Divine Mercy Pilgrimage to Lithuania and Poland
Travelling to Vilnius and Krakow, led by Fr Leswek Wisniewski, 24 April - 30 April 2017
Vilnius and Kraków are the two cities most important in the life of St Faustina, where she received and lived the revelation of Divine Mercy.
DAY ONE: London Luton - Vilnius
Scheduled flight by Wizz Air from Luton to Vilnius. We check into our hotel, The Domus Maria, formerly a monastery, but now a 3-star hotel, with a serene but central location behind the Church of St Theresa. Dinner will be in a local restaurant this evening.
DAY TWO: Vilnius
Three places in Vilnius are the most significant for Divine Mercy and St Faustina’s revelation. Firstly, the gateway into Vilnius above which we find the icon and chapel of Our Lady of Mercy dating from the early 1500’s. It is the second most holy shrine of Our Lady for the Poles after Czestochowa. For Lithuanian Catholics it is also a place of great devotion, it is here that the first painting of the Merciful Jesus was displayed in 1934. Secondly, there is the Divine Mercy Shrine of Perpetual Adoration where this original painting of Jesus is kept and venerated in a small chapel near the centre of Vilnius. Thirdly, there is the original convent where St Faustina stayed and received the revelation of Divine Mercy from Jesus and began to write her diary detailing this. It is now a museum and shrine to St Faustina. We will visit all three places during our stay as well as sightseeing Vilnius, a very attractive city. Dinner will be at our own choice this evening.
DAY THREE: Vilnius - Krakow
Mass will be celebrated at the Church of St Theresa, and there will be some time at our leisure before we transfer to the airport for our flight by LOT Polish Airlines from Vilnius to Kraków and a short stop in Warsaw. On arrival at Kraków Airport, we transfer to our accommodation for four nights at the guest house adjoining the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy and the tomb of St Faustina. We will say Evening Prayer before dinner in the guest house.
DAY FOUR: Krakow
After breakfast we drive to the Royal Wawel Castle and visit the Cathedral which contains the relics of St Stanislaw, the patron saint of Poland. We also visit, on the banks of the Vistula, his church where he was martyred in the 11th century - the famous Church on the Rocks. After a mini-tour of the main market square, the largest in Europe, we break for lunch at our own choice, and in the afternoon we return to the Divine Mercy Shrine to join the sisters for the three o'clock prayers, chaplet and the concelebrated Mass, followed by a talk by one of the English-speaking sisters. We will have dinner in the guest house this evening.
DAY FIVE: Auschwitz - Wadowice - Kalwaria Zebrydowska
Depart Kraków - optional visit to the former Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, before continuing to Wadowice, birthplace of John Paul II. We visit his former parish church and home; we celebrate Mass here. Continue to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, a very important place of pilgrimage in Poland. See the Bernardine church and the Via Dolorosa which was built by the Zebrzydowski family in the early 17th century, following a vision of the three crosses on their estate, followed by miraculous occurrences. Return to Kraków in the late afternoon.
DAY SIX: Free day in Krakow or Czestochowa
Today is a free day in Kraków but for those who wish there will be an optional tour to Czestochowa, one of the greatest pilgrimage sites in the Christian world. As with the statue in Prague, an icon is the focus of the pilgrim's journey here, known as the Black Madonna of Czestochowa. According to the legend the painting is a tribute to St Luke, and St Helena discovered it in Jerusalem and brought it to Constantinople. It eventually found its way into what is now Poland. It was placed in the Jasna Gora Monastery in 1382. Our lady of Czestochowa has been proclaimed "Queen of Poland", and has been the symbol of Polish national and religious freedom. We visit the Basilica of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, where Holy Mass will be celebrated. Afterwards there will be time for private devotions. Lunch at choice and the afternoon will be at leisure. In the evening we will have dinner in a local restaurant in Kraków.
DAY SEVEN: Krakow - Zakopane - London Heathrow
We are staying at the Lagiewniki sanctuary of Divine Mercy in the Dom Pasterski Hotel which is right next to the convent of the Sisters of Mercy where Sister Faustina is buried and preserved. It is here that the Holy Father consecrated the world to the Divine Mercy; we will celebrate Mass here. Continue to the town of Zakopane, Poland’s most famous mountain resort. We follow the Krupowki street to reach the large stone, neo-Romanesque parish church and a much smaller old parish church, a rustic wooden construction dating from 1847 with its charming folk decorations inside a nearby old cemetery with a number of fine wooden tombs. Continue to Our Lady of Fatima Church in Zakopane, as well as the Jaszcurowka Chapel, possibly the greatest architectural achievement of Witiewicz. Afterwards we drive to Kraków Airport for our return British Airways evening flight to Heathrow.
This tour involves a substantial amount of walking, some of which will be over irregular surfaces such as cobblestones and badly-maintained walking areas. If everyday walking is something you find difficult, this tour may be unsuitable for you.
This itinerary is a guide and subject to change.
Photo by Alma Pater
Photo by Alma Pater
Travel Insurance: £33
Single room supplement: £88
24/04/17 - 30/04/17
· Return scheduled flights: Luton - Vilnius (Wizz Air)
Vilnius - Kraków (LOT)
Kraków - Heathrow (British Airways)
· U.K., Lithuania and Poland airport departure taxes.
· Transfer and touring as per the itinerary.
· 2 nights accommodation in shared twin-bedded rooms with private facilities in the Domus Maria, a 3-star hotel in Vilnius,
4 nights accommodation in the Domus Pastersk/Guest House and the Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Kraków.
· Meal plan: 6 breakfasts and 5 dinners.
· Guided walking tour in Vilnius. All touring in Poland as detailed.
· Daily Catholic Mass at different churches and sanctuaries.
· ATOL and ABTA financial protection.
· Travel insurance at £33.00 per person.
· Single room supplement at £88.00 per person for the 6 nights (Limited number of single rooms available).
· Lunches, 1 dinner, drinks.
· Catering during the flights, except with BA.
· Fuel surcharges if passed on by the airlines.
· Transport within the U.K.
Terms of Payment:
Deposit of £200 plus the insurance premium (if the cover we offer is required) per person, with a completed booking form.
Balance payment to be received no later than 20th February 2017.
THE ABOVE PRICE IS GUARANTEED FOR BOOKINGS PAX TRAVEL RECEIVES BY 15TH NOVEMBER 2016, AFTER WHICH DATE THERE MAY BE A FLIGHTS SURCHARGE.