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Poland and Divine Mercy

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Divine Mercy Pilgrimage
         
  Group Divine Mercy from Dublin Online Booking
  Date 24 September 2024
  Depart from Boston via Dublin  
  Arrive to Krakow  
  Duration 9 nights  
  Price $3482*  

*Due to heavy traffic on the site the flight prices here could differ from the actual flight price charged by the airline, affecting the overall pricing slightly. The office will ring/email you when you make the booking to confirm the final pricing.
  • Return flights from Boston via Dublin to Krakow
  • 20kg baggage allowance to be checked in.
  • 5 nights at hotel 3*Wyspianski in Krakow
  • 2 nights at hotel 3*Mercure in Czestochowa
  • Breakfast daily at the hotels
  • 5 dinners at the hotel in Krakow (3 course meal + water + coffee/tea)
  • 2 dinners at the hotel in Czestochowa (3 course meal + water + coffee/tea)
  • Guided tour for Kanonicza street in Krakow
  • Guided tour in Wieliczka Salt Mine
  • Guided tour in the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum
  • Guided tours as per program
  • Chopin piano concert
  • Entry tickets for Wadowice
  • Entry tickets for Jasna Gora
  • Free Wi-Fi in hotels
  • Services of Marian Pilgrimages Tours representative and professional English-speaking guide throughout the pilgrimage
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach throughout the itinerary
  • All airport & local City taxes
  • Full religious programme organised by Marian Pilgrimages with a complete programme of sightseeing.
  • Mass daily & Spiritual activities
  • 1 overnight at a Dublin airport hotel
  • *** NOT INCLUDED ***
  • Single Supplement $450
  • Travel Insurance



 


Poland and Divine Mercy Day 1 - Depart USA

Check in at Boston airport for overnight transatlantic flight to Dublin, Ireland.

Day 2 - Arrive in Poland

On arrival in Dublin, collect your luggage and proceed to terminal 1. Check in for your Ryanair flight to Krakow. On arrival, we will be greeted by our Marian Pilgrimages guide and driver who will remain with us for the duration of our pilgrimage. Coach transfer to the hotel for 5 nights, dinner, bed & breakfast. After arrival, we will have a quick introduction to Krakow City and have some free time before returning to the hotel for dinner.

Day 3 - Krakow

This morning we have a tour of Krakow including a visit of Kazimierz and the Dominican Church. Krakow, the ancient capital of Poland, has been settled since the Stone Age. In 1038, the city became the capital, and Polish monarchs took up their residence in its Wawel Royal Castle which we visit. The Old Town historical district in Krakows heart is actually the medieval city established in 1257, by Prince Boleslav V, the ruler of Poland at the time. Krakow has preserved its original grid of streets arranged around the huge central Grand Square, with the Cathedral Church of St. Waclaw and Bishop Stanislaus. In the middle of the square is the Cloth Hall, built before 1349, and altered in the 16th century. Inside are many shopping stalls, which we will be sure to visit. The Cloth Hall sits in the shadow of the magnificent gothic church of Our Lady with the famous wooden altar created by Wit Stwosz. We will take a short coffee break at the famous Jama Michalika. This coffee shop is popular for its unique history with artists, writers, and other entertainers who have decorated its walls with various drawings, pictures, and other stained glass renditions. At Krakow University, we will see the first map of the world depicting North America as a continent. We will also pass by the shoe factory where young Karol Wojtyla worked during the Nazi occupation of Poland. We will have the opportunity to walk down Kanonicza Street, passing by some of Krakows historical buildings. We pause at building 21, Deanery where Pope John Paul II resided while in Krakow. We then proceed to Market Square where we visit the Mariacki Church. We take some time for lunch on our own. This afternoon we will visit the Franciscan Church. The Franciscan Order arrived in Krakow in 1237. A monastery was founded on this site of the town, and in 1260 work began on a church. Here we celebrate Mass. Back to the Hotel for Dinner.

Day 4- Saint Faustina

This morning we visit the Convent of Sisters of Mercy in Lagiewniki, where Saint Faustina, the Apostle of Divine Mercy, lived and died. Day at Lagiewniki and visit the shrine of the Devine Mercy. Visit the beautiful Basilica consecrated by Pope John-Paul II in 2002. In the convent chapel we pray before the original picture where 33-year-old Sr Fauistina died in 1938 and where she is buried. We celebrate Mass here, and recite the Devine Mercy Chaplet, visit the churches, viewing tower, pastoral centre, cafeterias and shops. After lunch we visit the new St. John Paul II Shrine next door to the convent. We will return to Krakow and the hotel for an early dinner. After dinner we will attend a Chopin Piano Concert at Chopin Gallery, Krakow

Day 5- Salt Mines & Wojtyla

After breakfast we travel to Wieliczka to visit the oldest salt mine in Europe, in operation since the 13th century. This UNESCO treasure now serves as a museum and contains an impressive display of chambers, galleries, and unique salt works. We will descend 54 floors below the surface to view the labyrinthine mines and the Church of St. Kinga, entirely carved from salt! From Wieliczka, we continue to a place where as a young man, Wojtyla came to pray and reflect upon his life and service to God. In the lush, green hills of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, we find the famous Calvary paths, an intertwining mesh of churches, chapels and wayside shrines originally built to replicate the city of Jerusalem These structures are the only examples (except of Gdansk) of Dutch Renaissance architecture in Poland. Here we celebrate Mass. We return early to Krakow for some free time before dinner in the hotel.

Day 6- St. John-Paul

Morning drive to Wadowice to visit St. John-Pauls house, now a museum, and in the near-by church where he worshiped, we celebrate Mass. This afternoons visit is quite austere, a step back into one of the darker moments in the 20th century. We will make our way to Oswiecim to the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Considered one of the largest and most heinous camps, this was the site where approximately 1.5 million people lost their lives, among them mostly Jews. When the camp was liberated in 1945, fleeing German troops attempted to destroy it, but they were unsuccessful. Allied troops discovered about 7,000 remaining prisoners, all in desolate condition. Auschwitz-Birkenau remains an example of the destruction of World War II and the hate of one man. Today the site serves as a museum and is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Our visit will include the cell of St. Maximilian Kolbe, O.F.M. Conv., who gave his life in substitution for a prisoner who was to be executed. We return to Krakow where the balance of the day is at leisure. Dinner is at our hotel.

Day 7- Czestochowa & Balck Madonna

Morning in Krakow for personal time. Afternoon drive to Czestochowa. Czestochowa is a city in the south of Poland, specifically the Slask region (Silesia), with a religious and important history. The city is known for its famous St Pauls Monastery of Jasna Gra, which houses the Black Madonna painting, a shrine to the Virgin Mary. Every year, millions of pilgrims from all over the world come to Czestochowa to pay homage to the shrine and enjoy the peace that this holy city provides. It isnt just Catholic history here though, this city also was home to the Frankism Jewish movement during the late eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries after some brief sightseeing we check in to hotel for 2 nights dinner bed and breakfast.

Day 8- Monastery of Jasna Gora

Morning visit the Monastery of Jasna Gora the most important Marian Shrine in Poland. One of the most historic complexes in Poland, and a famous venue to mark the end of a Catholic pilgrimage, is the stunning Jasna Gra Monastery. This huge monastery is a famous Polish shrine to the Virgin Mary and, as mentioned, also houses the Black Madonna of Czestochowa. This place also contains the Nobel Peace Prize medal received by Lech Walesa, the former Polish president and the organiser of the Solidarnosc movement. The church itself holds normal masses and has a memorable and well decorated interior. Pope John Paul II visited over five times, and more recently Pope Benedict also visited Jasna Gra. We will Celebrate Mass, and see the Icon of the Black Madonna, and visit the Monastery Museum.

Day 9- Deoart Krakow

This morning we will celebrate the closing Mass of our pilgrimage and after some time at leisure, drive the to Krakow airport for return flight to Dublin. On arrival in Dublim, take the airport shuttle bus to the local airport hotel and check in for 1 night..

Day 9- Return Home

Early check in at Dublin airport for return flight back to USA.




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