Day 1 – May 21
Afternoon departure from Toronto and Amsterdam to Zurich in Switzerland.
Day 2 – May 22
Noon arrival in Zurich. Transfer to our hotel in Einsiedeln, time for rest, Mass, dinner and overnight.
Day 3 – May 23
Morning visit to the mediaeval Shrine of Our Lady of Hermits in Einsiedeln. Later on an excursion to Lucerne where our sightseeing tour takes us to Lion Monument by B. Thorvaldsen, the Cathedral of St. Leodegar and the Kapellbrucke, old bridge originally built in 1333. Afternoon Mass, some free time for shopping before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 – May 24
Today we travel to Gurtweil in Germany, birthplace of Fr. Francis Jordan, founder of the Salvatorians. Continue to Birnau where we visit the basilica, a masterpiece of Rococo style. Dinner and overnight in Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance.
Day 5 – May 25
This morning we travel to Salzburg in Austria. En route we visit Neuschwanstein to see the fairy-tale castle of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Upon arrival in Salzburg Mass, dinner and overnight.
Day 6 – May 26
Our morning tour of Salzburg, the city of “The Sound of Music” includes views of the Residence, the Carillon, the Cathedral, the Franciscan Church, Mozart Square. After Mass we travel to Prague, the capital of Czechia. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7 – May 27
Full day in beautiful Prague. We celebrate Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Victory and see the renowned statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague. We visit the Old Town by the way of Golden Lane and then go to the Lesser Town to see the medieval Charles Bridge. We also see St. Nikolas Church, the Astronomic Clock and the Castle District where we tour St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica and Wenceslas Square. Some free time in the afternoon for leisure. Dinner and overnight in Prague.
Day 8 – May 28
Today we travel to Wroclaw in Poland. Upon arrival our tour 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. Mass, dinner and overnight.
Day 9 – May 29
After breakfast we travel to Trzebnica where we visit magnificent Cistercian monastery and sanctuary of St. Jadwiga. Continue to Salvatorian seminary in Bagno. Late afternoon return to Wroclaw for dinner and overnight.
Day 10 – May 30
This morning we travel to Zakopane, Poland’s “winter capital”. 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 Zakopane for dinner and overnight.
Day 11 – May 31
Zakopane is a lively resort and the best-known mountainous town located in a valley surrounded by the impressive Tatra mountains and the tiny hillside village. Our tour of the resort includes walk along famous Krupowki Street and old part of the town with wooden houses in Zakopane’s architecture style, funicular train ride to Gubalowka Hill to admire the panorama of Tatras, visit Wooden Church and Old Cemetery. Afternoon time for shopping at local flea market, Mass, dinner and overnight.
Day 12 – June 1
This morning we depart for Krakow. En route we embark on a raft ridedown a mountain river on a wooden boat through breathtaking Dunajec River Gorge and Pieniny Mountains. Continue to Wieliczka where we visit the world-famous salt mines. Dinner and overnight in Krakow.
Day 13 – June 2
This morning we visit the Market Square where we hear the silver trumpet of the bugler form the tower of St. Mary’s Church. Buildings around the square and in the Old Town include marvels such as the Town Hall Tower, the Cloth Hall and most of all the Wawel Royal Castle and the cathedral. 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 at the sanctuary and visit the convent of St. Faustyna, her tomb and relics. Dinner and overnight.
Day 14 – June 3
Today we visit Wadowice, the birthplace of St. John Paul II, where we celebrate Mass. Afternoon return to Krakow, some free time, dinner and overnight in Krakow.
Day 15 – June 4
Early morning we are transferred to the airport for a flight via Amsterdam to Toronto. Noon arrival.