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Central Europe’s Catholic Heritage Tour


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11 Days / 9 Nights, Warsaw, Czestochowa, Krakow, Slovakia, Budapest, Vienna, Prague TOUR FEATURE INCLUDES:


• Round-trip air: USA – WARSAW and PRAGUE – USA


• Meet and assist upon arrival by your Homeric Tours representative


• Private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach throughout


• English speaking Catholic tour guide(s) • Your choice of 3, 4 or 5 star hotel • 9 Nights of hotel accommodation • Breakfast and dinner daily • 9 Days of sightseeing tours • All transfers • All entrance fees • Hotel taxes and service charges • Porterage of one suitcase per person • USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program


Market Square, Warsaw, Poland


DAY BY DAY ITINERARY DAY 1: USA Board your overnight transatlantic flight. Dinner and breakfast will be served on flight.


DAY 2: WARSAW Arrive in Warsaw in time for a short panoramic tour. Rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight. (D)


DAY 3: WARSAW


Begin your tour by visiting the medieval Stare Miasto (Old Quarter) with its market square and 14th-century Cathedral of St. John and celebrate mass, Stop at the “wedding cake” Palace of Culture and Science, neoclassical Lazienki Palace, and the remnants of the Jewish ghetto. Afternoon at leisure. After dinner we will gather for an introduc- tory biography of Pope John Paul II’s life in Poland to lay a foundation for the many sites we will visit during our stay. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 4: WARSAW / CZĘSTOCHOWA / KRAKOW This morning, visit Jasna Gora the monastery near Czestochowa, and admire its Black Madonna which is venerated as the “Queen of Poland” and has become the country’s national symbol. Next, stop in Auschwitz to visit what is left of the concentration camp, a chilling reminder of the Holocaust. Evening arrival in Krakow. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 5: KRAKOW


Start the day with sightseeing in ancient Krakow, for centuries the residence of Polish kings. See


the Market Square, the 14th-century Jagiellonian University, St. Mary’s Church, (celebrate mass) and Wawel Royal Castle. In the afternoon depart to Wadowice to see John Paul II family home and the church where he was baptized. Small exhibition of the object related with the Holy Father can be seen in the chapel by the church. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 6: KRAKOW / SLOVAKIA / BUDAPEST After breakfast enjoy a scenic day taking you right through the heart of mountainous and densely wooded Slovakia, where brown bears still roam free. Approach Budapest soon after arriving in the wide open valley of the Danube River. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 7: BUDAPEST Your guided tour takes you through Eastern Europe’s most cosmopolitan city. See elegant Andrassy Avenue, the Thermal Baths, and the world’s second-largest Jewish synagogue. From the lacy lookout towers of Fishermen’s Bastion, enjoy a panoramic view of the sprawling city. Then, visit the 13th-century Matthias Coronation Church and Heroes’ Square. Afternoon at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a delectable Hungarian specialty dinner. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 8: BUDAPEST / VIENNA After breakfast, drive through the Hungarian plains to Vienna, once the center of the mighty Hapsburg Empire. Meet your Local Guide and start your sightseeing with vistas of Prater Park and the


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United Nations City on the banks of the Danube River. Then, drive along Ring Boulevard, pass the State Opera House, the Jewish quarter, and stop at the Hofburg Palace, winter residence of the Austrian Imperial family. Marvel at the impres- sive courtyards and famous Heldenplatz, and visit the awesome St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 9: VIENNA / PRAGUE After breakfast an optional excursion to historic Schönbrunn Palace is available. After, the group will cross the Czech border and enter Moravia. We will stop at Austerlitz, place of Napoleon’s “Battle of the Three Emperors” and then drive through the rich farmlands of Moravia and Bohemia to Prague. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 10: PRAGUE After breakfast, begin a morning sightseeing featuring the Hradcany Castle Grounds, St. Vitus Cathedral and the Old town with the Astronomi- cal clock, once the envy of all of Europe. In the afternoon, celebrate Mass in the Church of Our Lady of Victories, also known as Holy Infant Jesus sanctuary. Farewell dinner in one of Prague’s fine restaurants. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)


DAY 11: PRAGUE / USA After breakfast, depart for the airport for your flight home. (B)


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