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Kalwaria Zebrzydowska

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Sitting in the foothills of the rugged Carpathian Mountains southwest of Krakow, the town of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska grew up to accommodate pilgrims who flocked to the red-roofed and copper-domed complex of religious buildings that still dominates life there to this day. Built in the 17th century, the ornate Baroque Sanctuary of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska provided Catholics with a substitute Chapel of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, which at that time was under Turkish rule and firmly off limits to Christians; it incorporates the Franciscan Bernardini Monastery alongside 42 chapels and churches all beautifully sited on pathways among woodland and symbolizing the Stations of the Cross at Calvary.

In Polish religious life, only the Shrine to the Black Madonna at Częstochowa is more important than Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, which is UNESCO World Heritage listed for its sheer, breathtaking Baroque beauty, all created by Italian architect Giovanni Maria Bernardoni and his Flemish counterpart Paolo Baudarth. The fanciful, twin-spired main basilica is dedicated to Our Lady and its Chapel of Holy Mary of Calvary holds a highly revered icon of Mary and Jesus; the faithful gather there in thousands to see passion plays on Good Friday and celebrate on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption. Pope John-Paul II was born 15 km (9.25 miles) away in Wadowice and made several visits to the shrine when he returned to his homeland; his statue stands near the entrance to the basilica.

The town around the sanctuary has been known for the skill of its woodworkers since the mid 18th century; today more than 1,500 artisan cabinetmakers work among a population of 4,500 in total.

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Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, Poland

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Day Trip to Lagiewniki - Wadowice - Kalwaria Zebrzydowska From Krakow

Day Trip to Lagiewniki - Wadowice - Kalwaria Zebrzydowska From Krakow

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Immerse yourself in all things John Paul II and St. Sister Faustina on this guided half-day tour by minibus. This pilgrimage-like tour takes you to Sister Faustina's Shrine, Pope John Paul II's home town and the Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Lagiewniki, among other spiritual sites. Learn about the history of the pope-turned saint and about the interesting life of Sister Faustina.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$123.48
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In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow

In the Footsteps of John Paul II from Krakow

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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 pope's family home as your expert guide provides illuminating background information. Your tour concludes with transportation back to Krakow.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$84.82
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Discover Pope John Paul II: Complete Private Tour

Discover Pope John Paul II: Complete Private Tour

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Tailor-made for Catholics the world over, this private spiritual journey follows in the footsteps of Karol Wojtyla—Pole, pope, and saint. Begin at Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, a UNESCO World Heritage site and place of pilgrimage. Then travel to Wadowice, the saint’s home town, visit the local basilica, taste his favorite dessert, and tour his family home. Finally, explore the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy, once home to Saint Faustina Kowalska.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$160.07
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Private Benedictine Abbey of Tyniec and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Monanstery

Private Benedictine Abbey of Tyniec and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Monanstery

After being picked up from your accommodation in Krakow you will travel in comfort with English speaking driver directly to your destination. It is a private tour. You will stop and visit : 1 Sanctuary of Our Lady of Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Discover one of the most frequently visited pilgrimage centre of Poland, famous for a large Baroque Basilica, miracoulus painting of the Kalwaria Madonna, a Bernardine Monanstery and 42 chapels and small churches dedicated to the passion of Christ and the life of Mary. * Celebrate the mass in the large Baroque Basilica ( usually in Polish language) * Pray in front of miracoulus Painting of the Kalwaria Madonna. 2 Benedictine Abbey of Tyniec Visit the oldest existing monastery in Poland, founded in 1044 by King Casimir the Restorer and rebuilt from ruins after the Second World War. The architectural complex of the Abbey is picturesque located on the rocky bank of the Vistula river. Learn more about the life of Benedictine monks.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$119.96
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Combined tour Wadowice & Czestochowa private tour from Krakow

Combined tour Wadowice & Czestochowa private tour from Krakow

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Join us and follow the footsteps of John Paul II. Visit the former pope's childchood home. Marvel at the Way of the Cross in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska. Discover Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Lagiewniki, among other spiritual sites. Then visit Jasna Gora monastery and admire the famed ‘Black Madonna’ painting. See Miraculous Picture Chapel and the Basilica. What we guarantee: • Friendly english speaking driver who will take care of you, give you tips on visiting Cracow. • Do not have to wait until we collect travelers from all over the city. • Private air-conditioned transport. • Professional service.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$177.20
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John Paul II trail private tour from Krakow

John Paul II trail private tour from Krakow

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Follow in the footsteps of St. John Paull II, Poland’s first pope, on this private tour to signature sights around Krakow, with transfers direct from your door. Visit the Family Home of John Paul II in Wadowice, where he was born, on a guided tour; see Kalwaria Zebrzydowska and the Divine Mercy Sanctuary, where he made pilgrimages; and visit the church built in his honor and completed in 2016.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$87.70
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John Paul II Private Tour

John Paul II Private Tour

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Each tour is unique because You are unique! John Paul 2 Route is situated south of Krakow at the foot of Carpathians. This route is important not only for believers, but for all who want to understand history and life of this extraordinary man and environment in which he was growing to become charismatic pope. In the same time it is also story about Poland, culture and spirit of Polish and about beauty of its southern part. Visit the House-Museum of John Paul II & Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Monastery (UNESCO). Visit to Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Krakow-Lagiewniki consecrated by John Paul II. Stop by Karol Wojtyla's house in Krakow. We pride ourselves in arranging outstanding Tailor-made Tours to even most remote spots of our beautiful region according to our Clients Wishes. We are not just a tour, we are real experience designed especially for our unique Guests! And wherever You wish to travel, we will take You there with great care and will make Your experience unforgettable.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$264.10
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Following footsteps of St. John Paul II Private tour

Following footsteps of St. John Paul II Private tour

This sentimental route, covering places which were very dear to Karol Wojtyła will reveal the story of his childhood, adolescence and early career. On the way to Wadowice, we stop in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska - the Poland's largest Calvary sanctuary. Next you will go to Wadowice - "the place where it all began" as the Pope referred to his hometown in 1999 during his visit here. The house he was born (currently a great museum), basilica he was baptized and received his first communion, cake shop he was going to after school will bring the past times back and will make your experience long remembered. On return to Kraków we stop at the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki. In this developing place of worship and pilgrimage you can pay homage to the Divine Marcy Painting and to the holly relics of St. Faustyna Kowalska, who was canonized as the first saint of the Third Millennium by John Paul II, and admire the impressive modern basilica consecrated by the Pope in 2002.
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  • 6 hours
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US$109.06
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In the Footsteps of John Paul II private tour form Krakow

In the Footsteps of John Paul II private tour form Krakow

Follow in the footsteps of John Paul II, starting with the house where he was born / museum (guided tour), try the famous cakes called "Kremówki" (filled with whipped cream) and being the favorite delicacy of the Pope. Visit the magnificent monastery on the hill in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska which belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage list. At the end you will see the magnificent Sanctuary of the Divine Mercy (guidebooks tour) and the relics of St. Faustyna Kowalska.
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  • 6 hours
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US$124.77
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John Paul II Family House Museum & Wadowice Tour from Krakow

John Paul II Family House Museum & Wadowice Tour from Krakow

Wadowice is a small town located about 50 km (31 miles) southwest of Krakow. On the 18th of May, 1920 Karol Wojtyła, later Pope John Paul II was born there. The town has a long-standing history and many great architectural monuments. In Wadowice you can also visit the Pope's family home and places John Paul II visited on his three pilgrimages.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$81.46
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In the footsteps of John Paul II of Kraków

In the footsteps of John Paul II of Kraków

Wadowice is the hometown of Karol Wojtyła - the Pope Johanes Paul II. Right here, next to the market and the Basilica of the Sacrifice of Mary, in Kościelna Street, there is a rather modest apartment building, in which on May 18, 1920 the future Pope opens the world has come. In the former apartment of the Wojtyła family, elements of the former interior furnishings as well as many memorabilia related to the life and work of the future Pope were collected, such as: family photos, copies of Karol's school records, documents from the next stages of his life, and even skis, a backpack and a paddle, proof of his passion for tourism. On display are manuscripts of his works, various publications on John Paul II from many countries and a collection of photos of visits by the Pope in Wadowice.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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US$86.09
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John Paul II Heritage Tour from Krakow

John Paul II Heritage Tour from Krakow

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Tick off three of Poland’s most popular pilgrimage sites in just one day on a 6-hour trip to Wadowice, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, and the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy from Krakow. Travel with ease between the monuments, all associated with Pope John Paul II, and gain insight into Poland’s religious heritage from a guide. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Krakow are included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$95.73
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Private John Paul II Family Home and Kalwaria Sanctuary Tour

Private John Paul II Family Home and Kalwaria Sanctuary Tour

Visit the Family Home of John Paul II in small city Wadowice, where the saint was born, and see the 17th-century sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where he prayed. Learn about the early life of Pope.
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  • 6 hours
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US$91.72
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Krakow: JPII Tour

Krakow: JPII Tour

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You can follow John Paul II's footsteps in the private tour option. You'll have the opportunity to see Łagiewniki and the grave of Sister Faustyna, as well as Wadowice, where you can visit the family house of John Paul II with a private guide in the previously chosen language. On the way to Wadowice you'll see the Sanctuary of Passion and Marian o. Bernardine in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$95.73
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Saint John Paul II Private Day Tour from Krakow

Saint John Paul II Private Day Tour from Krakow

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Follow in the footsteps of Pope John Paul II on a full-day, small-group tour from Krakow that explores the places the pope lived and worshiped. You’ll see the John Paul II Family Museum in the former Pope’s hometown of Wadowice, then visit the Kalwaria Zebrzydowska Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This full-day Pope John Paul II tour includes pickup and drop-off at accommodations in central Krakow, skip-the-line admission at each site, and transport by climate-controlled minivan, and it’s limited to 15 people for a more personal experience.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$100.57
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 The Footsteps of John Paul II & Divine Mercy Private Tour

The Footsteps of John Paul II & Divine Mercy Private Tour

Cover ground you couldn’t manage in a day on public transport with the help of a private driver on this spiritual tour of the Krakow area. Visit the Family Home of John Paul II in Wadowice, where the saint was born, with a guide; see the 17th-century sanctuary in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where he prayed; and pay your respects at St. Faustina Kowalska’s shrine.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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US$90.88
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John Paul II Route Guided Tour With Private Transport

John Paul II Route Guided Tour With Private Transport

We offer you visits to places closely related to the life of Saint John Paul II. Our guides and drivers will do everything to make the whole trip satisfying and full of history.
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  • 8 hours
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US$78.60
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Full-Day John Paul II Route Group Tour From Kraków

Full-Day John Paul II Route Group Tour From Kraków

While in Poland don’t miss your chance to visit Wadowice, childhood hometown of John Paul ll – where Karol Wojtyła was born, where he was baptised and went to school. Monastery in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska (on UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites), the Polish Golgota, a popular pilgrimage destination Łagiewniki with new Centre of John Paul II. Finally, we will see the Archbishop’s Palace which is Wojtyla’s last residence before leaving for the Vatican in 1978. See the famous “papal window”, where thousands of people lit candles and prayed during his last days. You will see places of interest that had an effect on him during his childhood and adolescence years. Important notice: This tour will be held only if in the group will be at least 2 participants.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$59.27
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Private Saint John Paul II Day Trip to Wadowice and Lagiewniki

Private Saint John Paul II Day Trip to Wadowice and Lagiewniki

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Immerse yourself in all things John Paul II, the beloved Polish pope-turned-saint, on this guided day trip from Krakow to Wadowice and Lagiewniki. Visit John Paul's hometown and marvel at the Way of the Cross in Kalwaria Zebrzydowsk.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$70.93
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John Paul II Route from Krakow, private tour

John Paul II Route from Krakow, private tour

Immerse yourself in the life and history of John Paul II with this private tour of his hometown, Wadowice from Krakow. Visit the place where he was born and his last residence before leaving for the Vatican, as well as places of significance to him, including the UNESCO-listed monastery in Kalwaria Zebrzydowska.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$107.84
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Kalwaria Zebrzydowska hours of operation: Open daily 9am–5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.