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World Youth Day Krakow - WYD 1
July 21 - August 3, 2016

Included Features:
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Transportation services July 21 - July 25 & July 31 - August 3
  • Daily train tickets round trip Wieliczka-Krakow July 26 - 31
  • Private air-conditioned motor coach
  • English-speaking tour escort
  • Local guides
  • 13 nights at First or Superior First class hotel
  • Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 3 dinners, including night with entertainment as per detailed itinerary
  • Entrance fees to the Jasna Gora Monastery and the Black Madonna Shrine, and Oswiecim/Auschwitz
  • Sightseeing tours as per itinerary
  • Hotel charges and taxes
  • Pilgrim package: backpack, registration for main events July 25-31, meal vouchers, information booklet & public transportation coupon.
Tour Price:
2016 $ 2,450 per person, double occupancy
Single Supplement $ 895

*Please note: Prices are subject to change based on the currency exchange rate, and dates of travel.

Airfare can be provided upon request. Departure date will be one day prior.

We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance which is available upon request.

Detailed Itinerary
 
July 20, 2016 - Wednesday USA - Warsaw
Optional: Depart on a regular scheduled flight from USA to Warsaw.
 
July 21, 2016 - Thursday Warsaw
Upon arrival in Warsaw meet with your tour escort at the hotel’s reception to proceed to Pilsudski Square by the Holy Cross the site of pope John Paul II’s first pilgrimage of to his homeland where he celebrated Holy Mass and said his the famous worlds to the people of Poland: "Spirit, come and renew the face of the earth, this earth”. Walk through the Royal Route for a short stop at the Monument of the Cardinal of Poland, Stefan Wyszynski, who influenced the Karol Wojtyla election to become the Pope, John Paul II. Welcome dinner at one of the local restaurants beautifully located in the Old Town.
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July 22, 2016 - Friday Warsaw
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Poland’s capital including: the Old Town with the famous baroque St. Anna Church, a place where Pope John Paul II celebrated Holy Mass during his first pilgrimage in1979 and met with young people. Follow his footsteps to the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Warsaw’s oldest Gothic church which later became his final resting place. After at typical Polish lunch at one of the Old Town restaurants drive to St. Stanislaw Kostka Church where you will also see a special exhibition devoted to Father Jerzy Popieluszko, a great personality of Catholic Church murdered by militant security police in 1984.
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July 23, 2016 - Saturday Warsaw – Czestochowa – Auschwitz – Zakopane
Drive to Czestochowa the religious center of Poland and one of the most important places of religious worship in the Christian World with traditions of pilgrimage dating back to the 14th century. Visit Jasna Gora Monastery and its famous shrine which houses the Black Madonna, where John Paul II devoted himself to the Lady of Czestochowa. After lunch drive to Auschwiz-Birkenau, the former death camp known as Konzentratrionslager Auschwitz, where we visit the cell no. 18 of the martyred St. Maximilian Kolbe. Continue your drive to Zakopane for overnight.
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July 24, 2016 - Sunday Zakopane
Afternoon visit of Zakopane includes the famous Krupówki Street, the Jaszczurówka Chapel – the great example of the wooden architecture in Zakopane and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima at Krzeptówki, which was built by people of Zakopane. A traditional Polish dinner will be served at a traditional restaurant with entertainment. For tired travelers a highlander tea (with vodka) and ‘sliwowica lacka’, strong plums brandy will be available.
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July 25, 2016 - Monday Krakow – Wroclaw – Poznan
Following breakfast depart for Krakow. En route stop at Ludzmierz a religious center for Highlanders to visit the oldest Sanctuary in the Podhale region. Place where Pope John Paul II often arrived and prayed with his beloved people. It was here, during one of His visits as a Bishop of Krakow that an apple fell from the hands of the figure of Our Lady Queen of Podhale and stopped at his feet. Many believed this was sign that the Bishop of Krakow will become a Pope one day. Drive to Krakow. Upon arrival orientation walk through the Old Town.
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July 26, 2016 through July 31, 2016 Participation in World Youth Day Events
You will receive your Pilgrim Package including: Accreditation for main WYD events (Catechesis, Youth Festival concerts, exhibitions and other activities), backpack, meal vouchers, information booklet and coupon for public transportation.


July 31, 2016 - Sunday Krakow
Early afternoon you can return to your hotel which is within walking distance. The rest of the afternoon is on your own. Overnight in Krakow.
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August 1, 2016 - Monday Krakow – Wroclaw – Poznan
Departure for Poznan one of the most important centers in Poland, known as the “Sacred City” housing the oldest cathedral in Poland. En route stop in Wroclaw, the Cultural Capital of Europe 2016. Stop for lunch after which you will tour Poznan where you will see the monumental Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul in Ostrow Tumski, an island among water of river Warta and Cybina, where, as legend says, Poznan was founded. Ostrow Tumski is one of the most interesting complexes of Gothic and Baroque architecture in Poland.
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August 2, 2016 - Tuesday Poznan – Gniezno – Lichen – Niepokalanow – Warsaw
After breakfast, morning departure for Warsaw, drive to Gniezno, the first capital of Poland. Continue to Lichen home of the second largest shrine in Poland. On your way to Warsaw also stop in Niepokalanow to visit the Franciscan Monastery which is linked with the figure of Saint Maximilian Maria Raymond Kolbe – a martyr from the death camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau. See the Niepokalanow Basilica and a special exhibition devoted to this life and work. Drive to Warsaw for your farewell dinner
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August 3, 2016 - Wednesday Warsaw
Following breakfast this morning, transfer to the airport for the return flight home.
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