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

1. 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.

From Krakow: John Paul II Route Tour

2. From Krakow: John Paul II Route Tour

Get picked up in the morning and head to Wadowice, the city where John Paul II was born and raised. Visit the location where, in the place of his former residence, a museum was opened in his memory. His timeless message has been delivered to people around the world and exhibits his incredible wisdom and understanding of contemporary problems, which makes this place a popular destination for many Catholics. Of course, also while in Wadowice, don't miss the famous papal fondant. The next stop is Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Sanctuary and Park, which can be found on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. It is regarded as the Polish Calvary Hill. The final stop is in Krakow at Divine Mercy Sanctuary, a location near and dear to the Pope’s heart, as the remains of Saint Faustina Kowalska rest there. After the tour, get dropped off at your hotel in Krakow in the afternoon.

From Krakow: In the Footsteps of John Paul II

3. From Krakow: In the Footsteps of John Paul II

Your tour begins with a visit to Łagiewniki, which is connected with the cult of the Divine Mercy, the grave of St. Faustina Kowalska and St. John Paul II. Here you can find the Divine Mercy Sanctuary and the “Have No Fear!” John Paul II Center, a center in Kraków dedicated to the life and work of Pope John Paul II, which also houses his relic, a glass capsule of his blood. On the way to Wadowice, "the place where it all began", you will visit the Sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1999. In Wadowice, the pope's hometown, you will see the places dearest to Karol Wojtyła during his childhood and adolescence, including the parish church where he was baptized and the house where he was born, which is now a museum. Finally, visit the Archbishop's Palace which was Wojtyła's last residence before leaving for the Vatican in 1978. There one can see the famous "papal window", where John Paul II used to show up to chat and chant with the youth of Kraków during all his visits and where thousands of people lit candles and prayed during his last days.

From Krakow: Jasna Góra Monastery & Home of John Paul II

4. From Krakow: Jasna Góra Monastery & Home of John Paul II

Begin your tour with pickup at your hotel in Kraków, then travel in an air-conditioned van for approximately 1 hour to Wadowice, the hometown of Pope John Paul II. Upon arrival, have a short break before going to the parish church on Main Market Square where the future pope was baptized. Marvel at numerous chapels, holy paintings, and the famous baptismal font as you learn about the humble beginnings of one of the greatest Poles in history.  Then, make your way inside the Family Home of John Paul II and take a tour with an accredited guide available in various languages. Spend at least 1 hour and 20 minutes in the museum. Later, visit the secondary school that Karol Wojtyła, as the pope was then known, attended. Take a nice picture of the monument of the young pope. On the second half of the tour, head to the Jasna Góra Monastery in the town of Częstochowa, about 130 kilometers (around 80 miles) away from Kraków in southern Poland. Once there, explore a famous Polish shrine to Our Lady of Częstochowa, which constitutes one of Poland’s most visited pilgrimage sites.  Take a guided tour of the monastery with one of the Pauline monks who will show you the treasury filled with priceless gifts and accompany you to the chapel in the shrine. Finally, marvel at the miraculous painting of the Black Madonna and have a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel in Kraków.

Wadowice, Kalwaria and Lagiewniki: John Paul II Tour

5. Wadowice, Kalwaria and Lagiewniki: John Paul II Tour

Discover the life of Karol Wojtyła, the future Pope John Paul II, who was born in the small city of Wadowice. Begin your tour at his family home in Wadowice where you'll explore exhibits of the future Pope's early life. Then see the Basilica of the Offering of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the ornate church where Karol Wojtyła was baptized and confirmed. Next explore Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, a pilgrimage town founded in 1601 best-known for the Bernardine (Grey Friar) Monastery and its complex of 42 chapels and churches. This amazing place was added to the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List in 1999. Admire the 17th-century Baroque church famous for its miraculous painting of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Kalwaria (Calvary). Then continue on to the Łagiewniki district of Krakow where you will find the Shrine of The Divine Mercy. Every year millions of pilgrims from all over the world seeking graces. See the vast sanctuary, the Congregation of the Sisters of God's Mother of Mercy, the main church, and an array of chapels. You will also see the statue of Our Lady of Mercy, statues of St. Stanisław Kostka and St. Mary Magdalene, a picture of St. Joseph with the Child, and a coffin with relics of St. Sister Faustina. You can enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the viewing tower.

Day Tour: Traces of Pope John Paul II near Krakow

6. Day Tour: Traces of Pope John Paul II near Krakow

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from Kraków. Drive to the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki, which is the resting place of Saint Faustina Kowalska and site of pilgrimage. In 1997 Pope John Paul II visited the church to pray at the tomb of Saint Faustina. Continue to the small town of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. Visit the sanctuary where Pope John Paul II made several Pilgrimages. Travel to the Wadowice province and visit the home John Paul II where he was born and raised. Learn more about his life during a guided tour. After the tour, you’ll have time to explore the area and stop at a local cafe for papal creams cakes and coffee. Afterward, your driver will escort you back to Kraków.

From Krakow: Wadowice and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Tour

7. From Krakow: Wadowice and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Tour

Immerse yourself in the history of Catholicism on this full-day tour of Poland's most important religious sites. Meet your guide at your hotel in Krakow and hop in the car that will take you straight to the city of Wadowice. Here, visit the family home of Pope John Paul II, which has now been converted into a museum, and learn about the early life of the Polish Pope. Next, head to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, a pilgrimage town where you can visit the Bernardine Monastery and its complex of 42 chapels and churches. Follow in the footsteps of important figures like John Paul II, the Austrian Emperor, and member of the Royal Family, who have all visited this site over the years. On the way back to Krakow, stop at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki. Pay your respects to the holy relics of Saint Faustyna Kowalska, and admire the architecture of the modern basilica.

Kraków: Life of Pope John Paul II Day Trip to Wadowice

8. Kraków: Life of Pope John Paul II Day Trip to Wadowice

Depart from Krakow on a tour of the life of Pope John Paul II. Walk in the Pope’s footsteps as you stop by significant locations from his childhood. View the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Sanktuarium Pasyjno-Maryjne and the Divine Mercy Sanctuary. Visit Wadowice, the hometown of Pope John Paul II. See places that were important to him during his childhood, like the house where he was born and the parish church where he was baptized. Stop at the Sanktuarium Pasyjno-Maryjne, visited by the Pope when he was younger. Admire the park and rows of trees that surround the religious site. Upon arrival back in Krakow, make a visit to the Łagiewniki district to see the Divine Mercy Sanctuary. After soaking up the serenity of the sanctuary, enter into the John Paul II Center, where you will find several relics of the Pope, including a vial of his blood.

From Krakow: Kalwaria Zebrzydowska & Wadowice pilgrim tour

9. 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

4.5 / 5

based on 14 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.

We had a great tour. Our drive Pavel (Paul) was very passionate and knowledgeable. He drove us very safely to both places and told us many interesting fatcs. On site we learned a lot from father Leon. We are Christians and for us whole experience was unforgettable and we would recommend the sanctuary to everyone looking for ultimate meaning. Very grateful !

Excellent service from our guide Paul, it was a great experience to visit these places, we also tried the favorite dessert of Pope John Paul II. The Jasna Gora monastery was an impressive moment of faith. Paul picked us up and dropped us off at our hotel again, very punctual.

Everything was perfect!!!! our guide was the most amazing on the world!!!! He was so kind with us! and besides that he gave us a lot of information on this tour. We are so excited to have taken this tour.

Fantastic Tour, Andrew our driver/guide was excellent, full with information. Highly recommended