Central European Pilgrimage Tour
CENTRAL EUROPEAN PILGRIMAGE TOUR ( 10 days / 9 nights )
VIENNA (2) – BUDAPEST (2) – ZAKOPANE (2) – KRAKOW (3)
Day 1 – VIENNA – Schoenbrunn – VIENNA ( D)
- Arrival Vienna, transfer to the hotel, check in
- excursion to Schoenbrunn – one of imperial residences
- Welcome dinner, overnight in Vienna
Day 2 –VIENNA – Melk – VIENNA ( B, D )
- Half day tour of Vienna including Opera House, City Hall, the Ring, houses designed by Viennese artist Hundertwasser, entrance to Stephen’s Cathedral and Hofburg Palace.
- In the afternoon excursion to Melk ( 90 km ), visit Melk Abbey – aworld-famous Benedictine abbey in Austria, located above the town of Melk on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Danube river in Lower Austria, adjoining the Wachau valley
- Return to Vienna, dinner at local restaurant
- Evening optional : visit and relax at Prater or Johann Strauss Concert at Kursalon
Day 3 – VIENNA – Vienna Woods – BUDAPEST ( B, D )
- After breakfast visit to Vienna Woods with Seegrotte , Mayerling hunting lodge and Cistercian Abbey of Holy Cross ( Heiligenkreuz )
- Departure for Budapest ( 250 km )
- Arrival Budapest, check in
- Gulash party dinner at the local restaurant
Day 4 – BUDAPEST ( B, D)
- Half day tour of Budapest including Houses of Parliament, Fisherman’s Bastions, Old Town and Royal Palace in Buda, panorama of the city from Gellert Hill, Heroes Square. Walking along famous Vaci Utca. Entrance to Mathias Church and St. Stephen’s Cathedral
- In the afternoon river cruise on the Danube with glass of wine
- Dinner and overnight in Budapest
Day 5 – BUDAPEST – Esztergom – ZAKOPANE ( B, D)
- Departure for Esztergom ( 50 km ) – visit 11th century Castle and Cathedral
- Continue to Zakopane ( 360 km )
- Dinner at a local restaurant-highlanders’ inn with local cuisine specialities and folklore show
Day 6 – ZAKOPANE ( B, D)
- After breakfast sightseeing of Zakopane – the winter capital of Poland and Tatra mountains and John Paul II favourite place for trekking and hiking during summer and skiing in winter.
- Visit Our Lady of Fatima church – a votive church ( thanksgiving for surviving the Ali Agca’s attempt on his life ), walk along famous Krupowki Street and old part of the town with wooden houses in Zakopane’s architecture style, funicular train ride to Gubalowka Hill to admire the panorama of Tatras, visit Wooden Church with Old Cemetery etc
- In the afternoon walk to Hala Kalatowki with en-route visit to hermitage of Holy Albert Chmielowski and Albertine convent
- Dinner and overnight in Zakopane
Day 7 – ZAKOPANE – Wadowice – Kalwaria Zebrzydowska – KRAKOW ( B, D)
- After breakfast departure for Wadowice – the town where pope John Paul II was born and baptized. Visit the Holy Father’s family home which is now a museum dedicated to his life and activity and a parish church where he was baptized
- Continue to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska – a pilgrimage sanctuary 17th century complex with Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels and 41 chapels and stations of the cross on the hill recreating the Jerusalem from the times of Christ. As a young boy John Paul II went on many pilgrimages to the sanctuary. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is listed on UNESCO list from 1999.
- Transfer to Krakow,
- Evening free
- Dinner and overnight in Krakow
Day 8 – KRAKOW – Lagiewniki – KRAKOW ( B, D )
- After breakfast half day tour of Krakow including places connected to John Paul II. Apart from standard city attractions the route includes St. Florian Church – the first church in Krakow where Karol Wojtyla was a curate, St. Mary’s Church with a memorial plague commemorating the White March that took place in 1981, Collegium Novum of Jagiellonian University where Karol Wojtyla lectured in theology after WWII, the Archbishop’s Palace on Franciszkanska 3 where he lived for a number of years with famous “papa’s window” and Archdiocese Museum.
- In the afternoon visit to the Sanctuary of St. Faustina in Lagiewniki ( Shrine of Divine Mercy ) in the suburbs of Krakow. The church consecrated by John Paul II during his last pilgrimage to Poland in 2002 is one of the largest pilgrimages centres. Participating in the Holy Mass
- Dinner at the local restaurant, overnight in Krakow
Day 9 – KRAKOW – Czestochowa – Auschwitz – KRAKOW ( B , D )
- After breakfast transfer to Czestochowa, guided visit at the Jasna Gora Monastery – the destination of numerous pilgrimages of Poles and Roman Catholics of other nationalities to admire Miraculous Painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary ( Black Madonna ).
- Optional : Holly Mass in Black Madonna Chapel
- In the afternoon drive to Auschwitz-Birkenau museum of martyrdom, the largest Nazi concentration camp during WWII where 1,2 million prisoners died.
- Farewell dinner at local restaurant in Krakow with folklore show, overnight in Krakow
Day 10 – KRAKOW ( B )
- After breakfast transfer to the airport for the departure flight home