Day 1 ARRIVAL, WARSAW
Airport pick-up, transfer to hotel in Krakow.
In the evening meeting with the pilot of the group.
Day 2 WARSAW
Sightseeing Warsow - Old Town with St. John’s Cathedral, the Royal Route, Łazienki Royal Park and the area of former Jewish Ghetto. Tour program includes not only the most recognizable monuments and places, but also the Church of St. Stanislaw Kostka where blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko is buried. Popiełuszko is known as a martyr of freedom murdered by agents of Służba Bezpieczeństwa (communist Security Service) in 1984. Free time for shopping, walking and souvenirs.
In the evening return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 NIEPOKALANÓW – WŁOCŁAWEK – TORUŃ
Drive to Niepokalanów to Sanctuary of Our Lady Immaculate and St. Maximilian Kolbe. It is one of the newest in Poland and yeti t is one of the most popular. What makes it special is the cult of St. Maximilian who was arrested by the Nazis and died in Auschwitz, giving his life for the life of another prisoner. His heroism made the cult of St. Maximilian become widespread after the war.
Short stop in the monastery. Drive to Wloclawek ( Włocławek ) - visiting the monument standing in the place where the body of blessed Popiełuszko was retrieved from the Wloclawek reservoir.
Drive to Torun ( Toruń ) and sightseeing. Torun is a city which belongs to the elite group of places awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s unique character city owes to well-preserved monuments – gothics churches, baroque granaries, charming tenement houses. Many of them have the appearance unchanged for centuries.
In the afternoon drive to hotel in Częstochowa for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 CZĘSTOCHOWA
Sighteesin one of the most important sanctuary in Poland – Monastery of the Pauline Fathers at Jasna Góra. The tradition of pilgrimages to Jasna Góra dates back to the beginnings of the monastery in 1382. Jasna Góra Monastery with its most important buildings - Chapel of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the basilica, the tower, the Knights’ hall, the Arsenal and the Treasury – is a testament to the history of events past and present. In museums of Jasna Góra are collected numerous works of art.
Return to Krakow, a walk “Following John Paul II”, Franciscan streer, Bishop’s Palace, monument of Pope St. John Paul II, St. Florian’s Basilica, Matejko square.
Drive to Krakow - dinner and overnight.
Day 5 KALWARIA ZEBRZYDOWSKA – WADOWICE – ŁAGIEWNIKI I KRAKÓW
Drive to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. Sightseeing the Mannerist Architectural and Park Landscape Complex and Pilgrimage Park ( miraculous image of Our Lady of Kalwaria ). Pope John Paul II has repeatedly stressed his multiple relationships with the shrine of Kalwaira Zebrzydowska to which he pilgrimaged since childhood. Walk the Calvary Paths.
Transfer to Wadowice – visiting the Basilic of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary where Karol Wojtyła was baptized. Visiting the museum – family home of John Paul II. Free time, opportunity to purchase the famous cream cakes.
Drive to Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki. Visiting the chapel of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy and the new Basilica of Divine Mercy, consecrated by Pope St. John Paul II in 2002.
Transfer to Krakow – sighsteeing: Barbakan, the Gate, Florian street, Market Square with Cloth Hall, the monument of Adam Mickiewicz, the tower of Town Hall, St. Mary’s Basilica with its famous Alterpiece of Veit Stoss of late Gothic design, Church of St. Adalbert ( St. Wojciech ). Walk to the Wawel Hill. Visiting: St. Wenceslas and Stanislal Cathedral, Sigmund Chapel, crypts and the Royal Palace ( from outside ).
Return to the hotel in Krakow for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU
After breakfast we will go to Auschwitz-Birkenau, network of German Nazi concentration camps and extermination camps built and operated by the Third Reich. The largest extermination camp in the history of mankind was created by the Germans in 1940. At first, it supposed to be one of many labor camps that the Nazis created since early 30’s. However in 1942, after a significant enlargement, it has also become a center of Endlösung der Judenfrage ( the „final solution of the Jewish” ), a Nazi plan to murder the Jews living in areas occupied by the Third Reich. The exact number of victims of Auschwitz can not be determined – SS destroyed almost all of the documentation and most of what survived , the Soviets deported. It is assumed that 1.5 million people, 28 nationalities, of which about 90% were Jews, were killed there. After the World War II camp grounds of Auschwitz-Birkenau were converted into a museum and place of memory and considered as a Monument of Martyrdom of the Polish Nation and Other Nations. In 1979 Auschwitz-Birkenau was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List – to warn against fanaticism, extreme nationalism and racism and for the memory of the criminal actions of Nazi Germany never be forgotten. You will have a chance to visit infamous Block 11 where friar Kolbe was tortured and finally killed after 2 weeks of starvations.
Return to Krakow for traditional dinner in Old Town.
Day 7 WIELICZKA SALT MINE
After breakfast we will have a trip to Wieliczka – historic salt mine. Is the oldest salt mine in the world. You can trace all of the stages mining technology development through different historical epochs. Mine extends to 9 levels , it has 2040 chambers and 360 km of galleries that makes up the mysterious labyrinth. Uniqueness of carved in salt altars, statues and entire underground chapels with reliefs and chandeliers carry Visitors into a fantasy and unusual world. St Kinga’s Chapel, called underground hydrochloric church, due to its dimensions of 54 meters long, 18 meters wide and 12 meters high is considered the most beautiful.
Drive to Lipnica Murowana to visit St. Leonard’s Church. It’s one of the monuments on the Trail of Wooden Architecture in Little Poland ( Małopolska ) that was inscribed on the UNESCO list. Wooden church in Lipnica Murowana is a beautiful example of surviving Gothic sacral architecture.
Return to the hotel in Krakow for dinner and overnight. The end of the tour program.
*the tour schedule is a framework and may vary depending on the time and place of arrival.