In the Footsteps of Saints Faustina and Pope John Paul II 2020
JOIN FATHER CHRISTOPHER BRASHEARS ON A FAITH-FILLED JOURNEY FOLLOWING THE LIVES OF SAINT FAUSTINA and SAINT POPE JOHN PAUL II!
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September 22 - October 6, 2020
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Day 1 – DEPART U.S. – Today, we depart our home airport for our connecting flight to Prague. We will be served complimentary beverages, in-flight movies, dinner and breakfast aloft.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Day 2 – PRAGUE – This morning, we arrive in Prague. We board our motorcoach and enjoy a delightful orientation tour of the city. Later, we check into our hotel for dinner and overnight and the balance of the day is at leisure.
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Day 3 – PRAGUE – After breakfast, we begin our tour of Prague at Castle Hill and visit St. Vitus Cathedral, Wladislav Hall and Golden Lane. We will visit the famous Infant Jesus of Prague at the Church of Our Lady of Victory, where we will celebrate Mass. Our afternoon tour of Prague will include the Old Town with Astronomical clock, Jewish Quarter and Charles Bridge. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Friday, September 25, 2020
Day 4 - PRAGUE/WADOWICE/KRAKOW - After breakfast we depart Prague and enter into Poland. On route we travel to Wadowice, the birthplace of Pope John Paul II. En route we pass by the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Benedictine Monastery where the Holy Father often prayed and walked the Stations of the Cross. In Wadowice, we celebrate Mass in the parish church where the Holy Father was baptized and afterwards we visit the museum in his small family home. We continue to Krakow and our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Sunday, September 27, 2020
Day 6 –CZESTOCHOWA - After breakfast, we will board our motor coach for our ride to Czestochowa where we will make our way to the monastery complex of Jasna Gora to visit the Marian Shrine. Jasna Gora consists of a Gothic/Baroque church, a Baroque monastery and fortress. This is where the miraculous picture of Our Lady of Czestochowa (Black Madonna) has been preserved. We will tour this shrine and celebrate Mass. There will be time for private devotion, and walk around the town. We return to Krakow for dinner and overnight.
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Day 5 – KRAKOW - "THE POLISH ROME" - This morning we will celebrate Mass at the Church of St. Florian, where John Paul II served as a curate, and where he lived while university chaplain. Afterwards, we meet our guide and begin our sightseeing tour. Our first stop is the courtyard of 16th century Royal Castle, and Wawel Cathedral, where generations of Polish Kings are buried. We then take a walking tour of Old Town, visiting some of the treasures of this wonderful old city. We will view the Town Hall Tower and the Cloth Hall, located on the same site since the 14th century, the 15th century Collegium Maius in the oldest university area and St. Mary's Church. Here we enjoy the ancient tradition of the "Hejnal" or bugle call from the Tower, which warned residents of the coming of an enemy. After some free time for lunch, we depart Krakow and travel to the infamous Auschwitz Concentration Camp with its Martyrdom Museum. Pope John Paul II visited the cell of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Auschwitz in June 1979 on his first visit to Poland after becoming Pope. Finally, on return, we visit the newly built Basilica of the Divine Mercy, the home of St. Sister Faustina. We will see the convent and visit with the Sisters there. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Monday, September 28, 2020
Day 7 – KRAKOW/BUDAPEST – Today, following Mass near our hotel we depart Krakow and soon cross the border into Slovakia. By way of Banska Bystrica and crossing the Lower Tatra Mountains, we'll reach the border and enter Hungary and lovely Budapest where we proceed to our hotel for dinner and overnight. This evening, we enjoy a boat ride on the Danube. Commentary will include the history of the city’s most important buildings situated along the river.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Day 8 – BUDAPEST – This morning we drive to the Royal castle in Buda, where we will visit Fishermen's Bastion and the beautiful Gothic St. Matthias Church. Afterwards, we continue to the Citadel, where we enjoy the best view over the Danube and the lower city of Pest. Later, we cross the Elizabeth Bridge to the Market Hall and the pedestrian center, where we will have free time for lunch on our own. In the afternoon, drive through the City Park to Hero's Square, then past the Opera and Parliament. We conclude our day with a visit and Mass at St. Stephen's Basilica. This evening, we will enjoy a special dinner at the Gypsy Tavern with folkloric entertainment.
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Day 9 – BUDAPEST/VIENNA – This morning, we travel to the famous Danube Bend for a short time of shopping and exploration of the village of Szentendre along the Danube Valley, well known for its artists and artisans. We continue to Györ, where the Irish Madonna attracts many Pilgrims. We will celebrate Mass here. Continue through the Burgenland and enter the foothills of the Alps and Vienna for dinner and overnight.
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Day 10 - VIENNA - Morning city tour. By bus past the Prater we'll arrive in Vienna's famous Ringstrasse. On the site of the ring fortifications Emperor Franz Josef constructed on either side of this wide boulevard some of the most impressive buildings of the city. Pass the Opera, Charles church, Parliament and City Hall. After this first impression join your guide for a walk through the Hofburg, winter residence of the Hapsburg Emperors. The morning tour concludes with a stop at the Hundertwasser house with its colorful facades and golden onion towers. This afternoon is free for individual exploration, shopping or perhaps a visit to the Palace of Schönbrunn, the Hapsburg summer residence. Evening, optional concert. (Not included in price.)
Friday, October 2, 2020
Day 11 – VIENNA/MELK/SALZBURG - This morning, we motor south to Melk where we visit the towering, architecturally superb, baroque Abbey of Melk. We will celebrate Mass here before joining the monks of Melk for their sung noon service. We continue through the Wachau Region, considered the most picturesque section of the Austrian Danube Valley.
Saturday, October 3, 2020
Day 12 – SALZBURG - Today we visit Salzburg, ancient seat of the Archbishop and the location for the Sound of Music. We begin with Mass at the Cathedral. We see the colorful old section with narrow streets, Residenz Fountain and Tower, and the Geburtshaus, Mozart's birthplace. We enjoy the unusual architecture, which lends much to the character and charm of the city. In the afternoon we visit Hellbrunn Castle with its waterplays and then return to our hotel. We will have the opportunity to explore the culinary delights of Salzburg tonight as dinner will be on our own.
- Transportation in luxury motorcoach
- 14 Nights 3* and 4* accommodations
- 14 Breakfasts, 10 dinners
- Daily Mass
- All admissions as per itinerary
- All gratuities
- Luggage tags
- Porterage for luggage
- Lanyard and name badge
- Professional English speaking Tour Director
- Pilgrim Booklet
$4599.00 per person from Oklahoma City (other gateways available)
International departure taxes of $158 plus current fuel surcharges of $350 are included (subject to change).
"Land Only" cost $3,649.
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Sunday, October 4, 2020
Day 13 - SALZBURG/ALTOTTING/SALZBURG - Today we depart Salzburg via the wonderful Sound of Music area. We stop to see the church in Mondsee where the Von Trapp’s wedding was filmed before we proceed to Altötting where we celebrate Mass at the small Shrine of Our Lady of Altötting, a shrine venerated for over 500 years. We drive back to Salzburg for our overnight, Tonight dinner will be on our own.
Monday, October 5, 2020
Day 14 – SALZBURG / MUNICH - We check out from Salzburg hotel and drive for Munich. On arrival, we begin with Mass at the Frauenkirch (Cathedral.) Afterwards, we enjoy a tour of the City, which passes the University, St. Paul's Church, German Museum, the Obelisk, Theatinir Church, Feldherrnhalle, English Gardens, Schwabing Artists Colony, and Buergerbrau Kellar. We will see the famous Glockenspeil. Tonight we celebrate our farewell dinner at a local Haufbrau house.
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Day 15 – MUNICH/USA - This morning, we transfer to the airport for our return flight to the U.S. where we arrive later today with memories of a lifetime.
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