July 7 - 16, 2022

Young Families Pilgrimage

Only $1500.00/Family

Grow as a Family & Make Friends

Join us in Krakow, Poland for a young families pilgrimage through the heart and tracks of Karol Wojtyla. Discover the model of our patron’s “Środowisko”, an environment of family life to live out the call to holiness and transmit the Gospel to the world. Designed for families with young children to have a peaceful and enriching experience.

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An Itinerary Inspired by JPII

This trip features a number of sites associated with Pope Saint John Paul II, including Krakow Old Town, the Divine Mercy Shrine, the John Paul II Be Not Afraid Center, Wadowice (JP2’s hometown), Częstochowa: The National Shrine and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, a favorite Wojtyla pilgrimage site!

Highlights

Family & Fellowship

The pace, schedule & logistics of this trip were planned with young children in mind. The events and overall dynamic are meant to build a community among participating families and reflect JP2’s “Środowisko.” You’ll find the evenings flexible with plenty of time to build friendships (bring your baby monitors)! We even have free babysitters when necessary!

Christian Formation

Throughout the course of the trip we will enjoy daily sessions and discussions on real challenges to marriage and family life, in the modern world in particular. The underlying purpose of these sessions is to help each other grow as young families dedicated to Christ, using JPII’s life and teachings as our model!

Faith & Spirituality

Each day features private Mass and prayer. We even have our own private chaplain throughout the course of our time together! You’ll find that each touring program, learning session and excursion has been designed to bring you and your family closer to Christ, and furthermore to help you find inner renewal and strength as a family!

Very Affordable

Our world can make it difficult at times for young families to survive, much less thrive. Let’s change that!
We all know that most young families might find it difficult to afford an abroad experience for their entire family. We’re here to change that! We have built a trip that is accessible for all young families. For only $1500.00 you and your family can enjoy the trip of a lifetime! Check out the FAQs below to see what is included.

Truly Life-Changing

It was truly life-changing…this has been sooo good for our children…they had so much fun! This is truly an invaluable investment in your family… It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

– Chris, Megan and their three little children

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Bring Babies
We love babies! Bring those monitors for our evening discussions!
Makes Friends
You'll meet other young Catholics families on this trip!
Grow in Faith
Everything we do is Christ-centered. Look for Him and you will find Him!
Flourish as a Family
Our goal is that you flourish as a family, becoming everything you want to be!

Getting Started

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Contact Us

If you have any questions about the trip contact us today!

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Register Online

Once you decide that this is the trip for your family, register immediately online! Registration will open on August 16, 2021.

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Pack Your Bags!

Pack your bags and arrange transportation to/from the excursion!

Have a question?

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the cost?

 Lodging for the entire pilgrimage duration (July 7 – 16, 2022). Lodging for three optional bonus days after the program to extend your time in Krakow if you wish. Three meals a day from Thursday-Wednesday, breakfast on our last Thursday. (Families are responsible for only 2 main meals- lunch or dinner- on the more flexible days.) Participation in program sessions and guided tours of Krakow and day trip locations. Entry fees to Museum Home of John Paul II in Wadowice and Wawel Cathedral & Museum in Krakow. Airport escort upon arrival and departure. Child care assistance, during key sessions or just when you need an extra helping hand during the pilgrimage. One midweek laundry service for your family. We know well the financial struggles of many young families, and we’ve thus tried to make this program as inexpensive as possible and rely on a quality support team willing to donate their time and talents to make it happen.

What is not included in the cost?

Flights and ground transportation are the main costs not included in the program fee. The pilgrimage consists of time in downtown Krakow, a few day trips, and some key events outside the city center. So while the program is created to puzzle the awesome elements peacefully (and not stress-fully) together, it does require some movement. What is going to be most convenient (and most peaceful) for each family will vary, and this is why we want to leave it up to you. Costs for transportation can be anywhere from $80 to $600 per family, depending on your method and family size. Additionally, there are two main meals during the most flexible blocks of the pilgrimage not included. You can eat out at a nice restaurant,  cook a budget meal back at your lodging, or stop at McDonalds…but you may be judged for the latter (unless it involves a meltdown: then we understand).

What are the transportation options?

Public transportation: cheapest but not the best for this pilgrimage. The city is pretty well connected, but you’re lodging outside of the center and we have a few day trips anyway. While pretty much everything is accessible by public transportation, most people will not want to spend the time trying to catch buses and trams to the various key sessions. However, if you don’t have kids yet, or their tiny enough to transport easily, or you’re one of those families who always make it to Mass 20 minutes early, or you’re on a budget and are up for the challenge, this option may be for you! Estimated cost: $40-$100 per family.
Renting a car (or driving if from Europe): this will probably be the best option for most families. This gives you the maximum flexibility and control, and is the middle option for costs. You can do the web search yourself, but car rental costs may vary from $150-$400 for the pilgrimage duration, depending on the type of car. FYI: The giant 9-12 passengers tend to be more expensive and harder to come by. Automatic options are also limited and often cost more than manuals.
Private Transportation: If driving around in a foreign country makes you nervous, then we can certainly set up transportation for you. Within city limits, there is an  app called “myTaxi” that works very well here in Krakow. You can often take the taxis to the day trip locations too, but we’ll set up the trip with one of our trusted drivers if multiple families choose this option. This option is the most expensive, but may be the most peaceful option for some families. Estimated cost is $300-$600 per family, depending on the number of people interested in this option and family size.

What are the lodging options?

There are two options for lodging included in the program fee.
1. The student suites at the JP2 Project wing, at the John Paul II Be Not Afraid Center. Small kitchenette & private bathroom in each suite and large community living room on the floor for after-hours fellowship.
2. A Polish host family, which gives you an immersion in Polish hospitality and culture. These are friends of the team who are able and excited to be a part of the program and welcome you into their country.
Both of the lodging options are actually really important to accomplishing a very critical dimension of this unique pilgrimage: community. You can’t understand JP2’s ministry to the family without it. This is why we don’t do hotels or airbnb’s for this particular program. When you apply for the program, you select your lodging preference, along with any pertinent information. We’ll work with you to match your family with a lodging option that meets your preference, needs, and corresponds to our availability.

Are there babysitters and are they mandatory?

Yes and No. We will have trusted, loving, and experienced child care assistants available during the pilgrimage. A few will be available during all pilgrimage events to attend to families needs, while additional help will come exclusively for the discussions each day. If your child is too tiny to leave in someone else’s hands or if you simply want your little ones with you at all times, you are certainly welcome to do so! Every key element of the program is child friendly. Even the discussions take place in a setting where you can be in the back with your little one if needed (no constricting classroom settings). If you need the help, it’s there. If you don’t, no problem.