Join Deacon Ray & Patt Defendorf and Deacon George & Paula (Fidurski) Welch on a Pilgrimage to Poland departing on May 21, 2018! Prices starting at $2,998* from New York.
*All prices reflect a 4% cash discount
- All Inclusive Pricing
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Entrance and Program Fees
- First Class Hotels
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Guided Tours
- International Airfare from NY
Day 1 Depart USA
Depart on your overnight international flight.
Day 2 Arrive in Warsaw, Saxon Gardens, Royal Route, Holy Cross Church
Meet your driver and guide at the Warsaw airport. Visit the Saxon Gardens, the first royal grounds opened to the public in Europe (1727) and home to its Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Continue on to the Royal Way and the Holy Cross Church, where the composer Chopin’s heart is preserved in one of the pillars. Wander St. Stanislaw Kostka Church and learn about the Church’s stand against the Communist regime in Poland, and the work and struggles of Blessed Jerzy Popielusko. Check into your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 Warsaw, Barbican, St. John’s Church, Royal Castle, St. Mary’s Church, Old Town Market Square
Walk a portion of the rebuilt fortifications of the Barbican. This semicircular military post once protected the Polish Kings. Continue to St. John’s Cathedral, served as a coronation and burial site for the Dukes of Masovia. Stop at the Royal Palace, once the residence of the Polish kings. Pray in the Church of the Visitation of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, one of the oldest surviving churches in Poland. The cornerstone was laid in 1410. Finish the day in the Old Market Square, taking in the tastes and shopping of Warsaw. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 Niepokalanow, Basilica of St. Mary Immaculate, Czestochowa
Begin your travel south with a visit to the monastery at Niepokalanow, known as the City of the Immaculate Mother of God. Founded by Saint Maximillian Kolbe in the 1920’s, he and other priests were arrested here for their efforts to shelter Polish soldiers and refugees from the Nazis. Saint Kolbe would die in 1941 in place of another man selected by the Nazis to die. Continue your pilgrimage on to the city of Czestochowa, for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 Czestochowa, Monastery at Jasna Gora, Black Madonna Shrine, Armory, Treasury, Krakow
Visit the Pauline Monastery of Jasna Gora, home to the Black Madonna. Founded in 1382, the Madonna was a gift just two years later. Visit also the Armory and Treasury at the monastery. Enjoy some free time before journeying to Krakow for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 Krakow, St. Mary’s Basilica, Wawel Castle and Cathedral, Market Square, Cloth Hall
Begin the day at St. Mary’s Basilica. The trumpet blast from her tower every hour remembers the fall of the trumpeter who warned the city of a Mongol attack. Walwel Hill sits along the Vistula River. Here the Royal Place and Walwel Cathedral stand. Father Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) gave his first Mass here and later served as the Archbishop of Krakow. Enjoy the Market Square, with the Cloth Hall providing opportunities to purchase Polish folk art and jewelry. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 Oswiecim, Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Wadowice, Minor Basilica, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
Walk the grounds of Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in remembrance of those who lost their lives there. Then travel to Wadowice, the birthplace of Pope John Paul II, to see the Holy Father's home and the Minor Basilica that he attended in his youth. Continue to the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska sanctuary, often visited by Pope John Paul II. Return to Krakow for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 Zakopane
After breakfast, travel to Zakopane, a town in the magnificent Tatra Mountains. Your sightseeing tour of the town will include a funicular train ride to the top of Mount Gubalówka. Here you will enjoy a panoramic view as well as a visit to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima, built as a votive offering of thanks to her for saving the Pope’s life after the assassination attempt of May 13, 1981. Karol Wojtyla’s love of the region was fostered in his youth when he used to trek through the mountains with his father and brother. Return to Krakow for dinner and overnight.
Day 9 Return to USA
Return home inspired by the people and places of Poland, or continue on to Prague for an extension.
Enhance Your Journey
Prague Extension $698
May 29 - Brno
On your way to Prague, stop in Brno, the second largest Czech city and home to Spilberk Castle. Originally a royal castle when first built in the 1200’s, it has been used through the centuries as both a fortress and prison. From Moravians in 1620 to Czech citizens held by Nazis, there are many stories and legends that surround the site. Continue on to Prague for dinner and overnight.
May 30 - Prague
Today, enjoy a city tour of Prague. Explore one of the largest castles in the world, Prague Castle, and St. Vitus Cathedral. Walk the streets of the Stare Misto (Old Town) with its Astronomical Clock. Visit Wenceslas Square, named for the patron saint of Bohemia. Visit Our Lady of the Church Victorious. People around the world come to pay homage to the Infant Jesus of Prague here. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
May 31 - Prague – Day On Own
Today is yours to explore and shop in the city of Prague. Breakfast and dinner included at your hotel.
June 1 - Return to USA
Return home with memories of the people and places of Poland and Prague.