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Historic Northern Poland and Częstochowa
Warsaw | Torún | Gdynia | Gdańsk | Malbork | Licheń | Gniezno | Poznań | Częstochowa
This program takes pilgrims to the frequently overlooked northern area of Pope Saint John Paul II’s home country of Poland. The culture of the people here is so rich in history and deeply rooted in the Catholic faith. You don’t want to miss this hidden treasure of Poland!
- Round trip air transportation from major airport near your parish
- Superior tourist class hotel accommodations double occupancy with bath or shower (single supplement extra)
- Breakfast daily, most group dinners, with wine and beer, as indicated in Itinerary (B, D)
- Special events, entertainment, and comprehensive sightseeing programs as indicated in itinerary
- Transportation by private deluxe motor coach Tour escort and local guides
- Hotel Service Charges and Taxes
- US airport taxes, fuel surcharges included** **subject to change in the rare occasion that government/airline fees and fuel costs increase drastically
“A wonderful experience which created many memorable memories. Had the pleasure of meeting many new people– several of whom I hope to have established a lasting friendship with. I would not hesitate recommending John Paul Pilgrimages and Tours to anyone, Job Well Done!”
– Barbara Boucher
Day 1 | USA – Warsaw, Poland
Depart the USA for Warsaw, Poland. Dinner and breakfast will be served aboard your transatlantic flight.
Day 2 | Warsaw
Upon arrival in Warsaw, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon see the reconstructed Old Town, Royal Castle, the Barbican, and medieval defense walls. (D)
Day 3 | Warsaw
Today’s half day sightseeing tour of Warsaw will introduce you to Poland’s capital that was completely destroyed during World War II. Then we drive along the Royal Route where many momentous events in Polish history took place, to 18th century Łazienki Park. The afternoon is free for shopping and individual exploration of this historic city. (B, D)
Day 4 | Warsaw – Torún – Gdynia
This morning we depart for Gdynia. En route, we will stop to visit Torún, the birthplace of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. The tour of historic Toruń includes: Old Town Square, the 14th century Town Hall and the University where the great astronomer lectured. (B, D)
Day 5 | Gdynia – Gdańsk – Gdynia
The harbor town of Gdynia is the youngest member of the “tri–city complex” of Gdańsk, Sopot and Gdynia. Though the youngest, Gdynia is a major seaport with beautiful beaches. Nearby Sopot is an Old World resort with grand hotels, boardwalks, beaches, and resort pleasures. Gdańsk, the oldest of the three, is a magnificent restoration of a Hanseatic port city with a stunning Town Hall, Neptune’s Fountain, Gothic churches, romantic cobblestone alleys, and breezy harbor promenades. You will see the world famous organ in Oliwa on your tour today. In the afternoon there is free time to relax and shop. (B)
Day 6 | Gdynia – Malbork – Licheń
After breakfast we depart for Licheń. The road leads us past Malbork, a mighty fortress and former seat of the once–powerful Teutonic Knights. From Malbork continue to Licheń, to see the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Licheń. (B, D)
Day 7 | Licheń – Gniezno – Poznań – Licheń
After a visit to the Basilica of Licheń, we depart for Poznań. En route, we will stop in Gniezno, Poland’s first capital, and see its 14th century Gothic Cathedral. Tour of Poznań includes Baroque churches, and Italianate–style Town Hall, and Market Square, whose houses display fancy workmanship. (B, D)
Day 8 | Licheń – Częstochowa – Warsaw
After breakfast we continue to Częstochowa, the most famous pilgrimage center of Poland, for the Jasna Góra Monastery and see its holiest icon: the “Black Madonna”. We have the afternoon for Holy Mass and private reflection. In late afternoon, continue to Warsaw. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 9 | Warsaw – USA
After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport in Warsaw for your flight home. (B)