Divine Mercy Pilgrimage

Divine Mercy pilgrimage and the route of Saint John Paul II

Saint John Paul II named Saint Sister Faustina and the message that she transmitted “the great gift of God to our time”. This gift of God was deposited in the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Krakow, which became the world capital of the cult of Divine Mercy. One of the most obvious works of mercy, and perhaps the most difficult to put into practice, is to forgive others. This pilgrimage will teach us, and allow us, to be able to forgive.

 

 

In addition we will have a pilgrimage to the land of Karol Wojtyla, a fascinating experience rich in spiritual content, especially in the Krakow area, where the most important sites for Christianity in Poland are concentrated. We will visit the main places of the life of Saint John Paul II: his native town, the Sanctuary of Jasna Góra in Częstochowa, which he often visited in his youth, the city of Krakow, where he was bishop for many years and home of the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy.

Location Poland
Departure Time
Included
Airplane ticket One suitcase weighing up to 50lbs per person
8 Breakfast buffet Transportation to the airport
9 Dinners 8 nights in hotels
Private Spanish speaking tour guide 6 day tour by luxury bus
Travel insurance Tips for porters, guides and drivers
Taxes and hotels Admittance to places of interest in the tour
Not included
Visas and border fees Lunch
Drinks Entrance to Places of interest not in the program
Personal expenses Anything not mentioned

To reserve a spot we need a copy of your visa and a non refundable $500 deposit

Itinerary

Divine Mercy and route of Saint John Paul the Second

Guided by the father:

Alejandro Flores

Day 1 – Warsaw

Land at Warsaw airport. Meet with the tour guide and go to the hotel
   •Accommodation 
   •Dine at the hotel
   •Night in Warsaw

 

Day 2 – Warsaw

Breakfast at the hotel.

9.00 Visit Warsaw: Lazienkowski Park with the monument to Chopin, the Palace on Water and the Island Theater. The Warsaw ghetto. Monument to the Unknown Soldier. Umschlagplatz – place of deportations from the Jews of Warsaw to the concentration camps during the Nazi occupation. The Palace of Culture and Science. Krakowskie Przedmiescie Street. The Warsaw Old Town with Castle (no entrance) and St. John’s Cathedral (free entry). The Market Square. The old city of Warsaw, totally destroyed during the second world war and rebuilt with an effort impressive of the Polish people in the postwar years, it is inscribed on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

13.00 Free time for Lunch.

15.30 “visit to the church of San Estanislao”
Kostka with the grave of Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko, murdered in the 1980s by the Communist political police. Holy Mass in the Church of Saint Stanislaus Kostka.

16.30 Free time in the center of Warsaw, Dinner, Last night in Warsaw

 

Day 3 – Warsaw – Czestochowa – Krakow

Breakfast at the hotel.
8.00 Departure to Czestochowa.

11.30 Visit to the Pauline Fathers monastery where the miraculous is found.see the image of the Virgin Mary of Czestochowa also called “the Black Madonna”: the most important pilgrimage site in Poland. Holy Mass in one of the chapels of the Sanctuary.

14.30 Free time for lunch.

16.00 Leave for Krakow.

18.30 Arrive at Krakow and check into the hotel.

Dinner. Night in Krakow.

 

Day 4 –  Krakow: the diocese of Monsignor Karol Wojtyla

Breakfast in the hotel.
9.00 Visit Krakow which is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Poland. Wawel Hill with Wawel Castle, with the Renaissance court (walk through the complex, without entering buildings). the cathedral where the Romanesque crypt of Saint Leonardo the Younger Karol Wojtyla. celebrated his first mass. The Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture of Old Town (Stare Miasto). the Palace of the Archbishops of Krakow (outside), where Karol Wojtyla lived: the bishop and – later – metropolitan archbishop and Krakow Cardinal; stop in front of the window from which the Pope spoke with young people during their visits in Poland. Franciscan church located in front of the Palace of the Archbishops, where very often the future Pope would pray. In this church its bank has been preserved preferred in which he prayed. Walk through the old town and visit the University Jaguielónica where Karol Wojtyla was studying during the years 1938-1939, before World War II. entrance to the courtyard of the Collegium Maius – the building oldest of the Jaguielónica University. The largest market square in Europe (Rynek Główny), the Town Hall tower, the old Cloth Market (Sukiennice), the Church of the Holy Virgin Mary, short visit of the old wall near the Puerta de San Florián and the Barbican. During the visit: multimedia presentation of the history of amber – the gold of Poland. At 1978 Krakow was inscribed on the World Heritage list of the Unesco

13.00 Holy Mass in the Church of San Florián where Karol Wojtyla met with his students

14.00 Free time for lunch.
Free afternoon for personal activities.

Diner.Night in Krakow.

 

Day 5 – Krakow – Wieliczka (las Minas de Sal) – Lagiewniki – Krakow

Breakfast at the hotel.

9.30 Depart for Wieliczka.
10.00 Visit the salt mines – one of the oldest salt mines in the world that worked for many centuries, this place was visited by Mikolaj Kopernik (Copernicus), Johann
Wolfgang von Goethe, Dmitrij Mendeleev, Boleslaw Prus, Ignacy Paderewski, Karol Wojtyla, etc. In 1978 the Wieliczka Salt Mine entered the list of the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The mine forms a city underground, with chapels (the chapel of Santa Kinga world’s largest underground chapel), lakes and tunnels.
Holy Mass in one of the underground chapels.

13.00 Free time for lunch.

15.00 Visit to the Shrine in Lagiewniki, the shrine related to the Divine. The world’s most important mercy, a pilgrimage destination for millions of people This place, marked by the life and work of Sister Faustina Kowalska, was proclaimed “the center of Divine Mercy” by Pope John Paul II during his visit to Poland in 2002. The Sanctuary is made up of the convent (in which the saint lived and died), the basilica and the chapel, where the tomb with The relics of Sister Faustina and the famous painting of Merciful Jesus “Jesus, in I trust you ”painted according to the vision of the Polish saint. A brief visit to the Sanctuary of John Paul II (1 km from the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy). Built on the grounds of the Solvay quarry, where Karol Wojtyla, then a seminarian, passed during World War II.

19.00 Dinner. Night in Krakow.

 

Day 6 – Krakow – Auschwitz-Birkeanu – Wadowice – Kalwaria Zebrzydowska – Krakow

Breakfast at the hotel.

8.00 Depart for Oswiecim

9.30 Visit to the territory of the former Nazi concentration and extermination camp; built by the Germans during the Nazi occupation in Poland. In this field During the Second World War, the Nazis Executed more than a million people in this camp, the majority of Jewish origin. It was here that Maximilian Kolbe, a Franciscan saint had their life exchanged for another prisoner. Polish Today the former Auschwitz concentration camp is part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

13.00 Free time for lunch.

14.30 Depart for Wadowice.

15.30 Visit Wadowice – The hometown of Pope John Paul II (Jan Pawel II): the house where on May 18, 1920 Pope John Paul II was born (today a museum about
his life) and the parish church in which he was baptized on June 20, 1920.

17.00 Depart for Kalwaria Zebrzydowska.

17.30 Visit to the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska shrine, that after Jasna Gora in Czestochowa and Lagiewniki in Krakow, is the most visited shrine in Poland. The mannerist architecture and the entire environment of the Sanctuary was inscribed on the list of UNESCO in 1999 as a World Heritage Site.

18.00 Depart for Krakow.

19.00 Arrive at Krakow. Dinner. Night in Krakow.

 

Day 7 – Krakow – Zakopane – Krakow

Breakfast in the hotel.
8.00 Depart for Zakopane.

10.30 Visita a Zakopane,the capital of the Polish mountains, with a walk along the Rambla de Krupówki and the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Krzeptówki, which was built by the citizens of Zakopane to thank the Virgin for saving the Pope after the attack. During the visit: funicular excursion to the mountain Gubalowka in Zakopane to contemplate the wonderful panorama of the mountains Tatras.

13.30 Free time for lunch and for personal activities.

17.00 Depart for Krakow.

19.00 Return to Krakow. Dinner. Last night in Krakow.

 

Day 8 – Departure from Krakow and Poland

Breakfast at the hotel. Checkout from the hotel
Travel to the airport and depart poland

Day 10 – Visita DE Fatima and Valinhos with Aljustrel.

Day 11 – Transfer to Lisbon through Coimbra and Sintra.