit the monastery of Stift Heiligenkreuz and have mass here. Founded in 1133, Heiligenkreuz Abbey is one of the oldest Cistercian Monasteries in existence. The monastery is the largest cultural and spiritual attraction of the Vienna Woods and is visited annually by about 120,000 tourists from all over the world. Heiligenkreuz is in the heart of the Vienna Woods, only 15 km from Vienna. The grandson of Leopold III, Duke Leopold V. gave the monastery in 1188 a 23.5 cm long piece of the cross wood of Christ; This large cross relic is highly revered to this day. In particular, the Cistercians of Saint Crucis cultivate the Latin choral prayer in Gregorian chant according to the norms of the Second Vatican Council. Time for private devotions. Return to Vienna. Enjoy some time to stroll in the old town city center or just to relax in the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Vienna.
Day 9, Tuesday, June 8: Vienna - Budapest
After breakfast, depart for Budapest, which is often compared with Paris. This glamorous city has something to offer every visitor. Enjoy free time to explore Budapest or relax before dinner and a restful overnight.
Day 10, Wednesday, June 9: Budapest
This morning celebrates Mass at the 13th century Cathedral of St. Matthew. Next, visit the old city of Budapest. You will see the Citadel on Mount Gellert, the Royal Castle, Fisherman's Bastion, the Parliament, Heroes' Square, and the Church of St. Stephen. Dinner and overnight in Budapest.
Day 11, Thursday, June 10: Budapest - USA
Depart from Budapest Airport for your return flights to the USA.
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