Tuesday 22nd May 2018
08.30hrs (8.30am) check-in at Belfast International Airport for EasyJet flight to Krakow departing at 10.25 and arriving at 14.15. Coach transfer to hotel and check-in for 5 nights, dinner, bed & breakfast Our walking tour in the Old Town of Krakow commences at the Church of St Florian, where Blessed John-Paul began his ministerial life as curate. We pass the Barbican, and visit the Basilica of St Mary to see the magnificent medieval Altar, and hear the bugle call. Continue to Market Square – see the Cloth Hall, Town Hall Tower, Jagellonian University, Bishops Palace, and Kanonicza Street.
Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Morning walk to the Bernardine church near Wawel Hill. On Wawel Hill we see the Royal Castle, and visit the 14th century Royal Cathedral – the coronation church of Polish Kings - with the Royal Tombs, Sigismundus Bell, and the Crypt, where Polish Kings and National Heros are laid to rest. It was here, Blessed John-Paul celebrated his first Holy Mass at the Altar of St Leonard. Return to hotel via Skalka Sanctuary, where St Stanislaus was martyred in 1079. Afternoon walk in the Kazimierz quarter of Krakow to see the courtyard where Schindlers List was filmed, the Synagogues, New Square, and the birthplace of Helena Rubinstein.
Thursday 24th May 2018
Morning drive to Lagiewniki and visit the shrine of the Divine Mercy. Visit the beautiful Basilica consecrated by Pope John-Paul II in 2002. In the convent chapel we pray before the original picture where 33-year-old Sr Fauistina died in 1938 and where she is buried. We celebrate Mass here, and recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet, visit the churches, viewing tower, pastoral centre, cafeterias and shops. Afternoon visit the Wieliczka Saltmines – resembling an underground town after 700 years of salt extraction. See the underground salt chambers, statues, lakes, and the largest underground church built of salt, in the world. Return to Krakow.
Friday 25th May 2018
Morning drive to Wadowice to visit Blessed John-Pauls house, now a museum, and in the near-by church where he worshiped, we celebrate Mass. Afternoon drive to Czestochowa visit the Jasna Gora monastery – the most important Marian Shrine in Poland. Visit the Chapel of the Blessed Virgin and see the icon of the Black Madonna. Return to Krakow.
Saturday 26th May 2018
Full day free in Krakow for return visits to places of interest, or, shopping. OPTIONAL : Day trip to Auschwitz £40. per person (approx. price based on minimum 20). Includes Coach, Guide, Admission.
Sunday 27th May 2018
After a breakfast, transfer to Krakow airport. 09.30 check-in for 11.20 EasyJet flight to Belfast, arriving at 13.20.