Our family would like to invite you to experience Holy Week in a truly unforgettable way, visiting the breathtaking sights of Poland, the homeland of many heroic saints, including John Paul II, Faustina, and Maximillian Kolbe! We then travel to the sacred city of Rome, celebrating the Holy Triduum with Good Friday, Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum, Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s with the Pope, and so much more! We’re excited to be on this adventure with each of you—to spend time together in prayer, fellowship, reflection, and fun! All ages are welcome! We pray you can join us! —Sarah & Andy Swafford

DAY 1: Friday, March 23 – Depart from JFK Airport

We leave this evening on an overnight flight from JFK to Krakow. Dinner and breakfast will be served on the flight. Add-on flights are available from most major cities.

DAY 2: Saturday, March 24 – Krakow

Welcome to Poland. Arrival Day in Krakow where we meet our English speaking guide and board the bus to our hotel. We check in, freshen up and head over to Market Square, located in the center of Krakow.

Time to walk around, getting a feel for Poland, celebrate Mass at St. Mary’s Church in a side chapel and hear the silver trumpet call every hour. We enjoy a welcome dinner in a local restaurant before returning to our hotel for an overnight. (Special Dinner)

DAY 3: Palm Sunday: March 25 – Footsteps of St. John Paul II (Wadowice, Krakow)

Wadowice is the birthplace of Pope John Paul II. Visit his childhood home which is now a museum and the Church of the Presentation of the Virgin Mary where he was baptized and where we celebrate Palm Sunday Mass. Lunch is included in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we return to Krakow and visit St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, St. Anne’s and St. Florian Church. Dinner at the hotel and overnight in Krakow. (B, L, D)

DAY 4: Monday, March 26 – Krakow

Following breakfast, we see ancient Krakow, for centuries the residence of the Polish Kings. We start with a visit to Jagiellonian University which we tour and see where the St. John Paul II studied. We see the small, modest apartment where Karol Wojtyla moved with his father in 1938, as a young man just entering the university. Two rooms (the kitchen and bedroom) are open for visitors and arranged as they were when the two men lived here. In Kanonicza Street we see a reconstructed “Pope’s Room” and the famous “Pope’s window,” honoring Saint John Paul II.

Included in our visit is the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi one of the oldest and best-known churches in Krakow located next to the Bishop’s palace, where we celebrate Mass. The Franciscan Church was one of the favorite prayer sites of the bishop, archbishop and cardinal Karol Wojtyla (later known as Pope John Paul II.) When he served in Krakow, he lived next to the church, just across Franciszkanska street. Continue to Wawel Hill passing by the Royal Castle and visit the Cathedral with St. Stanislaus Shrine, which contains the relics, in a silver coffin, of Poland’s famous patron saint.

We also visit the Holy Cross Chapel, the Cathedral Chapel, and the Sigismund Chapel. We have some leisure time where we can enjoy lunch on our own and then visit Kazimierz, the old Jewish quarter that was a center of Jewish life in Krakow for over 50 years. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city on your own and enjoy dinner in one of the many cafés in the Market Square. Overnight Krakow (B, Dinner on your own)

Day 4 - Zakopane

DAY 5: Tuesday, March 27 – The Black Madonna of Czestochowa – Auschwitz

Today our visit is to Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa, with the wondrous Black Madonna icon, the Queen, and Protectress of Poland. We explore the Pauline Monastery with its priceless Treasury Room and celebrate Mass. In the afternoon we visit Auschwitz, the Nazi Concentration Camp where St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein) faced martyrdom and St. Maximilian Kolbe died in the Death Block from starvation after volunteering his life for that of a fellow prisoner. Dinner at the hotel in Krakow. (B, D)

DAY 6: Wednesday, March 28 – Divine Mercy – Lagiewniki – St. John Paul II Center – Salt Mines

After breakfast, we visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy and celebrate Mass. We see Sr. Faustina’s convent chapel and her tomb in Lagiewniki. We also see the newly constructed Basilica of Divine Mercy, dedicated by St. John Paul II on his last visit to Poland in 2002.

Following lunch, on our own, we walk a short distance over to the new center “Have no Fear,” dedicated to Saint John Paul II, where we venerate his relics. We board our motorcoach and travel to Wieliczka, to explore the Wieliczka Salt Mines, which have been in use for over 700 years and contain many fascinating statues, chapels, and reliefs, all carved from salt. Tonight in Krakow we have a farewell dinner with a folklore show. Overnight in Krakow. (B, Special dinner)

DAY 7: Holy Thursday, March 29 – Krakow – Rome

Depart this morning for the airport and our flight to Rome. Upon arrival, we visit Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls and the Abbey of Tre Fontane, where St. Paul was beheaded by order of Em-
peror Nero. Following a panoramic tour of Rome where we see the ancient highlights, we settle into our hotel and enjoy a dinner of pizza and pasta in a local restaurant. Mass will be celebrated. (B, Special Dinner)

DAY 8: Holy Friday, March 30 – Roman Basilicas, Relics of Jerusalem, and the Catacombs

This morning, we begin our day with a visit to Our Lady of Victory, dedicated to the Virgin Mary and known for the Ecstasy of Saint Teresa sculpture by Bernini. We pass by the Church of Santa Susanna, which is the American Church in Rome. Passing the nearby Piazza della Republica we continue to Santa Prassede St. Mary Major, St. John the Lateran, the Cathedral Church of Rome containing sacred relics of Peter and Paul and the magnificent sculptures of the twelve apostles.

We also visit the Holy Stairs from Jerusalem and the Basilica of the Holy Cross, with relics of the true cross and the crown of thorns. In the afternoon, time permitting we visit the Catacombs of San Clemente. Dinner is at the hotel. This evening we will be transferred to the Colosseum where at 09:15 Pope Francis leads the Holy Friday Station of the Cross. Overnight in Rome. (B, D)

DAY 9: Holy Saturday, March 31 – Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica

We transfer this morning to St. Peter’s Square for a visit of the Vatican Museum including the Sistine Chapel, where we admire one of the highest masterpieces of art: the Genesis and the Last Judgement by Michelangelo, that have gained their original splendor after the latest restorations. Leaving the Sistine Chapel and going down the Royal Stairway, projected by Bernini, the guide will take you to the Basilica of St. Peter, for a guided tour.

Afternoon is at leisure to explore Rome on your own. Gather at the hotel for an early dinner before we are transferred again to St. Peter’s Basilica where at 8:30 pm, the Holy Father will hold an Easter Vigil service. A return transfer service to the hotel will be arranged at a fixed time. Dinner at the hotel and overnight. (B, D)

DAY 10: Easter Sunday, April 1 – Rome

We join the Holy Father Pope Francis as he celebrates the Easter Mass inside Saint Peter’s Basilica. The service begins at 10:15 am, but we have to be there much earlier than that to gain entry into the Basilica. We have an early morning breakfast in order to be in the square as soon as possible. After the Mass, at noon, Pope Francis will come out onto the central loggia of Saint Peter’s Basilica, and deliver the blessing known as the Urbi et Orbi – “to the City and to the World”. Following the blessing, we will enjoy our Sunday Easter lunch in a restaurant in the area of Piazza Navona.

Following lunch, we enjoy some time at leisure to walk through the most beautiful fountains of Rome. *We walk to the famous Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and the Pantheon. During our tour, we visit the Church Sant’ Agostino where St. Monica’s relics are preserved. The church is aptly named after her son, Saint Augustine. Despite the rather plain exterior, the interior of the church is magnificent with several great works of art by artists such as Rafael and Caravaggio. The church has a beauty that will surprise you if you only judge it from the outside. We also see Santa Maria Sopra Minerva and Piazza Navone before we return to the hotel for a relaxing dinner. Overnight in Rome. (B, D) *Walking tour of Rome is 2-3 hours long.

DAY 11: Easter Monday, April 2 – Return to the USA

Dr. Andrew Swafford is Associate Professor of Theology at Benedictine College. He is author of John Paul II to Aristotle and Back Again and Spiritual Survival in the Modern World.

Sarah Swafford is an international speaker and founder of Emotional Virtue Ministries. She is author of Emotional Virtue: A Guide to Drama Free Relationships. Sarah and her husband Andrew reside in Atchison, Kansas with their four children.

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Pilgrimage Package Includes:

Cost per Person

  • Double Occupancy Room – Airfare and Land Included: $3,990.00
  • Double Occupancy Room – Land Only: $2,795.00 (Pilgrim provides all flights)
  • Single Room is an additional $695.00
  • A deposit of 500.00 is due to reserve your spot

Land and Air Inclusions for the Poland and Rome Tour:

  • Round trip airfare from JFK to Krakow, Krakow to Rome and Rome to JFK
  • Airline surcharges, fuel and airport taxes are subject to change until the time of ticketing
  • Accommodations in first-class hotels for 9 nights
  • Open hot buffet breakfast daily
  • Dinners as per itinerary
  • Beverages are not included unless specified
  • Restaurant dinners with a glass of wine or a beer.
  • Folklore show in Krakow
  • Private Air-conditioned motor coach
  • English speaking tour managers in Krakow and Rome
  • All admission charges as per the itinerary
  • Baggage handling for one suitcase per person only included at the hotels
  • Parking fees for motor coaches
  • Local hotel taxes
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  • Confirmation of Daily Mass

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