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Pilgrimage Postponed due to CoronaVirus

Join us on a Pilgrimage to Poland

In the Footsteps of St. John Paul II & St. Faustina

Spiritual Director: Monsignor Hilary Franco

July 5 - 13, 2021

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Krakow · Auschwitz · Harmeze · Wadowice · Kalwaria Zebrzydowska · Zakopane · Lagiewniki (Divine Mercy) · Wieliczka · 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.


Monsignor Hilary Franco


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Your trip includes

Centrally located hotels or similar
hotel
Andel's Vienna House or Holiday Inn
Krakow

6 Nights

Not included:
  • Meals not mentioned, Tips to your guide & driver, Items of a personal nature.
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Supplemental Cancellation Protection

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.

Itinerary

Day 1, Monday, July 5: Depart for Warsaw

Make your way to your local airport where you will board your overnight flight(s) to Warsaw. Your meals will be served on board.

Day 2, Tuesday, July 6: 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. Following check-in at your hotel, your pilgrimage will officially begin with Mass. Following Mass, enjoy a delicious dinner and have the opportunity to explore the city of Warsaw before retiring for a restful overnight.

Day 3, Wednesday, July 7: Warsaw

Your day will begin with breakfast followed by Mass at St. James Church, 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 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. You will also take in the Lazienski Park, a beautifully landscaped park, the Chopin Statue (a large bronze statue of musician, Frederic Chopin), and the Royal Castle (the official residence of the Polish monarchs). In the afternoon, visit the Stanislaw Kostka Church and view a special exhibit dedicated to Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko. 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. Popieluzko's tomb. Your tour of Warsaw will conclude by returning to the hotel for a delicious meal, followed by an overnight at your hotel.

Day 4, Thursday, July 8: Warsaw - Niepokalanow - Swinice Warckie - Czestochowa

This morning, you will enjoy breakfast followed by a transfer to Niepokalanow. 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. Following your visit to this Holy Monastery, 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. Upon arrival in Czestochowa, you will check-in to your hotel, enjoy a magnificent dinner, and a restful overnight.

Day 5, Friday, July 9: 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 on 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 on to Krakow. Enjoy dinner at the local restaurant before resting up for the next day of activities.

Day 6, Saturday, July 10: Krakow - Zakopane - Krakow

After breakfast, you will drive through the mountains to the breathtaking, yet small and remote village of Zakopane. 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. Following the many photos captured atop the mountain, head to the Jaszczorowka Chapel. This architecturally distinct chapel was visited many times by the young, Karol Wojtyla (Saint John Paul II). As a young boy, Karol Wojtyla often used the walking paths surrounding the Jaszczorowka Chapel for prayer and reflection. 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. Enjoy a beautiful dinner and an optional stroll through the old city before retiring for the evening.

Day 7, Sunday, July 11: Krakow - 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 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. 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 8, Monday, July 12: 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, have the opportunity to 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 9, Tuesday, July 13: Return Home

After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, transfer to the Krakow airport for return flights home.

*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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2021 Dates & Prices

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Monday
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Options & Upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $639.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)







Optional Pre-Tour to Warsaw:

July 3 - 6, 2021

$699 Per Person
  • Two (2) Nights accommodation at centrally located Four Star Hotel as follows: (or similar)
      ~ 2 nights: Radisson Blu Centrum, Warsaw
  • Transfers as per itinerary on a group basis
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Wine with dinners
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide(s)
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)




Itinerary
Day1
Saturday, July 3: Depart for Warsaw

Make your way to your local airport where you will board your overnight flight(s) to Warsaw. Your meals will be served on board.

Day2
Sunday, July 4: Arrive in Warsaw

Welcome to Krakow, Poland! Upon arrival, make your way to the baggage claim area and collect your luggage and the make your way to the Arrival's Hall where you will be met by your Guide/Driver. From there, we will make our way to the Hotel to leave our luggage as we enjoy a "Panoramic sightseeing Tour" of the city. Celebrate Mass at St. James Church, iconic for its tower and square base. This is the Church where Helena Kowalska, future Saint Faustina, prayed extensively upon arriving in Warsaw. It is here she also met Rev. James Dabrowski, to whom she confessed all that burdened her soul, and asked for spiritual advice - which eventually resulted in the Saint entering the local Convent. Check into your Hotel in time for dinner and overnight.

Day3
Monday, July 5: Warsaw - Swinice Warckie - Niepokalanow - Warsaw

Your day will begin with breakfast followed by the start of our tour to Swinice Warckie where we will visit the church of St. Casmir. This historically rich parish is the site of the baptism for St. Faustina. Little Helena received her first confession, and First Holy Communion at this very parish. Additionally, she and her family attended Sunday Masses and other services at this Church. Celebrate Mass at the Shrine, and then continue on to Glogowiec where St. Faustina Maria Kowalska was born on August 25, 1905. She is the third of ten children, of a poor, pious Catholic family in small Polish village. You will have free time to get lunch on your own before we return to Warsaw. On the way, we will make a stop by Niepokalanow, the so called "City of the Immaculate Mother of God". While here, we will visit the Sanctuary and the Franciscan Monastery linked with St. Maximilian Kolbe, the famous Polish Conventual Franciscan friar, and martyr who voluntarily surrendered his life in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp, so that another prisoner might live. While there, you will meet one of the local Franciscan Brothers who will explain to you the story of St. Maximilian, and take you through the museum. Arrive back at your Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day4
Tuesday, July 6: Warsaw - Krakow

We will start the day with breakfast, and then visit the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy on Zytnia St., where St. Faustina first joined the order of nuns. Afterwards, we will continue to St. Stanislaus Kostka Church and view a special exhibit dedicated to the life of Blessed Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko. This Priest was a great personality of the Catholic Church during the Cold War Era, and was killed by the communist regime in 1984. In 1987, Saint John Paul II visited the shrine to pray in front of Fr. Popieluszko's tomb. From there, we will take a guided tour of the bustling Old Town, where horse-drawn carriages carry visitors past beautifully rebuilt Baroque houses and Renaissance-style storefronts. Traditional Polish cafes and shops surround the Market Square, which has been restored to its 13th-century charm, even after being completely destroyed during World War II. Stroll the streets of this historic area, which is mostly closed to traffic, and explore its beautiful Churches. Of the many we will walk by, we will see the Royal Castle which was the residence of Polish Kings since the 16th century. Continue to walk through the Royal Route and pass by the Monument of Stefan Wyszynski, the Cardinal of Poland, one of the most important personalities in the Polish Church in the 20th Century. The Cardinal had an enormous influence on young Karol Wojtyla, future Saint John Paul II. Finally see the Pilsudski Square with the Holy Cross commemorating the historically significant pilgrimage of Saint John Paul II to Poland in 1979, during the heights of the Communist's regime oppression. On this square, he celebrated the symbolically significant Holy Mass for enthusiastic, countless masses of Warsawer's. During this event he said to them the famous words, that changed Poland and influenced to the whole Eastern Europe, 'Spirit, come and renew the face of the earth, this earth'". There will be free time grab lunch on your own before we depart for Krakow. We will arrive in time to meet your fellow pilgrims who have come for the Krakow-portion of the pilgrimage, and together, we will continue on to celebrate Mass and begin your pilgrimage.

Would like to stop over in Europe?

Let us know at time of registration, we will reschedule your airline reservations pending availability at no additional fee (these options will be available to you when you register online). Let us know if you need assistance with pre or post stay at hotel. Simply Contact 206 Tours:  800-206-TOUR (8687)  or  sales@206tours.com

Options and upgrades

*All pricing is per person

Single Supplement / Private Room $639.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (One-Way) $1,750.00 (USD)

Business Class Trans-Atlantic (Round-Trip) $3,500.00 (USD)

Post Tour to Prague

*All pricing is per person

Optional Pre-Tour to Warsaw:

July 3 - 6, 2021

$699 Per Person
  • Two (2) Nights accommodation at centrally located Four Star Hotel as follows: (or similar)
      ~ 2 nights: Radisson Blu Centrum, Warsaw
  • Transfers as per itinerary on a group basis
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Wine with dinners
  • Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
  • Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide(s)
  • Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • Luggage handling (1 piece per person)

Iternary

Day1
Saturday, July 3: Depart for Warsaw

Make your way to your local airport where you will board your overnight flight(s) to Warsaw. Your meals will be served on board.

Day2
Sunday, July 4: Arrive in Warsaw

Welcome to Krakow, Poland! Upon arrival, make your way to the baggage claim area and collect your luggage and the make your way to the Arrival's Hall where you will be met by your Guide/Driver. From there, we will make our way to the Hotel to leave our luggage as we enjoy a "Panoramic sightseeing Tour" of the city. Celebrate Mass at St. James Church, iconic for its tower and square base. This is the Church where Helena Kowalska, future Saint Faustina, prayed extensively upon arriving in Warsaw. It is here she also met Rev. James Dabrowski, to whom she confessed all that burdened her soul, and asked for spiritual advice - which eventually resulted in the Saint entering the local Convent. Check into your Hotel in time for dinner and overnight.

Day3
Monday, July 5: Warsaw - Swinice Warckie - Niepokalanow - Warsaw

Your day will begin with breakfast followed by the start of our tour to Swinice Warckie where we will visit the church of St. Casmir. This historically rich parish is the site of the baptism for St. Faustina. Little Helena received her first confession, and First Holy Communion at this very parish. Additionally, she and her family attended Sunday Masses and other services at this Church. Celebrate Mass at the Shrine, and then continue on to Glogowiec where St. Faustina Maria Kowalska was born on August 25, 1905. She is the third of ten children, of a poor, pious Catholic family in small Polish village. You will have free time to get lunch on your own before we return to Warsaw. On the way, we will make a stop by Niepokalanow, the so called "City of the Immaculate Mother of God". While here, we will visit the Sanctuary and the Franciscan Monastery linked with St. Maximilian Kolbe, the famous Polish Conventual Franciscan friar, and martyr who voluntarily surrendered his life in the Auschwitz Concentration Camp, so that another prisoner might live. While there, you will meet one of the local Franciscan Brothers who will explain to you the story of St. Maximilian, and take you through the museum. Arrive back at your Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day4
Tuesday, July 6: Warsaw - Krakow

We will start the day with breakfast, and then visit the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy on Zytnia St., where St. Faustina first joined the order of nuns. Afterwards, we will continue to St. Stanislaus Kostka Church and view a special exhibit dedicated to the life of Blessed Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko. This Priest was a great personality of the Catholic Church during the Cold War Era, and was killed by the communist regime in 1984. In 1987, Saint John Paul II visited the shrine to pray in front of Fr. Popieluszko's tomb. From there, we will take a guided tour of the bustling Old Town, where horse-drawn carriages carry visitors past beautifully rebuilt Baroque houses and Renaissance-style storefronts. Traditional Polish cafes and shops surround the Market Square, which has been restored to its 13th-century charm, even after being completely destroyed during World War II. Stroll the streets of this historic area, which is mostly closed to traffic, and explore its beautiful Churches. Of the many we will walk by, we will see the Royal Castle which was the residence of Polish Kings since the 16th century. Continue to walk through the Royal Route and pass by the Monument of Stefan Wyszynski, the Cardinal of Poland, one of the most important personalities in the Polish Church in the 20th Century. The Cardinal had an enormous influence on young Karol Wojtyla, future Saint John Paul II. Finally see the Pilsudski Square with the Holy Cross commemorating the historically significant pilgrimage of Saint John Paul II to Poland in 1979, during the heights of the Communist's regime oppression. On this square, he celebrated the symbolically significant Holy Mass for enthusiastic, countless masses of Warsawer's. During this event he said to them the famous words, that changed Poland and influenced to the whole Eastern Europe, 'Spirit, come and renew the face of the earth, this earth'". There will be free time grab lunch on your own before we depart for Krakow. We will arrive in time to meet your fellow pilgrims who have come for the Krakow-portion of the pilgrimage, and together, we will continue on to celebrate Mass and begin your pilgrimage.

Would like to stop over in Europe?

Let us know at time of registration, we will reschedule your airline reservations pending availability at no additional fee (these options will be available to you when you register online). Let us know if you need assistance with pre or post stay at hotel. Simply Contact 206 Tours:  800-206-TOUR (8687)  or  sales@206tours.com

About your trip

  • Warsaw
  • Niepokalanow
  • Swinice Warckie
  • Czestochowa
  • Wadowice
  • Krakow
  • Zakopane
  • Auschwitz
  • Lagiewniki (Divine Mercy)
  • Wieliczka
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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