COLORADO SPRINGS. Once the main portion of Bishop Michael Sheridan’s 2018 Danube River Pilgrimage Cruise concludes in Budapest, Hungary, on Nov. 10, pilgrims have an option to extend their time in Eastern Europe by visiting Prague, Czech Republic, or doing a mini-Footsteps of St. John Paul II excursion in Krakow and Czestechowa, Poland.
The cruise will take place Oct. 31-Nov. 10, with the extensions taking place in Prague through Nov. 12 and Poland through Nov. 13. Bishop Sheridan, Msgr. Jaeger, pastor of St. Paul Parish in Colorado Springs, former Colorado Catholic Herald editor Bill Howard, and a world-class guide will lead the main journey through Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.
Prague’s historic beauty makes it one of the most beloved cities in Eastern Europe. Pilgrims will tour the Castle district, including a visit to the Loreto Sanctuary, a lavish Baroque pilgrimage site that is also home of the Santa Casa, a replica of Mary’s house. You will also explore St. Vitus Cathedral and the Basilica of St. George, the oldest church in Prague. Following lunch, pilgrims will visit Old Town Prague, including the Church of St. Nicholas and the Manes Bridge. Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Victorious, home of the famous Infant Jesus of Prague statue.
Although you may not have recognized it, since the fall of Communism in the early 1990s Prague has become a popular location for Hollywood films (i.e. Mission: Impossible, Yentl, Les Miserables (1998), Casino Royale (2006) and Amadeus).
For those pilgrims venturing to Poland, pilgrims will have an open evening in Krakow upon arrival, and then spend the next day visiting the famous Salt Mines outside of the city, which is home to a spectacular underground cathedral carved within the mine. Pilgrims will also visit the Divine Mercy Shrine, where St. Faustina lived, and the nearby, recently opened “Have No Fear” John Paul II Center, whose relics include the cassock he wore during the attempt on his life in 1981.
The following day, pilgrims will travel to Jasna Gora Monastery in Czestechowa to see the miraculous icon of the Black Madonna. After time to explore the monastery and celebrate Mass, there will be a farewell evening dinner at a local restaurant with a folklore show.
The Prague extension costs $395 for double occupancy (single room supplement charge is $195 extra), and the Poland extension costs $595 (single room supplement is $295).
There is room on the main pilgrimage for four more pilgrims, or two couples. Because several other groups are also filling the ship, remaining cabins are claimed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Pricing for the main cruise itinerary is based on double occupancy and ranges depending on cabin size from $3,695 to $4,195 cash/check (credit card pricing is also available at a slightly higher cost). There is also a waiting list for single rooms, which come at an additional cost. Upon request, Select International can help pilgrims traveling alone to find a roommate.