DAY 1: WARSAW
You arrive to Warsaw’s Chopin airport. Your personal driver will pick you up straight from the arrivals hall and take you to a centrally located Warsaw hotel. In the evening you can take a short tour around the Old Town area, where Warsaw’s most beautiful churches are located.
Holy Cross Church
DAY 2: WARSAW
You start the day with visiting the parish church in Warsaw, where Jerzy Popiełuszko used to minister. Popieluszko was murdered by the Security Service of the communist regime and has been revered as a martyr ever since. You will see his grave and the museum dedicated to his work. The next step is 18th century Powazki Cemetery – well-known mostly because of the great Polish figures buried here, and a visit to the church of Charles Borromeo, designed by Dominic Merlini. On the cemetery you can find the Katyń Wall – built to commemorate Polish officers killed by the Soviet army during World War Two.
DAY 4: LICHEŃ – GNIEZNO
On day four you will visit the biggest sanctuary in Poland, in the town of Licheń. Its history dates back to the 15th century, when the parish church was founded. Today it is mostly known for the enshrined painting of Our Lady and its cult, as well as the new, monumental basilica that makes an incredible impression. Licheń is one of the most important pilgrimage centers in Poland, visited by 1,5 million people every year.
Afterwards, you visit Gniezno – a town that is believed to be the very first capital of Poland. The first Polish king was crowned here in 1025. The Basilica of Saint Adalbert is a priceless historic monument, with parts of it dating back to the 10th century. The present form of the sanctuary originates from the 14th century. The tour will cover all parts of the building, culminating in the presentation of its famous sculpted door, made in the 12th century and presenting 18 scenes from Saint Adalbert’s life.
DAY 5: CZĘSTOCHOWA – KRAKÓW
Just after breakfast you will head for Częstochowa – the most famous Sanctuary in Poland and the location of the Black Madonna painting. The history of the monastery dates back to the 14th century, and the complex was rebuilt several times; today, the basilica stands proud in monumental baroque style. Your visit to the Monastery will of course include the chapel with the miraculous painting, as well as the basilica proper, the treasury and the anniversary museum.
Jasna Góra Monastery
DAY 6: KRAKÓW
Be prepared for an intensive tour around Kraków – the former capital of Poland, city of Polish kings, historic buildings and vivid atmosphere. It is also a city of big significance to Catholics.
The visit starts with the Royal Castle on Wawel Hill, the former residence of Polish Kings, built with splendour and grandeur. The renaissance cathedral that accompanies the castle is the burial site of several Polish kings as well as writers and national leaders.
Church of Saints Peter and Paul
The next stops are: St. Mary’s Chruch with the famous gothic altar sculpted by Veit Stoss, the Cloth Hall, where you can purchase hand-made souvenirs, Barbakan (defence walls) and Floriańska Gate. Eventually, you will arrive to Tyniec, the part of Kraków where a thousand-year-old monastery is located.
DAY 7: WADOWICE – KALWARIA ZEBRZYDOWSKA – ŁAGIEWNIKI
On day seven, you shall follow in the footsteps of John Paul II. You will head for Wadowice, where he was born and where you can visit his house, now a museum. There is also a 15th century church where he was baptized. The sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska was often visited by Karol Wojtyła when he was a priest, bishop and then cardinal. You will also visit the baroque Bernardine monastery and the fascinating Via Dolorosa (the Stations of the Cross) – a long sequence of chapels set in the countryside and an UNESCO landmark.
Afterwards, you will visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki, dedicated to Saint Faustine. The famous, miraculous painting of Jesus Christ is located in the monumental Sanctuary.
DAY 8: KRAKÓW – WARSAW
The early afternoon is your free time. You can either take a short walk around the Old Town by yourself, do some last shopping, or simply enjoy the atmosphere of Kraków in one of its cafes. In the afternoon, you will head back to Warsaw. You can be dropped off either directly at the Warsaw airport or we can arrange for one more night in a nearby hotel.
Warsaw Old Town