Spiritual Tour of Poland - Cosmos® Religious Vacations

Spiritual Highlights of Poland – Faith-Based Travel (5380)

8 Day Tour from Warsaw to Warsaw

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On this faith-based Poland tour, you’ll overnight in Warsaw, Czestochowa, and Krakow and visit Poland’s many spiritual sites as well as some of its famous historic places. Along the way, you’ll learn more about the lives of St. Faustina Kowalska and Pope Saint John Paul II.

In Warsaw, you’ll attend Mass at the Zytnia Street Church, home to the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, where St. Faustina Kowalska entered the convent at the age of 20. In Swinice Warckie, visit the 700-year-old Parish Church of St. Casimir, where she was baptized. In Krakow, visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy, where you’ll spend a few moments of prayer at St. Faustina’s tomb.

Other highlights of this Poland tour are visits to Niepokalanow, one of the world’s largest Franciscan monasteries; Wadowice’s Basilica Minor, where Pope Saint John Paul II was baptized; and Krakow’s iconic St. Mary’s Basilica, home to the world’s largest gothic altarpiece, which was carved in the late 1400s. In Czestochowa, Poland’s spiritual capital, you’ll attend Mass at Jasna Gora Monastery. At this famous pilgrimage site founded in 1382, you’ll also have the chance to pray before the Black Madonna, the “Queen of Poland.” Finally, you’ll visit the former concentration camp at Auschwitz and see the cell—now a shrine—of St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Catholic priest who volunteered to die in place of a stranger.

Accompanied by other value-minded travelers looking for fellowship and faith, this Poland tour is a vacation sure to leave you with lasting memories. It’s an inspirational vacation you can believe in!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Headsets throughout the tour

Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable

Sightseeing:
Visits to the Ghetto in Warsaw, Franciscan Monastery in Niepokalanow, St. Casimir Church in Swinice Warckie, Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestochowa, Basilica Minor in Wadowice, Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Warsaw and Krakow; services of a professional Tour Director while touring

Mass:
Warsaw, Czestochowa (subject to change)

NOTE:
Departure April 16 Easter in Warsaw (April 16)

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp
  • Historic Centre of Krakow
  • Historic Centre of Warsaw

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily, 4 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 Arrive In Warsaw, Poland

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore the Polish capital and prepare yourself for your upcoming spiritual journey. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

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Day 2 Warsaw

Guided sightseeing of Warsaw includes a visit of the GHETTO, the largest of all Jewish ghettos in Nazi occupied Europe during WWII. Later, celebrate MassMass Mass at ZYTNIA STREET CHURCH, home to the Congregation of our Lady of Mercy, where St. Faustina Kowalska entered the convent at the age of 20. During her life, she had visions of Jesus and conversations with him, which she wrote about in her diary. The afternoon and evening are at leisure to further explore this fascinating city.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 Warsaw–Niepokalanow–Swinice Warckie–Czestochowa

This morning, head towards Niepokalanow (City of the Immaculata) and visit one of the largest FRANCISCAN MONASTERIES in the world, founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe, who volunteered to die in place of a stranger at the Auschwitz concentration camp during WWII. Continue to Swinice Warckie and visit the 700-year-old PARISH CHURCH OF ST. CASIMIR, where St. Faustina was baptized. Head south to Czestochowa, spiritual capital of Poland, and attend MassMass Mass at JASNA GORA MONASTERY, founded in 1382. Here, you can pray before the Black Madonna, a sacred national treasure.

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Day 4 Czestochowa–Wadowice–Krakow

Journey to Wadowice this morning, birthplace of Pope Saint John Paul II. Find out more about his early life and visit BASILICA MINOR, where he was baptized, before continuing to Krakow, where he served as archbishop. Here, a Local Guide offers insight into this beautiful city, founded in the 7th century. Stop for a prayer at ST. MARY’S BASILICA, home to the largest gothic altarpiece in the world. In 1941, during Nazi occupation, the altar was dismantled and shipped to the Third Reich. It was discovered in 1946, in the basement of Nuremberg Castle, and was returned to Krakow a decade later. Also on today’s agenda is a stop at remarkable Wawel Castle, former residence of Polish kings.

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Day 5 Krakow. Excursion To Auschwitz

Travel to Auschwitz for a somber visit of the former CONCENTRATION CAMP with St. Maximilian Kolbe’s cell. Declared the “Patron Saint of Our Difficult Century,” the Polish Franciscan friar was canonized by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1982. Return to Krakow to visit the SHRINE OF DIVINE MERCY and spend a few moments of prayer at the tomb of St. Faustina.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 Krakow

The entire day is free to explore Krakow, nestled at the base of the Tatra Mountains. You may enjoy the optional excursion to Zakopane, the “Winter Capital of Poland.” This is where Pope Saint John Paul II spent time in prayer on some of the countless nature trails. Before returning to Krakow, visit quaint Jaszczurówka Chapel, dedicated to Pope Saint John Paul II. A superb example of the Zakopane architectural style, the small arcaded chapel features a traditional log cabin perched on a high stone foundation.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 7 Krakow–Warsaw

Leave Krakow and travel north back to Warsaw. Spend an afternoon at leisure or further explore the capital.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Warsaw

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

AGNIESZKA KULENTY

Years of Experience: 9

As a native Pole, raised in Warsaw, I will share insight with you about Poland and its people. It is my passion to make sure that visitors fully understand the history and culture of my beloved country. Dynamics of our tour program makes your travel experience unique. You will have time to focus on our customs, traditions, hospitality, landscapes and delicious food. As cooking is my other passion, I truly believe that I can share my love for Polish food with you.

Tour Director - AGNIESZKA KULENTY

 Accommodations

WARSAW Radisson Blu Sobieski (F)
CZESTOCHOWA Mercure Centrum (ST)
KRAKOW Conrad (F)

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Warsaw
Krakow

Warsaw

Polish Dinner

Polish Dinner

What about a delicious Polish dinner at a typical local restaurant?

Price Range: $$

Krakow

Excursion to Zakopane

Excursion to Zakopane

Join a breathtaking excursion to the world famous resort of Zakopane.

Price Range: $$

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