Pilgrimage of Mercy – Harvest Journeys Catholic Pilgrimage
A Pilgrimage to Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic

Pilgrimage of Mercy

A rare combination of Eastern Europe’s most intriguing cities of Budapest, Krakow and Prague. Be blessed by the powerful graces of the great Shrines of Divine Mercy and the Black Madonna of Czestochowa. Relish a 3-night stay in spectacular Krakow as we retrace the places and graces of Pope St John Paul II.

Highlights

Budapest (2 nights) • Zakopane (1 night) • Krakow (3 nights) • Auschwitz • Wadowice • Czestochowa (2 nights) • Bagno • Prague (2 nights)

  • 11 Days / 10 Nights
  • Budapest to Prague
  • Daily Mass

Black Madonna 
of Częstochowa

St Maximilian Kolbe
Franciszek Gajowniczek

St John Paul II

Karol Józef Wojtyła
Saint John Paul II

Saint Faustyna Kowalska
of the Blessed Sacrament

Infant Jesus of Prague
Prague, Czech Republic

Itinerary

DAY 1ARRIVE BUDAPEST

Be immediately awestruck by the beauty of Hungary’s capital Budapest as we commence our pilgrimage journey here in the city known as the ‘Paris of the East’. Join with fellow pilgrims this evening for a Welcome Dinner.

Situated on the opposite banks of the Danube, the former twin cities of Buda and Pest are linked by a series of graceful bridges.

Budapest overnight (D)

DAY 2BUDAPEST

Our pilgrimage day begins with a visit and Mass at the stunning Basilica of St Stephen which holds the mummified hand of St Stephen, the first King of Hungary. Continue on to view the decorative Parliament building, Heroes Square, the 118 foot high Corinthian column dedicated to the Roman Catholic Church, the 13th century Church of St Matthias and the Fisherman’s Bastion. Finish our tour with a panoramic view of the city from Gellert Hill.

Enjoy some free time this afternoon before embarking on an enchanting Dinner Cruise on the River Danube to see the city’s architecture gloriously illuminated.

Budapest overnight (BD)

Day 3 (2023)BUDAPEST TO ZAKOPANE

Departing Budapest this morning, we journey north crossing into the Slovak Republic and then Poland, passing magnificent alpine landscape to the resort village of Zakopane. On arrival we will celebrate Mass and take time for prayer in the church of our Lady Queen of the World (Salvatorians).

Zakopane overnight (BD)

Day 3 (2024)BUDAPEST TO ZAKOPANE

Departing Budapest this morning, we journey north crossing into the Slovak Republic and then Poland, passing magnificent alpine landscape to the resort village of Zakopane.  On arrival we will celebrate Mass and take time for prayer in the Church of Our Lady of Fatima, built in thanksgiving of Pope St John Paul II’s narrow escape from assassination at St Peter’s Square on 13 May, 1981. 

Zakopane overnight (BD) 

Day 4ZAKOPANE TO KRAKOW

Today we embark on a cable car ride into the Tatras Mountains with its many walking trails once frequented by Fr Karol (Pope St John Paul II) and his companions. Also here atop Mt Kasprowy we enter the charming wooden Jaszczorowka Chapel so loved by Pope St John Paul II and where we will celebrate our spectacular Mass.

In the late afternoon we journey north to Krakow.

Krakow overnight (BD)

Day 5KRAKOW

Today we commence our walking tour at the Wawel Cathedral where in the crypt below Fr Karol was ordained in 1946 and celebrated his first Mass.

Continue on to St Mary’s Church, University and Market Square to experience one of the most beautiful medieval city centres in Europe. Enter St. Florians Church, where the young Karol developed a flourishing underground youth ministry at great risk.

Our afternoon draws us to the inspired Shrine of Divine Mercy where, between 1931 – 1938 Our Lord appeared to Sr Faustina Kowalska (a Polish Sister of Mercy) entrusting with her the mission of spreading His message of merciful love for humanity. We will celebrate Mass at the shrine, and witness the miraculous image of the Merciful Jesus before venerating the tomb of St Faustina.

Time permitting we will visit the nearby ‘Have No Fear’ John Paul II Shrine where we can encounter ‘the person of John Paul II, his thoughts, his spirit and his sanctity’ (Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz).

Travel out then for an enthralling tour of the famous Wieliczka Salt Mines, the oldest operational mines in Europe and dating back to the 13th century.

Krakow overnight (BD)

Day 6WADOWICE & AUSCHWITZ

We travel out of Krakow this morning and journey west to visit the celebrated Marian site of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, which remains the favourite boyhood shrine of Pope St John Paul II.

Continue to Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla (the now canonised Pope St John Paul II) where we enter his family house and even the grounds where he used to play Football! The central point of the town is the market square with its Parish Church, and the famous Baptismal basin where Karol was baptized. Next to the church, we find the saint’s birthplace and the nearby Museum encompassing the former home of the Wojtyla family.

In the afternoon we journey north and enter on a deeply moving encounter of Auschwitz where we mourn the millions of people who were put to death in this, the biggest concentration camp of Hitler’s Nazism. Pope St John Paul II has termed this place the Golgotha of the modern world. We pray in the martyrdom bunker of St Maximilian Kolbe and view his cell while reflecting upon his selfless courage. After the tour of Auschwitz, we will have Mass in one of the beautiful town Churches.

Return to Krakow in time for dinner. 

Krakow overnight (BD)

Day 7 KRAKOW TO CZESTOCHOWA

We farewell Krakow this morning, journeying north by coach to Czestochowa where the fortress monastery of the Pauline Monks of Jasna Gora (meaning Bright Hill) is located.

En route we visit the basilica of Our Lady of Fatima, Trzebinia.

Czestochowa overnight (BD)

Day 8CZESTOCHOWA PILGRIMAGE

Czestochowa is home to the cherished miraculous icon of Our Lady with the Child Jesus, an object of veneration for centuries (also known as the Black Madonna). Attracting more than five million pilgrims every year, Our Lady of Czestochowa is recognized as one of the most visited places of Christian pilgrimage in the world. This morning we will celebrate a private Mass before the image here in the ancient chapel. Later we will tour the Basilica, Treasury, Museum and Knights Hall.

A little free time this afternoon. An optional later visit to Jura Krakowsko, part of the Polish Jurassic Rock Upland will be enjoyed as the fit and able take a walk up the hill to the ruins of the Gothic Castle of Olszyn.

Czestochowa overnight (BD)

Day 9 (2023)CZESTOCHOWA TO PRAGUE

Depart Czestochowa this morning and journey west through lush green countryside. We make a visit to the Shrine of St Hedwig in Trzebnica, where we will celebrate Mass and we then we will visit Salvatorian Seminary in Bagno.

We reboard our coach and continue west, crossing the border in to the Czech Republic. Finally arrive into the golden city of Prague famous for its Gothic and Baroque architecture and ranked as one of the most beautifully preserved cities in Europe.

Prague overnight (BD)

Day 9 (2024)CZESTOCHOWA TO PRAGUE

Depart Czestochowa this morning and journey west through lush green countryside. We make a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Wambierzyce in the foothills of the Table Mountains, where we will celebrate Mass. This is one of the oldest Polish places of Christian pilgrimage featuring a Jerusalem-like setting and home to the miniature miraculous image of the Virgin Mary. The Shrine’s grounds and surrounding hills are dotted with numerous chapels, grottos and stations depicting important events in the life of Jesus and Mary. While here we visit the Szopka with its hundreds of tiny mechanized figures carved from limewood reliving the Gospel stories. 

We reboard our coach and continue west, crossing the border into the Czech Republic. Finally arrive in the golden city of Prague famous for its Gothic and Baroque architecture and ranked as one of the most beautifully preserved cities in Europe.  

Prague overnight (BD) 

Day 10PRAGUE

We commence our final day of pilgrimage with a walking tour of Prague. Visit St Vitus Cathedral, the city’s most distinctive landmark which houses the crown jewels and the tomb of ‘Good King’ Wenceslas. Continue on to the Hradcany area and the Prague Castle.

We celebrate Mass today at the Church of Our Lady Victorious where we come face to face with the Holy Infant of Prague. This wax figure has an impressive record of miracle cures and is one of the most revered images in the Catholic world.

Cross the historical Charles Bridge built in 1400 and continue on to the Old Town area including Wenceslas Square, Celetna Lane, Old Town Square (with its random network of streets dating back to the 13th century), the Town Hall with the astronomical clock and Tyn Cathedral.

We enjoy a special dinner this evening as a fitting final celebration of our pilgrimage together. 

Prague overnight (BD)

Day 11DEPART PRAGUE

Our pilgrimage ends after breakfast this morning. (B)

Meal Code: (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

Dates & Prices

Dates
Chaplain
Tour Cost
15 - 25 August 2023
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AUD $5590
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PM2302
15 - 25 August 2023
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Dates

15 - 25 August 2023

Chaplain

CLOSED - Contact Harvest

Tour Cost

AUD $5590

Tour Code

PM2302

Single Room

AUD $1990 Supplement

Air & Tour

-

Start/Finish

Budapest/Prague

Prepaid Tips

$14 PPPD†

11 - 21 June 2024
Fr Christopher Sarkis
AUD $5890
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PM2401
11 - 21 June 2024
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Dates

11 - 21 June 2024

Chaplain

Fr Christopher Sarkis

Tour Cost

AUD $5890

Tour Code

PM2401

Single Room

AUD $1990 Supplement

Air & Tour

-

Start/Finish

Budapest/Prague

Prepaid Tips

$14 PPPD†

17 - 27 September 2024
TBA
AUD $5890
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PM2402
17 - 27 September 2024
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Dates

17 - 27 September 2024

Chaplain

TBA

Tour Cost

AUD $5890

Tour Code

PM2402

Single Room

AUD $1990 Supplement

Air & Tour

-

Start/Finish

Budapest/Prague

Prepaid Tips

$14 PPPD†

* Costs are indicative and must remain subject to possible change in the event of significant exchange rate variations, tax & hotel changes or minimum group size factors beyond Harvest’s control. Refer to Harvest Terms & Conditions.
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Inclusions
  • ACCOMODATION & MEALS: Based on Superior Standard / 4-Star accommodation • Most meals
  • TOURING & TRANSPORTATION: Deluxe Air Conditioned Coach touring • Professional Pilgrimage Escort / Local Guides • Sightseeing and Entrance Fees
  • OTHER: Fully Escorted by Pilgrimage Chaplain • Porterage at hotels • Harvest Backpack, Pilgrims Journal and Tour Wallet
Not Included
  • International Airfares
  • Other meals not listed
  • Passport and Visa Costs (if applicable)
  • Items of a personal nature including phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc.
  • Travel insurance - ask Harvest about its preferred World Assist Travel Insurance
  • Prepaid Tips

Chaplain

AUGUST 2023

Bishop Karol Kulczycki SDS

Most Rev Karol Kulczycki is a member of the Salvatorian Fathers (Society of the Divine Saviour) and the Bishop of Port Pirie.

Bishop Karol was born on 19 October 1966 in Gora, Archdiocese of Wroclaw (Poland). He entered the Salvatorian novitiate in 1987 and made his religious profession on 8 September 1988. After studies of philosophy and theology at the Salvatorian Major Seminary in Bagno, Poland, he was ordained to the priesthood on 28 May 1994 in Trzebinia, Poland.

After ordination he was appointed as a member and then director of the Salvatorian Vocation Centre of the Polish Province. In 1997 he began his work in the Australian Region of the Polish province, serving in different parishes entrusted to the pastoral care of our religious institute, as well as a school chaplain. In 2009 he was elected as Regional Superior in Australia. In 2018 he was elected as Vicar Provincial of the Polish Province and returned to Poland, where he also ministered as a spiritual director of the Lay Salvatorians. He also served as a member of the International SDS Vocation Team and Communication Team. He was appointed by Pope Frances as Bishop of Port Pirie on 1 August 2020.

JUNE 2024

Fr Christopher Sarkis

  • “My pilgrimage lifted me out of a spiritual slump. I now have so much more to do with my life.”

    Marye Casey
    Graces of Eastern Europe
  • “This pilgrimage has strengthened my faith and desire to do more to serve others.”

    June
    Graces of Eastern Europe

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