Krakow Market Square

Poland Pilgrimage September

4 nights | from £655pp excluding flights

Join us on our Pilgrimage to Poland this September led by Fr Axcel Soriano

Overview & Itinerary

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Our Poland itineraries visit many of the most famous religious sites including the Cathedral in Krakow, The Salt Mine in Wieliczka, Wadowice – the birth place of Pope John Paul II, The Divine Mercy Basilica in Lagiewniki, and of course the most important Marian shrine in Poland – Jasna Gora in Czestochowa.

Krakow’s beauty is self-evident. Both the medieval Old Town and the Wieliczka Salt Mines were added to the original UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978. Having escaped destruction during World War II, the city uniquely retains its charming medieval shape, with its central Market Square – the largest in Europe. The Royal Route leads along Grodzka Street up to Wawel Hill from which the Royal Residence and the Cathedral overlook the Vistula River. Wawel Castle is an interesting example of Renaissance architecture, which houses one of the largest collections of tapestries in Europe. The Cathedral was the coronation place of many Polish kings, and their last resting place.

The town of Wadowice is the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla. Here we shall visit the museum, dedicated to the life of the Pope John Paul II and other places closely linked to his presence in this area, including the Basilica of the Offering of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the ornate church where Karol Wojtyła was baptized and confirmed.

Jasna Gora in Czestochowa, is a place of pilgrimage for thousands every year, is the most important Marian shrine in Poland. The focal point is the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin with its miraculous icon – the Black Madonna, but the museum with its Treasury and the Arsenal are also well worth a visit.

An outline itinerary of our Pilgrimage

Krakow Wawel Cathedral
Częstochowa Jasna Góra Monastery
Wadowice Museum

Day 1
Arrival to Krakow Airport – flight details to be advised ready for a 4-night stay. We will meet with our local guide and transfer to the hotel to check in – if time allows, we will have a short orientation tour of the centre of Krakow. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 2
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. Afterwards we will meet with the English-speaking guide for a morning tour of Krakow. In the afternoon there will be an excursion to Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla. Here we shall visit the museum, dedicated to the life of the Pope John Paul 1. We will also visit the Basilica of the Offering of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the ornate church where Karol Wojtyła was baptized and confirmed. We will then return to Krakow for dinner at the hotel.

Day 3
Buffet breakfast at the hotel. We depart by coach to Czestochowa where there will be a tour of the Jasna Gora Monastery with a local English-speaking guide. Transfer back to Krakow for dinner at the hotel.

Wieliczka Salt Mines

Day 4
After breakfast we will depart by coach to visit the new Basilica of the Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki that seats 4000 people and was consecrated by Holy Father in 2002. The central focus of the shrine is the tomb of St Faustina and the miraculous image of Our Merciful Lord. We will celebrate Mass here. After the mass one of Divine Mercy Sisters will have a lecture for the group regarding the history of Convent and St Faustina Kowalska.

In the afternoon excursion to Wieliczka Salt Mine. Over nine levels, you can visit Rooms, passages, great chambers, underground lakes of remarkable colours and chapels with superb statues – all carved from salt. Today this is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage monument and one of the most renowned attractions in the Krakow area.

You can visit the famous Chapel of St. Kinga. St. Kinga lived in the 13th century; she was a Hungarian princess. The legend says that after marrying a Polish prince, the only present that she wanted to receive was salt. Kinga dropped her engagement ring into a shaft in the salt mine. The engagement ring was re-discovered in Wieliczka, in the first clump of salt that was extracted from there. This was the beginning of the miraculous history of the Wieliczka salt mine. St. Kinga, beatified by Pope Alexander VIII in 1690 and canonised by Pope John Paul II in 1999, is still the patron saint of the Wieliczka salt mine. Return to hotel for dinner.

Day 5
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport and departure from Kraków.