UNDER SPIRITUAL GUIDANCE OF FATHER MARC-ANDRE CAMPBELL,
PASTOR OF ST. JOSEPH CHURCH IN STREETSVILLE, ON
August 05 – August 16, 2020, 12 days
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Aug 05 Depart Toronto to Vienna.
Aug 06 After arriving in Vienna we start panoramic tour of the city including the Hofburg, former principal imperial palace of the Habsburg dynasty rulers, the Heldenplatz (Hero’s Square) and neo-gothic Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall). We also see the Opera House, home to the Vienna Boy’s Choir. Dinner and overnight in Vienna.
Aug 07 In the morning we visit Schonbrunn Palace. This sprawling royal summer house has 1441 rooms, including a Hall of Mirrors. It is here young Mozart performed at the age of six in front of young Marie Antoinette. In the afternoon we visit St.Stephen’s Cathedral, an imposing structure dating to the 13th century. Mass. Some free time in the afternoon for shopping. Dinner and overnight in Vienna.
Aug 08 After breakfast we continue from Vienna to Salzburg, the town of Mozart. Sightseeing tour of this lovely city includes house, where Mozart was born, Residenz Square, Cathedral and the Horse Fountain. Mass. Continue to Bavaria for dinner and overnight.
Aug 09 After breakfast departure to the beautiful scenic village of Oberammergau, where we devote our afternoon and evening attending the famous Passion Play. In 1634 the Black Death decimated Europe’s population. Oberammergau remained untouched until a homesick villager returned one night, unknowingly bringing with him the dreaded plague. Almost 100 villagers died as a result. Frightened survivors vowed that if god saved them from the plague, once every 10 years they would re-enact the agony and crucifixion of Christ. From then on there were no further deaths from plague. The villagers fulfilled their pledge ever since. The play portrays the Passion of Christ – from the entry into Jerusalem to the Resurrection. Dinner and overnight.
Aug 10 From Bavaria we continue to Prague. Upon arrival we start our tour of the city with the Castle District where we tour built in 14th century gothic St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George Basilica and Golden Way, picturesque street lined with tiny, colourful houses. These houses were built into the castle’s fortifications around the end of the 16th century. Mass. Dinner and overnight.in Prague.
Aug 11 Full day in Prague. We celebrate Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Victory and see the renowned statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague. After mass we continue our tour to Lesser Town – we see St. Nicholas Church and we cross the medieval Charles Bridge. We See landmarks of Prague’s Old Town – the elegant tower of the Town Hall with the world famous Astronomical Clock and the Church of Our Lady before Týn, Some free time in the afternoon for shopping. Dinner and overnight in Prague.
Aug 12 From Prague we travel today to Cracow. En route we stop in small town of Wadowice – the birth place of St. Pope John Paul II. We can see the house where he was born on May 18, 1920 and the church where he was baptized, served as an altar boy and prayed daily before miraculous picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Mass. Dinner and overnight in Cracow.
Aug 13 Today we start our day with a visit to the famous Salt Mines of Wieliczka, a splendid 3-mile long underground complex of chambers, chapels and statues sculpted from salt. Mass in one of underground chapels. In the afternoon we explore Cracow, the ancient capital of Poland. We visit the Market Place, St. Mary’s Church, where you may pray before the extraordinary Wit Stwosz altar. The surroundings of the square have remained unchanged for almost 700 years and contain buildings of historic value such as the Town Hall Tower, the Cloth Hall and the Wawel Castle. Visit to the Wawel Cathedral and the Crypt .Dinner and overnight in Cracow.
Aug 14 In the morning we visit Lagiewniki – world known as “divine Mercy Shrine”. It is here that the message of Divine Mercy originated, which Christ himself wished to pass on to our Generation, through meditation of Sister Faustyna. Here we celebrate mass and visit the convent of St. Faustyna, her tomb and relics. Mass. In the afternoon we visit Auschwitz, the notorious Nazi Concentration camp. We will see the cell that imprisoned St Maximilian Kolbe and the Martyrdom Museum recalling the horrors of the Holocaust and martyrdom of St. Edith Stein. Dinner and overnight in Cracow.
Aug 15 Start sightseeing of Warsaw at the The Royal Łazienki Palace and Garden complex, the summer residence of Stanisław August, the last king of Poland. From there we continue via the “Royal Route” to the Castle Square, the Old Town and the Barbican, remains of historic fortifications that once encircled Warsaw. Dinner and overnight in Warsaw.
Aug 16 After breakfast transfer to the airport for our flight to Toronto.
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