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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.

Wadowice, Kalwaria and Lagiewniki: John Paul II Tour

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

From Krakow: Kalwaria Zebrzydowska & Wadowice pilgrim tour

6. 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.

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

7. 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.

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What people are saying about Kalwaria Zebrzydowska

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Driven at first to the home of Pope Paul II, for the main museum tour of the day. Excellent start to the day and gives a full insight into his life. The journey there is about 50 minutes but this flies by driving through beautiful countryside. Then it's a short excursion to a Basilica. The name escapes me but it's a lovely place. The final 2 stops are big Basilica' s again and well worth a good look around. A fantastic day visiting the life of the Pope.

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 interesting tour and highly recommended!

Our driver, Zygmunt was pleasant and very helpful. It made our tour very interesting and informative. Glad I did the tour and picked the right day as well because we're only few in the group in the family home tour of Pope John Paul. Managed to absorb almost everything from his childhood life until he died. I recommend the tour and Zygmunt our driver and guide.

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.