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A 13-day Pilgrimage to Rome and Poland with Fr. Mario Valencia

September 19th, 2024 – October 1st, 2024

  • Tour Price

    $4,495.00 / per person
  • Single Occupancy

    $985.00 / per person
  • Deposit

  • Duration

    13 Days


Embark on a Spiritual Expedition: Join Br. Mario Valencia on a 13-Day Pilgrimage to Rome and Poland. Delve into the heart of the Eternal City, exploring its sacred landmarks, before immersing yourself in the rich religious heritage and cultural tapestry of Poland. Let this transformative pilgrimage be a profound journey of faith and discovery.

Price Includes
  • Round-trip airfare Tickets
  • Superior Accommodation Breakfast and Dinner
  • Hotel Taxes and Portages
  • Transportation in a Modern Coach for all the Tour days
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with a bilingual licensed guide
  • Entrance fees to all sights and portage at Hotels
  • Daily Mass/Service (If Requested)
  • Tour brochure
  • Excellent Spanish - Speaking Tour Guide
Price does not include
  • Gratuities to the tour manager, guides, hotel team, and driver
  • Meals not specific to the program
  • Beverages & drinks
  • Any services not mentioned in the program
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transportation to and from US Airport
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Passport and Visa Costs (If Any)
  • Trip Cancellation Protection

Tour's Itinerary
  • Day 1 Departure from the U.S.

    Leave from your local international airport to Rome. Enjoy meals onboard the flight and prepare for your pilgrimage.

  • Day 2 Arrival at Rome Airport

    Meet our Spanish-speaking Travel Manager, who will welcome us to Italy. Transfer to the hotel for dinner and rest.

  • Day 3 Rome – Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica

    This morning is dedicated to the Vatican City: we will visit its Museums, the Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter's Basilica and Square. The afternoon is free for activities. Later, we will celebrate Mass at the end of our tour and enjoy dinner and the evening in Rome.

  • Day 4 Classic and Christian Rome

    The day starts with a visit to the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Mother Church of Rome. Later, we'll explore the enduring legacy of the Roman Empire by bus and on foot. We'll see the Baths of Caracalla, the Circus Maximus, the Palatine and the Capitol, the Roman Forum, and the Colosseum. The afternoon and evening are free for further exploration of the Eternal City. Dinner and accommodation in Rome.

  • Day 5 Rome/Assisi/Florence

    This morning, we will explore this walled city atop a hill, a monument to the all-encompassing community inspired by St. Francis. We will tour the Basilica of Santa Clara, Piazza del Commune, and the Basilica of San Francisco (where Mass will be requested at the tomb of St. Francis), after which there will be free time to absorb the unique atmosphere of this special place. We depart Assisi in the afternoon for a break in the valley below the city and visit the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli with its Porziuncola - the chapel granted by the Benedictines to St. Francis and his followers, which became the cradle of the Franciscan Order. Then, we continue to Rome for dinner and overnight stay.

  • Day 6 Florence

    Today we will discover Florence and experience its heritage as we begin our morning walking tour. We will visit the Academy, where we'll see the famous David by Michelangelo; the Duomo and Giotto's Bell Tower; the Gates of Paradise of the Baptistery; the open-air gallery of Piazza della Signoria; and the church of Santa Croce, where Michelangelo is buried. The rest of the day is ours to relax, or better yet, to further explore this vibrant city where the artistic heritage of the Renaissance is part of daily life. Dinner and night in Florence.

  • Day 7 Florence / Venice

    This morning we will board a motorboat and travel through the canals to the islands of Venice. Our walking tour will include a visit to one of the glass factories for which the city is famous, St. Mark's Basilica and Square, and views of the Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, and the Rialto Bridge. This afternoon is free to enjoy people-watching from a café in St. Mark's Plaza or to go shopping through the narrow streets and bustling canals. In the late afternoon, we can enjoy an optional gondola ride organized by a guide before dinner at a local restaurant. In the evening, we return to the mainland by private boat.

  • Day 8 Departure to Warsaw

    From Venice Airport to Warsaw Airport, complete visa procedures, collect your luggage, and depart. Upon arrival, you will meet your guide and driver and immediately begin your pilgrimage by celebrating Mass before checking into your hotel for dinner and overnight stay in Warsaw.

  • Day 9 Warsaw, Barbican, St. John's Church, Royal Castle, St. Mary's Church

    We will walk through a portion of the reconstructed fortifications of the Barbican. This semicircular military outpost once protected the Polish kings. We'll then continue to St. John's Cathedral, which served as the coronation and burial place of the Dukes of Masovia. We'll make a stop at the Royal Palace, which was once the residence of Polish kings. We'll pray at the Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, one of the oldest surviving churches in Poland. The first stone was laid in 1410. We'll end the day at the Old Market Square, enjoying the flavors and shopping of Warsaw. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight stay in Warsaw.

  • Day 10 Niepokalanów / Częstochowa

    Begin your journey south with a visit to the Niepokalanów monastery, known as the City of the Immaculate Mother of God. Founded by Saint Maximilian Kolbe in the 1920s, he and other priests were arrested here for their efforts to protect Polish soldiers and refugees from the Nazis. Saint Kolbe would die in 1941 in place of another man selected by the Nazis to die. Continue your pilgrimage to the city of Częstochowa, then return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

  • Day 11 Częstochowa/Auschwitz/Birkenau Museum

    Departure to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum. Visit the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. The Auschwitz concentration camp was one of the camps that formed part of a whole complex near Auschwitz (in Polish, Oswiecim). The second part of the complex was the extermination camp. The third part of the camp was the Monowitz labor camp (in Polish, Monowice). Since 1979, the entire camp has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Departure to Wadowice, free time in Wadowice, visit to Wadowice: John Paul II Museum and his parish. Departure to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. Transfer to Krakow, return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

  • Day 12 Meeting with the guide and tour of Krakow

    Wawel Royal Castle (including the cathedral and courtyard), Main Square, Cloth Hall, St. Mary's Church, Jagiellonian University, Florian's Gate, and the Barbican. There will be free time. Departure to the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy. Visit to Lagiewniki. In this place, the Pope solemnly entrusted the world to Divine Mercy. Visit to the Sanctuary of Saint John Paul II in Łagiewniki. Holy Mass will be celebrated. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

  • Day 13 Return to the U.S.

    Return home inspired by the people and places of Poland. Prepare to drive back to the airport for a safe flight home to share the memories you've gathered from your pilgrimage with your loved ones.

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