PILGRIM ROUTE OF JOHN PAUL II -
POLAND AND LITHUANIA
8 days/ 7 nights
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7 nights in centrally located well selected 4 stars hotels with daily breakfast
Round trip airport transfers
Transport during the trip
Guide/ tour leader of selected language
Entrance tickets to the sights
DAY 1 Warsaw – Gdańsk
Private transfer from Warsaw airpot. Visit Warsaw's Old Town - historic centre and oldest part of the city. A tour will start with St Anne's Church - arguably the most ornate church in the city. Carmelite Church - this church escaped the ravages of war and, like St Anne’s, has 18th-century fittings, including the high altar designed by Tylman van Gameren. St John's Cathedral - oldest Warsaw church. Field Cathedral of the Polish Army – it has been a traditional place of worship for soldiers. There’s no homage to the glory of war here; inside the main doors, which feature bas-reliefs of major battles fought by Polish forces, is a gruesome crucifix, with heads protruding from solid metal blocks on all sides of a ruined Jesus. Inside there are numerous plaques to fallen Polish soldiers. Arrival to Gdańsk. Overnight at the hotel "Radisson Blu Hotel Gdańsk"4* or similar.
DAY 2 Gdańsk – Suwałki
A tour in Gdansk Stare Miasto (Old Town). The old town is one of the biggest in Eastern Europe. During the excursion you will visit: St Catherine’s Church. It is the largest monument of the Old Town. It was the parish church for the whole town until St Mary’s was completed; St Mary's Church - dominating the heart of the Main Town, St Mary’s Church is often cited as the largest old brick church in the world; St Bridget’s Church - founded 700 years ago, St Bridget’s was reduced to medieval brick dust in 1945, and until 1970 only the outer walls were left standing; St Nicholas’ Church - erected by the Dominican order on its arrival from Kraków in 1227, this is one of Gdańsk’s oldest places of Christian worship and it certainly feels that way inside; Royal Chapel - the only Baroque church in old Gdańsk. Continue to Suwałki. Overnight at the hotel "Velvet"4* or similar.
DAY 3 Suwałki - Sejni - Pivašiūnai - Vilnius
St Alexander's Church in Suwalki - monumental clacissist churc, designed by Piotr Aigner and built in the years 1820-1829 with some changes introduced later in the 19th century. On both sides of the main entrance you can see precious statues of St Romuald and St Benedict, the patron saints of Suwalki. Depature to Sejni. The town of Sejny founded in 1522 in a forested area, became a municipality in 1593. In 1602 it was left in a will to the Order of Black Friars from Vilnius, who founded the first brick church there, which was later extended to form a whole complex of the Church and Monastery of the Visitation. At present in the baroque style, the church is worth visiting for its splendid interior with eleven 18th century baroque and rococo altars, the precious Gothic Madonna dating back to around 1257 brought here from Krolewiec by Jerzy Grodzinski.
En route to Vilnius stop to visit Pivašiūnai - a small village in the picturesque lowlands of Dzūkija. Pivašiūnai has long been known not only for its beautiful nature but also – and even more so – for its church with a miraculous painting of the Mother of God and Child. It hosts an annual feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is the main indulgenced feast in the diocese. Arrival to Vilnius. Overnight at the hotel "Novotel Vilnius"4* or similar.
DAY 4 Vilnius
Morning visit St. Peter and Paul Church – Lithuanian baroque masterpiece. Afterwards - Vilnius Calvary. Vilnius Calvary is a holy place which for long ages has been offering consolation and strength to those who are burdened by misfortune. In times past, people would travel hundreds of kilometers on foot to pray about Christ’s sufferings and earn God’s blessing by making the Way of the Cross here.
The Church of the Invention of the Holy Cross is one of the most beautiful and well preserved sacred art monuments in Lithuania. Pilgrims can pray before a relic of the Holy Cross that is displayed under glass in the church at the altar of Our Lady of Sorrows. Later visit Vilnius Divine Mercy Shrine, which contains the first image of the Merciful Jesus which was painted according to St Faustina’s visions and which is renowned for special graces. Last but not least - the Gate of Dawn chapel, with its venerable painting of Mary the Mother of Mercy, is one of Lithuania’s most important religious, historical and cultural sites. Overnight at the hotel "Novotel Vilnius"4* or similar.
DAY 5 Vilnius – Trakai – Vilnius
Day in the ancient capital of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania – Trakai. Visit the 15th century Insular Trakai Castle housing an exhibition on prehistoric findings and the 17-18th century applied art, the way of life of the Lithuanian Grand Dukes, and the Karaites, brought to Lithuania from the Crimea. The main visit to the Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, standing atop the highlands of the Trakai peninsula, today seems to lie somewhat off the beaten track. The Trakai church is a unique monument to Lithuanian culture and faith, which embodies an ecclesiastical and artistic legacy of six centuries. Return to Vilnius. Half day to explore Historic Vilnius. Tour of Historical Old Town of Vilnius on foot: Gediminas Castle, the University campus, Pilies street with the 16-18th century historical and architectural monuments, the former Town Hall square, gothic corner of Vilnius with St Anne’s and Bernardine churches, having mass there. Overnight at the hotel "Novotel Vilnius"4* or similar.
DAY 6 Vilnus – Pazaislis Monastery – Siluva –Tytuvėnai – Siauliai
Morning departure to Pažaislis monastery. The ensemble is one of the finest late baroque masterpieces in all of Northeast Europe. The monastery’s dramatic history, spanning more than 300 years, touches on numerous traditions of spirituality as well as wars, fires and other disasters. Today the monastery is cared for by the Lithuanian Congregation of the Sisters of St Casimir, who seek to revive and continue traditions of divine worship while also opening the doors to new expressions of social life and culture. Later proceed to travel to the most important place among pilgrims in Lithuania – Šiluva. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared here 400 years ago in one of Europe’s first Marian apparitions, and probably the only in which she spoke to a non-Catholic Christian. Later drive to Tytuvėnai. Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Monastery. Tytuvėnai is a small town on the scenic plateaus of eastern Samogitia that is famous for the monuments to baroque culture it contains. Overnight at the hotel "Šaulys"4* or similar.
DAY 7 Šiauliai – The Hill of Crosses - Vilnius
The main visit of the day to the Hill of Crosses. The Hill of Crosses is unique and inimitable, both for its size and for its history. At present, some 200,000 crosses of various sizes adorn the hill. In erecting crosses here by the thousands, people manifest their devotion to Christ, pray for his help and consolation, and mark Lithuania as a Christian land. The Hill of Crosses gained fame throughout the world in 1993 when Pope John Paul II visited and celebrated Holy Mass for a gathering of 100,000 people. A cross that Pope John Paul II donated was erected here in 1994.
Overnight at the hotel "Novotel Vilnius"4* or similar.
Private transfer to the airport. Departure.