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Group Tourism - Itineraries

Polish Holy Places

(8 days & 7 nights with possibility of 2 extra days)

Polish Holy Places DAY 1:
Arrival in Warsaw; transfer to a hotel and registration. Evening Mass in the Church of the Holy Cross. Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel.

DAY 2:
Departure for Niepokalanow: Franciscan priory founded in 1927 by St. Maksymilian Maria Kolbe, martyr of Auschwitz. Highlights include mobile Christmas crib, panorama picture of the history of the Polish Church; a Son et Lumiere of the Passion with 130 moving figures (guide recording in Polish, Italian, English, French, and German); opportunity to visit St. Maksymilian's cell. Return to Warsaw; visiting the city churches. Dinner, overnight.

DAY 3:
Leave Warsaw for Krakow via Czestochowa. A Holy Mass in the Black Madonna Chapel at Jasna Gora. Tour of Pauline Monastery and Treasure House. Depart for dinner and overnight stay in a hotel in Krakow.

DAY 4:
Visit to Wawel Cathedral and St. Mary's Basilica in Market Square. Afternoon visit to a modern church in Nowa Huta (the Ark of the Lord); Holy Mass. Free time.

DAY 5:
Early departure for Zakopane and Ludzmierz, the oldest settlement in the Podhale region. Early 15th-century miracle-working statue of Our Lady of Ludzmierz in a l9th-century church. Return to Krakow via Wadowice - birthplace of Pope John Paul ll (Karol Wojtyla), visit to a museum in his house; and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska: l7th-century Observant Franciscan church and priory, with a famous 42-station Calvary scattered over the countryside.

DAY 6:
Krakow. A visit to Lagiewniki Church for a Mass. Shrine of the Divine Mercy, place associated with Saint Sister Faustyna Kowalska (1905-1938). Afternoon free.

DAY 7:
Departure from Krakow with an opportunity to visit the site of the former Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz with Memorial Museum; Piekary Slaskie, spiritual capital of Silesia, miraculous painting of Our Lady of Social Justice and Charity. Depart for Strzelce Opolskie and St. Anne's Mt., a shrine and Baroque Franciscan church and priory. Dinner and overnight stay in Opole or Wroclaw.

DAY 8:
Early departure for the border at Kudowa Zdroj via Bardo Slaskie on the Nysa Klodzka River (shrine with a statue of the Virgin and Child). Holy Mass. Group departure e.g. for Prague, or alternatively departure flight from Wroclaw Airport.

Particular 3/5-day segments of this round trip are available (e.g."Following Pope John Paul II" or "Following St. Sister Faustyna"). There are many more shrines and holy places in Poland worth visiting, and we will be able to prepare a special itinerary on request. Holy Mass service on everyday basis is available.

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