Saffron Poland Czech Republic
Day 1 - DEPART USA ï¿½ Today, we depart our home city to connect with our overnight flight to Warsaw via _______. We will be served complementary beverages, in-flight movies, dinner and breakfast aloft Day 2 - WARSAW - We arrive early this morning at Okecie International Airport, Warsaw. After clearing arrival formalities, we board our motor coach and begin our morning sightseeing tour of Warsaw. We will visit Old Town, where each historic building has been painstaking and lovingly reconstructed after the destruction during W.W.II, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Memorial of the Warsaw Uprising, the Memorial of the Ghetto Heroes, Lazienki Park to view Chopinï¿½s Monument, St. John the Baptist Cathedral, and the Royal Castle. In the afternoon, we attend Mass at St. Jacobï¿½s Church. This is where Jesus said to Saint Faustina: ï¿½Itï¿½s here I called you, and not elsewhere.ï¿½ Late afternoon check-in at our hotel in Warsaw. Dinner and overnight. Day 3 ï¿½ WARSAW/NIEPOKOLANOW/WARSAW - After breakfast we will head west to Niepokolanow to visit and celebrate Mass at the Franciscan Monastery where St. Maximilian Kolbe lived. Continue to Zelazowa Wola, birthplace of Fredï¿½ric Chopin where we will see the museum before returning to Warsaw for dinner and overnight. Day 4 - WARSAW/CZESTOCHOWA/KRAKOW - After breakfast, we will board our motor coach for a two-hour ride to Czestochowa where we will make our way to the monastery complex of Jasna Gora to visit the Marian Shrine. Jasna Gora consists of a Gothic/Baroque church, a Baroque monastery and fortress. This is where the miraculous picture of Our Lady of Czestochowa (Black Madonna) has been preserved. We will tour this shrine and celebrate Mass. Before arriving in Kracow, we visit Auschwitz/Birkenau, site of one of the most infamous death camps, where a million and a half Jews died at the hands of the Nazis during World War II. We will continue on to Kracow for dinner and overnight. Day 5 - KRAKOW - After breakfast we will take a walking tour of Old Town, visiting some of the architectural and historic treasures that make up this wonderful old city. We will view the Town Hall Tower, erected during the 13th century, Cloth Hall, located on the same site since the 14th century, St. Maryï¿½s Church, where one of the towers serves as a platform for Cracowï¿½s bugle call, the Hejnal, and Jagellonian University, one of Europeï¿½s oldest schools which has a room devoted to Copernicus. Time for shopping in the Market. Following these activities, we will board our motor coach for Mass at the Convent of the Divine Mercy at Lagiewniki. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight. Day 6 ï¿½ KRAKOW/WADOWICE/PRAGUE - After breakfast at the hotel, we depart for Wadowice the birthplace of Pope John Paul II. Here we will celebrate Mass at the parish church of the Holy Father. Afterwards, we continue our ride west into the Czech Republic and arrive in the early evening in Prague for dinner and overnight. Day 7 ï¿½ PRAGUE - After breakfast, we begin our tour of Prague and view the Basilica of St. George and convent, Wladislav Hall, Golden Lane, Loreto Church, with remarkable treasury and Carillon playing every hour. We will visit the famous Infant Jesus of Prague at the Church of Our Lady of Victory, where we will celebrate Mass. Our afternoon tour of Prague will include the Old Town with Astronomical clock, Jewish Quarter and Charles Bridge. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Day 8 ï¿½PRAGUE/VIENNA ï¿½ This morning, following Mass here in Prague, we depart and travel south across the rolling hills of Southern Moravia, passing through towns which have still retained much of a medieval atmosphere. Cross the border into Austria and by way of the Danube valley, arrive this afternoon in Vienna for dinner and overnight. Day 9 ï¿½ VIENNA ï¿½ This morning, following Mass at a parish church near our hotel we will drive to the Hofburg, and see the17th century Capuchin Church containing the Imperial Vaults. We will also visit the Schï¿½nbrunn Castle with its vast French Park. This afternoon, we will have an excursion to the historic Vienna Woods, driving past Liechtenstein Castle with a visit to the ancient Heiligenkreuz Cistercian Abbey and pass by Mayerling, the former Imperial Hunting Lodge. On our return to Vienna for dinner and overnight, we will pass the famous Spa of Baden. DAY 10 ï¿½ USA - This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to the U.S. arriving the same day with memories of a lifetime.
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