Pilgrimage & Cultural Heritage Tour
PILGRIMAGE & CULTURAL HERITAGE TOUR ( 9 days/ 8 nights )
PRAGUE (2) – KUDOWA ZDROJ (1) – WROCLAW (1) – KRAKOW (4)
Day 1 – PRAGUE ( D)
- Arrival Prague, transfer to the hotel, check in
- Half day city tour of Prague ( on UNESCO list from 1992 )starting from Prague Castle ( Hradcany ), St. Vitus Cathedral and Golden Lane. Walk along medieval Charles Bridge with the sculpture of St. John of Nepomuk, Czech saint to Old Town Market Square with Town Hall and Astronomic Cloth in the middle. Continue to Lesser Town (Mala Strana ). Visit Loreto with Santa Cassa , St. Nicolas church and St. George Basilica.
- Free time for visiting Josefov –the Jewish district of Prague and walk on Kampa Island
- Holy mass at the Church of Our Lady of Victory – the home of the miraculous Infant Jesus of Prague in Lesser Town
- Welcome dinner, overnight in Prague
Day 2 –PRAGUE – Karlstejn Castle – PRAGUE ( B, D )
- After breakfast excursion to Karlstejn Castle – 30 km from Prague, a large Gothic castle with Holy Cross Chapel . Castle was founded in 14th century by king Charles IV. Now it is a castle served as a place for safekeeping the Bohemian/Czech crown jewels, holy relics, and other royal treasures.
- Return to Prague, dinner at local restaurant
- Evening optional : river cruise on Vltava River or a fountain show
Day 3 – PRAGUE – Kutna Hora – KUDOWA ZDROJ ( B, D ) 180 km
- After breakfast departure for Kutna Hora ( 75 km )– to visit St. Barbara Gothic Cathedral ( on UNESCO list from 1995 ), Church of the Assumption of Our Lady and Saint John the Baptist and Ossuary ( scull chapel )
- Continue to Kudowa Zdroj in Poland ( 105 km )
- Check in at hotel Kudowa & SPA
- In the afternoon a stroll through the resort & SPA park, taste a curative water from the local mineral water spring
Day 4 – KUDOWA ZDROJ – Wambierzyce – Swidnica – WROCLAW ( B, D) 140 km
After breakfast visit to Scull Chapel in Czermna and Wambierzyce ( 30 km ) – a town rebuilt on the model of Jerusalem with basilica of Birth of Blessed Virgin Mary and largest Calvary in Poland ( 130 stations of cross and 17 gates on a hill )
Day 5 – WROCLAW – Czestochowa – KRAKOW ( B, D)
- In the morning a brief tour of Wroclaw including Old Town with Town Hall, Ostrow Tumski – the oldest part of the city with many churches including St. John the Baptist Cathedral from 13th Visit Univerisity with Aula Leopoldina and Centenial Hall ( People’s Hall ) UNESCO 2006
- Departure for Czestochowa ( 200 km ), guided visit 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
- Arrival Krakow, dinner and overnight
Day 6 – KRAKOW – Wieliczka – 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 of Wieliczka Salt Mine ( UNESCO list 1978 )- unique underground tourist route leading through the chambers and chapels sculpted in salt.
- Evening optional : short tour of former Jewish district and a concert of Klezmer music
Day 7 – KRAKOW – Wadowice – Kalwaria Zebrzydowska – Lagiewniki – 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
- On the way back 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 and overnight in Krakow
Day 8 – KRAKOW – Auschwitz – KRAKOW ( B, D )
- In the morning transfer to Auschwitz-Birkenau museum of martyrdom, the largest Nazi concentration camp during WWII where 1,2 million prisoners died ( UNESCO list 1979 )
- Farewell dinner at local restaurant in Krakow with folklore show, overnight in Krakow
Day 9 KRAKOW ( B )
- After breakfast transfer to the airport for the departure flight home