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A Pilgrim on Polish Land

Day 1

Arrival in Warsaw. Guided sightseeing of Warsaw to follow the best recognized attractions, such as: the Royal Castle, the Sigismund Column, the Old Town Square, the narrowest house, defensive walls, the Grand Theatre, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The tour will be connected with sightseeing of Warsaw ecclesiastical monuments: St. John's Cathedral (torn down during WWII and rebuilt afterwards), the Military Cathedral, the Visitandine church, St. Mary's, the Holy Cross church (where the heart of Chopin is buried), St. Karol Boromeusz Church. Time to explore the city on your own. Check-in procedure and welcome dinner.

Day 2

Morning departure for Czestochowa. On the way back you will pay a visit to Niepokalanow with its Franciscan Monastery and the Museum of St. Maximilian Kolbe – the monk who sacrificed his life to save a prisoner in the Nazi concentration camp in Auschwitz. Arrival in Czestochowa – the sanctified place of national worship and pilgrimage. The miraculous Icon of Blessed Virgin Mary is believed to bring protection, relief and joy. Sightseeing of the monastic complex with the basilica, the Treasury, Way of the Cross and fortifications. Time for individual prayer and contemplation. Accommodation at the hotel and dinner.

Day 3

Drive to Krakow. Guided sightseeing of Krakow to follow the footsteps of the Pope John Paul II. You will visit the following places: the Wawel Cathedral where the Pope celebrated his first mass, the University where he studied literature, St. Florien's where the young vicar Wojtyla organized various parish activities, Kanonicza Street where he lived, St. Catherine's where he celebrated masses and supervised the choir. On the "Route of the Pope" you will also have a chance to visit the most important monuments of Krakow: medieval defensive walls with the Florien's Gate, the Main Market Square, the Cloth Hall, St. Mary's church with the 15th century altar carved out of linden, the University district with Collegium Maius – the building dating back to the beginnings of the noble school. In the afternoon you will visit the Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki which was consecrated by the Pope during this year's (2002) pilgrimage. The cult is internationally recognized and it attracts more and more pilgrims. Evening pipe organ concert in one of historical churches in Krakow. Dinner at the local restaurant.

Day 4

Half-day trip to Ludzmierz. The Sanctuary of Our Lady the Queen of Podhale in Ludzmierz was often visited by Wojtyła on pilgrimages. In the Neo-Gothic church (1877) he would stop in front of the 15th century figure of Our Lady of Ludzmierz carved in wood and affectionately called "Gazdzina Podhala" – the hostess of the region. Dinner at the local restaurant.

Day 5

Half-day trip to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, baroque sanctuary and quiet Paths of Calvary with churches and chapels scattered among the hills that Karol Wojtyła visited most often. He used to come here as a young boy from nearby Wadowice, and later as a priest, bishop, and finally as the Pope, to walk along the Way of the Cross immersed in prayer. Wadowice – the birthplace of the Pope John Paul II to see the parish church and the house where Karol Wojtyła was born. Nowadays the house functions as a biographical museum exhibiting mainly photographs depicting various moments from Wojtyla's life. Return to Krakow and farewell dinner.

Day 6

Transfer to the airport or railway station.