Day 1 – Aug. 31
Evening departure from Toronto to Prague.
Day 2 – Sep. 1
Early afternoon arrival in Prague, the capital city of Czech Republic. Transfer to hotel, some free time for rest, Mass, dinner and overnight.
Day 3 – Sep. 2
Full day in beautiful Prague. The tour starts in the Castle District and St. Vitus Cathedral. Continue to the Church of Our Lady of Victory to see the renowned statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague. Then we cross the medieval Charles Bridge and enter the Old Town to see St. Nicolas Church, the city hall and the Astronomic Clock. We also visit Maisel Synagogue, old cemetery and an exhibition dedicated to rich Jewish heritage. Some free time in the afternoon for leisure. Dinner and overnight in Prague.
Day 4 – Sep. 3
This morning we depart for Wroclaw in Poland. Upon arrival our tour of Wroclaw will take us to the gothic Cathedral, the Market Square, lined with elegant townhouses and featuring a modern fountain and gothic Old Town Hall with its large astronomical clock. Some free time for leisure, Mass, dinner and overnight.
Day 5 – Sep. 4
Today we travel to Krakow. En route we stop in Czestochowa – the site of Poland’s greatest shrine – Our Lady of Czestochowa, also known as the “Black Madonna”. We celebrate Mass and venerate the priceless and miraculous icon. Continue to Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi concentration camp. We visit a cell in which St. Maximilian Kolbe died and also the Martydom Museum recalling the horrors of the Holocaust. Continue to Krakow for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 – Sep. 5
This morning we visit Lagiewniki – world known as “Divine Mercy Shrine”. This is where St. Faustyna had had numerous visions of Christ, who told her to keep a diary of their encounters, during which he spoke to her of the Divine Mercy. We celebrate Mass and visit the convent of St. Faustyna, her tomb and relics. We also visit nearby St. John Paul II Sanctuary commemorating Poland’s most famous son. Continue to the world-famous salt mines in Wieliczka before returning to our hotel.
Day 7 – Sep. 6
Full day in Krakow. In the morning we explore Krakow’s Old Town: we visit the Market Square where we hear the silver trumpet of the bugler form the tower of St. Mary’s Church. Many of the buildings in the Old Town are over 700 years old and include marvels such as the Town Hall Tower, the Cloth Hall and most of all the Wawel Royal Castle. Afternoon we visit mediaeval Jewish Quarter of Kazimierz, remembering centuries of Jewish presence in Poland. Some free time for leisure before returning to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8 – Sep. 7
After breakfast we travel to Zakopane, Poland’s winter capital. En route we embark on a raft ridedown a mountain Dunajec river on traditional wooden boats. Upon arrival in Zakopane we will walk along famous Krupowki Street and old part of the town with wooden houses in Zakopane’s architecture style and visit Wooden Church and Old Cemetery. Mass, dinner and overnight.
Day 9 – Sep. 8
This morning we travel to Budapest, the capital city of Hungary. En route we stop at Esztegom basilica, the largest church in Hungary which dates back to 16th century where we celebrate Mass. Continue to Budapest for dinner and overnight.
Day 10 – Sep. 9
Our tour of Budapest, the capital of Hungary includes a view of the 13th century Matthias Church, the Citadel on Mt. Gellert, the Royal Castle, the Parliament, Hero’s Square and the St. Stephen Basilica. Afternoon Mass, some free time for leisure. In the evening farewell dinner on a Danube River cruise. Overnight.
Day 11 – Sep. 10
Early morning we are transferred to the airport for a flight to Toronto. Evening arrival.