Get picked up at home and whisked off to your departure point (within 50 miles).
Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners
From Czestochowa to Krakow, experience some of the greatest and historically important places of a special interest in Poland.
Fly to Warsaw and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening.
Guided sightseeing of Warsaw includes a visit of the Ghetto, the largest of all Jewish ghettos in Nazi occupied Europe during WWII. Later, celebrate Mass at Zytnia Street Church, home to the Congregation of our Lady of Mercy, where St. Faustina Kowalska entered the convent at the age of 20. During her life, she had visions of Jesus and conversations with him, which she wrote about in her diary. The afternoon and evening are at leisure to further explore this fascinating city.
Begin today with a visit Fin Niepokalonow, home of St Maximilian Kolbe, then on to Swinice Warkie, visit St Casmir Church, where Ste Faustine was baptised - continue to Czestechova, to attend a Mass and see the Black Madonna in the Jasna Gora Monastery.
Journey to Wadowice this morning, birthplace of Pope Saint John Paul II. Find out more about his early life and visit Basilica Minor, where he was baptized, before continuing to Krakow, where he served as archbishop. Here, a Local Guide offers insight into this beautiful city, founded in the 7th century. Stop for a prayer at St Mary's Basilica, home to the largest gothic altarpiece in the world. In 1941, during Nazi occupation, the altar was dismantled and shipped to the Third Reich. It was discovered in 1946, in the basement of Nuremberg Castle, and was returned to Krakow a decade later. Also on today’s agenda is a stop at remarkable Wawel Castle, former residence of Polish kings.
Travel to Auschwitz for a somber visit of the former Concentration Camp with St. Maximilian Kolbe’s cell. Declared the “Patron Saint of Our Difficult Century,” the Polish Franciscan friar was canonized by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1982. Return to Krakow to visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy and spend a few moments of prayer at the tomb of St. Faustina.
The entire day is free to explore Krakow, nestled at the base of the Tatra Mountains. You may enjoy the optional excursion to Zakopane, the “Winter Capital of Poland.” This is where Pope Saint John Paul II spent time in prayer on some of the countless nature trails. Before returning to Krakow, visit quaint Jaszczurówka Chapel, dedicated to Pope Saint John Paul II. A superb example of the Zakopane architectural style, the small arcaded chapel features a traditional log cabin perched on a high stone foundation.
Leave Krakow and travel north back to Warsaw. Spend an afternoon at leisure or further explore the capital.
Transfer from your hotel to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
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