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Traditional Pilgrimage to Poland and the Czech Republic

With Fr. Krzysztof Sanetra, FSSP

Accompanied by Tour Director Susan Kotnik

“Feasts of the Assumption and Our Lady of Częstochowa in Poland

August 13 – 27, 2018

Registration is open.

Reaffirm and celebrate your faith on this unique tour exploring the rich history of Catholicism in Poland, Bohemia and Moravia.  Along the way you will visit some of the most cherished shrines in the Catholic world, including the Infant of Prague, Our Lady of Częstochowa (the Black Madonna) and the Divine Mercy.  See where both Pope St. John Paul II and St. Faustina were born and lived.  Daily Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the holy sites.

Frequently Asked Questions

When?
August 13– 27, 2018
Where?
Poland, Czech Republic (Bohemia and Moravia), Katowice, Częstochowa, Warsaw, Swinice Warckie, Glogowiec, Plock, Wrocław, Swidnica, Legnica, Prague, Kraków, Lagiwniki, Auschwitz, Wadowice, Zakopane, Nowa Huta, Wieliczka, and more.
Cost?
$4,199 CAD  Land-Only Option (Airfare is additional cost)

What is included?

  • accommodations for 13 nights in hotels
  • ground transportation in deluxe motor coach
  • buffet breakfasts daily, 1 lunch, 12 dinners
  • entry fees and guided tours
  • local tour guides, North American tour director
  • daily Mass in Latin at the holy sites
  • and much more

Does the cost include air?
No, this tour is land-only.  The tour begins in Poland and ends in Poland.  Contact us for arrival and departure details.

Itinerary

Day 1 – August 13, 2018: Depart North America

Overnight flight from North America (meals on flight).

Day 2 – August 14, 2018: Arrive in Katowice, Częstochowa

Welcome to Poland!  Arrival in Katowice, just south of Częstochowa.  Transfer to hotel for check-in.  Evening prayers at the monastery of Jasna Góra, the most famous Marian shrine in Poland.  Witness the evening celebration of the closing of the miraculous icon of the Black Madonna.  A place of grace and miracles.  Dinner and overnight in Częstochowa.  (D)

Day 3 – August 15, 2018: Częstochowa

Spend the day at the monastery of Jasna Góra, founded in 1382 by Pauline monks.  Get to know this unique place of pilgrimage, immersed in history and spirituality.  Experience the celebration of the Solemnity of the Assumption at this immensely important Marian centre in the Catholic world.  Dinner and overnight in Częstochowa.  (B, D)

Day 4 – August 16, 2018: Częstochowa, Warsaw

Enjoy the picturesque journey to Warsaw, the capital city of Poland.  Tour the historic city center with a private guide.  Admire the Old Town with its churches and squares.  Check-into hotel.  Optional Chopin piano recital (by a Polish virtuoso pianist), at one of the city’s historic palaces (extra cost).  Dinner in an authentic restaurant and overnight in Warsaw. (B, D)

Day 5 – August 17, 2018: Warsaw, Swinice Warckie, Glogowiec, Plock

This morning we depart for a drive through the countryside to Swinice Warckie for a guided tour of the parish church in Swince where St. Faustina grew up.  Visit her family home in the village of Glogowiec.  Guided visit of the monastery of St. Faustina at Plock, where the young nun experienced her first miraculous visions of Christ.  Dinner and overnight in Warsaw.  (B, D)

Day 6 – August 18, 2018: Warsaw, Wrocław

Visit to Wrocław in Silesia.  At the end of World War II, the city was virtually destroyed during a three month siege, known as the Siege of Breslau.  Private local guide to tour the historic city center, including the historic cathedral and Second World War history.  Check-in to hotel.  Dinner and overnight in Wrocław.  (B, D)

Day 7 – August 19, 2018: Wrocław, Swidnica, Legnica, Prague

Scenic drive to Swidnica.  Guided visit of the timber-framed “Churches of Peace,” built after the Peace of Westphalia of 1648, today UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  Next we journey to Legnica, to visit the church of St. Jacek.  Arrival in Prague, a city preserved in time, spared the horrific bombings of the Second World War.  Check-in to hotel.  Dinner and overnight in Prague.  (B, D)

Day 8 – August 20, 2018: Prague

Welcome to Prague, a city of cultural attractions.  Meet with local guide for private sightseeing tour of the historic downtown, including Prague Castle, Jewish Quarter, the Our Lady of Victory chapel and the famous Holy Infant Jesus of Prague statue on Golden Street.  Dinner in typical local beer hall restaurant and overnight in Prague.  (B, D).

Day 9 – August 21, 2018: Prague, Kraków

Country drive through Moravia, back to Poland.  Lunch stop in a country village.  Arrival in one of the world’s great Catholic cities, Kraków.  A typical local dinner with Polish specialties and overnight in Kraków.  (B, D)

Day 10 – August 22, 2018: Kraków

Morning sightseeing with a private guide including: the famous Wawel Cathedral, Old Town, the Jewish Quarter known as “Kazimierz” and the Schindler Factory from the Second World War.  Afternoon guided visit to the Divine Mercy Shrine at Lagiewniki, where St. Faustina lived and died.  Visit the newly built “Have No Fear! John Paul II Centre,” that contains the cassock he wore the day he was shot on May 13, 1981.  Dinner at local restaurant with optional Polish folklore show and overnight in Kraków. (B, D)

Day 11 – August 23,2018: Kraków, Auschwitz, Wadowice

Guided tour of the notorious Second World War death camp, Auschwitz.  Visit the museum.  Walk through the camp.  See the room where St. Maximillian Kolbe died in cell 21, block 11.  Transfer to Wadowice, birthplace of St. John Paul II.  See the home where he was born and spent his youth and pray in the church next door where he was baptized.   Dinner at typical Jewish restaurant with traditional Klezmer music concert and overnight in Kraków.  (B, D)

Day 12 – August 24,2018: Kraków, Dunajec River, Zakopane

Drive through the Tatra mountains where St. John Paul II was fond of camping and skiing.  Optional rafting ride on the Dunajec River, one of Poland’s largest outdoor attractions.  Arrival at resort town of Zakopane, where skiing is popular.  Lunch in a typical alpine hut with live music and highlander folklore show.  Guided tour of the village.  See the Our Lady of Fatima church built by the alpine locals, in thanksgiving for the life of St. John Paul II having been spared in light of the 1981 assassination attempt on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.  Dinner on our own and overnight in Kraków.  (B, L)

Day 13 – August 25,2018: Kraków, Nowa Huta

Visit the historic Nowa Huta, a suburb built by the Soviets to be a showpiece for Stalinism.  See the controversial church built by the workers in defiance of the Communist authorities, consecrated by the future St. John Paul II when he was the local Archbishop.  Afternoon is free for rest, relaxation or exploring on your own.  Optional visit to the famed Wieliczka Salt Mines, an UNESCO World Heritage Site (extra cost).  Dinner at a popular Old Town restaurant with Polish cuisine and overnight in Kraków. (B, D)

Day 14 – August 26, 2018: Kraków, Częstochowa

Day trip to Częstochowa for the magnificent celebrations of the patronal feast day of the Black Madonna.  Witness history as the nation comes to pay homage to Our Lady on her special feast day with a day full of celebrations.  Farewell dinner at a traditional Old Town restaurant and overnight in Kraków.  (B, D)

Day 15 – August 27, 2018: Return to North America

Depart Kraków for return flights home.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

N.B. Itinerary is tentative and subject to change. 

Deposit

Your deposit of $1,000 CAD is due upon registration along with your completed registration form and copy of your passport photo page.  These tours fill quickly – do not miss out.

Deadline for Registration

Final payment is due June 15, 2018.

Price

$4,199 CAD per person, land-only (double occupancy).

Single Supplement

$860 CAD.

Gratuities

168 EURO per person (12 EURO per day) approximately $245 CAD.

Travel Insurance

We always recommend you purchase international travel insurance that includes medical – this is done at time of deposit/registration.

Is this tour for you?

Please note: you must be able to carry your own luggage on wheels.  You must be in good physical shape.  There is a significant amount of walking.  You must be flexible.

Terms and Conditions

Please take a look at our link and read the information carefully.

Contact

For more details and full itinerary, please contact Tour Director SUSAN KOTNIK: susankotnik@gmail.com.

REGISTRATION FORM: TBA