Tour: TO / 2014 (TO) - 2014 / 2015

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Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Warsaw, Poland

Welcome to Warsaw! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and your traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (Dinner)

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DAY 2Warsaw

Guided sightseeing of Warsaw includes the CATHEDRAL OF
ST. JOHN, Lazienki Palace, and the WARSAW GHETTO. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Ask your Tour Director for suggestions to further explore this fascinating city. (Breakfast)

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DAY 3Warsaw. Niepokalanow Excursion

This morning, enjoy an excursion to Niepokalanow (City of the Immaculata), and visit the FRANCISCAN FRIARY, founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe, who was canonized a saint by Pope John Paul II. (Breakfast)

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DAY 4Warsaw–Czestochowa

Journey to Czestochowa, one of the world’s most famous Marian Shrines. Explore the SHRINE and see the famous BLACK MADONNA, an image and devotion Pope John Paul II held very close to his heart throughout his life. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 5Czestochowa–Auschwitz–Krakow

Travel to Auschwitz and visit the remains of the former CONCENTRATION CAMP as well as the MARTYRDOM MUSEUM and ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE’S CELL. Continue to Krakow and visit the world-famous SHRINE OF DIVINE MERCY, home to the revelations by St. Faustina (Helen Kowalski), a Sister of Mercy nun who Jesus appeared to in 1931. Pope John Paul II canonized St. Faustina and instituted the Feast Day of Divine Mercy (the Pope passed away the day before Divine Mercy Sunday). (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 6Krakow

Enjoy guided sightseeing of the city where Pope John Paul II served as archbishop, including WAWEL ROYAL CASTLE and ST. MARY’S CHURCH. You will also have the opportunity to join an optional excursion to the Wieliczka salt mines. (Breakfast)

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DAY 7Krakow. Excursion to Wadowice & Kalwaria Zebrzydowska

Journey to the Pope’s hometown of Wadowice and visit the MUSEUM OF POPE JOHN PAUL II, including his BIRTHPLACE and BOYHOOD HOME. Also visit KALWARIA ZEBRZYDOWSKA, one of Poland’s most famous shrines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which played a pivotal role in the Pope’s spiritual life. The Calvary Sanctuary was established in the 1600’s for pilgrims as a substitute for Jerusalem. It has grown to be the biggest shrine grounds of its type in Europe, with 42 churches and chapels of all shapes and sizes scattered on the slopes of Zar Mountain. The central basilica and Franciscan monastery still welcome pilgrims from all over the world today. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner with wine at your hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 8Krakow

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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