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Pilgrimage to Poland, Hungary and Lithuania – in the footsteps of St. Stephen, St. Sister Faustina and St. John Paul II (14 days)

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Tour Details

Price Includes

  • AC coach on the whole route
  • 13 nights in *** hotels
  • daily breakfast and served dinner
  • Mass in local shrines
  • local guides in Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava, the Tatras Mountains, Cracow, Wieliczka, Warsaw and Vilnius
  • bus fares and parking fees
  • audio tour guide radio for all pilgrims
  • entrance fees to museums, castles, churches etc.

Price Excludes

  • flights to/from Budapest/ Warsaw
  • single supplement (310 €)
  • lunches, drinks with dinner
  • tips for local Staff (50 €)
  • personal expenses
Itinerary

Day 1Budapest

Arrival to Budapest, currency exchange, transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Budapest.

Day 2 Budapest

Breakfast, a city-tour of Budapest with a local guide: Heroes’ Square and Vajdahunyad Castle, St. Stephen’s Basilica with relics of the saint, the Hungarian Parliament Building, the 1956 Revolution Monument, Castle Hill and Gellert Hill with a panorama of Budapest.
In the evening, a cruise along the Danube river, dinner onboard.

Day 3 Szentendre, Esztergom

After breakfast, drive to the Danube Bend: visit Szentendre – a picturesque town on the Danube, the Serbian Orthodox Church, the Marzipan Museum; then, free time for some Hungarian souvenirs. Drive to Esztergom, the cradle of Christianity in Hungary; visit the Esztergom Basilica – one of the biggest churches worldwide; holy mass.
Cross the Slovakian border, transfer to a hotel in Bratislava, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4 Vienna

Drive to Kahlenberg Hill; mass in St. Joseph’s Church and a panorama of the city. Dinner at a local restaurant in the vineyards’ district near Bratislava. Overnight stay in the Slovakian capital.

Day 5 Bratislava, Orava Castle

After breakfast, a short city tour of Bratislava: visit St. Martin’s Cathedral, Hurban Square, Michael’s Gate and street (one of the narrowest in Europe), the Summer Archbishop’s Palace, Bratislava Castle, Palaffy Palace (where Mozart gave several concerts), the Main Market Square and Maximilian’s Fountain.
Drive towards Poland, a short stop at Orava Castle, the residence of the Thurzo family. Visit Chocholow – a traditional Polish mountain village.
Dinner and overnight stay in Zakopane – the winter capital of Poland.

Day 6 Tatra Mountains

After breakfast, a day in the Polish Tatra Mountains, visiting the many places related to John Paul II: a walk along the Chocholowska Valley, the Pope’s favourite valley. Visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Krzeptowki. Later, a walk to the Dominican Church in Wiktorowki – the place of Karol Wojtyla’s last walk in the Tatras before he became Pope.
In the evening, a traditional highlanders’ feast in a local restaurant.

Day 7 Traditional Wooden Church, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, Lagiewniki

Breakfast; visit one of the traditional wooden churches in the Podhale region, then drive to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, the first Polish Calvary, over 400 years old. Walk along the paths of Our Lady and Christ, visit the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels for mass.
Transfer to Lagiewniki (a district of Cracow) – visit the Shrine of The Divine Mercy and the places related to the life of Sister Faustina.
Dinner and overnight stay in Cracow.

Day 8 Cracow, Wieliczka

Breakfast and a city-tour of Cracow with a local guide: Wawel Hill (the Royal Castle, Wawel Cathedral and its royal tombs, St. Leonard’s chapel, where Karol Wojtyla celebrated his first Mass). Later, a walk along the Royal Route to the Old Market Square (passing the Bishops’ Palace, where Wojtyla lived in Cracow). Later, St. Mary’s Basilica with the famous altar carved by Veit Stoss (Wit Stwosz). St. Florian’s Gate.
Drive to Wieliczka – the world’s most beautiful salt mine, including prayer in St. Kinga’s underground chapel. Dinner and overnight stay in Cracow.

Day 9Wadowice, Czestochowa, Warsaw

After breakfast, drive to Wadowice – the birthplace of John Paul II. Visit the Basilica of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – where Karol Wojtyla was baptised, and visit the John Paul II Museum. Later – free time for the famous Wadowice cream cakes.
In the afternoon, drive to Czestochowa, visit the famous and most important Polish Marian Shrine on Jasna Gora: prayer in front of the icon of the Black Madonna.
Transfer to Warsaw for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 10 Warsaw, Niepokalanów

Breakfast; meet the local guide for a city-tour: Lazienki Park, the Royal Route, the Warsaw Ghetto monument, the Old Town, a trip by coach to other districts of Warsaw. Mass in a local church.
Drive to Niepokalanow; visit the places related to the life and activity of St. Maximilian Kolbe. Back to Warsaw for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 11 Sokolka, Suchowola, Vilnius

Option I: After breakfast, transfer to the airport, flight back home.
Option II: After breakfast, drive from Warsaw to Sokolka for mass at St. Anthony’s Church, where a Eucharistic Miracle took place. Later, a short stop in Suchowola, the birthplace of Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko, a priest murdered by communists in the 1980s.
Drive to Vilnius for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 12 Vilnius

Breakfast and city tour of the Lithuanian capital: the Cathedral, Gediminas’ Castle Tower, the Vilnius University, the Hill of Crosses, the Church of St. Casimir, the Gate of Dawn with its famous chapel; holy mass. Then visit the Basilian Monastery, the Rasos Cemetery and St. Peter and St.Paul’s Church. During the sightseeing, stop to pray the Chaplet to the Divine Mercy in front of the image of the Divine Mercy.
Back to the hotel, dinner with traditional local music.

Day 13 Studzieniczna, Warsaw

After breakfast drive back to Poland, stop in Studzieniczna: visit the local shrine and then a cruise along the Augustow Channel – John Paul II used one of these boats during his pilgrimage to Poland in 1999.
Drive through the Podlasie region back to Warsaw, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 14Warsaw

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flight back home.

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