Day 1: Depart United States
The Journey Begins
Your pilgrimage begins with an
overnight flight to Warsaw. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
Day 2: Arrive in Warsaw
Relax & Refresh + Mass
You will be transported to your hotel
to unpack and relax. Later, you’ll celebrate Mass at St. James Church, the church
where St. Faustina (née Helena Kowalska) prayed extensively upon coming to Warsaw,
and then return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Warsaw
St. Faustina’s Convent + Old Town
Following breakfast, head to mass at
Zytnia 3/9, where St. Faustina entered the convent—the Congregation of the Sisters
of Our Lady of Mercy. You will explore the Old Town, comprised of beautiful
maze-like cobblestone streets and picturesque architecture that are symbols of
Poland's successful rebuild following its destruction during World War II. Lunch
will be on your own, followed by some free time. Visit a local restaurant for dinner
and return to the hotel for overnight.
Day 4: Częstochowa | Kraków
Iconic Black Madonna
Depart towards Częstochowa, the home
of the 14th Century great pilgrimage shrine of Poland. Next, visit the Jasna Gora
Monastery. This hill-top monastery is home to the beloved icon of the Black Madonna.
Tradition tells us that this icon was painted by Luke the Evangelist, discovered by
St. Helen, and later enshrined. We’ll celebrate Mass in Częstochowa. Following your
prayerful reflections, we will continue on to Kraków, where you’ll enjoy dinner and
overnight at your hotel.
Day 5: Kraków
Stunning Wawel Cathedral
Explore Krakow's Market Square, which
has remained unchanged for almost 700 years! Then make your way to Wawel Hill, where
you will visit the beautiful cathedral and coronation chapel. Lunch will be on your
own, followed by a free afternoon. You’ll remain in Kraków for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Wadowice | Łagiewniki
A Pope’s Humble Beginning + Divine Mercy
Take an excursion to Wadowice, the
birthplace of Saint John Paul II. You will visit the museum and the home of St. John
Paul II, as well as the church where this beloved Saint was baptized and attended
Mass as a child. Next, visit the Basilica of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin
Mary and celebrate Mass at the shrine. Enjoy free time for lunch. Continue one to
Łagiewniki, where, through the mediation of St. Faustina, Jesus passed on the
message of Divine Mercy. After mass, return to Kraków for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Auschwitz
St. Kolbe’s Beautiful Sacrifice
Head to Auschwitz, notoriously known
as a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War. During your visit, you
will have an opportunity to see the cell that imprisoned St. Maximilian Kolbe and
visit the Martyrdom Museum. Return to Kraków for some free time before mass, dinner and
Day 8: Zakopane
Breathtaking Vistas, Breathtaking Worship
Drive through the mountains to the
small and remote village of Zakopane. You will take a cable-car to the nearby
mountaintop of Gubalowka. Visit Jaszczurowka Chapel, where young Karol Wojtyla often
attended mass. Celebrate mass in Zakopane, then return to Kraków for the farewell
dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Depart Kraków
Return Home, Forever Changed
After breakfast, say “pożegnanie” and
revel in the memories as the bus transports you to the airport for your flight home.