Join Fr. Donald Libby & Fr. Bradley Nursey in the Footprints of St. John Paul II & St. Faustina over Divine Mercy Sunday in Poland! Experience St. John Paul II's homeland during the year of the 100th Anniversary of his birth!
Day 1: Depart USA
Depart USA on overnight flights to Warsaw, Poland.
Day 2: Arrive in Warsaw (D)
Arrive at Warsaw Chopin International Airport and meet your professional, English-speaking tour manager, and transfer to the heart of Warsaw. Celebrate Mass at the Church of St. Stanislaw Kostka, where the tomb of Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko, chaplain and martyr of the Solidarity Movement, is located. After Mass, explore the museum of Fr. Popieluszko. Visit the reconstructed Warsaw Old Town, featuring colorful houses, art galleries, and quaint restaurants. Check into your hotel and enjoy a celebratory welcome dinner at one of the special restaurants in the Old City. Overnight in Warsaw. Schedule today pending flight arrival times.
Day 3: Czestochowa | Zakopane (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, check out and depart for Czestochowa, the center of Poland’s religious life and home of the famous icon of the Black Madonna. Take a guided tour of the Jasna Gora monastery and attend the unveiling of the Icon of the Black Madonna. Celebrate Mass. After time for lunch on your own, depart for Zakopane. Located at the foot of the Tatra mountains, Zakopane is one of the most popular holiday and tourist destinations in Poland, with its rich and unique folklore and food, and amazing architecture and landscape. Check in to your hotel. Dinner on your own and overnight in Zakopane.
Day 4: Zakopane (B | D)
This morning, celebrate Mass at Fatima Church in Krzeptowki, which was built by the mountaineers in gratitude for the Blessed Mother saving the life of Pope St. John Paul II from the assassination attempt. Take the gondolas to Mt. Gubalowka for a birds’ eye view over the city and hillsides of Zakopane, where Pope St. John Paul II used to climb the trails. Enjoy a “Highlander’s lunch” at a typical mountaineer restaurant. Afternoon at leisure with time for strolling and shopping on Krupowki Street. Dinner on your own and overnight in Zakopane.
Day 5: Ludzmierz | Krakow (B)
Check out of your hotel and depart Zakopane for Krakow. Stop in Ludzmierz, a village in the Podhale region. In the local church there is a miraculous figure of the Virgin Mary, known as the Queen of Podhale. Pass by Debniki, where St. John Paul II lived as a student and was forced by the Nazis to work at the nearby Zakrzowek quarry while studying at an underground seminary. Celebrate Mass at the Church of St. Stanislaw Kostka in Debniki, where St. John Paul II attended Mass and was first assigned as a priest. Continue to Krakow and check in to your hotel. Evening and dinner at leisure. Overnight in Krakow.
Day 6: Krakow | Lagiewniki (B | D)
This morning, take a guided tour of Krakow, beginning with Wawel Hill. See the Wawel Royal Castle (exterior), and visit the Wawel Cathedral, which houses the tombs of St. Stanislaw and St. Hedwig, and is the final resting place of Polish kings, poets, and national heroes. Here St. John Paul II was ordained a priest and celebrated his first Mass. Walk along Kanoniczka Street, where he resided as a priest and bishop. In Krakow Market Square, see the St. Mary’s “Mariacki” Church, famous for its Wit Stwosz altar, the largest medieval wooden altar in Europe. Attend the opening of the altar, followed by the “Hejnal Mariacki” trumpet call. After lunch on your own, depart for Lagiewniki to see the tomb of St. Faustina Kowalska and pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Tour the convent and celebrate Mass at the Basilica of Divine Mercy, which was consecrated by St. John Paul II on his last visit to Poland. Return to Krakow for dinner at your hotel and overnight.
Day 7: Wadowice | Krakow (B)
After breakfast at your hotel, travel to Wadowice, the birthplace and hometown of St. John Paul II. Visit his home, which is now a museum. Celebrate Mass in the Basilica of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and see the baptismal font where St. John Paul II was baptized. Return to Krakow and visit the “Na Skalkach Church”, a sanctuary commemorating the martyrdom of St. Stanislaw. Remainder of the day at leisure. Dinner on your own and overnight in Krakow.
Day 8: Auschwitz | Tyniec Abbey | Krakow (B)
This morning, depart for Auschwitz and take a tour of the concentration camp. Celebrate Mass at the St. Maximillian Kolbe Shrine. After lunch on your own, visit the 11th century Tyniec Benedictine Abbey where St. John Paul II often conducted retreats before his consecration as a bishop. Return to Krakow for the remainder of the day at leisure. Dinner on your own and overnight in Krakow.
Day 9: Kalwaria | Wieliczka | Krakow (B | D)
After breakfast at your hotel, visit Kalwaria, known as the Polish Jerusalem. This shrine is dedicated to the Passion of Christ and a miraculous icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Take a guided tour of the world-famous Wieliczka Salt Mines, known for beautiful underground carvings made of salt, including a statue of St. John Paul II. After lunch on your own, visit the “Have No Fear” center with time to pray by the relics of St. John Paul II. Celebrate Mass at the shrine. Return to Krakow for a celebratory farewell dinner at the famous fourteenth century Wierzynek Restaurant, where kings and presidents have dined. Overnight in Krakow.
Day 10: Return to USA
Check out of your hotel and transfer to the Krakow John Paul II airport for return flights to the USA.
- Eight nights’ accommodations at 4-star hotels: 1 night in Warsaw, 2 nights in Zakopane, and 5 nights in Krakow
- Continental breakfast daily, one lunch, three dinners, including a Welcome and Farewell Dinner
- Luxury motor coach for airport transfers in Poland and specified sightseeing
- Local, Catholic tour manager while in Poland
- Local guides according to the itinerary
- Sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
- Arrangements of daily Mass and donations in unique and historical churches (all locations are tentative and subject to confirmation)
- Hotel & city taxes and porterage for 1 piece of luggage