Pilgrimage to Poland - Fr. Nathan LaLiberte, Fr. Luke Marquard (# 2009)

June 7-16, 2021

Must be Physically Able to Travel

Magi Travel tours require participants to be able to do a considerable amount of walking (3-5 miles per day), sometimes on uneven, rough or hilly terrain. If you have mobility issues, you must travel with someone who is physically able to assist you and they will also need to register for the trip. Magi Travel Tour Coordinators, Hosts and Tour Guides are unable to assist individual passengers with mobility issues. Please note that scooters cannot be accommodated on this tour.

Daily Itinerary

Monday, June 7, 2021: USA to Warsaw, Poland

Optional overnight flight. Dinner and breakfast served on board.

 
Tuesday, June 8: Arrival in Warsaw

Transfer to your hotel. Late afternoon Mass at St. James Church in Warsaw in the Divine Mercy Chapel, which was the first church that St. Faustina entered when she went to Warsaw.

Enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Warsaw. (D)

St. James Church 
Wednesday, June 9: Warsaw

Visit St. Stanislaw Kostka Church where you will attend Mass and see an exhibition devoted to Fr. Jerzy Popiełuszko. Fr. Jerzy was a Polish Catholic priest who became associated with the opposition Solidarity trade union in communist Poland. He was murdered in 1984 by three government security agents. He has been recognized as a martyr by the Catholic Church, and was beatified in 2010. Continue to the Old Town to visit Castle Square where you will see Sigismund’s Column, one of Warsaw's most famous landmarks. The column and statue commemorate King Sigismund III Vasa, who in 1596 had moved Poland's capital from Krakow to Warsaw. Take a stroll through Market Square, with time for lunch on your own.

Drive via the Royal Route with its aristocratic residences, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Grand Opera and National Theatre House. Make a short stop at the Royal Lazienki Park to see the Monument of composer and pianist, Frederic Chopin.

Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Warsaw (B,D)

Warsaw

Thursday, June 10: Niepokalanow, Glogowiec, Czestochowa

After breakfast, depart for a visit to Niepokalanow, home of the Basilica founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe and a museum dedicated to his life and work. Kolbe was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar, who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the German death camp of Auschwitz, located in German-occupied Poland during World War II. Mass at the Basilica.

Continue on to the village of Glogowiec, the small village where Helena Kowalska, known as Saint Faustina Kowalska, was born as the third child of Stanislaw & Marianna. The family, including ten children, lived in a one room house. In the room, there was an altar with the passion scene placed as the focal point. The family’s everyday life was always filled with prayers, work and the parents’ testimony of life. Today Saint Faustina’s family house is a museum.

Continue to Czestochowa for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe

Friday, June 11: Czestochowa, Tyniec Abbey

Visit the Jasna Gora Monastery, famous for the miraculous picture of Black Madonna. See the Shrine and the Treasury Room with its impressive collection of precious gifts given to the monastery throughout the ages. You will also see a touching “Way of the Cross” painted by one of the leading Polish painters, Jerzy Duda-Gracz. Each station reflects many of the important moments in the history of Poland. Have Mass at Jasna Gora Monastery in one of the chapels.

Our next stop is Tyniec Abbey, famous for its cuisine based on traditional recipes, where you will attend an organ concert and enjoy an early dinner made by Benedictine monks.

Continue to Krakow for overnight. (B,D)

Jasna Gora Monastery




Saturday, June 12: Krakow

Enjoy a full-day tour of Krakow. Start with Wawel Cathedral, one of the finest churches in Poland, and Sigismund's Chapel, which is also known as the “Pearl of the Renaissance.”

Celebrate morning Mass at St. Leonard’s Crypt at Wawel Cathedral. The highlight will be the sites connected to the Pope's life in Krakow, including the Debniki basement room where he was living as a student, the Zakrzowek quary where he was working during the Nazi occupancy, the Church of St. Stanislaw Kostkas, and the 12th-century St. Leonard’s Crypt where the Pope had his first Mass. See the Collegium Novum of the Jagiellonian University where he lectured in theology after World War II. Visit Kanonicza Street where Father Wojtyla resided in two houses until he became the Krakow Archbishop. Now both houses have been turned into the Archdiocese Museum.

Dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Krakow. (B,D)

Wawel Cathedral


Sunday, June 13: Auschwitz

Visit Auschwitz Birkenau Museum, the largest Nazi concentration camp during World War II. You will visit the Martyrdom Museum and see the cell that imprisoned St. Maximillian Kolbe. Mass for the group at the Sanctuary of Our Lady.

Return to Krakow for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Auschwitz

Monday, June 14: Wadowice, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska

Your next stop is Wadowice, Karol Wojtyła’s hometown. Visit the house where he lived. Celebrate Mass at the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, where the Pope was baptized. Lunch at a local restaurant.

Continue to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. Visit the Shrine of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, an early Baroque sanctuary and the quiet Paths of Calvary. Here, Pope John Paul II walked along the Way of the Cross immersed in prayer.

Return to Krakow. Dinner is on your own this evening. Overnight in Krakow. (B,L)

Wadowice
Tuesday, June 15: Lagiewniki, Wieliczka

Next visit Lagiewniki to see the Blessed Sister Faustina Convent. Sister Faustina was the person who Jesus appeared to in 1931, bringing the wonderful message of Mercy for all of mankind. Asked to do so by the Lord, Sister Faustina painted the picture of His Divine Mercy with the inscription “Jesus I Trust in You.” The group will be welcomed with a talk by a local sister. Visit the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy, where we will have Mass. Visit the John Paul II Center to see relics and more.

Continue to Wieliczka for a guided tour of the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the oldest salt mines in the world. The Salt Mine is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Enjoy a farewell dinner at one of the local restaurants. Return to Krakow for overnight. (B,D)

Sister Faustina Convent


Wednesday, June 16: Departure

Bid farewell to Krakow and prepare for your homeward flight. (B)

 


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Group Meals: (B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner


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