Day 1 - Arrive in Warsaw, Poland.Welcome to Warsaw! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and your traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel. (D)
Day 2 - Warsaw. Guided sightseeing of Warsaw includes the CATHEDRAL OF ST. JOHN, Lazienki Palace, and the WARSAW GHETTO. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Ask your Tour Director for suggestions to further explore this fascinating city. (B)
Day 3 - Warsaw - Niepokalanow - Czestochowa. This morning, head towards Niepokalanow (City of the Immaculata), and visit the FRANCISCAN FRIARY, founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe, who was canonized a saint by Pope Saint John Paul II. Later, journey to Czestochowa, and explore the JASNA GORA SHRINE, one of the world's most famous Marian Shrines, and see the famous BLACK MADONNA, an image and devotion Pope Saint John Paul II held very close to his heart throughout his life. (B,D)
Day 4 - Czestochowa - Auschwitz - Krakow. Travel to Auschwitz and visit the remains of the former CONCENTRATION CAMP as well as the MARTYRDOM MUSEUM and ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE'S CELL. Continue to Krakow and visit the world-famous SHRINE OF DIVINE MERCY, home to the revelations by St. Faustina (Helen Kowalski), a Sister of Mercy nun to whom Jesus appeared to in 1931. Pope Saint John Paul II canonized St. Faustina and instituted the Feast Day of Divine Mercy (the Pope passed away the day before Divine Mercy Sunday). (B,D)
Day 5 - Krakow. Enjoy guided sightseeing of the city where Pope Saint John Paul II served as archbishop, including WAWEL ROYAL CASTLE and ST. MARY'S CHURCH. You will also have the opportunity to join an optional excursion to the Wieliczka salt mines. (B)
Day 6 - Krakow. Excursion to Wadowice & Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. Journey to the Pope's hometown of Wadowice and visit his birthplace and Family Home MUSEUM. Also visit the nearby CHURCH, where he was baptized, confirmed, served as an altar boy and prayed daily. Continue to KALWARIA ZEBRZYDOWSKA, one of Poland's most famous shrines, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which played a pivotal role in the Pope's spiritual life. See the Calvary Sanctuary, established in the 1600s for pilgrims as a substitute for Jerusalem. It has grown to be the biggest shrine grounds of its type in Europe, with 42 churches and chapels of all shapes and sizes scattered on the slopes of Zar Mountain. The central basilica and Franciscan monastery still welcome pilgrims from all over the world today. Return to Krakow and visit the SANCTUARY OF ST. JOHN PAUL II. (B)
Day 7 - Krakow - Warsaw. Leave Krakow and travel north back to Warsaw. Spend an afternoon at leisure, then enjoy a farewell dinner this evening with wine at your hotel. (B,D)
Day 8 - Warsaw. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
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