2-Day Krakow Combo: In the Footsteps of John Paul II, Pieskowa Skala Castle and Czestochowa Private Tour Including the Black Madonna

Krakow, Poland

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  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Overview

1. Day
Our tour begins with a visit to Lagiewniki, which is connected with the cult of the Divine Mercy, the grave of St. Faustina Kowalska, who was canonized as the first saint of the Third Millennium by John Paul II and St. John Paul II. Here you can find: the Divine Mercy Sanctuary and the “Have No Fear!” John Paul II Centre – a centre in Kraków dedicated to the life and work of Pope John Paul II, which also houses his relic: an ampoule with his blood. On the way to Wadowice – "the place where it all began" – we will visit the Sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, included on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1999.  In Wadowice, childhood hometown of John Paul ll, previously the Krakow archbishop Karol Wojtyla, we will visit the parish church where John Paul II was baptized and the house where he was born, which is now a museum. We will end our tour at the famous "papal window", in which John Paul II used to appear to talk and sing with the youth during all his visits, and where thousands of people were praying, holding candles, in his last days.
2. Day
In the city of Czestochowa is Poland's national shrine and the icon which has drawn pilgrims from across the globe for centuries.The monastery of Jasna Gora is home to the miraculous "Black Madonna", a Gothic painting of Our Lady, which after Rome, Lourdes and Mecca makes Czestochowa one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in the world today. Your visit to the monastery includes the Miraculous Picture Chapel and the Basilica. Also, you can visit the 600th-Anniversary Museum, the Arsenal and the Treasury on your own, if you wish, while others on the tour have a break for lunch and buying souvenirs. On the way back from Czestochowa there will be stop over in Pieskowa Skala to visit a well-preserved Renaissance Castle along the Eagle Nests Trail.

Itinerary

Day 1: Krakow – Lagiewniki – Wadowice – Krakow
Start your 2-day guided tour by getting picked up at your Krakow hotel and then visiting the Bishop’s Palace right in town. Karol Wojtyla, then a cardinal, lived here in the 1960s and ’70s, before he was chosen to lead the Catholic Church in Rome.
Before heading to Wadowice, stop at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki. The sanctuary is situated some 2.5 miles (4 km) south of Krakow’s central Old Town historic district and is a developing place of pilgrimage where you can pay homage to the holy relics of St Faustyna Kowalska, who was canonized by John Paul II. Admire the impressive modern basilica consecrated by the pope in 2002.
Then travel through the Beskidy mountain range for a visit to Wadowice, childhood hometown of John Paul ll. You will see the house where he was born and pass the parish church where he was baptized and other places that had an effect on him during his childhood and adolescence.
Return to Krakow and your hotel.
Day 2: Krakow – Czestochowa Pieskowa Skala – Krakow
In the city of Czestochowa is Poland’s national shrine and an icon that has drawn pilgrims from across the globe for centuries. The monastery of Jasna Gora is home to the famous Black Madonna, a painting of Mary, the mother of Jesus, that has made Czestochowa one of the most important Catholic pilgrimage destinations in the world today. Pope John Paul II visited the monastery several times to pray. Your visit to the monastery includes the basilica and the chapel that houses the painting.

Also, you can visit the 600th Anniversary Museum, the Arsenal and the Treasury on your own, if you wish, or take a break to eat lunch and buy souvenirs .
Your journey back to Krakow takes you along the Eagles’ Nests Trail, a historic system of watchtowers and castles. Today most of these are in ruins. However, not all of them have been destroyed completely, and you will see some that have managed to endure. There will also be a stopover in Pieskowa Skala to visit a well-preserved castle. Set high on a cliff over the valley of the Pradnik river, this 14th-century fortification was rebuilt in the 16th century. Today it is home to the Wawel Royal Castle State Art Collection.

Afterward, with the tour at an end, you’ll be dropped back at your hotel in Krakow.

Information

Includes:
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off 
  • Transportation
  • Entrance ticket to the Museum JP2 in Wadowice
  • Entrance ticket to the Pieskowa Skala Castle (from November to April Pieskowa Skała Castle is closed for the visitors. You will visit the castle from the outside)
  • Licensed guide
Excludes:
  • Accommodation
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Info:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • From November to April Pieskowa Skała Castle is closed for the visitors. You will visit the castle from the outside

Meeting Point

Your centrally located Krakow hotel
Departure Time:
8:45 from your hotel
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point
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