The Holy Sites of Europe with Fr. Rudi Crasta

September 30 – October 10, 2019

The Black Madonna, Our Lady of Czestochowa

Itinerary

September 30: Our pilgrimage begins as we depart from our local airport for our overnight flight to Krakow, Poland. Dinner and breakfast will be served during our flight.

October 1: Upon arrival in Kraków, we will be greeted by our Polish tour escort who will accompany us throughout the entire pilgrimage. Before arriving at the hotel for check-in, we will take a sightseeing tour of Kraków to get acquainted with this beautiful city. After some leisure time at the hotel, we will gather for Mass at the Oldest Shrine in Kraków, the Skałka, which is dedicated to the bishop and martyr, St. Stanislaus. Overnight Kraków

October 2: Today we tour Kraków, which stands as a medieval treasure house, full of architectural and artistic heritage. We’ll tour the imposing Wawel Castle, former seat of Polish regal authority and the Wawel Cathedral with its tombs of Polish monarchs. We’ll also explore Kraków’s Market Square and hear the silver trumpet of the bugler from St. Mary’s Tower followed by Holy Mass at St. Mary’s. Dinner. Overnight Kraków

October 3: Following breakfast, we depart for a visit to Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi concentration camp, where unspeakable atrocities once occurred. We will see the cell that imprisoned St. Maximillian Kolbe and the Martyrdom Museum recalling the horrors of the Holocaust. On our return trip back to Kraków, we will visit Calvary Sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, to view the miraculous painting of Our Lady of Kalwaria and then onto Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla (St. Pope John Paul II) to visit the church he attended and was baptized as a child. Overnight Kraków

October 4: This morning, we visit the convent at Łagiewniki, where St. Faustina spent the last two years of her life. There will be ample time to pray before the miraculous image of the Divine Mercy, as well as in the chapel which contains the tomb of St. Faustina. While here at the shrine our, Our Spiritual director will celebrate Mass for our group. Next, we’ll visit the Arka Pana (the Lord’s Ark) historic church of Nowa Huta before enjoying our farewell dinner together. Overnight Kraków

October 5: We set off today for Częstochowa, the home of one of the greatest pilgrimage locations in Poland, the “Black Madonna” of Our Lady of Częstochowa. We begin our day with Mass at Jasna Góra Monastery where the portrait of the “Black Madonna” is located. The monastery has a pilgrimage tradition that goes back to the 14th-century. St. Pope John Paul II was known to make frequent visits to the monastery throughout his life. Overnight Kraków

October 6: Following breakfast, we depart for a scenic motor coach ride to the enchanting city of Prague, a city of domed rooftops, soaring steeples, and countless spires. On arrival we tour beautiful Prague we’ll visit the Church of Our Lady Victorious, where we see the renowned statue of the “Infant Jesus of Prague.” We then visit Old Town by way of Golden Lane and proceed to the Lesser Town to visit the medieval Charles Bridge, which is adorned with many baroque statues. Dinner. Overnight Prague

October 7: This morning before departing for Munich, Germany we visit St. Nicholas Church, the Astronomic Clock, as well as the Prague Castle District, home to St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica and Our Lady of Loreto Shrine. Next, we set off for Munich and drive to the Shrine of Our Lady of Altotting, also known as the Chapel of Grace, which is the oldest Marian shrine in Germany. The shrine became a popular pilgrim destination in 1489 after a young boy who had drowned had a miraculous recovery after his mother laid his body before the image and prayed to the Blessed Mother for a miracle. After Mass in Altotting we will continue to Munich for our hotel check in. Overnight Munich

October 8: Today we will enjoy a full day tour of Munich including visits to the Burgersaal Church, the Michaelskirche, the Frauenkirche, the Marienplatz with its famous Rathaus‐Glockenspiel clock,the festive Hofbrauhausbeer hall where we will have lunch and Nymphenburg Palace which we will view from outside. Overnight Munich

October 9: Today we will take a full day tour outside of Munich. We will first visit Neuschwanstein Castle to see the most famous of the fairytale castles built by King Ludwig II. Next, we will visit the Wieskirche (Church in the Meadow) which is also called the Church of Scourged Redeemer and is the most beautiful Baroque church in Europe. Tonight we will return to Munich for our Farewell dinner. Overnight Munich

October 10: With a renewed sense of pilgrimage, we board the plane for the return flight home.

What's Included

  • Round-trip airfare (including taxes and fees) from Lubbock ✈ (Flights from other cities available upon request)
  • Excellent Hotel accommodations along pilgrimage route 🏨
  • Deluxe Air-conditioned motor coach transportation 🚍
  • Breakfast & dinner daily 🍴
  • Wine served with some dinners🍷
  • Assistance of professional Tour Manager & local guides
  • Sightseeing & admission fees as per itinerary
  • Daily Mass & devotions along pilgrimage way †

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Pricing

Double Occupancy – $3,995.00

Single Supplement – $695.00

A deposit of $450.00 is required to hold your reservation.