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Pilgrimage to Poland and Prague

April 17-29, 2018

Join Fr. Bill Hayward, MIC, on a trip of a lifetime to Poland and Prague to visit the heart of Divine Mercy! Experience visits to places related to St. Stanislaus Papczynski, St. Faustina Kowalska, and St. Maximilian Kolbe!


Pilgrimage hosted by Father Bill Hayward, MIC Of Holy Rosary Parish in Kenosha, WI

Tour Features:

• Round trip airfare from Chicago
• $400 government taxes/airline surcharges
• Accommodations at first class/select hotels/guesthouses based on two persons
sharing in twin-bedded rooms with private or shared bath
• Most meals
• Comprehensive sightseeing by private motorcoach with our finest English-
speaking guides
• All entrance fees, porterage and hotel service charges
• All transfers to/from airports including meeting/assistance
• Automatic $100,000 Flight Insurance policy (Subject to policy terms and
limitations)

Itinerary
(B)-Breakfast (D)-Dinner

CHICAGO/ACROSS THE ATLANTIC
TUESDAY, APRIL 17


Depart Chicago this evening on board your overnight transatlantic jet flight. Enroute enjoy dinner followed by a full length movie.

ARRIVE WARSAW
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18


Arrive today in Warsaw, a medieval city founded in the 9th century, and now the largest city and capital of Poland. Upon arrival, board your motorcoach and transfer to your hotel. (D)

WARSAW
THRUSDAY, APRIL 19


Though all but destroyed during World War II, Warsaw is a living monument to the spirit of its people. The lovingly restored Old Town is a symbol of the Poles determination to preserve their heritage. It is the true heart of the city, dating from the 14th century, and combines a mixture of Renaissance and Baroque buildings. Here you will walk along the cobbled streets and visit the beautiful Market Square. Other highlights include Chopin's Monument, the Warsaw Ghetto and the Warsaw Cathedral. In the afternoon, drive to the village of Gora Kalwaria where St. Stanislaus Papczynski, founder of the Congregation of Marian Fathers, died and was buried. After visiting the shrine and museum dedicated to St. Stanislaus Papczynski, return to Warsaw for overnight. (B)

WARSAW/NIEPOKALANOW/
LICHEN STARY AREA
FRIDAY, APRIL 20


This morning travel west to Niepokalanow (City of the Immaculata) and visit this Franciscan monastery founded by St. Maximilian Kobe. Afterwards, continue to Puszcza Marianska, the birthplace of the Marians. Following a brief visit, drive to the Lichen Stary area for overnight. (B)

LICHEN STARY/CZESTOCHOWA
SATURDAY, APRIL 21


This morning visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Lichen, one of the largest Marian Shrines in Poland, housing the miraculous image of Our Lady of Lichen. Next drive to the village of Swinice Warckie, birthplace of St. Faustina Kowalska. Visit the 700 year old Parish Church of St. Casimir, where St. Faustina was baptized and received her first Communion. Next drive south to Czestochowa home of the renowned Jasna Gora Monastery, which twice withstood the onslaught of overwhelming Swedish forces during the religious wars of the 17th century. Overnight in Czestochowa.

CZESTOCHOWA/KRAKOW
SUNDAY, APRIL 22


This morning tour Jasna Gora Monastery. Visit the Shrine of the Black Madonna, housing the Second Black Madonna, the "Queen of Poland," which has become the country's national symbol. Also see the Pope’s Parents Monument and enjoy some free time at the complex for prayer and spiritual reflection. Next continue through the hilly limestone landscape of the Polish Jura to Krakow, Poland's ancient capital. (B,D)

KRAKOW
MONDAY, APRIL 23


Medieval Krakow was Poland's only major city to escape massive destruction in World War II. This morning you will enjoy an orientation tour of the city. View St. Mary's Church, Wawel Castle and the Old Town. Then stop to visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy, built in honor of St. Faustina and see the miraculous image of Merciful Jesus as well as the tomb of St. Faustina. This afternoon is at leisure to explore the city on your own. (B)

KRAKOW/WADOWICE/
WIELICZKA/KRAKOW
TUESDAY, APRIL 24


This morning drive to the village of Wadowice, the birthplace of St. Pope John Paul II. Visit the parish church where the Holy Father was baptized and also visit his small family home. In the afternoon, travel east to visit the famous Wieliczka Salt Mine. Spanning 700 years, many generations of Polish miners have created an underground world exceptional in its beauty and entirely made of salt. Return to Krakow and your hotel for overnight. (B)

KRAKOW/AUSCHWITZ/ZAKOPANE AREA
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25


Depart Krakow this morning traveling by motor coach to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp Memorial, a frightening reminder of the Holocaust. After your visit, journey south to the picturesque mountain resort area of Zakopane. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure in this beautiful village surrounded by rolling hills, mountains, and forests for relaxation and personal time. (B,D)

ZAKOPANE/BRATISLAVA
THURSDAY, APRIL 26


This morning leave Zakopane and continue across the great plains of Poland, past the Tatras and through the heart of the mountainous and densely wooded eastern part of Slovakia. Continue to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. For centuries, this city has been famous for its charm and beauty. Having undergone a major revitalization, Bratislava now flourishes as one of Europe’s newest capitals.
(B,D)

BRATISLAVA/PRAGUE
FRIDAY, APRIL 27


Begin the day with a sightseeing tour of Bratislava. Go to the Slavin War Memorial for a panoramic view of the city. Then drive to the Old Town for a walking tour where you will see the Old Town Hall, Primate’s Palace, Michael’s Gate and Tower, Franciscan Church dating from 1297 and the gothic 14th century St. Martin’s Cathedral. See the Main Square, the National Theatre, Bratislava Castle and other sights as well. In the afternoon, say good bye to Bratislava and travel north, crossing the border into the Czech Republic. Pass through Znojmo and Jihlava and continue on to the historic capital of Prague, located on the Vltava River. (B)

PRAGUE
SATURDAY, APRIL 28


This morning experience the 1000-year-old history of the city with a visit of Hradcany Castle, the seat of power for several Czech princes and Kings. Proceed to the Gothic St. Vitus Cathedral, the picturesque Golden Love, the Romanesque Basilica of St. George and Mala Strana (Lesser Town), which is full of winding streets lined with little taverns and old houses. Continue to Old Town to see the ancient Town Hall with its animated astronomical clock. Also see the memorable Infant Jesus of Prague statue at Our Lady of Victory
Church. (B,D)

PRAGUE/CHICAGO
SUNDAY, APRIL 29


Your journey to Poland and Prague is over as you board your flight back to Chicago, arriving the same day. (B)

Fee

Per person from Chicago: $3399.00 in double