Lands of Divine Mercy; Lithuania, Poland & Czech Republic – April 8-20, 2021

Duration:
13 days
Tour Cost (Based on Double Room Occupancy)
$3995
Cost of Single Room Supplement
$595
Initial Deposit Required to hold Reservation
$500
Total Cost Includes
R/T air from Los Angeles with airport taxes
Land travel by luxury coach
3 & 4* hotels throughout
Breakfast & Dinner daily
Guided touring as indicated on itinerary
Daily Holy Mass

$3,995.00

April 8-20, 2021
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In order to complete your reservation you must also fill in an application form in the brochure below. Please print out the brochure and mail or email the filled-in form to us at the time of paying the deposit. We accept payment by check, bank transfer and credit card. Please note that an additional charge of 3.5 % of the total cost will be added if you use credit card.

Schedule overview

Overnight flight on April 8-9 from LAX to Warsaw.

Transfer onto a flight from Warsaw to Vilnius on April 9

3 nights in Vilnius, Lithuania

1 night in Bialystok, Poland

1 night in Lichen, Poland

3 nights in Krakow, Poland

2 nights in Prague, Czech Republic

Day flight from Prague to Warsaw/ Warsaw to Los Angeles on April 20

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DIVINE MERCY BROCHURE

Beginning in Vilnius, Lithuania, where  St. Maria Faustina (originally from Poland) spent most of her time as a religious sister, our Divine Mercy pilgrimage will visit her convent on the Feast of Divine Mercy 2021 wherein is the original painting which Our Lord directed her to have painted.  Also see the other sites of this Baroque jewel and the surrounding area, including the miraculous Hill of Crosses.  Travel into Poland, the pearl of Eastern Europe, and one of the most loyal daughters of the Catholic Church, for six days, taking in Niepokalanow (the wonderful town founded by St. Maxmilian Kolbe even boasting its own firehouse), Lichen Stary (Poland’s marvelous new basilica), Czestochowa (Icon of the Black Madonna), Wadowice (Pope St. John Paul II’s birthplace), Old World Krakow (Shrine of Divine Mercy) and the beautiful resort mountain town of Zakopane. The pilgrimage will have a glorious culmination in Prague, the medieval capital of the Czech Republic (site of the Miraculous Infant of Prague).The pilgrimage is blessed to have as a chaplain a priest of the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the California-Arizona province.  

DAILY ITINERARY

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 April 8 –  Late afternoon departure on a non-stop LOT Polish Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Warsaw.

Day 2 April 9 Early afternoon arrival in Warsaw and transfer onto a short flight to Vilnius, the Baroque jewel of Lithuania. Late afternoon arrival in Vilnius and check-in at Domus Maria Hotel for the next three evenings.

Day 3 April 10 A day in Vilnius for the FEAST OF DIVINE MERCY
Start the day with a visit to the Divine Mercy Shrine. The first image of Divine Mercy, revealed to mankind in the message of Divine Mercy painted at the request of Jesus, according to Sr. Maria Faustina Kowalska’s vision in 1934, was painted here by the artist, Eugene Kazmirovski, in the presence and under the instruction and direction of St. Faustina herself and her spiritual director: Father Michael Sopocko (exterior views). This afternoon visit the Gate of Dawn “Ostra Brama”, home of the miraculous Icon of the Blessed Virgin from the 16th century. Finally, enjoy a guided tour of medieval Vilnius including: Old Town, the Church of St. Peter and Paul and the Church of St. Anna and Bernardine Monastery. Moreover, see the Courtyards of the Jesuit University, and the Medieval Castle,  Overnight in Vilnius.

Day 4  April 11  Hill of Crosses –Siluva- Vilnius
Morning departure for a visit of the Hill of Crosses near the
city of Siauliai. A place of pilgrimage for centuries, it is covered in thousands of crosses, large and small, many in an elaborate folk-art style. Despite being bulldozed three times by the Soviet authorities, the crosses quickly reappeared each time and represented God’s promise to the Lithuanian people to never abandon them. Next, drive to Siulva to visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Siluva which stands in the exact place where 400 years earlier the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to various local people protesting the destruction of a local church. The church has been more than rebuilt over time: a long rectangular Christian-themed plaza now dominates the village. It is the world’s second earliest Church-recognised apparition of Mary (after the Virgin of Guadalupe). Each year during the week we will be visiting thousands of pilgrims arrive here on pilgrimage. Return to Vilnius for overnight.

Day 5  April 12  Vilnius – Sokolka – Białystok
This morning we will check-out and say farewell to Lithuania for soon we will be crossing the border into Poland. Our route will take us southwest towards Bialystok, situated in a forest known as the Green Lungs of Poland. Stop en-route in Sokolka to visit St. Anthony of Padua Church and witness the 2008 Eucharistic Miracle. It is believed that a consecrated Host was transformed into a fragment of muscle tissue belonging to a living human heart which was suffering severe stress and on the point of death. Then we will continue to the Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Bialystok, where the remains of

Fr. Michael Sopocko, the confessor of St. Faustina, rest. On September 28, 2008, a solemn ceremony of beatification took place here., entering this apostle of Divine Mercy into the ranks of the Blessed. To close the day, we will check-in to the Best Western Hotel Cristal in Białystok for overnight.

Day 6 April 13  Bialystok-Niepokalanow -Lichen
This morning we will check-out of our hotel and board the coach to drive to Lichen, one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in Poland. On the way we will stop in Niepokalanow (City of the Immaculata), a Roman Catholic religious community founded in 1927 by the Conventual Franciscan, Friar Maximilian Kolbe, ”Martyr of Charity”, who was later canonized as a saint of the Catholic Church. Continue on to Lichen Stary for an early evening arrival and check-in at Hotel Atut for overnight.

Day 7 April 14  Lichen – Glogowiec – Czestochowa
Wake up in Lichen Stary – the site of Poland’s largest church, the Basilica of Our Lady of Lichen, completed in 2004, which houses icon of the Virgin Mary called Our Lady of Sorrows. The icon remains a moment described in the Gospel of John, when the dying Christ gave John to Her as a son and Mary to John as a mother. In this way Mary is the Mother of the Church, the loving mother of each one of us. The history of the foundation of the church dates back to 1813, when Tomasz Kłossowski a Polish soldier fighting under Napoleon near Leipzig was seriously wounded. He invoked Our Lady, begging her not to let him die in a foreign land. She appeared to him wearing a golden crown, a dark red gown, with a golden mantle, and holding a white eagle in her right hand. She comforted the soldier and promised he would recover and return to Poland. Tomasz was instructed to have an image of her made, and to place the image in a public place so that ”My people will pray before this image and shall draw many graces at My hands in the hardest times of trial.” Take a guided tour of the shrine before departing for Glogowiec where St. Faustina Kowalska was born. Today her family home belongs to the parish and has been converted into a museum with artifacts telling of the life of the Kowalski family. Following our visit here, we will drive to Czestochowa, home of the 15th century Jasna Gora Monastery and the Icon of the Black Madonna, credited with many miracles, such as one that took place on the Vistula River, when the Polish army overtook the Soviet army despite great odds. Jasna Gora is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites of the world with over 5 million tourists a year. Enjoy a tour of the shrine to include the Knights Hall, Treasury and museum, the Basilica, New and Old Via Dolorosa, Sacristy and Chapel of the Black Madonna. Check-in at Mercure Czestochowa Centrum for overnight.

Day 8  April 15  – Chestochowa-Krakow
Today we will depart south for the very beautiful royal city of Krakow, one of the oldest cities in Poland and its first capital city with the entire Old Town area listed on the Unesco World Heritage. Upon our afternoon arrival we will set out on a guided tour encompassing Wawel hill to see the Wawel Castle and tour the Cathedral. We will see the Royal Sigismund Bell, which is the largest functioning bell in Europe. Continue to explore Krakow’s Market Square and hear the silver trumpet of the bugler from St. Mary’s Tower. We will visit St. Mary’s Church where we can see the extraordinary wooden altar from the 15th century. Krakow’s Main Square is surrounded by buildings of historic value, such as the Town Hall Tower, the Cloth Hall (the world’s oldest mall), and the Burgher’s houses. Walk in the footsteps of Pope St. John Paul II in Old Town to visit Kanonicza Street where he resided while living in Krakow. Visit the Franciscan Church where he loved to come and spend quiet time in prayer (exterior views). Early evening check-in at our city hotel, the Vienna House Andel’s Cracow where we will spend the next three evenings.

Day 9  April 16 – Wadowice-Lagiewniki
Today we will take an excursion to the birthplace of St. John Paul II and the Shrine of Divine Mercy. Our first stop will be in Wadowice where the future pope, Karol Józef Wojtyła, was born on May 18, 1920. Visit the family house at 7 Koscielna Street which has been turned into a museum to exhibit the Wojtyla family’s former possessions. See the parish church where he was baptized, confirmed, served as an altar boy and prayed daily before a miraculous image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Also visit the Carmelite monastery founded in 1890, now an important center devoted to St. Joseph and the Mother of God of the Scapular (subject to confirmation). Next, we will drive to Lagiewniki – the convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, the order to whom St. Faustina belonged to, and the present day Shrine of Divine Mercy, the capital of Divine Mercy devotion. It was here that the message of Divine Mercy originated, which Christ Himself wished to pass on to our generation through the mediation of St. Faustina. Visit the Basilica erected and consecrated by the Holy Father, Pope St. John Paul II, in 2002, and the chapel that houses the Image of the Divine Mercy, famed for its graces. See displayed a relic of St. John Paul II; a part of his robe with a bloodstain on it from when he was shot in 1981. The Sanctuary houses the grace-working image of the Merciful Jesus and the relics of St. Faustina. Late afternoon return to Krakow for overnight.

Day 10 April 17  Zakopane
Depart for a full day excursion to Zakopane, Poland’s winter capital, nestled in the Tatra Mountains. St. John Paul II spent a lot of time in these mountains as a young man hiking and skiing and returned here several times during his pontificate. Take a funicular to the nearby Gubalowka mountaintop (subject to confirmation upon weather conditions). At the top, you will truly experience God’s glory when you look out at the magnificent panoramic view. Next, we will travel to Jaszczurowka Chapel, an architecturally distinct chapel which was visited many times by the young Karol Wojtyla(St. John Paul II). He oftern used the walking paths surrounding the Jaszczurowka Chapel for prayer and reflection. Visit the Shrine of our Lady Fatima in Zakopane (subject to confirmation) which was built at the request of St. John Paul II in keeping a promise made after he survived the assassination attempt of May 13, 1981. It was built in a style typical of the traditional wooden churches of the area. Also enjoy the delights of colorful Krupowki Street before returning to Krakow.

Day 11 April 18  – Krakow-Prague
Today we will depart Krakow and set out on a scenic drive southwest, crossing the border to the Czech Republic, heading to the magnificent city of Prague, which is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque cities in the world. The “City of 100 Spires” was spared from destruction during World War II and still contains beautiful examples of architecture. Late afternoon arrival in Prague and check-in at Hotel Occidental Praha Five for the last two evenings of our journey.

Day 12, THURSDAY April 19 – Prague
A day of pilgrimage in the beautiful city of Prague. Start with Loreto Church and the Castle district (Hradcany) to visit St. George Basilica and St. Vitus Cathedral (used for the inauguration of Presidents and wherein is the tomb of St. Wenceslas and former rulers of the Czech Kingdom). This beautifully decorated chapel is dedicated to the patron of Czech lands, St Wenceslas, a Bohemian Prince from the Premyslid dynasty who was assassinated by his own brother. The chapel was built on the former place of the Romanesque rotunda where Wenceslas was buried. St. Wenceslas Chapel still keeps the holy relics of the saint. Continue on to the Basilica of St. George and a visit to Prague Castle. You will also see the Golden Lane, a row of tiny artisans’ shops built outside the castle walls in medieval times. Next, we will cross the medieval Charles Bridge to visit the Old Town, which is considered to be one of the best historical city centers in Europe. Visit the Old Town Square, the Town Hall with its famous Astronomical Clock which comes alive when the hour strikes and the twelve disciples appear to bless the crowd, the Church of Our Lady before Tyn. We will also see St. Nicholas Church and Wenceslas Square. Finally, we will visit the Church of Our Lady Victorious to see the renowned statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague and learn of its beautiful and storied past with roots dating back to St. Teresa of Avila in 1555. In 1635, amongst the ruins of a war-torn city, a Carmelite friar, Fr. Cyril, found this statue and placed it in the monastery chapel and knelt in front of it to pray, when he heard, ”HAVE MERCY ON ME AND I WILL HAVE MERCY ON YOU.GIVE ME HANDS AND I WILL GIVE YOU PEACE.
THE MORE YOU HONOR ME, THE MORE I WILL BLESS YOU
This evening enjoy our farewell dinner.

Day 13, April 20  – Prague – LAX
Today we will fly home from Prague to Los Angeles via Warsaw. Late afternoon arrival in Los Angeles (LAX).

BROCHURE

DIVINEMERCY BROCHURE