March 25, 2008 to April 7, 2008

         €1,800

Tues Mar 25

Leave Dublin on flight 675 at 7:15 am arriving in Prague at 10:45 am.  Upon our arrival we will board the buses and travel to the city of Prague for Holy Mass at the Infant Jesus of Prague Sanctuary located in the Church of Our Lady of Victory.  After mass you may visit the gift shop and museum.  We will walk across the famous Charles Bridge to Old Town Prague where you will have time for lunch.  After lunch, we will leave for our hotel in Olomouc, Czech Republic.  Dinner and overnight.

Wed Mar 26

After breakfast, we will leave for Poland and travel to Auschwitz, the former concentration camp now a museum.  We will have a tour of the camp and see the cell  where St. Maximillian Kolbe died.  After the tour we will travel to Jasna Gora to the shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa.  We will have Holy Mass at the chapel of the miraculous image of Our Lady of Czestochowa.  This chapel has been visited by Pope John Paul II and Benedict the XVI.  It has also been visited by St. Faustina and St. Maximillian Kolbe.  It is one of the holiest places in Poland.  After Holy Mass we will have a guided tour of the Shrine.

Thur Mar 27

After breakfast we will travel to Wadowice, the birthplace of Pope John Paul II.  You will see the Basilica of The Blessed Virgin Mary's Sacrifice, where Karol Wojtyla was baptized and served as an altar boy.  You may also visit the family’s apartment, now a museum, located just across the street from the church.  We will also visit Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, a replica of Calvary and a place very dear to the heart of Pope John Paul II. 

Fri Mar 28

Today we will visit the Divine Mercy Shrine in  Krakow.  We will have a talk by one of the sisters of St. Faustina’s order who will tell us about the life of Saint Faustina and the revelations of Divine Mercy that she received from Jesus.  You will have free time to visit the chapel in St. Faustina's Convent and venerate her relics.  You may also visit the Divine Mercy Basilica, walk the lovely grounds around the convent or spend some time in the Adoration Chapel.  The 3:00 pm Hour of Mercy is celebrated in the chapel each day with the nuns.

Sat Mar 29

Free day in Krakow.  You may want to visit Wawel Royal Castle the fourteenth century home to three dynasties of Poland's monarchs or Wawel Cathedral, Poland’s impressive national shrine. Most Polish kings and their family members are buried in the cathedral, its chapels and crypts.  This includes the tomb of St. Stanislas, Poland’s patron saint.  These activities are at your own expense.  You can also visit Krakow’s Old Town Square which hosts many lovely shops and restaurants or you may spend the day at the Divine Mercy Shrine.

Sun Mar 30

Join in the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday.  3:00 p.m. Mercy Hour.  After the celebration, we will board our buses and travel to our hotel in the Czech Republic.  Dinner and overnight.

Mon Mar 31 Today we travel through the beautiful Austrian Alps.  We will stop for a short visit in Vienna, Austria on our way to Padua, Italy where we will visit the Basilica of St. Anthony.  You will have the opportunity to pray at his tomb and visit the Treasury Chapel where you may admire the Saint's uncorrupted tongue, his jawbone and other relics recovered during the recognition of his mortal remains.  After our visit to the basilica, we will travel on to our hotel.
Tue Apr 1 After breakfast we will continue our journey to Rome.  On the way we will stop to visit Assisi where we will see the Basilica of St. Francis.  You will have the opportunity to pray at Francis's tomb, visit the upper church and view the beautifully restored frescos.
Wed Apr 2

Attend the World Apostolic Congress in Mercy.  For more information on the Congress click on the following link.     http://www.worldcongressmercy.org

Thur Apr 3

Attend the World Apostolic Congress in Mercy. 

Fri Apr 4

Attend the World Apostolic Congress in Mercy. 

Sat

Apr 5

Attend the World Apostolic Congress in Mercy. 

Sun Apr 6 Closing celebration of the Eucharist on St. Peter's Square
Mon Apr 7 You will depart for the Rome airport approximately 10:00 am for your afternoon flight to Prague and connecting flight to Dublin.  Your flight arrives in Dublin at 11:20 pm.
   

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