Sanctuaries of North Poland

SANCTUARIES OF NORTH POLAND ( 8 days / 7 nights)

WARSAW (2) – POZNAN (1) – TORUN (1) – OLSZTYN (2) – WARSAW (1)


Day 1 – WARSAW ( D)

  • Arrival Warsaw, transfer to the hotel, check in
  • Holy Mass at Stanislaw Kostka Church where Father Jerzy Popieluszko, murdered by agents of the communist secret police in 1984 is buried
  • Welcome dinner, overnight in Warsaw


Day 2 – WARSAW – Niepokalanow – WARSAW ( B, D )

  • After breakfast sightseeing of Warsaw including Old Town with Barbican Walls, Castle Square, entrance to St. John’s Cathedral and Holly Cross Church, drive along Royal Route from Old Town to Belvedere Palace and Lazienki Park
  • After lunch departure for Niepokalanow – small village 30 km from Warsaw, famous for the Franciscan Monastery founded by St. Maksymilian Kolbe, a missionary and a martyr of the Auschwitz death camp, canonized by John Paul II. Sightseeing of basilica, chapel, Maksymilian Kolbe’s room, panorama of millennium, papa-mobile museum. Participating in the mass
  • Transfer back to Warsaw, dinner and overnight


Day 3 – WARSAW – Glogowiec – Lichen – POZNAN ( B, D ) 325 km

  • Departure for Lichen
  • En route stop in Glogowiec – the birthplace of Faustina Kowalska to see her family house and Swinice Warckie where she was baptised in a local parish church.
  • Arrival Lichen the second largest pilgrimages centre in Poland. Visit basilica of Our Lady of Sorrows, erected in 2004 after 10 years of construction. The eight largest church in Europe, twelfth in the world.
  • Continue to Poznan
  • Dinner and overnight in Poznan


Day 4 – Poznan – Gniezno – Torun ( B, D ) 165 km

  • Morning sightseeing of Poznan – the cradle of Christianity in Poland in the times of Mieszko I in X c. The first cathedral was erected on Tumski Island and now it houses the graves of Polish rulers including Mieszko I tomb. Visit Old Town, market square with famous , Renaissance style Town Hall and magnificent Baroque St. Stanislaus church.
  • Departure for Gniezno, where in 966 Mieszko I as a ruler of Poland was baptised. Visit Gothic cathedral church, situated on the Hill of Lech. The cathedral was coronation place of Polish kings and place of burial of St. Adalbert relics
  • Continue to Torun
  • After arrival city tour of Torun – Nicolas Copernicus town – including Old Town with Town Hall and Copernicus statue on the market square, St. Mary’s church, St. Johns’ Cathedral, ruins of the castle of Teutonic Knights and the city walls. Optional entrance to Copernicus House – museum or Gingerbread museum – Torun is famous for.
  • Dinner and overnight in Torun


Day 5 – TORUN – Gietrzwald – OLSZTYN ( B, L ) 180 km

  • After breakfast departure for Gietrzwald
  • Visit the Shrine of Lady of Warmia, called the “Polish Lourdes” in which in 1877 Our Lady appeared to the two girls. Visit St. Mary’s Church, Chapel of the Apparitions, the miraculous spring and stations of cross on the surrounding meadow. In 1970 Gietrzwald basilica got the name of minor basilica ( by pope Paul VI )
  • Lunch in the sanctuary
  • Transfer to Olsztyn for overnight
  • Optional : Polish specialities dinner at bonfire with horse ride show at Redykajne near Olsztyn


Day 6 – OLSZTYN – Swieta Lipka – OLSZTYN ( B,D ) 160 km

  • After breakfast drive to Swieta Lipka.
    Visit to the Basilica of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Marian shrine in Baroque style. Walk along arcades decorated with original frescoes, admire famous organ with moving figures.
    Participation in the organ concert
  • Afternoon optional : visit to Hitler’s headquarter ( Wolf’s Lair ) in Gierłoż
  • Return to Olsztyn, dinner, overnight


Day 7 – OLSZTYN – WARSAW ( B, D ) 215 km

  • After short familiarization tour of Olsztyn transfer to Warsaw
  • En route visit to open-air museum in Olsztynek museum of folk architecture presenting cottages and farms from Mazurian region, Mazovia and Lithuania, barns, taverns, churches, granaries etc )
  • Arrival Warsaw
  • Farewell dinner with folklore show at local restaurant in Warsaw


Day 8 – WARSAW ( B )

  • Transfer to the airport for the departure flight home

Optional : extension to Studzieniczna and Grabarka


Day 7 – OLSZTYN – Studzieniczna/ AUGUSTOW ( B, D ) 200 km

  • After breakfast depart for Studzieniczna near Augustow
  • Visit sanctuary in Studzieniczna located on the causeway, surrounded by the magnificent scenery of the Mazury lakes. Mass in front of the Miraculous Image of Our Lady in the chapel, which was visited by pope John Paul II in 1999
  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel in the vicinity of Augustow


Day 8 – Studzieniczna / AUGUSTOW – Grabarka – WARSAW ( B, D ) 340 km

  • After breakfast, drive via picturesque landscapes of east Poland to Visit the most important sanctuary of the Orthodox Church in Poland – Monastery of Saints Martha and Mary on the Holy Mount. Grabarka is also well-known from its unique hill of crosses
  • Continue to Warsaw ( 150 km )
  • Arrival Warsaw
  • Farewell dinner with folklore show at local restaurant in Warsaw


Day 9 – WARSAW ( B )

  • After breakfast transfer to the airport for the departure flight home

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