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This spiritual journey through Poland and onto Prague reminds us of the great faith of the people of this region of Europe. From St. Maximillian Kolbe, who volunteered his life for a fellow prisoner's at Auschwitz to Pope John Paul II, whose birthplace we will visit, we are humbly reminded of Our Lord Jesus Christ's commandment to St. Faustina Kowalska, then a simple, uneducated nun of deep faith, to whom God chose to entrust the mission that would have a threefold purpose:
  * to remind the world of the known yet forgotten truth of the merciful love of God
    towards man
  * to convey new forms of devotion to the Divine Mercy
  * to initiate a great movement of devotees and apostles of Divine Mercy who would
    lead people toward an evangelical spirit of a childlike confidence in God and an
    active love of neighbor
Warsaw, Czestochowa, Krakow and Prague
10 Days - Poland and Czech Republic
Itinerary
Day 1: Depart the USA on an international flight to Warsaw, Poland. Meals will be served on the overnight flight.
Day 2: Upon arrival in Poland, we are welcomed in the Warsaw by our Tour Director who will transfer us to our hotel. Dinner and overnight in Warsaw.
Day 3: After breakfast, enjoy a panoramic city tour of Warsaw on our way to Niepokolanow, which was home to St. Maximillian Kolbe, where we will visit the Franciscan monastery where he lived and worked. Then we proceed to Czestochowa, the spiritual capital of Poland, to visit the Jasna Gora monastery which houses the miraculous icon of the Black Madonna, painted by St. Luke the Apostle on a tablet made by St. Joseph for the Holy Family. It was taken from Jerusalem to Constantinople, and in the 10th century was given to Princess Anna, wife of Vladimir of Kiev. Dinner and overnight in Czestochowa.
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Day 5:
We continue our journey to Wieliczka, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site where miners have carved elaborate underground rooms, altars and sculptures such as Pope John Paul II, within the Miocene salt mines. We then proceed to Krakow where we will celebrate Mass. Dinner and overnight in Krakow.

This morning, we begin our walking tour of Krakow. Undamaged in World War II, it is one of Europe’s most beautiful medieval towns. We will visit the Cathedral, St. Mary’s Church and the famous Wawel Castle. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this wonderful city on our own. Stroll through the Old Town and the ancient Market Square and shop for a few souvenirs of amber, leather and crystal. Dinner and overnight in Krakow.
Day 6: After breakfast, we depart for the Nazi Concentration Camp of Auschwitz, a name synonymous with the Holocaust. Here, we will also visit the Martyrdom Museum commemorating where millions died during World War II. Included is the cell of St. Maximillian Kolbe, a Franciscan friar who was a prisoner here in 1941 who voluntarily offered to die in exchange for the life of his fellow inmate. In the afternoon, we will celebrate Mass in Lagiewniki, site of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, where Sr. Faustina died on Oct. 5, 1938. We will visit the convent chapel in which her body lies beneath the miraculous image of the Divine Mercy. It was on Feb. 22, 1931 that Jesus had appeared to her, entrusting her with God's mission. Asked by the Lord, Sr. Faustina had taken the task of having the picture of His Divine Mercy painted, with the inscription "Jesu, Ufam Tobie" ("Jesus, I Trust In You"). Through her 697 page diary "Divine Mercy In My Soul", she is now known as St. Faustina Kowalska after being canonized by His Holiness Pope John Paul II on April 30, 2000. Dinner and overnight in Krakow.
Day 7: Our day unwinds as we travel to Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla, who would later become Pope John Paul II. Our brief stop will include a visit to their family house which has been turned into a museum. Then we proceed to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, famous for the "Calvary Paths" which Pope John Paul II used to walk to and from Wadowice. We then bid farewell to Poland as we continue our journey to Prague in the Czech Republic. Dinner and overnight in Prague.
Day 8: After breakfast, we start the day with a panoramic city tour of the Golden City of Prague, which includes the State Opera, National Museum, Wenceslas Square and Prague’s Castle District. Then we continue with a walking tour of the Hradcany district by crossing the famous Charles Bridge, then onto visit St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George Basilica, the Loreto Church, St. Nicholas Church, Old Royal Palace and the Golden Lane, culminating at the Church of Our Lady of Victory where the original Infant Jesus of Prague is kept and where we will be celebrating Mass. Dinner and overnight in Prague.
Day 9: A free day to enjoy Prague on our own. Dinner and overnight in Prague.
Day 10: We bid farewell to Prague as we depart for the airport to catch our return flight to the U.S. for a same day arrival.
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