Poland - Czech Rep. - Austria - Hungary Oct. 2017

Oct. 9 – 19, 2017
In 12 days we will see the best what the Mid-Europe can offer! From Warsaw and St. Faustina and St. Maximilian Kolbe, to royal Krakow and Divine Mercy, to spectacular Salt Mines of Wieliczka and St. John Paul II house in Wadowice to Prague, once the seat of the Habsburg's monarchy Vienna, to amazing Budapest with its bridges across the mighty Danube! Truly impressive places to visit on a meaningful Catholic journey!


                                                 POLAND – CZECH REPUBLIC – AUSTRIA – HUNGARY

                        Warsaw – Plock – Czestochowa – Krakow – Wadowice – Prague – Vienna – Budapest
                                                                             Oct. 9 – 19, 2017

Day 1 – Flight to Poland – Oct. 9, 2017, Monday
Departure from Grand Rapids Airport. Overnight flight to Europe, Poland, Warsaw, meals served on the board of the plane.


Day 2 – Arrival to Poland, Warsaw – Oct. 10, 2017, Tuesday

Arrival in Warsaw and meeting with the guide. Before heading to hotel, you will take a sightseeing tour of Warsaw including the picturesque Old Town, the Cathedral, and the Royal Route. Check in to your hotel. In the evening after dinner - free time for browsing the old Warsaw!


Day 3 – Warsaw – Oct. 11, 2017, Wednesday  

After breakfast, city tour of Warsaw, Old Town, Cathedral and the Ghetto. Same morning depart for Niepokolanow, home to St. Maximillian Kolbe who was brutally murdered in Auschwitz concentration camp. We will visit the Franciscan monastery where he lived and worked. We then continue to Plock, to visit the cathedral church from 12th century, the Benedictine Abbey dated to 10th century, and the house of the Congregation in Plock. It is here where St. Faustina Kowalska worked and where she received the first message of “Divine Mercy” in 1931. Return to Warsaw for dinner and overnight.


Day 4 - Warsaw – Czestochowa, Oct. 12, 2017, Thursday

After breakfast departure for Czestochowa, en route visit to places connected with life of Sister Faustina Kowalska: Glogowiec - her birthplace and to Swinice Warckie where she was baptized. Arrival in Czestochowa, dinner served at your hotel. Optional: evening walk to the Monastery.


Day 5 - Czestochowa – Auschwitz – Krakow, Oct. 13, 2017, Friday

Czestochowa is the most important pilgrimage centre in Poland and it receives thousands of pilgrims every year. In the morning sightseeing of the majestic complex of the Basilica, Treasure House and the Chapel of the Black Madonna with the famous Icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On the way to Krakow group will stop for a visit to former Nazi concentration camp - Auschwitz. Same evening we are in Krakow, hotel and overnight in Krakow.


Day 6 - Krakow - Divine Mercy – Wieliczka Salt Mine, Oct. 14, 2017, Saturday

In the morning visit of Krakow, sightseeing tour including the Main Market Square with the Cloth Hall, St. Mary’s Church and Wawel Cathedral with Royal tombs.  Same morning you will drive to the Congregation of Sisters of the Divine Mother of Mercy in Lagiewniki, (part of Krakow) with the tomb of Sister Faustina, she worked and died here. After lunch break we are going to visit famous Salt Mine in Wieliczka, one of the oldest salt mines listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Monument. Unique and spectacular construction in salt! Return to your hotel in Krakow, where group will have some free time before farewell Polish dinner.


Day 7 – Krakow – Wadowice – Prague, Oct. 15, 2017, Sunday

Today we will leave Poland, head to Prague. En route stop in Wadowice, birthplace of St. John Paul II. Here we will visit the museum of St. Karol Voytila before we continue to Czech Republic! Dinner and overnight will be in Prague.


Day 8 – Prague, Oct. 16, 2017, Monday

After good night rest and breakfast, we are taking a guided tour of Prague. We meet city and its most important landmarks such as Charles Bridge, St. Vitus Cathedral, the old town of Prague with the Gothic church of Our Lady of Tyn and Astronomical Clock at the city hall, Wenceslas Square, church of Our Lady Victorious hosting the Infant Jesus sanctuary…...and in the afternoon we are free, leisure time, shopping and lunch in Prague. Later we will be back to our hotel and rest before dinner is in one of local typical Prague restaurant. Return to hotel, next morning journey to Vienna!


Day 9 – Prague – Vienna, Oct. 17, 2017, Tuesday

Our goal today is the capital of Austria, Vienna. In the afternoon, we will be in the City of Strauss and Mozart, the city of the most beautiful architecture as a testimony of once mighty Empire, biggest in Europe for centuries. We see the Karlskirche one of the finest churches of the high baroque period, the Hofburg or the Winter Palace, St. Stephen's Cathedral, Schonbrunn Royal Palace, Belvedere Palace is well known by its beautiful garden and an impressive panoramic view of Vienna and the steeples of St. Stephen's Cathedral. After some free time in the city center we will head to our hotel.


Day 10 – Vienna – Budapest, Oct. 18, 2017, Wednesday

After slow morning, breakfast we are on our way to Hungary, to Budapest! In the afternoon upon arrival to Budapest we will meet with our Budapest guide and take an panoramic bus tour of gorgeous Budapest, bridges of Danube, Royal palaces, Parliament, Buda Old Town, St. Stephen’s cathedral….at the end of the tour we will check in to our hotel! Dinner and overnight in Budapest!


Day 11 – Budapest – city tour of the both banks of Danube, Oct. 19, 2017, Thursday

Today we will visit Budapest, on foot and by bus several hours from the Royal Buda & the cathedral of St. Mathew, Fisherman’s Bastion, to the House of Parliament, Chain Bridge, St. Stephen’s Cathedral…and a lot more! Same afternoon we will have free time before farewell dinner at the typical Hungarian restaurant, gypsy music….


Day 12 – Budapest – flight home, Oct. 20, 2017, Friday

Early morning transfer for flight back home, arrival will be same day!


October 9 - October 20,  2017 (rate is based on 20 people in the group):
Land and Air - New York JFK, Newark EWR - 3485.00 $
Land and Air - Orlando/Grand Rapids - 3885.00 $
Land and Air - Los Angeles / Houston - 3950.00 $
Single room supplement - 560.00 $

May  20 - 31,  2018 (rate is based on 20 people in the group):
Land and Air - New York JFK, Newark EWR - 3585.00 $
Land and Air - Los Angeles - 4050.00 $
Land and Air - Chicago - 3685.00 $
Single room supplement - 560.00 $

September 17 - 28, 2018 (rate is based on minimum 20 people in the group):
Land and Air - New York JFK, Newark EWR - 3650.00 $
Land and Air - Los Angeles - 4100.00 $
Land and Air - Chicago - 3700.00 $
Single room supplement - 560.00 $

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Poland - Czech Rep. - Austria - Hungary Oct. 2017