|Purpose:||Faith, Art, History, Culture, Fun|
|No. of days:||9 days - 7 nights|
|First & Last Cities:||Krakow, Warsaw|
|Other cities:||Wieliczka, Auschwitz, Czestochowa, Torun, Lichen, Gdansk|
|Starting cost:||On Request|
Tour does not include
Hotels in your Tour:
CATEGORY: The hotels provided may be 3, 4 or 5-star hotels
LOCATION: The location may be in the center of main cities
MEAL PLAN: Normally we include daily breakfast and dinner for all groups. However the meal plan may vary depending on the organizer's request
All hotels will be requested after discussion with the group Organizer
The Itinerary may be changed to accommodate the desires of the Group Organizer and the number of days may be increased or reduced to fit particular needs.
“I extend a heartfelt embrace to the Polish land, to all its inhabitants, to each and every one of you and a sincere greeting of love and of peace...Poland, my dear homeland... God raises you and treats you in a special manner, but know to be grateful to Him (Diary, 1038). With these words, taken from the Diary of St. Faustina, I want to take my leave from you, dear Brothers and Sisters, my Compatriots! ...Upon leaving, I kiss this land, from which my heart can never detach itself. Omnipotent God bless you: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” (John Paul II, June 16, 1983)
Day 1: USA, Krakow
Board your overnight international flight to Krakow, via Warsaw. Dinner and breakfast are served on board.
Day 2: Krakow
! Upon arrival, meet with your escort and transfer to your hotel for check in. Enjoy a tour of the city including: the Wawel Cathedral, Poland's national sanctuary with 1000-year-old history, the coronation site of Polish monarchs; the Wawel Royal Castle; the Jagiellonian University founded in 1364, the second oldest university in Central Europe; the Barbican Gate both a principal gateway and a key element of the ancient cities’ defense; the Market Square with the Renaissance Cloth Hall; and St. Mary’s Basilica: a brick gothic church particularly famous for its wooden altar. Overnight in Krakow. [D]
Day 3: Krakow, Divine Mercy Sanctuary, Wieliczka
Drive to Lagiewniki, site of the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, where St. Faustina Kowalska died on October 5, 1938. Celebrate Mass and visit the convent chapel where her body lies beneath the miraculous image of the Divine Mercy. Continue to Wieliczka a UNESCO recognized world heritage site, to visit one of the world's oldest operating salt mines that form an "underground town" with churches, lakes and passages. Check-in at the hotel, dinner and overnight in Wieliczka [B/D]
Day 4: Wieliczka, Wadowice, Auschwitz, Czestochowa
Depart for Czestochowa en route stop at Wadowice , birthplace of John Paul II to. Continue to Auschwitz (Oswiecim) the Nazi concentration camp, now a museum, pay tribute to the many victims of the Holocaust. Tour of the permanent exhibitions and buildings at the Auschwitz I-Main Camp and the most important original camp buildings in Auschwitz II-Birkenau: prisoner barracks, the unloading platform (ramp), and the ruins of gas chamber and crematoria II or III. Continue to Czestochowa for dinner and overnight at the hotel. [B/D]
Day 5: Czestochowa, Torun
After breakfast we drive to Jasna Góra to visit the Pauline monastery complex, one of the most important places for Polish Catholics and a popular pilgrimage destination for centuries. What makes the place special is the Black Madonna icon of Virgin Mary from the 6th century. It is believed to be miraculous and that’s why thousands of people bring here their wishes, prayers and hopes. Beloved by Pope John Paul II, the monastery is also a unique defensive complex with a baroque Church of Holy Cross and Nativity of Mary, gothic Chapel of The Virgin and impressive walls, gates and bastions. Visit also the Treasury Museum and the ancient weapons collections. In the afternoon depart for Torun, a town founded by the Teutonic Knights. Dinner and overnight Torun. [B/D]
Day 6: Torun, Lichen, Gdansk
Breakfast at the hotel and introduction to Nicolaus Copernicus, a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer who formulated a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than the Earth at the center of the universe, who was born in the city and gave his name to the university. After, depart for the Marian sanctuary of Lichen to see the Icon of the Virgin Mary from Lichen, one of Poland's most important pilgrimage and Apparition sites. The basilica is the biggest church in Poland, 8th largest in Europe and 12th in the world. Its design is extremely symbolic: two-storey shrine, belfry and tower. 33 steps lead towards the church meaning the length of Jesus’ earthly life. 365 windows and 52 doors symbolize the number of days and weeks in the year. 12 columns symbolizing the 12 Apostles support the Basilica’s vault and the 4 columns supporting the dome symbolize the four Evangelists. Since 2006 the Miraculous Icon of Our Lady of Licheń has been placed in a tabernacle on the main altar next to the text of the oldest polish Marian song: The Mother of God. Continue to Gdansk, known as the “Baltic’s pearl”. Sinner and overnight in Gdansk. [B/D]
Day 7: Gdansk
A strategic and highly influential port for nearly a thousand years, Gdańsk was a stronghold of the Teutonic Knights, and later became an influential city within the Hanseatic League during the Middle Ages. Following the end of communism, Gdańsk opened its doors to the world, and has in recent decades become a growing tourist attraction. While remaining one of the Baltic's most important port cities, Gdańsk has benefited highly from its charming historic old town streets, many museums, and its excellent access to the popular coastline of the Baltic.
After breakfast visit the Long Market including the Neptune Fountain: a bronze statue of the sea-god erected in 1549 and converted to a fountain in 1633-, the Golden House, the Artus Court symbol of the city's power in the 16th and 17th centuries, the Oliwa Cathedral, the seaside health resort center of Sopot and the harbor city of Gdynia. Dinner and overnight in Gdansk. [B/D]
Day 8: Gdansk, Malbork, Warsaw
Breakfast at the hotel and departure to Malbork to visit the castle. This 13th-century fortified monastery (UNESCO World Heritage site) belonging to the Teutonic Order was substantially enlarged and embellished after 1309, when the seat of the Grand Master moved here from Venice. A particularly fine example of a medieval brick castle, it later fell into decay, but was meticulously restored in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Many of the conservation techniques now accepted as standard were evolved here. Following severe damage in the Second World War it was once again restored, using the detailed documentation prepared by earlier curators. Continue to Warsaw for the farewell dinner and tour of the city at night. Overnight in Warsaw. [B/D]
Day 9: Warsaw, USA
Transfer to Warsaw International Airport for your return flight back to the USA. [B]
[B] = Breakfast | [D] = Dinner | [B/D] = Breakfast and Dinner
The price for the group will be quoted based on the number of passengers, season, hotel type and meal plan.
Group organizers always travel for free if the group has 15 or more paying passengers.
Inclusion of tour conductors maybe considered at time of request.
Tour Code: IT07KRK17MSH