Pilgrimage to Poland, Vienna, and Prague
With The Catholic Communications Ministry of the Diocese of Springfield
July 16 – 27, 2018
Led by Bishop Mitchell Rozanski.
Assisted by Fr. Gary Dailey.
“The way Jesus shows you is not easy. Rather, it is like a path winding up a mountain. Do not lose heart! The steeper the road, the faster it rises towards ever wider horizons.” _ Pope Saint John Paul II
July 16 | Day 1 | USA – Warsaw, Poland
Depart the USA for Warsaw, Poland. Group transportation will be provided between Springfield, MA and New York departure airport. Meals will be served aboard your transatlantic flight.
July 17 | Day 2 | Arrival in Warsaw – Częstochowa
Upon arrival in Warsaw, you will be met by your Escort who will be with you throughout the entire trip. We will drive to the nearby town of Częstochowa. Here we will celebrate Mass in the most famous pilgrimage center of Poland, Jasna Góra Monastery. After Mass we continue to our hotel and enjoy our first Polish meal together. Overnight in Częstochowa. (D)
July 18 | Day 3 | Częstochowa – Kraków
This morning we start by exploring the Jasna Góra Monastery. This is Poland’s national shrine and home of the Black Madonna, a sacred icon that is historically linked to protecting the Polish people. Said to have been painted by St. Luke the Evangelist on a cypress wood panel from a table used by the Holy Family in Nazareth, the image of Our Lady attracts millions of pilgrims from all over the world. Our guide and local Pauline monks will tell us about the violent history the icon has been through starting in 326 AD in Jerusalem, to 1430 when an invading soldier attempted to steal the painting, striking it twice with his sword. More recently during Russian occupation, they attempted to thwart any pilgrimage to the Shrine, unsuccessfully. The day before his death, Pope John Paul II sent a letter to the religious of the Shrine of Jasna Gora, in Częstochowa. “I entrust our Homeland, the whole Church and myself to her maternal protection,” said the Pope in his letter, addressed to Father Izydor Matuszewski, prior general of the monks of St. Paul the Hermit, of the monastery of Jasna Góra. We will have Holy Mass here with hundreds of other pilgrims. In the late afternoon we continue to Kraków for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
July 19 | Day 4 | Kraków
This morning we enjoy a city tour of Kraków, Poland’s capital from 1038 to 1569 and residence of kings. With its charming blend of magnificent architecture, churches, cultural monuments, museums, and vibrant contemporary community, Kraków was designated by the European Union as the “Capital of Culture” in the year 2000. Tour highlights include the Old Town, Cloth Hall, Wit Stwosz’s acclaimed altar masterpiece at St. Mary’s Basilica, Jagiellonian University, and Wawel Castle and Cathedral – all remarkable symbols of Poland’s historic identity. Enjoy dinner on your own. Overnight in Kraków. (B)
July 20 | Day 5 | Kraków – Auschwitz – Kraków
Today we venture out to the little village of Oświęcim, known better as the town where the German Nazi’s built Auschwitz, the death camp where millions of Poles, Jews, Christians and others lost their lives. A Private Guide will show us several gut wrenching sites, including the starvation cell where St. Maximilian Kolbe was martyred. This is an important lesson on recent history and Kolbe’s saintly martyrdom. Holy Mass will be celebrated at the nearby Center for Dialogue and Prayer, founded for those affected by the horrors of the German Nazi Extermination Camp- Auschwitz-Birkenau. This evening we return to Kraków where you will have time to dine on your own and reflect on this emotional day. Overnight in Kraków. (B)
July 21 | Day 6 |Kraków – Shrine of Divine Mercy – Kraków
This morning we will visit the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki; dedicated by Pope Saint John Paul II. We will have the opportunity to visit the convent chapel and pray at the Tomb of St. Faustina Kowalska. Interesting Fact: Jesus appeared to St. Faustina and showed her His Divine Mercy. Thanks to St. Faustina we have the beautiful Divine Mercy image and we celebrate the Feast of Mercy the first Sunday after Easter. We will spend time walking around the facilities, hearing a talk from the Sisters of Mercy and celebrating Holy Mass. On the same campus as the Divine Mercy Shrine, visit the newly constructed and dedicated St. John Paul II Institute. This enormous Church Museum is the world’s main shrine to the Saint, built as a complex to honor his life and ministry to the faithful. This afternoon we return back to the city center where you have the afternoon free to enjoy Kraków. This evening return back to Kraków for an evening at your leisure. (B)
OPTIONAL EXCURSION: This afternoon you have the opportunity to join us on an optional excursion! We are going to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Here are three spectacular under-ground miles of hand-carved chapels, statues, and chambers made of pure salt. Join the 1 million tourists who visit this historic and Royal mine. The „Wieliczka” Salt Mine is one of the largest tourist attractions in Poland, registered on the UNESCO list and visited by over a million tourists every year. More details here. Reserve your spot for $45.
July 22 | Day 7 | Kraków –Vienna
This morning we depart Kraków for Austria by coach. Depending on the time of arrival, we take the opportunity to explore Vienna, the City of Music. Tonight we enjoy an Austrian Wiener Schnitzel and Apfelstrudel, or other local dishes together. Overnight in Vienna. (B, D)
July 23 | Day 8 | Vienna
Today we explore this captivating capital city. This includes: The Hofburg Palace, once the seat of the Austro–Hungarian Empire, magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and other vivid reminders of Vienna’s imperial history. Vienna was home to many brilliant composers including Beethoven, Berg, Brahms, Gluck and Haydn and we spend time exploring the impact these composers had on the city. Enjoy an evening of leisure enjoying dinner on your own. (B)
OPTIONAL EXCURSION: This evening you have the opportunity to join us on an optional excursion! The “Wiener Mozart Konzerte” is a classic Mozart orchestra that has been performing all around the world for over 30 years. This experience takes us back to the 18th century.
The Vienna Mozart Orchestra plays concerts in Vienna with internationally known singers and soloists – all in magnificent historical costumes and wigs.. More details here. Reserve your ticket for $80 per person.
July 24 | Day 9 | Vienna – Prague
This morning we depart Vienna for the Czech Republic by coach. Depending on the time of arrival those who wish can spend a few hours exploring the city at their leisure This evening we dine together as a group, sharing our first taste of Prague. (B, D)
July 25 | Day 10 | Prague
After breakfast we begin to explore Prague. We will have Holy Mass and time to pray and learn of the Statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague. Today and tomorrow we will visit many fascinating sites such as Church of Our Lady Victorious, the Old Town, Lesser Town, St. Nicholas Church, Strahov Monastery, Wenceslas Square and the St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George Basilica, and Loreto Church. Today, spend the morning with the guide and the afternoon is left to our leisure. Enjoy dinner in Prague on your own tonight! (B)
OPTIONAL EXCURSION: This evening you have the opportunity to join us on an optional excursion! Enjoy a buffet dinner on board a river cruise in the middle of enchanting Prague by. Savor authentic Czech food and live music.
ENJOY: the most beautiful sights in Prague – Charles Bridge, Rudolfinum, Prague Castle, etc.
Prague’s most beautiful monuments by night | live music on-board | the luxurious surroundings of the deck
SOMETHING EXTRA: the cruise lasts three hours | during the cruise enjoy a fabulous menu with a wide selection of delicacies of Czech and international cuisine | buffet dinner | welcome drink (other drinks are not included in the price) | tempting selection of drinks
This optional excursion is available for an additional $60 per person. More details here.
July 26 | Day 11 | Prague
This morning we continue our complete visit of Prague, picking up where we left off yesterday. Explore the rich history of Prague and it’s Saints. When travelling in this area it is impossible not to hear the legends of the “Good King Wenceslas”. This Patron Saint of Bohemia is well known for giving alms to the poor and he is remembered as a martyr. We are also sure to cross the Charles Bridge where we have the opportunity to touch the St. John of Nepomuk statue. Our local guide will explain this long lasting tradition. This afternoon we enjoy some free time in Prague where many will relax with a coffee or pick up last minute souvenirs. This evening we meet for a special farewell dinner to share our memories from this splendid pilgrimage. Overnight in Prague. (B, D)
July 27 | Day 12 | Prague, Czech Republic – USA
In the morning, transfer to the airport in Prague for your flight home. Transportation will be provided from New York arrival airport to Springfield, MA. (B)
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First 8 pilgrims save $100!
*This is a Limited Availability Pilgrimage*
Group max capacity: 40
- Round Trip Air Transportation from BOS/NYC
- Private transportation between Springfield, MA and group departure airport on departure and arrival.
- Comprehensive Sightseeing as per itinerary in a Private Deluxe Motor coach overseas, with Guide/Escort
- 4 star US equivalent hotel accommodations double occupancy with bath or shower (single supplement +$500)
- Breakfasts in hotel, dinners at hotels and at local restaurants. As indicated (B, D)
- Hotel service charges and tax (at current rate)
- US airport taxes, fuel surcharges included** (subject to change in the rare occasion that gov’t/airline fees and fuel costs increase drastically)
- Daily Mass
- TIPS ARE INCLUDED! $200 Value!
NOT INCLUDED IN PACKAGE: Passport fees, meals not indicated in itinerary, items of personal nature, optional tours, tips for JPPT escort, etc. See Terms
- Package Cost per person: $3,965.00
- $1000 deposit due at registration
- Full Payment Deadline: March 16, 2018
- First 8 pilgrims save $100! (credit will be visible on invoice/receipt after registration)
- Group max capacity: 40
- Tour ID: 18-07.16 diospringfield
- Optional items are subject to availability and must be paid for at time of registration.