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Visit the Homeland of Modern Legends: St. John Paul II & St. Faustina

Jasna Gora Monastery

Explore this gorgeous hill-top monastery—one of the world’s most famous and visited shrines to the Virgin Mary. Revel in the awesome architecture and inspiring artwork, including the iconic and venerated Black Madonna (Our Lady of Częstochowa).

Wawel Cathedral

Over 900 years old, Wawel Cathedral on the Wawel Hill, Kraków, was once the coronation site for Polish monarchs (and plenty are buried there, too!). Visit this historic Gothic Cathedral where St. John Paul II celebrated his first Mass as a priest after his ordination.

Divine Mercy Sanctuary

Built between 1999 and 2002, this impressive basilica is dedicated to the Divine Mercy devotion and is the final resting place of St. Faustina (who received Jesus’ message of the Divine Mercy). Millions of pilgrims have visited the shrine (including three popes!).

Full Trip Itinerary

  • 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 overnight.

  • 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.

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*Please note that for a number of reasons beyond our control or because new opportunities emerge, the schedule and itinerary can change.

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Grow Spiritually

Sometimes we need to step back from life and take another look at who we are, what we are here for, what matters most, and what matters least. Without the distractions of your everyday life, sacred and historic places like Warsaw, Krakow and Auschwitz can provide the perfect opportunity to hear the voice of God and get to know Jesus in a whole new way.

Visit Sacred Places

A pilgrimage is a wonderful opportunity to expand our knowledge of the world and experience our faith in breathtaking ways. Journey to some of the most sacred places in Poland, from St. Faustina’s convent to where she received Jesus’ message of Divine Mercy, from the hometown of St. John Paull II to the place where St. Maximilian Kolbe gave his life so that others may live.

Create Lasting Friendships

Whether you are making this pilgrimage with your spouse, best friend, or by yourself, you will meet an incredible group of people who are passionate about their faith and the Dynamic Catholic Mission. Make memories and create lifelong friendships with people from across the country.