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Kraków and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska


“Footsteps of Bl John Paul II & St Faustina (Divine Mercy)

in Poland

Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage, RetreatInformation

The Feast of Mary’s Assumption (Dormition) is a Major event in Catholic Poland. It is an ideal day for families and groups of friends. A popular venue in the Kraków vicinity is at the Shrine of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. Here the celebration begins on Tuesday before the Assumption Day and concludes the Sunday following.

On Friday a Mass is concelebrated in the Basiica. On our last visit, the Celebrants included the Cardinal, another Bishop and Priors of two Religious orders. After the Mass, a statue of Mary is carried up a mountain by Pilgrims in traditional dress. Mary is placed in repose at one of the many chapels which serve as devotional ‘stations’ and the Pilgrims remain the night. In the morning, she has been Assumed and everyone returns to the Basilica for a huge celebration.

Kalwaria is comprised of a huge campus which includes the Basilica, Pilgrims House accommodations, dining rooms, a Franciscan Monastery and Seminary. Also, two devotional ‘avenues’ representing the Passion of Christ and of Mary. Many of the 54 stations of these avenues also serve as parish churches.

This is our ‘base’ for the first part of the Pilgrimage and besides participating in the devotions, we blend in excursions to nearby Wadowice, the future Pope John Paul II’s boyhood home and Auschwitz Memorial. An excursion to Zakopane in the ‘Polish Alps’ (Tatras Mountains), includes ‘world headquarters’ for the Pope’s ‘Sainthood Cause’ and Highlander meal with traditionally garbed dancers.

We then transfer to a boutique hotel in historic Kraków whose many highlights include the Divine Mercy Shrine and the largest open City Center in Europe. This 13th Century city is a cultural treasure that was protected from bombing during World War II to preserve it. Wawel Cathedral and Castle are the most visited venues in Poland and the city offers great cuisines of all kinds for reasonable prices. Those interested in Jewish history and cultures appreciate the Kaszmierz district and Schindler’s Factory. Of course, there are many venues associated with the future Pope John Paul the Great.

This Pilgrimage is offered as a custom designed experience for your family or group and the price varies according to the number of Pilgrims, itinerary design and accommodations chosen (budget minded families are accommodated in apartments while in Kraków, rather than hotels. The location is comparable, but the prices lower.)

If you are interested in customizing this pilgrimage for your family or group:

Call Mike at 602-819-7473 or email

Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage and Retreat

Sample Itinerary – Actual Itinerary custom designed for your family or group around the Feast of Mary’s Assumption August 15th.

Days 1 and 2 Fly to Poland. Transfer to Boutique Hotel and/or Apartment

Days 7 to 9 excursions to Zakopane (Tatras Mountains), Wieliczka Salt Mines, Auschwitz Memorial, Wadowice boyhood home of the future Pope.

Kraków venues: Wawel Cathedral and Castle, Europe’s largest Main Square: shopping- eating-discovering, Divine Mercy Shrine and Basilica, John Paul Museum and many venues associated with his life, Jewish Culture, Mass at numerous historic and beautiful churches, chamber music concerts, jazz clubs, FINE dining

Days 10 – 12 Retreat and celebration time at Kalwaria Zebrzydowska

Optional extensions:

Free time in Kraków. Wisla River cruise.

Optional excursion to Częstochowa and Poland’s Black Madonna.

Typical Family Accommodation options:

• Board & Breakfast Boutique Hotel in Krakow
• Karmelite Monastary in Wadowice or Sisters of Divine Mercy in Krakow (Laqiewniki)
• Family Apartment in Krakow (walking distance from Europe’s largest open square)
• Daily Mass arranged if your group includes a Catholic Priest. Otherwise, if you wish to celebrate Mass (in Polish) Living Krakow will provide you with bi-lingual Missals (Polish/English)

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