INFANT OF PRAGUE & POLAND
Featuring the Black Madonna of Czestochowa
Day 1: DEPARTURE DAY (B,D) . Our journey begins as we depart on our trans-Atlantic flight to Prague. Dinner and breakfast served on board.
Day 2: PRAGUE (D) . Upon arrival in the Czech Republic`s capital we will be met by our European tour manager and transferred to our hotel. Tonight we get to know each other better over a special welcome dinner.
Day 3: PRAGUE (B,D). Our morning tour of Prague starts at the `Little Quarter ` with a visit to the Church of Our Lady Victorious and home of the Infant of Prague. From 1000-year-old Hradcany Castle we take in the breathtaking panorama of the Czech capital, considered by many to be Europe`s most beautiful. Next we explore St. Vitus`s Cathedral, illuminated by colored light from its huge stained glass windows. Its exquisitely ornate Chapel of St. Wenceslaus houses the tomb of the Good King who was tragically murdered by his brother. We then descend to the Old Town Square to view the magnificent Astronomical Clock. The remainder of the day is free for independent exploration, including the many shops selling bargain-priced hand-blown glass, puppets, and wooden toys. Dinner at our hotel.
Day 4: PRAGUE – WROCLAW- WARSAW (B,D). We journey through the picturesque Czech countryside and cross into Poland. At lunchtime we reach Wroclaw, a university city rich in remarkable works of art and architecture. Later we continue to Warsaw for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: WARSAW ( Excursion to Fr. Kolbe`s Convent) (B,D). Severely damaged during World War ll, Warsaw has been restored with great care to its former stateliness. Our sightseeing includes the picturesque cobblestone Old Town Square lined with open-air cafes and idyllic houses abundantly decorated with flowers; the Royal Palace and Lazienski Park with its royal summer residences; not to forget the former ghetto, now an attractive residential district. An afternoon excursion takes us to Niepokalanow, a small town dominated by the monastery which once was the home of Maximilian Kolbe. During a guided visit of the ornate church, the monastery and the living quarters of Fr. Kolbe, we hear about the life of the heroic saint. Return to Warsaw for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: CZESTOCHOWA (B,D). leaving the Polish capital, we head south through lush countryside to Czestochowa. After Mass we have a guided visit of the Shrine of Jasna Gora monastery, home of the venerated Black Madonna of Czestochowa, the ` Queen of Poland` .
Day 7: AUSCHWITZ – WADOWICE – KALWARIA – KRAKOW (B,D). We follow a route dotted with the ruins of medieval castles to Auschwitz. We stop at the remains of the concentration camp, a grim reminder of one of history`s darkest hours. We view a movie made at the time of liberation and the cell block where Fr. Maximilian Kolbe was held. We continue to Wadowice, birthplace of Saint Pope John Paul ll. We visit the 16th-century parish church where a plaque commemorates Karol Wojtyla`s baptism and the museum depicting his life. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska is the second largest Marian Shrine in Poland, consisting of no less than 42 churches and chapels. Then we continue to Krakow, proud of its history as the Polish capital.
Day 8: KRAKOW (Folkloric Evening) (B,D). Much of this city`s beauty comes from its medieval churches, ancient squares, and strong ramparts. A tour of Krakow includes Wawel Castle commanding a splendid view over the city, the Cathedral which was the seat of Cardinal Karol Wojtyla before becoming Pope, magnificent Krakow Town Square and its centuries-old marketplace, Sigismund Chapel containing the tomb of Polish aristocracy, national heroes, and bishops; not to forget Flouanska Gate and the 12-th century Virgin Mary Church with its ornate altars and also featuring the hourly `Hejnal Mariacki` trumpet tap. Tonight we enjoy dinner with wine, music and folkloric dances at a popular local venue.
Day 9: KRAKOW ( SISTER FAUSTINA & SALT MINES) (B,D). We drive to the convent of Sister Faustina. After mass one of the sisters will take us on a guided visit where we learn about the life of the saint. Later we motor to the Wieliczka Salt Mine which appears on UNESCO`s list of the `World`s Cultural Heritage `sites. We explore the chambers of the blessed Kinga and St. Anthony of the Holy Cross and the spectacular cathedral carved entirely from salt, including the gigantic chandeliers. Return to Krakow . Remainder of the day free at your disposal.
Day 10: RETURN FLIGHT (B). The time has come to say `good bye`as we transfer to the airport for our flight back home.
Tour #500 — 10 Days
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