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In the footsteps of St. John Paul II

Join us in Poland, on the 102nd anniversary of the birth of St. John Paul II, one of the most charismatic pontiffs in history.

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Pilgrimage to Poland

We will discover the birthplace of Pope St. John Paul II. We will visit the places where the young Karol Wojtyla grew up and lived, to get to know his country, his history and his deep-rooted faith in Jesus Christ.

During this trip you will discover the great personality of John Paul II, and his struggle to defend Christian values throughout his life. He was the inspiration behind the CARF Foundation.

Krakow, Warsaw on a customized route.

Full board, 4 star hotel.

From May 26 to May 31, 2023.

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Meeting at the Bidasoa Seminar

The Bidasoa International Ecclesiastical College welcomes students from all over the world with the aim of providing them with an optimal formation for their priestly work in their dioceses.

Meeting with the seminarians at the solemn Holy Mass and lunch with them to later enjoy a musical gala offered every year in honor of the attendees.


Visit to the Jasna Góra Sanctuary

Located in southern Poland, the sanctuary houses the community of Pauline monks and is considered the main pilgrimage center of the country. The Basilica of Our Lady of Czestochowa, surrounded by many stories, traces the origin of the icon to St. Luke who would have painted it on a cypress wood of the house of the Holy Family.

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Tour of Wadowice

Walk through the birthplace of Pope St. John Paul II and the basilica in Wadowice, where he was baptized. We will visit his house, which today is a museum, where through photos, clothes and personal objects we will get a glimpse of what his life was like here.

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Auschwitz Museum

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This Auschwitz concentration camp complex was the largest of the concentration camps established during World War II. A local guide will give us the tour. Auschwitz is a particular symbol of the suffering and martyrdom of St. Edith Stein and St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe.


Krakow Old Town

City linked to Pope St. John Paul II and considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, it seems to be anchored in time. It has been declared a World Heritage Site since 1978. Its medieval past is present throughout the city as in its walls or the Market Square, the nerve center of the city.


Wieliczka Salt Mines

The salt mines of Wieliczka, near Krakow, have been in operation since the 13th century and continue to produce table salt today. Its value is enhanced by the number of excavated chambers and chapels. It is a subway city with all its structures. We will visit one of the most valuable monuments of material and spiritual culture in Poland, declared a World Heritage Site in 1978. And visit to Łagiewniki, the capital of the Divine Mercy


Make your pilgrimage with CARF with a very careful planning. Time to pray, time to walk, time to enjoy.

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Friday, May 26: Madrid - Pamplona - Zaragoza

06.00 h. Meeting of the group at the agreed point -Santiago Bernabéu-, and departure by bus to Pamplona (approximately 4 hours).

11.00 h. Reception and celebration of the inaugural session of the Annual Meeting of Benefactors in the Ecclesiastical Faculties of the University of Navarra.

13.00 h. Solemn Holy Mass at the Bidasoa Seminary with the seminarians, formators and authorities. Tour of the school and family photo.

14.00 h. Lunch in the company of formators and seminarians from more than 20 countries.

15.00 h. Coffee and musical performance by the seminarians.

16.00 h. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and benediction.

17.00 h Transfer to the hermitage of Our Lady of Beautiful Love, at the entrance of the campus of the University of Navarra. Prayer of the Rosary.

18.30 h Transfer to Zaragoza (approximately 2 hours). Check in and dinner at the lodge.

Saturday, May 27: Zaragoza - Barcelona - Warsaw

07.00 h. Breakfast at the hotel and check out.

07.30 h. Meeting at the hotel reception and departure by private bus to El Prat airport in Barcelona (approximately 3 hours).

11.30 h. Check in and luggage check-in for the LOT airline flight to Warsaw, 27 MAY BCN - WAW (13.25 h. - 16.30 h.).

16.30 h. Arrival at Frédéric Chopin airport in the capital of Poland.

  • Meeting with the accompanying guide and transfer to the hotel to make the check in.
  • Walk to the city for the celebration of the Holy Mass.
  • Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Sunday, May 28: Warsaw - Częstochowa

Tomorrow. Breakfast at the hotel and check out.

  • Meeting with the accompanying guide at the hotel lobby and start of the day's activities.
  • Sightseeing tour of the city. Highlights of the visit include the Old CityThe beautiful Royal Route, rebuilt with great reverence after World War II, to see its palaces, aristocratic residences, statues and historic churches, the sites of faith and spirit of the Polish people. Visit to the most famous baroque church in Warsaw, the St. Anne's ChurchThe visit will continue to the site where Pope John Paul II celebrated Holy Mass during his first pilgrimage in 1979. It will be followed by the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. John the BaptistThe church is the oldest Gothic church in Warsaw and the resting place of Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński. Afterwards, the group will head to the Church of St. Stanislaus KostkaJerzy Popiełuszko, a great personality of the Catholic Church who was murdered by the security police in 1984 and beatified by St. John Paul II in 2010.
  • After the visit, Holy Mass will be celebrated.
  • Lunch in one of the restaurants in the Old Town. We will taste the famous Polish pierogi, thin pies with a variety of fillings.

Afternoon. Transfer to Częstochowa, the religious center of Poland, with a tradition of pilgrimages dating back to the 14th century (about 2.5 hours).

  • Check in and dinner at the lodge.

Monday, May 29: Częstochowa - Auschwitz - Krakow

Tomorrow. Breakfast at the hotel and check out.

  • Meeting with the local Pauline guide and visit to the Sanctuary of Jasna Góra. It includes: visit to the basilica with the chapel of the Black Madonna; visit to the exhibition of the 600 years of the Monastery, the Armory, the Treasure Room where the Golden Rose offered by St. John Paul II as an act of his devotion to the heart of Our Lady of Częstochowa, Queen of Poland. You can also see the sash of the Pope's cassock with his blood on it, as it was the one he wore when he was wounded in 1981. Visit to the exhibition The Polish Church and Solidarity, which was the party created and led by the trade unionist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Lech Wałęsa. 
  • Celebration of the Holy Mass.
  • Transfer to Konzentrationslager (approx. 2 hours drive).
  • Lunch and visit to the Museum of Auschwitz.

Afternoon. Transfer to Wadowice, where our Pope St. John Paul II, Karol Wojtyła, was born. We will see his childhood home, the basilica where he was baptized. And the church of St. Peter the Apostle, which was built by the people of Wadowice as a vow to save the life of the Pope, after he was shot and wounded.

  • Visit the exhibition that illustrates and commemorates the Pope's life and work in Poland up to the time he left Krakow to attend the conclave in Rome in 1978.
  • Transfer to Krakow (approx. 1 hour). Check in and dinner at the hotel.

Tuesday, May 30: Krakow - Łagiewniki - Wieliczka - Krakow

Tomorrow. Breakfast at the hotel.

  • Panoramic tour of this city, KrakowThe Episcopal Palace, where he lived, the church of St. Florian, where he was vicar, or the beautiful Franciscan church, his favorite place to pray. At Floriańska 3, pilgrims gather every April 2, to pray, light candles and sing the Pope's favorite songs. We will also see the Collegium Novum, the main building of the Jagiellonian University, where after World War II, Karol Wojtyła taught Theology. We will stroll through the Market Square, the largest medieval square in Europe, and the Gothic church of St. Mary with the largest wooden altar in the world. Continue to Wawel Hill to visit the cathedral, the site of Karol Wojtyła's ordination as bishop.
  • Lunch.
  • Departure for Łagiewniki, the capital of the Divine Mercy. Visit to the sanctuary, the convent chapel of St. Faustina and her tomb. In this place the Pope solemnly entrusted the world to the Divine Mercy. Celebration of the Holy Mass.
  • Afterwards, a visit to the salt mines in WieliczkaThe mine, an impressive labyrinth of galleries, subway lakes, chambers and chapels excavated in saline rock at a depth of more than 300 meters. The mine, apart from its exceptional beauty, also boasts 700 years of operation, being the oldest mine in Europe. We will take the special "God bless you" tour.

Afternoon. Return to Krakow.

  • Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Wednesday, May 31: Krakow - Warsaw - Madrid


  • Breakfast at the hotel and check out. 
  • Transfer by private bus to the airport of Krakow St. John Paul II to take flights to Madrid, flight with stopover in Warsaw, both flights with LOT airline. Holy Mass.
    First flight: 31 MAY KRK-WAW (08.50 h. - 09.45 h.)
    Second flight: 31 MAY WAW-MAD (10.40 h. - 14.35 h.)
  • Support from the accompanying guide for check-in and check-out formalities, and check in. After boarding the first flight, end of service of the travel agency.

Travel information

  • From May 26 to May 31, 2023.
    Price/person, for 40 pax. 1.280 €.
    Price/person, for 35 pax. 1.305 €.
    Price/person, for 30 pax. 1.335 €.
    Price/person, for 25 pax. 1.380 €.
    Price/person, for 20 pax. 1.455 €.
  • Reservation and signaling of 600 € mandatory with the registration. Rest of the payment, before April 26th.
  • Supplement double room for single use: 210 €.
  • Departure from Madrid. Other options, please consult with the travel agency.
  • Limited seating.

The price includes:

  • Roundtrip flights with taxes included (Flights Barcelona - Warsaw and Krakow - Madrid) with baggage allowance 23 kg. and 1 carry-on item of 8 kg.
  • Transfers Madrid, Pamplona, Zaragoza and El Prat airport and during the trip by private bus.
  • Bed and breakfast in 4* hotels. Lunches and dinners, according to program with full board.
  • Entrance fees to visits and monuments, with coordinator and Spanish-speaking guide and headphones.
  • Travel insurance with RACE. Cancellation expenses: up to 1.800 €. Baggage: up to 1.500 €. Medical assistance in Europe: up to 50.000 €. Civil liability: 60.000 €. Compulsory medical insurance for persons not belonging to the Schengen area.

The price does not include:

  • Second beverages at lunch/dinner (sparkling water, wine, soft drinks, etc.).
  • Entrance fees to sites not mentioned in the program.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Tips for the guide and driver.
  • Nothing that does not appear in the section includes.

More information:

  • Method of payment: Deposit in IBERCAJA account of the CARF Foundation - ES75 2085 9513 7103 3034 5348.
  • The minimum validity of the documentation: valid ID card.
  • Without the bank transfer, your registration has no value as a place reservation. As each pilgrim pays, his or her trip is assured until the maximum number of places is reached.
  • For any questions regarding the trip: flights, accommodation, special circumstances, etc. contact Ana Lucía of Red Peregrina ( phone:+34 664 357 826).

Pre-registration form

Fill in the form as an applicant for this trip, including the required data and those of the accompanying person.

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