0922AA0 - Pope John Paul II and the Saints of Central Europe Pilgrimage 15 days from Oklahoma City

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American Airlines http://bit.ly/zRWIZO

Special Package with this Trip :
International departure taxes of $158 plus current fuel surcharges of $350 are included (subject to change).

Tour Code Departure Date Cost per person
AA0922MR 09/22/2020 $4599.00
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Trip Details

Today, we depart our home airport for our connecting flight to Prague. We enjoy beverages, in-flight movies, dinner and breakfast aloft.
This morning, we arrive in Prague. We board our motor coach and enjoy a delightful orientation tour of the city. Later, we check into our hotel and the balance of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
After breakfast, we begin our tour of Prague at Castle Hill and visit St. Vitus Cathedral, Wladislav Hall and Golden Lane. We visit the famous Infant Jesus of Prague at the Church of Our Lady of Victory, where we celebrate Mass. Our afternoon tour of Prague includes the Old Town with Astronomical clock, Jewish Quarter and Charles Bridge. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast we depart Prague and enter Poland. En route we travel to Wadowice, the birthplace of Pope John Paul II. 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 to Krakow for dinner and overnight at our hotel.
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 enjoy 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 and also 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 approach of an enemy. After some free time for lunch, we depart Krakow and travel to the infamous Auschwitz Concentration Camp with its Martyrdom Museum. Pope John Paul II visited the cell of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Auschwitz in June 1979 on his first visit to Poland after becoming Pope. Finally, on return, we visit the newly built Basilica of the Divine Mercy and the home of St. Sister Faustina. We see the convent and visit with the Sisters there. Dinner and overnight at our hotel.
After breakfast, we board our motor coach for our ride to Czestochowa where we proceed 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 tour this shrine and celebrate Mass. There will be time for private devotion, and to walk around the town. We return to Krakow for dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Today, following Mass near our hotel, we depart Krakow and soon cross into Slovakia, by way of Banska Bystrica, and across the Lower Tatra Mountains. We 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 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. Later, we cross the Elizabeth Bridge to the Market Hall and the pedestrian center, where we will have free time for lunch on our own. In the afternoon, we drive through the City Park to Hero's Square, then pass the Opera and Parliament. We conclude our day with a visit and Mass at St. Stephen's Basilica. This evening, we enjoy a special dinner at the Gypsy Tavern with folkloric entertainment overnight at our hotel.
Today, we travel to the famous Danube Bend stopping to shop and explore the village of Szentendre along the Danube Valley, well known for its artists and artisans. We continue to Györ, where the Irish Madonna attracts many Pilgrims. We celebrate Mass here. We continue through the Burgenland and enter the foothills of the Alps to Vienna for dinner and overnight at our hotel.
Morning city tour, passing the Prater to arrive in Vienna's famous Ringstrasse. On the site of the ring fortifications Emperor Franz Josef constructed on either side of this wide boulevard, are some of the most impressive buildings of the city: The Opera, Charles church, Parliament and City Hall. After this first impression, we join our guide for a walk through the Hofburg, winter residence of the Hapsburg Emperors. We conclude with a stop at the Hundertwasser house with its colorful facades and golden onion towers. This afternoon is free for individual exploration, shopping or perhaps a visit to the Palace of Schönbrunn, the Hapsburg summer residence. Evening, optional concert. (Not included in price.) Dinner on our own overnight at our hotel.
Today, we journey south to Melk where we visit the towering, architecturally superb, baroque Abbey of Melk. We celebrate Mass here before joining the monks of Melk for their sung noon service. We continue through the Wachau Region, considered the most picturesque section of the Austrian Danube Valley. Dinner on our own. Overnight at our hotel.
Today we visit Salzburg, ancient seat of the Archbishop and the location for the Sound of Music. We begin with Mass at the Cathedral. We see the colorful old section with narrow streets, Residenz Fountain and Tower, and the Geburtshaus, Mozart's birthplace. We enjoy the unusual architecture, which lends much to the character and charm of the city. In the afternoon we visit Hellbrunn Castle with its waterplays and then return to our hotel. Tonight, we enjoy the opportunity to explore the culinary delights of Salzburg as dinner will be on our own.
Today we depart Salzburg via the wonderful Sound of Music area. We stop to see the church in Mondsee where the Von Trapp’s wedding was filmed before we proceed to Altötting where we celebrate Mass at the small Shrine of Our Lady of Altötting, a shrine venerated for over 500 years. We drive back to Salzburg for our overnight, Tonight dinner will be on our own.
We check out from Salzburg hotel and drive for Munich. On arrival, we enjoy Mass at the Frauenkirch (Cathedral.) Afterwards, we tour the City, passing the University, St. Paul's Church, the German Museum, the Obelisk, Theatine Church, Feldherrnhalle, English Gardens, Schwabing Artists’ Colony, and Buergerbrau Kellar. We see the famous Glockenspeil. Tonight, we celebrate our farewell dinner at a local Haufbrau house. Overnight at our hotel.
This morning, we transfer to the airport for our return flight to the U.S. where we arrive later today with memories of a lifetime.