JOIN DIVINE MERCY PARISH ON A PILGRIMAGE TO POLAND AND ITALY UNDER THE SPIRITUAL DIRECTION OF FR. ERIC FLORES. OCTOBER 17-28, 2024

WARSAW - KRAKOW - ROME - SAN GIOVANNI ROTONDO - ASSISI
Duration

12 Days

Max People

50

Date

10/17/2024-10/28/2024

Activity Level

Moderate – High

Included/Excluded

  • Round Airfare From SFO
  • 4-5 Star Hotels
  • Meals (per itinerary)
  • 3 Nights Accommodation In Poland
  • 7 Nights Accommodation In Italy
  • One Checked Bag
  • Professional Licensed Tour Guide
  • Passport and Visas
  • Gratuities
  • Daily Lunch

Tour Plan

Day 01 Departure

Our spiritual pilgrimage begins as we board our transatlantic flight to Warsaw, with meals and beverages served aloft.

Day 02 Arrive Warsaw

After arrival in Warsaw, we are met by our representative and transferred to our hotel. Delighting the "new" Warsaw, which has been lovingly restored after the devastation of World War II.
Overnight: Warsaw (Dinner)

Day 03 Warsaw / Krakow

Jasna Gora Monastery, Black Maddona, Auschwitz: Depart Warsaw and drive to Czestochowa, a city which has been for the last 600 years the principal center of the Catholic religion in Poland and is a shrine for pilgrims. Visit Jasna Gora Monastery with religious, historic, and artistic value, and participate in the unveiling of the Black Madonna. Our guide will show us the Gothic Chapel of Our Lady in which hangs the famous Black Madonna icon on a magnificent silver and ebony altar. Tour the treasury and celebrate mass at the Shrine. After Lunch proceed to Auschwitz for a guided tour of the infamous death camp where millions were killed during World War II. Continue to Krakow, our home for the next three nights.
Overnight: Krakow (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 04 Krakow

Wawel Hill, Church of St. Stanislaw, Kanonicza Street, St. Faustina Shrine: Following breakfast, proceed to Wawel Hill and celebrate mass at the Church of St. Stanislaw, Poland's second most important pilgrimage shrine. Visit Krakow's cathedral which serves as the nation's spiritual capital and has witnessed most of the royal coronations and funerals of the last millennium. See the Cathedral's Treasury and continue to Krakow's Old Town to see Kanonicza Street where Pope John Paul II resided while living in Krakow. Visit the courtyard of the Collegium Mauis; see the ancient Market Square and Cloth Hall. This afternoon, we depart for Lagiewniki, the capital of the Divine Mercy, where we see St. Faustina's convent chapel and her tomb. We enjoy a tour led by one of the sisters. Here, the message of the Divine Mercy originated, which Christ himself wished to pass on to our generation through the mediation of St. Faustina. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Overnight: Krakow (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 05 Rome

This morning we take our flights to Rome. After arrival in Rome, we are met by our HSTT representative, and we transfer to San Paul Outside the Walls to celebrate Mass before going to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Overnight: Rome (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 06 Rome

After Breakfast, we start by visiting to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the most important and the oldest church dedicated to Our Lady, which contains relic from the manager of the infant Jesus. Continue to the Basilica of St. John the Lateran, the Pope's Cathedral church where relics of both Peter and Paul remain under the main altar. See the Holy Steps which is believed to be from Pilate's palace in Jerusalem and brought to Rome by St. Helen in the 4th century. Next, it's time for lunch, we enjoy a walking tour of Rome, featuring a stroll to the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Calcium. Overnight: Rome (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 07 Papal Audience

Today we are up early for the General Audience with Pope Francis at St. Peter's Square!
Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Basilica
Overnight: Rome (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 08 Montecassino

Following breakfast, head south crossing through the Roman countryside with its villas and vineyards. During our drive, our tour escort will explain the spiritual, historical and cultural overview of Italy, which will help to orient you to this beautiful country and prepare you for all that you will experience in the days to follow. We stop at Montecassino, a beautiful abbey founded by Saint Benedict in 529. After lunch we continue through the countryside heading east to Padre Pio's town, San Giovanni Rotondo, our base for the following two nights. Dinner and overnight.
Overnight: San Giovanni Rotondo (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 09 Padre Pio

After Mass at the tomb of St. Padre Pio, tour the sanctuary and see the old church and the crucifix he was praying in front of when he received the stigmata for the second time in 1918. See the confessional where Padre Pio spent innumerable hours with multitudes of pilgrims, view the Gargano Peninsula and the Grotto of St. Michael the Archangel. Six different Popes, St Francis and at least four other saints have knelt in prayer at this grotto, seeking the protection of St Michael the Archangel. Afterwards enjoy the panoramic view of the ocean and the surrounding countryside. Dinner and overnight.
Overnight: San Giovanni Rotondo (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 10 Lanciano & Loreto

After breakfast, we make our way to Lanciano to visit the Church of St. Longinus where you see the Eucharistic Miracle and celebrate Mass. Continue toward the Adriatic coast to the Marian shrine of Loreto to visit the Holy House of Nazareth and the beautiful Madonna of Loreto. More than 50 popes have made a pilgrimage to the house transported by angels to this hill in central Italy in 1294. Tradition has it that this is the house in which Mary first prayed the Magnificat, in which Jesus grew to manhood, and in which the Holy Family lived. We continue to Assisi, the hometown of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment, and the founder of the Franciscan Order. St. Francis of Assisi is the first person recorded who received the stigmata.

Overnight: Assisi (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 11 Assisi

After breakfast, we begin a full day tour in the hometown of St. Francis. This will include a visit to the 13th century Basilica which houses the tomb of St. Francis. We will kneel before the crucifix from which Jesus Christ directed Francis to "rebuild my Church". A visit to the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels which houses the Portiuncula Chapel that Saint Francis built in response to the request to "rebuild my Church". We continue to the Basilica of Saint Clare which contains the remains of Saint Clare of Assisi. Throughout our full day we will enjoy strolling the medieval streets of this little historic town. Visit Blessed Carlo Acutis. Then we continue to Rome for Dinner and Overnight.
Overnight: Rome (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 12 Return Home

Today we bid farewell to Poland and Italy with memories and keepsakes for a lifetime.

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