0828DL9 - Walking in the Footsteps of St. John Paul II Pilgrimage 10 days from El Paso

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Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $162 plus current fuel surcharges of $300 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
DL0828KM 08/28/2019 $4399.00
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Trip Details

Today, we depart El Paso to connect with our overnight flight to Warsaw. We enjoy in-flight movies, dinner and breakfast aloft
We arrive this morning at Okecie International Airport, Warsaw. After clearing arrival formalities, we board our motor coach and begin our sightseeing tour of Warsaw. We visit the Old Town, where each historic building has been painstaking and lovingly reconstructed after the destruction of W.W. II. We see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Memorial of the Warsaw Uprising, and the Memorial of the Ghetto Heroes. We also go to Lazienki Park to view Chopin’s Monument, then St. John the Baptist Cathedral, and the Royal Castle. We attend Mass at St. Jacob’s Church. This is where Jesus said to Saint Faustina: “It’s here I called you, and not elsewhere.” We check-in to our hotel in Warsaw. Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast we head west to Niepokolanow to visit and celebrate Mass at the Franciscan Monastery where St. Maximilian Kolbe lived. We continue to Zelazowa Wola, birthplace of Fredéric Chopin, where we will see the museum, before returning to Warsaw for dinner and overnight.
Today we board our motor coach for a two-hour ride to Czestochowa where we make our way to the monastery complex of Jasna Gora to visit the Marian Shrine. Jasna Gora consists of a Gothic/Baroque church, a Baroque monastery and fortress. This is where the miraculous picture of Our Lady of Czestochowa (Black Madonna) has been preserved. We will tour this shrine and celebrate Mass. Before arriving in Krakow, we visit Auschwitz/Birkenau, site of one of the most infamous death camps, where a million and a half Jews died at the hands of the Nazis during World War II. We then continue to Krakow for dinner and overnight.
This morning we celebrate Mass at the Church of St. Florian, where John Paul II served as a curate, and where he lived while university chaplain. Afterwards, we meet our guide and begin our sightseeing tour. Our first stop is the courtyard of 16th century Royal Castle, and Wawel Cathedral, where generations of Polish Kings are buried. We then take a walking tour of Old Town, visiting some of the treasures of this wonderful old city. We view the Town Hall Tower and the Cloth Hall, located on the same site since the 14th century, the 15th century Collegium Maius in the oldest university area and St. Mary's Church. Here we enjoy the ancient tradition of the "Hejnal" or bugle call from the Tower, which warned residents of the coming of an enemy. This afternoon, we ride to Wieliczka, famous for its salt mine, which has been in operation for over 700 years. We visit the upper levels of the mine, where will view chapels with altar pieces and statutes all hand carved by devout Polish miners. We return to Krakow for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast we depart Krakow and travel to Wadowice, the birthplace of St. John Paul II. En route we pass by the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Benedictine Monastery where the Holy Father often prayed and walked the Stations of the Cross. In Wadowice, we celebrate Mass in the parish church where the Holy Father was baptized. Afterwards we visit the museum in his small family home. We continue our drive across the Czech Republic before arriving in Vienna and our hotel for dinner and overnight.
This morning, following Mass at a parish church near our hotel, we drive to the Hofburg to see the17th century Capuchin Church containing the Imperial Vaults. We also visit the Schönbrunn Castle with its vast French Park. This afternoon, we enjoy an excursion to the historic Vienna Woods, past Liechtenstein Castle, and visit the ancient Heiligenkreuz Cistercian Abbey. We also pass Mayerling, the former Imperial Hunting Lodge. On our return to Vienna for dinner and overnight, we pass the famous Spa of Baden.
Today, following Mass near our hotel we depart Vienna and cross the border into Slovakia. By way of Banska Bystrica. We cross the Lower Tatra Mountains, to reach the border and enter Hungary and lovely Budapest where we proceed to our hotel for dinner and overnight. This evening, we enjoy a boat ride on the Danube. Commentary will include the history of the city’s most important buildings situated along the river.
This morning we drive to the Royal castle in Buda, where we will visit Fishermen's Bastion and the beautiful Gothic St. Matthias Church. Afterwards, we continue to the Citadel, where we enjoy the best view over the Danube and the lower city of Pest. We cross the Elizabeth Bridge to the Market Hall and the pedestrian center, where we have free time for lunch on our own. In the afternoon, we drive through the City Park to Hero's Square, then past the Opera and Parliament. We conclude our day with a visit and Mass at St. Stephen's Basilica. This evening, we will enjoy a special dinner at the Gypsy Tavern with folkloric entertainment.
This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to the U.S. arriving the same day with memories of a lifetime.