4.5 star rating: Recommended 28 Reviews

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  • Location:Krakow, Poland
  • Duration:5 hours (approx.)

In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow

Get an up-close look at the life of John Paul II on this 5-hour tour to Wadowice, the former pope’s childhood home, from Krakow. Journey through the Beskidy Mountains, visit the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy and explore the Archbishop’s Palace as your expert guide provides illuminating background on the beloved pope. Your tour will conclude with transportation back to Krakow.

Highlights

  • Pope John Paul II tour to Wadowice from Krakow
  • Follow in the footsteps of the beloved pope
  • Visit Wadowice, the pope's childhood home
  • Stop at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki
  • Visit the Archdiocese Museum in Krakow

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What You Can Expect

In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow

In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow

Begin your tour in central Krakow, where your guide will pick you up from your hotel. Settle into your air-conditioned coach and head through the Beskidy Mountains to Wadowice, where Pope John Paul II grew up. See where he was born and baptized, and other places of significance before he became the archbishop of Krakow and, later, the pope.

Next, make a stop at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki, located south of Krakow's historic Old Town. The sanctuary has become a popular place of pilgrimage to witness to the relics of St. Faustyna Kowalska, who John Paul II canonized as the first saint of the Third Millennium. Explore the beautiful modern basilica consecrated by the pope in 2002, as your guide provides historical commentary and anecdotes.

Afterward, head to the Archdiocese Museum. See the home of John Paul II, known then as Karol Wojtyla, where he lived while working as a theology lecturer.

Finally, visit John Paul’s last residence before departing for the Vatican, the Archbishop's Palace. There, take a look at the famed papal window, where large crowds stood in prayer and lit candles during his final days.

Your 5-hour tour will conclude with drop-off back in central Krakow.

Customer Reviews

Patricia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I took this tour twice in 2015, and absolutely loved the experience.

For those of you who love this man, you have to go here. The town is called Wadowice, and you'll see the inside of the church where he was baptized plus the museum containing many things Karol Wojtyla, including many of his personal effects.

If you pay attention to the guide's words and intentions, you'll walk out of the museum absolutely inspired after an hour.

The gun used in the assassination attempt is on display. It was tastefully put under heavy glass in the floor near the exit.

I give this museum an A rating, because the design of the museum is phenomenal, right down to the sheer panels representing the Holy Spirit.

My guide and I skipped driving to the Sanctuary on the way back to Krakow, because that's where I was stuck in the elevator with tourists last February.

Aleksandra P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent tour - guides were just great.

Christopher F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Wonderful trip taking us through the whole life of John Paul. Terrific guide and lots of photographs, memorabilia and information. It's a must-do!

chee.kuan.tang

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

a very touching and uplifting experience being able to have an in depth understanding of this former pontiff. The guide patiently brought us through the 3 churches explaining the significance of each and every artefact. Most poignant of the 3 church is the one at Wadowice where we literally walk through Pope John Paul II life. A must go for visitors regardless of religion to see how humble life bring out great people.

Cuong N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Highly recommend this! I was the only one in the tour and my guide is amazing! Not only does he know the history of Poland in details, but also has a great love for 1970s music in Poland - which is amazing by the way :)

Martin C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was amazing our tour guide chriistopher was very helpful and really knolagable and helpful

Mary H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Excellent tour and guide was really great full on information and most helpful

JOHN S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

A very informative and enjoyable tour. The number of people on the tour wasn't too big so we enjoyed it alot better than other tours who had too many people on them. Would definitely recommend this tour.

Senaides D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Well versed tour guide..friendly and informative..enjoyed every minute of our private tour..

Edward D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

An excellant tour with a very informative guide, Bruno. He could not have been more helpful and understanding. We had plenty of time at each site and answered all our questions. An excellant tour and very highly recommended

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