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The Footsteps of John Paul II & Divine Mercy Private Tour

1. The Footsteps of John Paul II & Divine Mercy Private Tour

Follow the footsteps of Pope John Paul II and visit the nearest places to his heart in Krakow and its surroundings. The excursion contains three main points: • The Family House of Karol Wojtyła in Wadowice Visit the first home of future Pope, the place where everything began. See where he was born and spent his childhood on a audio-guided tour with a professional guide. Explore the museum, which is about 1,200 square meters on four floors and see sights such as animations, multimedia shows, and authentic things belonging to Karol Wojtyla and his family. After visiting the museum, spend some free time on the Market Square in Wadowice. Try tasting the fondant - the Pope's favorite sweet snack in his favorite confectionery. • Sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, basilica, and monastery on the John Paul II trail. See the now UNESCO World Heritage sight which was particularly close to the heart of John Paul II, combining the cult of Jesus Christ Suffering and Our Lady.  • Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki, Kraków Visit the sacred complex associated with the life and activity of the Sister Faustyna Kowalska. A place of pilgrimage connected with the presence of the image of Merciful Jesus and the grave of Sister Faustyna Kowalska.  

From Krakow: John Paul II Full Day Tour - Private Transport

2. From Krakow: John Paul II Full Day Tour - Private Transport

To make the most of your day, the recommended pick-up time is around 9:00 am. Spend around 2 hours in Wadowice, 1 hour in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska and 1 hour in the Divine Mercy Sanctuary and John Paul II center in Krakow - Lagiewniki. Finally you will be dropped off at your hotel or apartment in central Krakow. The first stop of your tour is in Wadowice Town of John Paul II, situated in southern Poland, where John Paul II was born. Explore the John Paul II museum, established in the Pope's family home, with an interactive exhibition about his life from a toddler, through his studies, the Second World War, his period as a priest and the attempt against his life. On the journey back to Krakow, stop at Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Sancturay, the second most frequently visited pilgrimage sanctuary in Poland, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Over a million visitors come to this holy place every year. Travel to the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy and John Paul II center in Łagiewniki. Pay tribute to the relics of the Pope and St. Faustyna Kowalska, who was canonized by John Paul II and admire the impressive basilica consecrated by the Pope in 2002.

Tour to Wadowice: Hometown of Pope Saint John Paul II

3. Tour to Wadowice: Hometown of Pope Saint John Paul II

Wadowice is the hometown of the Polish Pope John Paul II. Wadowice is a city in southern Poland, 50km southwest of Kraków. Now you can visit the family house of the Polish Pope which has been turned into a museum. Explore the family home of John Paull II and go back in time and see how the Polish pope lived. In the family house you will learn more about his family and close friends.  Taste the famous Wadowice cake called "kremówka". See the beautiful basilica in Wadowice and also go for a walk to the beautiful main square of Wadowice.  On the way back to Krakow you will see sanctuary of John Paul II in Krakow and also the sanctuary of Sister Faustyna and The Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, before being dropped off again at your accommodation.

From Kraków: Wadowice + Częstochowa Black Madonna

4. From Kraków: Wadowice + Częstochowa Black Madonna

Wadowice is a small city situated 50 km from Krakow. Here Karol Wojtyła, the future Pope John Paul II was born. The tour includes a visit to the Family Home of John Paul II, now a museum which provides exhibits of the future Pope's domestic life. The next place is Basilica of the Offering of the Blessed Virgin Mary- an ornate Church where Karol Wojtyła was baptized and confirmed.  Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, this pilgrimage town founded in 1601, is best known for the Bernardine (Grey Friar) Monastery and its complex of 42 Chapels and Churches. Oficially called the Cultural & Landscape Complex of Monastery and Pilgrimage Park of the Bernardine Fathers, this amazing place was added to the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List in 1999. Be sure to visit the 17th century Baroque Church famous for its miraculous painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Kalwaria (Polish for Calvary). Visit the basilica and monastery located in the city of Jasna Góra and discover the holy relic of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa. Częstochowa is one of the most important centers of religious worship in Poland, it is regarded by many as Poland's spiritual capital and for hundreds of years, it has been a site of pilgrimage for Poles. High on the mountain top, the monastery holds the most famous shrine to the Virgin Mary in Poland and it is home to the Black Madonna painting - rumored to have been painted by St. Luke on a tabletop built by Jesus. The Black Madonna, depicting the Mother of God with the Christ Child, is believed to have miraculous powers by those who visit her.

From Krakow: Kalwaria Zebrzydowska & Wadowice pilgrim tour

5. From Krakow: Kalwaria Zebrzydowska & Wadowice pilgrim tour

Visit sites of important religious and historical value for Poland on a full-day trip from Krakow. Your first stop is in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is the monastery complex of the Bernardines Franciscans. It is an exceptional cultural monument located in natural scenery that has attracted thousands of pilgrims from the very beginning. Walk through the monastery complex with the early baroque church and dozens of chapels spread around in a beautiful countryside scenery. Then continue on to Wadowice, situated on the Skawa River at the confluence of the Vistula, in the eastern part of Silesian Foothills (Pogórze Śląskie). It is best known for being the birthplace of Pope John Paul II, and is home to a basilica from the 15th century. At the end of your tour, transfer back to Krakow.

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What people are saying about Wadowice

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 4 reviews

This was a wonderful day, made even better by a fantastic tour guide. Adrian spoke perfect English which made for a really informative tour and a great sense of humour too. Perfect for guiding 2 Scousers around Krakow. The museum had some amazing items belonging to Saint John Paul II on display, then onto the Basilica and Saint Faustino resting place. Truly a wonderful day. Thanks again to Adrian. I would definitely recommend.

Very good driving. The house of dad Giovanni paolo2 beautiful museum. Then there are 3 sanctuaries to see, the most interesting being the sanctuary of the Faustine nun and the new sanctuary dedicated to Giovanni paolo2. Let's say that in a short time there are many things to see. Then the shrines are unguided. Overall a wonderful experience even for those who are not great practitioners

Great tour and Highly recommended

Nice to know the life of Pope John Paul II, and our tour guide / driver Michael was also nice and helpful. The van was also new and comfy with car seat for our little one. Highly recommended considering that we only booked it a day before and communication with the tour operator was a breeze.

The tour and our tour guide, Michael were superb. He was very informative and provided us with ample time to explore the places we visited.

Impressive, Impressive, Impressive

Loved the fact that we could actually tour his private residence where he grew up and the church he attended as a boy.