13 Days Poland and Prague Pilgrimage - June 29 - July 11, 2020 - hosted by Elias Nawawieh Led by Deacon Keith Kolodziej

13 Days Poland and Prague Pilgrimage - June 29 - July 11, 2020 - hosted by Elias Nawawieh Led by Deacon Keith Kolodziej

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Trip Hosts: Elias Nawawieh & Deacon Keith Kolodziej

 

Day 1:    Departure – Atlanta – Gdansk Poland

  • Depart for your overnight flight to Poland. Meals will be served on board!

Day 2:    Gdansk arrival

  • Arrive in Gdansk Airport by our scheduled flight and claim the luggage.
  • Drive to the hotel for check-in. Welcome dinner and overnight at the hotel in Gdansk (D)

Attention: Schedule on this day is subject to change depending on flight details.

Day 3: Gdansk – Gdynia – Sopot - Gdansk

  • After breakfast we have a half day guided tour of Gdansk to include the Gothic majesty that is the St. Mary's Church (entrance included)– the largest brick church in the world. Proceed to the dark and threatening Jailing Tower before setting your feet upon the Royal Route. The Golden Gate and its proud statues and inscriptions, then we head down towards the water. German and Dutch-style townhouses flank you and hustle you towards the famed Neptune statue, a landmark here in Gdansk. Finally, get a feel for pre-war Gdansk on the charming and totally original Mariacka Street (known worldwide for its unique architecture) before completing your journey on Dlugie Pobrzeze, the street that runs alongside the calm Motlawa Canal
  • Lunch on your own
  • Arrive Gdynia for a panoramic tour with tour escort. Gdynia what was only a humble Kaszubian fishing village less than 100 years ago, has since become one of Poland's economic miracles. The rapid rise of Gdynia has resulted in a massive shipyard, a proud maritime university.
  • Continue on to Sopot to include it’s ‘molo’ – wooden pier (entrance fee included) considered longest on the Baltic Sea.
  • Drive back to Gdansk. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Gdansk (B, D)

Day 4: Gdansk – Torun – Plock - Warsaw

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Drive to Torun, see the Torun Old Town, starting with the Leaning Tower, part of the city’s medieval walls. Left undamaged by World War II, the Old Town of Torun was inscribed by UNESCO in 1997 for its largely intact medieval street plan and outstanding buildings. (exterior visits)
  • Lunch on your own
  • Continue to Warsaw with a stop in Plock to visit the convent where Sr. Faustina lived in 1931. It is here where Jesus appeared to her bringing the wonderful message of Mercy for all of the mankind and asking her to “paint a picture according to the image that you see.” Faustina arranged to have the vision painted into the picture with the inscription “Jesus, I trust in You!”
  • Continue to Warsaw, check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Warsaw (B, D)

Day 5: Warsaw

  • After breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a guided city tour of Warsaw. Visit the bustling Old Town Square, where horse-drawn carriages carry visitors past beautifully rebuilt Baroque house and Renaissance-style storefronts. Traditional Polish cafes and shops surround the square, which has been restored to its 13th-century charm. Visit the Royal Castle, a magnificent example of baroque architecture, built on this site originally for the Mazovian Dukes and now, a museum housing furniture, and various objects of art. (exterior views)
  • Lunch on your own
  • Transfer to the St. James Church, iconic for its tower and square base. This church is where Helena Kowalska prayed extensively upon entering Warsaw. Also, it is where she confessed all that burdened her soul and asked for the advice of Rev. James Dabrowski which eventually resulted in the Saint entering the convent.
  • Later visit Warsaw Rising Museum – chronicling the events of the Warsaw Uprising that began on Aug 1st, 1944 - Using interactive displays featuring the weapons of the uprising, love letters, actual footage, and many other artifacts, relive this, one of the most harrowing events in Polish History in one of Poland’s most important museums. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Warsaw (B, D)

Day 6: Warsaw – Wroclaw

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out and depart for Wroclaw
  • Lunch on your own en route
  • After lunch we have a guided tour of the city during which we will see the brightly colored facades of the noble mansions and the flower markets on the Plac Solny, the Baroque splendor of the “Rynek” and be introduced to Wroclaw’s cheeky Gnomes. See Town Hall then continue to Ostrow Tumski and Piasek Island with churches, bridges, Cathedrals and narrow alleys. (exterior views)
  • Visit Panorama of Raclawice a monumental cycloramic painting depicting the Battle of Racławice, The painting is one of only a few preserved relics of a genre of 19th century mass culture, and the oldest in Poland
  • Check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Wroclaw (B, D)

Day 7: Wroclaw - Czestochowa - Krakow

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Depart for Czestochowa
  • Lunch on your own upon arrival
  • Visit Jasna Gora (entrance fee included), the monastery that withstood the repeated onslaught of overwhelming Swedish Forces during the religious wars of the 17th century. Since then its Black Madonna is venerated as the “Queen of Poland” and has become the country’s national symbol.
  • Continue to Krakow, check into the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Krakow (B, D)

Day 8: Krakow

  • Following breakfast, proceed to Wawel Hill to see Wawel Royal Castle and visit the Cathedral (entrance included) which is one of the most beautiful Renaissance residences in central Europe. Continue to Krakow's Old Town to see the main Market Square, the Church of St. Mary (entrance included), Cloth Hall, City Hall Tower, Kanonicza Street where Pope St. John Paul II resided while living in Krakow and the Collegium Maius (courtyard view) where he was a student.
  • Enjoy lunch on your own in the centre of Krakow
  • Free evening to enjoy this magnificent city
  • Dinner at the local restaurant in Krakow (3 course, 1 glass of wine or beer or soft drink) with folk show.
  • Overnight at the hotel in Krakow (B, D)

Day 9: Krakow - Wieliczka Salt Mines – Lagiewniki (Divine Mercy) – Have No Fear Saint John Paul II Centre - Krakow

  • Breakfast at the hotel than we transfer to Wieliczka. Enjoy a guided tour of the world famous Wieliczka Salt Mine (entrance fee included). Known for its beautiful underground constructions made of salt, the mines include Biblical icons and a statue of Pope St. John Paul II. It is a unique place where many generations of Polish miners have created chambers with richly decorated chapels.
  • Lunch on your own
  • Drive to Lagiewniki , the capital of the Divine Mercy. It was here that the message of the Divine Mercy originated, which Christ Himself wished to pass on to our generation through the mediation of St. Faustina. The Sanctuary houses grace working image of the Merciful Jesus and the relics of St. Faustina. As we visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy we will see St. Faustina's convent chapel and her Tomb.
  • We visit the newly constructed Shrine of Divinity dedicated by Pope John Paul II on his last visit to Poland in 2002. We celebrate Mass at the Shrine before we visit the new center "Have no Fear" where we pray by the relic of Saint Pope John Paul II.
  • Return to Krakow for dinner and overnight at the hotel in Krakow (B, D)

Day 10: Krakow – Auschwitz – Wadowice - Krakow

  • Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Auschwitz
  • Visit Auschwitz Concentration Camp (guided tour included) where St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein) faced martyrdom and St. Maximilian Kolbe died in the Death Block from starvation after volunteering his life for that of a fellow prisoner.
  • Lunch on your own
  • Then we will drive to Wadowice to visit the birthplace of Pope John Paul II and his childhood home which is now a museum (entrance fee included). and the Church of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary where he was baptized.
  • Return to Krakow for dinner and overnight at the hotel (B, D)

Day 11: Krakow – Zakopane

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Transfer to Zakopane where we will have an opportunity to enjoy a short walk on one of St. John Paul II's favorite walking trails in Zakopane.
  • Lunch on your own upon arrival
  • Make our way to the Sanctuary of the Holy Virgin of Fatima, a chapel constructed in 1999 in gratitude for Pope John Paul II’s survival of an assassination attempt. We enjoy a funicular ride to the heights of Mt. Gubalowka (entrance fee included / subject to confirmation upon weather conditions) for a stunning view of the Tatra Mountains and the town of Zakopane.
  • We have some free time for lunch and shopping at Krupowki Street in the local bazaar.
  • Take part in a traditional enthralling ride on the horse carriages through the forest ending at wooden hut with “bigos” (national Polish dish) and sausages on bonfire. Overnight at the hotel in Zakopane (B, D)

Day 12: Zakopane  – Prague

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out.
  • Depart for Prague. On our way we stop for independent lunch.  Check into the hotel.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Prague (B, D)

Day 13: Prague

  • After breakfast, you will meet your local guide and begin a tour of beautiful Prague.
  • Visit Castle District (entrance fee included) where you tour St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George Basilica. See also Loreto Church, Strahov Monastery (exterior views) and visit the Church of Our Lady Victorious and the renowned statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague there.
  • Lunch on your own
  • Visit Old Town by way of Golden Lane and then go to the Lesser Town to see the medieval Charles Bridge that is adorned with many baroque statues and Wenceslas Square. You will also see St. Nicholas Church and famous Astronomic Clock (exterior views)
  • Dinner at the local restaurant in Prague (3 course, 1 glass of wine or beer or soft drink) with folk show. Overnight at the hotel in Prague. (B, D)

Day 14: Prague departure

  • Breakfast at the hotel and check-out. Drive to Prague Airport for your return flight. (B)

Attention: Schedule on this day is subject to change depending on flight details.

     


    Trip Date: June 29 - July 11, 2020

    Departure City: Atlanta, GA (other cities available)
    Price:
    $4490.00

    Package price includes the following:

    • Hotels on HB basis (3 course dinner, drinks excluded)
    • Comfortable 49-seater air-conditioned bus from day 2 till day 14
    • English speaking tour escort throughout the itinerary from day 2 till day 14
    • Entrance fees:
      Poland: St. Mary's Church in Gdansk, Pier in Sopot, Warsaw Rising Museum, Wawel Cathedral in Krakow, Church of St. Mary in Krakow, Wieliczka Salt Mine, Auschwitz Concentration Camp (audio guides), Museum of John Paul II in Wadowice, Funicular to Mt. Gubalowka (roundtrip), Jasna Gora Monastery
      Czech Republic: Hradcany Castle District (incl. St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George's Basilica, Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower)
    • Local guides:
      Poland: FD Gdansk incl. Gdynia and Sopot, HD Torun, FD Warsaw, Warsaw Rising Museum, HD Krakow, Wieliczka Salt Mine Auschwitz Concentration Camp (1 guide per each 30 pax), HD Wroclaw Czech Republic: FD Prague
    • Accommodation and meals for driver from day 2 till day 14
    • Accommodation and meals for tour escort from day 2 till day 14
    • Porterage service in & out at the hotel (1 pcs of luggage per pax)
    • Frees as above (max. 2 frees per group)
    • Tips for hotel staff and restaurants
    • Headsets (supplement 3 EUR/pax/day)

    Package price does not include the following:

    • Anything not mentioned above
    • Lunches
    • Drinks at meals (other than mentioned above)
    • Tips for local guides & driver
    • Donation at churches
    • Personal expenses
    • Optional visits and activities