EXPLORE THE WORLD:
EXPERIENCE the HISTORY, P, and FAITH of POLAND

with Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart


Highlights

 
  • Learn about the history of Poland: Tour Auschwitz, one of the concentration camps of World War II. A trip to Poland would be incomplete without reflecting on this destructive part of history.

  • Dive into the local culture: During the time in Zakopane, hike at Tatra National Park and marvel at the panaromic views from atop Gubalowka mountain. Take a pierogi making class in Krakow.

  • Encounter the Catholic faith: Visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy to see the relics of St. Faustina and visit the Museum/Home of St. John Paul II.

Pictures below: (1) Auschwitz Concentration Camp; (2) View of the Tatra Mountains; (3) The City Square in Krakow; (4) St. John Paul II Statue


Schedule

 

Dates of this pilgrimage are:
May 30-June 5, 2020 (7 days / 6 nights)

  • Day 1: Saturday, May 30 - Depart Chicago for Poland. (Flights not included in the package).

  • Day 2: Sunday, May 31 (D) - Arrive in Krakow and transfer to hotel. Welcome dinner. Overnight in Krakow.

  • Day 3: Monday, June 1 (B, D) - Morning visit to Wawel Hill, including tour of Wawel Cathedral and Coronation Chapel. Then explore Krakow's Market Square, including St. Mary's Church, the Town Hall Tower, the Cloth Hall and the Burgher's houses. Lunch on your own. After lunch, visit the Stained Glass Workshop and Museum and enjoy an exclusive stained glass workshop class to make your own unique stained glass object to take home. Dinner in a local restaurant. Overnight in Krakow.

  • Day 4: Tuesday, June 2 (B, D) - Morning excursion to Wieliczka Salt Mine. Lunch on your own. Drive to Lagiewniki and visit the Shrine of Divine Mercy with images of the Merciful Jesus, St. Faustina relics, convent chapel, and tomb, as well as a talk with local sister (pending availability). Prav at the "Have No Fear" Center with a relic of St. Pope John Paul II. Transfer back to Krakow for pierogi cooking class at a traditional Polish restaurant, learning the process from rolling the dough to filling and sealing the dumplings. Dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Krakow.

  • Day 5: Wednesday, June 3 (B, D) - Drive to Auschwitz and visit the concentration camp, including the cell of St. Maximilian Kolbe and the Martyrdom Museum, Continue on to Wadowice, the birthplace of St. Pope John Paul II. Upon arrival, lunch on your own. After lunch, visit the Museum-Home of St. Pope John Paul II. Transfer back to Krakow and dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Krakow.

  • Day 6: Thursday, June 4 (B, D) - Day-trip to Zakopane. In the morning take a funicular to the nearby Gubalowka mountaintop (pending weather conditions) and experience the magnificent panoramic view of the Tatra Mountains. After lunch in Zakopane, visit Krupowki Street and time to shop at the local bazaar. Transfer back to Krakow for Farewell dinner at the local restaurant with regional music. Overnight in Krakow.

  • Day 7: Friday, June 5 (B, D) - Depart for U.S. Transfer to Krakow airport and depart for U.S. 

* (B,L,D) denotes meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) that are included with the package.


Details

 

Pilgrimage package includes:

  • Round trip non-stop airfare from Chicago O’Hare to Krakow

  • Preparation and follow-up materials delivered via email

  • A local, professional and licensed guide

  • Verso tour director accompanying the group (if 16 pilgrims or more)

  • Custom-designed booklet for each pilgrim

  • Tickets for included activities: Wawel Cathedral, St. Mary’s Church, Stained Glass Workshop and Museum, Wieliczka Salt Mine, pierogi cooking class, Auschwitz, Museum-Home of St. Pope John Paul II, and funicular ride to Gubalowka mountaintop

  • Airport/hotel transfers

  • Transportation on a motorcoach for the duration of the pilgrimage

  • Accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, including taxes, in 4-star hotels (single-occupancy supplement available on a limited basis)

  • Breakfast and dinner daily

  • Whisper sets for each pilgrim

  • Woodlands Academy International SOS fees

  • Gratuities for guide(s), driver(s), and meals

  • In-person preparation meeting for all pilgrims to review itinerary, activities, logistical arrangements, and prayer resources

Pilgrimage package does not include:

• Passport, visa, or luggage fees

• Any personal purchases

• All lunches

• Recommended travel insurance

• Anything else not explicitly mentioned as included


Registration

 

Pilgrimage package: $4,958 per person

$500 is payable to Woodlands Academy and will be billed on the tuition statement

$4,458 payable to Verso Ministries

  • Options

    • Pay balance by check: Save $100 per person

Rates also assume a minimum of 10 full-paying pilgrims

Flights:

Non-stop Round trip Airfare departing from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to Krakow.

Chicago O’Hare to Krakow - May 30, 2020

American Airlines flight 225 departing Chicago (ORD) at 6:55 p.m., arriving Krakow at 11:10 a.m. (May 31)

Krakow to Chicago O’Hare - June 5, 2020

American Airlines flight 226 departing Krakow at 12:40 p.m., arriving Chicago (ORD) at 4:05 p.m.

Payment Schedule:

  • $500 payable to Woodlands Academy will be billed on tuition statement.

  • $4,458 payable to Verso Ministries.

  • Deposit - $300 due upon registration

  • Final balance - 120 days prior to departure (January 31, 2020)

    • Invoices will be emailed approximately 4-6 weeks in advance of the final balance due date. The final payment may be paid by credit/debit card, electronic bank transfer, or money order.

Please note: Payment plans can be arranged if needed. Please contact us if you would like to pay in several installments.

How do I pay?

  • During registration, the $300 deposit can be paid online with a credit card or debit card.

  • The final payments may be paid credit/debit card, money order, or by check and electronic bank transfer for no fee.

    • Payments can be mailed to:

      • Verso Ministries LLC

      • P.O. Box 986

      • Notre Dame, IN 46556

Once opened, registration will remain open until filled. If space is still available, registrations may be made at any time.

What is your cancellation policy?

All cancellations must be made in writing. $150 per person of the $300 deposit per person is non-refundable.

All cancellations of individual pilgrims must be made in writing (email or letter) to Verso Ministries.

Cancellation fees are as follows:

  • 91 days or more from first day of pilgrimage: $150 per person

  • 90-31 days prior: $300 per person

  • 30-15 days prior: $500 per person

  • 4-7 days prior: $1000 per person

  • 6 days or less no refund will be given

Cancellation fees are for individual pilgrims. Any cancellation charges incurred from other suppliers or vendors (flight, lodging, ground transportation, etc.) may come in addition to the administrative fees listed above.

Why is this is an estimated final package price?

Final airline taxes and fees may fluctuate until flights are ticketed (about 30 days prior to departure). Any excess fees levied by the airlines beyond the original total price at time of booking will be the responsibility of each pilgrim. Also, prices are based on the current (as of July 2019) exchange rate of 1 Euro to 1.13 U.S. dollar. Any drastic fluctuations in currency exchange rates could affect the final pilgrimage pricing.

If you have any questions about pricing and when final pricing decisions will be communicated, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time.


Questions

 

Please contact us with any questions.