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Europe in 21 days

A trip to Central-Eastern Europe in 21 days

A 21-day trip through Central and Eastern Europe. The programme includes the following places:  POLAND: Warsaw, Czestochowa, Krakow, Wieliczka – the Salt Mine, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Lagiewniki, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska,  Wadowice – the hometown of Pope John Paul II; CZECH REPUBLIC: Prague, Svata Hora; AUSTRIA: Vienna, Melk, Krems, Mariazell; HUNGARY: Pannonhalma, Esztergom, Budapest; BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: Medjugorje; CROATIA: Dubrovnik; ITALY: Bari, San Giovanni Rotondo, Pompei, Monte Cassino, Rome, Assisi.

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  • Day 1 Arrival in Warsaw (Poland)

    x Arrival in Warsaw at x, flight number y. Meeting with the tour leader from Ernesto Travel and transfer by coach to the hotel in Warsaw. Arrival and check-in at the hotel.
    20:00 Dinner at the hotel restaurant or at a restaurant in the city centre. Overnight tay in Warsaw.
  • Day 2 Warsaw – the capital city of Poland

    8:00 Breakfast at the hotel.
    9:00 Guided tour of Warsaw: Lazienkowski Park with the Frederic Chopin monument, the Warsaw Ghetto, Umschlagplatz (thousands of the Jews were deported from there to the concentration camps), the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Palace of Culture and Science, Krakowskie Przedmiescie Street, the Old Town (listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO), St. John’s Cathedral. The Old Town was completely destroyed during World War II and reconstructed thanks to the commitment of the  Polish nation.
    13:00 Lunch at a restaurant in the city centre.
    14:30 Sightseeing inside the Royal Castle.
    16:30 Leisure time in the centre of Warsaw.
    20:00 Dinner with a music concert at one of the local restaurants (optional).
    22:00 Return to the hotel. The last night in Warsaw.
  • Day 3 Warsaw – Czestochowa – Krakow

    8:00 Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out from the hotel.
    9:00 Departure for Czestochowa after breakfast.
    13:00 Arrival in Czestochowa. Lunch at a rustic restaurant.
    15:00 Guided tour of the most important pilgrimage place in Poland - the Monastery in Czestochowa: Jasna Gora, with the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary – the Black Madonna.
    18:00 Departure for Krakow.
    20:30 Arrival in Krakow. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay in Krakow.
  • Day 4 Krakow – the heart of Poland, Kazimierz – Jewish district and Wieliczka – The Salt Mine

    8:00 Breakfast at the hotel.
    9:00 Guided tour of Krakow. Wawel Hill with the castle (optional sightseeing inside) and its beautiful courtyard and Cathedral (sightseeing inside). Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture of the Old Town (Stare Miasto), the biggest market square in Europe (Rynek Glowny), the Town Hall, Collegium Maius – an ancient building belonging to the Jagiellonian University, the Cloth Hall (Sukiennice), Saint Mary’s Church (Kosciol Mariacki – sightseeing inside) with the famous altar by Veit Stoss. A walk to the antique walls of the Old Town through Florianska Gate and to the Barbican. The Czartoryski Museum with the famous Leonardo Da Vinci painting “Lady with an Ermine”. During the sightseeing: multimedia presentation about the story of amber called "Polish Gold". In 1978, Krakow was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
    13:30 Lunch at a restaurant in the city centre.
    15:00 Visiting the former Jewish district – Kazimierz. This part of Krakow was the centre of the Jewish community's religious and social life until the deportations during the Nazi occupation (sightseeing in 1 or 2 synagogues). A short stop in front of Schindler's Factory on the way to the Salt Mine in Wieliczka.
    17:00 Transfer to Wieliczka (10 km from Krakow).
    17:30 Guided tour in the Wieliczka Salt Mine – one of the oldest salt mines in the world. Many famous people have visited this place, such as Mikolaj Kopernik, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Dmitrij Mendeleev, Boleslaw Prus, Ignacy Paderewski, Karol Wojtyla, etc. In 1978, the Wieliczka Salt Mine was listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
    20:00 Dinner at a traditional Polish restaurant in Wieliczka combined with a traditional folk music concert. Return to the hotel and the night is spent in Krakow.
  • Day 5 Krakow – Oswiecim-Brzezinka (Auschwitz-Birkenau) – Krakow

    8:00 Breakfast at the hotel.
    8:30 Departure for the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum.
    10:00 Guided tour of the area of the former concentration camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau. The camp was built by Nazis during the Nazi occupation of Poland. Today this place is a World Heritage Site of UNESCO.
    13:00 Lunch at a restaurant in Oswiecim.
    14:30 Departure for Krakow.
    15:30 Leisure time in Krakow.
    20:00 Dinner with typical Polish food at the hotel or a restaurant, combined with a Jewish music (Klezmer) concert in Krakow.
    22:00 Return to the hotel. The last night in Krakow.
  • Day 6 Krakow – Lagiewniki – Kalwaria – Wadowice – Prague

    6:30 Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out from the hotel.
    7:30 Departure for Lagiewniki - the world's Divine Mercy centre.
    8:00 "Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy". Visiting the monastery in Lagiewniki. The Sanctuary of Divine Mercy is where Saint Faustina Kowalska lived and died. This Monastery was proclaimed "The centre of Divine Mercy" by Pope John Paul II during his stay in Poland in 2002. On Divine Mercy Sunday (a week after Easter), thousands of people come there to participate in masses and pray in the antique church where Saint Faustina Kowalska (founder of the cult of Divine Mercy) was buried.
    9:00 Departure for Kalwaria Zebrzydowska.
    10:00 Visit at the Bernardine Monastery in Kalwaria, the 3rd most famous shrine in Poland. The whole Mannerist complex (including the sanctuary and a park) is also listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
    10:30 Departure for Wadowice, the town where John Paul II was born in 1920.
    11:00 Visiting the Pope's home and the church where he was baptised.
    12:30 Lunch at a restaurant in Wadowice.
    13:30 Departure for Prague.
    19:30 Arrival in Prague. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay in Prague.
  • Day 7 Visiting Prague divided into 2 parts

    8:00 Breakfast at the hotel.
    9:00 The first part of the tour around Prague. The religious side of Prague: the church of the House of Nazareth – Prague's Loreto, a visit at the castle (without entering) and of St. Vitus' Cathedral (sightseeing inside) along with the funeral chapel of St. Venceslao, the patron of Czech Republic. The cathedral is also the eternal resting place of St. John Nepomucen. Visiting St. George's Basilica, the Golden Lane (sightseeing), Starahovski's convent, the Church of Our Lady of Victory with the famous statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague.
    13:30 Lunch at a restaurant.
    15:00 Second part of the tour: Bohemian Prague: walking along Paris street to Jozefov, the former Jewish Quarter. Charles' Bridge, walking along the Royal Route: Celetna Street, Na Prikope Street. The Market Square with the Municipal House.
    18:00 Leisure time.
    19:00 Dinner at a restaurant in the city centre.
    20:30 A Black Light Theatre spectacle (optional).
    22:00 Return to the hotel. The last night in Prague.
  • Day 8 Prague – Svata Hora – Vienna

    7:00 Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out from the hotel in Prague.
    8:00 Departure for Svata Hora.
    9:30 On the way to Austria, visiting Svata Hora: the Holy Hill. A sanctuary from 1260 is located there. Now it is under the Jesuits' protection. Continuation of the trip to Vienna.
    11:00 Departure for Vienna via Brno.
    14:00 Lunch at a restaurant in Brno.
    18:00 Arrival in Vienna. Check-in.
    20:00 Dinner at the hotel or at a restaurant.
  • Day 9 Vienna

    8.00 Breakfast at the hotel.
    9.00 Vienna sightseeing by coach: “Ringstrasse” with its fantastic monuments and buildings, such as the Opera, museums, the Parliament, the Town Hall, the National Theatre and the Imperial Palace of Hofburg. After that, walking to: Schönbrunn Palace (sightseeing inside), the Belvedere Gardens, the Estate Palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy. Lunch not included (free time for lunch).
    15.00 St. Stephen's Cathedral, imperial monuments and the main avenues, such as Kärntnerstrasse. Sightseeing inside Sissy's Museum.
    18:00 Leisure time in Vienna.
    20:00 Dinner at the hotel or at a restaurant in Vienna. Overnight stay in Vienna.
    Vienna sightseeing by coach: “Ringstrasse” with its fantastic

    monuments and buildings, such as the Opera, museums, the Parliament, the

    Town Hall, the National Theatre and the Imperial Palace of Hofburg. After that,

    walking to: Schonbrunn Palace (sightseeing inside), the Belvedere Gardens, the

    Estate Palace of Prince Eugene of Savoy. Lunch not included (free time for lunch).
  • Day 10 Vienna – Austrian sanctuaries: Melk, Krems, Mariazell – Vienna

    7:00 Breakfast at the hotel.
    8:00 Departure for Krems. Visiting the Danube Valley.
    10:00 Visiting Melk: the Benedictine Abbey of Melk – the biggest Benedictine convent in Europe – a masterpiece of Baroque Austrian architecture.
    13:00 Melk – Krems: a romantic boat cruise on the Danube. Lunch on the boat available, but not included in the Ernesto Travel services.
    15:30 Departure for Mariazell.
    17:00 Sightseeing in Mariazell: the sovereign Magnus brought the statute of the Virgin Mary to this town, and founded the Mariazell Sanctuary. Louis I, the king of Hungary, won a battle against Turkey in 1377, and attributed the success to the Virgin Mary. Mariazell is also famous for cakes and herbal liqueur.
    19:00 Departure for Vienna.
    20:00 Dinner at the hotel. The last night in Vienna.
  • Day 11 Vienna – Pannonhalma – Esztergom – Budapest

    7:00 Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out from the hotel.
    8:00 Departure for Budapest through the picturesque region of the Danube with its beautiful villages. Visiting the Millenary Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma. The outlook from the monastery dates back to the times of the first Christians in Hungary. Lunch not included (free time for lunch).
    16:00
    Sightseeing in Esztergom: the first seat of the Catholic Church in Hungary, dedicated to  Saint Andrew. Departure for the monumentally beautiful capital city of Hungary – Budapest. Check-in at the hotel. Leisure time.
    20:00
    Dinner at the hotel or at a restaurant in Budapest. Overnight stay in Budapest.
  • Day 12 Budapest

    8:00 Breakfast at the hotel.
    9:00 Sightseeing in Budapest – the city divided into 2 separate parts by the Danube River. In Buda we will see the Old City, in Pest – the cultural and imperial part. We will visit the Fisherman's Bastion with a splendid view over Budapest, and St. Matthias' Church by the Holy Trinity Square – the centre of Buda and the crowning place of Hungarian kings and queens, St. Stephen's Basilica in Pest, shopping at the Main Market (traditional arts and crafts, souvenirs), the Franciscan Square, lunch not included (free time for lunch).
    20:00 Dinner at a restaurant on a boat. After dinner, a boat cruise on the Danube River. Return to the hotel. Overnight stay in Budapest.
  • Day 13 Budapest – Medjugorje (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

    7:00 Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out from the hotel.
    8:00 Departure for Medjugorje, a small village in former Yugoslavia, where the Virgin Mary was sighted by six local children on June 24, 1981, on a mountain, which is now called Apparition Hill. Lunch not included (free time for lunch).
    18:00 Arrival in Medjugorje and check-in at the hotel. Leisure time.
    20:00 Dinner at the hotel in Medjugorje. Overnight stay in Medjugorje.
  • Day 14 Medjugorje

    8:00 Breakfast at the hotel.
    9:00 A prayer program in the Shrine of Our Lady: Apparition Hill, Cross Mountain and St. James' Church, a mass and rosary praying. Lunch not included (free time for lunch). A visit at the Monastery of Soroki Brijeg and participation in a lecture about the messages of Medjugorje. Leisure time in Medjugorje.
    20:00 Dinner at the hotel. The last night in Medjugorje.
  • Day 15 Medjugorje – Dubrovnik (Croatia) – Bari (Italia)

    7:00 Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out from the hotel.
    8:00 Departure for Dubrovnik.
    10:00 Dubrovnik: a guided tour of one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with Baroque architecture. Visiting the Franciscan Church, which dates back to the 16th century, the Rettore Palace, the 17th century cathedral, and the Dominican Monastery. Early dinner.
    18:00 Departure by ferry to Bari in Italy. Overnight stay on the ferry. Late dinner not included.
  • Day 16 Bari – San Giovanni Rotondo

    7:00 Arrival in Bari. Breakfast (not included) on the ferry. Going to San Giovianni Rotondo, the most famous pilgrimage centre in Italy. Visiting the Church and tomb of Saint Padre Pio, as well as the crucifix, where he used to pray and received the spiritual gift of the stigmata in 1918. Lunch not included (free time for lunch).
    18:00 Check-in at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight stay in San Giovanni Rotondo..
  • Day 17 San Giovanni Rotondo – Pompei – Monte Cassino – Rome

    7:00 Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out from the hotel in San Giovanni Rotondo.
    8:00 Going to Pompei and Monte Cassino. In the year 79 the ancient city of Pompeii was destroyed and completely buried during a catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius. Pompei is famous for its chapel with the image of Our Lady of the Rosary, who devoted the rosary to San Dominic and Santa Rosa of Lima. In 1891, Pope Leon XIII consecrated the Sanctuary of Pompei. Lunch not included (free time for lunch).
    15:00 Visiting the Monte Cassino Monastery founded by St. Benedict. Benedict of Nursia is noted to have established this as the site for his first monastery – the very source of the Benedictine Order, around 529. Monte Cassino is also known for the Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944.
    20:00 Arrival in Rome. Check-in at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel or at the pilgrim centre.
  • Day 18 Rome (if it is Wednesday)

    7:00 Breakfast at the hotel.
    7:30 Transfer to Vatican City for the weekly Papal Audiance.
    12:30 Meeting the guide and going to the Vatican Museums.
    13:00 Guided visit of the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica, as well as the Popes' tombs (including John Paul II's tomb).
    19:00 Free time for shopping. Return to the city. Dinner not included.
  • Day 19 Rome – 2nd part of the visit

    7:00 Breakfast at the hotel.
    8:00 Trasfer to the city centre.
    9:00 Sightseeing in Rome: the Saint Mary Major Basilica, the Basilica of St. John, the Holy Steps, Circus Maximus, the Colosseum (without entering), the Roman Forum (optional sightseeing inside), the Capitoline Hill, Piazza Venezia, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna, as well as other important churches on the way to the Catacombs, such as the Church of the Holiest Name of Jesus.
    14:00 On the way to the Catacombs, a short stop in front of the Basilica of Saint Paul.
    16:00 Transfer and sightseeing. The Catacombs of Saint Callixtus are among the greatest and most important catacombs in Rome. They date back to the middle of the second century and are part of the cemetery complex – a large area of nearly 90 acres of land, half of which is occupied by catacombs. The galleries, sometimes located on four levels, are 12 miles long. Dozens of martyrs, 16 popes and many Christians were buried here.
    19:00 Return to the city centre. Dinner not included.
  • Day 20 Rome – Assisi – Rome

    8:00 Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Assisi and sightseeing in the city. Lunch not included (free time for lunch). Return to Rome. Leisure time.
    20:00 Farewell dinner. The last night in Rome.
  • Day 21 Departure from Rome

    x Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out from the hotel
    y Transfer to the airport and departure from Rome.
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