Catholic Pilgrimages to Central Europe

For over 50 years, Unitours has provided the highest quality of Catholic tours of central Europe with stops in Vienna, Krakow, Prague and other neighboring cities. Our tour guides are available to you 24 hours a day during your trip to help ensure you have a smooth and memorable trip. All trips are customizable, but read below to learn more about a typical pilgrimage to Central Europe.

Sample Itinerary

All of our Pilgrimages to Central Europe can be customized to the desires of your particular group. Listed below is a sample itinerary to give you a better feel for a “typical” pilgrimage.

Day 1: Travel to Vienna

Day 2: Vienna

We arrive in Vienna and enjoy an orientation tour of Vienna’s Ringstrasse passing by City hall, the Burg Theater, Houses of Parliament, two State Museums and the Opera. We’ll visit the Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

Day 3: Vienna

We’ll celebrate Mass at a parish church and drive to the Hofburg and see the 17th-century Capuchin Church containing the Imperial Vaults and the renowned Schonbrunn Castle with its vast French park. We’ll have the afternoon free to explore on our own.

Day 4: Vienna & Budapest

We’ll travel onto the sweeping Hungarian plain with a stop at Gyor and the Irish Madonna Shrine to celebrate Mass. We’ll also travel the famous Danube Bend for a visit to the village of Szentendre known for its artists and artisans. We’ll continue to Budapest for an evening boat ride on the Danube.

Day 5: Budapest

We’ll visit the Royal Castle in Budapest as well as the Fishermen’s Bastion and the beautiful St. Matthias Church. Our journey continues to the Citadel for a beautiful view over the Danube and the city of Pest. Later, we’ll cross the Elizabeth Bridge to the Market Hall and the pedestrian center. We’ll take an afternoon drive through the City Park to Hero’s Square and then past the Opera and Parliament. Our visit to Budapest will conclude with Mass at St. Stephen’s Basilica followed by a special Gypsy Tavern dinner with entertainment in the evening.

Day 6: Budapest & Krakow

Our trip takes us across the border into Slovakia and by way of Banska Bystrica crossing the ower Tatra Mountains into industrious southern region of Poland and Krakow.

Day 7: Krakow

We will celebrate Mass at the Church of St. Florian where John Paul II served as a curate and lived while university chaplain. Afterwards, our first stop is the 16th-century Royal Castle and Wawel Cathedral. We will take a walking tour of Old Town to view the Town Hall Tower and the Cloth Hall, which dates back to the 14th century, and St. Mary’s Church. In the afternoon, we’ll travel to the infamous Auschwitz Concentration Camp and its Martydom Museum. We will also visit the cell of St. Maximillian Kolbe before returning to Krakow to visit the new Basilica of the Divine Mercy, the home of St. Sister Faustina.

Day 8: Krakow, Wadowice & Prague

We make a stop in Wadowice, the birthplace of Pope John Paul II. En route, we will pass Kalwaria ebrzydowska Benedictine Monastery where he often prayed and walked the Stations of the Cross. In Wadowice, we will celebrate Mass in the parish church where he was baptized and see the museum in his small family home. We will then take out journey to Prague

Day 9: Prague

We will tour Castle Hill and St. Vitus Cathedral, Ladislav Hall and Golden Lane before celebrating Mass at the famous Infant Jesus of Prague at the Church of Our Lady of Victory. Our afternoon tour will include Olt Town with the Astronomical Clock, Jewish Quarter and Charles Bridge.

Day 10: Travel Home to USA

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